SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — A local man’s frustration has turned into a growing business in Sioux Falls. Bravo Boards are made for small clubs or school sporting events that can’t afford a large score board. We meet the man behind the board and find out what he did to become a successful entrepreneur.
Scott Perkins was like any other dad at his kids’ sporting events, trying to keep track of the score. Unfortunately, smaller clubs and school districts can’t always afford a big electric scoreboard.
“I got to thinking, how are we going to address this? And why aren’t there scoreboards at all these different soccer fields or football fields? When you look at the market, I can see why some of these boards are pretty expensive, hard to control and expensive to maintain. And you can only use them outdoors for five to six months if you’re in South Dakota,” Scott Perkins, President and CEO of Bravo Youth Sports, said.
In 2014, Perkins got to work on the solution; he created Bravo Youth Sports.
These portable score boards, he calls Bravo Boards, are controlled from a free smart phone app. Each one is assembled in a warehouse in Sioux Falls by Perkins himself with almost all U.S.-made pieces.
He says they’re affordable, but buyers can off-set costs with built-in ads for supporting businesses.
“The local advertisements, just for example, would be like Aaron Rietsma donated to a local soccer team. Board and Brush did the same thing, where they can for $1,995, which is the cost of the Bravo Board. Overall, as an advertising budget goes, that’s pretty affordable,” Perkins said.
Perkins suggests other entrepreneurs find resources for budding businesses. He got help from the Zeal Center for Entrepreneurs, along with some inspiration from an old high school classmate who gave him life-changing advice.
“‘The only reason I made this much money is because I had an idea and I followed through with it from the beginning to end.’ Didn’t say he didn’t make any mistakes because you’re going to along the way. But the idea is to finish it and make it happen and realize it,” Perkins said.
Bravo Boards cost just under $2,000 apiece.