Kiosk-Kiosk LLC is part of the digital signage industry that offers “a variety of communication objects which serves many purposes including branding companies, advertising work, promotions, information, entertainment, educational information, and employee communication,” says owner Destin, who sells custom billboard-style kiosks in his hometown of Alexandria, LA.
Destin has always been an entrepreneur. He owned a coffee shop for 10 years until he sold it to his business partner, and he has storage and warehouse buildings he rents out. After he learned about computer software by working at his church, Destin took a class on technology. He said he saw an opportunity for business growth and decided to change industries.
At the moment, Destin owns one kiosk and says he has the approval to set up in his neighborhood mall. He provides options for clients, including already-made kiosks similar to ones seen at major department stores set to accept job applications - and a way-finder, similar to ones in malls, with informational slides. “I think what makes my business so unique is that it’s an outlet to release information,” Destin says. “If you pass a billboard on the street, you may not get all the information, but a kiosk is more intimate. You can read and take it in.”
After hearing about Accion Texas Inc. in a radio ad, Destin applied for a loan to get his business started. He used the loan to purchase a demo phone-charging kiosk to pitch his business to potential clients. The charging port takes 15 minutes maximum to fully charge a dead smart phone and comes with Android and iPhone connectors. Without the help of Accion, Destin says, the momentum of his business would have slowed down.
Though his business was registered only a year and a half ago, Destin plans to purchase iPads to include in kiosks for doctors’ offices, in which staff can obtain patient information and patients can make payments. As his business grows, Destin plans to hire staff, but for the time being he employs himself and his wife. For more information, visit www.kioskkiosktech.com.
LiftFund. (www.liftfund.com) is an award-winning nonprofit organization (previously known as Accion Texas) with a mission to provide credit and loans to small and start-up businesses that have limited or no access to credit from commercial sources. Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund has helped Texas and Louisiana entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment, and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. Learn more at www.liftfund.com.