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R.B.I. Group

19452 Livernois
Detroit, MI 48221

Rufus Bartell

What educational, entrepreneurial or business development programs, if any, have you taken advantage of?
I have a business degree from Western Michigan University. I have also attended too many other seminars, lecture, business courses, etc. to name.

Who was your first customer and where did you find them?
I don't remember his name, but he was from Detroit.

Where did you find your first employee?
She found me. It was at a gathering in downtown Detroit.

Have you promoted an intern to employee status, and if so how many times have you done it?
Yes, twice.

Where have you turned to find capital to grow your company and which institutions have provided it?
I have never had a bank loan. I pull funds from property that I control. I think that's better sometimes than traditional means.

What are some of the advantages to doing business here?
There is a huge underserved market here with reasonable rental rates and great purchase rates as well.

What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about opening a business here?
Find out who you are at the core. Think. Learn to control your emotions and ego. Know your credit score and improve it. Prepare yourself for setbacks and temporary failures, and then decide what product or service that you will offer the world.

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