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Steve
12-18-2006, 01:38 PM
This is an interesting niche. Finding a place in the design market in Charlotte too small for larger companies and too sophisticated for traditional lawn care companies.

Do you think there is money to be made in this niche?

Backyard biz seeded with early ambition (http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/business/16259381.htm) - Darin Brockelbank remembers dragging an old push mower and carrying a three-in-one weed trimmer to his first lawn job in the neighborhood.

At 14, he didn't do such a great job for the $20. "I didn't have the expertise, then," he said.

From that beginning, the now-22-year-old has built Metro-GreenScape, a Charlotte lawn and backyard-design company with 10 employees and annual revenues of more than $750,000.

Brockelbank's story is atypical of most 22-year-olds who might be wrapping up college or looking for their first real job. He works 11-hour days, has two kids and a 22-year-old wife, who works with him at the business at 13601 S. Tryon St.

He's grabbed a niche of the design market in Charlotte too small for larger companies and too sophisticated for traditional lawn care companies, he said.

Steve
12-18-2006, 03:34 PM
Check out his company website here http://www.metrogreenscape.com