MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan -- Most Marines, sailors and spouses have hobbies, but some wish to take their hobby to the next level and make money while helping the community.
This not only puts a little extra cash in their pocket, but helps to bring a specific service to the station.
“Privately-owned businesses bring the community together through helping each other with services that aren’t already provided here, either through Marine Corps Community Services or other means,” said Staff Sgt. Victor T. Delaflor, administration law chief with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron.
There are many rules and regulations for privately-owned businesses operating either on or off base, which station residents need to be aware of before setting up a business.
“MCCS must sign off on all private businesses and won’t allow any competition between privately owned businesses or the services they already offer, but (here at legal) we try to provide viable options for people to create their businesses,” said Delaflor.
There are many rules to follow when setting up a privately owned business. Fortunately, there is already a step-by-step process set in place to help station residents start up their business.
“In order for someone to set up a privately owned business, they need to first come here to the legal office and fill out an On- Base or Off-Base Business Application Form,” said Delaflor.
The process may take two weeks to complete and informs hopeful entrepreneurs which services are available to help privately-owned businesses. Some of these services include advertisement options and business space.
Out of the numerous business options available, some of the most common professions include photography, candle sales and personal fitness trainers.
Danielle Archambault, a station resident and business owner for the past seven months, has her privately owned business selling fitness shakes.
The goal of her business is to help station residents get in shape and perform at their best.
She says her business is running great and hopes to pass it on in the future in order to continue helping other station residents.