August 2013

Broadcast August 16, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/19968.mp3 [caption id="attachment_2617" align="alignright" width="270"] Adam Bonnifield (right)[/caption] Adam Bonnifield- Co-Founder of Spinnakr The techniques developed by big data are being replicated and applied to the SMB market. Today we have on a company trying to elbow its way into this rapidly growing space, and they have quite a compelling competitive edge. They have developed a technology that displays your website differently to different market segments of your customer base. It can also customize your website and target your customers based on how they came to your site. The application for this technology is widespread and very appealing to users of all kinds. Join us as we explore this concept and how they can provide value to all you entrepreneurs out there!   [caption id="attachment_2631" align="alignright" width="104"] Sharon Lettman-Hicks[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2650" align="alignright" width="122"] Eugene Cornelius Jr.[/caption] Small Business Administration Many Faces One Dream Diversity Tour We are honored to welcome the leaders behind the Many Faces One Dream Tour. This tour is a cooperation of the NBJC (National Black Justice Coalition) with the hope of economically empowering the black community. The tour has two facets: helping black entrepreneurs both start and develop their businesses. The tour takes place in Atlanta and 12 other cities. Terri Denison returns along with Eugene Cornelius Jr. (the tour's keynote speaker), and Sharon Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director of the NBJC, to go over specifics of the tour. Make sure to tune in and take full advantage tour in the other US cities! ...

Broadcast August 15, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/19949.mp3 [caption id="attachment_2605" align="alignright" width="183"] Marion Fleijsen[/caption] Marion Fleijsen - Cofounder and COO of EFactor EFactor -is the world's social media largest network for entrepreneurs. Marion is co-founder and as COO is  Main responsibility for ongoing development and management of the online community.  If you aren't on EFactor yet, you need to be! I have just started playing with it, but already love and see it as a very powerful tool for all us starters!   [caption id="attachment_2609" align="alignright" width="180"] Mitch Schlimer[/caption] Mitch Schlimer - Radio Host and Founder of the Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame Mitch has had a huge importantly entrepreneurship radio show for over 20 years. But even more importantly, he founded teh Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, at the EPI Center. Last December, Mitch held the first live induction event, called by HuffPo the "Academy Awards of Entrepreneurship!" Check out the induction speeches here. ...

Broadcast August 14, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/19919.mp3 [caption id="attachment_2578" align="alignright" width="150"] Carter Allen, P.C.[/caption] Carter Allen- Small Business Attorney Carter Allen has been practicing law for 20 years, and he specializes in helping entrepreneurs get "from business plan to exit" all over the United States. He graduated from Georgia State University in the top 6% of his class. His firm provides a fixed rate service and specializes in IP, mergers and acquisitions, corporate law, and many more. We have him on today to discuss the legal issues of raising money.   [caption id="attachment_2580" align="alignright" width="160"] Clark A.D. Wilson[/caption] Clark A.D. Wilson - IP Attorney at Gardner Groff Clark A.D. Wilson is a local patent and trademark attorney here in Atlanta, GA. We have him on to go over his business and give our entrepreneurs some quick, legal freebies.   ...

Broadcast August 13, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/19899.mp3 [caption id="attachment_2560" align="alignright" width="208"] Rod Kurtz[/caption] Rod Kurtz - AmEx Open Editor-at-Large  Rod has written for just about every small business source there is. He is a contributor to the NY Times, Huffington Post, Inc, CNN Money, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Cool Hunting. He also is a proud defender of all things entrepreneurial, and you know we love that here! Can't wait to hear what he has to share with us. [caption id="attachment_2568" align="alignright" width="159"] Eric Holtzclaw[/caption] Eric Holtzclaw - Chief Strategist and Author of Laddering: Unlocking the Potential of Consumer Behavior and Inc Columnist Eric is a thought leader in consumer behavior and has a new book called Laddering that explains that the rules for product development and marketing have changed forever. You can't control how consumers receive marketing messages. The consumer is in charge, so it is crucial to understand what drives customer behavior. His book, Laddering, explains how to better understand your customers' core values. Learn to ask the right questions from your customers and unlock the true potential of your company. ...

