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Serial Entrepreneur, Venture Builder, Mentor, Speaker, & Basketball Coach

Abundance Mindset

Why Me?

My goal is to help you find what I discovered after exiting my first venture – an Abundance Mindset

I’m an early stage start up guy surrounded by an amazing team.

The solopreneurs can do it alone. I can’t.

I’m guessing that’s why your here today. Starting, owning, operating, and growing a business is hard.

Blogs About Things I’m Passionate About

How To Level Up Your Entrepreneurial Game

Was talking to an investor recently and he shared that in the majority of businesses he is looking to invest in (small American businesses that have technical products), have a problem with the ๐Ÿ‘‡ ๐Ÿ‘‰ FOUNDER ๐Ÿ‘ˆ He explained that he saw some common issues with the founders:- Closed mindedness- Limiting Beliefs- Wrong team- Lack of adoption of new techniques, ways of thinking, ways of doing business...- lack of being…
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How To Level Up Your Entrepreneurial Game

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Was talking to an investor recently and he shared that in the majority of businesses he is looking to invest in (small American businesses that have technical products), have a problem with the ๐Ÿ‘‡ ๐Ÿ‘‰ FOUNDER ๐Ÿ‘ˆ He explained that he saw some common issues with the founders:- Closed mindedness- Limiting Beliefs- Wrong team- Lack of adoption of new techniques, ways of thinking, ways of doing business...- lack of being…

How To Get Your Business To Momentum Phase

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How do you get your business to "momentum" phase quickly? ๐Ÿ‘‡ By creating small, micro, wins that you can build upon. Here is a text message I received over the weekend from a cohort inside our BSV Launch program. The Founder's Problem: Lead generation wasn't consistent or predictable The BSV Process: There are five (5) frameworks to business:๐Ÿ‘‰ Attract - Nurture - Convert - Delivery - Resell/Upsell ๐Ÿ‘ˆAs Founders, we…

Adapting To The Speed of Change

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Business is about the "AND"... โž• Old School AND New Schoolโž• Investor AND Entrepreneurโž• Elton John AND Dua Lipa (this song will pop you into your weekend) Together... We can be better... If you're looking to deploy capital into old-school businesses using new-school tactics, reach out. If you're the Founder of a real American business who makes real products that solve real problems, but feeling overwhelmed by the speed of…

Do You Consider Your Venture A Media Company?

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If you're aย manufacturingย company,ย engineeringย products company, or just a good ole fashion blacksmith, do you consider yourself aย mediaย company? I bet the answer is "no". We've change our mindset on it๐Ÿ‘‡ A huge challenge for product companies, manufacturing companies, engineering companies, and industrial suppliers is "Attraction". Attraction means lead generation is consistent and predictable and you're getting as many qualified leads as you can convert. The companies and founders that we meet tell…

3 Keys To Entrepreneurial Success

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I've noticed that the more ventures I build, the more entrepreneurs that are created... Hopefully, that means we make it look sexy and it encourages others to dream big and live their best life. But๐Ÿ‘‡ The journey is not one to be taken lightly fellow blacksmith. Being an entrepreneur comes with an insane RESPONSIBILITY. You are responsible for feeding the families of the ones who trust you enough to jump…

How Did We Raise Early Capital?

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Here's a Case Study on what we chose to do early on to set ourselves up to raise capital for our venture(s) ๐Ÿ‘‡ Some Qualifiers:- All my early ventures were bootstrapped (my own time and money), but I found this limits growth and speed.ย  - Not being apart of Silicon Valley and not having a huge network are huge limiters when trying to attract capital. - I don't believe you…

Finding the Right Tool Will Help You Launch

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Met recently with a true โ€˜blacksmithโ€™ (i.e., Founder) who wants to launch his manufacturing business, but wasnโ€™t sure where to start. Itโ€™s often the customer attraction piece thatโ€™s the hardest and causes "trade" Founders the most fear and uncertainty. So, what works? ๐Ÿ‘‡ Yes, word of mouth still works. Yes, getting involved and spreading the word around your community still works. But, in today's times is about the "AND"... There…

Remember Legos? Let's Compare it to Venture Building

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Did ya'll play with Legos as a kid or ever just "build" stuff? Lego Building and Venture Building - The BlackSmith Man, Lego's were my jam. I had 2 or 3 buckets of random pieces that I'd put together and just build stuff. It took 4 Ingredients to do that: 1๏ธโƒฃ - A big dream 2๏ธโƒฃ - A playbook / framework of "how" 3๏ธโƒฃ - YOU (the Operator, team, or…

What Drives You?

