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The Marketplace: Online Business | Marketing | Finance| Lifestyle

The Marketplace is a weekly podcast posted every Sunday and hosted by Priest Willis, Sr. The podcast is created with you in mind and talks with a variety of industries such as education, business, sports, comedy, entrepreneurship and more!

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TM83: Growing A Business Plan From Marijuana To Cannabidiol with Dr. Bee

Today my guest who goes by Dr. Bee and I take on Cannabidiol also known as CBD Oil and Anti Marijuana Propaganda. Dr. Bee is a proud Air Force Veteran, former federal police officer, college professor, turned cannabis entrepreneur. Dr. Bee has over 25 years of sales, marketing & management. She actually help grow a dispensery to $5M. She's now the co-founder of Hemplogica and Buycbd.net which founded in 2014. She's part of a group of cannabis authorities that searched the world over to find the best CBD Oil products on the market, worthy to sell on Hemplogica and Buycbd.net. In this interview we discuss Dr. Bee's journey in the industry, the health benefits of CBD oil, anti marijuana propaganda and more.

48mins

7 Jan 2018

Rank #1

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TM104: Digital Nomad Johnny FD on Navigating the Waters of Entrepreneurship, Finance and Family

Ahead of his annual Digital Nomad Summit, I had a chance to chat with Johnny FD. A digital nomad who In 2008 quit his corporate gig in California to move to Thailand and follow his passions and work as a Scuba Diver around the world. It was in Thailand that he spent a few years training professionally as a Muay Thai Fighter and fighting professionally.  In 2013 he started my first online business through publishing a book on Amazon Kindle, then replaced his 9-5 income by starting a dropshipping store which he later sold and start investing in other passive income vehicles. Johnny also started a blog to document and share his journey as a location independent entrepreneur or what he now labels as a digital nomad with my friends and family. Johnny and I discuss; What is a Digital Nomad How he finances his travels Staying connected with friends and family Steps to becoming location independent His growth spiritually, mentally, financially and much more! Sponsor/Partnership: Coinbase  a secure online platform for buying, selling, transferring, and storing digital currency Other Resources: Digital Nomad Summit US http://www.nomadsummit.com/ Johnny's Podcast http://www.travellikeabosspodcast.com/ Johnny's Course http://www.johnnymethod.com/ My Fight Camp Blog http://www.myfightcamp.com/

39mins

25 Aug 2018

Rank #2

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TM114: Cigar Talk with Cigars Daily Owner Tim Swanson

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Tim Swanson who is the owner and operator of Cigars Daily. Tim is building a great online community on Youtube, Facebook and more of cigar lovers around the world. Before launching out on his own, Tim was in charge of daily operations at four retail cigar shops in Arizona and oversight of the warehouse and staff. TNT Cigar Reviews which was formally Tim & Bradly is where Tim started building his chops for creating an online community and honed his skills for branding on YouTube. Cigars Daily is a lounge for all....online and off. Please sit with us and enjoy! Tim and I cover; Turning cigars from a hobby to a business Launching Cigars Daily Online and Brick & Mortar (Arizona) business in 2018 Youtube Success Having mentors Top 5 Cigars for beginners FDA cancer results of smoking cigars Tim's Philosophy on "his favorite" cigars Carrying exclusive products .....and more! Other Resources Mentioned: Tim's Video 'Can Christian Smoke Cigars' Tim's Video 'How Cigars Can Be GOOD FOR YOU!' Cigar Daily Review Journal Sponsor/Partnership: Coinbase  a secure online platform for buying, selling, transferring, and storing digital currency

46mins

10 Nov 2018

Rank #3

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142: Pat Flynn on Smart Passive Income and Super Fans

