Rick Cottrell

Rick Cottrell

Get into a habit of personal and professional development. You can always learn something.   Rick Cottrell is CEO of BizResults.com. He uses his significant entrepreneurial experience and extensive research about the science of business to help entrepreneurial business owners and their leadership teams “supercharge” their businesses. He helps them…

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Brian Weaver

Brian Weaver

Break down problems and then focus most of your energy on the first steps. Make those pieces of the solution the most elegant and effective. It sets you up for success later.   Brian serves as CEO of Torch.AI and has more than 20 years of experience leading mission driven,…

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Ryan O’Neil

Ryan O'Neil

Start small and build. Avoid trying to build the end goal. Find a very small niche and make a huge difference.   Ryan O’Neil bootstrapped his company into a multi-million dollar startup from scratch by hacking a WordPress theme into a web-app. He saw his wife slaving away at very…

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Bruce Bernstein

Bruce Bernstein

Do not be afraid of failure. Failing is a part of learning. Try new things but don’t throw away successful business practices in the process.   Bruce Bernstein is the President and Owner of Sunshine Drapery and Interior Design, and The Great Cover Up, in St. Louis, MO. Bruce has…

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Kelly Hager

Kelly Hager

Take action to implement with urgency. Don’t spend time on things that don’t count. Practical implementation is what is important.   Kelly Hager is the dynamic, visionary CEO of Arras Sisters. After a near-death experience, she built a $55 million business and launched Arras Sisters, a corporation that’s dedicated to…

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Gia Valenti

Gia Valenti

One failure is seeing things as a failure…Stick to your core beliefs and don’t allow naysayers or no responses to be obstacles.   As a speech pathologist, 25 year professional thespian, and sales executive, Gia knows the importance of strong communication skills. As a mother, Gia has seen firsthand the…

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Marlena Cole

Marlena Cole

Find a lesson in every experience without judging the experience as good or bad.   Marlena Cole, Relationship Expert, Strategist, & Life Coach. She is the Author of Renewing of Your Mind & Spirit For Marriage. Marlena is the creator of The Love Me Right Coaching Program serving African American…

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Patricia Bagsby

Patricia Bagsby

Take a lifelong learning perspective and be open to how that learning comes to you. That means engaging in networking (formally or informally) so you can learn what people are doing, as well as staying aware of what’s coming out of colleges and research.   Patricia Bagsby, Ph.D. is Vice…

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Karin Ross

Karin Ross

What defines a successful entrepreneur is someone who is able to stand up— over and over again— after a downturn.   Karin Ross is a perfectionist with an eye for detail. It’s served her well as an interior designer and owner/CEO of Karin Ross Designs. She’s been reinventing and reimagining homes in…

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Loriana Sekarski

Loriana Sekarski

Don’t “fake it ’til you make it” — instead, be transparent and vulnerable. People will connect with your honesty and openness, and you’ll feel happier being yourself.   Loriana Sekarski is founder and president of BONSAI, a consulting company that shapes leaders (and businesses) into the most accomplished, successful version…

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Michael Kiel

Michael Kiel

Write down your goals, and find an accountability partner. Write down your ideas, and organize them in terms of effort.   Michael Kiel is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for boating and online marketing. He is the founder and captain of the startup Boat Planet, an online marketplace for connecting boat…

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