Family is the most important thing in Dan's life, which is why he and his wife decided to start their own greeting card business. Looking for a way to work flexibly from home while supporting their family, Dan and his wife started their business at their dining room table. A little over five years later, with five children and another on the way, Dan's business, iZon Greetings, has "grown tremendously beyond expectations". It is truly a family-run enterprise - in addition to six employees, every member of Dan's family contributes in some way, from design and photography to marketing and operations.
iZon Greetings (www.izongreetings.com) provides a way for busy professionals to stay in touch with family and friends they hold dear. Over the years, Dan's business has grown from buying other wholesale cards to producing their own cards, selling them to 84 outlets in the U.S. and Canada. Dan prides himself on helping out other greeting card manufacturers by giving them free consultations on how to grow their business as he has. He is also dedicated to giving his employees the flexibility they need to meet their family's needs first, a value he holds of utmost importance in his own life.
Dan came to ACCION USA because he was inspired by Kiva. He sees Kiva as an incredible opportunity to connect real people starting businesses, and an "awesome" gift for kids in lieu of the latest phone, clothes, or game. Dan truly believes in the power of the American Dream - that sense that small businesses have made the U.S. what it is, and have the power to change an entrepreneur's life. Accordingly, he wants to do his part to spread the word about Kiva.
He plans to use this loan to bring his business into "the Internet age". It will pay for a rehaul of their computer and software systems, which haven't changed since the business was started, and for Web design services. iZon is also currently partnering with another organization called Hope is in the Cards that plans to spread the idea of "hope" to people experiencing rough economic times by sending greeting cards.