Farm-to-front-door business encouraged to think big

Doorganics is one of three businesses selected to receive $5,000 in technology services from Open Systems Technology's (OST) "Think Big" campaign, a program designed to inspire successful, small businesses to "think big."

According to Mike Hughes, founder of Doorganics, the prize could not have come at a better time for the rapidly maturing "farm-to-door" delivery service founded in 2011. "It is really big for us. As a small business, we do not always have the resources to look forward."

Hughes says they will use the OST consulting and technology services to support their growth and develop a better online user experience, specifically adding more features that will allow customers to better manage their account online. "This will allow us to scale in West Michigan," he says, adding that both their network of farms and subscribers are growing.

Despite this summer's drought, which has impacted many of the area farms Doorganics sources their produce from, their business is trending positively. "It's been a good summer. As a small business, we continue to overcome challenges such as the the drought. We've recently added one new part-time employee and now have four part-time employees and myself running the business."

To learn more about Doorganics, you can visit their site here. To learn more about OST and their "Think Big" program, you can visit their site here.

Source: Mike Hughes, Doorganics
Writer: John Rumery, Innovation and Jobs News Editor