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Phil Fankhauser, CEO, Epcon

When people think of franchising opportunities, they often think of fast food restaurants, hotel chains and fitness centers. When I tell people that I offer a franchise for home building communities – they do a double take.

About two decades ago, my cofounder and I decided that the business model we created for building and selling our award-winning, single-story residential condominium communities could be replicated. Our residential communities were and remain targeted at the 55 + market today.

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Jenny Q. Ta, CEO, Sqeeqee
Businesses fail for all sorts of reasons: poor planning, lack of cash flow, not understanding the market, treating customers poorly and much more.
As a successful entrepreneur, author and CEO of Sqeeqee, the first-of-its-kind social networthing® site, I have found that these are the five common mistakes that entrepreneurs make:
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The culture of the U.S. Navy changed forever as the result of the scandal surrounding the 35th Annual Tailhook Association Symposium at the Las Vegas Hilton—a disgrace that involved the bad decisions of those who assaulted women at the 1991 symposium and of those engaged in the resulting investigations conducted by the Department of the Navy, the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, and the Armed Services Committee. Unintended consequences abounded: The small number of men guilty of assaulting women at the symposium escaped criminal prosecution; none of the accused officers was convicted at court-martial; and the careers of many innocents ended when they were either denied promotion or forced into premature retirement.

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Molly Fletcher, Author, The 5 Best Tools to Find Your Dream Career

In today’s business world, we are more connected than ever.  Yet in many ways, we’ve lost what I believe to be the real driver of business success—authentic relationships. 

For 15 years, I worked as a sports agent representing some of the top athletes, coaches and broadcasters in the game.  In an industry where there are actually more agents than athletes to represent, it takes more than just strong negotiating skills to be a successful agent.  You must be a skilled relationship builder in order to attract new clients and keep the ones you have. 

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“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”

                                                            ~Ryunosuke Satoro, Japanese poet

Despite the recent surge in values-based, servant-oriented leadership, executives at the top are still pressured to put profits before people. Below, we offer three reasons why devotion to short-term earnings shouldn’t trump your commitment to building long-term, trust-based professional relationships.


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