For years, Norwich native Erica Sullivan-Corbett was an amateur crafter who dabbled in a wide range of projects, such as making jewelry and candles, and she often gave her work as gifts to friends and family.  Because she knew there were many other talented artisans in the region, Erica decided to develop a business that would allow the creativity of others to be put on display.

Once Small Potatoes opened in July 2013, it quickly became a destination for shoppers looking for a special gift or a one of a kind, locally-produced item.

Erica has also worked with NPU to make her building more energy efficient, installing new lighting and insulation that help her save money on her utility bill each month.

While running her successful business, Erica still had time to lead an effort to develop a community garden that provided fresh produce and herbs to the St. Vincent de Paul Place in Norwich last summer. Erica’s Seeds to Soup Garden generated support from numerous local businesses that resulted in a large garden that supplied the food pantry with items such as tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, kale, and lettuce.

Erica’s business and commitment to giving back to her community is a great example of doing well while doing good for others.