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Business Amplified

Welcome to Business Amplified with Kevin A. Dunlap, the podcast designed for entrepreneurs who are seeking more success in their businesses. We invite entrepreneurs to join us to share the ways they pushed their comfort zones thereby creating more exposure to their business and enlisting more clients. If you are ready to push your comfort zone, then you are in the right place. Let us help you AMPLIFY your business.

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031 - Harnessing the Power of AI to Assist Transitioning Veterans w John Renken
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show,  Kevin Dunlap welcomes listeners and introduces John Renken, a referral from Sean Douglas, mentioning a previous episode. John Renken explains his role in helping military personnel transition to civilian jobs, emphasizing the inadequacy of job offers to veterans. Kevin shares his own military background and acknowledges the challenges veterans face when transitioning to civilian life. John describes the SkillBridge program (https://www.mysalesplatoon.com/), which offers free training to veterans and transitioning military personnel to help them secure better-paying jobs. Kevin reminisces about the lack of support for veterans during his time and the challenges of reintegrating into civilian life post-military service. John humorously recounts his resume struggles after leaving the military, highlighting the gap in civilian understanding of military experience. Kevin and John discuss the usefulness of AI tools like ChatGPT in translating military experience into civilian job skills and crafting resumes. Both discuss the versatility of AI in various tasks, from writing resumes to creating business plans and restaurant menus. Kevin shares his experiences using ChatGPT for blogging, job applications, and business coaching, emphasizing the importance of prompt specificity in AI interactions. The conversation shifts to the future of AI and robotics, with references to sci-fi movies and how these once-fictional concepts are now becoming reality. John mentions Elon Musk's upcoming household robots, emphasizing how rapidly technology is advancing and becoming accessible to the public. Kevin reflects on how sci-fi shows like "Star Trek" predicted many technological advancements we see today, such as cell phones and remote scanning devices. John Renken provides his social media handles for listeners to follow his work and updates: Twitter (@JohnRenken), LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/johnrenken/), and Instagram (@john_renken). If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
38:42 6/18/24
030 - Elevate Your Business: A Conversation w/ Asha Mankowska
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Kevin Dunlap introduces this episode’s guest Asha Mankowska founder of Accelerated Profit Masters. Asha introduces herself, highlighting her recognition by Forbes as a top business mentor in the U.S. with over 17 years of experience. Asha talks about her transition from being an attorney to becoming a business owner, emphasizing her focus on helping clients increase profits, performance, and sales.  Asha explains her work with various professionals and companies, from business coaches to medical spas, to help them scale and optimize their businesses. Kevin and Asha discuss the common challenges business owners face, including leadership issues, low sales conversion, and unpredictable lead flow. Asha emphasizes the importance of profitability over revenue, explaining how profits allow for reinvestment and business growth. Kevin highlights the issues of delegation and micromanagement, referring to lessons from Robert Kiyosaki's "Rich Dad Poor Dad." Asha shares her experience working with Harv Eker and meeting Robert Kiyosaki, which significantly influenced her business approach. Kevin talks about his introduction to Kiyosaki’s concepts and how they transformed his understanding of business ownership versus self-employment. Asha and Kevin stress the necessity of having a strong "why" behind business goals to stay motivated and committed through challenges. Kevin mentions the importance of having a compelling reason for business, which helps navigate high and low points, changes in the economy, and other unexpected events. Asha and Kevin agree on the significance of letting go of control and delegating tasks to grow a successful multi-million dollar business, using Sir Richard Branson as an example of effective delegation. You can reach out to Asha at https://acceleratedprofitmasters.com. If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
51:01 6/11/24
029 - The Art of Effective Communication in Business w/ Barry LaBov
In this engaging episode, Kevin Dunlap and Barry LaBov explore the fundamentals of effective client management and customer service. They discuss the critical importance of responding promptly to client inquiries, even if it's just a quick text. Kevin shares his strategy from real estate, highlighting how immediate responses can prevent losing potential business. Barry introduces the concept of "limiting," where taking on fewer new clients allows for better focus on existing ones, ultimately increasing client interest and satisfaction. The conversation also touches on the impact of technology on customer service. Despite advancements in AI, Barry stresses the continued need for personal interactions to build strong relationships with clients. Kevin and Barry emphasize the importance of celebrating small wins with employees to boost morale and motivation. They also discuss the benefits of maintaining a selective client roster to ensure high-quality service and enhance profitability. Effective communication and clear expectations are key factors in building and maintaining client trust. For more information on Barry LaBov's work or to contact him directly, visit his website at http://www.labov.com. Whether you're looking for expert advice on client management or innovative strategies for customer service, Barry's insights can provide valuable guidance for your business.
