(DOUG JESSOPJESSOP’ JOURNEYS) It has been said that “Necessity is the Mother of Invention.” Colby Bauer was in bodysurfing in Hawaii and lost his wallet to the ocean. He got a big rubber band from a stalk of broccoli to keep his credit cards together. From that came the idea for “Thread Wallets.”

Thread Wallets is now a multi-million dollar business doing business worldwide based out of Provo. Colby told me that the choice to headquarter out of Provo was intentional. He explained that have two big universities in town meant that people from all over the country could buy his product and then take it home with them and help spread the word about his unique prouct.

My goal with Jessop’s Journeys is to find “people, places and things you might not know about.” Here are some other little nuggets about small business in Provo:

  • Provo is home to fun and unique small businesses
  • Over 1000 small businesses in Provo
  • Business friendly community
  • Entrepreneur spirit in Provo
  • BYU #3 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Program

There are more than 20,000 incorporated communities in America. While many are prospering, others are struggling. Provo City is setting the city standard, not just locally, but nationally, as shown by its being named the nation’s 2001’s Best-Run City.

So what is the secret sauce that Provo City has discovered that has earned them the moniker “Central Business District of Utah County?”

City leaders call it “The Provo Advantage.” What don’t you know about Provo? You can sign up for a monthly email at ProvoConnect.com to find out.


Everyone has a story. I strongly feel that “stories have power”. Chances are that if you are going through something, that someone else probably has as well. The shared experiences we humans have can help each other. That my friend makes the point that stories “help us understand each other.”

You don’t have to agree with everyone, but in my opinion, if people would take more time getting to knowing more about others and where they are coming from, we just might find out that we have more similarities than differences.

It’s my honor to be able to share, Jessop’s Journal, a 30-minute collection of Powerful, Positive and Inspirational Stories every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. on ABC4 to all of Utah along with parts of Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado and Arizona. Jessop’s Journal is also available worldwide at JessopsJournal.com.

With another entry into Jessop’s Journeys, “People, Places and Things You might not know about,” I’m Doug Jessop.

Doug Jessop
For Doug Jessop, it all started with a cassette recorder he got for Christmas when he was 12 years old growing up in Southern California. Doug interviewed relatives, friends and anyone else that might have a good story. You can follow Doug at www.DougJessop.com, on YouTube.com/DougJessop, and @DougJessopNews on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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