Monday, February 28, 2011

Executive Q&A: Rick Terrien is dedicated to helping people start businesses

Jane Burns, of the Wisconsin State Journal wrote a good piece about our work in this Sunday's paper.

A great opening sentence: "Rick Terrien is always starting something."

Ms. Burns closed the interview with a realistic outline of my ideas about 'slow startups':

"I'm a glass-half-full guy. I've never seen more opportunities in my entire life, and not just in food. Entrepreneurs fix things that are broken and if you can't see things that are broken, you're not looking. The problem comes when you promise people they can be Donald Trump and that they can do it quickly.

My job is to slow them down, but start them. Because it's going to take longer doesn't mean don't start. It means start now. Put a toe in. Make a few mistakes. And it's pretty unlikely you're going to become Donald Trump. On the other hand, you can create a business that will support your family and your community.

I think it's a thrilling time to be an entrepreneur."

Wisconsin State Journal interview link. "Rick Terrien is dedicated to helping people start businesses."

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