34:38 6/4/24
028 - Redefining Success: Lisa Couturier's Guide to Conscious Leadership
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Lisa Couturier shares insights into her journey of self-discovery, distinguishing between core values and mere needs and wants. She emphasizes authenticity and growth as fundamental values, regardless of the context. Lisa discusses her personal experience with dyslexia, highlighting unique learning strategies that have worked for her, including tactile methods. Reflecting on her collaboration on a book project focused on second chances and personal growth, Lisa expresses gratitude for the opportunity to connect with other authors. Kevin Dunlap recounts his journey from self-publishing his first book to establishing Optimal Performance Academy (https://optimalperformanceacademy.org), underscoring the significance of becoming an author in establishing authority within a field. Kevin highlights the transformative impact of writing his first book on his career trajectory, leading to the creation of his business. Lisa shares anecdotes about various second chances she has experienced, from health struggles to rediscovering love, emphasizing the importance of resilience and adaptability. Kevin dives into the potential applications of AI technology, highlighting its role in streamlining various aspects of life and business, from menu creation to transcription services. Both guests emphasize the importance of continual growth and learning, especially in the face of challenges and technological advancements. Lisa invites listeners to connect with her for further discussions on her courses, personal growth, and second chances. • You can find her on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/lisa-couturier-50a88712/ and find out more about R2R Life Coaching If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match. 
43:35 5/28/24
027 - Navigating Business Challenges: Conversations with Peter Christian
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Kevin Dunlap and Peter Christian discuss content creation strategies, emphasizing reflection on personal experiences and simplifying language for effective communication. Peter highlights the value of thorough editing in content creation, drawing parallels between writing and project management, and underscores the importance of clarity and understanding for the audience. Peter shares insights into overcoming communication challenges, stressing the importance of ensuring understanding and agreement in conversations. Peter discusses consulting challenges, including client resistance to change and reluctance to implement recommended solutions. Kevin introduces the Spiral Revenue Model, illustrating how solutions to problems often lead to new challenges, emphasizing the need for ongoing adaptation and problem-solving. Peter provides multiple ways for listeners to connect with him, including his LinkedIn profile, website (www.phcpublicationsllc.com), and email address (phchristian53@gmail.com). Kevin invites listeners to recommend potential guests for the podcast or express interest in being a guest themselves, directing them to the website for pre-interview inquiries. Peter emphasizes the importance of commitment, action, and accountability in achieving success, encouraging listeners to seek the right advice, take action, and have someone hold them accountable. Kevin and Peter stress the need to properly implement solutions and advice, highlighting the importance of taking action and following through on recommendations.  Peter underscores the significance of identifying and addressing root causes rather than just symptoms, advocating for targeted problem-solving for sustainable results. If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match. 
50:31 5/21/24
026 - From DJ Success to Marketing Mastery: A Conversation w/ Chris Troka
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Chris Troka appreciates the discussed topic and acknowledges its brilliance. Kevin Dunlap suggests turning the conversation into a podcast, receiving positive feedback from Chris Troka. Chris Troka praises technology and AI's contextual understanding, emphasizing the importance of clear instructions for optimal results. Kevin Dunlap jokes about being nice to AI in case it becomes Skynet, adding humor to the conversation. Kevin Dunlap discusses marketing strategies, focusing on relationship-building for solopreneurs and bipreneurs. Chris Troka advises emphasizing customer service and relationship-building for sustainable business growth without heavy reliance on traditional digital marketing. Kevin Dunlap shares insights on overdelivering and the significance of asking for reviews in business. The guest provides contact details for further connection, including Facebook, LinkedIn as either Chris Troka or Christopher Troka, and his websites: https://chrisTroka.com and https://focused-biz.com. Kevin Dunlap encourages taking action in business, acknowledging that perfection is unnecessary. Chris Troka discusses the importance of being comfortable with being uncomfortable, applying the principle to various aspects of life and business. Kevin Dunlap invites potential guests to apply for the show and provides information for connecting with Chris Troka, mentioning his website and social media channels. If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match. 
46:37 5/14/24
025 - Thriving in Discomfort: An Approach to Success with Daniel Hauge
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Kevin and Daniel discuss transformative experiences and the impact of self-reflection on personal development, drawing on a yoga instructor's life-changing moment. Exploring societal resistance to change, the conversation emphasizes the significance of fostering a growth-focused circle and embracing discomfort for holistic development. Entrepreneurial challenges are unveiled, addressing the common struggle of wanting to help everyone without niching down. Shiny object syndrome is explored, underlining the need for specificity in defining a target audience for business success. Kevin shares valuable insights into niche marketing, advocating for managing multiple niches while maintaining a tailored approach for effective communication with diverse audiences. Daniel reflects on a crucial lesson from his business journey, advocating for "doing the thing" – taking actionable steps instead of engaging in activities that only feel productive. The discussion encourages listeners to distinguish between planning and actively working on tasks that drive their goals forward, fostering a mindset of action-oriented progress. To connect with Daniel, listeners are directed to his Instagram account (@iamdanielhauge) or his company website at https://passion4achievement.com, providing accessible avenues for further engagement. The episode concludes with gratitude for Daniel's valuable insights, acknowledging the diverse perspectives shared on the Business Amplified podcast. If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match. 
