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Episode 40: Putting Out Fires - Solutions for the Budding Businessman

Welcome to Blue Collar StartUp, the podcast!
Our Mission is Simple: To facilitate the growth and development of Blue Collar businesses. We will showcase REAL Blue Collar businesses in interviews, and use these stories to help educate and empower the next generation of trades workers to become Blue Collar business owners.

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson and visionary founder Derek Foster talk to Ben Rieth, co-founder and operator of Daigle Fire Solutions! While his business is literally based around fire prevention, his stories make it clear that every businessman needs to know how to deal with tough situations in the same way! There's plenty of tips for up-and-coming entrepreneurs in this episode!

00:15 - Introduction: Derek is the Main Host!

02:52 - What is Daigle Fire Solutions?

05:35 - Coming to DFS: A Risk Worth Taking

08:08 - Starting Your Own Business: Ben’s Story

10:07 - The Boss Steps In: How Involved Should You Be?

15:04 - Putting the Pro in Processes

16:59 - Under Pressure: A Fire Solution

18:08 - A Day in the Life of Ben Rieth

19:59 - Mistakes Don’t Matter: Reactions and Results Do!

22:00 - Problem-Solvers: Will You Pull the Cart, or Ride in It?

23:48 - Make a Decision: Stagnation Kills Everything

25:09 - A Skilled Juggler Has a Cool Hand… And a Great Team!

27:32 - The Mental Transition

30:04 - Acquiring New Clients… Go Talk to People!

33:33 - Marketing Generates the Leads… YOU Keep Them!

34:43 - The College Curse: Don’t Doubt Yourself! You CAN Do It!

37:04 - Closing Remarks



  • Interviewers

    Mike Nelson & Derek Foster

  • Guest

    Ben Rieth

  • Runtime

    39 Minutes, 8 Seconds

  • Air Date

    October 23rd, 2023