February 4, 2015
We drove Ford Escorts, gathered with FRIENDS weekly at “Central Perk” and “Windows ‘95” had us all abuzz. The year was 1995. “The Rachel” hairstyle was all the rage, the “OJ scandal” had nothing to do with a Citrus Beverage shortage and cell phones hardly fit in your briefcase, let alone pocket.
1995…where were you? 1995 was a pivotal year for one entrepreneurial spirited Designer, it was the year Beth Anne Branden started BA Designs in Topeka, KS. More specifically, her humble beginnings were in the Engine Department of her family’s Caterpillar dealership. The story goes that Beth Anne had “a” desk in the unoccupied corner of the department. She quickly expanded to a team of 2, then 3 as her business and success grew. Beth Anne still credits her 20 years of success as a small business owner to the practices and work ethic she learned in the halls of Martin Tractor: To provide your customers with impeccable service, invest in your most valuable asset – your people, and pay it forward.
Next month BA Designs will launch the first of many celebrations regarding this milestone- as it was February 1995 that the “BA Designs” sign was hung on the wall of that corner desk in the Engine Department of Martin Tractor.
For the past 7,300 days BA Designs has navigated the ever-changing economical and organizational shifts required to not only survive, but thrive as a small business owner. ..we hope you’ll celebrate this milestone with us. Be sure to “like” us on Facebook and follow us on LinkedIn to be a part of our year long tribute!