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Host Hattie Bryant says that Don has three techniques for gathering fresh ideas.

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Don surrounds himself with other business owners who serve as mentors and he hires interns from the local college.  These young people are business majors who teach Don as much as he teaches them.

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Who do you go to for advice?  What industry groups are you active in?  Do you hire young people?  How do you get fresh, exciting ideas?


Clip from: E-Poxy Engineered Materials

Albany, New York: Infrastructure.  Chemistry.  Bonding.  All keys for business success, but in this particular show, we discuss them literally. You can find E-poxy working within the foundations of Statue of Liberty and absorbing the stresses within bridges around the world.

You will meet  the founder -- a man who was a WWII refugee. His name is Don Dzekciorius. For years his mother kept him and his three siblings moving just beyond the battlefields. They managed to come to America from Lithuania on a boat that passed under the watch of the Statue of Liberty. Don has since built a good business from nothing. He employs people. He became the president of a regional manufacturers' president organization where they proudly say, "We made it in America." He gives generously to his community. But best yet, he exports his special chemistry all over the world.

Don's company, E-Poxy Engineered Materials, makes the product that holds things together.  His secret recipe is used to create water-tight expansion joints that hold up the Statute of Liberty and plenty of bridges including the Golden Gate Bridge.   

He started in his own business in 1976. In that time he has created hundreds of jobs, and he has generated millions in sales. And, in so many ways, he has made the world a better place.

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HATTIE: Infuse your business with fresh ideas. Don has three techniques for doing this.

First, for 12 years, every Friday, he's had a standing appointment with five or six other business people. They share business problems, and serve as a board of advisers to one another.

Second, he's active in the CEN, Chief Executives Network. In fact, he's the incoming president of the group. These are 85 CEOs of manufacturing companies, 500 employees or less, who every month study business topics together, all the way from human resources to technology.

And third, Don is plugged into the MBA intern programs at local universities.

To keep your business vital for 25 years, you need fresh ideas, and they don't always have to be your own. There's much more at You can see streaming video of this and all other programs, as well as transcripts and study guides.

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