Start:ME Spotlight:

Grant Simon

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Organization

LSGF Management

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Clarkston

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Serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of business management experience in retail, food, and service industries.

You've built a strong rapport with several Start:ME participants. How do you continue to support Start:ME alumni?

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"We typically meet when there is a change in direction or new opportunities for her business."

I still communicate regularly with my first Mentee Tina D�souza, Esto Etno Bakery from the 2016 cohort. We typically meet when there is a change in direction or new opportunities for her business. We also check in with each other once in a while just to say hi and wish each other well. She is really committed to making it, and I am really proud of her!

What's something you didn't expect to learn from your time as a Start:ME mentor?

"How much passion and drive there is to become a successful entrepreneur at all levels of society and different stages of life."

How much passion and drive there is to become a successful entrepreneur at all levels of society and different stages of life. I also have found it very rewarding at a personal level to be able to pass on some of my business knowledge, and the genuine appreciation from the entrepreneurs that I have worked with.

Your a multi-unit franchise master. What is a similarity between those businesses and those you mentor at Start:ME that has helped you mentor?

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"Start:ME helps these entrepreneurs put together a business plan that helps formulate an operating system."

A franchise is really just a proven operating system. If it is a good franchise, and you follow that formula you will be successful. Start:ME helps these entrepreneurs put together a business plan that helps formulate an operating system that can make each of the entrepreneurs successful with their business.

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