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Founders... what was the reason you started your business venture? Share your reason in the comments and I'll share mine below ๐Ÿ‘‡ Venture 1: Started in 2007. The financial goal was simply... To make a living that would cover our current expenses - middle-class living. What drove me was a desire to prove everyone who said a 29-year-old couldn't start his own business - and succeed - wrong. Venture 2:…

Wanna make a Big Impact?

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Letโ€™s talk today about what weโ€™re doing inside BlackSmith Ventures: ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’ ๐‘พ๐’† ๐‘บ๐’†๐’“๐’—๐’† First, the โ€œInvestorsโ€ who entrusts their resources with us to make them an outsized return while lending their wisdom, experience, and knowledge to assist. Second, the โ€œFounders, Entrepreneurs, & Business Ownersโ€ who own and operate real American businesses making real products that solve real problems. ๐‘พ๐’‰๐’ ๐‘พ๐’† ๐‘จ๐’“๐’† Weโ€™re an authentic, driven, and experienced group of entrepreneurs…

One Common Struggle Among Startups

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Brand awareness is a common problem in many startups struggling to 'attract' customers. One tool we use inside BSV and the companies we work with is video. Here are 3 things I've learned about๐Ÿ‘‡ Using video as a tool while being consistent on social media: ๐Ÿš€ - You find your tribe ๐Ÿš€ - You find your voice ๐Ÿš€ - You recognize that continued growth and improvement is the name of…

How do you find relevance?

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Whether you're a successful business person turned investor or you're a seasoned Entrepreneur/Founder, we've all been faced with the question, "How Do I Stay Relevant?". Here are some strategies that I've used recently.

Do You Have a Business Playbook?

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We hear a lot about about 90 day plans which are super important, but do you have a framework that you use inside your venture to ensure what you are focused on in those 90 days is moving the needle? Let me know in the comments if so.... If not, I'll share ours ๐Ÿ‘‡ The goal with any framework (or playbook) is to minimize the noise, frustration, and that feeling…

Have You Taken Your Eye Off the Ball?

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I wanted to tell you about a frustrating misstep I had in my journey as an Investor, Entrepreneur, "Venture Builder", and Founder. We had just exited our first venture after working ~4 years with the PE firm who acquired us in 2012. I rec'd a call to acquire a business in a similar space as the first venture - Oil & Gas. The problem was ๐Ÿ‘‡ I found myself relying…

How to Choose the Right Steel for Your Storm Shelter

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How to Choose the Right Steel for Your Storm Shelter Youโ€™ve decided to build a storm shelter on your property, and there are two ways you can go about itโ€”you can build it yourself, or you can hire a blacksmith to create one for you out of steel. The latter option has several advantages, not the least of which being that you donโ€™t have to lift thousands of pounds of…

The True Meaning of Memorial Day

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Memorial Day isnโ€™t just about the start of summer and barbecues and pool parties; itโ€™s about honoring those who served in the United States Armed Forces who gave their lives fighting for our freedom. Itโ€™s about remembering the sacrifices of our families, friends, and neighbors who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our way of life. Itโ€™s about letting these men and women know that we will never forget their…

Blacksmithing Today: How Innovation is Forging a New Future

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Blacksmithing in the 21st Century: How Innovation is Forging a New Future Blacksmithingโ€”the art of shaping metal into tools, weapons, and other itemsโ€”has an extensive history dating back thousands of years. For almost as long as there have been blacksmiths, there have been attempts to change how they work, with varying degrees of success. While the advent of electricity, then computers, and now software has brought about some major changes…

Community Storm Shelters: How They're Saving Lives at Work

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Community Storm Shelters: How They're Saving Lives After Tornadoes Strike Across the Country If youโ€™re in the United States, youโ€™ve no doubt seen the recent news on the spate of tornadoes sweeping across the Midwest and southeastern United States this week. If youโ€™re following along at home, it looks like severe storms have torn through communities in at least seven states so farโ€”Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennesseeโ€”with…

How to know if you're ready to take your product to market?

