Submitted by Pamela Gunthorpe, Entrepreneur Staffing Specialist
Profile: George Campbell, Entrepreneur
“Every single person I know who is successful at what they do is successful because they love doing it.” – Joe Penna
As a child, George Campbell enjoyed taking pictures with an old Kodak Instamatic camera. He’s been snapping the shutters of cameras ever since, serving as the photo editor for his high school yearbook, and continuing to capture photos throughout his service in the United States Air Force. But his work experience took a different direction. Mr. Campbell gained experience in the Air Force as a Communications Specialist and afterward worked as an Electronic Engineering Technician and Project Coordinator.
Mr. Campbell began attending Palm Bay BizLaunch at Brevard Workforce in April 2013, soon after being laid off from the electronic engineering position he held for 12+ years. Admittedly he was intrigued at the idea of owning his own business but didn’t really know that it was possible. “BizLaunch helped me to understand that it was possible”, he says now. “Attending BizLaunch and hearing the many speakers and entrepreneurs helped me to think I could do this too.”
Just as photographic processing used to be developed in a darkroom, the idea for Olde Tyme Photo Revival grew bright from the shade of entrepreneurial exploration. Mr. Campbell was the “go-to guy” when it came to pictures portraying memories of the past. For example, when his mother passed, she left him with an extensive photo collection which he then digitized and shared with his family. Friends from high school reached out to him looking for specific pictures of themselves from the past. The picture was becoming clear that there was a need and he could fill it.
George Campbell has launched Old Tyme Photo Revival (http://www.oldtymephotorevival.com/) which provides photo scanning, negative scanning, and slide scanning services to individuals and businesses who want to digitally preserve memories from the past.
He is optimistic about the future of his new business. “I am getting some word-of-mouth referrals which is encouraging.” And he has even been asked to take his scanning equipment to Massachusetts over the holidays to do some work there.
When asked what advice he would offer others interested in starting their own business, Mr. Campbell shared, “Keep a positive attitude and keep learning. Always be open to learning new things.”