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Matthew Pollard is an internationally recognized consultant, speaker, blogger, author, mentor, coach, and serial entrepreneur with five multi-million dollar business success stories under his belt, all before the age of 30. He is the founder and CEO of Rapid Growth, LLC, dedicated to achieving maximum ROI for businesses of all sizes. Though his client list includes multiple Fortune 500 companies, his real passion is helping small business owners end the overwhelm, eliminate the stress and guesswork, and get on a clear path to Rapid Growth. Called “the real deal” by Forbes, his methods have transformed over 3500 businesses to date.
This commitment to a job well done, combined with his father’s favorite saying, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!” set the stage for Matthew’s entire life. Things did not come easily for him, but he made his success possible by charging on, creating inventive solutions to problems, and never giving up.
Matthew believes that there’s something heroic about a person with the talent, passion, and belief in themselves to launch a business. Owning a business can be exciting, liberating, and lucrative. But all too often, it can be overwhelming, stressful, and resource-draining.
Matthew loves the process of helping a business determine its exact right message and niche. He loves sharing the simplicity of a sales process that gets results. Most of all, he loves being a part of a transformation that brings relief, joy, excitement, and empowerment to business owners.
It’s the drive to give back that keeps Matthew energized. His passion for helping small business owners was the motivation behind founding the annual Small Business Festival, named a Top-5 must-attend business conference by INC. Sponsored by Facebook, GoDaddy, Google, Capital One, and the City of Austin, SBF provides free education, training, and workshops by world-class speakers and business leaders, all completely free, to over 8500 attendees, just in its first two years. Matthew is proud to have earned four government proclamations and an endorsement from the SBA as a result of the Festival’s contributions to the small business community.
A lifelong introvert, Matthew often struggled to fit into an extroverted world. Never was his challenge as an introvert greater than that first door-to-door sales job; that’s when Matthew recognized that the business world is largely geared toward extroverts and that he’d have to harness a different skill set in order to succeed.
Since then, Matthew has come to believe that his introverted qualities have directly led to his success, not impede it. He is on a mission to erase the stigma around introversion and to empower introverts to recognize and leverage their innate strengths and abilities.