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story made "The Oprah Winfrey Show" because 14 Ballantyne area families adopted 33 kids from the same Libe- rian orphanage. "We basically decided we would adopt from Liberia, too, because we wanted to expand our family through adoption, and we knew our kids would have people with similar backgrounds to them here in our community," An- gel explains. As their family grew, so did SignUpGenius. The company now averages eight to 12 million users per month and had a whopping 66 million users in 2016. The Rutledges also now have 27 employees in their Ballantyne offices. They love being in Ballantyne Cor- porate Park, even incorporating their "neighborhood" into the company's fun. They recently did a scavenger hunt around the office buildings and took the whole crew to see the Star Wars movie at StoneCrest. SignUpGe- nius was named Small Tech Company of the Year at the NC Tech Awards in November, and it just continues to grow. "People ask me if I thought it was going to get big when I started? Yes, of course!" Dan says. "The reason you start it is because you think it's going to get big. But it was a process of watch- ing more and more people find us and getting excited when we had 10,000 in a day on the site and then we had 100,000 … then last year we had a million on the site in one day!" But both Dan and Angel say the true measure of their business is the way SignUpGenius is helping people change the world for the better. "I've been taking mission teams over to Liberia, and every time we go, we use the site to collect things for the kids: clothing, toothbrushes, soaps," Angel says. "We tend to take more than 30 suitcases full of items all donated by people who sign up, thanks to the site. That's been our mission (with the company) from the beginning — to empower people to change the world by making it simple to organize groups." StoneCrest at Piper Glen 7804 Rea Rd., Charlotte, NC 28277 (704) 544-5355 www.smashburger.com BALLANTYNE SPRING 2017 74 Feature