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Sep30

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Matthew Arrington
Forte Strong
Co-founder and Executive Director

Matthew Arrington is the executive director and co-founder of Forte Strong, the world’s first failure-to-launch program for men who struggle to leave their parents’ home or find it difficult to become independent. Forte Strong uses a proprietary coaching model to help students find purpose and direction, guide parents and families in empowering their sons, and ultimately create a healthier family dynamic. Matthew currently resides in sunny St. George, Utah.

BusinessInterviews.com: Tell us more about Forte Strong and what it does.

Matthew: Forte Strong is a failure-to-launch company. “Failure to launch” is a young adult’s inability to leave his parents’ home. We specialize in building confident and independent young men. Our students go through a six-month program to grow, learn life skills, and discover how to be self-reliant.

The young adult men we work with are bright and talented but stuck in a rut. They experience things like social anxiety; a lack of confidence, motivation, and leadership; video game addiction; and an inability to manage their finances. It’s frustrating to both these young men and their parents, but our organization helps empower the parents and their sons as they transition into adulthood.

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Oct23

Lori Harris
Lori Harris
MaryJane's Shoes
Owner

Lori Harris opened Mary Jane’s in Park City, Utah on Valentine’s Day in 2004 to balance her love of fashion with her passion for business. Well known for her élan and elegance, Lori helps her customers look their best while drawing on many years of business experience to keep Mary Jane’s well-stocked with the latest styles of women’s apparel and accessories. After the success of Mary Jane’s on Park City’s chic Main Street, Lori opened up a second location in the Central West End in St. Louis, Missouri in 2008.

Gus: How has your background and experience helped contribute to the vision and success of Mary Jane’s boutiques?

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Sep13

Dallas Robinson
Dallas Robinson

KISSTIXX makes a high-quality lip balm and recently appeared on the hit ABC show Shark Tank. It comes packaged in two compatible flavors – one for you and one for your partner. When you kiss, these great flavors combine to create a chemistry reaction for a burst of flavor and aroma.

KISSTIXX comes in tasty flavor combinations like raspberry & lemonade, pina colada & strawberry daiquiri, peaches & cream and the fan favorite fire & ice – it tingles when you kiss! Each set is sold in a combo pack and will be available at retailers nationwide fall 2012.

I conceived the idea and created the product. Now I am building an international business through sheer will, determination and a great team.

MO: How did you come with the idea for KISSTIXX? What sets your product apart from other lip balms?

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Jul30

Entrepreneur Scott Lazerson
Scott Lazerson
Scott Lazerson
Founder

Scott Lazerson is a media strategy company focused on brand acceleration and non-traditional public relations.

After dedicating 15 years to philanthropic causes including his work with charitable celebrities, Scott Lazerson leveraged his connectivity skills to build a company that connects its clients with the right people and media outlets to bring their brands to the next level. He and his team have worked with amazing companies and individuals such as, #1 app developer Outfit7 (creators of Talking Tom), Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York, and Pawngo (the first full service internet pawn shop).

MO: After working for 15 years in for philanthropic causes what inspired you to start your own media strategy company?

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May15

Jordan Guernsey
Jordan Guernsey
Molding Box
Founder

Jordan Guernsey is the very successful Entrepreneur behind Molding Box, an innovative company that provides shipping, printing, handling, and disc media production services. Jordan started Molding Box in his mother’s basement and has grown the company into an Inc. 500 list member. He truly focuses on the client’s experience and gives all employees the power to make a difference. Jordan stresses employee loyalty and engagement and is extremely active in charity. He is constantly looking for ways to better the world. For example, Molding Box is a flagship company for the Utah Defendant Offender Workforce Development program and offers second chances to paroles.

MO: You started your company in your mother’s basement. Tell us how the early days of Molding Box came about.

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Apr30

Alan E. Hall
Alan E. Hall
Grow America
Founder

Grow America is a national organization emerging from Utah to support, encourage, and strengthen entrepreneurialism wherever and whenever it is found. Its mission is to align the partners, vendors, mentors and capital entrepreneurs require to create and grow tomorrow’s successful companies. Beyond the creation of new businesses and the expansion of early stage and growth companies, Grow America’s ultimate goal is to put America back to work, step-by-step, one company and one community at a time.

Alan E. Hall is the founder of Grow America. Alan has achieved major successes in the world of entrepreneurship and business and also has established a foundation with his wife, Jeanne, that gives grants to registered charities. Alan takes risks and gets things done.

MO: Welcome to Mo.com, Alan. Why is the mandate of Grow America important to you?

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Mar19

Ty Kiisel, AtTask, Inc - Manager of Social Outreach
Ty Kiisel
AtTask, Inc
Manager of Social Outreach

Ty Kiisel is the manager of social outreach for AtTask, Inc. As an “accidental” project manager and marketing veteran with over 25 years of experience, Ty writes about project management, leading teams, and getting work done.

