Month: July 2015

One Degree Capital Defines The Capital Desert At Meeting of Local Business Owners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Occoquan, Virginia – July 27, 2015  Using his own coined term “Capital Desert” during a panel discussion, Rod Loges, Founder and President of One Degree Capital, sought to explain why small business owners have such a hard time getting bank loans. The panel discussion, facilitated by 1 Million Cups Prince William, a […]

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A Lesson Learned The Hard Way: Working ON Your Business vs IN It

by Jenn Mathis How much of your time is spent working ON your business versus IN your business? How much is that costing you? You might be surprised. My customer and friend Patrick sure was, as he explained when he called me this week: Patrick owns a carpet cleaning business. Like a lot of service-related entrepreneurs, […]

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One Degree Capital Challenges Business Owners During SBA Panel Discussion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Occoquan, Virginia – June 19, 2015  – Rod Loges, Founder and President of One Degree Capital, issued a challenge to small business owners during a recent panel discussion at SBA headquarters in Washington, DC. The expert panel, entitled Innovation and High Growth Potential Firms’ Access to Capital which included Rod Loges, Founder […]

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How First-Time-Buyer Discounts Can Backfire (and what to do instead)

by Jenn Mathis On the surface it seems like such a great idea – build your customer base by offering a First-Time-Buyer discount. The theory being customers will love your service or product so much that they will come back again. So what if you don’t make a profit on that first sale? You can […]

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Online Lenders Missing More Than Their Stock Targets

by Rod Loges I can hear the raspy voice of my Grandpa Loges now: “Rod, you can’t email a handshake!” I was reminded of these words of wisdom today as I read Forbes’ article Once-Hot Online Lending Companies Go Cold In Face Of Skepticism highlighting the recent challenges facing two internet business lenders – lenders who […]

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First Hotel Reservation Made By Google Glass

Rodney Loges is the first person in the world to book a hotel using wearable technology The Hotel Near Me app is aimed at tech savvy frequent travelers June 6, 2014. Rodney Loges, from Occoquan, Virginia, has become the first traveler in the world to reserve a hotel room using the Google Glass. The businessman is the […]

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Recommended Reading: The Hard Thing About Hard Things

There are many, many books devoted to helping would-be entrepreneurs get their business started, but very few authors attempt to describe what it’s like to actually RUN a business day-to-day. The difficult decisions. The pressure. The long hours. And yes, the pure joy of it all. The Hard Thing About Hard Things is largely a […]

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Recommended Reading: Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose

The visionary CEO of Zappos explains how an emphasis on corporate culture can lead to unprecedented success. Make customer service the entire company, not just a department. Focus on company culture as the #1 priority. Apply research from the science of happiness to running a business. Help employees grow both personally and professionally. Seek to […]

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Recommended Reading: Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

In studying the leaders who’ve had the greatest influence in the world, Simon Sinek discovered that they all think, act, and communicate in the exact same way-and it’s the complete opposite of what everyone else does. People like Martin Luther King Jr., Steve Jobs, and the Wright Brothers might have little in common, but they […]

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Recommended Reading: The Go-Giver

The Go-Giver tells the story of an ambitious young man named Joe who yearns for success. Joe is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. One day he is introduced to a series of “go-givers:” and learns the Five […]

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