I'm excited to share today's interview with Pat Flynn. He is the owner of Smart Passive Income.  Pat lost his job as an architect in 2008 and was left scrambling to find what he was going to do next. Pat turned to internet business and published his first eBook explaining how to pass the Lead Exam (an exam for architects).   He’s all about the passive revenue. He’s been setting up passive revenue streams since then. In addition to the Lead Exam for architect content, he developed a security guard training website, courses for marketing a food truck business, podcast and podcast teaching materials and so many more things, including his latest book out in August called Super Fans which we discuss around building and cultivating a loyal fan base.     Pat and I discuss: Being laid off (fired), the anxiety and the will to find something fast. His start to Smart Passive Income How he manages work/life balance What legacy means to him. The podcast....Smart Passive Podcast The biggest lessons he's learned from episode one to today. Author....Recent books   Latest book Super Fans (pre-order) and much more!! Sponsor/Partnership The Beginner’s Guide To Outsourcing Your Business: Find, Hire, and Build Your Team Virtually Today! $2.99 Ebook on Amazon. Step-by-step guide every entrepreneur needs to build his or her business with the asset of working with virtual employees. Focusing on business growth, giving you the time to work less in the business and more time working on the business.

40mins

17 Jun 2019

Rank #4

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159: Talking Mental Health and 'Hustle' Bull Sh#T with a YouTube Influencer

I had the pleasure of joining my friend Robert Glover aka as Brix of Brix Fitness on his podcast where we talked about mental health. Rob has joined this podcast in the past to talk about his journey into becoming a very successful YouTuber and businessman and he’s shared some of his struggles on his platform along the way. Mental Health has been thankfully and increasingly growing topic in the world and especially in the entrepreneur community and more. How does your work and ambition influence your mental state? In this episode, Rob and I openly tackle this sensitive but needed discussion from the viewpoint of business owners, but really look at in a way that is relatable for almost anyone. Rob and I discuss our own struggles and experiences with anxiety (mine), depression (his) and then go on to unpack some of the ways they each manage these challenges. We also talk about breaking the stigma and finding ways to be great along the way.. This is one of the least business-centered episodes of the show, but you don’t want to miss this one. Article published in Feedfront Magazine: Mentally Breaking Down Your Hustle Other Resources mentioned in the show: Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi (book) The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor (book) Choosing To Cheat by Andy Stanley (book) Sponsor/Partnership Dapper Black Box is the first and only subscription service for the conscious gentleman. Get monthly deliveries of 3-4 fashionable accessories (e.g. ties, socks, lapel pins, etc.) and toiletries (e.g. moisturizers and oils) at only $28/month (retail up to $70). Committed to providing different items from different black-owned brands each month. Free shipping within the US. Use the Code: DBBXBLK to Get 20% off TODAY!

52mins

9 Mar 2020

Rank #5

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157: Business Law Attorney on Setting up Your Business, Trademarking and more!

Jesse Jones is the FIRST lawyer we’ve had on the show to try and help answer questions for you on why having a lawyer is important, how to best use that lawyer when starting your business and more.  In 2006, he graduated magna cum laude with bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Eastern University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Jesse earned his law degree in 2009 from the Wake Forest University School of Law. Jesse has been working with the Law firm Forrest Firm here in Raleigh-Durham which is my personal firm and why I thought it would be good to have him on and speak with you. Jesse and his firm are well grounded in the startup space and have a developing partnership with American underground a google supported co-working space that you’ve heard me talk about in the past. His areas of focus are Specific start-up counseling, seed, venture capital, and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, and the negotiation and structuring of a wide range of contracts and transactions. Jesse and I cover; His role at Forest Firms How you find the right lawyer? Some massive missteps you’ve seen others take in business? Other Business Law Related Questions: The two most important legal steps you should take when starting your business. Why you can’t afford to cut corners with your privacy policy or terms and conditions. What to do when someone copies your content online. Pros and cons for common ways to structure your business. What you should know about starting your business in a different state. Tips for trademarking your brand and copyrighting your content.

