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The Small Business Safari

Have you ever sat there and wondered "What am I doing here stuck in the concrete zoo of the corporate world?" Are you itching to get out? Chris Lalomia and his co-host Alan Wyatt traverse the jungle of entrepreneurship. Together they share their stories and help you explore the wild world of SCALING your business. With many years of owning their own small businesses, they love to give insight to the aspiring entrepreneur. So, are you ready to make the jump?

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Turning Logs into Luxury: Leroy Hite’s Firewood Revolution
Leroy Hite of Cutting Edge firewood is revolutionizing the way people experience a firepit and also how to use premium firewood to change the taste of your food. Leroy started in the firewood business and had started like most "FIRWUD4SALE" - After that venture ended, he did a stint in the corporate world until he got the SIGN to start again with a new twist on firewood delivery and experience. The premium service he has started and grown has become an excellent story of ideas to operations to scaling. Give it a listen around the fire! Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(11:36) - Entrepreneurship and Firewood Innovation(30:45) - From Corporate Job to Firewood Business(36:42) - Entrepreneurial Journey in the Firewood Industry(47:37) - Revolutionizing the Firewood Industry -----Leroy’s Links:Website | www.cuttingedgefirewood.com -----Book Mentioned: Good To Great-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• Lessons for Business from Hiking the Appalachian Trail | Jerry Travers• Turning 23 Years of McDonald's Franchise Ownership to an Entrepreneurial Lifestyle• Attracting High-Value Clients with Irresistible Marketing Messages | Daniel Den-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
60:35 6/11/24
Lessons for Business from Hiking the Appalachian Trail | Jerry Travers
Leroy Hite of Cutting Edge firewood is revolutionizing the way people experience a firepit and also how to use premium firewood to change the taste of your food. Leroy started in the firewood business and had started like most "FIRWUD4SALE" - After that venture ended, he did a stint in the corporate world until he got the SIGN to start again with a new twist on firewood delivery and experience. The premium service he has started and grown has become an excellent story of ideas to operations to scaling. Give it a listen around the fire! Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(11:36) - Entrepreneurship and Firewood Innovation(30:45) - From Corporate Job to Firewood Business(36:42) - Entrepreneurial Journey in the Firewood Industry(47:37) - Revolutionizing the Firewood Industry -----Leroy’s Links:Website | www.cuttingedgefirewood.com -----Book Mentioned: Good To Great-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• Lessons for Business from Hiking the Appalachian Trail | Jerry Travers• Turning 23 Years of McDonald's Franchise Ownership to an Entrepreneurial Lifestyle• Attracting High-Value Clients with Irresistible Marketing Messages | Daniel Den-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
62:32 6/4/24
Revolutionizing Health Care Delivery - Dr. Brian Hill (HipNation)
Dr. Brian Hill is a practicing surgeon who saw the disconnect between healthcare quality and price increases and decided to offer a disruptive model that better aligns with health needs and healthcare offerings. He started HIPnation as an entrepreneur trying to disrupt an industry and offer an alternative to traditional healthcare plans. HIPnation is on a trajectory to offer healthcare and challenge traditional thinking in ways that only small businesses and entrepreneurial minds can achieve. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - Revolutionizing Healthcare(03:14) - Moments of Humor in Medical Journey(12:16) - Reforming Healthcare Through Direct Contracting(30:48) - Revolutionizing Healthcare Economics(35:58) - Healthcare Pricing and Consumerism Discussion(47:12) - Improving Healthcare for Business(57:27) - Customer Service and Business Books-----Brian’s Links:Website | https://hipnation.com/ -----Book Mentioned: Good To Great - Jim Collins-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• Mastering Your Marketing Rhythm with Jennifer Filson• Turning 23 Years of McDonald's Franchise Ownership to an Entrepreneurial Lifestyle• Attracting High-Value Clients with Irresistible Marketing Messages | Daniel Den-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
63:22 5/28/24
Mastering Your Marketing Rhythm with Jennifer Filzen
Strap in for a marketing safari with the electrifying Jennifer Filson of Rockstar Marketing as we traverse the terrains of personal growth, standout strategies, and emotional storytelling in business. This episode isn't just a conversation; it's a treasure map to mastering the unique pace at which your own success story unfolds. Jennifer's journey from the vibrant music scene of Jacksonville, Florida to the marketing mountaintop in Monterey, California is a testament to the art of blending passions with professional expertise. Tune in and uncover how the rhythm of West Coast swing can teach us a thing or two about adaptability and innovation in the competitive business landscape. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(11:13) - Evolution of Social Media Marketing(20:12) - Marketing Through Emotional Connection(27:02) - Stand Out in Your Business(35:24) - SEO Content Strategy for Website Growth(49:29) - Finding Your Niche and Dominating Industries(52:58) - Home Painting and Marketing Conversation-----Jennifer’s Links:Website | https://jenniferfilzen.com/ -----Book Mentioned: The Pumpkin Plan - Mike Michalowicz-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• How You Can Leave Corporate & Scale Quickly With Great Teams Like Chaz Wolfe• Turning 23 Years of McDonald's Franchise Ownership to an Entrepreneurial Lifestyle• Attracting High-Value Clients with Irresistible Marketing Messages | Daniel Den-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
