Is your business serving the community you live in? Could you benefit from collaborating with other small businesses totally different than your own? Most importantly, are you acknowledging and adding to the value in which your products and services hold? These are a few of the issues we tackled with this week’s guest, Trevor Burbank. Trevor, Founder and Director of Refinery Nashville, sat with us to discuss the current start-up culture in Nashville. As the owner of a collaborative work space, Trevor was able to share with us how he sees small business owners working together to add value to their business ventures and their surrounding communities every day. To learn more, listen below.
Before the podcast, we asked Trevor a few fun questions to help you get to know him better. These were his answers…
Q: What is your business super power?
A: I think one of my greatest assets has been my ability to connect people to help them reach their goals together. Refinery is built on that culture, and I am happy to be able to see how much people are able to help each other out just by contributing their skills and specialty.
Q: If you weren’t an entrepreneur, what would your career be?
A: I would probably do something in the finance industry. I am fascinated by numbers and think financial literacy is really important.
Q: What is the biggest lesson you learned since starting your business?
A: To step outside moments, both good and challenging, and look at the big picture. I think it is very easy to get caught up in failures and successes, but it is important to keep your sights on the greater goal and keep working towards it.
Q: Apple or PC? Why?
A: Apple for sure. Apple has solidified itself as the company pushing technology hardware forward and I invest in their products in order to be a part of it. On top of that, you don’t have to worry about viruses and their customer service is unparalleled in the industry. I had my macbook break right before my 2-year warranty (I am VERY hard on my computers) and they gave me a brand new macbook, free of charge.
Q: Tell us one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you.
A: I have gotten into woodworking and it was actually through running Refinery. We needed furniture and because of a tight budget and creating a new work environment concept, I was put in a position where I needed to start making things and learn as I go. Most of the furniture in the space is locally sourced lumber, built by some good friends and myself.
Q: How can people connect with you online?
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