Idaho Business News
This section deals mainly with Mountain Home business but I also expand my horizons and cover news from Boise or other areas of Idaho. Business news items I like to cover are store openings, closings and opinions.
Addie enjoyed Halloween 2013. Thanks to all the parents and children who came by, got some treats and petted my knuckle-headed dog. She loved it!
Hopefully we'll see you next year.
I parked in downtown Mountain Home around 12:15PM or about 2 hours after the Harvest Festival kicked-off. The crowds didn't appear to be as big as last year but what would they expect without any true local promotion on the internet?
Address: 310 E 2nd N St, Mountain Home, ID 83647
I walked all the streets where booths and vendors were set up. Maybe it was the cool weather or maybe no one knew about the 2013 Harvest Festival but there were very few booths and vendors this year. Really disappointing for me as I enjoy all these entrepreneurs selling their stuff.
Food is one of those things people look forward to when going to any festival but when it's a "harvest festival", I envision foods of all kinds, especially with a local flavor. But that wasn't the case at this festival...Food vendors were scarce. Obviously not the organizers fault but you'd think local restaurants would make an strong showing. And where was that "Dinner for a Farmer" event anyway?
I complained the City of Mountain Home didn't promote the October 5th 2013 Fall Harvest Festival in my previous post. So I decided someone should care enough to review this event...an event I reviewed back in 2010 at this link:
Festival Food: 1 Star
Festival Entertainment: 4 Stars
Festival Booths or Vendors: 2 Stars
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Think way back to September 6th, 2013 or less than 1 month ago when I posted a story right here flaming the City and our Mayor Tom Rist. Why? Because he/they/it indicated the city dropped the ball when promoting the biggest event in City of Mountain Home this year. That event of course was Air Force Appreciation Day or AFAD.
It's now Friday night, October 4th, 2013 and we are less than 1 day from the start of the Fall Harvest Festival held in the streets of downtown Mountain Home. And with Mayor Tom Rist and the rest of our elected officials thinking they are doing a crack job for the citizens, people are looking for something to do in the Mountain Home area on Saturday October 5th, 2013.
Find It They Might
And how did the City of Mountain Home, Idaho advertise/publicize and/or promote the 2013 Annual Fall Harvest Festival? With another extremely underwhelming paragraph on the back page of their waste of money website.
17th Annual Fall Harvest Festival
October 5, 2013 10:00am-3:00pm
Each fall, local and regional vendors line Mountain Home downtown sidewalks, streets are blocked off for entertainment and Mountain Home celebrates its' harvest! There will be activities for the whole family, Dinner on a Farmer, Pie Baking Contest, Hayrides, Scarecrow Festival, Craft Vendors, Live Entertainment and More!! For more information call Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce at 587-4334
Damn It...And I Mean Damn It in the Best Possible Way
So, why do I care, damn it?
Because I live in the City of Mountain Home, Idaho, damn it.
Because I pay taxes to support the City of Mountain Home, Idaho, damn it.
Because I damn well think the people of Mountain Home deserve better.
Because if just 1 unplanned visitor goes to the Harvest Festival, the businesses and City will be better for it, damn it.
Because a damn City website should tell people what the hell is going on.
Because I don't think dropping the ball 2 times in a 30 day period is acceptable, damn it.
Because communication is important to some people but "it's not the City's job to communicate" damn it?
Fail, Fail, Fail
The City of Mountain Home gets an F-, a complete failing grade in promoting City events on their website. How hard could it really be to write an interesting story with some pictures, a map of the events and general info for the citizens, tourists and unsuspecting visitors? I know, I know who the heck cares?
Thanks for reading!
Long Time Friendship
I've know Frank since we were little hoodlums back in 1968. We went to the same elementary school but then lost contact with each other after my family moved away before high school. As luck would have it we reestablished contact in the early 1980's and have been in contact ever since. We took different paths though life. I joined the United States Air Force and Frank muddled through life working various jobs in many different places.
New Life, New Career, New City
Frank moved to Colorado in the mid-1990's with the seed of an business idea and high hopes. With only a high school diploma, tons of street smarts and a new bride, Frank decided it was time to settle down and make a real life for his new family. It took a lot of hard work, scrimping and some luck but he finally opened his new business. The type of business Frank opened isn't important to this story so we'll just say he built a better "widget" as he liked to tell me in the early days.
By 2001-2002, Frank had one office and 5 employees. The money wasn't rolling in but it was enough to live on. He ruled his company with an iron fist overseeing the entire operation from customer service to product production and quality control. Working 7 days a week doing everything he could to build his company took a toll on his family life and health.
New Blood Meets Rock Bottom
Competition in the "better widget" business started heating up just as his family life started its decline. A couple employees jumped ship and started working for competing companies in Denver. By 2004, things were not looking good for Frank. Then around Thanksgiving 2004, a young at heart 63 year old guy answered a "help wanted ad" Frank put in the newspaper. Frank decided that he should give "Old guy Jimmy" an interview. With his personal life in shambles, Frank didn't realize he set up the interview for Thanksgiving Day 2004.
"Old guy Jimmy" needed the job and sat down with Frank. The 1st interview didn't go as expected. The interview turned into a most of the day learning experience for Frank. Frank told me it was more like Jimmy was interviewing him. Long story short? "Old guy Jimmy" accepted a job at Frank's crumbling and declining company. By Christmas 2004, there were only 3 employees including Frank.
By April 2005, the books for Franks company were "still bleeding red" and he was still working 15-18 hours a day. "Old guy Jimmy" accepted the job with Franks company on the condition he would have some input on how business would be run. But Franks, as always, could not and would not listen to anyone. That was until Jimmy threatened to quit. Frank and Jimmy had a "throw down, knock out fight in the middle of the office".
Big Changes in "The Philosophy"
Old guy Jimmy still works "with" Frank to this day. Frank's company experienced a complete turn-around in just 3 years. By the time the "Great Recession" began Frank's company had grown to 8 employees. Three of his new employees came from companies in direct competition to his. More importantly customers and money started rolling in. On March 25th 2010, Frank opened his 2nd shop in Colorado Springs and hired 5 more employees.
As of February 5th 2011, Frank tells me his small business is "THE" company to work for and business continues to grow "almost" faster than his employee can handle. He now works a regular 40-50 hours a week, has a new child on the way and his family life is quite good.
What Changed in Frank's Business?
Frank gives "Old guy Jimmy" all the credit for turning his company and his life around. But it really wasn't until February 3rd that Frank understood exactly what happened. This was the day he read an article that explained Old guy Jimmy's business philosophy.
This is the link to the article Frank thought was his key to success: http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/4256/biggest-killer-of-innovation-in-business/
Here is a semi-direct quote from Frank:
"15 years ago I created a better widget because I believed in taking chances and thinking outside the box. Then I built a box so big, with so many rules that I couldn't think outside the box and I certainly wasn't going to let my employees outside that box. Jimmy discovered what was wrong with my small business during that Thanksgiving 2004 interview and saw something in me and my company. Thankfully he kicked my ass way back in April 2005. I lost my creativity and in the process almost lost my family and faith in myself."
Leave Me a Comment
Me thinks Jimmy doesn't get paid enough to put up with my old friend Frank. Both Jimmy and Frank thought it best to remain semi-anonymous...at least for now. What are your thoughts about this article?
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