When small-business consultant Aimee Nesse, the owner of Bangarang Consulting, organized the 2017 Summer Luau food truck event, she thought a few hundred people would show up during the six-hour event, where vendors were stationed at the Killeen Farmer’s Market.
On Saturday, that didn’t happen; just a few friends showed up to support the vendors.
“It’s just disappointing when we try to put together small-business events for the community, and we don’t get the turnout we hope for. A lot of us business owners put their time and hark work into preparing for events like these,” Nesse said.
Other vendor companies at the event Saturday included Check Point Germany — a German food truck owned by Tim Flemming; LuLaRoe — a pop-up Indie clothing shop owned by Lizzy Nixon; and Homemade Jams by Debbie, owned by Debbie Franks Sanchez.
Nesse said she and other business owners have tried to find ways to get more people to attend their events and help revitalize north Killeen, but they have received limited support from residents and city officials.
Nesse said she does a small-business event twice a month and receives great response on Facebook, but has seen limited turnout during the events in Killeen.
“Places like Belton and Temple seem to support their local businesses. Why can’t Killeen do the same? Nesse asked. “Plenty of people say they support small businesses, but are they really supporting?”
Bangarang Consulting’s next event — the Nolanville Train Whistle Jamboree — will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Sept. 16 near Nolanville City Hall. Admission is free.