Young entrepreneur hopes to put eye in the sky for clients
Southwestern Custom Construction was issued a business license by the city of Kingman on March 6 and plans to begin building homes in the Canyon Bluffs Estates subdivision off Hualapai Mountain Road this summer.
Owner Nicholas Marietta and his partner, Mark Hostetler, have purchased the remaining 30 lots and expect to have the first model home open in June.
Southwestern Custom, located at 3855 N. Sunshine Dr., received a building permit on March 18 for a new single-family residence at 2602 Diamond Back Dr. Permit fees were $7,013.44.
Marietta's parents moved to Kingman from Arkansas about six months ago and saw the lots while they were driving in the area. The previous developer built 13 homes before running into financial troubles.
Hostetler said Southwestern is hiring local subcontractors to provide the labor force.
Michael Myers, a 16-year-old entrepreneur and junior at Insight Academy online high school, is "taking your photos to new heights" with Michael's Drone Photography. He invested about $1,500 in photo equipment, business cards and software costs.
Myers is currently waiting to hear from the Federal Aviation Administration on an exemption that would allow him to take aerial photographs for local real estate agents. That could take two months to a year, he said.
He recently made a video for a client petitioning the Board of Supervisors to abandon a county road located on a mountain in Golden Valley. The video clearly shows there is no road and that the mountain is inaccessible.
"I started this business to turn my love of RC drones into a moneymaking opportunity," Myers said. "I have made some money since I started marketing myself. I am hoping the area of drones will lead to some sort of career for me. "
Lisa Wilson resigned from her position as affiliate director on the Kingman Golden Valley Association of Realtors board of directors, effective March 30. The next affiliate meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. April 8.
Jarod Marks, owner of Cerbat Fence, has joined the board as a new affiliate member. His business at 4165 N. Bank St. provides fencing and block wall for both residential and commercial properties.
Martin and Nancy Villanueva, owners of Frozen Yogurt Island, won an award for small business excellence from the Arizona Small Business Development Center in Phoenix on March 24.
Frozen Yogurt Island opened in 2010 at 3880 Stockton Hill Road after two years of research to determine the best business fit for Kingman. The business has grown from two employees to six employees.
The business owners worked with Lisa Card of the Small Business Development Center at Mohave Community College in marketing Frozen Yogurt on social media.
"We are passionate about what we do," Nancy Villanueva said. "The SBDC regularly provides tips and techniques to help us grow our business. I'm not afraid to try. It doesn't cost me anything to listen to their advice and that is a huge part of our success."
The Villanuevas recently opened Pit Stop Wingz at 777 W. Beale St., also with guidance from the SBDC.