37mins

24 Feb 2020

Rank #6

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144: How to Make Money Selling on Amazon (Replay)

Buy low, sell high. It’s a simple idea that a bored accountant used to create a multi-million dollar business, and one that he says you can replicate as a side-hustle. Ryan Grant graduated from college, pursed a career in accounting and quickly found himself wanting more in life. It started while in college, Ryan started shopping for sales in popular retail stores and buy items in bulk. But instead of purchasing what he liked, Ryan came armed with a secret weapon…an Amazon seller’s account and his phone. Ryan would find sale items in Walmart, Target and Toys R Us, then used the Amazon seller app to compare them to online prices. Eventually In 2013 Ryan quit his full-time job paying over $50K per year to pursue making a full time income selling online. His business now does over 7-figures in sales per year and he sits down with the Marketplace to discuss just how he did it. Extra Resources: Online Selling Experiment Scoutify—App used for aiding online arbitrage. Keepa—Amazon price tracker Camel Camel Camel—Amazon price tracker Oaxray—Scouting reports for Online Arbitrage Tactical Arbitrage—Scouting reports for Online Arbitrage Sponsor/Partnership: Coinbase  a secure online platform for buying, selling, transferring, and storing digital currency

31mins

23 Sep 2019

Rank #7

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164: Lessons on Staying The Course During Tough Times in Business

How can small businesses survive the turbulent times coming ahead in 2020. Businesses across the global have been faced with this very question. Trials and tribulations are nothing new to small businesses but sometimes harder to grasp your mind around when you didn't created the challenges it faces. Other entrepreneurs have been faced with these questions even outside of a pandemic. The only thing you have during a crisis is your conduct during it. I had a chance to talk with Paul Downs who started making custom furniture in 1986, shortly after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in engineering. Downs has only one line on his résumé but has a wide variety of skills gained in thirty years of running his business. His clients range from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, all branches of the military, and foreign governments. Downs lives with his wife and three sons outside of Philadelphia. In addition to running the business, Paul is a prolific writer. If you felt like your business was about to shut down, could you imagine reaching out to the New York Times with an offer to share the experience with thousands of people? Paul Downs thought it would make for a good story and he wrote for the NYTimes.com for 4-years before writing a “year in the life of my business” book: Boss Life. You’ve never read a business book like Boss Life. The book quickly joined our list of “must reads” for all current and potential business owners. The work is the most honest and transparent business book that we have ever read and we encourage all of you to read it. If you felt like your business was about to shut down, could you imagine reaching out to the New York Times with an offer to share the experience with thousands of people? Paul Downs thought it would make for a good story and he wrote for the NYTimes.com for 4-years before writing a “year in the life of my business” book: Boss Life. Sponsor/Partnership: TubeBuddy’s channel management browser plugin helps content creators, brands, and networks save time and grow their brands directly from within YouTube. Extra Links: Paul Downs Forbes articles

39mins

12 Apr 2020

Rank #8

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161: Once A Cop: Supreme Team Gangster to NYPD Executive with Corey Pegues

As a youth, Corey Pegues was a criminal. As an adult, he became a high-ranking police officer. Corey, a native of Queens, retired from the NYPD as a deputy inspector in 2013, after twenty-one years of service. We talk about Corey's life and book Once a Cop: The Street, the Law, Two Worlds, One Man in which he opens up about why he joined the New York Police Department after years as a drug dealer. Corey speaks honestly about the poor choices he made while coming of age in New York City during the height of the crack epidemic. He’s equally candid about why he turned his life around, and takes you inside the NYPD, where he becomes a decorated officer despite bureaucratic pitfalls and discriminatory practices. Written with the voice and panache of someone who knows the streets, Once a Cop is a credible and informative look at the forces that lead some into a life of crime and what it means to make good on a second chance. Hustler, Police Officer, Executive   Sponsor/Partnership: Blooom – Your 401k could earn more. Take a minute to link up your 401k to and maximize your investments. For $10/ month, we manage your nest egg so you can enjoy life.

