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Riko Ramos In With the New - Decorative Concrete

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“You can’t do it yourself,” Baylis explains. “You have to find people that compensate for you and that you compensate for. Someone else who says ‘I’m all in too.’ It’s kind of like choosing your spouse.” Beyond the business partners and employees who work within the entrepreneur’s business on a daily basis, Baylis, Madden, and Watson also point to having a larger network of mentors and business professionals as a critical factor for long-term success. “There’s a real sense of community in Lakeland,” Madden says, “and just as importantly, there’s an abundance of mentors.” Both Watson and Baylis also point to the LEDC’s Catapult project as an important avenue for connecting entrepreneurs to a larger network of people who can help them. “Lakeland wants to support entrepreneurs,” Baylis says, “but historically, there hasn’t been a way to connect people and resources. Catapult has started to change that.”

PERSISTING DESPITE THE CHALLENGES Despite the significant challenges facing entrepreneurs, data from the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity indicates that roughly 476,000 new business owners were minted every month in 2013. “I just knew that corporate America wasn’t for me, and I liked being in control,” says Riko Ramos, owner of No Boring Concrete, a decorative concrete business that was recently featured on DIY Network’s Blog Cabin 2014. For Ramos, starting his business created the opportunity to work in a manner consistent with his ideas and expectations. “I was always too boisterous,” he says, “and I spoke up when I felt things were wrong. And, I was always thinking about how I was putting my ideas into someone

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