AtTask brings work to life for people by helping them better understand and organize their work. With its innovative software designed to work the way people naturally work, AtTask enfranchises team members, equips project managers and informs executives.

MO: How did you become an “accidental” project manager?

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Mar16

Jennifer Austin
Jennifer Austin
Austin Media
Owner

Jennifer Austin is the founder of Austin Media. She is a previous Talk Radio Host on Fox News Radio and the Marketing Director for a Utah law firm. She was the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of St. George News, an online newspaper that went viral in Southern Utah in just one year. She is currently the Executive Editor for a print and digital newspaper in the Salt Lake Area, while running her marketing company on the side.

Jennifer has been a reporter for many years, previously working as the Managing Editor for Today in Dixie and Sports Editor for the Park Record. She has volunteered with at-risk youth and the domestic violence council in Mountain Home, Idaho.

Austin Media began by accident while Jennifer was building her online publication. Once the publication took off and was sold to a radio station, Jennifer was approached by business owners to handle their marketing – not just their social media accounts.

MO: You began Austin Media as a one-woman show on the side of your full-time job. How did you ever manage a full time job while launching a new business?

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Feb27

Ike Blackmon
Ike Blackmon
Creative Bioscience
Executive Director

Ike Blackmon is the executive director of Creative Bioscience, a dynamic weight-loss supplement company dedicated to innovation, research and professional support.

Creative Bioscience is a dynamic weight loss supplement company dedicated to innovation, research, and professional support. The company uses key botanicals and natural ingredients in its line of herbal supplements for diet support, and its products are manufactured in FDA inspected and GMP approved facilities using precise, technologically advanced equipment. It produces several proprietary, all-natural diet support supplements, including the plant Irvingia gabonensis, commonly known as African Mango and Raspberry Ketones. Creative Bioscience’s complete line of products offers tailored weight-loss options for all consumers, including those looking to cleanse their system of toxins.

MO: Can you talk about how you started Creative Bioscience? How have your experience and background contributed to the development and ultimately the success of the company?

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Feb8

Karl Beckstrand
Karl Beckstrand
Premio Publishing & Gozo Books, LLC
Publisher/Author/Speaker

An engaging presenter and consultant, Karl Beckstrand has experience in high tech, public policy, marketing, TV, radio, and film. He has lived abroad, been a Spanish/English interpreter, and he enjoys volleyball and kayaking (usually not at the same time). Karl’s activity books, Spanish & bilingual books, ebook mysteries and nonfiction stories feature minority characters and have been lauded by national reviews such as the Horn Book blog review, School Library Journal, Midwest Book Review and ForeWord Reviews (see Premiobooks.com/press). He has had three titles on Amazon’s Hot New Releases in Spanish list, two in their top ten for Spanish language children’s and one in their top ten large print children’s titles. She Doesn’t Want the Worms! was named one of the top ten books of 2011 by ForeWord Reviews.

Premio Publishing has been delighting readers since 2004. Their picture books are about fun and learning—at any age. Whimsical stories and vivid illustrations engage and surprise readers. Their activity books (including a cookbook for kids), Spanish & bilingual books (text & pronunciation guide in English, Spanish, or both), and historical non-fiction books hold reader attention (child or adult) and make them repeat readers.

MO: Can you tell our readers how you were suddenly forced to take over the publishing and marketing of your first book rather unexpectedly?

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Feb1

Brandt Page
Brandt Page
Launch Leads
CEO

The beginning of 2009, Brandt Page brought to market a business that people actually needed and wanted: a way to get more leads and sales opportunities and Launch Leads was born. He bootstrapped from day one working from his living room. Even with five employees they were still in his house: two people on the couch, one at the kitchen table, another on his card table and he found himself with a cheap Ikea desk. He didn’t buy expensive business cards or spend money on a website or a cool car — he focused his time, energy, and money on growing the business. He also did not take a single paycheck for 14 months. Yes, that sounds crazy, but that is just what a bootstrapping entrepreneur does.

Launch Leads, fills its clients’ sales pipelines with qualified leads and scheduled sales appointments. Launch generates targeted lead lists, qualifies each lead, and schedules sales opportunities on behalf of its clients. Basically, Launch does all of the heavy lifting of cold calling, prospecting, and lead qualification, so their clients can focus on closing more sales. Launch primarily works with companies in the software/technology space and gets paid on a “pay for performance” basis, (pay per appointment) so the risk is on them, not you.

Besides the outbound calling approach to B2B lead generation, Launch also provides immediate lead response and qualification to companies who are receiving 100 or more inbound leads per month. Simply put, as soon as someone inputs their data into the form on your site, Launch responds on your behalf within minutes, typically catching that person still in front of their computer and on your site. Launch then asks them some key qualifying questions and schedules an appointment for your company, if and only if that lead meets the criteria you and your company are looking for.

MO: How did you manage to stay motivated and inspired while working with 5 employees from your living room?

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