This is the main street in the city I grew up in. When I grew up here this was the city. The only other thing in the entire city was a Dairy Queen about a mile down the road. There was one stoplight, no grocery store, no restaurants, no movie theater, or any of the other things “normal” towns have.
I couldn’t wait to leave Dacula when I graduated. Very quickly, I couldn’t wait to be back to a town just like it.
There is nothing like the community, the friendship, and the impact you can have in a small town. I’m 40 years old now and I have lived most of my adult in what would be considered small towns. I have seen great success in small towns. Since I was 16 years old I have been starting growing businesses in small towns. I have started a comic book store, cleaning service, thrift store, motorcycle shop, and three churches all in towns where most people would never think you could start these things. All grew, all were profitable, and all made huge impacts in the community.
Today, I live in Canton, Ga. I’ve been here 12 years and I love every aspect of it. The older I get the more my love for entrepreneurship, the south, and small towns grows. I get calls weekly from people asking for advice as they step out to start that one thing they have been dreaming about for years. It energizes me. I love seeing people step out to live their passion.
So we’re going to talk business in the south here on this blog. I am going to introduce you to successful southern entrepreneurs, I’m going to share with you all the mistakes I’ve made and I’m even going to be starting a podcast in the next month or so where we focus on those who are starting things in the south. I’m excited and look forward to having you on the journey with me.