Interview with Leah Washmon, Entrepreneur

Mrs. Washmon is an avid golf lover and the founder and head professional of the Golf Institute Dallas.

Did you have a business plan when you started your business?

No, but I probably should have. They are a good thing – not necessarily for the golf business, but yes for Continue reading

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Interview with Gabriel Towles, Entrepreneur

Gabe is the cofounder of a vintage hat website called SNAPSTEEZ. The site, based in Dallas, TX, was founded in the summer of 2010 and has become a premium hat purchasing destination for those with retro or vintage styles.

Did you have a business plan when you started your business?

Yeah. It’s something that’ll change but it’s definitely a good way of getting your idea down. Essentially we just found these vintage hats, and Continue reading

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Interview with Smoot Carter, Entrepreneur

Blownaway is an on-demand beauty service — Uber meets Drybar — that connects a client with a stylist. We bring beauty to your door.

Then the first question I have for you is: Did you have a business plan when you started your business? Why or why not? Continue reading

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Interview with Anne Groben, Entrepreneur

Did you have a business plan, or any type of plan written down, when you started your business?

I did not have a formal business plan.  I had a PLAN, which included my mission/vision, budget forecast and lists of prospective customers.

I don’t want to give you the impression that you don’t need a plan/vision which includes an understanding of how to get meet your goals, but I don’t think the traditional Business Plan works for a startup company.  I simply didn’t think an entrepreneur in today’s society first step in build their business I to sit at a desk for 2 weeks writing a classic business plan.  You need to be out finding solutions and customers by talking, meeting and making connections. Continue reading

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Interview with Matt Alexander, Entrepreneur

I’m the founder and CEO of Need

At a high-level, Need is a curated men’s retailer. In brief, rather than selling a huge selection of items, we sell a limited-selection of — frequently exclusive — clothing, literature, furniture, coffee, and artwork each month.

These collections are presented editorially (i.e., much like a magazine) and shot by independent photographers each month. Continue reading

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Interview with Sally Helppie, Entrepreneur

Interview with Sally Helppie, Owner of Advocate Pictures, LLC.

SC: Did you have a business plan when you started your business?

SH: I did not have a written business plan, but I did have an organizational plan in my head.

SC: Do you think business plans are necessary for entrepreneurship?  Continue reading

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Interview with John Hall, Entrepreneur

John Hall has been involved in the advertising world since 1982. After successfully running Hall+Northway for 10 years, John Hall created The Hall Agency, in 1992. He continues to run this successful advertising business while also teaching Advertising at Southern Methodist University.

I remembered you saying in class that you started your own advertising company, can you tell me a little bit about your company?

I started Hall+Northway Advertising Inc, with a partner in 1982. We then brought in one more person right away and she was an art director. Six months later, we hired another person. We eventually had around 37 employees. Then in 1992 I went out on my own and created the Hall Agency Inc, and I hired people to help right away. We now have 7 employees. Continue reading

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