For Keith Harding, being an entrepreneur wasn’t his initial calling in life, but it became his reality after a car accident during high school left him a paraplegic. He applied for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) through the Social Security Administration and realized that it wasn’t an income on which he could survive.
“I got my first check from SSI and it was $461. I knew I couldn’t sustain on that,” Harding says.
Almost 30 years later, Harding owns a multi-million dollar tech company with close to 100 employees. His yearly net profit is well over 1,000 times as much as that first SSI check. This is part of the reason Harding was honored as the SBA Indiana District Office 8(a) Graduate of the Year in 2016.
After his accident and that first paltry SSI check, Harding decided he wasn’t going to sit on his laurels and be content with life. Harding enrolled in a local training program and learned Common Business Oriented Language (... Read More