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Have you ever sat there and wondered "What am I doing here stuck in 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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Back for another episode of The Small Business Safari? DECK YEAH! This week, Chris and Alan sit down with the deck kings, Bryan Miller and John Gwaltney of Outback Deck! A budding friendship and brutal hockey injury led industry competitors, Bryan and John to pursue a prosperous, but unexpected partnership. GOLD NUGGETS are flying left and right, d…
 
Welcome Adventure Team! Today, Chris and Alan are in studio with Tom DuFore of Big Sky Franchise discussing all things franchising! If you're looking to franchise or just looking for some potential next steps, this one is for you. Turn that volume up and listen close as the guys explore: 1. Who qualifies to franchise? The 3 things Tom looks for in …
 
Hello adventure team and welcome back to another episode of The Small Business Safari. Today, the guys sit down with Rusty Clifton of Fairway Insurance to pick his brain on what goes into starting, maintaining, and growing an insurance company like he did. From the golf course to the insurance desk, Rusty knows a thing or two that will help you mak…
 
Welcome to this week's episode! Today, Chris and Alan are joined by Duane Johns of Alair Homes Charlotte in North Carolina. Duane has worked as a builder and remodeler for all of his life, and then turned his work boots in for a seat at the table when he and his partner Roger Ketchum began a general contracting business in 1997. Duane's career and …
 
Goodbye! Sorry, we mean...Hello! The guys have been talking about exit strategies so much it can be difficult to tell if you're coming or going. Just like that, the lines between being fully immersed in your company and carrying out an exit strategy can get seriously blurred. Don't fret because Chris and Alan are here to talk you through what goes …
 
Welcome back to another rich episode of The Small Business Safari! Today, Alan and Chris are joined by Beth Miller of Executive Velocity, a company she founded in 2006. Beth has written two books called, "Replaceable, An Obsession With Succession" and "Are You Talent Obsessed?" that lay the framework for passing the torch in your business and why i…
 
Welcome to a very special installment of The Small Business Safari! 365 days ago TODAY, Alan and Chris sat down and cracked a beer for the very first episode. This time the guys are reminiscing on: 1. How the podcast began and why the guys felt it was important to share their business experience in an entertaining way to help others in the same pos…
 
Welcome to this week's episode of The Small Business Safari. Today, Chris sits down with Jason Sleeman, who is the VP of Craft Beverage Lending for United Community Bank, to talk about one of our favorite topics...beer! Grab a beer from your favorite craft brewery and join us as the guys get into: 1. How Jason followed his passion for craft brewing…
 
Welcome back to The Small Business Safari! Chris and Alan are joined once again by father-son duo Ken and KJ Cornwall of ProVent Systems. This week Ken and KJ share some of the GOLD NUGGETS that helped shaped their business, plus: 1. Ken and KJ are Customer Experience masters, they run their business with the intent to sell the customer something t…
 
Happy Tuesday folks! Today's episode is very special because today Chris and Alan are sitting down with not one, but TWO guests! Meet father and son, Ken and KJ Cornwall who own and operate ProVent Systems in Lawrenceville, GA. Ken and KJ take the guys through the story of how Ken traversed through the plumbing business world and landed himself 50+…
 
It's the BIG FIVE-OH! That's right, this is the 50th episode of The Small Business Safari! Andy Suggs is BACK and still brimming with GOLD NUGGETS. This time, The Man with the Brand is sharing some branding insider tips that you don't want to miss. Kick back and listen up as the guys get into: 1. Andy walks the guys through an actual branding proje…
 
Welcome back to The Small Business Safari for episode 49! Our guest this week is Andy Suggs, he was the man with graphic design plan and now runs his own branding company, Reckon Branding. Andy is here with Chris and Alan to share some insight on: 1. Why your company's "WHY?" is important 2. The positive impact of customer feedback on defining a br…
 
Welcome to episode 48 of The Small Business Safari, this week the doctor is in! Well, he's in the podcast studio, that is! Dr. David Adler is here to straighten some things out and we're not just talking about Chris's back. Get ready to collect some GOLD NUGGETS on: 1. The importance of old-school methods, especially when you're just starting out 2…
 
Welcome to another episode of The Small Business Safari! This week Chris and Alan kick around some serious knowledge and reflect on the following: 1. How to identify when you are stuck in a rut, and how to turn it into a growth experience. 2. The power of mindset and how you as a leader can become more self aware and in tune with your company/emplo…
 
On this episode of The Small Business Safari Chris is joined by Edd Konopka, A.K.A. the man behind the scenes. Edd has worn many hats in his career! He started out as a technician, then became Chris's operations manager for The Trusted Toolbox, and is now in charge of the Home Service Institute and the production of this podcast. Since Edd and Chri…
 
Welcome to another episode! This week Chris and Alan sit down with Paul Letalien, the owner of Archer Restoration Services. In his line of work, Paul is inside of his customer's homes and deals with homeowners at some of the most stressful periods in their lives. Restoration services are typically needed following a disaster that impacts a home. Pa…
 
