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Explore topics related to transformational community leadership including economic development, non-profit engagement, organizational management, and policy development. It's a candid conversation with veterans of the economic development profession along with inspiring interviews of today's thought leaders.
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Are you a woman entrepreneur in the wedding and event industry who is burnt out? Do you want your business to work for you instead of the other way around? Does the stress and frustration you’re feeling ever make you want to throw in the towel, give up on your dream, and start working on your resumé? Stop right there! Host Jen Taylor understands how you feel and has answers for you. When she started out over 15 years ago as a successful destination wedding planner in Washington and Maui, it ...
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I can’t believe this is Episode 100 of the Design Your Wedding Business podcast! Whether you’re a long-time listener or a newbie, thank you so much for being here. In this 100th episode, we’re talking about visibility for your wedding business. We spend a lot of time thinking and talking about marketing, but what if we’re focusing our attention on …
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Does SEO bring out the procrastinator in you? Yeah, me too. When it comes to SEO (Search Engine Optimization), many of us don’t know what to do or where to start. Well, you’re in luck because Sara Dunn is here to show you how easy it can be. In this episode of Design Your Wedding Business, Sara is teaching you the basics of SEO for wedding professi…
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Finding Your Path in Economic Development Dennis is joined by Develop This! contributing correspondents Joi Cuartero Austin CEcd, Senior Program Officer, Economic Vitality with Main Street America, and Sean M. Maguire, AICP CEcD Economic Development and Planning Executive. Together, they discuss finding Your Path in Economic Development. Economic d…
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Are you trying to do your own market research in the wedding industry? We all know that we need to be doing our research and looking at data, but it’s hard to know where to start or what to look for. In this episode on the Design Your Wedding Business podcast, Shane McMurray is sharing everything you need to start researching your market and what’s…
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Have you been thinking about sprucing up your website? It’s not uncommon to find that updating your website gets bumped down your list of priorities and before you know it it’s been five or more years since you last gave it a refresh. Maybe that’s you, or maybe you’re setting up your website for the first time, either way, I want to make sure your …
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What does it take to become an Accredited Economic Development Organization? The St. Tammany Corp in Mandeville, LA, recently completed the process. There are over 5,000 economic development organizations, and fewer than 80 have achieved this prestigious designation. In this episode, Dennis is joined by Chris Masingill, CEO, and Ashley Llewellyn, S…
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Dennis is joined by Jonas Peterson, the CEO of Southwest Michigan First and IEDC's Immediate Past Chair. Jonas also talks about his economic development career journey and his current role as the CEO of Southwest Michigan First, his time as the chair of IEDC, and the growth and future of IEDC.
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What questions do you have about working with rental companies as a wedding planner? With a bit of luck, by the end of this episode, we’ll have those questions answered. When I had a team, I would ask top wedding professionals to come and talk to us about their corner of the industry so that we could better serve our clients and build stronger rela…
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Dennis is joined by Mark Perna, who discusses ten habits that can keep us from reaching our full potential. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey Be Proactive Begin With the End in Mind Put First Things First Think Win-Win Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood Synergize Sharpen the Saw What are the habits that keep us fr…
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If you have questions about working with a hair and makeup artist but are unsure who to ask, you’re in luck! In this episode on the Design Your Wedding Business podcast, we’re talking to makeup artist Anne Timss about what it’s like for a wedding planner and makeup artist to work together and what that process looks like. Anne is covering wedding m…
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If you’ve never worked directly with a florist before, you might be wondering what that process looks like. Wonder no more because Judi Tschudia is here on Design Your Wedding Business to walk you through the entire process of floral design for weddings from start to finish. Judi is getting into the nitty gritty of everything that goes into wedding…
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Dennis's organization, Lee County Economic Development Group, recently became an AEDO - Accredited Economic Development Organization through IEDC. Dennis is joined by Bill Murphy - President & CEO of Ardmore Development Authority in Ardmore, OK, and Jim Fram - Consultant and Economic Development Leader - of Community Growth Strategies, and they dis…
