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New Scholarship Award Focuses on Youth and Small Business Owners

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Applications Now Being Accepted For 2016-17 Academic Year FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Occoquan, Virginia – November 1, 2016 – The John Mathis Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, named after the father of One Degree Capital co-founder Jenn Mathis, is now accepting applications for its inaugural 2016-17 academic year scholarship award. “Daddy continues to be an enormous inspiration to […]


How Todos Supermarket Found Success By Giving People ‘Their Food’

Todos Supermarket Owner

By Rod Loges (This article originally appeared in Potomac Local on March 1, 2016) One of the biggest myths in the business world is the concept of the “overnight success.” Many businesses that seem to pop up overnight are, actually, the result of long periods of trial-and-error. I have written before about the need for […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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. […]


Personal Touch Makes a Big Difference in Small Business Loans

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Here’s an excellent article from The Wall Street Journal exhibiting the One Degree Way and why we believe in learning about and connecting with our Significant Business Owners! Check it out: Personal Touch Makes Big Difference in Small-Business Loans. 


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 […]


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 […]