HR Business Weekly: Air date – January 29, 2017 – Episode 53
Watch the entire show here.
Focus: Following your passion
*Randy Journigan, COO of Spec Rescue International.
“We are a company that trains first responders, whether it’s the state, local or federal-level folks that manage disaster-type responses.”
“We bring in the best of the best.”
He and his fellow co-workers have the subject matter expertise, but at first, did not know how to run a business.
“What I’ve learned is I don’t know.”
“Managing your finances is the first challenge.”
The second is inventory management.
Learn more about Spec Rescue International here.
*John Otocka, President of Better View Windows & More in Virginia Beach.
Sales is a huge part of growing a business.
“In the very beginning, I would drive around in my truck, and I would have flyers, I would have business cards. And I would cold-call different companies.”
“I know a lot of people will just sit down and wait for the phone to ring. I went out there and knocked on every door I could think of that would want to talk to me.”
“You’ve got to have something unique. If you’re doing the same thing someone else is doing, you have nothing special to offer your client.”
“Don’t be afraid to fail. You’ve got to take yourself out of your comfort zone, and you’ve got to be unique.”
Connect with Better View Windows and More here.
*Kenya Williams, Owner of I Shine For You Auto Detailing.
He has a car detailing business. His first customer was a friend. He was never afraid to call strangers to ask for advice and guidance.
Connect with I Shine For You here.
*Lindsey Germono, President of Germono Advertising Company and alum of Regent University.
Her company helps Hampton Roads businesses with paid advertising locally.
She created a business plan while at Regent University. “I would say 80% of it is what we still use today.”
For military spouses who want to create their own businesses, Germono suggests tapping into the local military community.
“90-something percent of our business is to other military-owned businesses.”
Learn more about Germono Advertising Company here.