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How do you get into planning destination weddings? Maybe you got into the wedding industry with a dream of doing destination weddings or maybe you’re looking to try something new. Whatever has led you here, we’ve got answers for you in this episode of Design Your Wedding Business. Natalie John is here to talk all things destination weddings. She’s …
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Working on the Other Side: From Elected Official to Economic Development In this episode, contributing correspondent Joi Cuartero Austin is joined by Kyle Moore, President of the Great River Economic Development Foundation in Quincy and Adams County, Illinois. Kyle discusses his journey from elected official to economic development professional. Go…
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Have you ever done a styled shoot for your wedding business? If you have, you’ll know that they make great marketing material, but they take a lot of work to create, coordinate, and execute from start to finish. So, are styled shoots worth the effort? I thought we should ask a professional. Margaux Fraise is here on Design Your Wedding Business to …
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What do you do when your pricing doesn’t seem to fit in any market? Your business has grown and you’ve gotten too expensive for the budget shoppers, but you don’t yet have the reputation or prestige that luxury clients are looking for. Does that sound like you? It’s a tricky spot to be in, so in this episode of Design Your Wedding Business, we’re h…
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How do you get into the luxury market? If your goal is to work with high-end clients, you might be wondering where to start. I have the perfect guest for you in this episode of the Design Your Wedding Business podcast. James Christianson from James x Schulze is sharing his expert advice for breaking into the luxury market as a wedding professional.…
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Follow-up. You know you need to do it, but it always ends up on the back burner. In this episode of Design Your Wedding Business, I’m joined by fellow wedding industry mentor Kate Storey to talk about why follow-ups are so valuable and how to use them to get more bookings from your ideal wedding clients. Believe it or not, a good follow-up strategy…
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Wedding shows: we all have questions about them. Which is the right show for me? Are they worth it? What should I bring? How do I capture the attention of attendees? Kristen DeBadts has answers for you in this episode of Design Your Wedding Business. Kristen and I are getting into the nitty-gritty of how to choose the right wedding show for you, pr…
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What does building a house have in common with building a business? Well, for starters, a house can’t be built in a day and neither can your business. It takes time to lay the foundation, create the structure, and get everything working smoothly. In this episode of Design Your Wedding Business, I’m walking you through the process of building and st…
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Dennis is joined by IEDC President and CEO Nathan Ohle, and they discuss the growth and changes at IEDC over the past year. They also discuss the future of IEDC and the economic development profession. New IEDC Strategic Plan Economic Recovery Corps Fellowship $1 million research initiative Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation…
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Have you been wondering about Human Design but don’t know where to start? Let me make things easier for you and give you a starting point right here! When I first heard about Human Design I was enthralled. It showed me so much about who I am as a person and in turn as a business owner. If you’re wondering what Human Design is and what it has to do …
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How can you incorporate more self-care into your life? A few months ago, I did a self-care Sundays series on the 8 Dimensions of Self-Care. In this episode of Design Your Wedding Business, I’m joined by the author of that framework herself, Stacy Fisher. Stacy is talking about what self-care really is and how to discover what it means to you. She’s…
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In this episode, contributing correspondent Joi Cuartero Austin is joined by Jackie Swihart, Program Officer with Main Street America. Joi and Jackie discuss Leadership and board burnout Economic development is challenging, with a lot of responsibility in building community prosperity, which is why you need a strong vision, good planning, and even …
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What are you doing to continue your education as a wedding professional? Let’s face it, you don't just sign one contract, send out one proposal, do one wedding, and know it all. You have to take time to continue to invest in yourself to grow as a business owner and wedding professional. That’s why continuing education within the industry is so impo…
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Do you ever wonder how extremely busy people get so much done? Dennis is joined by Mark Perna and they discuss tips and strategies to be more effective at work. They also discuss the difference between activity and productivity. Email strategies How to empower others Effective onboarding Spending your time effectively Silence internal negative talk…
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Dennis is joined by Mid America Economic Development Council's immediate past president, Horton Hobbs, to discuss the recent MAEDC Competitiveness Conference in Indianapolis. Dennis and Horton talk about highlights from the conference, Mid-Amercia EDC, and upcoming 2024 conferences.
