West Coast Video

West Coast Video

The hot technology of the late 1980s was video tapes. After my father retired from the Air Force, he opened a video rental franchise named West Coast Videos. Most reading this should be old enough to remember far enough back when you had to physically drive to a video...
Learn from the mistakes of others

Learn from the mistakes of others

The best way to learn is to experience something for yourself. As an entrepreneur, you typically do this through trial and error. You try something, observe the results, tweak the process, and try again. It’s an iterative process…over and over. It’s the best way to...
Sometimes just let it fail

Sometimes just let it fail

I was clearly on the right path in my career. After being a project manager for a few years at my last employer, they rewarded me by assigning me five existing projects. Giving me a portfolio of projects was a nod that I was doing a good job and that I was bound to do...
Communication is always the problem

Communication is always the problem

I was told this years ago by my Program Manager when I was working as a DoD contractor. A retired Commander in the US Navy, he told me how the Navy had conducted extensive studies and found that communications was at the heart of the majority of the problems...
There’s never enough time

There’s never enough time

Ever feel like there’s never enough time in the day? Everyone should always be trying to increase their work efficiency. Do more with less. Work smarter, not harder. Easy to say. Hard to do. One method that several of us employ at Array Digital is time blocking. Time...
Defining Success Through KPI Dashboards

Defining Success Through KPI Dashboards

Every Wednesday morning we review our KPI (key performance indicators) dashboard. Sounds corporate, right? You could say that, but they help us focus on our goals. These KPIs vary from things like how much new revenue we’ve collected over the last week, how much we’ve...

THREE WAYS TO TURN AROUND BAD PUBLICITY

EO Member Thanos Polizos tackles the topic of bad publicity in an article in Inside Business, January 2015. As the owner of ODUrent, a provider of off-campus housing to several hundred students at Old Dominion University, we have long dealt with negative press about...

NEW RAVENNA IN NATIONAL CAMPAIGN

KUDOS TO EO MEMBER SARA BALDWIN! New Ravenna Mosaics, based on the Eastern Shore, has been chosen to represent the state of Virginia in Ford and AOL’s initiative, “This Built America.” The whole campaign highlights select American manufacturing...

BUILD YOUR BUSINESS THROUGH RELATIONSHIPS

EO member Marion Long discusses building a business through relationships in Inside Business December 2014. You’re in business for yourself, building your company from the ground up. There is quite a bit of excitement. You feel as if your energy is a renewable...

EO BILL HEADED TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Virginia Delegate Glenn R. Davis calls it the “EO Bill.” This week, the former president of Entrepreneurs’ Organization Southeast Virginia introduced the EO Bill to the Virginia General Assembly. What does the “EO Bill” do? Davis says House Bill 1278 is a win-win for...