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Small Business Squad

A space for advocates of small business, supporters of buying local, and business/ nonprofit leaders to share knowledge, collaborate and gain valuable information. This community is for small business owners, nonprofit leaders, and advocates of local economies everywhere. Together we will strengthen local economies, keep dollars in our community, and stay competitive against large corporations. This community is committed to advocating for small businesses and supporting local economies. Please find us on our Facebook Group, Youtube, and at BecomeDistinct.com. We also encourage you to invite your awesome friends and connections who would greatly benefit from this group.

Tracks

Leading Yourself
Leadership starts at the top; entrepreneurs and owners who lead by example, empower people, and create impact set the tone and culture of an enterprise.Our guest, CoraLyn Turentine, is the founder of Mental Health Matters and a proponent of Resilient Leadership for Corporate Professionals. Vince and Ken talk with her about leadership today and why it's important to manage yourself and how it benefits the leader and the business.
27:20 09/01/2022
The Responsibility of a Business Owner During Uncertain Times
Navigating operations, employee issues, retention, and customer service during a time of receding business revenue.
36:15 08/24/2022
Beyond The Launch: Responding to a Changing Economy
The economy is constantly changing, and as a business owner you need to be prepared for anything. Listen to this podcast for insights on how to respond to a changing economy. You'll learn about different recession-proof strategies, and how to keep your business afloat during tough times!
22:13 08/10/2022
Small Business Stories featuring Marc Ward
Marc Ward joins the SBS podcast to discuss his company, Socian Technologies, and his efforts to support underrepresented business founders.7:10 Eliminating 'Future Me's' from Destroying the Earth 10:04 Building Technology for the Community12:30 How Socian Technologies Differs from Other Tech Companies 14:37 Don't Be Afraid Of Trying The New Technologies 15:47 How Can Technology Save Lives 19:07 Challenges That Helped You Grow
28:02 05/23/2022
Beyond The Launch: Discover Your Business Opportunities & Threats
The customers and community were excited, yet a few months or years in, something has changed. Join Vince, Ken, and guest Dave Bittner of the Indiana Small Business Development Center, for a discussion on utilizing your business' strengths and recognizing its weaknesses to energize and grow your business going forward.View part one here: https://becomedistinct.com/blog/beyond-the-launch-discover-your-business-strengths-weaknesses/
47:05 04/25/2022
Beyond the Launch: Discover Your Business Strengths & Weaknesses
You've launched; the customers and community were excited, yet a few months or years in, something has changed. Join Vince, Ken, and guest Dave Bittner of the Indiana Small Business Development Center, for a discussion on utilizing your business' strengths and recognizing its weaknesses to energize and grow your business going forward.Dave Bittner is a Rural Business Advisor for the West Central Indiana Small Business Development Center.  Dave and the WCISBDC team provide advising, training, and support to small business startups and existing organizations based on the specific need.  Dave’s experience and knowledge were obtained over 25+ years of management in small businesses and large corporations.  He ensured business results by driving high-performing business operations, leadership development, sales growth, excellent customer service, and profitable results.A life-long advocate for civic leadership and entrepreneurship, Ken's career has included small business creation and ownership, the director of an entrepreneurship center and faculty member of a community college, and leadership in the not-for-profit and community development organizations of his community.Over the last decade, as founder and President of Distinct, Vince has worked with over 400 small businesses and nonprofits. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from DePauw University and is an MBA candidate with Quantic School of Business and Technology. He brings a passion for listening to client needs, understanding their challenges, and developing creative solutions that help them grow. Vince has worked with organizations of all sizes from solopreneurs to companies with 400+ employees and ranging from pre-revenue to 40M+/year in revenue. Vince is a proud son of Chicago's South Side and currently resides in Greencastle Indiana with his wife Shelby and son Xavier.
54:10 04/08/2022
After The Launch - My Business Vision is Clouded!
Many businesses never really take the time to define their mission and vision. Without a defined mission and vision, your business can quickly lose focus and drift off in the wrong direction.After The Launch is a podcast that will help you define your mission and vision for your business, and then show you how to implement them so you can see real results.
47:43 03/14/2022
Zoho One - The Operating System For Businesses
Join us at this free event to talk about how small businesses can save thousands of dollars per year while optimizing their workflows to save precious time. You'll learn more about Zoho One and the services it provides for small business owners. We'll also have a Q&A session where you can ask questions and get answers!Zoho One is your one-stop shop for all of your business needs. Zoho offers a suite of tools that allow you to streamline processes and save time, money, and hassle without buying multiple software packages from different providers.You can create a free Zoho One account before our event by using this link: https://bit.ly/2T4Le0e
44:20 02/21/2022
Beyond The Launch: Working On Your Business, Not In Your Business
