Michael Feuer

Be the Hammer with Michael Feuer, Co-Founder of OfficeMax

Michael Feuer started OfficeMax with one store and a personal investment of $20,000 and grew the business into a $5 billion company with nearly 1,000 stores. Feuer shares with Host Greg Muzzillo the steps he took to ensure that his business would be successful.

“Entrepreneurs need to be able to surface and stand out. You have to be able to add some value that somebody else cannot.”

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Michael Feuer is Co-Founder of OfficeMax, which he started in 1988 with one store and a personal investment of $20,000. During his 16 years as CEO, he grew the company to nearly 1,000 stores with sales approximating $5 billion before selling it for almost $1.5 billion in 2003 to Boise Cascade Corp. In 2004, Feuer launched another start-up, Max-Ventures, a venture capital operating firm that focuses on buying control and making substantial investments in retail oriented businesses. Feuer is a highly sought after speaker, national business columnist, and author of The Benevolent Dictator: Empower Your Employees, Build Your Business, and Outwit the Competition. Feuer has inspired thousands of entrepreneurs over the years with his story, practical advice and innovative approach to business success.

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Million Dollar Monday features real successful people with real useful advice for entrepreneurs and people with big dreams. This series is hosted by Greg Muzzillo who many years ago started his own company called Proforma with a small investment of $200 and a lot of big dreams. Thanks to solid advice from some real successful people, Proforma is now a $500 million leader in the printing and promotional products industry with over 600 franchise offices throughout North America. Today, Muzzillo’s big dream is to help aspiring business owners and sales professionals reach their big dreams.

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Greg Muzzillo

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Greg Muzzillo started Proforma as an industry distributor in 1978. The company grew quickly and in the early 1980s Proforma was recognized for three consecutive years on Inc. magazine’s list of the 500 fastest-growing companies in North America. In the late 1980’s Proforma introduced its membership program to empower distributors to retain their business ownership and independence, and to share in sales and marketing resources, purchasing power with industry suppliers, one back office including all billing, accounting, vendor payments, cash flow, computer systems and more. Today Proforma has over 600 Members and is the $500 Million leader in the Promotional Products and Print Industry. Proforma’s record breaking success includes having 18 of its Affiliates named to Inc. Magazine’s 2020 list of the 5,000 fastest-growing companies and 193 Affiliates achieving its Million/Multi-Million Dollar Club with sales up to $38 million.