Advice from Business Founders

I love the following advice from the Dec 2009 Businessweek slideshow entitled “Advice from Renowned Business Founders – Lessons from Women and Minority Entrepreneurs”:

“[T]hink of yourself as a brand. It is important to gain a realistic view of who you are and what you offer the company. What do you offer that no one else or very few people can offer? How can you tailor those things so the company gets value from that?” – Lynda Resnick, Roll International Vice Chair, Owner of POM Wonderful and FUI Water

“About the sixth year, [investor Herb Wilkins] pulled me aside and said: “You’ve got to stop doing negative PR on yourself. When people ask you how you’re doing, you’ve got to say things are looking up. The first person who believes that is you’. You have to give [people] a certain comfort level. If they don’t feel good about you, if they don’t trust you, they’re not going to fund you.” – Catherine Hughes, Founder and Chair, Radio One

“You can work harder. You can push yourself to the limit. You have to if you want to succeed. I know you could put more hours in. Whatever you think you can do, you can do more. You can do more and you can do it better. Whatever standard you set, you can exceed your expectations and you can be your harshest critic.” – David Chang, Founder, Momofuku restaurants

These are “very” inspirational for me. I updated our website….striving to do more!

Clovia founded Lemongrass Consulting in 2005 with 25 years of government work experience and serves as a procurement counselor in the Georgia Tech Procurement Assistance Center (GTPAC). Lemongrass Consulting provides strategic planning solutions including government contracting strategic marketing plans. Visit us at: – Follow Clovia on Twitter @lemongrassplans and LIKE Lemongrass on Facebook at


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