Download and read online Main Street Entrepreneur in PDF and EPUB 100 Cities. 100 Entrepreneurs. 9 Keys for Success. Main Street Entrepreneur offers a unique look at what it takes to create a successful and thriving business. Lifelong entrepreneur, business consultant and university professor Michael Glauser rode 4,005 miles in 45 days, spent 246 hours on a bike seat, climbed 165,748 vertical feet, and interviewed more than 100 entrepreneurs in 100 cities along the way to discover the secrets to entrepreneurial success. Glauser has distilled hours of interviews and research to present the nine keys for: • Building a purpose-driven business • Meeting important community needs • Developing a supporting cast • Working with a zealous tenacity • Giving mind-boggling customer service • Diversifying revenue streams • Giving back to the broader community • And ultimately, creating the lifestyle of your dreams Readers will learn how to achieve their own dreams and won’t need a 30-page business plan, venture capital, or an exit strategy. All they need to do is implement nine keys for success. Not everyone can build a Facebook, Google or eBay, but anyone with passion and tenacity can do what these entrepreneurs all across America are doing.
Download and read online Main Street Entrepreneur in PDF and EPUB Main Street Entrepreneur presents nine powerful keys to help you build your own successful business. These keys were gleaned from interviews conducted with 100 small-town entrepreneurs during a remarkable bicycle ride from the west coast of Oregon to the east coast of Virginia. The author rode 4,000 miles in 45 days, spent 246 hours on a bike seat, climbed 155,000 vertical feet, and visited more than 100 cities across the country. Although he weathered hail and snow in Montana, unrelenting head winds in Kansas, a hard crash in Kentucky, and torrential rains in Virginia, his journey was mostly delightful sunny days, nights with stars as bright as diamonds, and a glorious homage to American ingenuity. The best part of his bizarre and beautiful escapade was the remarkable entrepreneurs he met along the way. These innovative business builders are living in attractive places they want to live and flying under the radar of the media. For example: Benny and Julie Benson design, build, and operate biomass power plants all over the country from their corporate office in Sisters, Oregon, a beautiful town of just over 2,000 people. Gail and Will Williams have built a thriving sewing company on a gorgeous ridge in northern Idaho that manufactures seat cushions for 600 ski resorts world-wide. Jason Kintzler has developed a disruptive technology in his hometown of Lander, Wyoming that has transformed the public relations industry -- his clients include Pepsico, Walmart, Budweiser and 50,000 other businesses. And Hank Viccellio creates and ships his elegant "wearable art” around the world from his shop on the vibrant waterfront of Yorktown, Virginia. These extraordinary role models have a great deal to teach us about building a purpose-driven business, meeting important community needs, developing a supporting cast, utilizing a host of resources other than money, working with a zealous tenacity, giving mind-boggling customer service, diversifying revenue streams, giving back to the broader community, and living life joyfully. The important lessons taught by these entrepreneurs will benefit readers who want to: Start and operate their own new company Keep their job but diversify income Make their current business more sustainable Grow an existing company to a higher level Do what they love for the long term Create the lifestyle of their dreams The nine keys to success presented in this book are the very foundation of grass-roots business building; they are the "differences that make the difference” between success and failure when starting, operating, and growing a company. Not everyone can build a Facebook, Google or eBay, but anyone with passion and tenacity can do what these entrepreneurs all across America are doing. Readers will learn how to achieve their own dreams and won’t need a 30-page business plan, venture capital, or an exit strategy. All they need to do is implement nine keys to success.
Download and read online The Entrepreneur Equation in PDF and EPUB Examines the risks and rewards of starting, buying, and owning a business, and explains how to assess one's potential to succeed as an entrepreneur.
