Better Ingredients. Better Entrepreneurship.

The right ingredients for success don’t change as your company grows, just ask ‘Papa’ John Schnatter.

“Getting big is just a byproduct of getting better,” said Papa John at Inc.‘s 17th annual GrowCo event in Nashville. Schnatter emphasized that while he may be the face of a multimillion-dollar pizza empire, he operates the company with a small-business mindset.

How? By following these five principles:

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 3.02.19 PMValue people over profit. Papa John’s only makes 18 cents off of one $9 pizza, but Schnatter firmly believes that between minimizing cost and maximizing quality, quality should win every time.

Never sacrifice quality. Even when profit margins are tight, a quality product is essential to your company’s lasting growth. 

Think long-term. Have a business strategy that focuses on building a lasting foundation and not just short-term profits.

Sell the truth. Don’t just make promises to your customers, deliver them.

Do what you love. “Find something you love to do. Work it to the bone. And you’ll be successful,” said Schnatter. 

Or as another inspiring entrepreneur (Steve Jobs) once said, Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

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