Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Home News Budding entrepreneurs

Budding entrepreneurs

Industry News

Mike Sisti teaches students the skills needed to run their own business.

Lee Chilcote | January 27, 2011

 

As an instructor in the entrepreneurial studies division at Montgomery County Community College, Mike Sisti helps his students to develop marketing plans, hone sales techniques, manage people effectively and foster an entrepreneurial work ethic.

“I ask my students, ‘Do you want to run a business or cut 40 lawns a month?’” says Sisti, who also owns a Weed Man franchise in the Philadelphia area. “I tell them, ‘You need to set goals and step outside your business to grow it.’”

Sisti also instills the notion that sales and marketing professionals are “in charge of their own destinies … a part-time sales job could easily lead to a full-time opportunity.”

Despite the lingering recession, Sisti tells his students to remain optimistic about the future of the industry. “Plenty of businesses, including Microsoft, were launched during recessions,” he says. “You need to have faith and just do it.”

 

This is one of three stories that ran in Lawn & Landscape's Growing Green e-newsletter. To continue reading about Mike Sisti:

Mike Sisti's passion guides him through the industry

Chain of demand: What suppliers and LCOs can learn from each other.

Top news

Come join The Millionaires' Club

Lawn & Landscape and PLANET will bring you a virtual conference aimed at helping you hit that magic number.

Dixie Chopper employee sets world record

The company's marketing manager set a Guinness record on zero-turn mower.

People are strange

Thoughts from the floor of the 2014 Irrigation Show.

Co-existing with Bambi

Deer are fun to look at, but they can cause serious damage to your customers’ properties.

Hydro-Rain and Philips Hadco win new product contest

More than four dozen new products vied for the top spot at the annual event.

x