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The Business Bar Promo Video

Friends, I can't thank you enough for the overwhelming support of me pursuing my dream of helping small business owners pursue their dreams through my new business, The Business Bar. With the help of some of my amazing talented friends here in Jacksonville, we have our first promo video! Check it out and let me know what you think.

 

Created by The Business Bar's design/video guru, Danny Cary in collaboration with Sarahdipity Photos and AppleBox Productions

Featuring Amanda Lenhardt, Aaron Ventura, Calli Webb and Bradley Hayes

Breaking the silence for an exciting announcement

My dear friends, I don't think I can fully convey my excitement and joy, fear and overwhelm as I finally sit down to write this post. After dreaming and scheming for about a year, this new venture is dream is about to become a reality. I am starting a new venture: The Business Bar. My goal is to provide resources for small business owners to become more efficient and successful, allowing them to spend more time focusing on their passions - the reason they started their business in the first place.

 

the business bar coming spring 2014

 

When The Business Bar officially launches this Spring, it will be full of beautiful branding design, clarity finding worksheets, marketing materials and so much more - all made by myself and a group of insanely talented people that I'm honored to collaborate with.

 

the business bar coming spring 2014

 

You may remember, when I launched jordanbrantley.com one of my first posts was sharing an inspiration board for a new venture I was excited to start working on. Well, you guessed it, it was The Business Bar! My goal with my personal site was to have a "home base" for my design business and any future businesses that made it out of my head and into the world.

This past year has been one full of of change, growth and learning. I've considered my future and what I am really passionate about. Through working with some really amazing people I've discovered my deep passion for getting to know people, hearing their stories and helping them become successful in pursuing their passions. This, and collaborating with other creatives towards this goal is extremely live-giving to me and it is my dream to be able to spend my time doing just that.

Things are about to change a lot around here but for the better, I promise. Jordanbrantley.com will become strictly my personal website - a place where you can keep track of me, my life and the projects I am involved in. I will still keep up this blog which I am insanely excited about. I will also still have @jordanbrantley across social media.

My hope is that The Business Bar will be a scalable business that is open to collaboration and is not built around me, but the passionate business owners I hope to serve.

 

the business bar coming spring 2014

 

I'm sure you can understand the crazy array of emotions I am experiencing as I said at the beginning of this post. Today my dream, The Business Bar, is being shared with the world. Tomorrow I go to The Makers Summit in Greenville, South Carolina and will be officially introducing myself as the founder of The Business Bar and handing out my new shiny cards. Next week I will be wrapping up my last design projects before I dive into designing product, rallying collaborators, researching needs and building the website. In April I will be presenting my new business to thousands of people at One Spark, a crowd-funding festival in Jacksonville. Then The Business Bar will open it's online doors!

Dreams are terrifying. I can't wait to see how this one pans out.

You can follow the journey to opening day by subscribing to the newsletter on the website and following @thebusinessbar on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. ( as well as my personal accounts @jordanbrantley - I'll be posting behind the scenes peeks as well )

As always, thank you. Thank you all for your encouragement and support. But mostly, thank you for your passion - the passion that inspired me to start this in the first place.

my story

I'm amazing at the amount of change that has happened in my little life in just the past few years. The idea to share the story of how I got into design sent me back into my first Facebook albums. Christopher and I look so different it's insane!

 

chris and jordan brantley

 

At that point, I had no idea what I wanted to do regarding a career. ( Seriously, how are you suppose to know what you want to do for the rest of your life when you're in high school!? ) I didn't feel like I was super talented or passionate about anything that could actually turn into a job. If you asked me if I was creative, I would have laughed and said absolutely not.

I ended up deciding on a career in radiology and started taking classes. ( Yeah, I suffered through Anatomy for no reason! Ha ) When I needed extra elective credits I made a quick and random decision to take an art class. Needless to say, this one class changed my whole life.

I showed up hours before the class started and stayed all day. It was everyone else's least favorite class and I was soaking up every minute and learning as much as I could. The semester started and ended with the assignment to draw a self portrait. My first looked something like a stick figure and the last one made me finally admit that I had found something I was good at.

 

my first real self portrait

 

This realization left me feeling very confused and lost. Okay, so I really enjoy art. But is that really a wise plan if you need to make money to, you know, live?

I ended up taking the next year off from school. During this time I got a job through a family friend painting murals in the children's building at a local church. This was just the confirmation I needed that it was possible to make money doing something I love. The next semester I started art school.

After the first year of taking classes in all areas of visual art, I decided to change my degree from fine art to graphic design. At that point, I saw design as a good way to make money while I continued to pursue painting. I started a blog to help get my art "out there" and ended up accidentally falling in love with design. I swear I changed my blog design every week. It was Myspace all over again!

 

art school work

 

During my last year of school, I took on a few freelance design clients. This was super helpful in shaping the designer I am now. It revealed a passion for working with entrepreneurs and creatives which has only grown since. I'll always be growing and changing, but I'm very happy with the place I'm in now and thankful for the steps I accidentally took to get here. It's so comforting to know that God is ultimately in total control of my path. I mean seriously, radiology!? Haha!

 

If you have any questions about my story feel free to ask away in the comments!