Shop Talk reporter Virginia Bridges asked small-business owners to share movies that every entrepreneur needs to watch.
• “One of my favorite movies is ‘Jerry Maguire,’ ” said Janice Cutler, owner of North Raleigh Florist. “It’s always great seeing Tom Cruise learn a valuable lesson and teach it to his audience. The entrepreneurs who thrive long-term financially and have the happiest customers are those who understand that the customer should always be held higher than money.”
• “I think the Will Smith movie ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ is a great movie for all entrepreneurs,” said Becca Smith, director of marketing for Smith & Smith, CPA in Cary. “This movie shows you the passion of a businessman believing in his product and despite the negative consequences that follow, many lessons are learned about being persistent, dedicated and, most of all, never giving up.”
• Paul Inserra, owner of the Durham-based American Meltdown food truck, had three.
“ ‘Tucker, the Man and his Dream,’ ” he said. “This is a great movie about trying to overcome great odds – the underdog story. Entrepreneurs start off as the underdog, and I think maintaining the mentality that comes with that position is just as important.”
“ ‘The Aviator,’ ” Inserra said, “Howard Hughes’ obsession with detail is vital to any startup. Honing your craft and operations is mandatory for continued growth.”
“ ‘Ghostbusters,’ ” Inserra said. “The initial trio loses their funding from Columbia University for their paranormal research, and their field is looked down upon by their peers. However, they know they are on the right track, so they go into business for themselves.”