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Danny Collins, founder of 37 North, says if you want to try your hand at being an entrepreneur, just do it. “The first year was just testing the waters,” Collins says. They tried everything from …

“For me, it was all about amassing experience and learning as much as I could, and then at the same time, applying that to my business,” says SueAnn Hollowell, CEO of Optikal. Hollowell started …

Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI, says he would have saved time and money by outsourcing earlier in his venture. Wyas says by utilizing the expertise of others, you can advance your product to market, get …

“Never having opened a business before, this was all new and I just had the passion and idea and was ready to go for it,” says Kim Gardner, owner of Breathe Salt Vault. Gardner says she jumped in …

“The big thing is a lot of people think you have to spend a ton of money to get started, and you really don’t,” says Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI. Wyas says you’re better off starting small …

“We’re trying to think through what does a Turkish-inspired, American Diner look like? From the look and feel to the wall decor, how do we envision this?” asks Dustin Myers. Myers and Jeremy …

“Your ability to act quickly and efficiently is really your biggest advantage when you’re competing in industries with large players,” says Kevin Wyas, founder of ECRI. Without big investments …

“It was one of the best things in my life, selling the business, because I was able to take a vacation with no cell phones or anything and just read and not worry that my business was burning down …

Michael Doss, creator of Emerson Park, started making his own coffee soap as a hobby. Seeing a demand, he started selling products online and to retail stores across the country. Doss says they …

“I have days where I am on top of the world. I got more online orders today than I ever have and I’ve gotten an email from someone saying how good it is. And then I’ll have a week where I …

Terry Bloodworth, owner and operator of Springfield Hot Glass Studio, says it’s an absolute necessity for entrepreneurs to be educated in business. Bloodworth says he has a good business manager, …

Abbie Brown, owner of Brown Abbey Gourmet, wowed Catherine and Thor Bersted when she made her Greek salad dressing for Lavender Falls Farm. They encouraged her to start her own company selling her …

“We are trying to change systems here, not just people, so it takes committed consistency,” says Keisha Mabry, who is an author, speaker, and social entrepreneur. Microaggressions are verbal or …

“He goes out and takes risks and might do something that people advised him against, but definitely follows what he believes is right and truly [is] a very smart guy,” says Rachel Anderson, …

President of Croley Insurance and Financial, did a lot of “grunt work” at his first job. Croley says his boss told him he could stay in his position, but at some point he should build his own …

Brenda Jackson, Director of Business Development for Grooms Office Environments says one of the most satisfying things about being an entrepreneur is seeing the effect on her sons. Jackson, who owned …

Rachel Anderson, Acting Director at The efactory, says they commonly see entrepreneurs who focus on only one aspect of their business. “It’s hard to be the jack-of-all-trades when you do have a …

“I had some money that was left from my inheritance from my father, and the rest of the financing I got through a home equity loan,” says John Twomey, owner of Bits of Britain Cafe. Twomey says …

“I’ve always been an adventurer and a risk-taker with business and trying different things — even within my own business, I would try different paths,” says Brenda Jackson, Director of …

Gino Wickman’s book “Traction” presents the Entrepreneurial Operating System, which Mickey Moore, CEO of Tomo Drug Testing says has been hugely impactful on their business. Moore says whether …

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