Episode 4

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6th May 2021

Todd Depastino

You have heard before that the best way to succeed is to find a need and fill it. Well that is exactly what our guest on today’s episode of Pursuing Profit with Principles has done. Todd Depastino, Founder and Executive director of the Veterans Breakfast Club. Todd comes from the world of Academia as a Historian and Professor. Todd has taken his love of history and his appreciation of our American Veterans and coupled that with a non-profit organization that not only serves veterans but gives them a voice.

Bio: Founder and executive director of the Veterans Breakfast Club, which holds veterans’ storytelling programs open to the public. He has a Ph.D. in American History from Yale University is author of the award winning BILL MAULDIN: A LIFE UP FRONT (W.W. Norton) and several other books.

Relevant Timestamps:

[00:00] Introduction 

[01:28] History comes to life 

[08:11] Overcoming the grip of “no”

[13:03] Entrepreneurship is a journey of self-discovery

[21:09] Bumps in the road

Key Takeaways:

  • Don’t wait for everything to be perfect, jump in and get started.  Imperfect action is better than no action.
  • As a non-profit, you need several different revenue sources so that if one dries up you have others in place.  In the entrepreneurial world, that equates to not having any one client be more than 15% of your total revenue.
  • Be passionate about what you are doing.  Your passion helps you sell your mission to those who can support it and help you.
  • As a leader, you should do some of the day-to-day things to know that they are being handled correctly, or to improve process and training as appropriate
  • Focus on the end goal, whatever the project is that you are working on.
  • Make sure that what you are working on fits your mission.

Relevant Links:

todd@veteransbreakfastclub.org

 https://www.facebook.com/veteransbreakfastclub

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRWUeRU670VYK1skn4Azz5A

Offer Link:  BBC Magazine, Just write to him to request it at todd@veteransbreakfastclub.org

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Pursuing Profit with Principles
A series of Expert Interviews for Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneurs are often seeking new ways to make their business more efficient, less stressful and more profitable. Each Monday and Friday, join me, Regina Partain Bergman, best-selling author, speaker, Profit Acceleration Specialist and Marketing Strategist and business growth specialist as I interview other successful entrepreneurs. I am a serial entrepreneur myself who built a multi-million dollar business only to see it fail in the financial crash of 2008, and then rose from the ashes to create 3 more business, including my current business, Bridgeport Strategy, where I help transform businesses, both online and offline, and local economies, while helping entrepreneurs realize their vision of impacting lives and changing the world.

One of my superpowers is helping entrepreneurs overcome the overwhelm and fear that keeps them from stepping up and making a difference in the world. I love being a part of the ripple effect you create when you step into your superpower, your purpose and passion and go make a difference in the world.

In this podcast we will explore how to make your business more successful. I will interview other entrepreneurs at various stages of success to share with you their journey and what is working for them now. They will share leadership principles. They will talk about how pursuing their purpose and passion has impacted their success. And they will identify at least one profit strategy that has made a difference in the profitability of their business. As you know, without profit, you don’t have a business. In fact, a recent study showed that over 90% of business failures cite lack of profitability as one of the main reasons they went out of business.

Additionally, my co-host, Barbara Sayers, and I will be sharing some basic principles and the 5 steps to Generating profit in your business. We will talk about marketing, lead generation, converting those leads to clients, how to generate more profit from your business and so much more.

I also have a passion for helping families as demonstrated by my international best selling book, Bulletproof Your Marriage. Knowing the stress that entrepreneurs are under who are struggling in their business, I work to help them create a profitable business, alleviating that stress which allows for better communication and less stress in the office and the home, thus creating a positive generational impact. My personal motto is “Save a Business – Save a marriage and vice-versa.’

Most of our guests will have a gift or an offer for you to enhance your business or personal development. If you are an entrepreneur seeking more time, more profit or cash flow in your business and less stress in your life, resulting in more freedom and improved relationships, then this is the podcast for you.

Remember, I will be here every Monday and Friday to greet you and kick off and end your week on a positive note.

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Regina Partain Bergman

An International Best-Selling Author, Speaker, Profit Acceleration Strategist and Exit Strategy Specialist, Regina Partain Bergman, CEO of Bridgeport Strategy, not only helps transform businesses, both online and offline, and local economies, but helps entrepreneurs realize their vision of impacting lives and changing the world.

One of Regina’s superpowers is helping entrepreneurs overcome the overwhelm and fear that keeps them from stepping up and making a difference in the world. To assist with this, she provides them with an individualized roadmap to success for their business.

A Serial Entrepreneur herself, Regina understands the challenges faced by small business owners. After building a business to $4+ million in annual revenue only to see it crash with the 2008/2009 economic downturn, Regina has a passion to see that small business owners get the assistance and resources they need to be successful and to thrive.

As demonstrated by her International Best-Selling Book, “Bulletproof Your Marriage”, Regina also has a passion for helping families. Knowing the stress that entrepreneurs are under who are struggling in their business, she works to help them create a profitable business, alleviating that stress, which allows for better communication and less stress in the home, thus creating a positive generational impact. Her personal motto is “Save a Business- Save a Marriage”.