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A Business Owner Dares to Start a Real Conversation About Race

White owners often ask Mel Gravely, CEO of TriVersity Construction, what they can do to help. He’s got an answer for them, which he offers in this interview and in his challenging new book, ‘Dear White Friend.’

‘I Was Raised By Entrepreneur Wolves’

Rob Dyrdek—high school dropout, professional skateboarder, reality TV star, founder of the Dyrdek Machine—has learned a lot of entrepreneurial lessons since getting scammed the first time he started a business. For example, he never starts a business unless he sees a clear path to the precise outcome he has in mind.

What’s in It for the Owner? A Skeptical Conversation about ESOPs

Both Jeff Taylor and Jim Kalb run companies with employee stock ownership plans. Jay Goltz is thinking about implementing one — but he’s got questions, such as: Where does the money to buy the company come from?

What’s Wrong With Small Business Marketing?

It’s not always about marketing. Sometimes, the real issues go deeper. Sometimes, before you can figure out how to sell, you have to figure out who you are.

Can Stephanie Stuckey Revive Stuckey’s
TIME TO LISTEN: 54:00 TIME TO WATCH: 54:00 TIME TO READ: 20:00 MINS

When Stephanie Stuckey first thought about buying back the pecan and roadstop business her grandfather founded, she consulted three investment advisors. Two told her not to do it.

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The Making of the Legendary Squatty Potty Facebook Campaign

It started with a sophisticated—if shoestring—marketing strategy that culminated in late 2015 with a video that broke the internet. What will they do for an encore?

Brent Beshore Takes a Radical Approach to Private Equity
TIME TO LISTEN: 48:00 TIME TO WATCH: 48:00 TIME TO READ: 17:00 MINS

Brent Beshore likes to say of the businesses he invests in, “Boring is beautiful.” It’s one of the things that sets him and his firm, Permanent Equity, apart. He runs a private equity fund with more than $300 million in capital, but he’s not really a private equity guy.

Why Charlie Gaudet Loves a Bad Economy
TIME TO WATCH: 50:00 TIME TO READ: 10 MINS

The founder of business-coaching firm Predictable Profits, Gaudet talks about how his clients and his own business have fared during the crisis.

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