Andre Palko was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug at the age of 12 when he began selling flower seeds and delivering grocery store fliers door-to-door in his hometown of Frederick, MD. He didn't have an allowance and he figured he had to work if he were to get the vital things he desired—books, flying lessons, radio control airplanes, and money for the game arcade at the new mall.
In his early 20's he went in search of fame and fortune, playing bass guitar for a New York City rock & roll band. The band leader was part of a family printing business and it wasn’t long before Andre was packing boxes, running a folding machine, and learning the printing and bindery trade by day. At night, he attended classes at Columbia University and played music clubs with his band mates.
Rock and roll didn’t pay the bills so Andre made a career of the printing industry, including a stint as owner of a trade bindery and later as manager of a small commercial printing business. Yet the entrepreneurial calling never subsided and in 2002 he founded a small business which later became Technifold USA, Inc.
It was here that Andre and his awesome team found small business success with a series of unique products that make printing companies more profitable. After only a few years Technifold USA was added to the ranks of the Inc. 5000, gaining national recognition as one of the fastest growing private companies in America. What makes this even more notable is that they achieved this in an industry that's been shrinking for years.
Andre's Bindery Success newsletters at Technifold USA earned the 2013 NAPL Marketing Plus Award - Cross Channel and Digital Marketing, awarded for excellence in using an integrated approach to digital and print marketing efforts.
Thanks to hard work, trial, and plenty of error, he recognizes what it takes to make small business work at peak levels. In fact, his business strategies helped his brother Pat grow sales nearly 80% at the restaurant in which Pat was a partner. Soon after, Pat started a new restaurant and quickly grew sales from zero to well over $1 million using the same simple, low-cost, highly effective strategies.
Frankly, he's been so busy working on businesses the past few years that he hasn't had the chance to do some of his favorite things. Things like flying and playing with airplanes as shown in the photo above. Instead he's been figuring out growth strategies for his own, and for other business owners.
But you can benefit from his learning in the school of hard knocks. The new Small Business Rainmaker weekly newsletter is just one way he's found to help other small business owners find the success they've always dreamed of. You can subscribe here.
In it he shares the secrets of his business and personal journey, discoveries that can put small business owners like you on the path to financial freedom. The small business resourcesand products shown here are just the beginning. There are new, highly effective products launching in the new year.
Along the way he met up with many like-minded small business owners. He'll be sharing their success secrets too.
Although the most fun he has is in writing about, talking to, and working with small business owners, he still has hobbies. For fun he plans to get back to piloting a Cessna aircraft. He kayaks on New Jersey’s numerous lakes, reads all kinds of books, and enjoys movies. Musically he's moved from New York clubs like the notorious CBGB’s to more tame arenas like church halls and the choir loft. There might even be a big band in his future. His daughter Meghan Bliss is a freelance poet, writer, editor, and blogger who lives in North Carolina with her husband Patrick.
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