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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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    Lloyd Sigel: Lloyd’s Barbeque

    Lloyd Sigel started his business career selling roofing and siding with his dad, whom he calls “one of the best salesmen he has ever seen – one who could overcome any objection and get the sale”. This was at the age of 13.

    From there he moved on to painting houses while in high school and selling advertising while in college. When he finished college he took his first professional job with a reduction in pay because he could not find a job that paid him a comparable amount.

    His first job happened to be in the food industry where Sigel quickly made his mark as a superb salesman. This caught the eye of a food industry entrepreneur who hired Sigel and then made him a partner. This partnership became very productive and Sigel soon found himself buying a nearly bankrupt food company to pursue his passion – to sell pre-cooked ribs to restaurants and food stores. He bought the assets by assuming the liabilities, which is a great way to get into your own business especially if you do not want to invest a lot of cash and you know how to turn the business around. (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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