When businesses use their expertise and resources to create purpose-driven social and economic impact, amazing things can happen. And Paul Millefolie, the founder of Red Barn Software and TradeCrews™ is doing just that for the skilled trades. Taking his expertise as a software developer, Paul and his team have created a new platform for businesses and craftsmen to network with one another and find employment opportunities. The mission of TradeCrews™ is “to celebrate and uplift the skilled trades industry by connecting people, advocating for careers in the skilled trades, and helping provide a continuum of career care for those who faithfully serve this industry.” Today, I’m excited to introduce you to Paul and the inspirational work he’s doing TradeCrews™.
Describe your business?
We design, build and integrate software solutions. Cloud based systems, mobile applications and websites are our forte. We build systems for clients, and we’ve also built our own product, TradeCrews.com that we’re really excited about. We believe TradeCrews™ will help make a social and economic impact in the lives of business owners, tradesmen and job seekers who serve the skilled trades industry.
How long have you been open?
Red Barn Software has been serving clients since 2007.
What’s your favorite part about being a small business owner?
The most satisfying part of what we do is helping people. We connect to them through business, but we relate to them as people and human beings. At the end of the day, we’ll always want to be known as people first, purpose driven software technology company.
What is your biggest challenge right now? How do you hope to overcome it?
Through our TradeCrews.com product, we’re on a mission to make a social and economic impact in the skilled trades industry. The response we’ve had from business, education and association sectors has been amazing. A key for us is finding the right partners, businesses and individuals who share our values, our determination and our work ethic. I recently told a group of business owners that I made a choice regarding the challenges facing the skilled trades industry. Rather than waiting for hoping for change – I decided to be-the-change and to look for people who want to work together and build something awesome! How do we find the right people – networking. Talk to people, let them learn about your core values and vice-versa. Find genuine people and together you’ll get the job done.
What are three random facts about you?
- I’m a Boston sports fan
- I enjoy candle-pin bowling (no one south of New England knows what that is)
- I need to laugh every day; it is simply the best medicine 🙂
Aside from your business, what are you most passionate about?
As with many families, we’ve experienced challenges in life. I believe that it’s through those times, we are given an additional perspective. What we choose to do with that perspective is important. We’re all a product of our experiences, and the attitudes we choose to adopt ultimately shape our behavior. We are acutely aware of the challenges of pediatric cancer, specifically leukemia. That’s a topic that will always be near and dear to us. I’m an advocate for opportunity. I’d love to look back on my life and see how many people we’ve helped and be happy for their success.
What’s your favorite thing about RVA?
There are so many wonderful things about RVA, it’s difficult to choose just one! As a 2001 transplant from New England, I’d say the weather is something I’m grateful for. We actually enjoy a Spring season in Richmond…and it’s awesome. I’m also drawn to the architecture of the homes, their use of brick and stone – it’s a beautiful here.
Best place to have coffee or meet a client and why?
Panera and Cafe Catura are high on my list. Panera is convenient for most people and Cafe Catura provides a casual environment.
One office supply or biz tool you can’t live without and why?
As a software developer it would be easy to say it’s my Mac or my PC…but writing code is part technical and part creative. For that reason, I rely on my trusty white-board to help me visualize ideas. It helps me express thoughts into another medium where my brain can work on them.
Favorite Richmond neighborhood and why?
Richmond has so much culture and history; from the Fan, to Carytown with the Byrd Theatre…the museum district. I really enjoy seeing the historic buildings and homes, and admiring the craftsmanship.
Want to learn more? Follow TradeCrews™on Facebook or check out their respective websites: Red Barn and TradeCrews™!
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