Behind the Business: Storks Unlimited

OWNER: Marcus Peterson

ADDRESS: 1108 Hunters Cove, Evans

TELEPHONE: (706) 830-7122

E-MAIL: info@storksandyardsigns.com

NUMBER OF YEARS OPEN: Two.

WHAT MY BUSINESS DOES: I rent stork signs for a baby's arrival, and I flock yards with flamingos and any personal yard sign you would need.

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Two.

HOW DID I GET STARTED: When ... my wife (and I) had our last baby, there was no one that rented storks, so I came up with the idea to start my own rental business. Now I have one here and in California.

WHAT I LIKE ABOUT THE BUSINESS: When I deliver the signs, just to see the smile on the parents' face. That's what makes it worth it.

WHAT YOU DON'T LIKE ABOUT THE BUSINESS: Nothing. I love the business.

WHY YOUR BUSINESS STANDS OUT: When people see my storks, they always ask me about them.

YOUR BEST BUSINESS ADVICE: Try something. I did not know how this would go, I just tried it, and it's doing very well. So my advice is: Try something. If you have an idea; go for it.

WHERE DO I SEE MY BUSINESS IN FIVE YEARS: I hope I am in three to four more states, and hopefully I am doing double business ... locally.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN THE BUSINESS: Getting started and getting the money to start it. Also getting your name out there -- that was the challenge for me.

ROLE MODELS/INSPIRATIONS: My dad; he owns a locksmith business, Pops Locks; and my wife and kids.

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