Community Rallies Behind Growing Badge Business

Many of us have looked for a new hobby during this pandemic, and for one Henderson man, he's turning a passion into a growing business.

Posted: Mar 8, 2021 4:15 PM
Updated: Mar 9, 2021 9:20 AM

Many of us have looked for a new hobby during this pandemic, and for one Henderson man, he's turning a passion into a growing business.

It's with the push and a pop.

21-year-old Michael Basmadji puts together badges in a matter of minutes. n

"I have a great business," says Michael Basmadji. "I've been doing it for quite some time now."

Just last month, the young entrepreneur started his business.

"I thought Michael could do this," says Julie Basmadji, Michael's mom.

Michael lives with autism and with the help of his parents, he works daily making each piece by hand.

The business is not only giving Michael an employment opportunity but is also encouraging both social and communication skills.

"He always tells me I want to work like everyone else," says Badmadji. "I want to have a card like everyone else to buy things. So, with this he has a job he can actually work, learn work ethics, and get some money."

The idea for the badges stems from his mom who works in the healthcare field.

Just in the last few weeks, they've received more than 260 orders.

"We've been selling them, the badges to a lot of people," says Basmadji. "A lot of people here in Henderson, Evansville, and many places."

"I don't think he understands how big it's getting," says Julie Basmadji. "We've reached people in Washington, California, Florida, New York."

Michael's mom says the community continues to show an outpouring of support for the young man on a mission to grow.

"I think young people with special needs find a lot of limitations out in the world, and working from home will make it so much easier for them and getting really creative in finding what they can do so they can feel like everyone else," says Badmadji.

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