i5 Design Group
i5 design group, inc. designs spaces for residential, commercial, and government clients. They are an interior design group that strives to listen to their client’s needs and wants before making decisions. i5 brings a sense of collaboration to every project. They often team with engineers, contractors, architects, and other consultants who contribute to the designing and building process to provide the very best for this customers. We recently got to speak with Chad Beyer, interior designer and President of i5, about his business. Here is what he had to say.
1. How did i5 Design Group get started?
I worked in architecture and construction prior to i5. I had a lot of excellent experience during my time in these industries, however, I began to miss the creativity in interior design. In 2005 I started i5 to fuel my creative side and offer a professional level of interior design to our area. If you notice in our logo the “i” is always lowercase. This is to deemphasize ourselves. I believe as a designer, it’s not about what I want but about listening and serving our customer and figuring out how to respond to their needs.
2. What do you do that sets you apart?
What we do best is listen and respond. My thought process on good design is it has to respond. That means, if our client has a need, we listen to that need and figure out how to respond to that need in order to meet it. If we are designing things that don’t meet the need of our customer, then our design fails. We can’t begin to judge our success unless we first know what the needs are.
3. How has the community helped your business?
Without our community, we wouldn’t be here. From day one, the intent was to provide a professional level of design service to our community. We work outside of our community now but ultimately this community is what supports us. Most of our great clients are right here in this area. Some of my clients have even become mentors to me. It’s really cool to have relationships with people where professionally and personally I can go to my mentors and seek counsel from them when faced with problems or concerns.
4. What is your favorite thing to do in the community?
Paducah continues to grow in opportunity. Our connection and access we have to the river has been missed for so many years, however, people are beginning to reconnect to the recreation associated with the river. Our location, in general, is optimal for outdoor activity and I really enjoy that.
5. Is there anything else you would like to tell an entrepreneur starting a business in Paducah?
After you are sure it is what you want to do, dive in and figure it out as you go. If you even think you are going to quit, don’t get started. Make sure you are seeking good counsel from people who are ahead of you and asking them lots good questions along the way. Starting a small business is very challenging. You gotta keep your head down and take it one step at a time. You will gain so much wisdom through the hard times you face as a small business owner. Remember, it’s a marathon and not a sprint.