HVACR Business

JUN 2017

Help hvacr contractors master the critical components of business management.

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20 HVACR BUSINESS JUNE 2017 www. hvacrbusiness .com T he spirit of an entrepreneur must sometimes be uncovered, discov- ered or unfold aer years of work- ing in the business, as opposed to on it. At other times, that spirit is the rea- son why an individual makes the decision to take the leap of faith and begin the pur- suit of launching and growing a business. For me, it was the latter. From a very early age, I knew I wanted to own my own business. I served as an Air Force Combat Controller in my first career. Aer nearly 10 years in the military, the idea of starting a business became even more appealing to me. Home service industries were some- where I thought I could thrive, so I start- ed researching the versatility of those in- dustries, officially beginning my path to entrepreneurship. e HVACR industry was not one in which I had a background or previous ex- perience, but it was the one that seemed most interesting and lucrative. Ten years later and I absolutely love it. I loved it from the beginning and continue to love it today. Starting this company without techni- cal experience in the industry was an ad- vantage for me, as I focused more on de- veloping the business and focusing on the business, rather than partaking in the tech- nical work and working in the business. In my military career, I always sought new and innovative ways to do things — something I continue to this day. It's one reason I knew business development and ownership was the right path for me. I believed I was a natural at recruiting and finding the right people to enhance our culture. When we started Champion AC, most of my competitors were "old school" and set in their ways. By definition, an entrepreneur is a per- son who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than nor- mal financial risks to do so. ere are plenty of us in the world, and the word risk is key to this definition. It doesn't mean someone who doesn't own a business won't take big risks or be adventurous. Anyone can be risky or adventurous. Entrepreneurial risk is the risk of bold- ly going, growing and creating a compa- ny and feeling a passion so great that you don't want to stop. is risk is worth the reward of filling a space with capable, tal- ented, enthusiastic individuals that love coming to work each day and making an impact. It's creating a mission and a purpose that is shared and that is greater than your- self and any one of the individual mem- bers of your company. e risk is fighting through and overcoming challenges when any person in their right mind would have thrown their hands up and quit aer hit- ting those same types of challenges. Owning a business is challenging, but rewarding. Grueling, but fulfilling. e entrepreneurial spirit is what keeps you going. As a business owner, that spirit is like muscle — and you have to use it and refresh it to make it thrive and keep it alive. Like-Minded Energizers A number of years ago, I was referred to and joined an organization called Entrepreneurs' Organization. If there is a chapter in your area, I highly recommend it. As a business owner, you can speak with many people, but you don't have many people who can directly relate to the ups and downs, highs and lows, pitfalls, mis- takes, challenges, questions, triumphs and victories that you go through in the pro- cess of owning a business. EO has given me the opportunity to speak openly, personally and candidly in a confidential environment in a forum of entrepreneurs who can share their experi- ences to allow me to make better decisions or encourage the decisions I have made as a business owner. REMEMBER WHY YOU FIRST STARTED YOUR BUSINESS — AND WHAT ENERGIZES YOU ABOUT GROWING IT EVERY DAY Entrepreneurial risk is the risk of boldly going, growing and creating a company and feeling a passion so great that you don't want to stop. Find Your Entrepreneurial Spirit BY BEN HUBBERT

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