Could Orcas and Humans Help Save One Another?

Successful, innovative entrepreneur Peter J. Burns III believes so, and he’s on a mission to help both humans and these amazing creatures. Burns has created over 150 startups, but this multi-millionaire is much more than a business person: he’s a humanitarian at heart. Read more to find out about The Orca Project.

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The Catalyst Behind the Mission

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Burns, who live on the California coast became worried about the safety of his community and individuals worldwide as he increasingly noticed media coverage of unprovoked shark attacks on humans. There’s a reason why unprovoked attacks keep appearing in the news: based on the International Shark Attack Files, which is published by the Florida Museum of Natural History, these attacks have increasingly occurred over the past few decades. The chart below provides more details:

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Image source: Florida Museum of Natural History, 2018

Clearly, human lives are at stake, but why does Burns believe that orcas can provide a beneficial solution?

“Apex Predators” Meet Their Match

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An apex predator is a species at the top of its food chain. People often think of sharks, especially great whites, as apex predators with no natural enemies. However, research shows that this assessment is not quite correct. 

According to a recent publication by Smithsonian, scientific studies have proven that a pod of orcas can drive great whites away from an area for months – even if the pod is only the area for a couple of hours. Based on the report by the Smithsonian, and other reputable publications such as National Geographic, great whites flee from orcas for good reason: orcas prey on these sharks.

Creating a “Win” for Everyone

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Peter J. Burns III is not on a mission to eradicate great whites or other sharks by introducing pods of orcas into their territories. Instead, he is actively pursuing a new, green solution which will benefit humans and orcas without causing shark casualties. The Orca Project is based on the idea that great whites could be deterred from areas where humans frequently swim through the use of technology. 

The Atlantic recently published an article which expressed that “orcas don’t actually have to kill any great whites to drive them away. Their mere presence—and most likely their scent—is enough.” (Yong, 2019) Burns believes that introducing the scent and sounds of orcas into waters frequented by beachgoers can help keep humans safe by driving away sharks and preventing attacks. Here are a few potential benefits to this plan:

Human swimmers are less likely to become prey – accidentally or otherwise – if sharks eschew coastal areas in favor of locations which are not frequented by people.

The project will spark further research and interest in these animals, whose populations are rapidly declining, according to the Center for Conservation Biology at the University of Washington.

The Orca Project is a shark-friendly alternative to killing these animals. Furthermore, fewer shark attacks on people mean less “bad press” for the sharks, who are often vilified. 

Become Involved in the Orca Project

If you are interested in contributing to The Orca Project or learning more about the mission, visit Burns’s site (, which gives details about this endeavor as well as other ongoing projects.


Center for Conservation Biology. (2019) Causes of Decline Among Southern Resident Killer Whales. University of Washington. Retrieved October 25, 2019, from

Daley, J. (2019, April 22). Great White Sharks Are Completely Terrified of Orcas. Smithsonian. Retrieved from

Florida Museum of Natural History. (2018) World Attack Frequency Rates. Retrieved October 25, 2019, from

Rigney, E. (2019, July 16). Orcas Eat Great White Sharks—New Insights Into Rare Behavior Revealed. National Geographic. Retrieved from

Yong, E. (2019, April 19). The Predator That Makes Great White Sharks Flee in Fear. The Atlantic. Retrieved from

Note: Previously published on Medium (2019)

Set Yourself Up for Success as an Entrepreneur

Take it from Peter J. Burns, III: entrepreneurship can be challenging. Burns has started over 150 successful businesses, and he has helped thousands of entrepreneurs through his mentorship, as well as through the financial support his business, Burn$ Funding, offers. He has also taught entrepreneurship to students at Arizona State University’s Barrett Honors College and Grand Canyon University.

After decades of experience as a serial startup entrepreneur and supporting others in the business community, Peter J. Burns, III has a great deal of knowledge about the obstacles entrepreneurs face, and how to deal with them.

This article reviews entrepreneurial challenges and provides tips about how to deal with them effectively.

1. Uncertainty

As an entrepreneur, you must take risks and prepare for the unexpected. It is important to remain flexible and to be willing to change course as needed. Brace yourself by expecting change and open your mind to new opportunities and tactics.

You should also prepare for unexpected financial circumstances by setting up an emergency fund. It is important to have a business emergency fund which is separate from your personal expenses. Peter J. Burns III offers banking options for entrepreneurs through Burn$ Funding. Your emergency fund should contain enough capital to propel your business for 2–3 months in the event of an unfortunate circumstance.

