NFIB helps Sorber and his company keep on truckin’
NFIB Michigan Member Profile: Jon Sorber of Two Men and a Truck
Name: Jon Sorber
Business: Two Men and a Truck
Location: Lansing, Michigan
For Jon Sorber, instead of Three Men and a Baby, it’s “Two Men and a Truck.” The Michigan entrepreneur founded his moving company with his brother and mother in 1985, and they have expanded their venture to hundreds of locations throughout the United States, Canada and Ireland.
The formation of Two Men and a Truck was a collaborative effort, Sorber says. At first, he and his brother Brig moved people using an old pick-up truck. Now, more than 2,300 trucks roam the streets emblazoned with the hand-drawn logo Sorber’s mother first drew on a napkin.
“We all bring different things to the table,” Sorber says. But the family still needed help, which is why they turned to NFIB in 2014. The family feels burdened by too much regulation, which makes it hard to do business, he says.
Having served on the board for Michigan’s Chamber of Commerce for seven years, Sorber understands how much owners rely on lawmakers to create a welcoming business environment. That experience made him look for someone who could be on his side while running his own business. Being an NFIB member gives Sorber a strong pro-business ally to fight for business-friendly legislation around the country, he says.
Environmental regulations—such as the Clean Air Act—are particularly harmful to Sorber’s business because he needed to buy new $10,000 engines that comply with the EPA’s regulation. NFIB has also defeated harmful franchising laws that would make it much harder to do business, Sorber says.
“Their issues fall in line with mine,” Sorber says. “They focus on small business, and when an issue comes up, they do a survey of all members, and that’s where they get their marching orders.”
Passion and a desire to provide top-notch service have driven the success of the Sorber family business for more than 30 years. “I try to have a positive, can-do attitude and offer the best product and service out there,” Sorber says.
Although family squabbles occur from time to time, Sorber and his family have learned to put the business above their egos. “When a family business fails, it’s usually because of greed,” Sorber says. “We feel so blessed for what we have, so we check out attitudes at the door.”