Three weeks after Brian Hamilton sold his successful financial information company to a Silicon Valley private equity firm, he already felt restless. An entrepreneur by trade, quick to problem solve, he soon embarked on a cross-country road trip from North Carolina to Seattle with his two dogs, Shawn and Stacey.
Now he’s dovetailing his cross-country adventure with a desire to extend his business know-how to struggling business owners.
Hamilton has made a name for himself in the financial technology world, but said his passion really lies in helping small businesses. He is the founder of a nonprofit called Inmates to Entrepreneurs that offers resources to formerly incarcerated individuals to start their own businesses and reduce rates of recidivism. While he made sure to clarify it is not the point of his trip, Hamilton is tacking on some consulting to the bike riding and exploring he’s doing.
In each small town that he visits, Hamilton puts out the word to small business owners that might be struggling that he’s interested in helping. Having worked in all aspects of small business ownership and entrepreneurial endeavours himself, from marketing to banking, he wants to share what he has learned with others on a similar path, he said.
“I’ve made all the mistakes,” Hamilton said. His goal is to advise people in avoiding or reversing those same mistakes.
His road trip is bringing him through Jackson from Saturday through Tuesday. Jackson business owners interested in meeting with Hamilton for some free business consulting may contact his assistant at (416) 566-5423 or (551) 206-2353.