2. Time Management

One great benefit of being an entrepreneur is the ability to set your own schedule. Take advantage of this circumstance by actually setting a schedule. Decide when your “office hours” will be. Create a list of priorities for the week and focus on those.

You should not check your email around the clock. If you do not set boundaries, emails and calls will overwhelm you. It’s important to build in time for relaxation and your personal life.

If you do receive an important message, check the contents against your existing priority list for the week. Decide whether to shift your priorities or to save the new task for later.

3. Isolation

Entrepreneurs often work alone or on very small teams. Reach out to other entrepreneurs who can provide support, mentor you, and help to keep you from circling back to the same stagnant old ideas.

Working around others can also keep you motivated. Peter J. Burns, III often uses WeWork in La Jolla, CA as a workspace, and he finds it very rewarding to meet and work alongside fellow entrepreneurs. Also consider networking opportunities, or even create your own networking event or group.

Not all of your interactions with fellow entrepreneurs need to be in person. Reach out to other entrepreneurs online via sites like LinkedIn. (You can click here to connect to Peter J. Burns, III on LinkedIn.)

4. Funding Conundrums

Whether you are a successful founder with a team of employees, or you are just starting out on your own, you need growth capital. Be wary of scams and angel investors. Manage your credit and find the capital you need via a secure, established service from an entrepreneur-focused provider.

Burn$ Funding provides an array of opportunities for small businesses and individuals, including credit repair programs, blanket loans, and many more services, such as the Entrepreneur’s Credit Card Program. This program provides an unsecured credit line of up to $175,000 at 0% interest for 12 months. Furthermore, it will not damage your credit because you access and report your own credit score when you apply.

Remember that the benefits associated with being an entrepreneur can greatly outweigh the risks. Appreciate your freedom, stay positive, and reward yourself for your successes!

To learn more about Peter J. Burns, III, visit his site: There, you will learn about his ongoing and new projects, as well as find ways to become involved via investment opportunities. Visit to read about all of the outstanding opportunities Burn$ Funding provides.

Article by L.K. Bright

Your Business Needs Good Credit

As a lifelong entrepreneur, Peter J. Burns III is a true business guru. Burns has started over 150 successful businesses during the past four decades, including Burn$ Funding. He started Burn$ Funding to provide other entrepreneurs with sound solutions to their financial and credit needs. According to Burns, your business absolutely needs to have good credit in order to be as effective and lucrative as possible.

What is business credit?

Business credit is built much like personal credit is built. However, business credit is tied to your employer identification number (EIN). While personal credit tells lenders if you are a reliable borrower, business credit tells lenders if your business is a trustworthy entity. When credit-reporting entities like Experian and Equifax consider your business credit score, they take several factors into account. These factors include the length of your credit history, your credit card utilization, your repayment history, and outstanding balances.

Why is business credit important?

  1. Good business credit will make you more eligible for excellent financing opportunities.

Without good business credit, your chances of securing the capital you need for your company are limited. It is also important to know that the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) reports that businesses have between 10 and 100 times the credit capacity of individuals. If you want your company to grow, business credit is a must!

It is also important to consider that even if you do not need extra capital right now, you should always have an emergency fund in the event of an unexpected occurrence. Emergency business funds are of the utmost importance! For example, if you were unable to work for two months, you would still need to pay your employees.

2. Building business credit will help you protect your personal credit.

Never max out your personal credit card to pay for business expenses and always keep your business and personal credit separate. As previously mentioned, you will be able to access a much greater deal of credit as a business, as opposed to as an individual. Entrepreneurs like Peter J. Burns III know that is nearly, if not entirely impossible to run a business using only personal credit. In order to scale your business, you definitely to build your business credit.

3. Having a business credit card will help you to separate your expenses.

For accounting purposes, it is crucial to know where your money is going. Without using a business credit card, it is very difficult to separate personal expenses from business expenditures such as payroll. By tracking your business expenses carefully, you can make the right decisions about where to spend your organization’s money and where to “trim the fat.”

Furthermore, if you own an LLC or a corporation, you definitely need a shield between your personal assets and your business. A separate business account can help you to protect you from being personally liable for debt accrued by your company and legal fees incurred due to lawsuits.

4. Cost segregation opportunities should never be overlooked.

If you want to retain more of your money, it is absolutely essential that you take advantage of cost segregation. When you file your taxes, it is much easier to separate your personal and business assets if you use a business account for your company’s expenses. Maximize your tax saving by using a business credit card.

