Know Your Company: Advice From The Faces Of Main Street

3 min read • Apr 16, 2015 • Erik Larson

Here at Lendio, our passion is seeing people live the American Dream. Not only are people improving their own lives by running a business, they’re improving a community. A lot of the people we interview for Faces of Main Street powered by Lendio, a site dedicated to telling every entrepreneur’s story, give some really great business advice. Here’s some great advice on how to grow your successful business.

Know Your Company


Name: Nicole & Todd Tanner
Company: Swig
Location: Saint George, Utah

Advice: “You never know what’s going to work for sure, so start simple. Don’t go too big too fast, it takes money to do that, and you can get in over your head.

The owner needs to be in the establishment for at least the first while it’s open. To make sure it’s run right, and more importantly that the customer sees you. The customer will take pride in knowing that the owner is there in the store working hard, and they will want to support that person and their business.”

To read the rest of their story, click here.

Decide What You’re Working For

Hansen Mountaineering

Name: Jason Gerrard & Mike Duthrie
Company: Hansen Mountaineering
Location: Orem, Utah

Advice: “People work for 2 reasons. One, you are so passionate about what you do, and you love it so much — whether you are an artist or a musician, even though you might not make tons of money, your utility for happiness is so high that it doesn’t matter. And then there are people that work to make money to afford the freedoms they want.

I would say make that decision early. Whatever you decide, both are great, but decide early. Do you want to own something that is a passion business? Or do you want to own something that’s going to make you money so that you can be passionate about whatever else it is you decide?”

To read the rest of their story, click here.

Take Enough Risk To Make Something Happen


Name: Mont Adams
Company: Adamsbuilt
Location: Fallon, Nevada

Advice: “You have to take enough risk to make something happen. It’s not going to be easy, but if you believe in what you’re doing you can make it work. We continue to work hard and push through the tough times.”

To read the rest of their story, click here.

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Erik Larson

Erik Larson frequently writes for Lendio about SEO, Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Business Loans, and whatever else strikes his fancy. He can be found on Google+ and Twitter.