Starting a new business is a great opportunity for anyone, including people with disabilities. Owning your own business provides flexibility in schedules and allows business owners to follow their passion. Having the self – determination to start a business also opens doors to other areas of independence including financial stability and self-confidence. Tim Harris, a 26 –year-old with Down syndrome, saw this potential and took advantage of the opportunity.
Welcome to Tim’s Place, “breakfast, lunch, hugs”
Tim proudly opened the doors to Tim’s Place, “the worlds friendliest restaurant”, in 2010. This Albuquerque, N.M. restaurant offers more than just the typical American menu items with New Mexican flair; the menu also offers the Tim’s Place special – a hug from the restaurant owner. Tim has served over 30,000 hugs, which he keeps track of with his “hug counter”. Tim’s Place has quickly become a local favorite and is also garnering national attention, as Tim is the only restaurant owner with Down syndrome in the United States.
Tim has defined his life by exceeding expectations. Born into a family of entrepreneurs, he has accepted every opportunity presented to him. With over 600,000 small businesses started each year, there must be some reason to consider doing the same. Tim has always enjoyed working in restaurants, so he opened his own diner.
What is your passion? Are you ready to turn that passion into a business?