55:56 5/21/24
How You Can Leave Corporate & Scale Quickly With Great Teams Like Chaz Wolfe
Chaz Wolfe joined the guys and talked about building a culture from his business start. He left the Corporate Zoo and bought into an Edible Arrangements franchise system and built that into a multi-wait operation, that he could run with great people, incredible metrics, and drive to succeed and be excellent in all endeavors. He invested in real estate, remodeling, and has created the Gathering of Kings community. This community embodies Chaz's mantra of getting like-minded people together to help everyone excel in all facets of their life. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - Entrepreneurial Journey With Edible Arrangements(00:00) - Entrepreneurial Passion, Leadership, and Growth(00:00) - Real Estate Ventures and Mastermind Community(00:00) - Mastermind Group(00:00) - Book Recommendations, Home Features, & Customer Service(00:00) - Navigating Customer Expectations and Belief-----Chaz’s Links:Website | www.chazwolfe.comFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/chazwolfe -----Book Mentioned: Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• Niching Down in Reporting Using CHAMPS Analytics to Power Electrical Companies Insights | Chuck Patel• Turning 23 Years of McDonald's Franchise Ownership to an Entrepreneurial Lifestyle• Attracting High-Value Clients with Irresistible Marketing Messages | Daniel Den-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
47:36 5/14/24
Niching Down in Reporting Using CHAMPS Analytics to Power Electrical Companies Insights | Chuck Patel
Chuck Patel sold cable scramblers as a kid, as described in a Popular Mechanics article, and became hooked on technology and business. He subsequently participated in a startup that experienced a successful exit. Eventually, he found his way to CHAMPS Software, where he currently serves as the President. They provide dashboard reporting utilizing their data analytics to help power companies save hundreds of millions of dollars each year. This episode is a fascinating testament to how combining your passion with business can lead to enjoying both business and life. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(03:06) - CHAMPS Analytics Software for Business(10:39) - Entrepreneurial Conversations on Software Development(20:48) - Evolution of CRM Software Industry(33:39) - Sales Skills Training and Approach(44:15) - CHAMPS Software Growth and History(48:36) - Small Business Success Strategies and Lessons(58:06) - Communication Challenges With Millennials(01:02:51) - CHAMPS in Nuclear Power?-----Chuck’s Links:Website | https://champsanalytics.com/ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/bidashboards/ -----Book Mentioned: Let's Get Real or Let's not Play by Mahan Khalsa-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• Scaling a Million Dollar Pressure Washing Business | Aaron Harper - Rolling Suds• Growing a Million Dollar Business With Public Relations | Mickie Kennedy• Turning 23 Years of McDonald's Franchise Ownership to an Entrepreneurial Lifestyle-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
65:51 5/7/24
Scaling a Million Dollar Pressure Washing Business | Aaron Harper - Rolling Suds
What if you built up your skills in franchise development and leadership, and then were offered the position that capitalized on both, but you turned it down to start your own? Then you would be Aaron Harper, who started Rolling Suds Franchise Systems using a unique pressure washing process and system. Aaron has grown to 145 units in just 14 months and projects to have 300 units in the next 12 months, and WE BELIEVE IT. Shout out to @anniepreece on Instagram whose art is proudly displayed in Aaron's home office. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - Franchising and Entrepreneurship Journey(09:35) - Building a Successful Franchise Business(12:43) - From Employee to Entrepreneur(17:46) - Building a Successful Franchise Business(29:55) - Growing a Successful Franchise System(41:37) - Favorite Books, Customer Service, DIY Nightmares-----Aaron’s Links:Website | https://www.rollingsudspowerwashing.com/ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-harper-998140125/ -----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• Growing a Million Dollar Business With Public Relations | Mickie Kennedy• Turning 23 Years of McDonald's Franchise Ownership to an Entrepreneurial Lifestyle• Attracting High-Value Clients with Irresistible Marketing Messages | Daniel Den-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
50:22 4/30/24
Growing a Million Dollar Business With Public Relations | Mickie Kennedy
Mickie joins the guys to talk about using public relations in your advertising strategy. The trick is to write something that is compelling; then it can be picked up by the wire, gets distributed to a wide audience, and can be used as content for other writers to cite as an industry expert. It's not as easy as it might sound, but Mickie has figured out how to navigate the distribution methods. Listen now to see how you can implement some of these PR strategies in your own business! Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - The Small Business Safari(04:28) - Importance of PR in Modern Journalism(11:25) - Best Times to Release PR Materials(14:27) - Press Release and Publicity Strategies(28:26) - Utilizing PR for Small Businesses(33:12) - The Power of Press Releases(45:10) - Public Relations With eReleases.com-----Mickie’s Links:Website | https://www.ereleases.com/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/ereleases Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/ereleases.press.release.distribution Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/ereleasespr/ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/publicity/ -----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• Turning 23 Years of McDonald's Franchise Ownership to an Entrepreneurial Lifestyle• Attracting High-Value Clients with Irresistible Marketing Messages | Daniel Den• Attracting the RIGHT Clients to Your Offering | Lisa McGuire-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