Welcome to another rich episode of The Small Business Safari. Today, Alan and Chris are joined by Zach Levy! Zach's impressive background shows how you can start in one place and end up somewhere completely different. He attended Georgia State University and then transferred to Kennesaw State University where he continued his education with a plan …
 
Cheers! We hope you have dinner in the oven because this episode will definitely make you hungry. Whether you're hungry for Paella or business success, we have you covered! This week, Chris and Alan talk about two of their favorite things, food and business. The guys dive into a bunch of gold nuggets that show you the parallels between cooking and …
 
Welcome to Season 3 of The Small Business Safari! Chris and Alan start off the new season by introducing the brand new summer intern, Rose. As always, the guys are kicking back and giving you some gold nuggets on how to balance work-life with home-life to get that happy medium. This episode is full of real experiences that show how crucial it is to…
 
Express your WHY through your culture! --- Chris Michel launches into the safari once again! To recap, he has built a company that focuses on business development, increasing revenue and profits, recruiting, hiring, and developing of individuals and teams! Chris, aka Coach Chris, has a background in the home service industry. Not only has he built …
 
Add your special seasoning after you learn your processes! --- Chris Michel hops into the safari! He has built a company that focuses on business development, increasing revenue and profits, recruiting, hiring, and developing of individuals and teams! Chris, aka Coach Chris, has a background in the home service industry. Not only has he built a suc…
 
The special guest makes a second appearance! Sam Lalomia is back for a second round with more great stories! They open up with beer! Alan is a beer connoisseur. Not only does he love but he brews it. He gets to tell the stories behind the beer he brought which really makes you appreciate it even more. If you haven't noticed already, the theme of th…
 
Chris has a special guest! He raised him, he bathed him, and most importantly he helped the Trusted Toolbox. Chris's father, Sam Lalomia, joins us in this episode! Sam is from Buffalo, New York, and was a civil engineer. They deep dive into Chris's upbringing, how he got into a small business, and how to tackle family crises when they occur. This e…
 
Maybe you're too entrepreneurial... Jon Ostenson jumps into the safari! Like us, he was in the corporate world and now he walks the entrepreneurial journey. Jon is a top 1% Franchise Consultant nationally and he leads FranBridge Consulting as CEO. Jon walks through everything franchising. He goes through trending small businesses, aligning general …
 
What is your definition of success? Tommy Breedlove joins the safari! Tommy has one of the most inspiring stories I have heard. He made it from working in a factory to save for college to leading one of the largest public accounting firms in the southeast U.S. Living a movie-like success, Tommy eventually found himself in a very bad position in his…
 
and business... Andy McDowell jumps into the safari with us! Andy is now an entrepreneur but goes way back into work with Boeing. While he was at Boeing for 22 years, he figured he was more a life coach than a boss. In 2002 he started the entrepreneurship journey in Airspace Design Consulting. Join in and listen to his experiences trying to coordin…
 
Get your life organized! Let's recap Heather Rogers, THE professional organizer! Heather's career has stretched to many different industries. Everything from financial services to customer service and sales. Today, she is the small business owner of Simply Organized. She and her team's superpower is decluttering and easing homeowners. Whether you a…
 
Get your life organized! Heather Rogers, THE professional organizer, joins us in this episode! Heather's career has stretched to many different industries. Everything from financial services to customer service and sales. Today, she is the small business owner of Simply Organized. She and her team's superpower is decluttering and easing homeowners.…
 
Let's Recap! Rocky is the profit answer man! As a kid, Rocky was always entrepreneurial. He would go into the city and buy wholesale products then come home to school sell it all! He's also big on harmony. Balancing business and life. Chris breaks down the importance of networking aswell. Your network is your networth! There are tons of GOLD NUGGET…
 
He does more than spreadsheets trust me!... Rocky Lalvani joins us in this episode! Rocky is the profit answer man! As a kid, Rocky was always entrepreneurial. He would go into the city and buy wholesale products then come home to school sell it all! Moving into college he had this amazing talent with spreadsheets. At the time, no one knew how to u…
 
We got special guests!... Janessa and Cindy join Chris today! They are the first touchpoint of The Trusted Tool Box business. They make everything work! In this episode, we learn a little bit about their backgrounds and how they see the business. This is a fun mini-episode so take a listen! Thanks for listening! Please help us out with a follow, ra…
 
Do what makes you happy... Chris and Alan discuss how being your own boss is the best way to work. Never in corporate America was Chris able to travel and take a vacation as he does now. There are so many more benefits. This should be motivation to get the heck out of the corporate zoo! Go ahead and bet on yourself! Thanks for listening! Please hel…
 
Or is it a waste of time?... Chris poses the question, "Are these events worth it?". Chris believes it improves his business ten times over. Are businesses better off not doing them? Usually in corporate America, they have these yearly meetings never to be talked about again. So, why does Chris implement them now? Take a listen to hear the GOLD NUG…
 
