100 Cities. 100 Entrepreneurs. 9 Keys for Success.
Main Street Entrepreneur offers a unique look at what it takes to create a successful and thriving business. Lifelong entrepreneur, business consultant and university professor Michael Glauser rode 4,005 miles in 45 days, spent 246 hours on a bike seat, climbed 165,748 vertical feet, and interviewed more than 100 entrepreneurs in 100 cities along the way to discover the secrets to entrepreneurial success.
Glauser has distilled hours of interviews and research to present the nine keys for:
Building a purpose-driven business
Meeting important community needs
Developing a supporting cast
Working with a zealous tenacity
Giving mind-boggling customer service
Diversifying revenue streams
Giving back to the broader community
And ultimately, creating the lifestyle of your dreams
Readers will learn how to achieve their own dreams and won't need a 30-page business plan, venture capital, or an exit strategy. All they need to do is implement nine keys for success. Not everyone can build a Facebook, Google or eBay, but anyone with passion and tenacity can do what these entrepreneurs all across America are doing.
"Michael Glauser s "Main Street Entrepreneur" is filled with real learnings from the trenches of startups and delivers a complete tool box for entrepreneurs to start and build their own businesses. Glauser s success as an entrepreneur, along with the insights and learnings of another 100 entrepreneurs, gives the book enormous credibility and gravitas. This is a timely and relevant book that is written in an immediately applicable wayand for that I highly recommend it!"
Stephen M. R. Covey, Author of "The Speed of Trust," Coauthor of "Smart Trust"
"Technology is eliminating jobs in nearly every industry at an ever increasing pace. In the near future, more of us will have to become entrepreneurs and create our own jobs. During his 4,000 mile bike ride across America, Michael Glauser, developed a clear road map anyone can follow to build a successful company. His book will help you create the life of your dreams. It s time to get started."
Daven Michaels, Author of Outsource Smart, Founder and CEO of 123Employee
"Every year we mentor thousands of people all over the world who are trying to rise out of poverty by starting their own business. The key concepts taught in "Main Street Entrepreneur" are the exact principles people need to implement to be successful. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to start a business and achieve their dreams."
Mark L. Petersen, President and CEO of Mentors International
"Make no mistake, the American Dream is alive. People are merging their livelihood and lifestyle by doing what they love while living where they want. In "Main Street Entrepreneur" you will meet remarkable entrepreneurs and discover the key principles for achieving your dream. A must read for anyone seeking more freedom, security, and happiness!"
Judy Robinett, Startup Funding Expert, Author of "How to Be a Power Connector"
"Michael Glauser shares the secrets to success that entrepreneurs across the country have used to enjoy the American Dream. His nine keys will help any ambitious soul achieve and sustain success. Building a successful business, and lifestyle, just became easier with "Main Street Entrepreneur.""
Roger Connors, Cofounder of Partners In Leadership, Author of "The Oz Principle"
"Glauser takes us on a literal ride to the near future where the small sole proprietors create the business future that multinational corporations once controlled. An essential read to help you succeed in the post-capitalist economy of the near future."
Geoffrey Colon, Communications Designer at Microsoft, Author of "Disruptive Marketing"
"I love Michael Glauser s bike trip across America as an analogy for business development. As a three time Hawaii Ironman finisher and college swimmer I can attest that the purpose and passion necessary to succeed as an athlete are precisely the same disciplines that can produce success in all aspects of one s life, whether it s business, health or relationships. There are always going to be bumps and pot holes in the road. Glauser is spot on when he says that keeping your purpose in focus is the most important thing to get you to the finish line."
Howard Liebowitz, MD, FACEP, Director of Liebowitz Longevity Medicine, Foremost Anti-Aging Medicine and Hormone Specialist
"The people I meet who are not executives all dream of starting their own company. But they don t because they don t know how and can t see themselves in the lore of multi-billion dollar success. Finally, the masses have a roadmap to attain a more Main Street success."
Mark Cook, Director of O.C. Tanner Institute, author of "Sales Blazers," Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship
"I started my first business at age 15 and have run my sixth for almost 30 years now. Oh, what heartache and sleepless nights I could have saved myself if I had only had Michael Glauser s insightful book from the beginning! What a fun and easy read to experience his cycling adventure right along with the interesting and wise people he met on his bold journey! I recommend this book big time."
Wendy Keller, Author of Secrets of "Successful Negotiation for Women"