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A CEO’s take on building a culture with staying power

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In my quest to find leaders who are committed to building authentically positive and profitable company cultures that actively support the administrative staff, I interviewed Don Ochsenreiter, president and CEO of Dollamur Sports Surfaces. A former management consultant for McKinsey, Accenture and others, Don has a strong point of view on company culture and its impact on staff.

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Why the true entrepreneur embraces self-discipline

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For good or bad, many would-be entrepreneurs bring big personalities to the business. The same passion for excitement in life that brings them to start a business also drives them to have more than that occasional glass, not be so devoted to their spouse and flirt with the employees.

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A love of grass-fed beef (and beef-fueled travel) launched Dana Ehrlich’s entrepreneurial career

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Dana Ehrlich always wanted to be an entrepreneur, but spent his early career plugging away as an engineer and product manager at Intel. Then, while spending a semester abroad in Buenos Aires as part of a Dartmouth MBA program, he became obsessed with Argentine beef, and decided to combine his love of food and concern for environmental issues to become a grass-fed beef baron. Founded in 2005, his company, Verde Farms is growing fast and well on its way to fulfilling Ehrlich’s mission: to change the way Americans consume beef.

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James Cuorato is helping Philly tourism enter the 21st century

Marc Kramer

In his office, the former drummer of a Beatles cover band is surrounded by pictures and paraphernalia of the Fab Four. Ironically, his job is to promote Philadelphia, and in particular Independence National Historical Park, which celebrates the foiling of a much earlier British invasion. With a knack for serving visitors and a passion for government work, president and CEO James Cuorato is leading the Independence Visitor Center Corporation into an exciting future.

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What can CEOs learn from choreographers? It starts with fire

Mathew Heggem

The act of making dance — just like the act of building a business — has to start with a fire. It’s hard work that requires discipline, dedication and perseverance. And, simply put, both artists and entrepreneurs understand wholeheartedly that you cannot create greatness without that fuel.

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