How do I build business credit?

  1. First, incorporate your business or establish it as an LLC.
  2. Obtain an employer identification number (EIN). This number is similar to your social security number, but it identifies your business (as opposed to you as an individual).
  3. Open a bank account using your company’s legal name.
  4. Apply for a business credit card, spend wisely, and repay your balance.

For financing solutions and opportunities to build your business credit, visit, which was established by Peter J. Burns III in order to help entrepreneurs and founders to manage their financing. There, you will find a variety of business-savvy tools to help you succeed. You can even apply for Peter J. Burns III’s Entrepreneur’s Credit Card. The card will allow you to receive up to $175,000 in unsecured credit and you will pay 0% interest for 12 months or longer.

Follow Burn$ Funding on LinkedIn here for more information and updates on the company’s special offers.

Article by L.K. Bright

The Surprising Relationship Between Entrepreneurship and Sleep

Peter J. Burns III urges entrepreneurs to get sufficient sleep. Burns is a serial startup entrepreneur who has started over 150 innovative businesses since his teenage years. He was recently interviewed on The Kim Pagano Show about his past and current ventures. 

During the interview, Burns says that he tries “to get a lot of sleep because its very productive.” It might be surprising to hear this from someone who has started so many companies at such a startling rate. That’s because there is a misconception that entrepreneurs work around the clock, which Burns also address in the interview. According to Burns, if entrepreneurs do not get enough sleep, they do not tend to be successful.

“Sleep is actually a regenerative period,” Burns explains during the show, “It also allows you to assimilate all of the concepts and ideas that have come from multiple sources.” Based on research studies Peter J. Burns III is right; sufficient sleep is positively correlated with both productivity and creativity. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) reports that “poor sleep at night could mean decreased work productivity in the morning” (Yang, 2018).

The AASM describes the following information gleaned from a study of over 1,000 people:

  • Individuals who slept 7-8 hours were the most productive group.
  • The subjects who slept only 5-6 hours experienced a 19% decrease in productivity when compared to the aforementioned group.
  • People who slept less than 5 hours were 29% less productive that the individuals who slept 7-8 hours.

As Peter J. Burns III advises, getting enough sleep is definitely crucial for entrepreneurs. Starting and running a business takes a lot of focused energy. Without enough sleep, entrepreneurs can become too drained to be efficient. It can be tempting for entrepreneurs to stay up late; these individuals actively work to make their visions become realities. However exciting an idea may be, entrepreneurs need to put work aside and make sure to get some snoozing in.

With regard to the relationship between sleep and creativity, Peter J. Burns III is correct as well. As reported in The Journal of Sleep Medicine “sleep facilitates creativity, and this idea has received substantial empirical support” (Ritter et al., 2012). Your body obviously tires when it lacks sleep, and your mind does as well, leaving your devoid of new ideas.

So, what should an entrepreneur do if a great idea arises in the middle of the night? Peter J. Burns III suggests that these individuals write their ideas down. “If you don’t write it down, you might not remember it the next morning,” he cautions. Furthermore, it is easier for you to go back to sleep when you are not fretting about forgetting your thoughts.

“I have a pad and pencil right next to my bed,” Burns says. If this strategy works for brilliant start-up strategist Burns, it is certainly a noteworthy technique for any entrepreneur. 

Simply put, everyone needs to sleep, but an entrepreneur may need sleep even more than the average individual. Take Burns’s advice and allow sleep to boost your productivity and creativity. You will definitely have a much better shot at successful entrepreneurial endeavors if you are well-rested.

You can listen to a recording of the interview here:

To learn more about Peter J. Burns III and his current and upcoming projects, please visit


Ritter, S. M., Strick, M., Bos, M. W., Baaren, R. B. V., & Dijksterhuis, A. (2012). Good morning creativity: task reactivation during sleep enhances beneficial effect of sleep on creative performance. Journal of Sleep Research, 21(6), 643–647. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2869.2012.01006.x

Yang, R. (2018, June 4). Poor sleep at night could mean decreased work productivity in the morning. Retrieved November 14, 2019, from

Article by L.K. Bright

Support for Self-starting Entrepreneurs – Peter J. Burns III

Peter J. Burns III carries serious clout as an entrepreneur. He starts successful new businesses at an astounding rate; he has begun over 150 pioneering startups over the last few decades. Burns uses his own extensive experience to help boost young entrepreneurs to success. Over the past several years, he has provided both formal and informal training to would-be entrepreneurs, opening doors and opportunities. His mission is to offer experience and support to young entrepreneurs who are not often given the opportunity and guidance they need to build their businesses.

