Howard Afualo’s Success Story: X-treme Bounce, Samoa Howard Afualo was born in American Samoa, as the youngest of nine children. His father was an entrepreneur who believed and taught the importance of hard work. Although Howard was a successful manager in his father’s trucking business he decided to further his education. With the encouragement of his wife Desiree Malietoa Fitisemanu and her family who firmly believe in education, Howard enrolled at BYUH and graduated in June 2005 with a bachelor degree in International Business Management. While attending BYUH, Howard was actively involved in the School of Business and the Center for International Entrepreneurship programs. He and his friend participated in the 2004 Business Plan competition with a plan of building a shrimp farm and received 2nd place. Encouraged with his successful experience, he teamed up with his wife and entered the 2005 Business Plan competition again. This time they had a unique idea. Having five children, it has always been an important issue for the Afualos to find wholesome recreational family activities. While they lived in the married student housing on BYUH campus, their children were always the last ones to leave the inflatable bouncers that were brought for various activities. This inspired them to explore the possibility of bringing inflatable bouncers to Samoa where family gatherings and entertainments are big parts of the Samoans’ lives. Since Howard was graduating and returning home, they wanted to develop a plan that would not only do well in the competition, but also could be turned into a real business. Although their business plan didn’t go to the finals, it immediately caught the attention of an investor. In July Howard successfully negotiated a funding agreement with Working World, Inc., a for profit venture capital company. With the funding from Working World, Inc., Howard’s newly formed company X-treme Bounce & Entertainment had its Grand Opening in Apia, Samoa on August 26 and 27, 2005. The Grand Opening was a huge success because of the combined effort of the support team of Working World, Inc., the Willes Center for International Entrepreneurship, and the School of Business of BYUH. Howard is enthusiastic and eager to make his new venture a sustainable business in his homeland of Samoa.