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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: George Cloutier Narrator: Erik Synnestvedt Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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George Cloutier, a leading advocate for small business, offers tough love for entrepreneurs and a controversial message that’s perfect for these tough economic times: profits aren’t everything, they’re the only thing.

When small- and medium-sized business owners first hear George Cloutier’s rules for doing business, they often think he’s a madman. His controversial rules—rules that aren’t taught at Harvard Business School—include

  • the best family business has one member;
  • weekends are for working, not playing golf or coaching;
  • never pay your vendors on time;
  • wear your control freak badge with pride; and
  • quit denial: if your business is failing during a recession, it’s your fault.

As the founder and CEO of American Management Services, Cloutier has spent over thirty years guiding business owners through the tough choices that line the road to profitability. He and his company have worked with more than six thousand companies, averting certain ruin for some and generating seemingly impossible growth and profitability for others.

Cloutier graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School, but the lessons in this book aren’t from there. Unlike his classmates, most of whom headed straight to Wall Street, Cloutier has been on the docks at two in the morning counting heads of lettuce for food distributors to make sure nothing would disappear without a waybill. He’s spent long overnight hours in truck stops, making sure sticky fingers stayed out of the tills. Cloutier and his colleagues at American Management Services become personal pit bulls to the CEOs who hire them, doing whatever it takes to bring their clients’ businesses back into long-term profitability.

Profits Aren’t Everything, They’re the Only Thing is the long-overdue wake-up call for 23 million small and midsize business owners across America. This book serves up the hard-boiled, unadulterated truth to aspiring and established entrepreneurs, without apologies. Cloutier’s no-nonsense advice may be hard to hear at times, but it works.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wakeup call for small business owners who have been hit hard by the recession…Cloutier’s book is loaded with valuable advice on how to get back on track and stay in the black in any economic environment.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This book can turn your business around—if you have the guts to follow it.”

    John Resnick, creator and host, Legends of Success with John Resnick

  • “A candid, ‘tell it as it really is,’ hard-hitting book.”

    Tom Cochran, CEO and executive director, United States Conference of Mayors

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Randy Ray | 5/17/2012

    " Nothing brilliant or earth-shattering in here, but a lot of the advice is practical and useful. Some people take issue with the author's contrarian approach. I thought it was refreshing. The book was too short and too short on specifics, I thought, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Christine Somers | 11/6/2011

    " I am a small business owner and this book was a real eye-opener. It should be required reading for every small business owner. "

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About the Author

George Cloutier is the co-chairman of Partner America, a partnership between Cloutier’s company and the nation’s mayors. The US Conference of Mayors has twice named him Small Business Advocate and Entrepreneur of the Year. Tulane University named Cloutier Social Entrepreneur of the Year for his work bringing back small business in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. He is also the CEO of American Management Services, a consulting firm that specializes in small- and midsize businesses. He has been seen on Fox Business News, ABC’s 20/20, CNBC’s Squawk Box, MSNBC, and Bloomberg Television, most recently as a pundit on the economic crisis.