Run With It - Business Ideas from Successful Entrepreneurs

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What can businesses gain from employing at-risk youth, and showing them a path toward success? Listen to Gary Rabine describe a non-profit idea that aims to raise young people out of violence and poverty as they work for and learn from caring employers.

Show Notes


  • Learn how, as an employee, to practice “smart planning” by building relationships with the leaders of your company.
  • Learn how and why someone working in the mailroom in a company can make a direct connection with the CEO?
  • Learn about the power of sharing your goals and aspirations with lots of people. 

Action Steps:

  1. Contact CEOs that might be on board with this project that are givers.
  2. Explain Gary’s idea and get them to make a commitment
  3. Get in touch with folks in the urban community that are givers and get them committed to the project.
  4. As an example, you could go into a community, gathering just 5 to 10 of the right community members that would be committed workers. Organize an event where they can meet with powerful CEOs.
  5. This is a great opportunity for younger kids, aged 16-18, coming from rough urban communities to spearhead a project and connect with important people.
  6. As an intrapreneur, introduce this project to your company as a way to create a structured onboarding system, something many companies are great need of.
  7. Look into creating a "seal" for a special type of corp or business that would use Gary’s system. Study how things work with B corps. What can be applied to this idea?
  8. Do a pilot of Gary’s project, starting with just 300-400 kids.
  9. By your 3rd year, extend the project to 1000 kids.
Follow through on these action steps and email us your results at You'll get exclusive access to a private Facebook group of action takers and one listener will earn a free mentorship call with our guest, and potentially, a business partnership.

As a senior in high school, Gary Rabine dreamt of starting a landscaping and paving business while his friends were making college plans. He believed he had gained enough experience laboring in his dad's small business that he could do it. Surrounded by college-bound friends one day in a high school cafeteria, one of them asked his college plans and he replied that he'd like to save his money and start a business. A smart-alec friend eagerly termed him a "Ditch-Digger", loudly laughing “Gary's going to be a Ditch Digger”. Motivated by this memory and a desire to walk his own path, 37 years later, Gary Rabine has grown Rabine Paving and many other businesses which are now the Rabine Group of Companies. He co-hosts the Ditch Digger CEO Podcast about stories like his: From "ditch-digger" to the founder/CEO of a national facilities services empire.

What is Run With It - Business Ideas from Successful Entrepreneurs?

Successful CEOs have plenty of new business ideas. Aspiring entrepreneurs are in need of them. Run With It bridges this gap, bringing you business ideas and action steps from established entrepreneurs. Follow through and you can earn a free mentoring session with our guest, and potentially, a new business partnership.