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How to know if you're ready to take your product to market Is your product ready to be taken to market? Is it innovative enough to beat out the other similar products out there? Does it solve an actual problem in the marketplace? Having answers to these questions is essential, but theyโ€™re not always easy to get. If youโ€™re getting ready to make the big decision to take your product…

Where does the term 'Blacksmith on the corner' originate?

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Where does the term 'Blacksmith on the corner' originate? A blacksmithโ€™s shop used to be a common sight in most towns and cities, whether or not they were actually full-time blacksmiths. For most people, the phrase blacksmith on the corner used to be common before it became something from the distant past of our grandparentsโ€™ generation. But how did this term come about? Where does it originate? The Origin One…

10 Ways Stress Affects You (And What to Do About It)

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10 Ways Stress Affects You (And What to Do About It) Stress can hit your mind, body, and spirit in many different ways, and it can be hard to figure out where exactly itโ€™s coming from. Stress can also creep up on you gradually over time, with seemingly small sources of stress adding up over weeks and months until one day you realize youโ€™re stressed out! In this article, we…

Rising Tornado Activity Prompts Homeowners to Invest in Safe Room

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Rising Tornado Activity Prompts Homeowners to Invest in Safe Rooms and Storm Shelters The number of tornadoes in the southeast United States has increased dramatically over the past several years, prompting more homeowners to invest in safe rooms and storm shelters that can protect them from life-threatening winds and debris. These rooms, which are built into homes or beneath homes and are typically stocked with supplies such as food, water,…

Venturing into the Blacksmith's World: How BlackSmith is Back

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Venturing into the Blacksmith's World: How Traditional Skills are Making a Comeback When you think of blacksmiths, you might imagine a quiet village in the past with smoke coming out of an old forge and lots of heavy tools lying around on tables and shelves. While this image describes a traditional blacksmithโ€™s workshop, this profession is making a comeback in todayโ€™s society thanks to the need to build simple machines…

Surround Yourself With The Right People: Especially Entrepreneurs

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Surround Yourself With The Right People: Why Entrepreneurs Need A Strong Community Entrepreneurship is not always easy, and itโ€™s more than likely that you will face challenges where you question your decision to start the business in the first place. Itโ€™s during those moments when you really need to draw from your support system, which includes your friends, family, mentors, advisors and other entrepreneurs in the same space as you…

The Origins of Entrepreneurship: How Blacksmiths Forged the Way

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One of the earliest creators was the blacksmith, whose occupation has existed since before the Iron Age. The smith forged iron and other metals together to make products, such as weapons and tools. Today, weโ€™re forging entrepreneurial mindsets and creativity through Blacksmith Ventures, our company thatโ€™s designed to help grow products, brands, and companies alike. To explore these origins further, here are five things you might not know about the…

Safety, Security, and Confidence... RemainSafe

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Blacksmith Ventures was founded to take innovative and emerging products to market...at scale. Our first acquisition was a local storm shelter manufacturer in north Alabama who was dominating the local #homebuilders market. Our vision, and investment thesis, is to create a nationwide brand around #emergencypreparedness. Something, we believe, is critical to our basic needs as humans around safety, security, and confidence. We quickly rebranded the company to RemainSafe in order to add products and serve both…

My Kids Found Out I'm Cool - At Least I Thought...

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So, here are a few take-aways from Saturday night shenanigans at โ€œCasa de la Smithโ€.   Some backstoryโ€ฆ. I love learning trendy new things, watching where the fast paced cool kids are going, and being adapt at this new world of e-networking.  I love it so much that over the last few months, I set out to emulate the trends of setting up a personal website/blog, getting myself a calendly…

Life is about balance, Entrepreneurship is about cash flow...

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Life is a balancing act and you get to choose the parameters. I made the choice to be a husband, a father, and run multiple companies. That sometimes means we spend a little time at a coffee shop on a Saturday afternoon between games catching up on this past week and looking ahead to the week ahead. Today, the task is completing our 13-week cash flow projections for Blacksmith Ventures, RemainSafe, CISTANT, and…

Are You Focused On What Matters

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Feeling frustrated with everything going on in your startup? ย ย ย  Not sure if you are winning or losing? ย ย  You're not alone, Entrepreneur, Founder, & Business Owner ๐Ÿ‘‡   Here is a "how to" video on how to get clear, focused, and winning...     https://www.youtube.com/embed/nZIWuI83fy4 At Blacksmith Ventures, we call it Focus On What Matters...  Smartsheet is working great for us. Hope this is helpful, friends. Andy Smith - Entrepreneur

Alabama Offering Storm Shelter Tax Credits in 2022

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Team RemainSafe was onsite this week at the installation of an Above Ground 6x8 Storm Shelter.  These units are FEMA Compliant which allows you to qualify for both FEMA Grants and Tax Credits. In Alabama, the state legislature recently passed the Storm Shelter Tax Credit Act that allows residents of the state of Alabama to receive a tax credit of 50% of the costs of their storm shelter (up to $3,000) on…

Do You Have the Right Team Supporting Your Startup?

