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Glen Rock Entrepreneur Overcomes Learning Disabilities, Starts Business

Glen Rock's Howard Spaeth, 25, owns and operates his own web design business.
Glen Rock's Howard Spaeth, 25, owns and operates his own web design business. Photo Credit: Contributed

GLEN ROCK, N.J.– Playing to his strengths helped Howard Spaeth of Glen Rock overcome his learning disabilities and start his own web design business.

“I was always afraid to ask questions,” the 25-year-old entrepreneur told Daily Voice. “I was limited to where I didn't know how to work with [the disabilities].”

An admitted visual learner, Spaeth aims to simplify things for his customers. He also tries to relate to their problems – even if they only involve technology.

Through his company, H Grant Designs – Grant is his middle name – Spaeth designs company websites, fixes computers, edits videos and manages social media accounts.

“Each one of my clients that I am designing a website for gets a mockup of my ideas on paper and we discuss it and make any requested changes,” he said. “We go back and forth until they’re happy with how it looks and go from there.”

Most of them operate their own businesses or live in town.

“I’m all for helping the local community,” said Spaeth, a 2008 Glen Rock High School graduate. “It’s a tight-knit town.

“I’ve worked with local businesses on not only their websites but their brands as well.”

His most famous client is former New York Giant Leonard Marshall .

But Spaeth had his eyes set on becoming a teacher.

He worked at Ridgewood's Camp Sunshine where "I fell in love with helping the kids” and he tutored borough students.

So he set out to earn a master’s degree in Education at Rider University.

Redesigning the website for his a cappella group Spaeth “fell in love with the process.”

The inspiration to start H Grant Designs in 2014 came from his Linkedin profile, of all places.

“I saw I was being endorsed for websites, graphic design, computers, and video editing and I decided to take a leap of faith,” Spaeth said. “And I haven’t looked back.

“I feel like I’m making a difference in people’s lives. I don’t give up until I fix a problem.”

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