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Sam was right; the customer is boss!

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Marc Sparks: On Leadership | 0 comments

Sam was right; the customer is boss!

Walmart’s founder Sam Walton was right when he said the customer can fire anyone in a company from the chairman on down “just by spending his money elsewhere.” Sam and entrepreneur Marc Sparks are kindred spirits in that regard. Marc says the best way to keep any customer from firing your company is to provide quality customer service. He also tells you how to go about doing just that. Read entire blog at Timber Creek Capital...

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China is an Entrepreneur’s Dream, but Do Your Homework. PART 5

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Marc Sparks: On Travel | 0 comments

China is an Entrepreneur’s Dream, but Do Your Homework. PART 5

Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur who has been involved in more than sixty start-ups since the Seventies. Marc is also the founder, owner, and CEO of Timber Creek Capital, a private equity firm. This is the fifth installment in a blog series titled China: The Land of Platinum Opportunity. By their own admission and without any shame, the Chinese are notorious for their ability to copy goods, creating knockoffs of some of the world’s most popular items. I have actually been seriously warned by the local Chinese not to bring certain things into...

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In China, Business is about Location, Location, Location! PART 4

Posted by on May 12, 2014 in Marc Sparks: On Travel | 0 comments

In China, Business is about Location, Location, Location! PART 4

Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur who has been involved in more than sixty start-ups since the Seventies. Marc is also the founder, owner, and CEO of Timber Creek Capital, a private equity firm. This is the fourth installment in a blog series titled China: The Land of Platinum Opportunity. I knew a little bit about doing business in China from when I traveled to Beijing for the first time. While I was there, I had a craving for some Texas barbecue, which simply didn’t exist there. I personally love to barbecue and smoke beef, chicken, pork, and...

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China: A Country Ripe with Opportunity! PART 3

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Marc Sparks: On Travel | 0 comments

China: A Country Ripe with Opportunity! PART 3

Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur who has been involved in more than sixty start-ups since the Seventies. Marc is also the founder, owner, and CEO of Timber Creek Capital, a private equity firm. This is the third installment in a blog series titled China: The Land of Platinum Opportunity. When you think about it, China is a 3,000-year-old culture with a twenty-five year-old “Westernized” history. Because Western ways are new and relatively unfamiliar to the Chinese people, they tend to openly welcome our ways. Car dealerships, fast food,...

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China: The Land of Platinum Opportunity! Part 2

Posted by on May 5, 2014 in Marc Sparks: On Travel | 0 comments

China: The Land of Platinum Opportunity! Part 2

Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur who has been involved in more than sixty start-ups since the Seventies. Marc is also the founder, owner, and CEO of Timber Creek Capital, a private equity firm. This is the second installment in a blog series titled China: The Land of Platinum Opportunity.   In my most recent blog post, I mentioned that one of the most memorable and poignant trips of my life was a journey that took my wife Jane and me around the world in twenty-six days. During that globetrotting expedition, we met a young Chinese woman in...

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Explore China, and all Lands of Opportunity! PART 1

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Marc Sparks: On Travel | 0 comments

Explore China, and all Lands of Opportunity! PART 1

Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur who has been involved in more than sixty start-ups since the Seventies. Marc is also the founder, owner, and CEO of Timber Creek Capital, a private equity firm. This is the first installment in a blog series titled China: The Land of Platinum Opportunity. I’ve always had a passion for travel because, as an entrepreneur, leaving my office from time to time forces me to get out of my comfort zone and see how the other seven billion people are living on this planet. Some of my best ideas for business and packaging...

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Mission Accomplished!

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Marc Sparks: On Family | 2 comments

Mission Accomplished!

Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur who has been involved in more than sixty start-ups. Marc is the founder, owner, and CEO of Timber Creek Capital, a ”family office”. As parents, we work tirelessly to provide our children with the best of everything that we can afford. It’s human nature to want your children to have a better childhood than we had. Of course, we pray for outrageous good health and safety for our kids, but deep down we want them to have MORE AND MORE! Then we start spending time and money to ensure our kids get the best roof over...

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Marc Sparks on Life: What Gets Written, Gets Done

Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 in Marc Sparks: On Life | 2 comments

Marc Sparks on Life: What Gets Written, Gets Done

Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur who has been involved in more than sixty start-ups since the Eighties. Marc is also the founder, owner, and CEO of Timber Creek Capital, a private equity firm. We’re now almost a month into 2014, and I’m willing to bet that for most people, your New Year’s resolutions are on life support, if you haven’t already buried them altogether. Some of the most common resolutions involve making some fundamental change in life—such as losing weight, quitting smoking, saving more money, or achieving better work-life...

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Marc Sparks On Life: Never Be the First to Break a Holiday Family Tradition

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Marc Sparks: On Life | 0 comments

Marc Sparks On Life:  Never Be the First to Break a Holiday Family Tradition

Marc Sparks is an entrepreneur who has been involved in more than sixty start-ups since the Seventies. He is also the founder, owner, and CEO of Timber Creek Capital, a private equity firm. Family holiday traditions are so important to the fabric of our society. I love asking people about how they spend the Christmas holiday and what they do with their family.  My family and I have a tradition whereby we give each other one gift (plus a stocking), and we give this gift on the evening of Christmas DAY! The anticipation all day on Christmas is...

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Marc Sparks: Two Surefire Signs Your Meeting is a Flop

Posted by on Aug 27, 2013 in Marc Sparks: On Leadership | 0 comments

Marc Sparks: Two Surefire Signs Your Meeting is a Flop

You’re running a meeting, and you’re looking around the room. Half of the participants are either checking their cellphones or hiding behind laptops. Of those who aren’t, half are gazing off somewhere into space, clearly not focused on the topics at hand. Read how Marc Sparks, an entrepreneur who has been involved in more than sixty start-ups since the Seventies, prevents this from happening in his meetings. Read entire article at...

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