Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

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“There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to owning a restaurant. It’s very difficult, but it’s also one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done.” – Priscilla Lane-Rondeau, 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

 

 

Nine years ago, Priscilla Lane-Rondeau opened 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria in Manchester. Six years later, she added a second place in Epping. While she didn’t grow up dreaming of opening up her own restaurants, she’s always had a passion for great food.

STEC final edited pic for web“I love food, I am a big foodie. I grew up on a small farm in New Ipswich, New Hampshire and we had the garden, the vegetables, and so I always just ate really well.”

And now, so can you. We asked Priscilla to serve up some of her best Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success.

Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success:

  • Show up for your customers
  • Be willing and able to do everything
  • Focus on what you do best and hire for the rest
  • Research the competition
  • Give back to the community

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Connect with Priscilla Lane-Rondeau and 900 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzeria:

www.900degrees.com
info@900degrees.com


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Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: Tim Sink

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Tim Sink
President
Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce

“Anywhere in New Hampshire, you can start up a business. You register a trade name for 50 bucks and the office is here in Concord, so it saves you from getting in the car and driving. You don’t really have to do anything to start a business. It’s just that if you do your homework, you put together a solid business plan, you really think it through, your chances of success are a lot better than just saying, ‘Gee, I want to open a restaurant!’” – Tim Sink, President, Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce


Connect with Tim Sink:

concordnhchamber.com
tsink@concordnhchamber.com


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Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: Rick Brenner

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Rick Brenner
President & GM
New Hampshire Fisher Cats

“We are constantly looking for ways to help out, to be part of our community, and give back when we can. It’s the kind of business that lends itself well to that.” – Rick Brenner, President & GM, New Hampshire Fisher Cats

That’s Rick Brenner, President of Manchester’s Double-A minor league baseball team, the Fisher Cats. Brenner—and the organization—have been recognized a number of times in recent years for their efforts to pack this house on game days. That’s not always easy with minor league franchises. So we asked him to share some of the Fisher Cats’ secrets to entrepreneurial success.

Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success:

  • All-star customer service
  • Connect with fans
  • Invest in the community

Connect with Rick Brenner:

milb.com


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Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: Mike Girard

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Mike Girard
The Fools

“It made it where we could say good bye to anybody telling us either what to do or how to do it, or whatever path we should be taking.” – Mike Girard, The Fools

One of the greatest rewards of being an entrepreneur—carving your own path. That’s what Mike Girard did. He’s the lead singer and founder of the legendary Boston-born band THE FOOLS, who has also called New Hampshire home for more than 20 years. What makes him a hugely successful entrepreneur is that he’s been performing—across the globe—for four decades, and continues to perform in front of sold-out crowds. We asked him to share some of his secrets to success.

Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success:

  • Trust your instincts
  • Push the envelope
  • Connect with your audience
  • Perform through the pain
  • Dress the part

 


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Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: Ervin Fazekas

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Ervin Fazekas
Founder
Mr Bubbles Car Wash

“We arrived in this country in 1959 with 127 dollars, two suitcases, no language, no relatives—just a great desire to live the American dream.” – Ervin Fazekas, Mr. Bubbles

From Hungary to New Hampshire—that is exactly what Ervin Fazekas – aka Mr. Bubbles—and his family are doing in Portsmouth and Rochester. They’re living the American dream. The car wash business may not sound glamorous, but like all of these entrepreneurs we’ve profiled—including the entertainers—he took on the risk and responsibility of building his business and shares his secrets to success.

Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success:

  • Location, location, location
  • Offer only quality service
  • Create a memorable experience
  • Make it a family affair

Connect with Ervin Fazekas:

mrbubblescarwash.com


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Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: Bob Marley

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Bob Marley
Comedian

“It’s a really weird profession. Think of what we do. It’s like a carnival. If you really think about it, there’s really no room for us anymore. Someone that just stands up there and goes, ‘So here’s what happened today.’ With all of the media outlets and all the stuff people have at their disposal, why are we even around still? – Bob Marley, Comedian

That’s where the Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success come in. Comedian Bob Marley has been making people laugh for decades. Despite the odds, he continues to find ways to not only survive, but thrive in the entertainment industry while living in his home state of Maine. Through all the jokes and impersonations during our interview, we were able to learn what makes his stand-up—standout.

Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success:

  • Love what you do
  • Work harder and smarter than the competition
  • Keep it fresh
  • Get tough

Connect with Bob Marley:

bobmarley.com


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Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: Andy Crews

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Andy Crews
President & CEO
AutoFair

“When I looked at New Hampshire I had two small girls, it looked like a great place to raise a family and a very good opportunity, and so we made the move and came up. It was the best thing I could do for my family.” – Andy Crews, President & CEO, AutoFair

… And for people across New Hampshire. That’s Andy Crews, CEO of AutoFair. While he’s only been here with his family for a decade, he’s made—and continues to make—a huge impact on many lives. And we’re not just talking about his 650 employees. We asked him to share some of his Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success.

Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success:

  • Work your way up
  • Find a mentor
  • Built trust, generate loyalty
  • Take the risk and invest in yourself
  • Invest in the community

Connect with Andy Crews:

autofair.com


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Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: Alex Ray

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Alex Ray
The Common Man

“There are two incomes in the world. One is here (pointing to his brain) and one is here (pointing to wallet). I am pointing at my wallet in my back pocket. If you fill this one up (the brain), it will give back for the rest of your life, so don’t go to work for money.” – Alex Ray, The Common Man.

Extraordinary advice from The Common Man himself, Alex Ray. You may not recognize him at first, but chances are you’ve dined at one of The Common Man restaurants, diners, maybe slept in one of his hotels, grabbed a snack and gas at the Hooksett Welcome Center, or enjoyed a live performance at the Flying Monkey. Just some of Alex Ray’s establishments across New Hampshire. And to think this entrepreneur NEVER wanted to work in the restaurant business.

Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success:

  • Never changing, always fresh
  • Keep it local
  • Create a worthwhile experience
  • Make the customer your priority
  • Invest in the community

Connect with Alex Ray:

thecman.com


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Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield

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Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield
Founder
Ben & Jerry’s

“Anything that’s innovative, anything that’s new comes from small businesses.” – Ben Cohen, Co-Founder, Ben & Jerry’s

These two men would know! They’re Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield. The entrepreneurs who built the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream empire. We asked them to give us a taste of their winning strategy.

Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success:

  • Do something you love
  • Avoid the big dogs
  • Don’t compromise on quality
  • Create something unique
  • Invest in the community

Connect with Ben and Jerry:

benjerry.com

 


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Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: Scott Spradling

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Scott Spradling
Spradling Group

“A dear friend once told me – leaving news – you spend half your time doing work for clients. You spend the other half looking for more clients. Don’t ever think that those two jobs aren’t symbiotic and necessary.” – Scott Spradling, Spradling Group

Words to live by, if you’re thinking about becoming your own boss or just becoming better at what you do. Every week we profile New Hampshire entrepreneurs to find out what it takes to make it the business world. Tonight, we sit down with a familiar face: An award-winning political journalist who used a lot of what he learned in the newsroom to go out on his own.

Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success:

  • Master the art of communication
  • Build and maintain relationships
  • Don’t burn bridges
  • Take a leap of faith

Connect with Scott Spradling:

spradlinggroup.com
Scott@spradlinggroup.com


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Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: Brian Shea

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Brian Shea
Owner
The Barley House

“That was THE story for about 15 minutes, I guess. But it really kind of catapulted us into that campaign stop that we wanted to happen because of our proximity to the state house.” – Brian Shea, The Barley House

Each week, we profile a New Hampshire entrepreneur to uncover some of their secrets to success. Tonight, we show you how a Concord restaurant—in its own unique way—is literally feeding the First-in-the-Nation primary.

Secret to Entrepreneurial Success:

  • Find the right location
  • Create something memorable
  • Hire good people & treat them well

Connect with Brian Shea:

thebarleyhouse.com
Concord, NH: 603-228-6363
North Hampton, NH: 603-379-9161


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Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: David Bellman

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David Bellman
President & CEO
Bellman Jewelers

“That’s what New Hampshire is made of. New Hampshire has been built on entrepreneurship. If you look around the state, we are a state of small companies, which is why we do better than the country, when it comes to the economy because we’re so diverse.” – David Bellman, Bellman’s Jewelers

And when these entrepreneurs succeed—and there are thousands of these “Made in New Hampshire” stories—they have a huge economic impact. Each week, we will profile Granite State entrepreneurs and ask them to share their secrets to success. Tonight, we continue our series with a jeweler and inventor from Manchester.