Educating Entrepreneurs

Burns’ experience teaching entrepreneurship skills in a formal setting began at Arizona State University; he became active as an educator there almost 15 years ago. He explains that he first taught courses “as an Adjunct at the venerable Barrett Honors College at ASU.” Later, he expanded these efforts by “moving the whole Program over to Grand Canyon University,” where he “started the first accredited College of Entrepreneurship at GCU.”

His impressive teaching experience extends beyond the borders of the U.S. He fondly recalls his time as a “Visiting Entrepreneurship Educator at two top universities in Ethiopia several years ago.” Burns was impressed by “the sheer brilliance and earnest enthusiasm of these young men and women.” He explains that teaching overseas was “one of the most satisfying times in a four-decade-long career in entrepreneurship.”

A Practical Stance on Academics

After moving to California a few years ago, Burns describes how he “started no less than 5 new ventures and have actively sought the help of millennials as my interns in each new venture.”

According to Burns, millennials are an interesting group to inspire and “there are the ‘jewels’ in every batch” that he interviews. “I have gotten quite good at picking the winners and I am glad to place my bets on them,” he explains.

While providing mentorship to these millennials, as well as valuable internship positions, Peter J. Burns III noticed, with great concern, that many of these young entrepreneurs had accrued a lot of debt. Most of that debt was due to student loans. It troubled this philanthropist that both parents and millenials “fell for the falsehood that an expensive education ensured success in the business world.” Most young entrepreneurs he has coached tend to be in about $50,000 worth of debt. “I have even met young people with $100,000 hanging over their heads as they enter the ‘real world,’” Burns reports.

As Peter J. Burns III points out, “Employers really don’t care where you went to school…all the prospective employer wants to know is can you do the job offered, efficiently and for the benefit of his or her business.” As the cost of education continues to rise, the number of young people who employ themselves simultaneously increases. Therefore, interviewers’ opinions of these self-employed millennials really become rather irrelevant. Burns admires the truly hard-working “self-starters” who avoid “spiraling into student loan debt.”

Providing a Foundation

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Except in rare cases, such as the college programs created by Burns, entrepreneurial skills do not tend to be addressed informal learning settings. In order to help millennials acquire experience, Peter J. Burns III continues to offer these individuals mentorship, business funding opportunities, and internships. “My door is open to the would-be success stories out there, and I will give them a shot,” he says, welcomingly. However, he reminds entrepreneurial hopefuls of the adage, “Of whom much is given, much is required.”

Through the efforts of Peter J. Burns III, countless individuals have received inspiration, advice, and encouragement to follow their dreams. If you would like to learn more about this serial startup entrepreneur or reach out to him, visit his site:

How to Get Fund for Your Business – Peter J. Burns III

Now that you have finally thought about starting a new business of your own, you may be looking for a way to get the fund to grow that business. However, before you start looking for a way out, you should know that there is no best way to get fund for a new business because each of these methods has its own merits and demerits. In addition to this, a funding method that works for a particular type of business may not work for your type of business. This means that you should choose the right option for your business. However, there is one that works for all kinds of businesses, the Burns Funding, which was set up by Peter J. Burns III.

Different Funding Methods for Your Business

There are different funding methods where you can get money for your business. Some of these methods include:

Self-Finance – This is the easiest form of business financing, but it is less likely for most starters. This has to do with you putting some percentage of your savings into your new business without ruining your family, marriage, relationship or jeopardizing your home. Once you put more into the business already, any other funding source will understand how serious you are with the business. This will also help reduce your stress when the times get tough. If you cannot risk losing your savings, you may have to go for other options.

The line of Credit – You can visit a band and request for a line of credit if you know the bank very well or you have a good relationship with them, or you have a business account with them. Although this type of business funding may not be immediate, it may be the right funding source for your type of business, especially for future business emergencies. This funding type is at lower interest rates than the rates offered by emergency business loan suppliers.

Friends or family – Although many people believe that lending money from your relatives or close friends ruin the bonds of relationship, you have to ask for funds from them especially if every other option are ruled out. One thing you have to make sure of is to refund the money on or before the time given. This type of business funding type is good and a low-risk one, unlike the emergency money lenders that charge a high rate of interest. Lastly, go for this type of funding when you are very confident that your business will flourish and you will get enough income to repay the lender on time.

