Name of business: Weingarth LLC. — electrical, plumbing, carpentry, roofing and hauling
Address: 119 W. Fifth St., West Lafayette
Phone number: 740-502-5059
Been in business: Part-time business owner since May, 2013 — full-time business owner since March, 2019.
Owner(s): Brian Weingarth, general manager and Karla Weingarth, co-owner
What’s the best thing about being a local business owner?
I enjoyed working for a large company for the past 20 plus years, but to manage my own business is a dream come true. I like the feeling of being able to create value for my customers with my passion, qualifications and zest for giving 100 percent to all I do. I am lucky to be experienced in so many areas, including electrical, plumbing, carpentry and roofing, which allows me to put my mark inside and outside of homes and businesses. It makes me proud to drive by a house and see a completed roof, or know that I have upgraded the wiring there to make a family’s home safe and help them to sleep better at night.
At the end of my day, I feel satisfied and proud of my accomplishments and look forward to the next day. In addition, I am putting down roots, and getting to know people in many different communities. I service mostly Cambridge, Coshocton, Newcomerstown, West Lafayette, Dover, and New Philadelphia. It is great to be in a position to meet new customers that will also become friends. My new smile radiates constantly because I am so blessed in this new endeavor.
What’s the biggest challenge of owning your own business?
Overall, I have been lucky in this area because I operated my business part-time since 2013 and now full-time since March 1, 2019, so I have learned to be very flexible. The one area I challenge myself is scheduling. I have a hard time saying no to anyone in need, so I have learned to sit down and make out a manageable schedule that also allows for customers' emergency situations. Another plus for me is that my workshop is in my backyard, so that benefit aids me tremendously when working on a special carpentry project for a home or business. Sometimes my wife, Karla, assists when she isn’t working at her full-time career, and she is definitely a Godsend, and I am thankful to have her support and expertise.
Who did you ask for advice when thinking about starting your own business?
I am very lucky to have had many mentors over the years. This isn’t a decision I made lightly, so I have taken the time to converse with many self-employed contractors over time, and I have been taking all their suggestions, advice, and even concerns to heart. I have been keeping all info regarding my self-employment filed away in my head until the time was right to weigh out if this is what I really wanted to do for the rest of my career. I can honestly say even after four months of operating my own business full-time, I would never go back. I feel immense gratification on a daily basis with all I have been able to accomplish, and look forward to many more years of being a contractor my customers can count on. I miss my old co-workers, but I have been blessed to work for many of them already.
What would you like to highlight?
My skills allow me to give back to my community. With the recent flooding in my village of West Lafayette, my wife and I were able to help out neighbors that didn’t fare as well as we did. I considered it an honor to be able to lend a hand with electrical needs, as well as advising what steps were needed in any of the given flooding conditions, and helping neighbors accomplish these tasks so that they could get back to normalcy as soon as possible. It was a devastating time for our neighborhood, and many other residents of West Lafayette, and I am just glad I was here to assist where I was able.
In addition, I love being involved with the youth whether it is providing ice cream cones for the ball teams, or donating the use of my trailers, etc. for the local parades, or anywhere else I can be of assistance. I am happy to support the local communities, and look forward to getting involved in other projects that benefit locals and the causes they care about and support in their own lives.
Two sons complete my family — Brandon is a welder in the Newark area, and Devin will be a senior at Newcomerstown High School. Karla and I also have a dog and a cat that may be slightly spoiled.
KRISTIE WILKIN, correspondent