47:55 4/23/24
Turning 23 Years of McDonald's Franchise Ownership to an Entrepreneurial Lifestyle
Chris and Alan welcome Phil Wilkins. Chris met him when he was running a gourmet burger multi-unit franchise, and we finally got him on the show to talk about Phil’s journey and learnings along the way. Phil impacts everyone in his life, as proven by the numerous requests for his time and wisdom around leadership, purpose, and the grit it takes to make it in the world, especially in the entrepreneurial jungle. Listen to his story. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - Small business Safari With Phil Wilkins(04:53) - Journey to Owning a McDonald’s Franchise(17:40) - Scaling and Transitioning to Small Businesses(23:54) - Lessons in Restaurant Business Expansion(37:13) - Customer Service and DIY Nightmare Stories(44:00) - Basement Flooding and Home Repair-----Phil’s Links:Website | https://byaeveryday.com/ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/phil-wilkins-4290b66/ -----Books Mentioned: Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy (from Chris’s Hometown of Jackson, MI)-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• Attracting High-Value Clients with Irresistible Marketing Messages | Daniel Den• Attracting the RIGHT Clients to Your Offering | Lisa McGuire• Bark to Business! How Brady Foulk is Starting a Dog Training Business-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
47:14 4/16/24
Attracting High-Value Clients with Irresistible Marketing Messages | Daniel Den
Chris and Alan interview Daniel Den and discuss the principles that drove the writing of his book, "Ideas that Influence." This is not a normal book; it is an interactive book that unlocks creativity and helps you create your unique voice with your BEST clients. The Xfactor process promotes group creativity to refine the perfect marketing message to your most profitable audiences. This is a lively discussion full of EDUTAINMENT that promises to drop some gold nuggets your way. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(08:23) - Creative Marketing Ideas and Stories(22:27) - Creative Ideas That Influence Success(32:38) - Focusing On a Single Marketing Idea(47:04) - Customer Service, Palm Trees, DIY-----Daniel’s Links:Website | https://www.bigideasbox.com/free-box-ideas-that-influence Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012955322478 -----Books Mentioned: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• Attracting the RIGHT Clients to Your Offering | Lisa McGuire• Bark to Business! How Brady Foulk is Starting a Dog Training Business• The Fighter for Truth and Finding the Good in Companies - Dale Cardwell-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
56:55 4/9/24
Attracting the RIGHT Clients to Your Offering | Lisa McGuire
Get your story down by focusing on WHO you want to attract, WHAT you are offering them and HOW they work with you. From a lifetime in the education field, Lisa pivoted and became a coach focused on helping YOU get your message dialed in and pushed out to attract the right clients to your offering. Lisa is a thoughtful business coach who works with you to develop your passionate message and personal story brand that will bring out YOUR UNIQUENESS! Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - Small Business Safari and Italian Adventures(07:53) - Entrepreneurship and Education Journey(18:19) - Lessons in Networking and Purpose(39:08) - Investing in StoryBrand and Coaching(47:21) - Transforming Business With Story Branding(57:00) - Customer Service and DIY Nightmares(01:04:18) - Building Your Brand Through Networking-----Lisa’s Links:Website | https://lisamcguire.com/ Newsletter | https://www.thediyframework.com/so-much-more-subscribe -----Books Mentioned: Unreasonable Hospitality | Will Guidara-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• Reviving an Americana Brand: Stephanie Stuckey Talks About the Renaissance of the Stuckey Brand• Bark to Business! How Brady Foulk is Starting a Dog Training Business• The Fighter for Truth and Finding the Good in Companies - Dale Cardwell-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
66:53 4/2/24
Reviving an Americana Brand: Stephanie Stuckey Talks About the Renaissance of the Stuckey Brand
For many older people, the road trip wasn't complete without a stop at a Stuckey's Roadside store, which was a site used by the company. An essential part of this experience was enjoying their namesake pecan log and exploring a wholesale pecan candy business built around the iconic brand. The business continues to grow, focusing on its people, heritage, and delivering exceptional products. If you're seeking to offer a fantastic product or run a fundraiser, visit stuckeys.com and explore what they can do for you. It's a great story, sparking fascinating conversations about a remarkable turnaround. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - Small Business Safari(04:19) - Entrepreneurial Journey(14:56) - The Journey of Stuckey’s Revival(21:47) - Entrepreneurial Pivot to Success(28:09) - Seasonal Business Marketing Strategies(38:01) - Brand Revival Marketing Success Stories(46:02) - Building Your Brand Tribe and Strategy-----Stephanie’s Links:Website | https://stuckeys.com/ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniestuckey/ -----Books Mentioned: Unstuck: Rebirth of an American Icon - Stephanie Stuckey-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• Bark to Business! How Brady Foulk is Starting a Dog Training Business• The Fighter for Truth and Finding the Good in Companies - Dale Cardwell• AI Can Handle Your “Karen” Customer - Uzair Ahmed Is Transforming HVAC Customer Interaction-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