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How is growing and scaling your #startup going?   It's a wet and wild adventure on the #entrepreneurship waters...   As you guide your raft down the river your success (or failure) depends on who you choose to row alongside you, your knowledge of the river, and your ability to guide the raft in times of uncertainty.   I explained Blacksmith Ventures to a couple of founders this week like…

Chattanooga is Entrepreneurship, Today was for Entrepreneurs

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Today started early with a 6:30am departure to head up toward Chattanooga, the "GIG CITY"...  ๐ŸŒ†.  Chattanooga is a small, but wonderful town full of entrepreneurs, technology, and innovation. The first meeting of the day was with a wonderful fella named "Leo".  Leo has spent the last seven (7) years designing and patenting a manufacturing process for converting CO2 to Graphene.   This is pretty incredible because CO2 is a…

How do you ensure your truck doesn't leave your site overweight?

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Dressed up in our PPE, steel toed boots, and fancy AXL Eye hard hat to go to the beach ('aka' ๐™– ๐™œ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™–๐™œ๐™œ๐™ง๐™š๐™œ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š ๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™๐™ก๐™ค๐™ง๐™ž๐™™๐™–).  So, why is everyone just standing around staring at a pole with a white gizmo on top?     Well, the mine CEO recognized a problem and asked for a solution.  From that not so simple question, "Can you solve my problem?", AXL Eye was developed.    AXL Eye…

The Highlight of My Career

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https://www.youtube.com/embed/dHNMWOUlUls We sometimes use the struggles, tough times, and "failures" to talk about the entrepreneur's journey.     But, we have to remember that this is also one of the most rewarding career paths we can choose.     Today, I wanted to share a video on the highlight of my career.   It has nothing to do about money and everything to do about "IMPACT".   Impacting others...  Maybe even one…

Do Relationships Matter in business?

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We're closing out the first two (2) weeks of 2022 and I've had the joy to meet with multiple entrepreneurs this week who've developed great products (or manufacturing processes), but call and ask "๐—ก๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜?". The reason is that #Entrepreneurship is hard... It takes a myriad of skill sets (sales, marketing, engineering, finance, human resources, accounting, website development, etc, etc) to grow and scale your business. I'm finding that each of us…

Can We Really Construct Buildings From Air?

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Our Blacksmith Ventures team recently met with an entrepreneur who is "constructing buildings from air". Actually, they are creating ๐—š๐—ฅ๐—”๐—ฃ๐—›๐—˜๐—ก๐—˜ from ๐—–๐—ข๐Ÿฎ. Graphene is the world's strongest material, and can be used to enhance the strength of other materials. His patented process is synthesizing graphene flakes from atmospheric carbon dioxide gas. This is a win for the environment while creating a structural element that could change our future in many ways. This product has the…

Old Dogs Can Learn New Tricks

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Do you guys remember this game? It was released the year I was born. I loved it. Fast paced, loud, both hands popping at once... But, yet simple to understand and execute. This is how I've been feeling lately... You see ๐Ÿ‘‡ as entrepreneurs, business owners, and founders, we are at a unique crossroads between ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ซ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ & ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™˜๐™๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ก๐™ค๐™œ๐™ฎ and our ๐™ข๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™๐™จ๐™š๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™ง๐™ค๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™–๐™™๐™–๐™ฅ๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ. On one side is technology which is…

"Now What" Jam Session #2

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Here is your invitation for our monthly Jam Session where ZINEB LAYACHI, Kevin Belz, and I come together to talk all things related to #entrepreneurship. This week is about Relationship building and whether we should consider an ROI (aka Return on Investment)... The format is interactive (if you want to participate and share) and engaging (if you simply want to listen). Entrepreneurship is tough so we'll attempt to unpack some of the challenges…