Burns Funding – This is a type of funding program you can turn to when you need funds to grow your business. The Burns Funding is The Entrepreneur’s Credit Card Program that was designed by Peter J. Burns III, and you will get up to five times the financing that other lenders offer. There is up to $175,000 unsecured credit with better rates and quicker approval for your business. For your business to flourish, you need this type of funding. So, don’t let lack of fund hold you back from growing your business.

Are you in need of other information? Then, you need to contact Peter J. Burns III for more information about the Burns Funding. Visit us here and submit your information. Since we are not a direct lender, we will immediately match you up with an approved lender in your area (and your type of business) to cater for your credit needs in no time. This is the fastest business funding source because you will not wait for weeks or months.

Peter J. Burns III and Burn$ Funding

Peter J. Burns III is a serial entrepreneur with over 150 businesses to date. He has an array of businesses founded and co-founded both local and abroad. You can learn more about him by visiting his webpage at

Burns had started his new financing company, Burn$ Funding, designed to assist businesses needing money in their expansion or individuals who need funding resources.  Burn$ Funding has financed over $1 Billion to their clients for the last 14 years and had invested more than $1 Billion on real estate as well.  Burns himself had struggled a lot before becoming a successful entrepreneur so he understands what financial challenges entrepreneurs face starting out. So he created a way to help people recover from bad debts and finance their business expansions.

Peter J. Burn III Funding offers affordable funding at truly competitive rates. To qualify for their 0% interest Base Loan, Burn$ Funding customers should have a FICO score of 700 or better and their credit card debt should be less than 45% of their existing credit limit (30% is ideal). For customers with less than ideal credit scores, Burn$ Funding can help them repair their credit and recalibrate their credit scores with rapid rescore within 48 hours with all three credit bureaus. Burn$ Funding also offers a high-interest bridge loan to pay down the customer’s credit card balances, which in turn enables the underlying loan to proceed often at an increased amount.

Burn$ Funding to customize a plan for you and provide options most suitable for you. Unlike other financing company, Burn$ Funding will make sure to provide you the assistance that you need to help you recover with your financial issues. Just visit their website to get the process started.

Something to Know About Peter J. Burns III Funding

As a serial entrepreneur with over 40 years of experience and more than 150 startups, the recurring struggle Peter J. Burns III witnesses with new entrepreneurs has been financial.  Many business startups fail because they run out of funding, and many entrepreneurs go deep into personal debt trying to fund their dreams.  Burn$ Funding was created to meet those needs, offering financing solutions to individuals and businesses with varying levels of funding needs.

Trying to find a viable funding resource is a tricky task. There are many financial institutions offering startup funding, but none compare to what Burn$ Funding offers.  A credit score is a vital element with every individual because that is the basis from which each and every company assesses your financial viability. Whenever you apply for a bank loan or credit cards, financing companies always look to your credit score. A credit score is based on the gathered information about your payment records with regards to previous loans and the like. For younger customers who have not established credit lines, alternative records are checked such as a phone bill or other types of utility bills.

Needless to say, it is the credit bureaus that have these records and it is also where your previous loan companies submit your payment records. Getting a bad credit score does not mean that your loan application or funding request will be turned down immediately, it is just one factor that lenders check to see how you will be able to pay back your loans. Other factors will be considered as well and the amount of money to lend to you would definitely, depend on your ability to pay. However, having a good credit score always gives you an edge to have positive feedback when it comes to a loan application.

Just like other companies, Burn$ Funding also has its own requirement that their clients need to meet in order to avail their financing services. It is a must for all financing companies because they need to make sure about the welfare of their business.  They aim to help all individuals and businesses that come to their rescue but certain requirements need to be met first. Burn$ Funding clients with low credit scores are not discouraged with their funding application but is rather encouraged to get things fixed. Burn$ Funding are further assisted to rectify their credit score issues.  They provide credit repair services to help their clients fix their credit problems by providing them legal options and guiding them with the best options to correct it. Burn$ Funding had been in the market for years now and when it comes to experience, they have more than enough to prove to their clients to they have what it takes to help them.


Without a doubt, Burn$ Funding is one of the best financing companies today.  To fund you with your financial needs is one thing, but to help you fix your credit score up until you are already qualified for their funding is fantastic. No other company will help you when you’re broke, as you are seen as a liability to the company. But Burn$ Funding has a different outlook with this situation. You can go ahead and speak to them to discover it for yourself. Just visit their and see what options are available for you.

