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Valuable Advice on Venture Capital Funding

This fall, I had the honor to become involved with the Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE) at the University of Michigan. CFE, to my surprise, is not housed within the Ross School of Business as you would think—rather, it lives within the College of Engineering. Why is that? Well, CFE’s tagline, which has always rung true …more

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Lessons In Leadership

Recently, on my birthday, I had a profound experience. A BIGGBY COFFEE owner-operator (franchisee) had requested a sit down. “I need to clear the air,” he told me during a call the day before, “Using the ‘F’ word last week was upsetting to me, my wife and some of my people.” I agreed to get …more

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My 20 Questions for Forming a Business Partnership

While being in a business partnership can be highly rewarding, no amount of success can be had unless all parties involved are transparent and on the same page before starting. I have been co-CEO of BIGGBY COFFEE® with my partner, Bob Fish, for more than twenty years, and he is one of the most important …more

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Why Your Attitude is Everything in Business

Imagine what it would feel like to be at work and have your boss crying next to you. He’d tell you that it was all too much. That he couldn’t face the rest of the day and wasn’t sure if he and the department were going to be around in 90 days and, for that …more

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