Main Street Entrepreneur presents nine powerful keys to help you build your own successful business. These keys were gleaned from interviews conducted with 100 small-town entrepreneurs during a remarkable bicycle ride from the west coast of Oregon to the east coast of Virginia. The author rode 4,000 miles in 45 days, spent 246 hours on a bike seat, climbed 155,000 vertical feet, and visited more than 100 cities across the country. The best part of his bizarre and beautiful escapade was the remarkable entrepreneurs he met along the way.
These extraordinary role models have a great deal to teach us about building a purpose-driven business, meeting important community needs, developing a supporting cast, utilizing a host of resources other than money, working with a zealous tenacity, giving mind-boggling customer service, diversifying revenue streams, giving back to the broader community, and living life joyfully. The important lessons taught by these entrepreneurs will benefit readers who want to:
- Start and operate their own new company
- Keep their job but diversify income
- Make their current business more sustainable
- Grow an existing company to a higher level
- Do what they love for the long term
- Create the lifestyle of their dreams
The nine keys to success presented in this book are the very foundation of grass-roots business building; they are the “differences that make the difference” between success and failure when starting, operating, and growing a company.
"Mike Glauser’s Main Street Entrepreneur is a tremendous book that will make a big contribution in the world of entrepreneurship. Filled with real learnings from the trenches of start-ups, this book delivers a complete tool box entrepreneurs will find invaluable to start and build their own businesses. Mike’s success as an entrepreneur, along with the insights and learnings of another 100 entrepreneurs, gives the book enormous credibility and gravitas. This is a timely and relevant book that is written in an immediately applicable way – and for that I highly recommend it!"
--Stephen M. R. Covey, New York Times bestselling author of “The Speed of Trust”
"Technology is eliminating jobs in nearly every industry at an ever increasing pace. In the near future, more of us will have to become entrepreneurs and create our own jobs. During his 4,000 mile bike ride across America, Michael Glauser, developed a clear road map anyone can follow to build a successful company. His book will help you create the life of your dreams. It's time to get started.”
--Daven Michaels, New York Times bestselling author of “Outsource Smart” and Founder and CEO of 123Employee
"Make no mistake, the American Dream is alive. Learn why a secure job, nice home and a white picket fence are old school. Today, people are merging their livelihood and lifestyle by doing what they love while living where they want. Michael Glauser biked across American and interviewed a hundred entrepreneurs. In Main Street Entrepreneur you will meet remarkable role models and discover the key principles for achieving your dream. A must read for anyone seeking more freedom, security, and happiness!"
--Judy Robinett, startup funding expert and author of “How to Be a Power Connector”
"Every year we mentor thousands of people all over the world who are trying to rise out of poverty by starting their own business. The key concepts taught in Michael Glauser's book are the exact principles people who participate in our program need to implement to be successful. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to start a business and achieve his or her dreams in life."
--Mark L. Petersen, CEO and President of Mentors International
"In his book, Glauser shares the compelling secrets to success that everyday entrepreneurs all across the country have used to enjoy the American Dream. His 9 keys will help any ambitious soul achieve and sustain success. Building a successful business, and lifestyle, just became easier with Main Street Entrepreneur."
--Roger Connors, Cofounder of Partners In Leadership and New York Times Bestselling author of “The Oz Principle”
"Glauser takes us on a literal ride to the near future where the small sole proprietors create the business future that multinational corporations once controlled. An essential read to help you succeed in the post-capitalist economy of the near future."
--Geoffrey Colon, Communications Designer at Microsoft and Author of “Disruptive Marketing.”
"I love Michael Glauser’s bike trip across America as an analogy for business development. As a three time Hawaii Ironman finisher and college swimmer I can attest that the purpose and passion necessary to succeed as an athlete are precisely the same disciplines that can produce success in all aspects of one’s life, whether it’s business, health or relationships. There are always going to be bumps and pot holes in the road. Mr. Glauser is spot on when he says that keeping your purpose in focus is the most important thing to get you to the finish line."
--Howard Liebowitz, MD, FACEP, Director of Liebowitz Longevity Medicine, Foremost Anti- Aging Medicine and Hormone Specialist
"The people I meet in business who are not executives all dream of starting their own company. But they don't because they don't know how and can't see themselves in the lore of multi-billion dollar success. Finally, the masses have a roadmap to attain a more Main Street success. Thank you Dr. Michael Glauser!"
--Mark Cook, Director of O.C. Tanner Institute, author of “Sales Blazers,” Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
"I started my first business at age 15 and have run my sixth for almost 30 years now. Oh, what heartache and sleepless nights I could have saved myself if I had only had Michael Glauser’s insightful book from the beginning! What a fun and easy read to experience his cycling adventure right along with the interesting and wise people he met on his bold journey! It feels to me as if I’m riding along…in car though, ideally a black limousine…while he pedals alongside it. I recommend this book big time."
-- Wendy Keller, author of “Secrets of Successful Negotiation for Women”
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