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Jesse Lear

FounderEpicurean Properties, LLC

Columbus, OH

Member Since December 2014


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Jesse Lear is an entrepreneur with a passion for creating awesome experiences. He and his ventures have been featured in Fortune, Fast Company, Forbes, Time, Entrepreneur, and other publications. At age 23, he launched a valet trash & recycling service for apartment communities. The company grew to serve more than 20,000 apartments per week across 3 states before a successful exit via acquisition in 2018. Today, Jesse is Founder of Epicurean Properties, a boutique corporate housing company that operates a portfolio of short term furnished apartments in Columbus, Ohio. Outside of work, he enjoys travel research, trying new restaurants, and relaxing at home.

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When you start a business, not only do you have to convince potential customers you can solve their particular problem, but you also have to convince them that your business can solve their problem better than any other company can. Differentiating yourself from your competition in this way is essential if you want to succeed in your niche and build a loyal following of customers. But what steps do you need to take to do so? Here, 12 business leaders from Young Entrepreneur Council share their insights on what new entrepreneurs should do when it comes to differentiating themselves from their competition and what steps they’ll need to take to ensure their success.

11 Warning Signs a Deal Is Going to Fall Through

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Being able to close a deal is a crucial part of an entrepreneur’s skill set, but sometimes, vendor agreements and partnerships can fall through due to unavoidable circumstances. Knowing that a deal is about to fall through before that actually happens can be quite beneficial for a company, as it gives the opportunity to choose its next steps in advance: pursue the agreement more aggressively, back off and let it fail, or do nothing and see if it corrects itself. However, before the business can take any action, it must be able to identify the telltale signs of a deal collapsing. To help, we asked 11 entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following:


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Company details

Epicurean Properties, LLC

Company bio

Epicurean Properties is a boutique corporate housing company operating fully furnished apartments with all-inclusive rates and flexible month-to-month terms. Based in Columbus Ohio, Epicurean was founded by a husband-and-wife team and inspired by their passion for travel, design, and hospitality.



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2 - 10