The Southern Trapper is owned and operated by Dane Bligh, a young entrepreneur committed to making a difference in his community.

In 2013, Dane began mentoring a troubled seven-year-old elementary school student, who came from a very impoverished community in North Charleston, South Carolina. The first three weeks of mentoring passed without the student saying a single word.


“EARLY ON, I THINK HE ASSUMED THAT I – LIKE EVERY OTHER ADULT MALE IN HIS LIFE UP UNTIL THAT POINT – WOULD JUDGE HIM, AND THEN EXIT HIS LIFE AS QUICKLY AS I ENTERED IT.”


While riding bikes one afternoon, they stopped at a corner store to buy a bottle of water. Dane noticed that his mentee was admiring the wallet that Dane had originally made for a friend. At that moment, Dane realized he had the perfect project to help teach his mentee a skill he could use later on in life.

The Southern Trapper started because Dane wanted to make a wallet with his mentee, that would never tatter or fall apart. It quickly turned into a company when the student said he wanted to make a second wallet to sell to a friend. Since Dane had all the raw materials, he let him keep all the money he made, and just like that, Dane’s mentee became an eight year old entrepreneur.

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