Episode 5: How Hard Work And Coffee Can Impact a Community | Rob Bennett

Episode 5: How Hard Work And Coffee Can Impact a Community | Rob Bennett

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In this episode, I sit down with with my friend Rob Bennett, owner of Cafe Ah-Roma. As we sit and talk in his cafe, bustling with its usual energy, we discuss his 17 year journey, his love for community and helping others, the secret to succeeding when others have failed, and what’s different about his chairs that makes people feel welcome.

Rob is sort of like a mayor of food service in the city of Berea, outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Not only has he been committed to providing good food and drink to the community and a great place to hang out and interact, he’s also done a ton to help other businesses, build into the youth, and be a positive force in the city. Over 17 years of running his cafe, he’s seen a lot and has a ton of great things to share in this interview that will be sure to encourage, instruct and inspire.

 

From the interview…

  • What is Rob’s favorite type of coffee?
  • Has Rob ever met a stranger? Everyone has a story.
  • Rob’s love for a particular movie series…
  • How his business came to be and his desire to make a difference
  • Live in the moment. Embrace those you run into.
  • The best part of restaurants is the customer interaction
  • Repeat business is more important than one-time business
  • The work Rob and his wife did before launching Cafe Ah-Roma
  • What happened to their sales when Starbucks and Panera came on the scene
  • The community of restaurant owners in Berea, all that they offer and how they help each other
  • What are some of the secrets to making it when others fail? Tenacity!
  • Always be willing to learn
  • Be willing to do what needs to be done.
  • Be patient and look for the right opportunities.
  • Everything is customer service
  • What do they do with their chairs to make people feel welcome and invite them to sit down and relax?
  • What have been some surprising things that have happened over the 17 years?
  • Rob’s entrepreneurial roots
  • Just do it!

 rob bennett and shawn

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Episode 4: How to Get Real About Your Passion | Kurt Maechner

Episode 4: How to Get Real About Your Passion | Kurt Maechner

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In this episode, I talk with a good friend of mine, Kurt Maechner, of For Real Wedding Films about how to tell a great story through video, why it’s important to get your work out there, the value of working with a mentor, and what was inside a locked car with the engine running that gave him a scare.

Kurt is an English teacher, husband, father of five girls, and one who loves to tell great stories through video. You’ll benefit from his stories, tips and the key things that helped bring him to where he is today.

 

From the interview…

  • How Kurt surrounds himself with beautiful women every day
  • What initially got Kurt interested in video
  • Kurt’s early video and editing endeavors
  • The value of a mentor and how a special couple really gave him a boost
  • Kurt’s love for story telling, for creating something gripping, intriguing
  • The value of words and a phrase that meant a lot to him: “Kurt, you really know how to tell a story”
  • How did he turn his attention to wedding videos
  • What makes his style of videos different
  • A key partnership that helped him get his work out there and connect with clients
  • Kurt and his wife, Beth, and their passion for strengthening marriages
  • Who used the phrase “Are you for real?”
  • The importance of creating videos that capture the best part of people as they are
  • What this business has allowed him to see and experience
  • A time when things didn’t quite go according to plan
  • Some key thoughts on pricing and the value of your work

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