Episode 051: Supporting Innovation with Chaz Freutel

About this Episode

I’ve been learning a lot lately about why it’s so important to have an entrepreneurial mindset, and it isn’t just to become an entrepreneur. I’ve been listening to a talk by Oliver DeMille of A Thomas Jefferson Education (tjed.org), and he talks a lot about the development of our economy and our education. In this talk I’ve been listening to, he’s talking about how our society has come through an institutional era, and has now crossed into an innovation era. Yet, our education and our beliefs are still stuck in the institutional era. There are still reasons why we need institutions, and institutional education, but our economy is shifting toward the development of innovation.

I’ve been talking so much about entrepreneurship because I think this is an important concept for shaping our family culture so that we can develop this idea of supporting our families to be more intentional. Being intentional often means being innovative, creative, and adaptable.

In this episode with Chaz, we talk a lot about how families can intentionally support opportunities for developing an innovative attitude through service, through intentionally creating memorable experiences with neighbors and friends, and through helping our children be more capable of giving of their talents and resources.

Chaz says, “show up filled up” meaning that we don’t walk into situations, like neighborhoods, church, work, or even school, waiting to be given something. We show up asking ourselves “what can I contribute?” Being resourceful makes it easier to network, and to make an impact through your own contributions. When that becomes a habit, you begin to build a reputation of service and resourcefulness that allows you to connect with people who need help, or can help you reach your goals.

A family culture that values service, resourcefulness, connection with our friends and neighbors, innovation, creativity, and building a legacy is what my message is all about. I want to help you find ways to instill these values into your family culture, and that’s what this episode is all about.

Time Stamps

[6:52] Chaz’s bio.
[10:10] Chaz’s experience with starting a business after losing his job.
[12:38] Get out of God’s way to follow His path for you. God readies you to do what He wants you to do to — it’s an evolution of your life, a process of growing.
[15:39] It’s important to keep ourselves open to new relationships and opportunities. Every experience builds on developing skills and knowledge that prepare you for what can happen down the road.
[18:50] The importance of building relationships, and intentionally planning opportunities for our families to connect with our community.
[23:19] People are becoming more internal and aren’t going out to interact with their neighbors so much because everything is so organized. Being unstructured, or even planning experiences for unstructured time with neighbors encourages creativity.
[27:56] Chaz describes an experience with interacting with some friendly millennials who he describes are non-judgmental and tolerant.
[30:50] There are many types of entrepreneurs, and many don’t even have a business plan.
[36:13] The importance of networking and “show up filled up”.
[40:10] Learn to use your gifts to follow the path God shows you. Don’t be afraid to leave an unrewarding job when something else is calling you to innovate.
[42:47] Younger generation is better at taking risk, although it is important to build a solid reputation and repertoire  of experience.
[46:25] Even institutional/professional occupations need to be business owners: doctors, lawyers, etc.
[46:45] Services are available in most communities to help develop business skills and networking.
[48:31] Connect with Chaz.

About Chaz

Chaz Freutel is blessed to have served and currently serve many wonderful organizations. Chaz started his business, Get-U-Connected LLC, in 2009 to connect small business owners with the products, services and people they need to succeed. One of his early clients was the City of Dublin’s Economic Development Department, when he was asked to manage the new Dublin Entrepreneurial Center, commonly known as the “DEC.” The DEC has grown to quite possibly the largest entrepreneurial center in the US, measured by number of businesses hosted. The facility hosts over 125 small businesses, primarily start-ups.

Chaz is also privileged to manage the Marysville Entrepreneurial Center “MEC” for the Union County CIC over the past four years, and on the Governing Board of the new Ohio Christian University Business Innovation Center “OCUBIC,” which just opened in late 2017. All of these entrepreneur centers were created to serve the small business start-up and accelerator community by providing the education, resources, and connectivity needed for a greater chance of business success. Chaz has always believed that collaboration between small businesses is a cornerstone of sustainability.

In 2015 Chaz was approached by Union County to explore a national franchise program known as Young Entrepreneurs Academy “YEA!” YEA! is a thirty class, ninety-hour program that takes middle and high school students and turns them into CEOs of their own real businesses. He has launched YEA! programs in both Union and Pickaway Counties near the three entrepreneur centers, and is actively helping YEAUSA to find additional locations to start new classes. YEA! graduates over 1,500 students a year.

Chaz has been a Christian since he accepted Jesus Christ into his heart in middle school while attending a huddle of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes “FCA,” in Upper Arlington. He has continued his passion for The Lord while serving FCA in many ways, including Director of Community and Campus Ministry, and former Chairman of the Central Ohio FCA Board. Chaz also leads middle school “Impact” ministry at Encounter Church, in Dublin, Ohio. Chaz loves working with kids, and has also coached soccer for nineteen years, sixteen for Ohio Premier Soccer Club“OP,” out of Dublin and Upper Arlington.

Chaz is married to his college sweetheart, Laurie, where they met while both graduating from Wittenberg University. Chaz and Laurie live in Dublin and have two daughters, Meghan and Amanda, both graduates of The Ohio State University.

About the author, Jodi

I live in Richmond, Virginia with my husband, Michael, and our four young kids. We homeschool, and work remotely, so I guess we may take this on the road some day! I have a bachelor's degree from George Mason University in Health Promotion Studies, but I attended five different universities before finally finishing while I was expecting my third baby! I'm a returned missionary from the Hawaii Honolulu Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I'm sort of a jack-of-all-trades-master-of-none, but I do enjoy reading personal development and parenting books, finding new ways to enjoy exercising, and learning more about being an entrepreneur.

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