On the Rise on the Fort Worth Food Scene

In a July 2019 episode of the Food Network’s show “Chopped,” EO Fort Worth member Juan Rodriguez competed against other chefs in hopes of landing the top stop.

(Spoiler alert.)

Juan Rodriguez was chopped.

But he’s OK with it because he landed a table at Red Rooster, the acclaimed restaurant by James Beard Foundation Award winner Marcus Samuelsson, one of the judges on “Chopped.”

As a child, Rodriguez spent time in Mexico and Illinois.

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How to Know if You’re Working with a Bad Broker

Written for EO by Scot Cockroft, president of Sigma Mergers & Acquisitions LLC.

For many business owners, working with a business broker can ease the stress involved with selling their organization. From preparing the business for sale to determining the right valuation and vetting potential buyers, selling a business is complex.

But how do you know if you’ve chosen the right broker? Would you know if you’re working with a bad broker? Consider these telltale warning signs.

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The Secret to Succeeding at Work and Family

When we asked EO members what they’ve learned from being a parent and an entrepreneur, we heard from Jessica Honegger of EO Dallas, the founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection. She revealed how she strives for success in both work and home life.

“One thing I’ve learned about entrepreneurship and parenting? It’s that starting a business is basically akin to having another baby.

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How to Build Authentic Customer Relationships That Spark Innovation

Written for EO by Jason McCann, a lifelong entrepreneur and experienced founder.

You wouldn’t be surprised if I said that customer feedback is essential for a startup. And nobody doubts the connection between long-term customer relationships and success.

However, some companies never find a way to fit it all together. Seeking out feedback is one thing. Taking it in, learning from it and translating it into innovation takes intention and commitment. The payoff is well worth it.

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The Future of Professional Development

Written for EO by Kamy Anderson, an ed-tech enthusiast who writes on emerging technologies in the areas of corporate training and education. 

Digital natives entering today’s workforce expect companies to provide them opportunities for professional development and learning. In fact, a whopping 94 percent of employees would stay with a company longer if it invested in their careers.

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How to Use a Ghostwriter to Build Your Authority and Generate Sales

Written for EO by Nico Prins, a communications consultant who specializes in internet marketing. 

When you read articles by busy CEOs on sites like Forbes or Entrepreneur, you might wonder how they managed to find the time to write the content. After all, if their daily workload is half what you are managing, they’d be struggling to fit in the hours needed to draft a 1,500-word, SEO-optimized article.

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Cybersecurity for Startups: How to Protect Your Business

Large-scale data breaches, such as the Equifax hack, are ubiquitous nowadays. But if you think that breaches only affect high-profile companies, then you are mistaken. In fact, three out of five small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have fallen victim to a cyber attack.

Many small businesses that suffer a cyber attack never recover.

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How to Spot and Eliminate Nincompoopery at Your Business

John Brandt, CEO and founder of The MPI Group and author of Nincompoopery: Why Your Customers Hate You—and How to Fix It, recently answered questions on customer satisfaction, hiring, innovation and leading change. 

What is Nincompoopery?

It’s the corporate stupidity that drives customers crazy, and keeps everyone—customers, employees, managers and business owners—from getting what they want.

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How to Accept Challenges and Thrive Alongside Business Risk

Written for EO by David Disiere.

Fear of failure can have significant sway over entrepreneurs wanting to launch their own startups. But imagine what would be possible if failure were completely and utterly avoidable. Further, imagine what would be possible if failure did not hold anyone back.

I spent decades as a sort of an insurance vagabond, drifting from role to role.

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