44:33 5/7/24
023 - From Fiverr to Founder: The Inspiring Story w/ Simona Costantini
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show... Simona demonstrates a strong work ethic, thriving under deadlines and prioritizing client commitments while sharing insights into her entrepreneurial journey. Kevin and Simona explore the challenges and rewards of transitioning from corporate roles to entrepreneurship, emphasizing the importance of aligning personal values with business practices. Simona's commitment to excellence shines through her dedication to providing exceptional customer service and exceeding client expectations. From her beginnings as a freelancer on platforms like Fiverr to founding her own agency, Simona leverages her expertise and client relationships to build a successful business. Resilient in the face of personal hardships, Simona emphasizes the value of having a contingency plan and remaining adaptable in entrepreneurship. Kevin and Simona discuss the significance of going the extra mile for clients, highlighting the impact of unexpected gestures of care and support in building strong relationships. Simona shares her core values of kindness, care, and connection, which guide her interactions with clients and inform her business decisions. Clients trust Simona's integrity and commitment to excellence, reflected in her consistent delivery of high-quality work and exceptional customer service. Listeners are encouraged to connect with Simona through her website, https://voltproduction.co, or via email at simona@simona-Costantini.co. Simona can also be found on social media platforms such as Instagram (@simona_Costantini) and LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/simona-costantini-25653a30/), where she welcomes inquiries about her services and opportunities to connect. If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
46:23 4/30/24
024 - Navigating Business Growth: Insights from Alan Lazaros
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Kevin Dunlap and Alan Lazaros discuss sacrifices for success, citing Elon Musk and Richard Branson as examples. Alan Lazaros introduces the "5 S's of Success" from his blog, emphasizing sacrifice, struggle, suffering, success, and sustained effort. (LinkedIn: Alan Lazaros) The discussion explores aligning personal and business goals, emphasizing sacrifices and challenges for long-term success. Alan Lazaros shares insights on the "3D Plan" for growth: delete non-contributing activities, delegate tasks, and design life around essential priorities. Embracing life's challenges and adversity is crucial for growth and transformation, emphasizing self-belief and empowering attitudes. Kevin Dunlap shares a Navy story, illustrating how reframing challenges leads to unexpected opportunities and personal growth. Alan Lazaros invites listeners to connect for holistic self-improvement or business coaching through Next Level University. (Podcast: Next Level University) The Next Level Universe website offers a holistic platform for growth, encompassing health, wealth, and love. Alan Lazaros recommends the book "Essentialism" by Gregory McKeon for understanding priorities. The show concludes with gratitude, encouraging listeners to explore Next Level University. https://www.nextleveluniverse.com/   If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
43:01 4/30/24
021 - Unlock Your Fitness Potential: Expert Tips from Richard Garner
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Kevin Dunlap discusses the challenges of running a virtual business compared to a brick-and-mortar one, emphasizing the importance of considering all expenses, including marketing when starting out. Richard Garner created BreakThrough Fitness shares insights on the value of marketing for businesses and mentions a book called "Sell or Be Sold" by Grant Cardone, which underscores the concept that everyone is a salesperson in some aspect of life. Richard highlights the significance of mentorship and recommends a book titled "Celery Sold" by Grant Cardone, emphasizing that everyone engages in selling themselves and their ideas throughout life. Richard shares his philosophy of helping clients challenge themselves physically and mentally, likely drawing insights from personal development, mindset training, or fitness coaching resources. Kevin Dunlap and Richard discuss the importance of mastering the basics in any field, drawing parallels between fitness training, business, and personal development. Richard emphasizes the importance of giving oneself time and not underestimating the learning curve when starting a business, possibly inspired by entrepreneurship books or courses. Richard highlights the role of mentors in shortening the learning curve for entrepreneurs and suggests considering franchise opportunities as a way to mitigate startup challenges. Kevin Dunlap mentions his website https://optimalperformanceacademy.org, which likely offers resources and courses related to optimizing performance in various life aspects, including entrepreneurship, fitness, and personal development. Richard Garner recommends getting in touch via email or Facebook for those interested in his fitness programs, possibly offering personalized assessments and coaching sessions. You can find him at www.facebook.com/dtfitonline. Or at https://www.facebook.com/onlinecoachrichard Both guests emphasize the significance of being open to opportunities and continuously learning and growing, echoing themes of resilience, adaptability, and forward momentum in both business and personal endeavors. If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
47:22 4/23/24
022 - From Stuck to Unstoppable: Expert Tactics w/ Anthony Dickerson
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Anthony Dickerson delves into the concepts outlined in his latest book, "Unstuck and Unstoppable," which provides foundational operational principles for business growth. Throughout the discussion, Anthony underscores the significance of overcoming ego and recognizing blind spots as pivotal steps toward success. He uses the analogy of a ship to illustrate the importance of teamwork and collaboration within organizations, emphasizing the need to relinquish control as businesses expand. Interested individuals can explore more about Anthony and his consulting services at www.FoundationsBC.com (Foundations Business Consulting). Anthony encourages listeners to connect with him directly on LinkedIn, where he actively engages with his audience. He offers consultation services and provides a convenient calendar for booking appointments on his website. Anthony emphasizes the value of seeking help and guidance when faced with business challenges, asserting his commitment to aiding businesses in achieving their goals. Listeners are urged to reach out for support and guidance, leveraging Anthony's expertise and experience to propel their businesses forward. Anthony's approach revolves around understanding the mindset required for growth, as outlined in "Unstuck and Unstoppable," before diving into practical operational strategies. By implementing the principles outlined in his book and seeking assistance when needed, businesses can navigate challenges and unlock their full potential for success. His book Unstuck and Unstoppable can be purchased on Amazon.  If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
41:41 4/23/24
