Riverside Chamber Names Ross Holman 2015 Young Entrepreneur
It was New Year’s Eve; a crowded party with no DJ to end the year with a bang. Ross Holman was asked to fill in, so he gathered the little equipment he had and gave it a try. 8 hours later and $50 richer, Local Boy LLC was born. A natural, Holman realized there was a real demand for professional DJ services in Southern California; one that can’t be met by just pursuing DJ gigs as a casual hobby.
Four years later, Local Boy LLC of Riverside has grown, now serving the Los Angeles, San Diego and Temecula areas, and diversified. Holman’s other business ventures include Jonnie Smiles Photobooth, Boardwalk Films and SoCal Uplights.
Holman is proud to collaborate and build strong relationships with local schools, playing Proms, Homecomings, Winter Formals, etc. Becoming further involved with schools and students, Local Boy LLC offers internship opportunities where they teach kids the ins and outs of the audio visual experience they deliver. Some of these internships even lead to jobs at Local Boy LLC.
Local Boy LLC was recently recognized by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, chosen from among five finalists for the 2nd Annual Young Entrepreneur Award. The award, announced as part of the Chamber’s Annual Riverside Business Week, offers the next generation of local business leaders the opportunity to compete by submitting a business plan and video that shows off their operation. Presentation took place at the Riverside Business Expo & Mixer where Ross Holman’s acceptance served as one of the event workshops as he discussed his start-up experience with Sharon Tyrrell, Chair of the Riverside Business Week Committee, and Vincent McCoy, Director of the Inland Empire Small Business Development Center.
“Receiving the 2015 Young Entrepreneur Award has been an incredible journey. I have been able to make so many new connections and meet new people, it has just been a rich learning experience,” says Ross Holman.
In addition to the networking and business exposure through the Chamber, the Young Entrepreneur Award comes with a $3,000 cash prize sponsored by the Chamber’s Area Business Councils.
Below, Ross Holman tells his story...