Author: Jenn Mathis

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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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 […]

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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 [...]
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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 […]

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How Knowing ‘Why’ Led Website Developer WIX to $1 Billion

 by Rod Loges Five, four, three, two, one… Happy New Year! Well, almost! The New Year is a great time to evaluate our business goals and make sure we know the answer to the question, “Why do we do what we do?” Here is a great example: Avi, a business associate I met in 1999, […]

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Sharing is Caring: How Businesses Can Give Back to Charities

 by Rod Loges One day not long ago a Dad was getting his daughters ready for school, and he couldn’t figure out why the lunch foods were almost gone. It was only halfway through the week and already they were low on lunch meat. The next morning he found his daughter making two lunches. When […]

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One Degree Capital Supports Local Merchants on Small Business Saturday

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Occoquan, Virginia – November 28, 2015 – By distributing over 200 helium balloons and 400 locally-produced donuts to the 70-plus merchants in the historic Town of Occoquan, Virginia, One Degree Capital helped local business owners prepare for “Small Business Saturday,” the official un-official shopping day founded by credit card company American Express. […]

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Read This Before You Apply For An SBA Loan

by Jenn Mathis One of the parts of my day that I absolutely love is talking to business owners about their plans. It is so cool to share in their excitement and learn about their passions, and I love working with each of them to explore how best to make their plan a reality. Last week I […]

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Making Your Business More Attractive To Lenders – New eBook Explains How

Occoquan, Virginia – September 2, 2015  3 Secrets to Getting Lenders to Chase You, written by Jenn Mathis of One Degree Capital, provides valuable insights on how business owners can make their businesses more attractive to lenders. The eBook, which launches today, is free and available for download at the company’s website, www.OneDegreeCapital.com. “Our eBook […]

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