Donald uses his artistic talent to repurpose discarded materials (such as pallets, engine parts, and metals) by turning them into household goods such as wine racks, coffee tables, lamps, etc.
When asked why he went into business for himself, Donald explained that his condition prevents him from working on someone else’s schedule so the entrepreneurial path allows him the freedom of setting his own hours and timetable. Donald’s advice to other entrepreneurs with disabilities who are considering starting their business is: “Start and go for it! You just might surprise yourself!”
Community Futures and the ELEVATE program offered Donald a chance to learn about marketing his business, how to price his products, all through working with a mentor.
Being a stay-at-home Dad, he also utilized the funding for daycare for those times when he had to focus on building his business.