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September 02, 2014

#289 Ryan Blair, Jeffrey Krames, Steven Bowman, Mark Satterfield

Ryan Blair is a former gang member turned serial entrepreneur, self made millionaire, and CEO & Co-Founder of ViSalus. In March 2013 he became the #1 New York Times Best Selling Author of Nothing To Lose, Everything To Gain, which is now also a documentary. Ryan talks about his Nothing To Lose Mindset as well as the importance of finding a mentor. Jeffrey Krames has spent more than three decades in the world of publishing as editor, publisher, literary agent, and author. During this time, Krames has personally authored---or edited---more than 400 books, including his most recent book Leading with Humility about Pope Francis. Jeffrey explains what others can learn from the leadership style of this prominent religious figure. Steven Bowman is an internationally recognized strategy, risk, and leadership advisor to CEOs and boards worldwide. His is the author of a book called No More Business as Usual and is on the show to discuss where to start when you want to make a change in the way you do things every day. Mark Satterfield is the founder and CEO of Gentle Rain Marketing, Inc where he specializes in working with consultants, advisers, and small businesses on how to get consistent streams of new business. Mark outlines a 5 step marketing system small businesses can use to get a consistent line of customers outside their front doors. Sponsored by Sage and Nextiva.
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August 28, 2014

The Pefect Tool for Small Business

Sage One logoSage One is an accounting and invoicing solution designed for small business owners, entrepreneurs, and freelancers with simple needs and little-to-no accounting experience.

In a November 2013 study, Sage One found that 37% of small businesses use Excel/spreadsheets to track

August 26, 2014

#288 Bernd Schoner, Simon Lyons, David Sternlight, Ben Cherby

Bernd Schoner received his PhD from MIT and upon graduating, he co-founded a high-tech startup, which he sold nearly ten years later. His is the author of the new book The Tech Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide: How to Bootstrap Your Startup, Lead Through Tough Times, and Cash In for Success (McGraw-Hill, May 2014). Bernd discusses the harsh realities of a tech startup and how to emerge successful. Simon Lyons, founder of the product design company Version 22, developed Geco Hub - a colorful organizer that hangs on the wall and serves to make sure you always find what you want when you need it. Simon talks about his journey through designing, manufacturing, and distributing a new product and gives recommendations to fellow entrepreneurs.  David Sternlight is CEO of Cabeau, Inc., a travel goods company that sells innovative travel pillows, comfort products, accessories, and on-the-go gear. David's company has surpassed the 10 million dollar mark in just 4 years. He discusses his success and the keys to distributing a new product. Ben Cherby runs a franchise called Floor Coverings International, which provides flooring solutions for residential floors and commercial flooring. Ben talks about the advantages of running a franchise and what it takes to be successful at running one. Sponsored by Sage and Nextiva.
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August 20, 2014

#287 Jared Hecht, Lloyd Shefsky, Jeff Hoffman, Alex Feldman

Jared Hecht, co-founder of GroupMe, is now the co-founder and chief executive officer at Fundera, an online marketplace that matches small business owners to the best possible lender. Jared explains the problem small businesses are facing with access to capital and provides a solution for both borrowers and lenders.  Lloyd Shefsky, in addition to serving as a Clinical Professor of Entrepreneurship at Northwestern University's Kellog School of Management, is cofounder of several businesses and nonprofits and author of the new book INVENT REINVENT THRIVE: THe Keys to Success for Any Start-Up, Entrepreneur, or Family Business. Lloyd discusses the importance of reinventing yourself and how to do so effectively. Jeff Hoffman, a founding team member and former CEO in the Priceline.com family of companies, is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully scaled and sold multiple companies. Jeff provides insight into how to scale your company to build a real sustainable business.  Alex Feldman is CEO of CrowdsUnite, a resource for online funding. He helps small business with raising money online by educating them about crowd funding and connecting them to the best possible websites and professionals. Alex discusses crowdfunding and whether or not it is a viable alternative for start up entrepreneurs. Sponsored by Sage and Nextiva.
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August 20, 2014

Spam: An Annoyance Since 1864

spam emailWhat started out as a popular canned meat has become one of the most loathed terms in popular culture. Thanks to a Monty Python skit and the adoption of the term by computer programmers, “spam” is now used to describe …

August 14, 2014

What is Wrong With the Airline Industry

Open letter to all airline executiAirline Frustrationves,

I know from an economic and logistical standpoint, there are a lot of things you would like to fix but they are economically insurmountable.

But from a frequent passenger’s point of view, there

August 13, 2014

How to Run a Productive Meeting: Time It

Time TimerA familiar device may be the solution to long, unfocused, and unproductive meetings.

The new strategy for running a productive meeting, discussed by Jake Knapp, a design partner at Google Ventures, in a recent Businessweek article, is also surprisingly …

August 12, 2014

#286 Deborrah Himsel, Michael Mazzeo, Alice Breden, Sarah Robinson

Scheduled Guests: Deborrah Himsel is the author of "Beauty Queen: Inside the Reign of Avon's Andrea Jung". She discusses what is needed for women to able to break through the glass ceiling and land in the executive suites of major corporations. Michael Mazzeo is an associate professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University's Kellog School of Management and co-author of the new book Roadside MBA: Back Road Lessons for Entrepreneurs, Executives and Small Business Owners. Michael shares his thoughts on whether or not someone can learn to be an entrepreneur in business school as well as his thoughts on what it takes to be successful in small business. Alice Breden, open researcher and advisor for American Express, is one of America's foremost trusted small business experts. She reveals the findings of the American Express 2014 Small Business Monitor, which tracks how small business owners are feeling and reveals that women business owners, in particular, are feeling optimistic for the future of their small business. Finally, Sarah Robinson, author of the Amazon bestselling business book Fierce Loyalty: Unlocking the DNA of Wildly Successful Communities, talks about how to create loyal customers. She discusses why most companies fall short and what we can do to cultivate and keep a customer. Sponsored by Sage and Nextiva.
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August 06, 2014

Harness Entrepreneurial Talent by Building an Alliance

handshakeIn order for a company to exist 20, 50, or 100 years from now, it must be adaptive. The secret sauce to being adaptive as a company is employing people with entrepreneurial talent. These aren’t necessarily people who have started …

August 05, 2014

#285 Evan Singer, Joe Caprio, Sarah Robinson, Tom Caporaso

Scheduled Guests: Evan Singer shows how to speed up that SBA loan and get it done in 5 days. Sara Robinson demonstrates how to build a loyal customer base. Joe Caprio shows how to shorten the B2B sales lifecycle. Tom Caporaso talks about how to impleme...
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