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Boots to Business – How I Started my Own Business

Boots to Business – How I Started my Own Business


I’m Torrance Hart the founder of Teak and Twine.Teak and Twine makes custom gift boxes for weddings, events, and corporate
gifting. I was in the Air Force for four years three of those I was a protocol
officer, which is sort of like being an event planner for the Air Force. I had a
lot of fun doing that job the great part of Boots to Business was that they not
only give you the tools to figure out what kind of business you want to start,
or if you are the kind of person who wants to start a business, but if you’re
already on your way, like I was, they also give you a lot of tools about different
ways that you can raise money. And, then what I have found to be the most helpful
was the outreach and the advice that they provide on a continuing basis after
Boots to Business. And, they have been awesome about talking to me on the phone,
even coming to my house giving me advice once they saw how we put together our
gifts how our production line is organized. So, they’ve really given me
great advice every step of the way. I absolutely love running my own business and it’s just been a fantastic transition to move from being active
duty to being a full-time entrepreneur, but as important as it is to absolutely
love what you do, it’s even more important to be passionate about the
nuts and bolts of running a business and that is growing a team, doing your
accounting, working on marketing, and thinking about what processes you’re
going to put into place to make your business successful. And, those are the
nuts and bolts that they emphasize in boots to business and at the VBOC.


Reader Comments

  1. Who could forget the $12 billion in shrink-wrapped $100 bills that the U.S. flew to Iraq only to claim it had no record of what happened to the money.

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