Steven Schussler and his team at Schussler Creative donated a 45 ft. semi-trailer brimming with over 700 toys to Neighborhood House, a multi-service agency that helps low-income families. A group of executive volunteers from U.S. Bank joined the team to transfer the gifts from one trailer to the other. Steven writes about giving back and philanthropy in Chapter 28 of his book “It’s A Jungle In There“. “Giving and helping others is what makes a community stronger. We are proud we were able to form a strategic alliance with Neighborhood House and brighten the spirits and homes of many needy children this Holiday Season.” Steven Schussler
Business Cast – The Podcast for Entrepreneurs - Robert Gold and Andrew Brown…”Robert and I have interviewed dozens of business leaders, media insiders and business thought leaders. But, we’ve rarely spoken to an entrepreneur who has as much unbridled passion for entrepreneurialism as Steve Schussler. That‘s why for BusinessCast #177, we interviewed Steve who is best known for founding the wildly successful Rain Forest Cafe restaurant chain. Steve‘s newest venture is a book entitled, It‘s a Jungle in There that somehow effectively captures great stories of entrepreneurial daring, key lessons for today‘s business leaders and much of Steve‘s passion and homegrown wisdom.”
Without a college degree, Schussler became the CEO of a company twice named by Fortune Magazine as one of the top 100 fasted growing companies in America.
Here are some of the questions guiding our discussions:
1. You had some major challenges in the beginnings. Tell us about the process that lead to the success of RainForest Cafes…
2. You have said the importance of researching a new product or service concept is paramount to success. How does an entrepreneur approach the matter of getting market validation for a new concept?
3. So much of doing business is about relationships. Let’s talk about the power of a first impression. I think you have a story to share around this theme.
4. We’re sitting together in late 2010. What is your sense about the current business-startup environment. How can entrepreneurs overcome the tight credit markets and low consumer spending headwinds.