By Don Breckenridge

The first buck, or first sale, your company makes is a pivotal point in the life of your business.  That first dollar validates all of your efforts toward making a dream a reality. It signifies a need in the marketplace that you’ve been able to fill.  And receiving your first customer feedback allows you to continue to reimagine your concept and grow.

As an entrepreneur or small business owner, you’re always looking forward to the next horizon. You don’t always take the time to stop and celebrate those significant milestones, like the first buck.  That’s why we’re launching First Buck Stories, a movement to encourage entrepreneurs to share stories about what motivated them to become entrepreneurs, how they made their first sale, and what inspires them to keep moving forward.

Before launching Hatchbuck, we went business to business, speaking to entrepreneurs and owners.  Many of them had that first buck framed on the wall.  And a lot of them agreed that the first buck is challenging to make, but making more bucks can be even harder. That’s why we think our mission of helping small businesses to grow is so important at Hatchbuck.  By providing easy to use sales and marketing tools, Hatchbuck gives busy entrepreneurs and owners more time to pursue their passion while having better process to keep the first buck – and all the bucks that come after it – rolling in.

We hope you’ll use First Buck Stories as an opportunity to pause and look back at where you started, marvel at where you are today and share your story to inspire other entrepreneurs to keep going.

Participating in First Buck Stories is as easy as Share, Vote, Win.

We’re calling all entrepreneurs and business owners to share a video of their first buck story.  To sweeten the deal, we’re also giving away a $25,000 Marketing Makeover. The marketing makeover will include a PR campaign, a website redesign, content strategy help, and a lifetime subscription to Hatchbuck sales and marketing software.  Here’s how to participate:

  • Share:  Share your first buck story at by November 16, 2014.
  • Vote:  Get the vote out for your video during Global Entrepreneurship Week, November 17, 2014 to November 21, 2014.
  • Win:  Win a $25,000 Marketing Makeover. Finalists will be determined by the 5 videos with the most votes, and the winner will be selected based on creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and the story.

As an entrepreneur, it’s easy to feel like you’re on an island.  But the more we reach out and share our stories, the more we can learn from each other and help each other to succeed. Help keep the first buck conversation going, and learn more about First Buck Stories at

Don Breckenridge is cofounder and CEO of Hatchbuck, an easy-to-use sales and marketing software designed to help small and mid-sized businesses grow