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096: Small Business Ownership

096: Small Business Ownership

June 21, 2016 by | Be the first to comment »


Small Business

On this episode of Cigars and Sea Stories, Bennett and Mike discuss small business ownership; more specifically, main street brick and mortar businesses.

Entrepreneurship is a difficult discipline to master. We often view entrepreneurs as rule breaking explorers, hell bent on creating their own billion-dollar future. A wonderful caricature of the American dream however, the majority of businesses in America are community level companies that do not exist in the mainstream eye. They are your barbers and ice cream shop owners.

These small companies are the backbone of our economy.

Veteran led small businesses have an opportunity to accelerate and grow through the resources and connections provided at the Bunker. One of the primary focuses of Bunker Labs as a national organization is strengthening and growing community businesses; main street/ brick and mortar/ service.

If you haven’t heard yet, Mike was recently announced as program director for Bunker Labs RDU, which came as bit of a shock. (because he’s crazy) He was offered the role by fellow veteran and executive director, Dean Bundschu. Together, Dean and Mike have assembled resources and connections for the next group of businesses coming through Bunker RDU.

Dean was a guest on Cigars and Sea Stories back in the fall of 2015. You can listen to the episode by here.

“The media wants overnight successes (so they have someone to tear down). Ignore them. Ignore the early adopter critics that never have enough to play with. Ignore your investors that want proven tactics and predictable instant results. Listen instead to your real customers, to your vision and make something for the long haul. Because that’s how long it’s going to take, guys. – Seth Godin, author, entrepreneur, marketer, and public speaker.

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