Building a Business from the Ground Up
EO Colorado member Matt Shoup was nine years old when he went into business for himself mowing lawns and shoveling snow. The lesson he learned then has stayed with him: Work hard for what you want – back then a $200 boombox. Twenty years later, he owns a $2 million painting business that transforms homes inside and out.

A New Jersey native, Shoup moved to Colorado as a young boy, but that East Coast swagger continues to serve him well as owner of M & E Painting.

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Leave Your Legacy
By Matt Shoup, an EO Colorado member and president of M & E Painting, LLC

Waking up at 4 a.m. is not an accident for me. As an entrepreneur, the early hours of every morning are my quiet time to plan, reflect, cast vision and get stuff done, so Saturday September 1, 2012 started like any other. I jumped out of bed at 4 a.m., took a shower, and walked downstairs to make myself a café con leche (coffee with milk). At 4:35 a.m., as my heart intensely circulated caffeine throughout my body, I began rewriting and touching up my will. In just a few hours my family and I would be boarding a plane for a month-long overseas vacation.

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