019 - Driving Business Success: Wisdoms from Matthew Sanjari
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Kevin Dunlap shares insights on the benefits of delegating tasks to virtual assistants, highlighting his experience with hiring a VA from the Philippines. Matthew Sanjari emphasizes the importance of creating organizational charts and outlines a four-step process to define roles and responsibilities within a business structure. The discussion explores the concept of hourly worth and encourages outsourcing tasks to focus on revenue-generating activities. Both guests stress the significance of celebrating wins and maintaining a positive mindset to drive business growth. They underscore the importance of having a strong "why" or motivation behind business actions. Kevin introduces the concept of "SMARTY goals" and emphasizes the need for a compelling reason ("Your Why") behind one's goals. Listeners are encouraged to seek support and guidance in their entrepreneurial journey. Matthew Sanjari's consulting services are highlighted, offering assistance in business optimization and growth strategies. They encourage listeners to reach out for support and guidance in their entrepreneurial journey to Prime Consulting, providing contact information for Matthew Sanjari's consulting services: https://consultingbyprime.com, LinkedIn, and Instagram. The conversation concludes with a message of encouragement for the listeners to pursue their entrepreneurial endeavors with determination and purpose. If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
42:21 4/16/24
020 - Navigating Corporate Success: Career Tips w/ Olivia Gamber
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Olivia Gamber, CEO and founder of Career Evolve focuses on helping executives upgrade their careers and navigate transitions. Career Evolve assists executives in achieving the next level in their careers or transitioning into consulting or other paths. Olivia emphasizes the importance of mindset transformation and raising consciousness in corporate American leaders. With a background in organizational psychology, Olivia found a greater impact in helping individuals directly rather than within corporate walls. Career Evolve primarily works with the top 10% of executives in the country, typically VP-level executives seeking alignment and fulfillment in their work. Clients of Career Evolve are typically driven, type A personalities seeking to maximize their potential and make a significant impact. Career Evolve's approach involves helping clients build strategic relationships and communicate effectively at a higher, more strategic level. Olivia stresses the significance of understanding and owning one's value when seeking career advancements, emphasizing business outcomes and strategic thinking. To learn more about Career Evolve and schedule a consultation, visit their website at www.careerevolve.com. Career Evolve primarily serves clients in the United States but has had clients from various countries worldwide. If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
27:26 4/16/24
017 - Navigating Business and Sobriety: A Transformational Tale w/ Duncan Bhaskaran Brown
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Challenges in building a business are inevitable, and they grow in size and complexity over time, signaling progress and the right direction. Success in business and personal growth involves seeking out and embracing bigger challenges, making the journey more exciting and fulfilling. The podcast reflects on the host's experience running a real estate consultation business in Las Vegas, highlighting the importance of shifting mindset and being grateful for the opportunities that come with being busy. Overcoming challenges and obstacles is integral to finding worth and fulfillment in life, with business thriving on such experiences. Duncan emphasizes the significance of realizing self-worth and understanding that everything needed for a happy life is already within, extending this sentiment to running a successful business. The discussion extends to Duncan's work in sobriety, urging people to connect through various platforms, including LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube, offering support for those struggling with alcohol-related issues. Duncan shares insights on the challenges of creating YouTube content, emphasizing the importance of embracing imperfections and taking action, whether in content creation, sobriety, or business. The conversation concludes with a call to action for those with a message to share, inviting individuals to contact the show for a pre-interview discussion. Duncan's books, Real Men Quit and Get Overindulgence, are highlighted, offering resources for those interested in sobriety and personal growth.  The show notes provide Duncan's website, https://realmenquit.uk, and encourage listeners to connect with him on various social media platforms for further discussions and support. If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
39:51 4/9/24
018 - Strategic Outsourcing Insights: An Entrepreneurial Journey w/ Lyubo Kuchuk
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show,  Kevin Dunlap interviews Lyubo, an entrepreneur of Italian origin residing in Australia, discussing outsourcing and delegation in business tasks at 22:30 in the episode. Lyubo shares insights on hiring remote workers for tasks entrepreneurs may not enjoy, like lead generation and social media postings. Lyubo recounts his struggle with writing in English and the solution of hiring an editor for podcast content. Kevin highlights the challenge of entrepreneurs wearing many hats and recommends outsourcing to focus on high-impact activities. Lyubo mentions a packaging company hiring specialists from Hungary and the importance of experts in sales and social media management. Kevin recommends the book "E-Myth Revisited," emphasizing the challenges experts face starting their own businesses. Lyubo stresses the need for entrepreneurs to focus on their strengths and hire experts for other business roles. In closing, Lyubo provides his contact details for those interested in working with him, including his LinkedIn profile and email address: lyubo@remostaff.com. Contact Info: Lyubo's LinkedIn profile - https://www.linkedin.com/in/lyubomir-kuchuk/ Lyubo's email - lyubo@remostaff.com.  Website: remostaff.com If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
37:24 4/9/24
015 - Elevating Fashion: The Perky Collar Revolution with David M. Frankel
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, David M. Frankel's company website: www.perkyllc.com Social media handles: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, Pinterest, Tumblr - all under "perkyllc". David has a podcast called: Perky Collar Radio Show Franchise information: David is working on franchising the perky kiosks in various cities, with Atlanta, DC, and Miami as target cities. Invention: The Perky Collar - a fashion accessory improving the appearance of dress shirt collars. Book: David M. Frankel has written a book on entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurship: David shares insights into entrepreneurship in the podcast and through his entrepreneurial group in Charlotte. Networking: David emphasizes the importance of building a referral base with local stores and malls. If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match. 
