9 episodes

Welcome to Sow You Can Grow. A podcast for entrepreneurs where we confront the sacred cows of business, share our insights, and talk to insightful guests all with the goal of helping you grow and prosper.

Sow You Can Grow Andrew Smith, Lucas Mitchell

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Welcome to Sow You Can Grow. A podcast for entrepreneurs where we confront the sacred cows of business, share our insights, and talk to insightful guests all with the goal of helping you grow and prosper.

    Ep. 8 - Q&A with Lucas Mitchell and Andrew Smith

    Ep. 8 - Q&A with Lucas Mitchell and Andrew Smith

    In this Q&A session, Andrew and Lucas answer listener-submitted questions on various topics related to business; including the key traits of successful businesses, the qualities of good business partners and investors, making financial decisions for growth, the importance of a hustle mindset, and handling cultural fit issues within a company. If you have a question you’d like to submit for our next Q&A episode visit https://nourishandsow.com/podcast/#ask-a-question
    Questions
    1:58 What are some of the key traits that you find in all good businesses
    6:30 What traits make for a good business partner or investor?
    13:15 When your business starts to grow and you start making bigger, more costly expenses. How can you make sure the numbers add up to justify the investments for growth
    20:23 How much does hustle mindset matter for getting where you want to be?
    26:41 When implementing accountability in your organization and facing resistance from staff not adapting, what's the best approach for transitioning when over half the team isn't culturally aligned—clearing the bench all at once or gradually?
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    Producer: Doug Thompson
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    • 35 min
    Ep. 7 - Carving Your Own Path with Second-Generation Entrepreneur Bill Duerr

    Ep. 7 - Carving Your Own Path with Second-Generation Entrepreneur Bill Duerr

    Get ready to be inspired as Andrew and Lucas are joined by Bill Duerr, President of Hatteras, a thriving print marketing and packaging company based in Tinton Falls, NJ. Bill shares his journey as a second-generation entrepreneur, leading the family business since 2011. Learn how he overcame resistance, battled imposter syndrome, and led the company to a $20M growth during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discover the key pillars of his success: strategy, motivation, leadership, and effective communication. Plus, don’t miss his thoughts on achieving work-life balance and pursuing personal passions.
    Takeaways
    00:00 Introduction and Background
    06:05 Becoming President: Overcoming Doubts and Filling Leadership Shoes
    12:15 Dealing with Imposter Syndrome: Evolving as a Leader
    27:41 Strategize, Motivate, and Support: The Responsibilities of a leader
    34:30 Balancing Work and Life: Finding Time for Personal Passions
     
    For more information on Hatteras visit
    ⁠https://www.hatteras.us/⁠ 
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    • 54 min
    Ep. 6 - Building and Maintaining a Culture of Accountability

    Ep. 6 - Building and Maintaining a Culture of Accountability

    In this episode, Andrew and Lucas discuss the importance of accountability in organizations. They define accountability as true ownership of the good, the bad, and the ugly, and emphasize that it is essential for scaling a business in a healthy way. Most importantly, the hosts highlight the role of leaders in creating a culture of accountability and stress the need for self-reflection and self-accountability. The conversation concludes with practical tips for implementing accountability, including hiring for value fit and personality, and creating an environment where employees feel heard and supported.
    00:00 Introduction and Personal Updates
    01:20 The Importance of Accountability in Scaling a Business
    09:04 The Role of Leaders in Accountability
    13:34 Consequences of a Lack of Accountability
    24:58 Fostering Accountability in the Workplace
    26:19 Taking Responsibility and Avoiding Excuses
    27:17 Leadership's Role in Creating a Culture of Accountability
    29:05 Hiring for Accountability
    30:47 Addressing Accountability Issues with Existing Team Members
    40:14 Maintaining Accountability through Performance Metrics
    42:37 Creating a Culture of Open Analysis
    43:32 Viewing Accountability as an Opportunity for Growth
    46:13 Implementing Accountability in Your Business
     
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    Producer: Doug Thompson
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    • 49 min
    Ep. 5 - Building a Business through CRE Investing with Amanda Cruise

    Ep. 5 - Building a Business through CRE Investing with Amanda Cruise

    In this episode, we’re joined by Amanda Cruise, co-founder of Voyage Investing. Amanda shares her journey into real estate investing, starting from her corporate job to building a successful real estate company with her husband. Their firm specializes in mobile home parks and over the last several years, they’ve grown their portfolio to 175 lots. Throughout the episode Amanda shares some funny stories of mobile home ownership, provides insights on maintaining integrity with investors and even touches on the challenges and benefits of working with a spouse. 
     
