Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in business development but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Ernesto Mandowsky, Founder and CEO of CPD Advisors, located in Miami, FL, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

CPD Advisors is a business systems advisory firm for high-growth startup founders, high-impact community builders, and creative visionaries. We help clients Transform Chaos into Cashflow by designing business systems that simplify the management of organizations using our 6P Playbook. Our vision is to design the Regenerative Business System that empowers all stakeholders within organizations to share their unique gifts with the world.

Tell us about yourself

I've spent the last 15 years chasing a dream at the intersection of restaurants, systems engineering, and technology, working in different jobs and environments (Fortune 500, startups, family business). During my journey, no one taught me how to apply my systems background to restaurants and so I started to write a book with the secrets that would be shared with the next generation of restaurant analysts. Writing that book made me realize that my story was much bigger than food. It was about identifying our unique intersection of skills, insights, and experiences and sharing our essence with the world in the form of honey.

NewBee is my memoir that inspired my current entrepreneurial adventure, helping founders build business systems. Just like the bees make honey, founders float across clients, projects, and teams collecting insights about their business. However, they do not have the time to build a structured process in their business.

My honey has been refined at the intersection of business systems, hospitality, and personal development, and I apply it to help founders create the structure to grow their businesses. I've developed a proprietary process to help design a foundation to scale the impact that young startup companies make in the world.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Helping build a community organization that supports entrepreneurs and creating a startup accelerator to help 15 founders fundraise their next round of capital.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

Having to balance all the moving pieces of our business while listening to our self-deprecating ego amplify the smallest insecurities that show up when facing rejection.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Prioritize creating a balance between working hard and actually unplugging.
  2. Create the structure that will help you create the flow throughout the day (including taking breaks!)
  3. Create a vision for what you want, and then work backward to figure out the execution steps.

Where can people find you and your business?


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