The Richmond Chamber is proud to promote Nerd Crossing as this year’s Small Business of the Year! Read the conversation below with their Owner and Chief Nerd, Jim Hammack, on his challenges, future goals, and advice for new business start-ups.
Richmond Chamber of Commerce (RCOC): Tell us your name, your title, and the name of your business?
Jim Hammack (JH): Jim Hammack, Owner and Chief Nerd, Nerd Crossing
RCOC: What type of business do you operate?
JH: IT support, web and marketing services, computer repair
RCOC: How long has your business been in operation?
JH: Started in January 2011 so just a little over 3 years
RCOC: What is your business’ mission statement?
JH: To provide honest, high quality technology services.
RCOC: Why did you choose to locate your business in Richmond?
JH: As a resident of West County, it was very important for me to start my business in the community that I live in and that I am actively engaged in.
RCOC: What has been your biggest challenge lately?
JH: Hiring the right people to keep up with our growth and our evolving business model.
RCOC: What do you love most about owning a business?
JH: Helping others. Putting people back to work, giving them their self-confidence and sense of worth back.
RCOC: What are your future goals for the businesses?
JH: We will continue to grow and open other strategic locations in the Bay Area, then the State, then the Country, and then globally. World NERD Domination.
RCOC: As a business owner, why do you choose to be a member of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce?
JH: Incredible networking opportunities. A sense of fellowship amongst other small business owners.
RCOC: What advice would you give to someone starting his or her own business?
JH: Deliver a high quality, customer focused product. Stay passionate about your company’s mission and vision. Execute with laser like focus. Persevere.
Don’t miss this! Jim Hammack of Nerd Crossing will be presented with Richmond’s Small Business of the Year award at the East Bay Leadership Council’s 14th Annual Small Business Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 9, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Concord Hilton, located at 1970 Diamond Boulevard. For more information or to purchase ticket to attend the luncheon visit www.eastbayleadershipcouncil.com.