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Episode 119: How NWA Serial Entrepreneur Brant Barnes Found Success in Authenticity


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If you are looking for motivation to get your business idea off the ground or just need that extra push for your current business bookmark and listen to this episode for great stories and motivation to achieve your dreams here in the Ozarks whether big or small.  

We recently had a chance to sit down and talk with Brant Barnes, owner of the local Shelter Insurance in downtown Fayetteville.  We connected with Brant through our friend of the podcast, Mark Zweig, a professor of Entrepreneurship at the Sam Walton School of Business at the University of Arkansas.

The cool thing about Brant is that he doesn’t just own an insurance agency – his dad was a long time insurance agent in Mountain Home – but he also has a knack for running businesses. He built some strong relationships early in his insurance career that propelled him to buy into the Papa John’s Franchise in Mississippi and then ultimately he converted those successful operations into multiple locations in Arkansas and Missouri. 

Brant also has his car dealer license and he is a very good pilot that even knows how to crash land a plane and live to tell the story. You have to hear the whole story to believe it. 

This is one of our most engaging episodes and Brant shares one nugget of wisdom after another. Be prepared to strap in focus and take some notes. You will not be disappointed.

Brantisms:Yes, we made this word up but it is applicable.

“Where we learn is on the edge of comfort!”

“Always have a plan, no matter what.”

All this and more on this episode of I am Northwest Arkansas.

Important Links and Mentions on the Show*:

Brant Barnes Email

Brant Barnes on LinkedIn

Brant Barnes Shelter Insurance

Shelter Insurance Website – Brant Barnes

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Because they put the focus on the customer instead of on having a branch on every corner, this means you can have your questions answered by a real person, whether you’re reaching out to the call center or your banker’s cell phone. You can access any ATM in the country without fear of a fee.  They will refund all of those fees at the end of every month. Finally, they are constantly improving their digital offerings to make sure you can access the best financial tools from your laptop, phone, or tablet 24 hours a day.

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