Sno-La Snowball Lounge is an indoor snowball establishment offering the only cheesecake stuffed snowball in Greater New Orleans. Kerry Crossley, owner and manager, designed it with a coffee shop feel with couches, games, and free wireless Internet. He wants people to stay and hang out while they eat their snowball. The facilities also provide a great outlet for birthday parties.
Crossley’s lifelong dream was to work for himself. So after working four years for AT&T, he decided that this was the best time in his life to start his own business. However, Kerry was having a difficult time finding a way to finance the business.
The LSBDC Greater New Orleans Region helped him apply for the proper licensing to start the snowball lounge and develop financial projections to secure a loan. With LSBDC assistance, Crossley obtained a $19,000 loan and line of credit. “Allen [LSBDC Business Consultant] helped me calculate the feasibility of our project, and helped us find the fastest loans to get our business opened as soon as possible,” said Crossley.
Since opening in August 2011, Kerry says, “business has been good. But we are the only snowball stand that is opened year around; so now I need to focus on changing people’s perception that snowballs are not only available in the summer time.”