43:19 4/2/24
016 - In the Heart of Tech: Conversations with Roberto Capodieci
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Kevin Dunlap interviews Roberto Capodieci, originally from Venice, Italy, and currently residing in Bali, Indonesia. With over 20 years of experience in Southeast Asia, Roberto is a technology enthusiast focusing on AI, blockchain, and decentralization. Founder of Blockchain Zoo, Roberto engages in diverse projects, including the Play-twerk game. Connect with Roberto Capodieci on LinkedIn using the username RC10 for professional networking. https://www.linkedin.com/in/rc10/ Contact Roberto via WhatsApp at +39XXcomputer (replace XX with the actual numbers) for direct communication. Roberto emphasizes the importance of aligning passion with work for entrepreneurs to achieve satisfaction and success. Explore Roberto's company, Blockchain Zoo, and its projects at https://blockchainzoo.com. Roberto dives into the significance of loving what you do as an entrepreneur, citing the example of the joy in Monday morning work. Learn more about decentralized systems, blockchain, and cryptography by checking out Roberto's book, available for free and as a paid version. Stay tuned for exciting advancements in technology, as Roberto predicts 2024 to be the year of robotics with applied artificial intelligence. For more information go to: https://businessamplified.net/podcast/016-roberto-capodieci If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
32:51 4/2/24
013 - The Power of Creating a Board of Advisors for a Small Business with Callum Laing
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Kevin Dunlap and Callum Laing discuss the simplicity of business networking, suggesting monthly coffee meetings as a low-cost investment. Callum advises keeping board relationships informal initially, focusing on accountability and advice, leading to significant opportunities. The impact of transitioning from informal coffee meetings to joining a board is explored, reshaping professional networks and opening new avenues. Kevin shares his experience of having an accountability partner and envisions them becoming part of each other's board of directors. Callum recommends monthly board meetings to align with business rhythms, educating young businesses on best practices and promoting consistency. The importance of international perspectives in board memberships is emphasized, citing experiences in South Africa as an example. Callum encourages building a board on an international basis, showcasing the value individuals from different regions bring to each other and the business. The duo discusses the benefits of virtual board meetings, highlighting the opportunities presented by connecting with businesses globally. Ways to initiate the process of joining a board of directors or finding advisory roles are shared, including Callum's book "Boardroom Blueprint." Kevin directs listeners to Callum Laing's website, https://boardroom-blueprint.com, for further resources and information on joining or forming a board of advisors. If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
44:24 3/26/24
014 - Elevating Company Culture: The Power of Emotional Intelligence w Faris Aranki
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Discussion on the importance of considering company culture and interpersonal connections beyond financial outcomes. Emphasis on prioritizing employee well-being and creating a cohesive work environment for better results. Challenges faced when working with bosses solely focused on achieving results, highlighting the importance of understanding project purposes. Faris Aranki shares his journey from local to international influence, emphasizing an open mindset and seizing opportunities. Richard Branson's advice to say "yes" to opportunities that push comfort zones is discussed. Introduction of the concept of three pillars: IQ, EQ, and FQ, encouraging individuals to identify and strengthen their weakest pillar. Faris mentions his company's website, Shia Geto Consulting (shiageto.com), a Japanese term for a sharpening stone. Faris encourages connecting on LinkedIn, mentioning his daily posts and responses to emails. The podcast closes with a discussion on constant self-challenges and the potential benefits of new experiences and skill development. If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
35:22 3/26/24
011 - Tech for Growth: Strategies for Small Business Triumph w/ Peter Romano
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Kevin Dunlap hosts the podcast "Business Amplified" and welcomes Pete Romano, founder and CEO of Segwik, as a guest. Pete Romano is the founder of a software and services company with a mission to empower small businesses by providing top-quality technology to automate routine tasks and customer journeys. Segwik's business tool, also named Segwik, uses automation to support activities like handling emails, projects, and phone calls, making small business operations more efficient. The software reduces the time it takes for tasks, such as creating quotes, allowing contractors to close deals on the spot and minimizing sales-related busywork. Pete emphasizes the importance of making life easier for small business owners by automating tasks and providing frictionless customer experiences. The podcast discusses the significance of high-value touch points and encourages businesses to focus on customer journeys to enhance overall service. Pete shares insights on the challenges faced by small businesses, including cash flow problems and managing client satisfaction. He highlights the value of having a supportive network of seasoned entrepreneurs, being open to learning, and taking a proactive approach to problem-solving. Pete discusses a recent success involving Segwik's digital transformation of an $8 million per year nonprofit, streamlining data management and enhancing user accessibility. The podcast concludes with Pete encouraging businesses to embrace the concept of making day-to-day processes more frictionless through automation and perseverance. If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
35:22 3/19/24
012 - Beyond Boundaries: Redefining Event Dynamics with Sondra Shannon