Helping Real People Solve Real Problems is Why We Wake Up

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Yesterday, I posted about the intersection between 'the blacksmith' and 'automation'.  Today, I want to recognize two of our RemainSafe teammates who wake up every day (and stay up very late in Carol's case) serving customers who desire human contact, human touch, and a good ole fashion phone call to learn how we can help them feel safer, more secure, and more confident.    RemainSafe was Blacksmith Ventures first acquisition…

Creating a Revolution of "Blue Collar" Entrepreneurs...wanna join

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https://www.youtube.com/embed/rS9ZyskXNN8 It hit me this week the technology & trade intersection that we have created. One on hand is the "blue collar" worker - the blacksmith.  On the other hand is technology & software - aka automation. I, sadly, spent the whole week telling everyone who would listen about a new 'snippet' software I was introduced to that allows me to automate my entire workflow ๐Ÿคฏ. Couple that with landing…

Molded and Forged to Make an Infinite Impact on Others

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When the clock struck 12:01am on January 1, 2021, we were knee deep in finalizing the acquisition of SteelSafe Shelter, Inc - a decade old storm shelter manufacturer based in Madison, Alabama (USA).  Still today, our vision for the acquisition hasn't changed.  We strive to build a nationwide emergency preparedness brand thats sole purpose is to provide safety, security, and confidence to a world that needs it now more than ever.  I…

HUGE NEWS: Alabama Announces Storm Shelter Tax Credit

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Good news, Alabama!  The state of Alabama has announced that effective January 1, 2022, residents of the state of Alabama will be eligible for a 50% rebate (in the form of a tax credit), up to $3,000, for the purchase of a qualified Storm Shelter.   Call RemainSafe at (256) 506-9449 or visit us online at www.RemainSafe.com.  You can also email sales@remainsafe.com https://www.youtube.com/embed/nTcphk99HZs

"Facing Fear" by Kevin Belz

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What is the most terrified, run-for-your life scared you have ever been?  For me, itโ€™s Roger the Rooster. The following story is 100% truth.  Growing up, one of the neighbors, Al, worked at a chicken house. He often brought home mutant chickens. Think 2 heads, 6 wings, 4 legs...yeah for realz, these creatures lived and existed.   But, the one beast he had that defied logic was Roger The Rooster. Rogerโ€™s gift was he never stopped…

In Times of Uncertainty, Triple Down on Confidence

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I really hate fear! I also really despise complacency. But, I love ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™›๐™ž๐™™๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š. Confidence allows us to reach for new goals, tackle new obstacles, and simply means "๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฅ๐™–๐™—๐™ก๐™š". Today, Team RemainSafe is moving into our new manufacturing and production facility so we can triple down on ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™›๐™ž๐™™๐™š๐™ฃ๐™˜๐™š. If you live in the southeast US, December was the deadliest and most active tornado season to date. I met friends over the…

Is the Uncertainty Crushing You?

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This was the view from my wife's car as she drove to exercise on New Year's Day.  The sun was just starting to rise and she needed to be up on those hills behind this bridge where she would meet her friends for their annual run.  The problem was she couldn't see past this bridge.  The path was lost in a deep fog. The road ahead was unknown, uncertain, and…

RemainSafe's FEMA Compliant Storm Shelters Being Delivered

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RemainSafe is a BlackSmith Ventures portfolio company that acquired the decade old storm shelter company, SteelSafe Shelters.  December 2021 has set the record for the deadliest December in history and our teams are working hard to fill demand.   RemainSafe offers a wide variety of above ground and below ground storm shelters, tornado shelters, and safe rooms.  For more information, visit us online at www.RemainSafe.com or call (256)-506-9449.   We are installing shelters throughout the…

Storm Shelters Save Lives

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The tornados that ravaged through Kentucky, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee, and Arkansas on Dec 10-11 resulted in the deadliest on record in December. The final count that night had ๐Ÿ‘‡ ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿต Confirmed Tornados๐Ÿต๐Ÿฌ Confirmed Fatalities๐Ÿฎ EF-4 Tornados RemainSafe is one of our BlackSmith Ventures platform companies and focuses on the design, manufacturing, and installation of FEMA Compliant Safe Rooms, Tornado Shelters, and Panic Rooms. I want to take a moment to recognize Carol Robertson for working…

Why is Social Media So Hard, ugh?

