Small-Business Owner? Focus on the Results | Gloves Off Ownership Series

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Josh Langenheim, owner of StoneFruit Coffee and Steel Valley Brewery, gives us a look behind the scenes on what it means to be an entrepreneur.

In this installment of the Gloves Off Ownership Series, Langenheim sits down with Angela Johnson of White Glove Payroll and shares why it’s important to him to stay laser-focused on the task at hand rather than touting his plans ahead of time.

“Don’t talk about your project. Show people the results,” Langenheim says. “We will not tell you what’s coming next. We do that because I have a clear path of where I want these projects to go, and I’m just simply not interested in anyone’s opinion on that, because I have to maintain that laser focus on what we’re doing to be able to bring it to the table appropriately.”

Getting people to follow a business owner on his or her goal is to be “1,000% dedicated and believe in what you are doing,” he says. That philosophy has helped StoneFruit expand from a small cafe in Canfield to five locations in the Mahoning Valley and Cleveland.

“There’s no one to help you walk down a road that’s never been paved before,” Langenheim says. “And sometimes it gets really choppy. You have to be able to pivot immediately. You’ve got to be ready to deal with problems that you never saw coming.”

To hear more from Langenheim, watch the Gloves Off Leadership Series video above.

About White Glove Payroll:

White Glove Payroll is a Youngstown-based company that prides itself on providing elite payroll services to help small businesses grow. But with this video series, the gloves are coming off.  

Our CPA led team has experience with many different payrolls. We focus on businesses with less than 1,000 employees that want more than a call center for customer service. Our clients prefer a local team member that knows their business. Payroll is generally every businesses most important expense so why would you trust that service to someone with very little experience. We want to make sure that we do everything we can to help you focus on what’s important.

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