Peter J. Burns III’s New Projects

Peter J. Burns III has shown no indications of stopping what he has been doing in the last decade. He continues to invest in new opportunities. With most of these projects being ideas from his original thinking, he always creates something out of nothing and will continue to fascinate the world. Below we discuss five of the new projects this serial entrepreneur is creating.

Ethiopian Imperial Coffee

Although the Ethiopian coffee was invented so many years ago, the local people and the government have never made an effort to brand it. This is despite the fact that it is traded with renown world coffee sellers and buyers.

When Peter J. Burns III went for his 6 months volunteer program in the Easter Africa Country, he noticed this entrepreneurial gap and decided to venture in it.

This is a project aiming to market Ethiopian imperial coffee in the United State and the Caribbean markets.  It targets to put the Ethiopian coffee amongst the top sellers in America.

Electronic Bikes

Peter J. Burns III has noticed that Electronic bikes have become valuable alternatives to the motorized bikes he introduced to La Jolla in his early entrepreneurial years.  The electronic bikes project is currently in the rapid growth phase having passed the adoption phase.

Burns wants to fully take advantage of the electronic shops in La Jolla. Despite the fact that there are two of these rental shops in La Jolla village, none of them is convenient enough for the rental business in the shores.  This is has made him his name; taking advantage of open entrepreneurial opportunities people have not discovered.

 Niche Air Charter Business

The primary focus of the business will be on niche charter catering world. The target market will be group events, sports, and athletics teams as well as music tours.

The business operations of the projects will be lead by an ex-employee of a well-established jet charter enterprise. He will use his vast experience and powerful network to make and keep the clients satisfied.

Med Spa Project

When starting this project Peter J. Burns III had a goal to replicate the success story of a doctor-owned spa in the city of Anaheim California. The project is to be pioneered in La Jolla before being rolled out to other wealthy areas. It is to combine both ladies and men’s cosmetics and medically approved health enhancing procedures.

Pet Transportation Project

The pet transportation project is an idea meant to help employees that get transferred from one region to another and would like to move with their pets. The transportation costs of this migration will be paid by the respective employers. The four travel aggregators that Peter J. Burns III has partnered with provide services to over 1000 employers. It’s projected that together, these organizations employ 120 million people.

The Peter J. Burns III owned company has based its targets on the probability that a large part of the 120 million employees must relocate with their pets at certain periods in a fiscal year.

About Peter J. Burns III

Born into a wealthy family in New England, Peter J. Burns III would have exposure to opportunities around him that most people would never know.  But Peter’s father made sure he and his two younger brothers understood that they were to make their own money and success for themselves, and it is just something ingrained into the very fiber of Peter’s being. Even as a child, he had a knack for finding and capitalizing on opportunities with outside-the-box thinking.

Growing up in New Canaan, CT, the “Land of the Fortune 100 CEO” was not exactly conducive to becoming an entrepreneur. Yet, even at the tender age of 7, Burns was out by one of the local country club’s water holes, ostensibly peddling lemonade but really wading into the water and then selling the duffers’ balls back to them.

The enterprise ended abruptly when the club’s manager called his father, one of their members, and asked to have him removed from the course.

“Peter is just a child,” his mother said to his father. “Don’t worry, he’ll be like the other children.”

But it was just not in Peter’s makeup to be like other children.  There is a certain freedom that comes with entrepreneurship, freedom of independent thought and flow of ideas, and of testing and exploring those ideas…  That kind of mind you can never fully box in for long.

Numerous other entrepreneurial ventures sprang up throughout his youth. “Boogie at the Beach” became an annual summer event where he rented out the beach club where his family belonged, throwing a huge keg party with hamburgers and hot dogs galore and a live rock band – all for an admission price to his “thousand closest friends.”

“He’s just trying to find his place in the world,” his mom told his dad.

Little did anyone know that in the process, Peter was educating himself with the real-time practical application of supply and demand, inventory control and the pluses and minuses of an all-cash business, concepts that most young people learn about through higher education, and then only in theory.

Meanwhile, Peter barely made it out of high school. And when one of his “sure thing” business deals soured and his father couldn’t take it anymore, he found himself with the unenviable choice of paying for college himself or joining the Army.

Off to basic training he went, and after four months in the swamps of Ft. Polk, La. (the only hole above ground), Burns found himself the proud and somewhat surprised recipient of a Secretary of the Army Appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Since the Academy had started for the year, he was placed at the United States Military Academy Preparatory School, where he met another cadet candidate whose father was the colonel in charge of the Army ROTC Scholarship Program. He learned that it was much better to be an officer than an enlisted man, and he surmised that going to a civilian school and coming out a full-fledged officer would be more fun than matriculating to ‘the Point.’

