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Paulo Nicolau

Ladies and Gentlemen, brace yourselves as we unravel the fascinating journey of a self-made entrepreneur, who rose from the ranks of a family of concrete and masonry workers. A man who dared to diverge from the conventional university path during an economic crunch, and took a deep dive into the business world. Learn how his childhood experiences of growing up in an immigrant family in Northern Virginia and Loudoun County, among successful individuals from all walks of life, shaped his life and entrepreneurial journey. 

Our guest takes us through his evolution from a competitive relationship with his brother into a successful business partnership. Eager to know how they carved out their niche in the contracting industry after surviving several challenges? Stay tuned and explore the exhilarating journey. We delve into the trials and tribulations of owning a business, the importance of setting realistic expectations, trusting your gut, and the crucial role of family in the business. 

As we progress, we touch upon the joy of welcoming a first grandchild and how it impacts priorities in life and business. We discuss the essential role of effective communication in a client-centric industry and the consequences of overpromising and underdelivering. In the final part of the episode, our guest shares the significance of giving back to the community, honesty with customers, and the need for a reliable team. All of this culminates into a captivating conversation that transcends beyond entrepreneurship and delves deep into human connection, community, and personal growth. Tune in to get a glimpse of this enlightening journey and take away insights that can reshape your perspective on life and entrepreneurship.

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