It’s a beautiful 65 degrees in Anderson and you just completed a seemingly endless day of work. What could be better than some sweets? You head downtown to check out the infamous Cocobon Chocolatier only to find yourself floating back in time through the antique decor and uniforms. Who could’ve thought of such a remarkable design for a shop? David Saidat himself. As a home-made entrepreneur, Saidat began his journey by munching on his very own comfort food. When the product was discontinued, he took matters into his own hands. With such a tremendously inspiring foundation and notorious reputation, the JLA Class of 24 couldn’t help but fidget in their seats in preparation for the provided samples. Of course, there are a variety of standout local businesses. Roylco, a large part of the program known as “STEM” with an additional “A” in the middle for art, is one worth mentioning. Using art to enhance learning gives children the opportunity to express their creative side while still being exposed to subjects such as engineering. One of the products even had the JLA students puzzled. How does one make a square out of various shapes in 60 seconds? It’s a system just like the safety procedures followed at Walgreens Distribution Center. With clear pedestrian walkways for visitors, a diverse staff trained in teamwork, and incomparable safety displays throughout the building, security is obviously stressed. However, this isn’t the only thing in which Walgreens is known. The distribution center right here in Anderson is actually one of two to offer disabled people a unique opportunity in the workplace, regardless of a college degree. Each business has its own history, but so do the leaders that took that first step into the oblivion. So what’s the tip of the day? Take that stride toward your goal because the outcome is simply unknown. Be reminded of the old saying that anything is possible. Maybe even visit your local business for inspiration based on their origin. The true regrets are the chances we didn’t take. Make your first footprint!
Written by: Gabriella Alicea - Member of JLA Class 24
Photographs by: Avonte Dawnson - Member of JLA Class 24