Bootstrapping is defined as starting a business without the aid of venture capital or angel investors and using only the profits from the business to invest in that business's growth. Harmon Museum announces a new lunch time program, Stories of the Bootstraps, a series of lectures by local entrepreneurs who started business that have not only prospered but survived through more than one generation. The talk is accompanied by a catrered buffet. Tickets are $15.
Previous Bootstrappers George Leasure and his family lead off the series with their story of GMI, Inc. a business founded by George and his wife Mary Alice as Ghent Manufacturing and now expanding through their children into GMI, Inc. Ghent began with six people in rented offices inside the old Peter’s Cartridge factory. The flagship brand of GMi companies, Ghent visual communication products help people communicate, collaborate and learn. Ghent’s products include glassboards, whiteboards, tack boards, easels, enclosed message centers and signage.