Pulaski business on a mission to give back

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Pulaski, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The town of Pulaski may not be big in size, but it is huge in heart. One downtown business exemplifies that every day.

Since opening downtown, The Blue Ridge Fudge Lady has been giving back to the community in more ways than one. Sure you'll be able to get delicious fudge, but owner Robin Burdette is on a larger mission.

“When I see other businesses and entrepreneurs trying to get their product out, I want to be a big part of that,” she said.

Despite failing in her first business venture, Burdette decided to try again. Having seen failure before success, Burdette wants to share her knowledge and platform with others, both younger and older.

One way she does it is by selling products made by other small businesses and entrepreneurs in her shop.

"The biggest thing that inspires young people are people that are already doing it,” said Peggy White of the Pulaski Co. Chamber of Commerce.

Recently, Pulaski County took part in a nationwide program called the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, which gives students a chance to learn about business and even get their own business license.

Isabella Altis was one of the students who took part in it.

"You start your own business and there’s just this range of things you’ve got to do during it," she said. "It sounded pretty cool to me, so I started doing it.”

Following the program, Altis began selling her homemade jewelry in the Blue Ridge Fudge Lady.

Angie Gregory, co-owner of The Funky Goat, also is selling products inside the shop.

Gregory started her business after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, forcing her out of her job and limiting her use of one of her hands.

"Some people say I saved the goats life, but they saved mine," Gregory said.

She's utilizing goat milk to make things like hand lotion, soap and even lip balm.

To learn more information about The Funky Goat, visit their page on Facebook, email them at thefunkygoat100@gmail.com or visit their website, funkygoatsforus.com.

To see Isabella's jewelry, visit her Facebook page at "Forget me knot designs by Isabella."

To get more information about the Blue Ridge Fudge Lady, visit their website at https://fudgelady.net/.