Download and read online Main Street in PDF and EPUB Carol Milford is a free-spirited young woman who marries Will Kennicott, a small-town doctor. After they marry, Will convinces Carol to move to his home town of Gopher Prairie, Minnesota. Unimpressed by the backwardness of the town, Carole embarks on a crusade of civic reform that is not received welcomingly. This text is highly recommended for fans and collectors of Lewis's work, and it would make for a great addition to any bookshelf. Harry Sinclair Lewis (1885 - 1951) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. He became the first American writer to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1930. Many antiquarian books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now, in an affordable, high-quality, modern edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned biography of the author.
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Download and read online The Entrepreneur s Secret to Creating Wealth in PDF and EPUB What if there was a simple way for small business owners to create wealth forthemselves that required no extra work? Here's the secret: one of the easiestways for entrepreneurs to create wealth is to invest in their commercial realestate and finance the purchase.
Download and read online Wall Street to Main Street in PDF and EPUB A 1999 biography of Charles Merrill, the founder of the world's largest brokerage and investment firm.
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Download and read online Innovation and Entrepreneurship in PDF and EPUB How can management be developed to create the greatest wealth for society as a whole? This is the question Peter Drucker sets out to answer in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. A brilliant, mould-breaking attack on management orthodoxy it is one of Drucker’s most important books, offering an excellent overview of some of his main ideas. He argues that what defines an entrepreneur is their attitude to change: ‘the entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it and exploits it as an opportunity’. To exploit change, according to Drucker, is to innovate. Stressing the importance of low-tech entrepreneurship, the challenge of balancing technological possibilities with limited resources, and the organisation as a learning organism, he concludes with a vision of an entrepreneurial society where individuals increasingly take responsibility for their own learning and careers. With a new foreword by Joseph Maciariello
Download and read online Local Dollars Local Sense in PDF and EPUB Local Dollars, Local Sense is a guide to creating Community Resilience. Americans' long-term savings in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, pension funds, and life insurance funds total about $30 trillion. But not even 1 percent of these savings touch local small business-even though roughly half the jobs and the output in the private economy come from them. So, how can people increasingly concerned with the poor returns from Wall Street and the devastating impact of global companies on their communities invest in Main Street? In Local Dollars, Local Sense, local economy pioneer Michael Shuman shows investors, including the nearly 99% who are unaccredited, how to put their money into building local businesses and resilient regional economies-and profit in the process. A revolutionary toolbox for social change, written with compelling personal stories, the book delivers the most thorough overview available of local investment options, explains the obstacles, and profiles investors who have paved the way. Shuman demystifies the growing realm of local investment choices-from institutional lending to investment clubs and networks, local investment funds, community ownership, direct public offerings, local stock exchanges, crowdfunding, and more. He also guides readers through the lucrative opportunities to invest locally in their homes, energy efficiency, and themselves. A rich resource for both investors and the entrepreneurs they want to support, Local Dollars, Local Sense eloquently shows how to truly protect your financial future--and your community's.
Download and read online Crossing the Chasm in PDF and EPUB Here is the bestselling guide that created a new game plan for marketing in high-tech industries. Crossing the Chasm has become the bible for bringing cutting-edge products to progressively larger markets. This edition provides new insights into the realities of high-tech marketing, with special emphasis on the Internet. It's essential reading for anyone with a stake in the world's most exciting marketplace.
Download and read online Bold in PDF and EPUB Offers readers a how-to guide for harnessing the power of exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to create wealth while also positively impacting the lives of billions.
Download and read online Nothing to Lose Everything to Gain in PDF and EPUB The incredible story of a gang member who became a multimillionaire CEO. Ryan Blair's middle-class upbringing came to an abrupt end when his father succumbed to drug addiction and abandoned his family. Blair and his mother moved to a dangerous neighborhood, and soon he was in and out of juvenile detention, joining a gang just to survive. Then his mother fell in love with a successful entrepreneur who took Ryan under his wing. With his mentor's help, Blair turned himself into a wildly successful multimillionaire, starting and selling three companies worth hundreds of millions of dollars. This book will inspire and guide people who are willing to do whatever necessary-hard work, long hours, sweat equity-to take their vision from paper to pavement. Blair gives readers a road map for successful entrepreneurship.