55:42 3/26/24
Bark to Business! How Brady Foulk is Starting a Dog Training Business
Value Ladder? – What is it? It involves offering something at a low cost to get the customer into your ecosystem, and then continually offering value and new offers that will increase their spend with you, as well as their perceived value. Brady turned his skill set of training animals into a business and is determining the right way to scale and provide a lifestyle and business that will work for him and the right customers. Brady gives great tips on how to train dogs, potbelly pigs, guinea pigs… you name it, he can train it. But what you really get out of this episode is learning from others how to scale your business and pivot offerings to see what will stick. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - Small Business Safari With Dog Expert(05:30) - Transitioning to Small Business Ownership(11:11) - Pivoting to Dog Trainer Entrepreneurship(17:29) - Entrepreneurial Growth and Coaching Strategies(25:48) - Types of Leadership in Dog Training(38:43) - Entrepreneurship and Dog Training Business(47:21) - Guinea Pig Fun(51:18) - Training, Hot Tubs, & DIY Nightmares-----Brady’s Links:Instagram | @nddogtraining-----Books Mentioned: Don’t Shoot the Dog – Karyn Pryor-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• The Fighter for Truth and Finding the Good in Companies - Dale Cardwell• AI Can Handle Your “Karen” Customer - Uzair Ahmed Is Transforming HVAC Customer Interactions• From Wantrepreneur to Entrepreneur through Franchising Steve Miller-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
62:31 3/19/24
The Fighter for Truth and Finding the Good in Companies - Dale Cardwell
Dale always wanted to be in the media, and his career is one that would make many jealous. Little did he know that his career of finding the 'truth' and reporting the bad things people did would lead him to pivot and find the GOOD in companies and contractors. He shines the light on reliable and reputable companies that can help consumers with their home and service needs. His network, called TrustDale.com, is built on his investigative journalistic background and creates a platform for consumers to find contractors in a marketplace with a guarantee of performance. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - Small Business Safari with Dale Cardwell(12:34) - Truth in Journalism(21:16) - Turning Point in Dale Cardwell’s Career(31:17) - Lessons Learned From Entrepreneurship and Politics(44:47) - Business Ethics and Consumer Protection(55:40) - Entrepreneurship, Family, and Success-----Dale’s Links:Website | https://trustdale.com/ Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/TrustDALE/ -----Books Mentioned: Don't Get Scammed: Get Smart! - Dale Cardwell-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• AI Can Handle Your “Karen” Customer - Uzair Ahmed Is Transforming HVAC Customer Interactions• From Wantrepreneur to Entrepreneur through Franchising Steve Miller• The Social Media OG Tells Us How to Maximize Your Social Media Exposure – Corey Perlman-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
64:07 3/12/24
AI Can Handle Your “Karen” Customer - Uzair Ahmed Is Transforming HVAC Customer Interactions
Uzair Ahmed joins us to discuss his disruptive approach to improving HVAC companies customer service using AI technology to handle customer interactions.  His ideas was born from his work starting a mobile mechanic business and trying to scale the idea as the #Uber of automotive maintenance.  He learned that these were smaller ticket interactions and scaling was going to be difficult if you wanted to be profitable.  He applied what he had learned and developed a consulting approach for HVAC companies that improve service, process and performance.  As he optimizes the processes, he applies an AI based technology built on Gold Nuggets:1 - Do one thing at a time to effect meaningful change2 - Making your business simple is NOT Easy3 - Technology can improve the process, but if the process is bad it isn't worth improvingBook Recommendation "Millionaire Fast Lane" by MJ Demarco
51:08 3/5/24
From Wantrepreneur to Entrepreneur through Franchising Steve Miller
Steve Miller returns to provide practical advice on determining if franchise ownership is the right path for you in the world of entrepreneurship. Are you frustrated enough to make a go of it in the wild and oftentimes difficult world of small business ownership? For most home service-based franchise opportunities, Steve recommends having at least $170K in liquid form to weather the first year of getting the business off the ground. The two main reasons franchise ownership fails are a lack of demand for the product or service and a lack of liquid capital. Food businesses are the toughest to start and grow, but franchising offers you a way to research the business and the people involved before making a decision. Check out this episode for great information that will help you make a solid decision. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - Small Business Safari Adventure Team(11:04) - Carer Transition and Entrepreneurship Factors(20:45) - Small Business Funding Options Discussion(33:13) - Franchise Success and Partner Selection(46:28) - Reasons for Franchise Failure(53:21) - Exploring Possibilities and Opportunities for Success-----Steve’s Links:Website | https://myfranchisenavigator.com/ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemiller7/-----Books Mentioned:The Bible-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Beth Miller, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• The Social Media OG Tells Us How to Maximize Your Social Media Exposure – Corey Perlman• 2 Weeks to Transform Your Contracting Business Into a 7 Figure Business With Brian Diamond• The Concierge Decision Coach | Jodi Hume-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
