Via Jacksonville Daily Record
by: Katie Garwood Staff Writer
Award-winning young entrepreneur Brandon Stallings created a company based on smart thinking about smart foods.
For SmartBox Company CEO Brandon Stallings, starting a business while in college was, at the time, about getting rich and retiring at 35.
Seven years later, the vending machine business Stallings ran out of his truck, house and a storage unit has grown into a company that provides health food micromarkets, high-tech vending machines and a custom snack box delivery service. It’s on track to break $1.2 million in revenue this year.
In May, Stallings was recognized as the U.S. Small Business Administration District Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and he has no plans to stop anytime soon.
“Now, I don’t want to (retire),” said the 29-year-old. “I wouldn’t want to do that even if we got ‘really, really rich,’ whatever that meant back then. I love SmartBox. I love what we’ve created.”
SmartBox provides a “one-stop shop” for office break rooms. The company fills its vending machines, micromarkets and snack boxes with food and drinks that are free of artificial ingredients, preservatives and refined sugars. Read the full story here.