Originally Aired on April 14, 2012
Bob Marshall often looked back on his days growing up in Carnegie, PA, recalling a thriving main street, full of retail businesses and eateries. Since then, he has seen the community take a turn for the worse, thanks to “big box” stores forcing the retail shops to close up shop, and thanks to the aftereffects of flooding in 2004. But Bob also sees hope and promise in the town, and as the owner of Bob’s Diner, faced a very easy decision when it came to adding a third location last summer. Bob talks with The American Entrepreneur, Ron Morris, about his story, his role in the effort to build back Carnegie, and Rick Santorum’s recent visit to the Carnegie location as part of the campaign trail. Plus, Varol Ablak, the CEO of Vocelli Pizza, checks in with Ron to discuss his thriving operation, and his constant quest to differentiate Vocelli from the very crowded competition in the pizza industry. Also, we preview the upcoming Entrepreneur's Growth Conference, presented by the Small Business Development Center at Duquesne University, as Ron talks with Jeremy Garvey of Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney PC about his presentation at the conference, an overview of the emerging trend of crowdfunding, and how you should know whether or not it's the way you should raise capital for your company. And Ryan Neupaver of the Select Financial Group joins Ron to discuss some of the issues investors are finding when investing in unstable international markets.