Burns was regular Army and the ROTC program was for civilians. Still, he persisted and to everyone’s surprise, he won a spot.

He started at the University of Virginia in the fall of 1976. He relinquished his West Point appointment to some deserving alternate, and off to college, he went.

The university was great fun. He spied a second-semester course at University of Virginia’s venerable McIntire School of Commerce that really resonated with him – Entrepreneurship. The challenge was that he was a freshman and the course was a senior elective. But Burns doesn’t view obstacles the way most people might; he simply looks for ways around them, and always pushing the envelope.

After filing his petition with the professor at the business school, he was forced to verbally defend himself in front of the entire class with why a “lowly first-year student felt that he merited the honor of being in a fourth-year course.” He was successfully admitted into the class, where he seemed to fit in as he had never before.

The course requirement was to come up with a potentially viable idea and draft a business plan to make its case for funding.  Burns had a cool idea and convinced a couple of the business school needs to help draft the pro formas and put the plan together. That brainstorm – the importation of mopeds from Europe to the United States, with the plan of establishing rental operations at select resorts – became the subject of his class project.

He got an “A” and then he decided to go for it in the real world during the summer break.

In May 1977, he rented a dirt lot in downtown Nantucket Island, bought a folding table and cash box from the local thrift shop for 50 cents, unloaded his 15 new mopeds and started his first official business. He quickly threw away the class business plan, since nothing they researched and forecasted had any resemblance to the “rough and tumble” world of real-life business ownership.

He learned many invaluable lessons that summer and after counting his pennies ($55,000 worth) at the summer’s end, he tendered back the three remaining years on his ROTC scholarship, wrote his professor to tell him that he’d been right about him, and set about on his expansion plans for world domination in the recreational rental industry.  And within a 20-year span, Burns created the largest recreational rental chain in the world, eventually opening up over 100 locations around the U.S. and Caribbean.

Thus, Peter J. Burns III officially launched into entrepreneurship on a full-time basis, and thirty years and 100 businesses later – from renting mopeds and exotic cars to e-mail marketing, cost segregation, dining cards, destination clubs, magazines and more – his parents were still wondering when he was going to get a real job.


This first business venture also opened doors for Burns in the realm of academia and formal education. Though Burns himself never graduated from college, he managed to return to the University of Virginia each of the next 10 years to lecture in that same professor’s class until he retired from academia. Along the way, at the age of 29, Burns was accepted to Harvard Business School’s Owners and Presidents Program, the youngest member in its history. That same year, he became one of the original members of the Young Entrepreneurs Organization (now called EO), a collection of independent business owners that could be considered the world’s 52nd-largest economy with $100 billion in annual sales among 6,500 entrepreneurs in 40 countries.

Burns eventually found himself in the “Wild West” and in the first 12 years, he had been involved with a dozen different enterprises – some good, some bad and some great. In that time, he had undertaken one of the greatest challenges in his career and entered into the world of entrepreneurial education. After a one-year pro bono stint at ASU’s Barrett Honors College teaching some “Entrepreneurship 101” courses, he decided to start the country’s first “pure blood” college of entrepreneurship. Grand Canyon University had stepped up to the plate. In January 2007, they began offering a combination of fantastic courses taught by “entrepreneur-teachers,” offering startup capital to select student businesses and granting the first-ever Bachelor of Entrepreneurship degree from the first-ever fully accredited College of Entrepreneurship in the country.

Along with the long list of accomplishments, Burns has been featured in scores of publications, radio interviews, and televisions including The Arizona Republic, CNN, Fox Business, Entrepreneur Magazine, the Phoenix Business Journal, The State Press, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal.

