A little sage takeaway from some guys who have blazed the trails in pulling a community together thru passion, purpose and commerce. These guys are always in for the triple win and set an awesome example for perspective in growing projects.

Look for the FULL feature interview in our upcoming ISSUE3!

When we visited you said, you really took your time in building your business and allowed it to grow organically…..what advice would you give to others in pursuing a project of passion with a large scope?

Chris: It’s easy to believe that you should wait for the perfect scenario to line up in just the right way to make you feel ready to jump into starting something new, but the perfect scenario usually doesn’t exist. When you have an idea or a passion that you want to pursue, you just have to start somewhere and do something about it. Lots of people have brilliant ideas but very few people make the decision to take that first step, whatever that may be, in making the idea a reality. Start small and be prepared to tweak your plans along the way. It seems stupid and cliche’ but in the story of the tortoise and the hare, the tortoise wins every time.

Bryce: If it’s something you believe in, then take the time to do it right and build it on a good foundation. Look to the long term and build something that you would still like to be associated with 10 years. Surround yourself with people who have integrity and who believe in the project. ALWAYS apply the Golden Rule when dealing with everyone (partners, co-workers, vendors, and customers/clients).  When we started Keep It Local, we decided to run every big decision through a “triple win” evaluation.  We ask ourselves, “is this going to be a win for the Member Business, is it going to be a win for our Cardholders and will it be a win for Keep It Local?” We find that this helps us to keep our motives in check, instead of being driven by greed or being tempted to take shortcuts. When I said, “we allowed it to grow organically” I meant that we didn’t try to grow it faster than we could handle it.  It is a balancing act.  You want it to grow fast, but if it grows so fast that you can’t offer an acceptable level of service is that really success? Finally, if you have a good concept and it’s the right time to launch that concept, be willing to throw everything you have at it.  You will need to have a “whatever it takes” attitude, especially early on while you’re trying to build momentum.  Almost everyone I have spoken to who has started a business for the first time had a romantic idea of what it would be like to run their own business.  When you get about 3 months into it, you realize that it takes about twice the amount of time and energy than you could have ever imagined.  That being said, at the end of the day, a long exhausting day, nothing compares to starting up and running your own business!


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