Editor’s Note: Ask the Expert is a new column in which experts answer reader questions about starting, running and growing a business. Here, we introduce Adam and Matthew Toren and invite you to post your questions to the comments section below. Your query might be the inspiration for a future column.
Adam and Matthew Toren know a thing or two about starting and growing a successful company. The brothers are serial entrepreneurs, investors and the authors of Small Business, BIG Vision: Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right (Wiley, 2011) and Kidpreneurs: Young Entrepreneurs With Big Ideas! (Business Plus Media Group, 2009).
The brothers have owned a wide range of businesses over the years, including a billiard hall, a printing and graphics business and a publishing company. But their passion to help others start, manage and grow thriving ventures continues to motivate them today. Incidentally, that altruism also led them to launch YoungEntrepreneur.com back in 1999.
They currently own and operate Business Plus Media Group, a media company in Phoenix, Ariz., that publishes several online properties and print publications. And they’re set to launch a free classified ads network called iSell.com in August.
One thing the Torens say they've learned through all of their entrepreneurial adventures is that good advice is priceless. So now they’re game to tackle your burning-business questions each week, for this month only. Feel free to ask small-business related questions, including queries about social media, starting up, managing and growing a business.
Submit your questions in the comments section below and the questions with the most “likes” from other readers will be answered. On Twitter, use the hashtag #YEask. The Torens will answer the question that’s most favored by YoungEntrepreneur.com readers each week for a month. Please include your first and last name, your location (city and state) and the name of your business in your comment.