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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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Marc My Words is a podcast about learning and self reflection while pushing ourselves to make the most of our time and lives. Entrepreneurs from around the world talk to Marc Schmidt about their career transitions, life journey, and how they maintain a successful business. Marc and his guests have fun and informational chats about discovering your passion as well as all of the different and sometimes unlikely ways entrepreneurs wind up trading the 9 to 5 life to be their own boss.
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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 t…
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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 …
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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, heri…
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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 p…
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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 thei…
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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…
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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 …
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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 rem…
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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 i…
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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…
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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 …
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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” o…
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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 wil…
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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 …
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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 ha…
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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 ah…
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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 …
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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 comin…
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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 a…
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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 Pr…
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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 descripti…
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Charles J Read is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), U.S Tax Court Practitioner ( USTCP), a former member of the Internal Revenue Service Advisory Council (IRSAC), a Vietnam Veteran, and the Founder of GetPayroll. Mr. Read’s companies have provided full-service payroll, HR, and timekeeping services since 1991. Charles is an accomplished senior ex…
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Justin LAUNCHED his business in 2023 and has been signing up new contractors ever since. He started in home services installing windows in Minnesota. Justin quickly realized, while he loved the industry, the FREEZING winters of Minnesota made the job not a great fit (I don’t blame him!). He moved on to build a foundation of skills in the mortgage b…
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Bryan Clayton isn't just another CEO; he's a VISIONARY and a groundbreaker. As the mastermind behind GreenPal, an innovative online marketplace dubbed the "Uber for lawn care" by Entrepreneur magazine, he's revolutionizing the way homeowners connect with local lawn care pros. Boasting over 200,000 active users, GreenPal pulses with thousands of tra…
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Rob Macklin KNOWS mergers and acquisitions having done over 200 of them. He shares his knowledge RIGHT OFF BAT! Here we go! Depending on your exit strategy or planning, you will need to structure your business and personal finances to make it easier for someone to ‘see’ how well you are performing. They are also looking for how to use your platform…
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Mark Herschberg joins the Small Business Safari today and talks about leadership development and getting the most out of people and opportunities using a more scientific approach. He is a Fractional CTO and coach to many software startups and brings a unique approach to leveraging peoples technical talents to achieve incredible outcomes. His traini…
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Wendy Sellers, The HRlady, joined the guys on this episode to give the NO NONSENSE scoop on how human resources is more important than business owners realize. Wendy tells us it should be looked at from a marketing perspective. HR can be an important part of setting up and running a solid company with a great culture. She doesn’t care if you have 5…
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Alan and Chris interviewed Ron Reich who brought his deep background in large company leadership and culture training to the pod! We talked about an early boss that had seen more in Ron than Ron saw in himself, and that belief propelled him to achieve more. The leadership set by a company should be set from Emotional Intelligence, Disc Profile to u…
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Tyler Jefcoat has found his $100 million dollar niche! Tyler is the Founder and CEO of Seller Accountant, a company specializing in financial coaching for e-commerce sellers generating over $100 million in annual sales. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here! ----…
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Alan and Chris talk with Brian Gottlieb who recently sold his companies for $100MM. That’s right 100MM! His secret? He did it through starting with a solid vision statement and then building his team and focusing on execution, sales, and consistent training. This episode explores how Gottlieb executed on those 6 things. Did you know our amazing voi…
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Ready for a heartwarming chat with a man who’s as passionate about revving Dodge Vipers as he is about successful business transitions and remodeling industry? Our guest for the episode, Andy Apter, the president of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), is just that! Moreover, we confront customer service issues that often pla…
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Achieving rapid profitability hinges on discovering a targeted niche that aligns with your capabilities, as it's often said that Niches bring the Riches! In pursuit of this objective, Todd crafted a comprehensive framework designed to guide you in not only identifying a lucrative niche within a marketplace but also in establishing dominance within …
