Technology Company Grows Up with Help from SBDC
Sometimes success finds its way through adversity and can create something new and better. In 2015, Eric Skidmore’s thoughts of finishing his career and looking to retirement took an abrupt turn when his employer was bought out by another company. Eric found himself without a job, but he had an idea for a company. He turned to the SBDC and Nine Peaks Solutions was born.
Eric started Nine Peaks from a spare bedroom, using his cell phone to call on clients and arrange meetings with his book of contacts from his previous business. The software changes provided an opportunity in the market to help his former customers with their software solutions.
The SBDC helped transform Eric’s business idea into action, making it real through advising and classroom sessions that helped Eric work on the business, instead of just in the business. Today, Nine Peaks has 16 employees and 35 clients.
“I would have never, ever figured out that I would be where I am today. It is a great ride,” Eric said. “The SBDC is here for the start and growth. The advisers and instructors help me think about things differently and get the business fundamentals right so the company can continue to grow up.”