40mins

21 Mar 2020

Rank #9

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122: Kevin The Financial Panther on Being a Lawyer and Side Hustling To Financial Security

Kevin is an attorney and the blogger behind Financial Panther, a blog about personal finance, travel hacking, and side hustling using the sharing economy. He paid off $87,000 worth of student loans in just 2.5 years by choosing not to live like a big shot lawyer.   Kevin is passionate about earning money using the sharing economy and you can see all the ways he makes extra income every month in his side hustle reports.      Kevin and I discuss;   Steps he took to payoff $87,000 school debt Thoughts on a college degree today Taking a closer look at his finances for ongoing financial freedom and learning from Financial Sam, Dave Ramsey, Money Mustache and others. Keeping humility while working days as a lawyer Side Hustles he stopped Current Side Hustles Making between $1k-$3k renting out his room on Airbnb Investing in a Solo 401K and much more! Sponsor/Partnership KDP Rocket Easy to use tool to help find bestselling book ideas, profitable niches, rank better in Amazon, & select Kindle keywords. Get your book noticed on Amazon.

44mins

12 Jan 2019

Rank #10

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132: Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Lessons with Ravinder Deol (Replay)

I was excited to sit down and have an interview with Ravinder Deol, who is a a Certified Bitcoin Professional and after absorbing a lot of his content, he has one of the more sensible approached to how we approach this new financial revolution. He's been involved in the Cryptocurrency and Blockchain space since 2013, and has seen it grow tremendously. He said he saw a white space in the structured education of it all. So he's taken it upon myself to help you get all the knowledge you need in one place! Initially he started out by teaching live classes which then lead to the creation of B21 Block, where along with a team of co-instructors the goal is to bring high quality, engaging and practical Cryptocurrency and Blockchain education online. As of this date he's had over 83k students and currently 23 courses available but he's kind enough to help answer some of our questions here. So without further Take advantage of Ravinder's FREE! 90 Minute Bitcoin Webinar. Extra Resources: Coinbase  a secure online platform for buying, selling, transferring, and storing digital currency Trezor Wallet Sponsor/Partnership: CryptoWallet IRA  Buy Cryptocurrencies Simply By Using Your IRA & 401k

44mins

7 Apr 2019

Rank #11

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TM118: Dave Dahl on Building Dave's Killer Bread, Tragedy, Recovery and Redemption!

After serving a total of four prison sentences for crimes ranging from burglary to armed robbery to drug dealing. Dave Dahl turned his life around during his last stint and rejoined the family bakery shortly after his release. He went on to co-create Dave’s Killer Bread. Dave had to accept that—at least for Dave Dahl—there’s no “happily ever after”. But he finds great satisfaction in “fighting the good fight”, one day at a time. He believes that forgiveness of self and others is one of the keys to inner peace and personal growth. But it’s only one of many lessons he’s come away with through all of his struggles—and triumphs. Dave’s Killer Bread, a family endeavor, was sold to Flowers Foods in 2015, leaving Dave with a void to fill. He spent the next 2-plus years building what is perhaps the largest collection of African tribal art in the world. During this time he lived a semi-hermetic lifestyle. Now, with a healed heart and mind, he steps back out on a mission to help inspire others to find their own brand of success. “‘Good Seed’ is much more than a killer bread recipe. Having been a ‘bad seed’ and destroying everything in my path as a troubled young man, I finally found the path of humility and teachability. It gives me the courage to fall down 7 times, and get up 8.”   Sponsor/Partnership Thrive Themes Blazingly fast WordPress templates and plugins, built to get more traffic, more subscribers, more clients and more customers for you.

55mins

16 Dec 2018

Rank #12

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134: Launching and Running a Virtual Summit to Grow Your Business with Bailey Richert

Bailey Richert is Founder of Virtual Summit School and Host of the Infopreneur Summit. In this episode - we discuss what a virtual summit is, how to get started, tips on tech setup and general building awareness around your brand.   For years Bailey was caught up in the ‘rat race' as she followed what she was taught was the ‘right path' in life. A high school valedictorian and magna cum laude engineering university graduate, Bailey took a job for many years working the 9-to-5 consulting grind in California. The cubicle life would never allow her to achieve the dreams, goals and ambitions she had. So she decided to make a change and the journey began and continues today.   Bailey and I discuss; Her decision to leave the corporate world and why this may not be for everyone What and Why a Virtual Summit? Benefits she realized from hosting 4 virtual summits Steps to starting your own ROI on a virtual summit and much more... Sponsor/Partnership The Beginner’s Guide To Outsourcing Your Business: Find, Hire, and Build Your Team Virtually Today! $2.99 Ebook on Amazon. Step-by-step guide every entrepreneur needs to build his or her business with the asset of working with virtual employees. Focusing on business growth, giving you the time to work less in the business and more time working on the business.