55:01 2/27/24
The Social Media OG Tells Us How to Maximize Your Social Media Exposure – Corey Perlman
Are you authentically presenting yourself on social media? Corey takes us through the steps to understand how to create a successful social media presence. Two things have stayed constant: Sales is sales, and people are people. You need to stay "top-of-mind" with your customer base by figuring out who you are targeting and what you want them to remember about you. Be authentically social. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - Navigating the Digital Marketing Landscape(05:18) - Entrepreneur’s Journey Through Marketing Trends(17:28) - Leveraging LinkedIn for Professional Growth(25:23) - Social Media Strategy and Engagement(33:28) - Digital Marketing Trends for 2024(40:27) - Reclaiming Authenticity in Social Media(45:19) - Connecting Through Sales and Customer Service-----Corey’s Links:Website | https://coreyperlman.com/ Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/groups/contractorlifeacademy -----Books Mentioned:Authentically Social: Break Through By Being You!-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Beth Miller, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• 2 Weeks to Transform Your Contracting Business Into a 7 Figure Business With Brian Diamond• The Concierge Decision Coach | Jodi Hume• Fly Like an Eagle Into the Franchisee Business With Steve Miller-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
56:01 2/20/24
2 Weeks to Transform Your Contracting Business Into a 7 Figure Business With Brian Diamond
Brian’s coaching academy teaches contractors how to scale their businesses. He helps them establish a winning sales mentality, building an intentional core value-based culture. We talked about establishing the “DNA” that your company needs to have to be successful. Leaders need to focus on their situational awareness to help lead their team to be intentional and authentic when dealing within your own organization and working with customers. Do you want to scale your business? Listen to this episode, and you will get some amazing information to help you in your business. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - Navigating Small Business Ownership and Success(05:49) - Nebraska Football and Sales Experiences(13:25) - Build a Winning Team and Sales Culture(22:25) - Gambling Losses and Sports Betting Excitement(26:32) - Sales to Coaching During COVID(39:50) - Take Action and Collaborate in Business(47:25) - Favorite House Feature(50:27) - Epic DIY Nightmare-----Brian’s Links:Website | https://www.contractorlifeacademy.com/ Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/groups/contractorlifeacademy -----Books Mentioned:Atomic Habits - James Clear-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Beth Miller, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• The Concierge Decision Coach | Jodi Hume• Fly Like an Eagle Into the Franchisee Business With Steve Miller• “Strategery” of Building a Business, Through Brand, Consistency & Execution | Tom Reber-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
52:25 2/13/24
The Concierge Decision Coach | Jodi Hume
Do you struggle with decision-making challenges? Decision fatigue is a genuine issue. Enter Jodi Hume, a seasoned business coach since 2004. Her forte lies in aiding CEOs/COOs/CFOs with decision support. Contrary to popular belief, most people aren't indecisive; they're simply afraid it might be a bad idea or find the process daunting. Jodi thrives on assisting individuals in "letting people do what they do best" using an 'Improv' style that guides them through the process and directs focus toward outcomes. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - Small Business Safari Leadership Coaching(03:52) - Decision and Leadership in Architecture(11:22) - Transitioning From Architecture to Coaching(23:27) - The Benefits of Taking Breaks(31:28) - Testing and Parenting (35:23) - Business Success Through Networking and Referrals(42:37) - The Challenges of Describing Hard-to-Explain Work(54:44) - Staple Gun Mishaps and Business Lessons-----Jodi’s Links:Website & Offer | https://atthecore.com/safariInstagram | @jodihume-----Books Mentioned:Winning with Accountability: The Secret Language of High-Performing Organizations | Henry J. Evans-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Beth Miller, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• Fly Like an Eagle Into the Franchisee Business With Steve Miller• “Strategery” of Building a Business, Through Brand, Consistency & Execution | Tom Reber• What Will Homes Of The Future Be Like? - Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies | Carlos Martin-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
55:42 2/6/24
Fly Like an Eagle Into the Franchisee Business With Steve Miller
