Climbing The Rafters: A Teachable Moment for Business Owners at Fenway Park

You might now know that 10 years ago I was setting up for the Rolling Stones at Fenway Park.  I was a production stagehand that worked in many venues all across New England.

One night in 2005, a young lady climbed the rafters in the middle of the Rolling Stones performing "Jumping Jack Flash," and fell about 40 feet.

I was right there and watched in horror as she lost her grip. I was certain that she would not survive. Fortunately, she came out relatively unscathed with 2 broken ankles, and a broken wrist.  

Starting a business can be dangerous for new entrepreneurs. I have encountered many owners just "climbing the rafters." In other words, they start their business without understanding their customers, competitors, or industry.  

Over the last five years, I have been working with business owners and helping them to "climb the rafters" without falling down.

I have found that many new business owners do not get the help they need in order to navigate the obstacles that they encounter.  They either don't have the right tools, or they do not have the right support to learn how to use the tools effectively.  

Do you have all the tools and supports you need for success? If not, what do you think would help your business?

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darek chojnacki

Business Runway, Dudley, MA