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Just Biz, Omaha Style

Small businesses power America. And in Nebraska, nearly 500 thousand people are employed by a small business. So it's essential to keep small businesses strong.

This podcast wants to assist with that mission. Join host, and fellow small business owner, Grant Dorhout each episode as he introduces you to small business owners across the Omaha, Nebraska, community.

Hear their stories. Understand their challenges. And learn from their successes.

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Feb 25, 2021

On today’s episode, we’re talking with Akile Banister, who started Banisters Leadership Academy in 2007 after he saw a need to help underserved youth in the Omaha area.


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About our guest: 


What we discuss on this episode: 

1:51 – Meet Akile

2:43 – What he wishes he had known

4:02 – New locations

6:38 – How students get involved and what life skills they learn

8:23 – Success story

9:42 – Working on the business vs. in the business

11:46 – Developing skills

12:49 – Learning from failure

14:28 – Mentors and coaches

16:25 – Beliefs, behaviors and habits

18:14 – Advice for aspiring entrepreneurs

19:21 – Volunteering with and donating to Banisters

20:15 – Banisters biggest need