Honors and Recognitions

  • Phoenix Business Journal “Top 50 Power Brokers”
  • Arizona FBLA Business Person of the Year
  • “Power Players of Phoenix” – Phoenix Business Journal Honoree
  • “Top 100 U.S. Entrepreneurs Under 30” – Association of Collegiate Entrepreneurs (3 years)
  • Youngest Participant in History (29) – Harvard Business School’s Owners and Presidents Management Program
  • Nominated Arthur Young’s “Youngest Entrepreneur of the Year”
  • Going Glam: Learn what it really takes to start a glamorous business in college. (11/30/2007)
  • Institute for Entrepreneurship Engages Investment Banker to Raise $250 Million in Grants for Student-Initiated Business (3/14/07)
  • Institute for Entrepreneurship Celebrates First College of Entrepreneurship at Grand Canyon University (2/09/2007)
  • Grand plans: University proposing multimillion-dollar Lake Havasu expansion (2/01/2007)
  • Entrepreneurship college opens in Phoenix (1/29/07)
  • College of Entrepreneurship to Offer Scholarships to Low-Income Students Seeking to Start Their Own Business (01/16/2007)
  • New ASU class teaching student how to create their own 2 business (12/19/06)
  • Gen Y makes a mark and their imprint is entrepreneur- 3 ship (12/08/06)
  • Entrepreneurial students look to Grand Canyon University (11/30/2006)

Peter J. Burns, III Spearheading Education in Entrepreneurship:

  • B.S. in entrepreneurship is anything but (11/15/06)
  • Both entrepreneurial, managerial styles bring success (9/14/06)
  • University launches $1M entrepreneur fund (7/20/06) Programs teach entrepreneur-ism (7/9/06)
  • Letter from Mark Jacobs, Dean of Barrett Honors College (1/12/06)
  • Grand Canyon University (no date)
  • Grand Canyon University Launching First-Of-Its-Kind College Of Entrepreneurship (no date)
  • Undergraduate Entrepreneurship College Opens in Phoenix (no date)


As a serial entrepreneur, Peter J. Burns III specializes in the establishment and operation of niche market replicable business enterprises. To date, Peter has over 40 years of experience both nationally and internationally, with over 150 business ventures.  He consistently meets between 30-50 people a day, listening to concepts and products and solution pitches, so his reach is truly extensive.  He is an innovative businessman who creates and implements many new concepts from the ground up.  Below are just a few examples:

  • Started the first moped U.S. rental business, eventually expanded to 100 locations (Nantucket Moped 1977) 
  • First, one to integrate beach stores with rental business and created a large chain (Island Beach Company 1980) 
  • One of the founding members of the largest international network of entrepreneurs (YEO 1987)  
  • Created the first “Dolphin Tour” business using jet boats on guided tours through wild dolphin habitats (Water Tours 1995)  
  • Established the first franchised rental chain of bicycle, mopeds, Harley-Davidsons, exotic cars, water sports (Fun Rentals 1996)  
  • Created the first integrated media-rich commercial email marketing business (Cybertising  2000)  
  • Invented the “Insert-A-Zine” niche-publishing concept (NightLife Magazine! 2001)  
  • Started the first “open source entrepreneurship”  organization in U.S. (Club Entrepreneur 2006)  
  • Started the first independent accredited College of Entrepreneurship in U.S. (GCU CoE 2007)  
  • Created the template to open CoEs through the development of own curriculum and business process Patent Pending (IfE 2007)  
  • Pioneered the expanded market for Cost Segregation Studies, introducing a Patent Pending for unique applications (CSS 2008) Expanded to the massive commercialization of cost segregation (HL Cost Seg 2016) 
  • Established the first self-contained entrepreneurship center in U.S. (eFactory/Club E Office 2009)  
  • Co-founded the first financing organization for “Creatives” (singers, film producers, artists) (, 2013) 
  • Founded Ethiopian Capital Partners as a bi-lateral platform of commerce between the US and Ethiopia ( 2013) 
  • Co-founded Luxury Travel Product Placement company that acquired empty time in luxury villas in exchange for luxury products and remarked to Closed User Groups at 40% less than the villa owner could rent out own villa. (HL Villas  2016) 
  • Co-founded Avia Travel Services by assembling a partnership with an expansive travel booking engine, joining it with an airline ticketing entity and creating a “one-stop-shop” for the corporate group and employee travel at significantly discounted rates. (Avia 2017) 
  • Commercial funding with Alternate Sources of Debt/Equity Capital formed. (Financing Debt & Equity, 2017) 
  • Co-founded Entrepreneur Credit Card a non-secured debt resource based on personal credit for entrepreneurs ( 2017) 
  • Founded Luxury Pet Transport Company (Pet Jets Travel, 2017) 
  • Founded Cannabis Business Banking Services Company (Cannabiz, 2017) 
  • Founded Credit Repair & Enhancement Business (, 2018) 
  • Founded Cryptocurrency Mining Financing Company (, 2018) 
  • Co-created Vietnamese-centric travel platform (Travel.VN 2018) 
  • Co-created applications of Corporate Barter/Trade for Travel Utility Coin ( 2018)