Published November 25, 2016
On the eve of Small Business Saturday for 2016, it seems like a good time to tell the story of the three generations of small business owners that are in our family.
We start with my father, patriarch Ron Swanson, who along with my mother, Betty, owns and operates Bacon’s Motors in Forest Lake, MN. Ron has a number of small business ventures to his credit, including home-based MLMs, and a longtime distributorship of Christian books. Bacon’s Motors reflects Ron’s passion for cars, and at age 77 he shows no signs of slowing down. You can still find Ron patrolling the lot at Bacon’s most days of the week.
Next in line is yours truly. My wife, Janet, and I currently operate Fox and Swan Arts, out of our home in Rochester, MN. The entrepreneurial bug bit me rather late in life, and after some misfires starting two other businesses, we are enjoying modest success as we slowly build a following for Fox and Swan. We’ve joined the Rochester Area Chamber, and have our products for sale on our Shopify site, and at selected small retailers.
Finally, we come to my son, Ben, who – with his business partners – recently opened a custom furniture business called Wolfram Studios. The make some really cool dining tables, coffee tables, and other “woodworks”, from reclaimed flooring materials. Check them out of Facebook or Instagram, too. Here’s Ben at work on a custom project.
Cars, photography, and woodworking: these are the small business pursuits of our branch of the Swanson clan. Thanks for supporting small businesses, not just on Small Business Saturday, but everyday.