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Necessity the Mother of Invention for Roseville Creators of Handipockets

06/30/2015 11:05AM ● Published by Style

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creators of HandiPockets

Answers by Joe Dorr

Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?

Our business found us when I was on crutches five times over a six-year period, and my wife wanted me to be as independent as possible. The first time I used crutches she created HandiPockets so I could carry things at the office without asking for help on everything; of course, it gave my wife a break at home, too. My doctor suggested we had a good idea and should market it. Thankfully, we knew a manufacturer in Fresno who was willing to make our pockets. Further orthopedic surgeries created a need for a walker pocket, and then friends suggested a wheelchair patient could use a pocket, so we developed other versions and now proudly say HandiPockets are “made in the U.S.A. and support the California economy.”

What was the first job you ever had, and what did you learn from the experience?  

I delivered for a florist. The owner told me to drive respectfully because “our name is on the truck.”

What life accomplishments are you most proud of?   

Learning how to run a dairy farm, as it requires multiple skills. I’m also very proud of our family (daughters and granddaughters).

Where do you go when the going gets tough?  

To work in the garden.

What’s your hidden talent?  

Greeting guests as a docent at the California State Railroad Museum and making them feel welcome.

What’s your biggest job perk?   

When I see someone using HandiPockets mobility aids on their crutches, walker or wheelchair.

What’s your favorite local event that you go to?  

Downtown Tuesday Nights.

And finally, customer service is…?  

Telling the truth and giving immediate follow-up.

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