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A tribute to Fess Parker...

Los Olivos, California: Way back in the 1950s a young Texan by the name of Fess Parker took a job with Walt Disney. He became an actor and the incarnation of two American heroes, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone and as a result, this man truly became an American icon in our time.

Before he died, we met Fess in beautiful Santa Barbara wine country and continued our studies of the first principles of branding and storytelling.  Fess left Hollywood and bought land then built a hotel.  Here you'll discover that he believes in real estate and in helping his customers create memorable experiences.

The Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard is located 32 miles north of Santa Barbara on the Foxen Canyon Wine Trail. In 1987 Fess and his son Eli Parker purchased 714 acres; Eli enrolled in viticultural classes and this business was born. While Eli focused on making wine, his dad concentrated on building the winery and visitor center. In a typical year over 60,000 people will have visited and total sales now exceeds well over five million dollars per year.

Eli's sister, Ashley, is a partner in the company and they carry on the traditions of father, Fess Parker, an American hero. More...

John Solheim, co-founder, CEO, Chairman, Ping Golf, Karsten Manufacturing, Phoenix, Arizona Start a Business

Ping Golf started in a California garage. They faced a wall of loud, focused opposition from the old guard. Yet, the Solheim family persevered through the hard times and today they continue to redefine the industry they love.
Key Question: How do I get started in business?

Suzanna Perza, founder, DanceWorks Studios, Redmond, Washington Grow a Business

Prepare for the worst. We all know the best offense is a good defense. First, there are just too many evil and downright nasty people in this world. And, bad things happen to good people. Learn from Suzanna Persa.
Key Question: How can I grow this business faster?

Chris Fortune, Saris Cycling Group

Buy a Business
Chris & Sara Fortune wanted to be in charge of their own destiny, so they bought a business. It wasn't easy but they can say, "We made it in America."
Key Question: How do I buy a business?

Robert Orenstein aka BobO, founder, International Wines Accessories. Bought by Fosters, Australia

Sell a Business
Sell to the highest bidder? It makes perfect sense! Here is one of more than 40 videos about exit strategies. As baby boomers approach retirement age, we ask, "Why retire? Why not sell and reinvent yourself?" BobO did!
Key Question: How do I find buyers for my business?

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