We checked in with borrower Elite Tactical Laser Tag recently to see how business is going. ETLT is a community business based in Florence, SC that borrowed capital to fund their start up in 2016.

  1. What’s new at Elite Tactical?

One thing that’s exciting is we’ve purchased some new equipment. It’s smaller, so that means younger children can participate. This summer we’re also partnering with our local YMCA and we’ve hosted a tournament for 241 of their campers! The winners got trophies, and for some of them it’s the first one they’ve ever won.

  1. How has your business impacted the community?

It’s given them an alternative for entertainment. ETLT is something for parents and kids to do together, and a way to be physically active. Parents were skeptical about laser tag at first, but now ETLT has won their trust, and so they can’t wait to drop their kids off here for the afternoon.

  1. Can you share a highlight or something good that’s happened so far?

One highlight is the youth groups and birthday parties. It’s fun to get the staff involved and make things special for the customers. One girl hosted her sweet 16 party at ETLT, and that was a really fun day! We are having a great time getting to know our community and building relationships.

  1. When it comes to your business, what are you most proud of?

Genuinely giving people a good time. Everyone leaves so happy. People are so guarded sometimes—they have their reservations about playing, and by the time they leave they’ve really come out of their shell. Then they recognize you around town and come over to say hello.

  1. What are you looking forward to?

There’s a partnership with a traveling promotions company that works on the Walking Dead show, and they will be taking over ETLT with zombie props. There’s already been a huge demand for tickets! The opportunity came about because of a recommendation from our equipment provider, which feels like a vote of confidence.

Learn more about community business financing or apply for a loan here. Learn more about SCCLF’s technical assistance here. Or, read more about the impact community businesses have on South Carolina here.