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Networking and collaboration are pivotal for business success, as emphasized by Sondra Shannon, CEO of GateMaster Technology, who believes in the mantra "your network is your net worth." Sondra recalls a standout speaker from a recent event, focusing on the importance of shared meals in fostering connections and building stronger relationships in business. Drawing from her experience in the attractions industry, Sondra highlights the role of food in creating memorable experiences, citing Herschend Entertainment's commitment to "creating food worth eating over and over again." Both Sondra and host Kevin stress the significance of connecting with like-minded individuals at events, underscoring the potential for collaboration and shared interests. Sondra shares personal and business growth insights, detailing her journey from thinking too small to envisioning a more significant future for GateMaster Technology. Overcoming the challenge of complacency, Sondra advises against getting too comfortable in business, urging entrepreneurs to set ambitious goals and avoid stagnation. Sondra's passion lies in helping attractions of all sizes succeed, extending an invitation to connect on LinkedIn (Sondra Shannon) or via email (Sondra@gatemaster.com) for further business discussions. The conversation concludes with gratitude for creating a platform for meaningful business discussions and a shared commitment to encouraging entrepreneurs to play big and push their comfort zones. Both hosts express their dedication to helping others, with Sondra highlighting her passion for assisting businesses in achieving their goals. The engaging conversation underscores the value of connections, the importance of shared experiences, and the transformative power of thinking big in business. Connect with Sondra on LinkedIn (Sondra Shannon) or explore GateMaster Tech's offerings at https://GateMaster.com for a firsthand experience of her dedication to shaping the future of attractions and events. If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
39:52 3/19/24
008 - Building Abundance – Entrepreneurial Insights with Nancy White
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Kevin Dunlap welcomes Nancy White to the Business Amplified podcast, expressing gratitude for her presence.  Nancy White shares her entrepreneurial journey, emphasizing the continuous learning process and the shift from Corporate America to entrepreneurship. Nancy highlights the importance of networking, drawing on her 20-year experience leading networking groups and being a platinum member of Ewen Network. Both Kevin and Nancy discuss the significance of connecting with like-minded individuals, forming accountability partnerships, and the positive impact of networking events. Nancy talks about her passion for health and wellness, driven by personal experiences with family members battling blood cancers. Nancy mentions her involvement in promoting healthy lifestyles, helping cancer survivors, and hosting a TV show on Win Win Women TV. The conversation delves into the challenges clients face in adopting healthier lifestyles, emphasizing the need for self-assessment and making gradual changes. Reverse engineering is discussed as a method to help clients set goals, make adjustments, and celebrate achievements in their health journey. Nancy and Kevin explore the mindset shift needed for sustained health, focusing on building and maintaining muscle, balanced nutrition, and the importance of glucose and anti-inflammatory foods. The discussion extends to the challenges faced in entrepreneurship, with Nancy sharing insights into seeking help, collaborating, and building a team of valuable resources, including virtual assistants. We also discussed a shift from scarcity to abundance, highlighting the value of being open to giving and receiving for personal success and contributing positively to the universe. Lastly, we shared personal experiences on the freedom and flexibility of entrepreneurship, emphasizing the ability to choose work locations and take breaks. Emphasize the continuous learning and evolving nature of the entrepreneurial journey. Direct listeners to Nancy's website, https://www.thehealthysaleschick.com, where they can schedule a 20-minute chat and explore more about her services and insights. If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
33:32 3/12/24
009 - Mastering Entrepreneurial Resilience w/ Logan Hughes
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, When capturing photos or videos for specific platforms like TikTok or MLS, consider the appropriate orientation (portrait for TikTok, landscape for MLS). Highlighting the importance of using the correct video orientation to avoid issues, such as shooting in portrait mode for a horizontal TV broadcast. Emphasizing the impact of testing and personalization in marketing efforts, with unscripted content often resonating well with audiences. Sharing personal experiences of video recording challenges, like fumbling words and the importance of embracing imperfections for authenticity. Discussing the significance of consistency, showing up daily, and believing in oneself when pursuing entrepreneurship. Highlighting the need for financial awareness in entrepreneurship, including managing books, setting up business accounts, and allocating funds for taxes. Reflecting on the biggest success, which includes achieving the goal of supporting the family through entrepreneurship and gaining the freedom to spend time with family. Encouraging aspiring entrepreneurs to believe in themselves and go all in, drawing inspiration from successful individuals who went all chips on the table. Providing contact information for those interested in marketing services: https://www.hitedigital.com/manchester and reaching out on Facebook (Logan Hughes). If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
41:08 3/12/24
010 - Beyond Finances: Navigating Retirement with Milan Schwarzkopf
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Milan Schwarzkopf, a retirement coach from Prague, Czech Republic, emphasizes the importance of retirement preparation. Milan highlights the misconception that many people think they are prepared for retirement but often are not. Milan encourages individuals to consider the multiple facets of retirement, including finance, health, relationships, and life purpose. The guest emphasizes the need for a comprehensive approach to retirement planning, not just focusing on financial aspects. Milan shares insights on the challenges faced by individuals who start retirement planning late, including the necessity to take higher risks. The guest emphasizes the significance of working with professionals such as financial advisors to navigate retirement investments effectively. Milan discusses the limitations of relying solely on government-backed retirement plans and the importance of individual initiative in retirement savings. The conversation touches on the broader concept of life purpose in retirement and the potential pitfalls of losing one's sense of purpose. Milan shares personal experiences and challenges, including health issues and relationship struggles during his retirement journey. The guest advises listeners to take small steps toward retirement preparation and continually improve their approach over time. Milan can be reached through his company at Third Act Resources - www.thirdactresources.com If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.
