Month: January 2016

To Compete with Big Box Stores, Your Business Should Be Creative and Unique

By Rod Loges In today’s “big box” retail world how do small business owners stand out and compete? One way is by building their own community of champions and collaborators. All around us are great examples of how small business owners have created their own community (or One Degree World, as we call it around […]


Local Beans, Great Atmosphere Key to Manassas Coffee Shop Success

This post is part of a series, "Rod's Rambles," where Rod travels the world interviewing small business owners to listen and learn how they turned their passion into profits when starting their own businesses.   Pssst, slow down. Take a moment and smell the coffee… or the tea or even the gre at breakfast sandwiches made by [...]

Building a Business is a Team Effort – With a Little Help From Our Friends

by Rod Loges My first lesson in the value of mentors came early – and hard. On July 3rd, 1985, I was enduring the first grueling week (called “Ground Week”) of the U.S. Army Airborne School. My Student ID – printed boldly across my helmet – was 141 (yes, 30 years later I remember my […]