With over 15 years as a successful franchise owner and business coach, Steve leverages his proven background to offer insider advice on whether business ownership or franchising is right for you. He shares practical tips from his own experience for evaluating if you have the qualities and mindset to be an entrepreneur or franchisee. Steve provides guidance on how to analyze your background to determine if taking the leap into business ownership or buying into an established brand is the most strategic move to align with your goals. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - Navigating Small Business Ownership(06:01) - Career Paths and Life Transitions(11:07) - Selling Calculators and Moving South(16:49) - Career Experiences and Transitioning Into Entrepreneurship(29:24) - Taking Calculated Risks in Sales(33:51) - Sales Techniques and Selling Yourself(46:05) - Fred or Fraud(53:20) - Book Recommendations and DIY Mishaps-----Steve’s Links:Website | https://myfranchisenavigator.com/ LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/stevemiller7/-----Books Mentioned:The Bible-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Beth Miller, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• “Strategery” of Building a Business, Through Brand, Consistency & Execution | Tom Reber• What Will Homes Of The Future Be Like? - Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies | Carlos Martin• How Jake Sapp Is Going to Create the Number One Beer in Georgia-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
60:33 1/30/24
“Strategery” of Building a Business, Through Brand, Consistency & Execution | Tom Reber
Tom Reber – The Contractor Fight founder helps contractors run a profitable company and create a strong brand and thriving company.  He flipped the start of the interview around and started asking Chris how was able to scale a handyman business, then we settled in and talked about how to sell home services in the home. We talked about “Strategery” of building a business, through brand, consistency and execution. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - Small Business Safari(03:07) - Handyman Business(07:47) - Midwest to Marine Corps and Sales(20:57) - Branding and Advertising in Business Growth(24:54) - Marketing Strategies for Long-Term Business Growth(35:50) - Increasing Sales Through Proactive Customer Care(48:01) - Rich People’s Mindset and DIY Fails(55:16) - Success and Adding handyman Division-----Tom’s Links:Website | www.contractorfight.com -----Books Mentioned:Sell Unafraid - Tom Reber - Soon to be Published-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Beth Miller, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• How Jake Sapp Is Going to Create the Number One Beer in Georgia• Out Running Bears and Business Growth Planning!• 2024 Strategic Planning in Home Services-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
55:54 1/23/24
What Will Homes Of The Future Be Like? - Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies | Carlos Martin
What does the future hold for remodeling and homes? Well, make sure you bookmark Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies on your browser to go back and see what the best minds are telling you by digging through mounds of housing and economic data. This episode is DIGGING THE GOLD right out of the future and helping you distill how the future will shape up. Carlos is insightful and funny while explaining the future of the US home building and remodeling industry. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - HomeDepot’s DIY vs. Contractors(04:09) - Importance of Quality Housing and Tradition(16:03) - Aging in Place Technology(23:36) - Trends in DIY and Home Improvement(35:21) - Smart Home Tech’s Impact on Housing (45:18) - Financing and Decision-Making in Home Improvement(53:54) - Customer Service and Remodeling Experiences-----Carlos’s Links:LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/carlos-martin-9127284/ Harvard’s State of Housing | https://www.jchs.harvard.edu/state-nations-housing-2023 Harvard’s Improving America’s Housing | https://www.jchs.harvard.edu/improving-americas-housing-2023 -----Books Mentioned:House - Tracy Kidder-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Beth Miller, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• How Jake Sapp Is Going to Create the Number One Beer in Georgia• Out Running Bears and Business Growth Planning!• 2024 Strategic Planning in Home Services-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
59:49 1/16/24
How Jake Sapp Is Going to Create the Number One Beer in Georgia
Jake started Peach State Lite – The Unofficial Beer of Georgia – in September 2022. After one year, his distribution has expanded to include all Krogers in Georgia, and it continues to grow. He started with an idea from tasting beer and then eventually started a business plan to brew and distribute a great tasting light beer that is “crushable” he has done it and is on his way to building a great brand and business.  His goal is to be the #1 independent beer in GA in 3 years.. that’s 2026…LETS CHEER HIM ON! Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - Small Business Safari With Jake Sapp(07:33) - Creating a Local Light Logger Brewery(15:36) - Craft Beer Business and Distribution Challenges(28:14) - Marketing Ideas and Branding Strategy(37:49) - Peach State Light(47:20) - Favorite Features, Customer Service, DIY Nightmares(54:54) - Impressions of the 90s and Marketing-----Jake’s Links:Website |  https://peachstatelite.com/ Email |  jake@peachstatelite.com Instagram | @peachstatelite.comNon-Profit Mentioned | https://espyouandme.org/ -----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Beth Miller, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• Out Running Bears and Business Growth Planning!• 2024 Strategic Planning in Home Services• 2024 Home Service Industry Predictions Because Economists Don’t Lie! | Mischa Fisher-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
56:20 1/9/24
Out Running Bears and Business Growth Planning!
