Welcome to our Spark! Meet the Founder series, where we introduce you to the amazing entrepreneurs who are participating in our 2022 Spring Spark! program with a quick Q&A!
Spark! is a small business accelerator that puts the right people, opportunities, and access in place for local entrepreneurs in Arkansas to take their venture to the next level.
Please meet Allicia Adams-Talbert, founder of Talbert Lawn Services, which provides landscaping services in Central Arkansas and specializes in second-chance employment opportunities for people with felony background records.
The Venture Center: Why did you start Talbert Lawn Services?
Allicia Adams-Talbert: Talbert Lawn Services provides superior landscaping and groundskeeping services in Little Rock, Arkansas and surrounding counties. We offer second chance employment opportunities for people who have felony background records.
I created the business in 2015 as a way to help my husband gain employment. He has a 20 year old felony record that prevented him from getting a job, so I started the lawn service as a way for him to become financially independent without working for anyone else.
What are your biggest challenges as a business owner?
There are many obstacles for me as an owner and operator of a landscaping company. The landscaping industry is primarily male dominated and I have seen very few women besides myself actually cutting grass for a living. Raising capital is another huge obstacle that I face as a minority and woman owned company.
What do you hope for the future of Talbert Lawn Services?
I hope that our business lays the foundation for generational wealth for our family for years to come.
What are you proudest of so far?
I am so proud of my husband for never giving up, even when things looked impossible. I’m proud of my business for enduring 8 years, especially during the pandemic.
What do you hope to gain from Spark!?
I hope to gain more knowledge about scaling the business and learning more pitch techniques for upcoming events.
Huge thanks to Allicia-Adams Talbert for participating in Spark! We can’t wait to see your business grow!
You can support our Spring Spark! Cohort of entrepreneurs by cheering them on at the Spring Pitch ‘N Pint pitch contest June 23rd – first round is on us!