Crowd Funding the Future

Crowd Funding is a very interesting topic for me.  This new conduit for allocating capital is going to have dramatic effects on the financial industry moving forward.  Tucker Max does a great long piece discussing crowd-funding touching on his experiences and it’s potential.  I would like to emphasize a few components of crowd funding along […]

Actually Giving Thanks

I find it a bit ironic that Thanksgiving is followed with one of the largest consumer days of the year.  Looking at people stand in line at Best Buy while driving by them on my way to a thanksgiving dinner made me want to barf all over them. Acknowledging that, I love what products and […]

Are You Acquiring Real Knowledge or Just Made up Stuff?

I met with a close friend of mine recently. He is a lawyer who got a good job out of law school working for a private firm that deals in securities law. He is happy in his work; he feels challenged and makes decent money. He also feels like there is a lot of room […]

REB 008: Hope MacDonald

Hope MacDonald runs the Bella Ballet dance studio in the Kentlands in Gaithersburg, MD where she offers a full range of dance classes for children between the ages of 2-12.  Hope is passionate about dance and teaching dance to children.  She is also developing a line of children’s books and dolls as a companion to […]

Ignoring Politics and Maintaining a Positive Outlook

In the wake of the recent U.S. elections, I reflect on how much my perspective has changed in recent years.  A few years ago I looked at the political process as the key to make the world a better place.  I spent untold hours thinking on how certain changes could bring wealth and prosperity to […]

Eight Keys to Motivation

For me every day is a constant struggle to do better and move toward achieving my goals.  Like every skill, motivation and the ability to produce consistently requires constant vigilance.  It is a muscle that if left unused will atrophy.  I am speaking to intrinsic motivation, the ability to motivate yourself without any external forces.  […]

REB 007: Tim Justice

Tim has been running Central Services/Central Home, a heating and air conditioning company out of Virginia for 25 years.  He has very strong philosophies on leadership, hiring, marketing, innovation, and business models. In this episode Brandon and Tim discuss: How Tim got into the heating and air conditioning industry Running a business with both a […]

You Should be Doing Business with a Community Bank

As a private lender I run into a lot of people who are fed up with banks in general or have been screwed over by their bank and need an alternative option.  I have found that most problems, specifically those centered on a lack of understanding, stem from large national banks.  These banks are too […]

Introspection and Finding Your Path

Being in business for yourself is difficult if you don’t know what you want.  There is no time to “find yourself” when you become an entrepreneur and if you try, you will fail. Don’t take this is as reason to delay. The sooner you get started trying different things, the sooner you will figure it […]

Maximizing the Value of Your Insurance Program Without Being an Insurance Expert

As an owner, you are probably very good at running your business, making daily adjustments, strategically planning for the long term, etc. You probably find yourself spending every waking hour focusing on growing your business and making the necessary decisions to: increase profits, provide for employees and satisfy customers. From my experience as a commercial […]