Secret to Entrepreneurial Success:

  • Identify customer needs
  • Offer something unique
  • Build trust
  • Be fully engaged

Connect with David Bellman:

bellmans.com
603-625-4653


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Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: Justin Spencer

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Justin Spencer
Founder
Recycled Percussion

“That is something I study so much. More than drumming, more than performing, I pride myself on the business of things. I think for entrepreneurs, you have to really know, and believe in your heart, that what you’re doing is going to be a success. That may sound cliché, but it’s not.” – Justin Spencer, Founder, Recycled Percussion

Launching and maintaining a business is often a lifelong pursuit and can be extremely challenging. But when the businesses succeed—and there are thousands of these Made in New Hampshire stories—they can have a huge economic impact. Each week, we profile Granite State entrepreneurs and ask them to share their secrets to entrepreneurial success. We open the series with a rock star from Goffstown: Justin Spencer, founder of Recycled Percussion.

Secret to Entrepreneurial Success:

  • Be in love with what you do
  • Identify and connect with your target audience
  • Offer something unique
  • Perform through the pain
  • Challenge yourself

Connect with Justin Spencer:

recycledpercussionband.com


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Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: Joe Faro

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Joe Faro
Founder & Chief Food Taster
Tuscan Brands

“Energy and passion kind of go together. When you’re passionate about something, it kind of fuels that energy, and everybody feeds off of that. The community feeds off of that. The guests feed off of that. Your employees feed off of that,” – Joe Faro, Owner & Chief Food Taster, Tuscan Brands.

That’s Joe Faro, the founder of Tuscan Market and Tuscan Kitchen. This UNH graduate has turned his lifelong passion for pasta into big business here in the Granite State. In fact, it was at UNH that he wrote the business plan for his first company – Joseph’s Gourmet Pasta and Sauces—that he sold to Nestle before breaking some serious ground in Salem and Portsmouth. We had a fireside chat with this pasta maker and real estate investor to share some of his most delicious secrets to entrepreneurial success.

Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success:

  • Have it and share it with employees
  • Less talking, more listening to guests
  • Invest in the community
  • Give back

Connect with Joe Faro:

tuscanbrands.com


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Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: Craig Peterson

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Craig Peterson
Technology Consultant
Mainstream Managed Services

“You have to have a huge goal. You have to have something that is going to inspire you and inspire the people around you. And if it’s a huge enough goal, it’s going to be a scary goal.” – Craig Peterson, Technology Consultant

Most entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed readily admit that launching a business is scary. Without exception, you’re emotionally and financially invested in its success. I found an interesting article on about.com. It’s the 8 surprising traits of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs. So, I asked an entrepreneur from Manchester – technology consultant Craig Peterson – to offer his take on the list.

8 Surprising Traits of the World’s Most Successful Entrepreneurs:

  • They listen more than they speak
  • They’re ready to embrace failure
  • They’re extremely curious
  • They’re determined to follow their passions
  • They admit what they don’t know
  • They know when and how to say no
  • They know the importance of balance
  • They know how to build a good team

Connect with Craig Peterson:

mainstream.net
craigpeterson.com
Twitter: @craigpeterson
Podcast: CraigPeterson.com/iTunes


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Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: Crissy Kantor

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Crissy Kantor
Founder-President, Stylist
Chill Spa

“Manchester deserves more. They deserve the best. And what I like to do is bring everything that I’ve learned, that I know is great. We try everything.” – Crissy Kantor, Chill Spa

That’s Crissy Kantor, founder of Chill Spa. For ten years, she’s been offering something she says the people of her hometown of Manchester really need. We crossed over into the Chill Zone to discover her secrets to entrepreneurial success.

Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success:

  • Recruit the right people
  • Invest in your team
  • Never stop learning
  • Offer great value at a great price
  • Give back to your community

Connect with Crissy Kantor:

chillspa.com
603-622-3722


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Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success: Andy and Laurie Sanborn

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Andy and Laurie Sanborn
Owners
The Draft Sports Bar

“I don’t think there’s an easy business to be involved in… If there is an easy business, tell me what it is and I’ll go to that one.” – Andy Sanborn, Co-Owner, The Draft.

Andy and his wife Laurie did not take the easy route when it came to choosing their careers. By day, they’re State Senator Andy Sanborn and Representative Laurie Sanborn, working under the gold dome in Concord. By night, they’re entrepreneurs.

“The number one issue in our society today, that can cure virtually every single ail we have, is a great job, so let’s go make some.”

10 years ago, they created the restaurant called The Draft—which is about a mile away from the State House—and employs nearly two dozen people. We asked the Sanborns to share their Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success.

Secrets to Entrepreneurial Success:

  • Hire the best of the best
  • Manage from the bottom up
  • Create a climate of success
  • Offer something unexpected and create it from scratch
  • Cater to customer wants and needs

Connect with Andy and Laurie Sanborn:

draftsportsbar.com
draftsportsbar@gmail.com


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