Next Friday, 1,702 graduates will be awarded their degrees from
BYU-Idaho. It will be a day of celebration. For some this is only the beginning
of their post-secondary education, others might enter the workforce, and a few will
try their luck by starting their own business.
One former BYU-Idaho student is now the co-owner of a rapidly
growing web based company in northern Utah.
“It’s all about just good business practices,” said Alan
Barker, Co-Owner of Infinite Discs.
Alan says he learned this during his stint as a real estate
agent. But it was during his college days in Rexburg that he was introduced to
the sport that now supports his family.
“I went to BYU-Idaho and the first time I ever heard of disc
golf was there,” said Barker. “I was a big ultimate Frisbee player and this one
guy was like,’ have you ever played disc golf?’ And I hadn’t even heard of it.
I said that sounds stupid. You just throw Frisbees and you don’t have to catch.”
It wasn’t until later when Alan was living in Utah that he
really started to love the sport.
“Disc golf got built down here by a guy from southeast Idaho
that came down here and got the disc golf started,” said Barker. “And so I just
started playing and just for fun, I had done some other online business before,
started a blog called Disc Golf Reviewer.
And so we made the blog, started to get a lot of traffic for doing very little
and realized that there was an opportunity.”
The company is called Infinite Discs and they have shipped to all 50 states and to countries around the
world. They are currently just an internet distributor but they eventually hope
to have a storefront in a few years. Most of the discs are shipped to the Midwest
but a lot end up in eastern Idaho.
“One super nice thing about you guys in southeast Idaho is
shipping is super close,” said Barker. “We can process it really fast. It’s
going to get to you really quickly. One advantage southeast Idaho has even over
shipping within Utah is you don’t have to pay sales tax, whereas people in Utah
Alan’s business partner also has ties to eastern Idaho. Kirk
Salisbury used to sell jewelry in Pocatello. Together, they are bringing in half a million
dollars a year through their business.