What do you do when a bear is chasing you? “You just gotta run faster than the guy next to you”! Chris and Alan jump in the studio with another great one-on-one conversation. This time it’s all about balancing life and business, acquisition strategies and business growth! Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - Small Business Ownership and Celebrating Life’s Milestones(09:46) - Planning for Business Success(22:18) - Acquisition Strategies and Business Growth(28:43) - Humor and Leadership in Challenging Times(38:16) - Time Travel, Savings, and Business Pivots(45:55) - Reminiscing, Appreciating Family, and Celebrating Friendship-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Beth Miller, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• 2024 Strategic Planning in Home Services• 2024 Home Service Industry Predictions Because Economists Don’t Lie! | Mischa Fisher• Painting Marketing Pros Founder Brandon Pierpont Unlocks the Secret for Painters and Rest of Us-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
46:48 12/19/23
2024 Strategic Planning in Home Services
What's a business without numbers? We've got you covered there too. We talk about the importance of tracking and analyzing business numbers, identifying patterns, and addressing issues as they arise. Plus, get ready to rethink your approach to recruiting strategies for seasonal businesses. We've got some innovative ideas to share. And as we look ahead to 2024, we discuss our biggest business concerns and how we're planning for the future. So, buckle up and get ready for an insightful journey through the exciting world of small businesses! Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----GOLD NUGGETS:(06:10) - Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Handyman Service(15:14) - How to Get Referrals and Business Expansion(20:06) - Choosing the Right CRM for Business(26:52) - Analyzing Business Numbers and Trends(33:40) - Recruiting Strategies for Seasonal Businesses(41:53) - Preparing for 2024 and Business Concern-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Beth Miller, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• 2024 Home Service Industry Predictions Because Economists Don’t Lie! | Mischa Fisher• Painting Marketing Pros Founder Brandon Pierpont Unlocks the Secret for Painters and Rest of Us• Moving Titan Shares His Secrets for Elevating the Entire Industry | Wade Swikle-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
43:11 12/12/23
2024 Home Service Industry Predictions Because Economists Don’t Lie! | Mischa Fisher
In this episode with Mischa Fisher, we explore essential economic insights aimed at guiding business decisions, whether you're a seasoned entrepreneur or contemplating starting a venture. Drawing lessons from the past two decades, we analyze the economic downturns of 2008 and the unique dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Despite historical parallels in industry shifts and GDP contractions, the pandemic's economic impact showcased a distinctive pattern—rather than a sharp decline, we experienced a temporary pause followed by a noteworthy boom. Examining the current landscape, we note the influence of inflation, rising interest rates with a likely stabilization, and increased home values contributing to elevated equity, while a dip in savings rates prompts considerations for financial planning. As businesses navigate this nuanced environment, the cautious approach of homeowners towards large-scale projects becomes evident, emphasizing the importance of a clear path to life improvement in decision-making. Tune in for a comprehensive understanding of these economic variables, empowering you to make informed and strategic business moves. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----Mischa’s Links:•  LinkedIn | @mischafisher•  Website |  https://mischafisher.com/ -----GOLD NUGGETS:(02:51) - Career Path From Science to Economics (09:41) - Impacts on Housing Market(12:47) - Interest Rates, Elections, and the Economy(19:40) - Federal Reserve’s Impacts on Economy(29:28) - Unemployment Claims and Global Economy(37:11) - Demographics and Supply and Demand(43:04) - Home Design Trends and Sales Expectations(51:43) - DIY Nightmare Stories and 2024 Planning-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Beth Miller, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• Moving Titan Shares His Secrets for Elevating the Entire Industry | Wade Swikle• How Seasonal Businesses Can Propel You up to the Mountain Top | Matthew Efird• Essential Tips for Recruiting in Home Services Businesses | Tina McKenna-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
54:18 12/5/23
Painting Marketing Pros Founder Brandon Pierpont Unlocks the Secret for Painters and Rest of Us
Brandon Pierpont is HYPER FOCUSED on helping painting companies grow their business through digital marketing and he shared several of his secrets in this area. His goal is to help his clients have an unfair advantage in the market. He helps in all stages of growth, if you are just starting you need to get the leads in, phones ringing, emails coming, and then start to work on the website presence. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----Brandon’s Links:•  LinkedIn | @BrandonPierpont•  Website |  Paintermarketingpros.com -----GOLD NUGGETS:(10:23) - Vertical Integration in Digital Marketing(18:45) - Marketing Strategies for Painting Companies(29:21) - Trends in Digital for Small Business Owners(39:26) - Starting a Business and Overcoming Challenges(48:56) - Painter Marketing and Business Growth Benefits-----Books Mentioned:• Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Beth Miller, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• Moving Titan Shares His Secrets for Elevating the Entire Industry | Wade Swikle• How Seasonal Businesses Can Propel You up to the Mountain Top | Matthew Efird• Essential Tips for Recruiting in Home Services Businesses | Tina McKenna-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
