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Buy A Business You Love

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Mickey Finn's has been "a place to go" when all others abandoned downtown.  It has been a drinking establishment for over a hundred years.  More...

Choose A Visionary Banker

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Pat Elmquest told us that they had bankers lined up to fund the expansion plans. More...

Tighten Your Belt

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Bill Sugars and Pat Elmquest convinced their wives that getting the $2 million dollar loan would result in an improvement in their net worth long term.

Hire Experience You Don't Have

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The dream of transforming a bar into a a brew pub and tavern meant that the owners had to hire an expert brewmeister.

Hire Personality And Teach Skills

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The wait staff at Mickey Finn's has lots of fun taking care of their customers.

Decide To Grow

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Host Hattie Bryant points out that with a solid plan, these two owners had no problem finding the cash they needed to expand and reinvent their existing business.

Do What It Takes

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Bill Sugars said that most people just don't realize what owners do to make things work. Obey the law, treat people with respect and as Bill admits, clean the toilets if they need it. More...

Find Your Place To Serve

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All of us who own our own business expect to make money. In fact, the more money we make the more people we can hire and the more customers we can serve. In addition to making money, the business owners in our library are big-hearted and generous. Bill Sugars loves his little town and he is part of why it is such a great place to live.

Build A Customer Database

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Many people dream of having thousands of customers but only a few do the work that must be done to find and win them. In the book, Good to Great, Jim Collins writes that great companies pay attention to details and no task is too tedious. Collecting the name, address, phone number, email and buying habits of every customer is tedious and Sue Montgomery does it.

Try A Heterarchy

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At  Wahoo's Fish Taco, based in Santa Ana, California,  the owners take an unconventional path to getting things done.   More...     More on Wahoo's...