28:15 3/12/24
006 - Strategic Marketing for CEOs: A Proven Approach with Mark Osborne
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Mark Osborne is an experienced B2B marketing and sales expert with over 20 years of experience. He specializes in helping CEOs and Founders at early-stage B2B services, technology, or SaaS companies build revenue systems for growth. Mark's focus is on attracting the right prospects, accelerating opportunities through the sales pipeline, and activating existing clients for renewals, upsells, and referrals. His book, "Are Your Leads Killing Your Business," addresses the common obsession with quantity over quality in B2B businesses and the impact on revenue. Mark emphasizes the importance of having a strategic mindset in marketing rather than solely relying on external partners like ad agencies. He shares insights on adapting to changes, such as the acceleration of B2B trends during the pandemic lockdowns. Mark highlights the value of focusing on clients and delivering results, with pride in the success of his clients being his greatest achievement. He offers a 10x ROI B2B growth guarantee and provides a free diagnostic session to identify a business's fastest path to growth. Mark is open to working with clients both online and in-person, based in Southern California. Encourages the audience to embrace progress over perfection and to take action in their business endeavors. Explore valuable insights and a 10x ROI B2B growth guarantee by connecting with Mark Osborne at ModernRevenueStrategies.com, where you can also access his book for free at www.ModernRevenueStrategies.com/freedownload.  His main website is https://ModernRevenueStrategies.com. If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match. 
33:36 3/5/24
007 - From Trauma to Triumph: Resilience Unveiled with Kyle Goodknight
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, • Kyle Goodnight, a paramedic for over 26 years, shares his diverse background in healthcare and other roles. • Kyle entered the voiceover acting industry six years ago, achieving milestones like a national commercial and involvement in e-learning projects. • With a background in EMS and voiceover, Kyle is creating a new business targeting First Responders, aiming to address mental health and promote resilience. • Kyle discusses personal struggles with post-traumatic stress incidents (PTSI) and the importance of seeking help. • His commitment to educating and assisting others in similar situations is evident in his upcoming book projects. • The podcast "Elevate," initially focused on personal development, is being rebranded as the "First Responder Resilience Podcast." • Kyle emphasizes the high-stress levels among First Responders and the need to provide tools for mental well-being. • He discusses the impact of his voiceover training on enhancing his public speaking skills for future endeavors. • Kyle's goal is to make a positive impact on the lives of First Responders and raise awareness about mental health in the field. • Kyle can be found at www.KyleGoodknight.com If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match. 
48:06 3/5/24
004 - Empowering Entrepreneurs: Unveiling the Journey with Shanda Kohtz
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, Welcome back to "Business Amplified," featuring our special guest, Shanda Kohtz, an experienced educator of 24 years. Shanda discusses her passion for teaching and coaching, highlighting her journey from being a middle school English teacher to coaching various sports. Shanda emphasizes the challenges of her name pronunciation and shares techniques she uses to help people remember it, connecting it to a chandelier and a coat. Transitioning to her current focus, Shanda talks about coaching individuals, especially nurses and teachers, who are burnt out and stressed, helping them navigate a transition out of their professions. The conversation dives into the challenges of teaching and the emotional impact of students' performance on educators, highlighting the importance of mindset and effort. Kevin, the host, shares his experience as a former college math instructor, discussing the passion required for teaching and the emotional aspect of students not performing well. Shanda explains that many teachers and nurses may be unsure about their next steps, hindering their transition. Her goal is to support them in finding new opportunities and providing stepping stones for a successful change. The discussion touches on the prevalence of dissatisfaction in traditional jobs and the importance of finding a passion that aligns with demand for entrepreneurial ventures. Kevin and Shanda emphasize the significance of enjoying your work and finding a balance in life, incorporating activities like pickleball, massages, and self-care to prevent burnout. Shanda shares insights into the benefits of consistency in business, linking it to a strong understanding of one's "why," which enhances the overall impact and connection with the audience. Both discuss the value of deliberate and consistent content creation on platforms like LinkedIn, emphasizing the need to train your audience on when to expect your content. Kevin shares personal strategies like rotating his desk for a better view, incorporating nature, and using workplace music to enhance focus and motivation. Shanda's contact information is provided for those interested in connecting with her, highlighting her expertise in coaching and her successful water business, "Good Water Good Life."   Dive into the world of entrepreneurship with Shanda Kohtz by visiting her website at www.goodwatergoodlife.com, where you can access a treasure trove of valuable insights and resources to propel your business journey forward. If you want to see if you can be a guest on our show go to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview for a 15-minute interview to see if you are a good match.   