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In 2021, I began to realize that the industries we serve at #BSV (Clean Energy, Oil & Gas, Logistics, Mining, and Emergency Preparedness) were going through somewhat of a digital transformation. I started getting more serious about Linkedin in August 2021 as many of our customers moved online (some had been there for a long time and some still haven't migrated online yet). In that time, I've met some amazing people from…

Does Open Minded Leadership Work?

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As we begin to slow down for the holidays and 2021 comes to an end, I find it empowering to refocus on what we can control, what we can influence, and what we can impact. To get clear, I believe we must start with an open-minded mental state. One of the greatest qualities of an Entrepreneur, Founder, or Business Owner is the ability to lead with an open mind. Here…

Today, I chose my word of the year for 2022

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As I write this on December 22, 2021, we find ourselves rapidly approaching the end of one year and the beginning of another. The two weeks around Christmas and New Years are a wonderful time for me to break old habits and create new schedules. The "pressure" of the work week is somewhat "off" and we are allowed to dream, create, relax, but still "do". You see, the life of…

Why did I wait so long to learn this?

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The entrepreneur and solopreneur win through speed, execution, and creativity... That's our super power. But what happens when you don't feel creative or you feel stuck? ๐Ÿ‘‡ Let me introduce you to the power of "community". This year, I've been purposeful about growing my network - growing my community. Why...? Because we can get trapped in seeing the world, our lives, our path through our own eyes and our own…

The Mindset around working together to grow, scale, and thrive

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Social Media has become a critical part of our existence and its very hard to be great at it...  Staying on brand, staying on point, staying on topic, being authentic, etc, etc.   Jordan Triplett handles our RemainSafe social media and engages with clients on Facebook, Instagram, etc.    We decided weeks ago to meet for 1-2 hours each Monday to plan, discuss, create, (be creative).    But, we are very…

How to Find Creativity

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Are you a 'busy' entrepreneur?Are you feeling less creative these days?Here are the three (3) things I do to get creative ๐Ÿ‘‡ ๐Ÿ‘‰ and win back my mindset... We all know the moment or moments, right? You're stuck, you're stressed, you are so busy you can't even think about stepping away. I felt like this Friday afternoon. Super "busy" week, lots of unknowns, lots of possible directions, limited clarity, Christmas…

Deadly Tornado Rips through Kentucky and the South

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Heartbreaking news as at least 70 people were killed in the state of Kentucky (USA) earlier today after 18 deadly tornados stormed through the south. Kentucky's Governor, Andy Beshear stated that "This has been the most devastating tornado event in our state's history,". Mayfield and Grace County were hit the hardest as this tornado traveled over 270 miles on the ground. Many surrounding states were impacted as well. Rescue personnel…

Linkedin Doesn't Work - Now What?

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Are you an entrepreneur, business owner, or founder struggling to grow.  Struggling with the new way to sell digitally in 2022 and beyond.  This may be the session for you.   Here is a link to Sign Up... ย  https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUod-6uqDwsHNGdsF-jX2w3UT8WKZUXN0Lw Who is this for? Early stage B2B foundersBootstrapping entrepreneurs and foundersBusiness owners who have reached their max potential and plateaued  What are some of the topics we will cover?  I…

The life of a 2X Entrepreneur and Founder - Andy Smith

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Andy Smith is a serial entrepreneur and most recently founded Blacksmith Ventures to build products, brands and companies focused on forging execution, creativity and an entrepreneurial mindset. Andy has founded and operated both B2B and B2B2C companies and loves taking an optimistic mindset, a great team, a strong network and an engineered approach to build great businesses with big visions and impactful and purposeful missions. Andy has a background in…

Find Your Superpower Entrepreneur

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Got this great question yesterday? How does #BSV and your clients protect your/their time to impact your families? I love this question so much! My answer ๐Ÿ‘‡ Often times, our clients are wearing too many hats (or all the hats). We try to unlock the entrepreneur or founder's SUPER POWER. The gift they were given that can impact their business while unlocking their time. This allows them to live a fuller life…

Decisions Based on Values

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There is an endless number of HUGE powerhouse VCs, PE Firms, and Hedge Funds competing for business.  We look at the entrepreneur, founder, and business owner in the same light we looked at ourselves over two decades ago when we started.     Just regular people, trying to figure out how to start, grow, and scale a startup so we could feed our family.    Our mission is to help Founders…

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