Teresa Golden, president of Environmental Flooring Group, LLC, was hired to replace the office carpet in the Energy and Power Plant.
â€œThis is my first business,â€ Golden said. â€œIâ€™m hoping that I can provide Kent State with quality flooring when the need arises, and as time goes on, I hope that I can expand to the regional campuses.â€
Environmental Flooring Group LLC is a manufacturer and installer of commercial flooring, specializing in green flooring products, made from recycled rubber. The recycled materials also fit nicely with the universityâ€™s sustainability mission.
â€œIâ€™m proud to use the recycled rubber because itâ€™s American-made product,â€ Golden said. â€œItâ€™s also excellent for the environment. The rubber comes from old tires that are just sitting in landfills.â€
Before establishing her business, Golden was an educator and has more than 30 years of experience in retail. She found a passion for interior design while serving on the interior design committee for schools in her district.
â€œI really enjoyed helping the architects with the design,â€ said Golden.
After retiring from education, she knew she wanted to go into some type of sales within the design industry.
With the help of a friend in marketing, Golden decided to start her own business in which she could tap into her passion.
Her first contact with Kent State began when she was elected to participate in the Akron Urban League Partnership for the Minority Business Accelerator (PMBA) program. As part of the program, Golden worked with a core counselor and students in the design and marketing departments at Kent State. Golden advised students on a branding project, and the students helped her design her own business cards and brochures.
â€œIt was really fun to work with the students,â€ Golden said.
For more information on Environmental Flooring, visit efgflooring.com.