Or is it a waste of time?... Chris and Alan are back one on one in this episode! Chris poses the question, "What do you think of strategic planning events?". Alan thinks they're absolutely a waste of time! Chris on other hand believes it improves his business ten times over. Are businesses better off not doing them? Usually in corporate America, th…
 
How hard can it be to sell tile?... "It's really hard!" says our guest on this episode. Amanda Griffey joins the safari! Currently, Amanda is a sales designer for a kitchen and bath plumbing supply house in Atlanta, Georgia. On top of that, she is the committee chair for two NARI Atlanta groups. But seven years before this she was selling tile. Wit…
 
How hard can it be to sell tile?... "It's really hard!" says our guest on this episode. Amanda Griffey joins the safari! Currently, Amanda is a sales designer for a kitchen and bath plumbing supply house in Atlanta, Georgia. On top of that, she is the committee chair for two NARI Atlanta groups. But seven years before this she was selling tile. Wit…
 
Let's recap!... Spencer comes from a line of entrepreneurs with a background in building and contracting. He started with stuffing envelopes when he was a kid for his family business and decided there was no way he wanted to do that for the rest of his life. Years later out of college, he started a social media agency. His uncle then reached out an…
 
He only used hand tools!... Spencer Powell dives deep with us in this episode of all things social media and marketing! He comes from a line of entrepreneurs with a background in building and contracting. He started with stuffing envelopes when he was a kid for his family business and decided there was no way he wanted to do that for the rest of hi…
 
Get that ladder of success on the right building!... Joe Perrone hops in for the small business safari! Joe is a strategist who helps business owners to reclaim their time for freedom. He believes a business should be self-sufficient where the business doesn't own you. On top of that, he also owns two automotive repair shops. In this episode, we di…
 
And save time for freedom... Joe Perrone hops in for the small business safari! Joe is a strategist who helps business owners to reclaim their time for freedom. He believes a business should be self-sufficient where the business doesn't own you. On top of that, he also owns two automotive repair shops. In this episode, we dive into how he started a…
 
Let's talk about the last episode! Dave Lupberger shared a lot of great GOLD NUGGETS so let's break them down. With many years of experience in the remodeling industry, he now owns Remodel Force: Clients for Life. Dave helps contractors to be better and get great clients. One way one could do this is really nailing down your target market, getting …
 
Number one tip. Never take over a job for a bankrupt contractor... David Lupberger joins us in this episode! He found the opportunity to change the remodeling industry and took it! David has more than enough experience with over two decades in the residential remodeling field. He uses this experience and helps other remodelers with a proven busines…
 
The most personable contractor out there... Duane has been in the construction industry for over 30 years. So he probably knows a thing or two. Duane is also THE construction business coach. He was first in commercial but felt more rewarded when he started home remodeling. Working in someone's home, their most prized possession really makes an impa…
 
Did you guess he's in construction?... Duane C. Barney joins us in this episode! Duane is THE construction business coach. He has been in the construction industry for over 30 years. So he probably knows a thing or two. His favorite aspect of it is really getting his hands dirty and working with the tools. With this foundation, he went into project…
 
We hand you the playbook... David is a fellow entrepreneur that started way back in college with a painting franchise. He now owns Home Service Coach and reinvented himself with Revive Washing. He is a perfect example of how business isn't all about money. With Revive Washing he donates three percent of the revenues to sponsor global water wells. T…
 
and more!... David Moerman joins us in this episode! We have gone international again because David is from Canada! David is a fellow entrepreneur that started way back in college with a painting franchise. He now owns Home Service Coach and reinvented himself with Revive Washing. He is a perfect example of how business isn't all about money. With …
 
He puts the force in salesforce... This episode is all about all the GOLD NUGGETS Jim Ryerson dropped the last episode! Go check it if you haven't already! A little about Jim: After a successful career in corporate America, he decide he wanted out. When he was handing in his letter of resignation, his boss asked "What are you going to do now?" Jim …
 
He puts the force in salesforce... Jim Ryerson joins us on this episode with the sales knowledge we all need! After a successful career in corporate America, he decide he wanted out. When he was handing in his letter of resignation, his boss asked "What are you going to do now?" Jim responded, "I'm going to teach sales!". From there on he started S…
 
How did he do it?... In this episode, Chris goes over Mr. Mishkoff's podcast. If you haven't listened to the last episode yet, he is the founder of Granite Garage Floors. He left the corporate zoo many years ago because he wasn't passionate about his work anymore. So he challenged himself and looked for opportunities. The way he found what he does …
 
He has expanded to 16 locations!... Alan Mishkoff joins us today for another great episode! He is the founder of Granite Garage Floors. He left the corporate zoo many years ago because he wasn't passionate about his work anymore. So he challenged himself and looked for opportunities. The way he found what he does today was as he worked with a relat…
 
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