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Mark Ferguson, 35

A Forty Under 40 winner slept on top of his tools in his college dorm while getting his start-up off the ground. 

April 05, 2021
Mark Ferguson


Ferguson Builders / Greenville, S.C.

2020 Revenue:  $1.9 Million  

A Million-Dollar Business' Dorm-Room Beginnings

I started my business in grad school, out of my dorm room. It launched my first semester and by the second semester, I had eight part-time employees.

In the beginning, I didn't have the funds to invest in all the right equipment. So I began with my old pickup truck with an uncovered bed and had to store all of my tools in my dorm room. I would haul them up two flights of stairs every single day.

I got married during grad school and my wife helped me kickstart the business. She invested countless hours into business strategy and customer relations. We worked tirelessly from our basement for 6 years. We then purchased our first brick-and-mortar location in 2017 and have been steadily growing ever since.

I like to think my humble beginnings have helped me stay humble as the business has grown.

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