By MELISSA LEE / Lincoln Journal Star Wednesday, Jun 24, 2009 - 02:42:10 pm CDT
Not long ago, David Hefley was doing his best to run his start-up technology consulting business out of his home.
Sure, he jokes, the commute was great.
But he also had to fend off pets, the TV and other distractions. He battled what he says is a stigma against home-based businesses.
And then there was the awkward prospect of inviting customers to his house instead of a "real” office.
So when Hefley’s wife heard about the business incubator at Southeast Community College’s Entrepreneurship Center — a place where Hefley would have access to expanded work space, business resources and personalized advice from SCC experts — he jumped at the opportunity.
Two years later, Hefley’s Meridian Consulting is one of the incubator’s early success stories, with employees on its payroll and a list of two to three dozen clients.
"I always wanted to start my own business,” said Hefley, 33. "You just have to wait until the cards play right, and finally they did.