JD Ross Consulting
The SBDC helps JD Ross Consulting stay local and grow
Purchased their own building, increased the number of employees by 4 and expect 2022 income of more than $600,000.
Johnathan Ross launched his software development company, JD Ross Consulting (JDRC), with two goals: keep it small and stay local. With the assistance of the University of Mary Washington SBDC, he achieved both these goals and surpassed them.
“In the past I worked for big companies where people were just a number,” Johnathan says. “I wanted a business that would be more personal.”
To achieve the small-town feel, Johnathan consulted UMW SBDC Director Susan Ball. She showed him the value of purchasing property and connected him with the right people to grow his business.
“I met Susan at a symposium, and out of the blue she asked, ‘Hey Johnathan — want to buy a building?’” Johnathan relates. “That had never crossed my mind, but I started thinking about it — six months later we bought a building!”
After receiving valuable guidance on property insurance coverage and deeding, Johnathan contacted the SBDC for advice on another venture, a nonprofit to provide a safe space for local teens to engage in eSports. With extra space in the new building, JDRC decided to expand its community involvement policy.
“Since I didn’t know how to start a nonprofit, I asked Susan,” Johnathan says. “She gave me the steps I needed to follow.”
SportingNextLevel, which includes a youth soccer program, will launch later this year.
To date Johnathan is pleased with the growth of his company and nonprofit venture.
“JDRC started with one employee, and now we’re up to six,” he says. “Business is really starting to snowball — we anticipate income of more than $600,000 in 2022.”
Johnathan credits the SBDC with providing business details needed to help his business grow.
“I knew how to do government contracts, but I didn’t know how to set up Quickbooks or pay taxes,” he adds.
Johnathan readily recommends the SBDC.
“I tell other business people who ask about our success to check out the SBDC and have a consultation,” Johnathan concludes. “The SBDC will definitely benefit anyone starting a business.”