Member Spotlight: Ted Thompson, Kona Ice Athens

Ted Thompson, Kona Ice Athens Q. When and where was your business found? A. We franchised Kona Ice in Athens in 2014. Q. Why did you start your business? A. My wife and I started the business in hopes of fulfilling a longtime desire to own our own business and to be able to give back to the community we work in. Q. Why did you choose to locate your commerce in Athens, Georgia?  A. We felt Athens was a good location to start the type of business we are in, considering its’ young population and the University of Georgia....

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Ted Thompson, Kona Ice Athens

Q. When and where was your business found?
A. We franchised Kona Ice in Athens in 2014.

Q. Why did you start your business?

A. My wife and I started the business in hopes of fulfilling a longtime desire to own our own business and to be able to give back to the community we work in.

Q. Why did you choose to locate your commerce in Athens, Georgia? 

A. We felt Athens was a good location to start the type of business we are in, considering its’ young population and the University of Georgia. I also have a family history in Athens. My grandfather ran a small restaurant downtown for a number of years and I have several family members who live in Athens now.

Q. What advice can you offer to fellow members in the realm of running a business? 

A. You can never plan too much, but be ready, because no plan goes as expected.

Q. What does your business seek to achieve in this next fiscal year?

A. We seek growth, recognition and developing relationships with local schools, athletic organizations, businesses, charities, and to partner with other organizations to bring fun and happiness to the kids (and adults) of Athens-Clarke County. We also want to give back by helping anyone who is looking for a fun new way to host a fundraiser.

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