Owning a business is really hard. We know, because we’ve been in your shoes.

For more than 20 years, we’ve faced most of the same challenges you’re facing today. Employees’ emotions, cash flow, marketing, bookkeeping, vendor demands and customer expectations are wrapped into one big gift box with the name “OWNER” stamped on it.

We started our company in March, 2000 – just one month before the “dot.com bubble” collapsed. With that collapse, many of our customers lost their desire to spend money for a few weeks. I had 3 employees who were counting on me to keep the business running and I had to adjust our strategies to fit the market. Seven months later, 9/11 happened and we had to adapt to a changing economy … again.

And then . . .

  • The stock market crashed in 2002.
  • Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.
  • The subprime housing crisis happened in 2007.
  • The housing market collapsed in 2008.
  • And between 2008 and 2009, the stock market and the global economy tanked.

By God’s grace, we learned to take every challenge on its own. Changing procedures to fit the changing times, we never changed our long-term goals. We learned to adapt and kept our composure, never letting our employees see us sweat. Over the years, we maintained around 24 employees and they relied on us as much as we relied on them to get through the ever-changing market situations. In the end, we were among the small businesses left standing in an industry that shrank by nearly 35% nationally…. And we never had to lay a single employee off.

What we learned along the way

  • Developing a plan to market and sell our business and retire
  • Becoming proficient in Quickbooks Desktop and Online
  • Building a team of trusted advisors to help in C suite areas
  • Implementing a platform to handle HR requirements
  • Designing dozens of departmental KPIs
  • Leveraging manufacturer’s help for advertising dollars
  • Building different banking relationships for different needs
  • Implementing leadership programs for managers
  • Implementing multiple scheduling and project management platforms
  • Buying new commercial real estate
  • Designing and constructing a building addition
  • Acquiring and managing a fleet of service and installation vehicles
  • Banking issues like financing inventory and restructuring debt
  • Building and implementing annual and seasonal budgeting
  • Building and managing employee training programs
  • Implementing employee benefits packages

Our Company's Mission

“To share our experience for the benefit of others”.

Every company needs a mission statement. A simple, memorable statement that guides and reminds everyone in the company, everyday, as to what they do and why. Every word matters. After months of contemplation, we found ours to be quite simple:  Our mission is to share our experience for the benefit of others.


Our Core Values


Be truthful in every interaction we have.


Always be looking for a better way to do things.


Strive to do the right thing, always.


Strive for excellence in every task we perform.


What will your Act 3 be?

Act 3, or “chapter 3”, is the time in your life when all of the hard work in your business finally pays off and you get to turn the page to retirement or whatever comes next.

For me, chapter 1 was the Navy and the various jobs that led me to my own business. My act 2 was starting a business from the ground up and growing my business and supporting my family. But, In the snap of a finger, 20 years rushed by and the time had come to turn another page in “The Book of Clay”.


My Act 3 is how I plan on spending the next 10 to 15 years after selling my business. For me, it was time to share my experiences for the benefit of others, and the idea of Part Time Business Partners was born.

Have you thought about it yet? What will be your Act 3? Where will you be when you finally leave your business? How much money will you have saved? How healthy will your relationships with your spouse and kids be? Will you have grown and sold your business or closed it down? The answers to these questions  and other decisions you make in your act 2 will determine what’s in store for you, so it’s important to have a plan for Act 3 and WORK THAT PLAN. Trust me, you are going to blink and the time will be here. Part Time Business Partners would love to help you develop a plan and get you started in the right direction to where you want to go.

Clay Dennis

Part Time Business Partner
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