Month: February 2016

Trust Me, You Want to Be A Failure First.

By Rod Loges It’s fun to see a group of small business owners form a group, grow, and learn together. These folks wear multiple hats, juggle multiple tasks, work with multiple people, many times across multiple platforms. There is little if anything small about the “small” business owner. At One Degree Capital, we refer to […]

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One Wrong Letter Cost $2,000, Ruined a Friendship

By Rod Loges  As I mentioned in my last article, my keg delivery business taught me the value of being diversified. My very determined competitors helped me learn that one (did they really have to flatten all FOUR tires?) By my second year in business, I had added custom-printed shirts to my service offering. That addition […]

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Lessons in Perseverance From My College Keg Business

By Rod Loges   When I tell people about One Degree Capital, I often hear things like “Oh, I’d love to start my own business doing ‘XYZ’ someday.” To the outsider, it often looks easy to own a business. The reality is that business owners face challenges and surprises all the time. It takes a […]

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Pies and Wine So Good, Mom’s Has a Great Business Plan

By Rod Loges There is a perfectly logical reason for the location of Mom’s Apple Pie Bakery and Wine Shop in Occoquan: It is the first place you will want to visit when you pull into town, and also before heading back out of town. Yep, Mom’s is that good. Of course, Mom’s bakes some fantastic pies (second […]

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