While living in Germany during high school, Ben’s youth group pastor loved bringing their youth group to climbing gyms. This is where Ben started his passion for climbing and learned to love the victory of getting to the top or mastering difficult passages on the rock climbing wall. Even through college, Ben consistently found himself back at the climbing gym. He and his wife have talked about opening their own bouldering gym since they got married 7 years ago, but it finally became the real deal 6 months ago when they officially started planning for Boulder Lakeland.
What is your business? We are a bouldering gym. Bouldering is very similar to rock climbing, except you don’t go up as high and there is no harness. This style of climbing allows you to practice your technique, reach the top more often, and collaborate with other climbers.
Who are your clients? School groups and college students, business team building groups, & adults on dates–it’s fun for any age or group!
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? I wanted to see my community be active in a really fun way!
Business wins? I’ve had nothing but positive responses to this idea! We are also a part of the Climbing Wall Association and already have some potential partners in the community.
Short term goals? Get the community climbing in my mobile unit.
Something interesting? We will style and create unique structures to climb, like Cinderella’s castle or a giant tree for the kid’s section and a giant pinball machine or the Great Wall of China for the adults.
Why Lakeland? It’s been my home for 13 years and I love this community! I feel lucky to have discovered this city.
What would you like to see in Lakeland? I would love to see our community encouraging each other to be healthy and active.
Favorite things to do in Lakeland? Running with my wife and kids, eating at Black & Brew, and sharing craft beer with friends.
How has Catapult helped you? Catapult gives me the platform to run my business, the confidence to plan and dream, and a safe community to bounce ideas off of.
Secret Sauce? Encourage daily victories.