Brian was born with a love for business and people. He started Gospel, Inc., a not-for-profit business that facilitates opportunities for residents in the Parker Street neighborhood to give back to their community and connect with each other by volunteering at Gospel Inc’s working home for men and art studio for women that provides skills and job training (RePurpose Art Studio). What started out as a ministry project grew into a desire to create jobs for those who Brian was assisting, so he has since created two for-profit businesses that support and connect with Gospel, Inc.: Looks Great Enterprises and Neighbors of Lakeland.
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur? I found that I was passionate about both business and caring for those in need, especially the homeless. So I followed in the footsteps of my parents, who are both entrepreneurs and business owners, and created Gospel, Inc.
Who are your clients? Our ministry serves homeless men and at risk women who are pursuing a more healthy and stable lifestyle.
Goals and wishes: To grow the Gospel, Inc. team by employing more at-risk women in our job training program, to complete and furnish our RePurpose Art Studio, and to add another full-time staff member.
Hardest thing about starting your business? It was hard to generate support, but the longer we have stayed committed to the work we do, the more support we have received!
Why Lakeland? I first came to Lakeland to attend Southeastern University and I fell in love with the wonderful community of people in the Parker Street Neighborhood who have become a great support to me and the work I do.
Favorite things to do in Lakeland? Visiting Circle B Bar Reserve, walking the Parker Street neighborhood, and eating at great restaurants.
How has Catapult helped you? I’ve received great advice and support from the amazing community of Catapult, not to mention an awesome work space that provides everything you need to run a business.
Secret Sauce? A hard work ethic, a commitment to God, support from mentors and my wonderful wife Kari, and taking advantage of the opportunities that come my way.