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So, the slow season is approaching and you know you had things you wanted to do but you can’t remember what they all were. Don’t panic, I’m sharing my list of everything I like to get done during the off-season to make sure that my business can continue running smoothly. Work your way through this list and you’ll be good to go by the time things st…
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How can you simplify your schedule? There are three things you need to include in your schedule to set yourself up for the best week possible, and I’m sharing them in this episode of Design Your Wedding Business. I’m teaching you how to plan your calendar and create your schedule to make your weeks more manageable, productive, and efficient. If you…
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Do you have a process for wrapping up your year and transitioning into the new year? If not, get some inspiration from this episode of the Design Your Wedding Business podcast. I’m sharing what I do at the end of each year to prepare for the new year and make the transition as easy as possible. We’re covering organization, standard operating proced…
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How do you feel about your conflict resolution skills? Could they use some brushing up? At some point in your career, you might experience a relationship with a coworker that goes sideways. It might be a passing comment that gets taken the wrong way or maybe an action that causes hurt and distrust. Whatever the cause, we all have to repair relation…
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Have you ever been in a toxic relationship with a client? It’s hard to accept when a client relationship isn’t working out, but sometimes it’s better to move on than be hurt by a toxic client relationship (or any relationship for that matter). I had the opportunity to sit down with Cathy O’Connell to talk about walking away from toxic relationships…
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Dennis is joined by Keith A. Gillenwater, CEcD, MEDP, MPA, President & CEO of Grow Wabash County, and Jeff Pipkin, Economic Development Manager at Hoosier Energy, to discuss the Mid America EDC Competitiveness Conference. Dennis, Keith, and Jeff discuss what makes the Competitivness Conference special. The conference is designed and planned by work…
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Do you often feel stressed or overwhelmed? We all face stressful situations in our careers as wedding professionals, whether it’s at an event, in a meeting with a client, or behind the scenes. This episode is going to provide you with the tools you need to regulate your system and manage stress. Christina Algeciras is joining us to share her knowle…
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This episode is a tribute to my new life. Five years ago at 2 a.m. on October 31st, my husband passed away. As I reflected on this experience and what I wanted to share about it, I thought about all the things I’ve learned and worked on over the last five years that have shaped me into who I am today, and that’s what I want to talk about. Of course…
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Dennis is joined by generational expert Mark C. Perna. Mark has spent 2023 speaking to 100's of education, community and economic development groups and organizations with 10,000's of people. Mark gives his insight into the trends, opportunities, and challenges he see's working with the generations and organizations involved in workforce developmen…
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How do you balance your wedding business with all the obligations you have over the holidays? The holiday season is just around the corner, so it’s time to start thinking about how to prepare to make sure that you can enjoy your holiday season and not burn yourself out from trying to do all the things. There are two important questions for you to a…
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Winning Ugly In this episode Dennis talks about how we measure success and why being flashy may not always yield the best results. Iowa Football Statistics Iowa's offense is currently ranked 133 of 133 in the FBS. Through 7 games, they have 13 total offensive TDs and have punted the ball 47 times. They average less than 250 total yards per game. De…
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Do I need to hire a virtual assistant? If you’re asking yourself this question, this episode of Design Your Wedding Business is for you. As your wedding business coach and mentor, I want to make sure you have all the information you need about who to hire in your business. We’ve talked about online business managers, now it’s time to cover virtual …
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Do you need an online business manager? That’s the million-dollar question that I’m going to answer in this episode with the help of our guest, Kristin Amundson. If you have no clue where to start when it comes to hiring an online business manager or virtual assistant for your wedding business, we’ve got you covered. We’re starting with the basics …
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Where are my organization lovers at? Okay, how about my organization haters? Whatever camp you fall in, I want you to listen up for this episode! I’m getting geeky with Lisa McHargue and we’re talking about organizing your digital clutter. Lisa is walking us through how to streamline your email, Google Drive, Dropbox, hard drive, and other digital …
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