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    Focus on your mission if you want to dominate

    Personal GrowthEntrepreneurs often have trouble focusing their company and their resources. Why? There could be many reasons:

    New entrepreneurs are usually desperate for sales and don’t want to turn anyone down. They often don’t see how the new business could add complexity to their operations and increases their overhead and their break-even levels. They don’t understand that doing too many things may cause them to be the best at nothing.

    They may have an MBA and taken finance classes where they learned that diversification is good. However, they may not have realized that diversification is good for passive portfolios where the investor has no control over the venture. It is not that great for new entrepreneurs who have limited resources. (more…)

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    Don Kotula: Northern Tool & Equipment

    What do you do for a career if your dad owns a salvage yard in Hibbing, Minn., (former home of Bob Dylan) and does not believe in sales or marketing, but you happen to like machines, tools, and selling to customers to make them happy? You build an $800 million (sales) giant in the tool and equipment industry.

    Leonard Kotula, Don’s dad, owned a small salvage yard in Hibbing. Leonard Kotula’s philosophy was that if you could walk, you could work. Don Kotula started working in the family business “since he was born.”

    They would buy cars and equipment from a variety of sources, including area mines that were changing from mining iron ore in underground mines to open-pit taconite mines, and resell them as parts or steel. (more…)

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  • VENTURE DEVELOPMENT SPEAKER

    For over 33 years, Dileep Rao has worked with entrepreneurs, managers and leaders in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Dr. Rao has been acclaimed as a venture development teacher and speaker because he combines impeccable academic qualifications with his own successful experience in business growth and development -- offering practical knowledge with lasting value for success.

    Based on his experience and his study of some of the world's great entrepreneurs, he shows entrepreneurs, managers, professionals, financiers and area development officials how to build businesses by focusing on what truly matters and is sustainable in the long-term. (more…)

  • ABOUT DILEEP RAO

    A columnist on entrepreneurial finance, Dileep Rao is a nationally acclaimed practitioner, advisor, author and communicator on new business development, business growth and financing businesses and ventures. He combines real-world experience in financing more than 450 firms and managing five companies as the V.P. (now director) of one of the U.S.' largest development finance institutions with advising governments (including the U.S. government), Fortune 1000 companies and entrepreneurs in new business development and financing. (more…)
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