I am first and foremost a flawed follower of Jesus Christ. With all of the things that I could say about myself, why lead with that? There’s a simple explanation that comes in two parts. First, if I didn’t start with that, you wouldn’t understand where I’m coming from. The other part comes from my motivation. We each have things that excite us more than others. My relationship with Jesus Christ is the most exciting thing for me. That’s what drives everything else.
If Jesus is where my excitement comes from, why am I so interested in communicating about Small Business Finance? How do the two connect? Several of Jesus’ closest followers were small businessmen before they followed Jesus. They owned boats and were fishermen. Or their family owned a small fleet of fishing boats. Can you imagine the havoc that Jesus caused by calling Zebedee’s two sons, James and John to follow him?
Now that you know the source of my motivation, you might be wondering what life experiences I’ve had that make me realize that there’s room for improvement in small business finance. My great grandfather and his brother were immigrants back in the late 1800s. In 1895 they founded Christensen Bros., a tailor shop. Over the years, the tailor shop transformed into Christensen’s Department Store, selling apparel for the entire family. Three generations and 103 years later saw the end of an era, but not the end of my entrepreneurial spirit.
Now, 119 years later, I’m back in retail as the operations manager at Cafe Crop, an independently owned scrapbook and paper crafting store. I’ve co-Founded a technology services firm called Harvest Clouds, where we help our clients with Simple. Elegant. Powerful. solutions that leverage the potential of technology with their specific business. As if that wasn’t enough, I’m also working on building this platform to Change the World of Small Business Finance.
This is most certainly going to be an iterative process. I am going to make mistakes along the way. But how many of us would ever be able to ride a bicycle today, if the first time we fell when learning to ride, we gave up? In the words famously attributed to Winston Churchill, “Never, Never, Never… give up.” Because the sure fire way to fail is to give up.
I’m embarking on a journey to Change the World of Small Business Finance. Are you ready to come along for the ride?