At Mantooth, we believe that small businesses make the community go round. The Fort Collins Chamber of Commerce is once again recognizing local small businesses with their annual Small Business of the Year Awards in May and we couldn’t be more excited. The awards are broken into four categories, and nominations are now being accepted. Get your vote in by April 20!
In honor of the occasion, we’d like to introduce you to the brains behind a few of our favorite small businesses:
What was your very first job? Farm chores such as mowing, feeding livestock, etc.
What is something most people don’t know about you? Everything I thought of I don’t think should be published. I like metal.
What is your funniest work memory? Running the business out of a house that was infected with bees.
What drives your success? Being an advocate for professional IT services and doing it right.
What unique skill would you love to possess? Playing drums and being able to draw.
What was your very first job? Hoeing onions in the Arkansas valley when I was 10 for $.25 an hour.
What gave you the drive to open up your own business? I wanted to do anything I could to use my art talent, after years of manual labor.
What is your favorite thing about your job? Seeing the look on a customer’s face when they open a box of shirts they ordered and watching their satisfaction in what we did for them.
What places are on your dream travel list? That’s a tough one because as an artist I think whether you are in the backyard or standing on a mountaintop, the world is such a beautiful place so everywhere, I love.
What is your funniest work memory? We had a male employee who liked to wear a dress to work.
What was your very first job? My first steady jobs were pulling weeds in home owners associations for a landscaping company and cleaning animal cages in a small veterinary clinic. I got the jobs because amazingly no one else seemed to want them.
What is something most people don’t know about you? I love and embrace technology. Customers rarely think the guy on the mower is the creator of the sophisticated IT infrastructure that backs our company, but I’m the one responsible for making sure it all works seamlessly.
What drives your success? I always have the lingering fear of failure, which forces us to take calculated leaps and constantly evaluated how we can do better.
What unique skill would you love to possess? I would love to be able to speak a foreign language. I think the only thing that would work for me is immersion (it’s amazing what you learn when you have to eat). It’s on my bucket list, so if you see me starving you’ll know why.
What was your very first job? Farm work and lawn mowing as a young boy.
What is something most people don’t know about you? I attended a rural one room country school thru 8th grade.
What is your funniest work memory? After his appointment, one of our hearing aid patients accidentally started driving off in my teenage son’s car. I had to chase him down the street with Prince blasting from the CD player.
What drives your success? The satisfaction of helping people hear better.
What unique skill would you love to possess? Shoot 3-pointers consistently
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