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#011: Retailers Beware!

This is a departure.  In this episode Stephen Semple shares trends that he is seeing that is being embraced by retailers.  Trends that are dangerously wrong.  David Young: Welcome to the Empire Builders Podcast, teaching business owners the not-so-secret techniques that took famous businesses from Mom and Pop to major brands. Stephen Semple is a …

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#009: Armed with Scissors and an Idea a Billionaire is Born. The Spanx Story.

Sara Blakely was getting ready for a party when she realized she didn’t have the right undergarment to provide a smooth look. She cut off the feet off of her control top pantyhose and the crazy SPANX revolution began!  Like all revolutions:  it was not easy. David Young: Welcome to the Empire Builders Podcast. Teaching business owners the …

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#008: What delivering newspapers taught me about pizza – The story of Dominos.

Dominos was started in 1960 and grew to be the largest independent restaurant business on the planet.  Started by an orphan who was swindled out his life savings.  This is a true rags to riches story.  Sometimes you just need to hang in there and not chicken out. David Young: Welcome to the Empire Builders …

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#007: How $1,500 of Flea Market Garb became Banana Republic

Banana Republic was founded by 2 journalists with the dream to make a little extra money so they could travel.  Little did they know they would create a fashion juggernaut that they sold to the GAP for hundreds of millions. David Young: Welcome to the “Empire Builders” podcast, teaching business owners the not-so-secret techniques that …

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How To Win

Winning requires leadership. To win, you need to think differently.  What most people do is hang out with people in their industry, read their industry magazine and chase the industry leaders.  They ask, “what are the successful people in my industry doing” and do that.  Hello, that is following.  That is the very definition of …

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