You're working hard day in and day out, but are you really getting anywhere?You're not alone. Most business owners get stuck in the day to day operations and never take a step back to see how they can improve their business. Imagine what it would be like if you could take a step back, look at your business from a high level, and make changes that will impact your bottom line for years to come. Join Scott Monnett, Ken Eitel, and Vince Aguirre while we dive into this problem and offer solutions.Scott has had the privilege to serve a variety of communities during 20 years of service in not-for-profit recreation and human service organizations through fundraising, program, and executive leadership. A life-long advocate for civic leadership and entrepreneurship, Ken's career has included small business creation and ownership, the director of an entrepreneurship center and faculty member of a community college, and leadership in the not-for-profit and community development organizations of his community.Over the last decade, as founder and President of Distinct, Vince has worked with over 400 small businesses and nonprofits. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from DePauw University and is an MBA candidate with Quantic School of Business and Technology. He brings a passion for listening to client needs, understanding their challenges, and developing creative solutions that help them grow. Vince has worked with organizations of all sizes from solopreneurs to companies with 400+ employees and ranging from pre-revenue to 40M+/year in revenue. Vince is a proud son of Chicago's  South Side and currently resides in Greencastle Indiana with his wife Shelby and son Xavier.
55:07 02/07/2022
Beyond The Launch: Managing Employees
Notes:becomedistinct.comhttps://kingdomality.com/podcast.becomedistinct.comThe Beyond the Launch series of the "Small Business, Big Ideas" podcast is designed to give you practical advice from real-world experience so that you can avoid common pitfalls and learn how to run a better business without breaking the bank. We discuss financial reports and forecasting, how to stay out of trouble, managing the personality of money, accounting basics, and more!A life-long advocate for civic leadership and entrepreneurship, Ken's career has included small business creation and ownership, the director of an entrepreneurship center and faculty member of a community college, and leadership in the not-for-profit and community development organizations of his community.Over the last decade, as founder and President of Distinct, Vince has worked with over 400 small businesses and nonprofits. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from DePauw University and is an MBA candidate with Quantic School of Business and Technology.
44:25 11/23/2021
Beyond The Launch: Essential Business Finance Part 2
Notes: https://kingdomality.com/becomedistinct.compodcast.becomedistinct.comEven if you have a great product or service, it is not enough. You need to know how to make your business work for you and be profitable.Most small businesses fail after 3 years because they do not know how to manage their finances properly.Making those important business decisions can be difficult, especially if you're not sure what your options are or how much it will cost.Many small businesses don't take advantage of professional accountants or finance experts, which means that they often end up making costly mistakes as they try to navigate their way through this complicated world on their own.The Beyond the Launch series of the "Small Business, Big Ideas" podcast is designed to give you practical advice from real-world experience so that you can avoid common pitfalls and learn how to run a better business without breaking the bank.We discuss financial reports and forecasting, how to stay out of trouble, managing the personality of money, accounting basics, and more!Tiffany holds two degrees in business and is both a Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) and an Enrolled Agent (EA).  She works closely with local businesses and non-profits, helping them analyze their profitability, operational spending, and projected tax liability.  Her firm also provides payroll services to about 40 businesses and prepares 1,600 tax returns annually.  Tiffany has 10 years of experience in Human Resources and is beginning her 5th year in tax preparation.   Tiffany is passionate about employee and client engagement and serving as a solid business resource to the community. A life-long advocate for civic leadership and entrepreneurship, Ken's career has included small business creation and ownership, the director of an entrepreneurship center and faculty member of a community college, and leadership in the not-for-profit and community development organizations of his community.Over the last decade, as founder and President of Distinct, Vince has worked with over 400 small businesses and nonprofits. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from DePauw University and is an MBA candidate with Quantic School of Business and Technology.
43:46 11/11/2021
Beyond The Launch: Essential Business Finance
Ask us anything and be featured on our next show!Learn more about Distinct at becomedistinct.comJoin the conversation with small business owners on our Facebook Group!Show Notes: Zoho Books Free TrialISBDCMy name is Vince Aguirre and I'm the president of the web design company named Distinct.Since 2013 we've worked with over 400 small businesses to improve their online presence through web design, SEO, and marketing.I am also the host of the small business, big ideas podcast, and Facebook group.Today I'm joined by Ken Eitel who's a long-time entrepreneur, a friend, and a mentor.Ken and I will be hosting a series entitled beyond the launch. And today's session will focus on essential business finance.Ken is a life-long advocate for civic leadership and entrepreneurship.Ken's career has included small business creation and ownership, being the director of an entrepreneurship center, a faculty member of a community college, and leadership in the non-profit and community development organizations of his community.
38:15 10/29/2021
Small Business Office Hours
Join Distinct and the Putnam County chamber to recap best practices for small business owners going into the holiday season.
18:07 10/13/2021
Small Business Stories with Susan Lorimer
Join Vince Aguirre, Shannon Detro, and Susan Lorimer to learn more about Big Bounce Fun House Rentals. Small Business Stories is a series created by Distinct to highlight the stories of business owners.
34:51 10/13/2021
Zoho One - The Operating System For Small Business
Join Vince Aguirre, President of Distinct, as he explores the Zoho One platform for small businesses. 
37:14 06/03/2021