44mins

21 Apr 2019

Rank #13

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126: CEO Josh Zloof of Sudden Coffee on Brewing Something New In The Coffee Industry

Josh Zloof, Co-Founder & CEO of Sudden Coffee is passionate about more than just serving up a great cup of coffee. After launching several businesses that ended in some success and even more failures, Josh knew he needed to find his “why.” This led to him founding Sudden Coffee on the idea of “making one billion people happy.” Today, Sudden Coffee has served over 200,000 cups of their single origin, speciality grade, instant coffee (delivered right to your door). With over $4.2M raised from Sudden Coffee have been featured in the New York Times, Food & Wine, and GQ.  Josh and I Discuss: Ideas on penetrating the crowded coffee/beverage space How Sudden Coffee is sourced Process of making instant coffee Funding Focus around marketing Distribution Working with coaches and mentors Use Code: marketplace for 10% off your order @ https://www.suddencoffee.com/ Sponsor/Partnership: Blooom – Your 401k could earn more. Take a minute to link up your 401k to and maximize your investments. For $10/ month, we manage your nest egg so you can enjoy life.

43mins

16 Feb 2019

Rank #14

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Navigating Reddit & Viral Marketing with Nick Andrews

Nick is grounded in over a decade of traditional marketing experience, including work with Fortune 100 brands like Staples, Estee Lauder, Pfizer, and Pepsico. Since founding ReviTrage, he has developed into a leader in the Viral and Social Marketing space, and leverages these powerful channels to help his 100+ Internet Top 1000 clients grow their online revenues rapidly. As CEO of ReviTrage, Nick is responsible for generating over $10M+ in revenue each month for his clients via digital/social promotion. Nick shared his successes in broadening his reach through new products and services—not dependent on Google—such as Reddit. Nick has spent a lot of time in what can appear to be a complex but welcoming community and today shares his insight into being a real part of this ever-growing community.

29mins

26 Mar 2017

Rank #15

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153: The Story of "Uncle Nearest"and Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey- An American Story!

The story of how Jack Daniel's began his distillery through the help of an enslaved African-American, Nearest Green is no longer an open "secret". Fawn Weaver, Owner and CEO was in Singapore and read a New York Time article written by Clay Risen (who has some amazing articles btw) that forever changed Fawn's life and the landscape of the whisky industry. Fawn is an American investor, historian, relationship blogger, and best-selling author. Seems it was destiny for her to share Nearest Green's story. Jack Daniel was apprenticed in his youth to a Tennessee-based Lutheran preacher, grocer, and distiller named Dan Call. Green was a master distiller who was also owned by Call. Green would go on to teach Jack Daniel everything he knew about the art of distillation and the operation of a whiskey still. Though Jack publicly praised his mentor, the brand that lived on long after ignored him. Green was written out of the Jack Daniel’s brand backstory—even though he was mentioned in Daniel’s official biography over 50 times. Fawn uncovered thousands of documents, traced Daniel and Green’s histories and came to a formal conclusion—with the help of a couple of members of Green’s lineage and supporting documents: Nathan Green, once freed, was the first master distiller of the Jack Daniel’s brand and the first African-American known to do it. Other Resources: The Story of Nearest Green

1hr 15mins

5 Jan 2020

Rank #16

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148: Sports Agent to the Stars , ESPN to Podcaster (Replay)

Andrew Brandt has over 25 years of experience in professional football, both from the management and player representation side. Andrew has written about Sports Money for Forbes, Huffington Post and more, while also appearing across all ESPN TV, radio and online platforms. In his time in the football business, Brandt served as an agent, World League GM and a VP with the Green Bay Packers. Since leaving the Packers in 2008, Andrew has focused on media and teaching. On the media-side, he provided NFL business analysis for ESPN (he’s shared openly about being laid off from ESPN (he’s shared openly about being laid off from ESPN) and writes a column for Sports Illustrated at MMQB.SI.com. He’s also the Director of the Moorad Center for Sports Law at Villanova University, which is one of only a handful of sports law programs in the United States. On top of that and as I alluded to above in talking about being laid off from ESPN, he’s also a podcaster, focusing on the business of sports in a podcast named, The Business of Sports with Andrew Brandt.

