Growing By Acquiring Screen Printing Shops | Tom Rauen Interview

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It's no exaggeration to say that everything Tom Rauen does is extreme.

Whether it's running ultramarathons, investing in real estate, purchasing print shops to become part of his own printing network, or gaining attention in the press – Tom goes big and gets an incredible reaction.

Based in Dubuque, Iowa, Tom's vision for Envision Tees has grown from a small-town shop into a virtual empire.

We dive into Tom's story and recent accomplishments in this episode, including:

  • Is an 800 number worth it? The story of 1-800 T-SHIRTS
  • Buy it or build it? Don't waste time
  • INC5000: rip off or a great deal?
  • Bye bye! Get rid of the worst customers in your business!

Tom's a fierce competitor that's never happy with "good enough." Through years of following his forward-thinking antics in the press and media, it's clear that Tom is dead-set on building and creating through his businesses every single day.

Where does he get the energy to pull it all off? You'd have to ask him yourself!

But don't be intimidated!

Tom is a remarkably friendly and positive force in the industry, constantly sharing his thoughts and achievements on Facebook (including the excellent Screen Print Marketing group).

His tomes about running, acquiring businesses, and even reflecting on marketing and sales are a great resource for anyone in the industry.

An expert in valuing different businesses and navigating the process of integrating one business into another, Tom shares some of his hard-won lessons from acquiring 6+ print shops in the past few years.

Check out Envision Tees on the web.


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