Big Town Small Business – Mission
Our mission is simple. We aim to promote and enliven the entrepreneurial spirit throughout the United States. We are taking a two month road trip as brothers and independent business owners to offer free workshops, create documentary style interviews, and to promote community support with an inventive social media campaign. It is our desire that everyone understand the wonderful benefits, challenges, and insatiable drive that comes hand-in-hand with being a small business owner. Small business survival is not only necessary for the success of our fragile economy, it is also an integral part of the unique and diversified community culture. Whether you live in a small city or a big town, the local and independent businesses are what gives ‘Anytown, USA’ its own unique flare. The small business is about the small family that bands together to forge their own success with hard work and idea. It’s about the community that stands behind them. It’s about heartaches and triumphs. Join us in as we strive to aid in the success of small businesses everywhere by sharing the stories of 10 Big Town Small Businesses throughout the country – some of which have braved the economic storm and survived, while others are on the verge of closing their doors. We hope these lessons from the road will serve to inspire other free-spirited individuals to take up the mantle of an independent business owner while also providing valuable insight to those business owners who find themselves struggling. We also wish to see the success and mishaps of small businesses promote the growth of exponentially more struggling families on their own journey. Follow iWebXpert from April 1st, 2013 as we set off from our hometown of Asheville, NC to learn more about the human spirit, ourselves, and the Big Town Small Business. Thank you!
Jacob Ballard grew up in Florida. He graduated from USF of Tampa, Florida in 2008. Jacob started his first business, a neighborhood lawn care company, at the age of 11. His passion for travel and the great outdoors has constantly driven him to avoid the typical ‘office’ environment whenever possible. Jacob is an online marketer, business consultant, and a strong advocate for finding, or even making, the job you feel passion for. Jacob says: “Nobody wants to be miserable 40 hours a week just to pay the bills. If I’ve learned anything in the last 5 years, it’s that you don’t have to be. If you want something bad enough, you will find ways to make it happen. Surround yourself with positivity, influential people, and make sure to always be learning. Daniel and I have learned a lot from our mistakes. Perseverance is what sets you apart. You will fail, but never think of it as ‘giving up’. Instead, think of it as ‘moving on’ – maybe even ‘moving up’!”
Daniel Ballard graduated high school from Harrison Arts Center in 2001. Since then he has moved around and changed jobs more times than he cares to mention. In the last two years, Daniel has been working with his brother to build iWebXpert from scratch. Daniel’s diligent attention to detail and big picture planning fits perfectly with Jacob’s larger than life goals, business acumen, and vision. Regarding working with family, Daniel says: “It’s like working in an environment where nobody can quit or get fired. No matter what, it has to work. Working with family requires the perfect combination of heart and business sense. With Jacob, it’s easy. We get to argue and yell at each other and neither of us takes it personally. At the same time, we get to share in our mutual successes and grow closer as brothers. We are the perfect system of checks and balances, and I love every minute.”