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Meet John Barton of Point ‘N Save

Today we’d like to introduce you to John Barton.

John, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I have always had a passion for starting my own businesses. When I was younger I started a lawn care business in my neighborhood. I continued that passion in college.

I studied Entrepreneurship at CSU, Chico. During my four years there I noticed a big problem. Each year, students would pass away from alcohol-related incidents. Students did not feel as though they had enough options for things to do that was affordable.

That’s when I came up with Point ‘N Save. Point ‘N Save is a mobile application that rewards students for choosing wholesome entertainment. After a student downloads the app they are shown a list of participating business and their student discounts. When students scan QR codes at the registers they earn points. Points go towards awesome prizes that are sponsored by the businesses.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Not exactly. It was tough to get traction in the beginning. But once people heard my message and why I created the company it got a little bit easier. The incubator has actually really helped me in my progress and I continue to get great help!

We’d love to hear more about your business.
As a college student, I would always hear the same thing… “There is nothing to do at this school!” People honestly thought there was nothing to do there except party and drink alcohol.

I found out that my University wasn’t the only one struggling with this problem. Many Universities struggle with the stigma that their school is just a party school.

That’s when I came up with Point ‘N Save – the mobile application that rewards students for going to local businesses and events near their campus!

What were you like growing up?
I was always in sports. Especially basketball. I’ve been playing my whole life and it’s one of my passions.

I was a more independent child and enjoyed making things on my own. I always looked up to great businessman before me and have tried to model what they did so that I could be successful as well.


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