50:45 11/28/23
Moving Titan Shares His Secrets for Elevating the Entire Industry | Wade Swikle
Wade has started a moving company, bought a moving company, franchised a moving company and has a podcast dedicated to helping his industry improve their service. Next up he is going to start a training program designed to help movers SCALE and IMPROVE their business.  Listening to this podcast will level up your game in your business, even if you aren’t a “mover” you’re probably a “shaker”. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----Wade’s Links:•  LinkedIn | @wadeswikle•  Website |  https://2collegebrothers.com/ -----GOLD NUGGETS:(02:22) - College Athlete to Franchise Owner(09:53) - Franchise Expansion and Mindset Shift(19:05) - The Growing Moving Industry & Network Building(28:18) - Productive Fun Retreat For Moving Company Owners(34:04) - Partnerships and Improving the Moving Industry(41:41) - Growing a Moving Company-----Books Mentioned:• No BS Direct Marketing | Dan Kennedy-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Beth Miller, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• How Seasonal Businesses Can Propel You up to the Mountain Top | Matthew Efird• Essential Tips for Recruiting in Home Services Businesses | Tina McKenna• If It’s 4th and 1 Against the IRS, Make Sure You Have Your CPA and Payroll Team Onboard! | Charles Read-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
48:10 11/21/23
How Seasonal Businesses Can Propel You up to the Mountain Top | Matthew Efird
Matthew left the corporate world with intention. He had a good job and a good boss, but wanted to be a good steward of his time and provide a legacy for his family. So he jumped into not only one business but two. He bought into the Mosquito Joe Franchise system while simultaneously starting a Christmas light installation company called Lighting Pros. While doing this, Mathew was able to crack the code on these industries' BIGGEST problems. One, getting consistent revenue annually and two, retaining employees for the long term. Listen to this episode, he proves, nice guys CAN WIN! Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----Matthew’s Links:•  Socials | @lawswhiskey | @officialmosquitojoe•  Website | https://mosquitojoe.com/ -----GOLD NUGGETS:(00:00) - Christmas Memories and Small Business Adventures(03:19) - Engagement, Achievements, and Trivia(11:37) - Legacy and Opportunity in Entrepreneurship(19:09) - Starting a Franchise(32:36) - Marketing Christmas Lights for Commercial Business(43:53) - Building a Strong Company Culture(53:08) - Franchising and Football Chats(01:04:31) - Quiet Time for Productivity (01:15:18) - Marriage, Parenting, and DIY Lessons-----Books Mentioned:• Creative Followership - Jimmy Collins-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Beth Miller, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• Essential Tips for Recruiting in Home Services Businesses | Tina McKenna• If It’s 4th and 1 Against the IRS, Make Sure You Have Your CPA and Payroll Team Onboard! | Charles Read• How Justin Hatcher 3X His Ticket Size in Home Services-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
76:15 11/14/23
Essential Tips for Recruiting in Home Services Businesses | Tina McKenna
Tina explained her company’s approach to recruiting by using a sales mentality! It’s interesting where she developed those skills. Tina built her toolbox while working in broadcast media sales and marketing consulting. Her company approaches filling in positions in the home services and professional services space using a well written job description, insightful culling of candidates and a structured interview process that works well with the applicant. Where she really stands out is being able to provide insight into the prospect. This process that Tina and her partner (Megan Ritchie) created allows them to place candidates in companies with HUGE success rates. Check out Qualified Applicants if you have a need! Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!-----Tina’s Links:•  LinkedIn | @tinamckenna•  Website | https://www.getqualifiedapplicants.com/ -----GOLD NUGGETS:(04:59) - Filming TV Shows to Sales?(11:10) - Career Transition and Opening a Business(20:54) - Hire a Marketer, & Ask the Right Questions(27:06) - Marketing Strategies and Client Stories(39:33) - Starting a Recruiting Company(49:43) - How to Market a Recruitment Company(01:01:31) - Retainer Agreements and Hiring Challenges(01:06:02) - Packers Fans and Favorite Books(01:14:09) - Home Improvement Mishaps and Encouragement-----Books Mentioned:• Tools of Titans - Tim Ferris• Rise and Grind - Daymond John-----Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Beth Miller, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!-----If You Loved This Episode Try These!• If It’s 4th and 1 Against the IRS, Make Sure You Have Your CPA and Payroll Team Onboard! | Charles Read• How Justin Hatcher 3X His Ticket Size in Home Services• Inventing Uber for Landscape Services | Bryan Clayton-----Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!
76:02 11/7/23