    Takeaways
    Take action and overcome fear to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors.
    View real estate investing as a business and prioritize financial management.
    Build relationships with investors based on trust and integrity.
    Focus on work-life balance and make choices that align with personal values. Balancing work and personal life is essential for overall happiness and fulfillment.
    Roles and responsibilities in a business can evolve over time, allowing for more flexibility and freedom.
    Challenges are inevitable in entrepreneurship, and it is important to handle them with resilience and adaptability.
    To connect with Amanda visit ⁠VoyageInvesting.com⁠
    Follower her on social media
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    Please subscribe, rate, and review wherever you’re listening.  
    Have a business need?⁠ ⁠Chat with Andrew⁠⁠
    To connect with us, visit ⁠https://nourishandsow.com/podcast/⁠ or email ⁠⁠podcast@nourishandsow.com⁠⁠
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    Executive Producer: Andrew Smith
    Producer: Doug Thompson
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    • 55 min
    Ep. 4 - Get in the Game: Starting your Entrepreneurial Journey

    Ep. 4 - Get in the Game: Starting your Entrepreneurial Journey

    In this episode, Andrew Smith and Lucas Mitchell discuss the challenges and emotions that come with starting a business. They emphasize the importance of taking action and proving the concept before worrying about branding and business plans. They also highlight the significance of having a clear vision for the company and how it can motivate and align people. Beyond providing advice on securing your first client, and dealing with challenges and failures, Andrew and Lucas discuss the need to build resilience and the importance of making quick decisions and adjusting as needed. The episode concludes with a discussion on markers for business growth and the decision-making process for investing in different areas of the business.
    Takeaways
    Take action and start your entrepreneurial journey, regardless of where you “think you are” in the process.
    Prove the concept and validate the need for your product or service before investing in branding and business plans.
    Focus on ‘building the muscle’ to overcome challenges and learn from failure.
    Have a clear vision for your company and share it with others to motivate and align them with the big picture.
    Make quick decisions and adjust as needed, prioritizing investments that will help your business grow.
    Please subscribe, rate, and review wherever you’re listening.  
    Have a business need?⁠ ⁠Chat with Andrew⁠⁠
    To connect with us, visit ⁠https://nourishandsow.com/podcast/⁠ or email ⁠⁠podcast@nourishandsow.com⁠⁠
    Follow Nourish & Sow for more insights
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    Executive Producer: Andrew Smith
    Producer: Doug Thompson
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    • 33 min
    Ep. 3 - Taking the Leap: Nick Sinclair on Launching a Pet Supplement Start-Up

    Ep. 3 - Taking the Leap: Nick Sinclair on Launching a Pet Supplement Start-Up

    Summary
    In this episode, Andrew Smith and Lucas Mitchell interview Nick Sinclair, CEO of Animal Biosciences, about his journey from the corporate world to entrepreneurship and his work in developing the groundbreaking pet supplement LeapYears. Nick shares how he navigated from a corporate environment to an entrepreneurial environment by shifting to an ownership mindset where “the buck stops with you” - and comes with its own set of risks and rewards. Nick also shares the story of how Animal Biosciences has navigated the challenges of developing a new product like Leap Years. From concept through validation, setting up manufacturing and logistic components all the way through product launch and clinical trial publication, Nick and his team have been able to navigate all obstacles with resilience. 
     
    Takeaways
    Transitioning from a corporate job to entrepreneurship requires taking ownership and being responsible for the success of your venture.
    Continuous learning and adaptability are crucial in the entrepreneurial world, as there is always more to know and new challenges to overcome.
    Running a startup is more complex and challenging than working in a corporate job, as entrepreneurs have to manage every aspect of the business.
    The amazing story of LeapYears  -  a clinically proven pet supplement that utilizes NAD boosting and senolytics to enhance cognition and vitality in dogs.
    Manufacturing a physical product involves navigating supply chains, negotiating with suppliers, and managing complex operations.
    About Leap Years
    Visit leapyears.com to learn more about this amazing product
    Use promocode sowyoucangrow for 15% off your first purchase
    Follow @leapyearsdogs on social media
     
    Please subscribe, rate and review wherever you’re listening.  
    Have a business need? ⁠Chat with Andrew⁠
    To connect with us, visit https://nourishandsow.com/podcast/ or email ⁠podcast@nourishandsow.com⁠
    Follow Nourish & Sow for more insights
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    ⁠Lucas - X (Twitter)⁠ | ⁠Andrew - LinkedIn⁠ ⁠Nourishandsow.com⁠
    Executive Producer: Andrew Smith
    Producer: Doug Thompson
    ⁠Privacy Policy⁠ 

    • 1 hr

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