Paul Wesslund

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Small Business, Big Heart​

How One Family Redefined The Bottom Line

So often business books tell us about how to earn more, how to make our businesses more profitable, how to become more influential.  Seldom do they address the small business and its impact on the life of its owners and those they employ.

There are almost 30 million small businesses in the United States, employing over 56 million people, or 57 percent of people who work in the private sector. For the small business owner – for any business owner – life balance can be elusive. Too often family and relationships suffer as we pursue a career, letting workplace demands take precedence over all else.

Small Business, Big Heart is about a couple who, like many of us, lost their balance. But it is what they did next that makes their story inspiring. Read More 

About Paul Wesslund

Paul Wesslund has led a full life.  A writer and communications strategist with more than four decades in daily newspapers and electric co-op communications, he is also a husband and father. And like many of his generation, he is a retiree who never quite retired.

After retiring in 2015 as the vice president for communications and editor of Kentucky Living – a position he had held since September 1995 – in 2016 Wesslund created Highway 61 Communications, LLC through which he writes about energy and other subjects, consults on communications strategy, and advocates for the profession of co-op communications. 

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    Inspirational book This book is full of really great advice and information as well as being an inspirational tale. I have been... read more

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    An inspirational read I highly recommend Small Business! While the topic of small businesses isn’t something I’m generally interested in, Small Business reads... read more

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    What an uplifting book! This book is a gift, a welcome encouragement to pursue principle-based business. For me, it's a tearjerker disguised as a... read more

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    Keep it simple A review of Small Business Big Heart (How one family redefined the bottom line.By Paul WesslundWhen I decided to read... read more

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    Small Business Big Heart This book was very positive from the start to the end. The plot was amazing and the characters were great.... read more

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    Surprisingly, this book is great!! I found this book so helpful. It teaches good morals especially in the field of business. It has enlightened my... read more

  • Amy7/25/2020

    The Heart of a Small Business “Small Business, Big Heart” by Paul Wesslund tells the story of the couple Sal and Cindy Rubino starting their own... read more

  • Diana Oldham7/15/2020

    Good Read For the most part, I enjoyed Small Business, Big Heart. I appreciate the way Sal and Cindy run the Cafe,... read more

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    Absolutely Inspiring Written by Jack EdwardsThe first reason I gave this book a 5-star rating is that it is truly an inspirational... read more

  • Jessica7/26/2020

    A Heartwarming and Inspirational Story of the Human Potential in Business “Small Business Big Heart” tells the true story of a restaurant-owning couple, Sal and Cindy Rubino. Their Louisville, Kentucky... read more

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    Sparks motivation Sal and Cindy share their compelling story about how they started from the bottom and eventually made it to the... read more

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    A compelling read, with extraordinary insights Successful business owners don't achieve their dreams by magic. Hard work, difficult decisions, chance encounters, and deeply held beliefs each... read more

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    Heart Warming Small Business: Big Heart is about the journey of two inspired people and how they started their own business to... read more

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    Inspiring Family Story This is an inspiring story about a man, a woman, and a dream. That dream was to be in the... read more

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    Most Wonderful book Wonderful book. It was such a pleasure reading about the everyday practice of niceness and love. True love is when... read more

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    _Good reading that uplifts the heart and changes the way I see my neighbor or coworker from a different culture It makes us question our sense of superiority. It also makes us realize that going thru the zig -zags... read more

  • Amazon Customer7/24/2020

    Lovely book about trials and triumphs of real life and hard work Paul Wesslund tells the story of Cindy and Sal Rubino through stories, examples and snippets of their lives as owners... read more

  • Angelica San Diego7/18/2020

    A switch on hospitality standards and the community it brings together The Cafe. A business plan .A small business and a twist on the traditional business plan. A beautiful message of... read more

  • Michael V.8/22/2020

    Great Book balancing life's challenges and expectations on a business and personal level! This book was an incredible page turner! Business Owners Sal and Cindy Rubino's restaurant business and Sal's Real Estate business... read more

  • Roy10/01/2020

    Small Business Big Heart: How One Family Redefined the Bottom Line Small business big hearts by Paul Wesslund is a very creative and inspirational book. The author brings out all... read more

  • C. Miller8/03/2020

    Doing The Right Thing is Good for Business Small Business, Big Heart is an inspiring story of both restaurant owners, Sal and Cindy Rubino, and those they employed... read more

  • Michael E C Gery8/18/2020

    Better Business In their restaurant, Cindy and Sal Rubino don’t just prepare and serve good food in a delightful place, they attend... read more

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    A positive book that shows that caring for others is good for business A positive message of hope and perseverance. This is the true story of Sal and Cindy, a married couple who... read more

  • Larissa Wang7/21/2020

    quick inspirational read This book is truly inspirational work which features the story of how a family business blossomed into something more than... read more

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    A true testament to success Wesslund's narrative was rich and filled with in-depth information regarding the trials and testaments one can expect (and endure) in... read more

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    Inspiring book! “Small Business, Big Heart” by Paul Wesslund tells the story of the couple Sal and Cindy Rubino starting their own... read more

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  • Jan O.7/19/2020

    Terrific Read! AAA+++!! Small Business Big Heart is a terrific read! Very well written and engaging, it tells the story of a family... read more

  • Natalie Davila9/25/2020

    An Honest Story Small businesses make the world a better place. I have always had positive experiences with them. Each owner, each employee... read more

  • joe7/23/2020

    Heartwarming and perspective read for entrepenuers and small business owners This little book is something special, a quick read that takes you on a journey of what principle, and standard... read more

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