Before arriving at the Addison TreeHouse, James Blair had already tasted business success and could be forgiven for thinking he knew it all. Having founded and sold several companies he had gained experience people twice his age had yet to know. Through apartnership with the Baylor Accelerated Ventures program, and the Town of Addison, he was given the opportunity to move his company to the Addison TreeHouse. It also offered him a chance to learn more about how local government can help grow his business.
CEO of LionsMouth Digital
Founded by the Town of Addison and the Dallas Entrepreneur Center (aka The DEC) the Addison TreeHouse is a resource center focused on providing aspiring entrepreneurs with education, programing/events, and mentorship that are vital for the growth and sustainability of businesses.
It didn’t take much convincing for James to see the TreeHouse was the best place to launch LionsMouth Digital, a web design and branding business.
“I believe in getting out of the house to work and being in this community environment exposes like-minded people to other small business owners who can relate to what you are going through. Plus it feels more natural to meet people this way, compared to a happy hour or networking event,” said James.
What came as a surprise was how valuable the connections he was making with the Town of Addison, and the businesses they help settle.
“Relationships with the City have been a huge resource. Making connections with people there helps understand how to approach other companies with the problems you can solve for them. City staff have knowledge about a broad range of businesses that gives you key insights into things like sales cycles, altering your pitch to the type of business, and more. Connecting with your local government isn’t something that my generation knows how to do or knows how to do very well. The Treehouse serves as a bridge to make these connections easier and has been invaluable to my business.
Economic Development Manager,
Town of Addison
“A key piece of economic development is connecting people and resources to solve problems and create opportunities. We feel like that is our primary role here at the TreeHouse. We are uniquely positioned to help the start-ups that set up shop here to connect with established businesses and executives to create new opportunities.”