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Ben Bear - Meadowbrooke Gourds

“Started in 1995”

Ben Bear


My wife Denise and I are the proud owners of a cool little company named Meadowbrooke Gourds. While we own all the debts and assets of the company its real heart and soul are a blend of the many shades of characters we choose to spend each day with.

The best word I ever heard to describe me was a tinkerpreneur a hybrid between a tinkerer and an entrepreneur. I love to tinker with anything that could be better. To break the traditional way of doing almost anything and put it back together in a new way. Boundaries for me are just something that needs to be tested to see if they should be there. If they have a good reason and purpose I’m satisfied, if they don’t its tinker time.

The entrepreneur in me loves how many positive things can be accomplished through a small business. I absolutely love seeing how many smiles our shared effort has brought to so many people. The very simple concept of our customers smiles equal our prosperity, satisfies and motivates me deeply. I am totally at peace with the knowledge that when our employees and customers stop smiling, I will need to get a real job. I really don’t want a real job ever, ever, ever!

I also love to farm and have grown almost anything that is green. The warmth and sunshine of spring fill me with the desire to see what awesome crop I can grow. Each year starts with limitless possibilities. Each year brings its own great challenges and its own rewards or failures. Each fall I am ready for the rest that winter forces on us. Each spring is a fresh start with a little more wisdom learned in past years challenges. This cycle is what challenges me and recharges me. I can’t help notice as I get older how fast this cycle seems to go.

I have been married for more than thirty years and have three children who are a beautiful blend of Denise and me. Each one different, each with their own talents and gifts. I couldn’t be prouder that they each chose to play a part in Meadowbrooke Gourds. I couldn’t be happier that I get to spend time with them almost every day. It is so rewarding to see each of them doing what they want with their lives and to be a part of it all.

I also feel a great debt of gratitude to each of our employees who I would rather refer to as friends or family. I can truly say that I like and respect each one of them. Each one has gifts and blind spots as we all do. What makes them all so special is their willingness to help each other when needed. This is what I call heart; this is what makes the long days worthwhile. This is what makes life so rewarding. Thank you, everyone, employees, friends, family, and customers. Thanks for sharing this dream.

With deep gratitude,

Ben Bear

Good better best. Never let it rest, till your good is better and your better is best. Still, never let it rest.

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