36:10 2/27/24
005 - From Struggle to Victory: An Entrepreneurial Odyssey w/ Shane Thrapp
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy (https://OptimalPerformanceAcademy.org), a training company for entrepreneurs. Show Notes: Kevin Dunlap hosts "Business Amplified" featuring a special guest, Shane Thrapp, an ADHD life coach and entrepreneur. Shane, a father of four, shares insights into managing ADHD challenges and building a business despite setbacks. His business, "Creating Order from Chaos," focuses on coaching individuals aged 25 to 65 to navigate ADHD and embrace life transformations. Shane emphasizes the impact of ADHD on adults, highlighting the need for understanding and support in various fields. The discussion touches on ADHD's rise, societal perceptions, and the importance of recognizing neurodiversity. Shane reveals common challenges faced by ADHD individuals, including executive dysfunction, memory issues, and societal struggles. The conversation delves into ADHD's emotional impact, creativity, and the urgency-driven, interest-based mindset of those with ADHD. Shane sheds light on how therapy and coaching aid individuals in rediscovering themselves, overcoming challenges, and thriving. Kevin explores Shane's journey, the societal stigma around ADHD, and the necessity of embracing one's neurodivergent strengths. For those interested in connecting with Shane, visit his website: Creating Order from Chaos (https://www.CreatingOrderFromChaos.com).   Learn how you can be a guest by going to https://BusinessAmplified.net/preinterview.
32:22 2/27/24
001 - Entrepreneurial Journeys: A Franchise Focus with Kyle Perkins
Kyle Perkins is a franchise business owner for an apparel printing company for Big Frog.  He is the owner of the store located in North Raleigh, NC.  Check out this show if you have had thoughts of buying into a franchise.   Show Notes: Episode 001 of "Business Amplified" features Kyle Perkins, a franchise owner, discussing his entrepreneurial journey. Kyle Perkins, originally from North Carolina, had various jobs, including in technology, before venturing into the garment decorating industry. He emphasizes the importance of the book "E-Myth Revisited" by Michael E. Gerber, highlighting the roles of the technician, manager, and entrepreneur in a business. Kyle shares his motivation, which revolves around the idea of working on the business, not just in it, and the goal of eventually selling the business for a profit. The successes mentioned include an 85% jump in sales after the COVID pandemic and the loyalty of clients who exclusively use his services, showcasing the trustworthiness of his team. You can reach out to him directly at https://www.bigfrograleigh.com   If you think you may want to be a guest on Business Amplified, please schedule a 15-minute pre-interview at https://OptimalPerformanceAcademy.org/preinterview.  
28:41 2/20/24
002 - Mastering the Money Game: Insights from Don Galade
Business Amplified is a podcast for small business owners, founders, and entrepreneurs who want to become an expert in their own space. This podcast is sponsored by Optimal Performance Academy, a training company for entrepreneurs. In today's show, I have Don Galade. He is a financial expert and he will be sharing some great info with everyone. Show Highlights: • Don Galade shares the ongoing challenge entrepreneurs face in adapting to ever-evolving technologies, drawing parallels to being a humorous "King Midas" in the tech realm. • Reflecting on his struggles with technology, Don sheds light on an intriguing phenomenon where certain individuals emit energy-disrupting electronic devices. • Highlighting the exponential pace of technological evolution, Don stresses the importance of continuous learning to keep abreast of the ever-changing landscape. • Don discusses the challenge of transitioning older clients to newer technologies and the necessity of finding younger individuals with aligned business ethics. • Advocating for time efficiency, Don shares the value of delegating tasks outside one's expertise, citing personal experiences of seeking specialist help in technology-related challenges. • Kevin and Don exchange personal stories, emphasizing the benefits of seeking expert advice, learning from experiences, and adapting to new technologies. • Don narrates the story of Gerald Ford, showcasing the power of thinking outside the box and surrounding oneself with experts to drive innovation. • Encouraging listeners to embrace challenges, Don emphasizes collaboration with experts and adapting to emerging technologies for sustained success. • Don Galade's contact information: GFS-Advisors.com or DonGalade.com. • Kevin expresses gratitude for Don's insightful conversation, inviting listeners to participate in the podcast and providing contact information for Don Galade. If you know of someone who may be a good fit for our show, including yourself, please schedule a quick 15-minute pre-interview conversation at https://OptimalPerformanceAcademy.org/preinterview.
46:07 2/20/24