25mins

12 Nov 2019

Rank #17

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124: Eos Co-Founder & Hello Founder Craig Dubitsky on Finding The White Space In Personal Care

Craig Dubitsky is one of the most creative minds in consumer goods, with a proven track record for finding the white space in competitive markets. He is the "Friendly Founder" of Hello — the “naturally friendly” oral care company whose products are vegan, never tested on animals, and made in the USA. Prior to Hello, Craig co-founded Eos, a women’s personal care brand known for its ubiquitous lip balm. He also served as SVP of Venture Development at Simon Property Group, leading the initial investment in Method Products — a manufacturer of biodegradable natural cleaning supplies, which was named the 16th “most innovative company in the world” by Fast Company in 2008. Craig himself was named to Advertising Age's Creativity 50 as one of the “Most Influential and Innovative Creative Thinkers and Doers” in 2014. In this conversation, Craig shares the story of how he founded Hello, and offers advice from his transformative career. Sponsor/Partnership: Blooom – Your 401k could earn more. Take a minute to link up your 401k to and maximize your investments. For $10/ month, we manage your nest egg so you can enjoy life.

1hr 10mins

26 Jan 2019

Rank #18

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126: Dave Anderson on The Art of Pitch, Close, Upsell & Repeat

Dave Anderson is a speaker, entrepreneur and #1 Best Selling author who loves sharing knowledge and helping others on the topic of sales & entrepreneurship. He has been featured in several media outlets including The Breakfast Club, Ebony Magazine, AllHipHop.com and The Philadelphia Enquirer.   He enjoys sharing his message and speaks on various topics including relationships and personal development to help people from all walks of life, including young people, transform their own lives. No stranger to hard work and controversy, Dave was the driving force  behind the Rickey Smiley Morning Show reaching national syndication  and helped conceive an early version of Rickey’s Reality show.    Pitch, Close, Upsell, Repeat is the sales blueprint for entrepreneurs everywhere. David Anderson shares his experience teaching you how to prospect with precision, close with confidence, and other sales skills you need to grow your business.   Sponsor/Partnership: Blooom – Your 401k could earn more. Take a minute to link up your 401k to and maximize your investments. For $10/ month, we manage your nest egg so you can enjoy life.

1hr 1min

10 Feb 2019

Rank #19

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147: Growing a Business In Amsterdam (Replay)

I had the opportunity to travel to Amsterdam earlier this year for a Lenovo event we hosted with some EU colleagues. Before my travels I read an article in Travel Noire. There’s so much more to Amsterdam than weed culture, but there’s no denying that it’s a huge draw. I wanted to dive deeper and reached out to Co-founder Taraq who was happy to have us use his place as our venue. Water & Brood’s mantra is Good Food, No Bullshit”. It’s a chic restaurant located near many of Amsterdam’s famous museums and attractions where owners and brothers Rachid and Taraq Hok-Ahin serve everything from chicken and waffles and acai bowls to dishes inspired by their Surinamese roots. Taraq and I cover: Going to school with a greater purpose How he got into the restaurant business The challenges of opening and running a restaurant business Logistics considerations in the restaurant business (margins, competition, menu, product, etc..) Difference between a coffeeshop which sells weed and cafe and more! Sponsor/Partnership The Beginner’s Guide To Outsourcing Your Business: Find, Hire, and Build Your Team Virtually Today! $2.99 Ebook on Amazon. Step-by-step guide every entrepreneur needs to build his or her business with the asset of working with virtual employees. Focusing on business growth, giving you the time to work less in the business and more time working on the business.

58mins

4 Nov 2019

Rank #20