Top 5 Macon Entrepreneurs

They took a chance, and put it all on the line to see their ideas come to life.  They are the backbone of our local economy, and we appreciate their contributions to Macon GA.  Here are a few of our top local entrepreneurs that make our city great!

1.  Robert Betzel - infinity network solutions

Rob is one of those overachievers that puts in the extra effort needed to succeed at whatever endeavor he attempts. The legend goes; Rob started working on his business plan in college and launched his successful business in the living room of his home. That was back in 2000 and 15 years later Infinity Network Solutions, Inc. is a powerhouse in the network consulting business.  Over the past 15 years Infinity Network Solutions has been on a steady growth path and was able to withstand the Great Recession and other obstacles along the way. Today, Rob continues to grow his business while at the same time giving back to the community that has helped his business grow and prosper. Earning a position on our TOP 5 Entrepreneurs list is just the latest and accomplishments and accolades to be bestowed on Robert Bezel.   ​

2.  Steve Bell & Laura Puckett- Ocmulgee Traders

Steve & Laura are more than just local small business owners, they are first and foremost Macon Believers. There is not a local awareness campaign for the betterment of Macon that they have not been involved in or full supported. Since 1994 they have operated Smart Creative Media, LLC which has helped brand many high visibility organizations in the local market. Today, Steve & Laura are the proud owners of the first upscale urban grocery market in our city. This labor of love was no easy task to accomplish. It took years of planning and dedication to a dream to see Ocmulgee Traders become a reality and for that reason it is a no-brainer for this power couple to make our TOP 5 List.   

3.  Jeff Button & Mike Daughtry – Off The Vine

Partners Jeff Button and Mike Daughtry a first opened up shop in 2004 as a boutique called Jeffrey Michaels. After eight years in business during a very tough recession economy the guys decided it was time for a change. In 2012 they changed the name to Off the Vine (a stellar name for a wine shop located on Vineville ave!), and began offering wines that the big box stores don’t stock as well as the super techy sounding Enomatic Wine Tasting System.  In the past three years, this pair has proved their business savvy and Maconites don’t want them to put a cork in it anytime soon.

4.  Eric Wakefield- Golden Bough Books

If you want to know the difference between a bestseller and a good book, then you need to head downtown to The Golden Bough Bookstore and talk to Eric Wakefield.  Eric is someone who cares not just about his business, but about our city as well.  In a time when “big box” stores are closing, Eric has been able to maintain a successful locally owned bookstore.  In addition to owning the Golden Bough, Eric is also a very talented visual artist whose work can be seen in various businesses around town.  So if anyone asks if there is a book store downtown, your reply should be a resounding YES!!

5.  Rob Evans- Star Motel Records

Rob Evans is a recording engineer, music producer and owner of Star Motel Records and Recording Studios.  Rob studied recording with and assisted Athens recording engineers and producers David Barbe and John Keane whose credits include The Indigo Girls, The B-52s, R.E.M., Wilco, Drive By Truckers and many more.  Past projects have garnered regional and national attention and awards including a national Tellie Award for sound design and Best of Show for the Bright Blue Sky and Steve Moretti collaboration “Cherry Street” by Floco Torres.  A graduate First Presbyterian Day School and the University of Georgia, Rob continued his musical development by completing courses in Protools at the new Music Business program at the Terry College OF BUSINESS at the University of Georgia.  Rob also has a Masters Degree in Business from Mercer University, and has served as a board member of the Bragg Jam Music and Arts Festival. 

Honorable Mention:

Brad Evans - The 11th Hour

Brad Evans brought badassness to the newspaper business!  When the 11th Hour launched in Macon, it breathed new life into the print publication scene, and filled the local entertainment publication void.   The 11th Hour publishes two community newspapers, one in Macon and one in Statesboro, and also hosts the popular Readers Choice Awards show.  Brad Evans has served as Bragg Jam Board President, is a Capitol Theatre Board member, and received the 2005 Macon Arts Cultural Award.

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