Category: Rod’s Blog

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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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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