photo: Olean Yard Signs/Facebook
By Sean Casey
OLEAN, NY — In the wake of the Coronavirus harming many businesses, two St. Bonaventure University seniors managed to start a new one locally in Olean.
Chandler Poczciwinski and Haley Sousa are the founders of the business, named “Olean Yard Signs,” which makes customizable lawn signs for people for special events.
The business idea stemmed from the new business of Poczciwinski’s mother in Buffalo, called “Buffalo Yard Signs”.
“Her company was a huge success, so we decided to bring yard signs to the Southern Tier,” Poczciwinski said.
He said his mother started her business in Buffalo because she thought it was great way to celebrate a birthday or special event while being in quarantine.
“It has been a slow start, however, we expected that because Olean is a much different market than Buffalo,” said Poczciwinski and Sousa.
Although starting slow, the duo hopes that their business starts to grow, not necessarily for them, but for their plans with it in the future.
“Our goal for this company is to build a profitable business that we could leave to the next generation of SBU student entrepreneurs,” they said.
Both Sousa and Poczciwinski are moving to California and have no plans to bring the business with them, so they would like for this to become a legacy of theirs at SBU.
“We are hoping to find some eager students to keep Olean Yard Signs going,” they said.