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Dominic’s journey began during high school at the Yo HO HO lighting company, followed by a transition into ownership of a painting business. He subsequently transformed into a seasoned business coach with a wealth of experience, having not only owned and operated businesses himself but also successfully exited multiple ventures. This unique backgro…
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Jeremy is the owner of Command Your Brand and the Co-host of Create your own life podcast who has recently published his book “Unremarkable to Extraordinary: Ignite your Passion to go from Passive Observer to Creator of your own life” This episode was full of laughs and of course amazing information as we talk about Jeremy’s career from teacher to …
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Marcus Myers is a manufacturer's rep for Audio Visual Equipment, but even by his own explanation, this field is obsolete. Amazon is coming! We talk about how to differentiate yourself in the B2B marketplace and become the value added GLUE that helps people play beautiful MUSIC. From Kenny Chesney to Sanford Stadium to a boardroom near you, Marcus a…
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Executive Coach Don from Accountability Now dropped in to talk mindset and sales to find growth and happiness. People feel CONFIDENCE and if you bring it to your company you can create a culture that people want to not only be part of… but want to THRIVE IN. Accountability is usually associated with negativity, but Don explains how it can become a …
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Imagine pivoting from the corporate world, diving headfirst into the ever-competitive field of real estate, and then navigating the tumultuous waters of a recession, all while emerging victorious with a successful small business. Mia Hannah is now a marketing EXPERT who helps real estate agents and home service providers grow their businesses. Her …
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Journey with us as we dive into the life of a self-made entrepreneur and builder, Rocco, owner of Atlanta-based Oneida Builders. We explore his DIY attitude as a child, his relentless spirit to learn and fix things, from using a simple butter knife to building complicated structures, reflecting the bare-bones reality of his early days and the creat…
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Did you know that the Aluminum Siding Business had a ‘Shady Side’? Paul Burleson fills us in on the tactics that were brought to Home Improvement Business by the wise guys, trying to con, cheat and steal the consumer, and how good things can actually come out of the lessons you learned at an early age. Paul has become an apostle for the RIGHT WAY t…
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I usually don't like talking to lawyers, but Jennifer Gore-Cuthbert is an expectation! She has such a fascinating story on how she got into law and then put her entrepreneurial spin on buildilng a business. This is no "hang your shingle out" Attorney, She has thoughtfully built a business that happens to be in the field of law. Jen is the founding …
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What happens when a calling to ministry unexpectedly leads to a successful small business? Our guest, Joel Mooneyham, shares his unique journey from feeling called to preach to becoming the sales rep and the social media manager of Southeast Underdeck. Discover how Joel's passion for helping others and creativity helped launch his career! Did you k…
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PROMO CODE BELOW! Ever felt overwhelmed by marketing your small business? You're not alone! Join us as we chat with Sarah Block, founder of Tiny Marketing, about her unique strategies and systems designed specifically for tiny teams. Get ready to level up your marketing game as we discuss the future of AI and chatGPT use in small businesses, the im…
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Discover how asking the right questions and truly listening to your clients can skyrocket your small business success in our engaging conversation with Frank Pologruto, owner of Decks and More in Atlanta. Plus, we'll delve into the leadership lessons he's learned throughout his journey and how he applies the Ritz Carlton model to his business. Did …
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From discovering iconic restaurants to encounters with Bill Clinton, Mike shares insightful stories and reflects on event security changes. Additionally, we touch on networking for introverts, pushing boundaries, and the impact it can have on personal connections. With amusing anecdotes from his business ventures, spiritual journey, and consulting …
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Dan Weidmann shares his journey from studying Aero Astro Engineering to working in the military and eventually becoming a lawyer. Dan's transition to joining his brother's remodeling company in Atlanta adds another twist to the conversation. With laughter, intriguing stories, and unexpected turns, this podcast episode is an entertaining adventure y…
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Eric Estevez, shares his journey from working at Target to becoming a successful entrepreneur in the real estate and mortgage industry. Estevez shares how his experience in retail taught him the value of hard work and planning, which he applied to his later career. He also credits his success to his mentors and the leadership skills he learned whil…
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We sat down with Roger Panitch, founder of a successful moving and junk removal company (College Hunks). Roger shares his journey from starting with just two employees to scaling the business to over 75 employees and 24 vehicles. Along the way, he opens up about the challenges he faced, like trusting his team to represent the business without him b…
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Brad Yoho discusses the importance of having the right people and processes in place for successful business operations. They boys delve into the challenges of finding talented individuals and implementing effective sales processes. The conversation highlights the need for companies to focus on a back-to-basics mentality when it comes to sales, inc…
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Mitch Beinhaker, a New Jersey-based attorney and host of the Accidental Entrepreneur podcast. Mitch talks about his journey to becoming a lawyer, which began after a night out with a friend in college, and his grandmother's encouragement! Despite not being initially enthusiastic about law school, Mitch found that having a law degree offered him a l…
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Finding a way to land a job in one of the biggest nonprofits in Atlanta? Maybe not, BUT Paul Sansone describes his journey on how he did! Join our conversation with Paul where we cover all sorts of small business tips. By combining Chris & Alan's thought-provoking interview questions with Paul's expertise on finance and leadership, you can gain val…
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