My business is broken up into four pillars. The first is retail, where I sell RockaBlock-branded apparel and accessories. I design everything from t-shirts, hoodies, pins, patches, earrings and more. Items are sold in-store, through events like pop-up shops, or online as well. Secondly, RockaBlock offers custom printing and design for businesses, organizations, and individuals. Thirdly, we offer design services such as logos, brochures, and other graphic design needs. Finally, RockaBlock hosts events like screen printing workshops and concerts to highlight local artists. I love creating an atmosphere of creativity and collaboration through these events. My company is committed to quality, and we strive to be polished and professional in all aspects of our services.
The Future of RockaBlock
I want to expand the business over the years, and I want RockaBlock to be a household name. I’d also love to continue to be an Indiana-based company. It’s important to me to support the area and offer creative job opportunities in Northwest Indiana. I believe there is enough talent here to build a stronger art and design based community here. My next step is to get a larger location. I’m also working on getting an MBE certification to sell my apparel in bigger retailers like Target, Walmart or Meijer. I’m excited to see what happens next for RockaBlock in the future.
Doing Business In Northwest Indiana
I believe Northwest Indiana is really focused on small businesses. Generally, I think there is room for growth in creative businesses in Indiana. We’re starting to catch up in the field of art design and culture, and we’re starting to establish our own place in the art world. Everything is evolving since social media has changed the market. Your art can go anywhere, and you can be based anywhere as long as you have an internet connection and a platform.
Why I Joined Northwest Indiana’s Chamber of Commerce
Joining the Chamber really put me in the forefront of people’s minds in Northwest Indiana and our community. It generated a lot of business for me, gave me leads, and gave me a seat at the table amongst business owners in the area. I feel like my reputation and my work has weight here in the area because of my involvement with the Chamber.
Get a mentor in business. Running a business, no matter what size it is, can be stressful. Seek out resources in the area and make connections with people in business, even if they are not in the same industry as you. You are not alone, and we all go through similar struggles. Finding someone who navigated a certain struggle or obstacle can help you pave your own road to success.
About Rockland Page
Rockland Page grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design from Ball State University. Inspired by his artistic family members, he pursued a career in a creative field. He has worked with Ebony and Jet Magazine and The Chicago Tribune. In 2017, he began making t-shirts as a hobby in his basement, and the rest is RockaBlock history. He looks forward to the additional growth that his business will bring to the Northwest Indiana community.