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Wednesday, Feb 28, 2024

If Harley Is Hurtin’, Fix Your Hog By Yourself

San Diego-based Fix My Hog, Inc. has released its second motorcycle maintenance DVD for owners of all brands of Harley-Davidson Touring motorcycles.

The 3 & #733;-hour video, which was shot in a motorcycle repair shop in Connecticut, includes topics such as performing a safety check, maintaining the charging system, replacing spark plugs, changing fluids and replacing tires.

The DVD, which launched internationally Feb. 1, has already received a nice reception as motorcycle enthusiasts and riders alike have seen the value in the product, said Dennis Santopietro, founder of the company.

Paying someone to do the maintenance on one’s motorcycle can be costly, he said, adding that the DVDs can save motorcycle owners a significant amount of money.

The company, which was founded in June, has already doubled its sales since its inception nearly nine months ago and expects to increase its revenue by 400 percent come the end of the year.

“It’s unbelievable,” Santopietro said.

The two-disc package costs $45.95 and can be found online at the company’s Web site, www.fixmyhog.com, or through motorcycle catalogs such as J & P; Cycles.

The company is also planning to release two more DVDs this year.

Think Like An M.B.A.:

About five years ago, Dr. Steve Stralser, clinical professor of entrepreneurship at Thunderbird, the Garvin School of International Management in Arizona, noticed that those taking his business classes weren’t the typical students looking to advance up the corporate ladder, but professionals who were seeking more knowledge about the practice of business.

“They were doctors, engineers and entrepreneurs,” Stralser said. “They felt confident in the focus area of their business, but the business side of their practices were confounding them.”

Stralser, who recently wrote a book on entrepreneurship titled “MBA in a Day,” said small businesses are often so focused on the day-to-day challenges of running or launching a business that they don’t take the time to take a strategic and holistic view of the business.

“They need to look at 360 degrees of the business,” Stralser said. “They might be very good at what the focus of the business is, but long-term success is defined by how they do all the other things.”

To be a successful business owner, one must take the time to grow as a business practitioner through education and knowledge, Stralser said.

“Organizations have multiple functions and dimensions. It’s not just enough to function on one of these,” he said. “You have to be running on all eight cylinders.”

Stralser’s book can be found at Amazon.com.

Major Departure:

After 13 years of leadership, Jack Faris, the president and chief executive officer of the National Federation of Independent Business, will no longer be heading up the small-business advocacy group. He has announced his retirement effective March 31.

During his tenure, Faris was named the most influential small-business leader in Washington by Fortune Small Business magazine.

The 60,000-member NFIB, founded in 1943, has not announced a successor.

Send small-business news to Lisa Kovach via fax at (858) 571-3628 or e-mail at lkovach@sdbj.com. Call her at (858) 277-6359, Ext. 3107.


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