Broadcast August 12, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/19883.mp3 [caption id="attachment_2543" align="alignright" width="240"] Palaniswamy Rajan[/caption] Palaniswamy Rajan - Managing Partner at the CTW Venture Partners Palaniswamy Rajan is the managing partner of CTW Venture Partners.  This venture capital fund specializes in getting startups going at an early level, and they focus primarily in technology startups for disruptive innovations. He grew one firm with no annual revenues in 2000 to $32M in 2005, in probably the most difficult technology industry climate. He sold another to S1 in 1999 in a deal valued at $166 million. Raj serves on the Board of Directors of the above companies and as well on the advisory boards of several early stage technology firms around the country. He was instrumental in establishing the Atlanta CEO Council, a non-profit networking group of more than 1000 CEOs, CxOs, and investors in the Southeast. He also served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the CEO Council from 1999 through 2011. Mr. Rajan also co-founded and serves on the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE), a national mentoring organization for entrepreneurs. [caption id="attachment_2545" align="alignleft" width="240"] Tom Gazaway[/caption]   Tom Gazaway - President and CEO of HawkEye Management LLC Tom Gazaway is president and CEO of a company that seeks to provide small businesses with lines of credit to help smooth over operational costs and acquire new and profitable fixed assets. And he can write loans with NO collateral! Today, we have him on to go over the story behind his business and any tips and tricks he might have in the way of getting your small business loan the right way. Be sure not to miss this episode of School for Startups Radio! ...

Broadcast August 9, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/19830.mp3 [caption id="attachment_2444" align="alignright" width="270"] Lou Imbriano[/caption] Lou Imbriano- Author of  Winning the Customer, CEO of  TrinityOne Lou Imbriano is all about building your brand and enhancing your customer relations. His specialty lies in the sports industry, as his experience is derived from his work as the CMO of the New England Patriots, but his methods often see great success outside of this arena. His book, Winning the Customer, was written as a marketing and general business tool highlighting the hallmarks of his successful philosophy. We have him on the show today to go over some of these principles in-depth! There is some great wisdom here, so don't miss out! For more on Lou Imbriano, make sure to check out his website here! [caption id="attachment_2446" align="alignright" width="240"] Steve Strauss[/caption] Steve Strauss- Senior USA TODAY Small Business Columnist and Founder of TheSelfEmployed.com Steven D. Strauss is the country’s leading small business expert. Steve is also the author of 15 books, including the all new 3rd edition of the best-selling Small Business Bible and appears weekly on USATODAY.com.  He has one of the most highly syndicated business columns in the world, including being the featured columnist for Bank of America's Small Business Community.  Steve regularly blogs for Microsoft Business on Main, Concur, SCORE, The Huffington Post, BizEngine, and others. If that is not enough, he is also a contributor to ABC News Now and MSNBC's Your Business show. As an internationally recognized speaker, columnist, and attorney, Steve sits on the Board of the World Entrepreneurship Forum, and is often tapped to speak  for various corporations wishing to reach the small business marketplace. He recently founded  TheSelfEmployed.com, where smaller businesses can get everything they need from Steve and his partners like EHealth, Greatland, LegalZoom, Elance, Verizon, and Staples. ...

Broadcast August 8, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/19809.mp3 [caption id="attachment_2487" align="alignright" width="100"] Joe Snell[/caption] Joe Snell, Founder and CEO of Viableware Joe Snell started his career in large-scale computer integration and was heavily involved in the internet even before the popularization of the web. He has since started 3 different technology firms, which were aqucired by ok Infospace, Compaq, and a number of other private equity firms. We have Joe on to go over his newest venture, Viableware, THE solution to POS problems in the food and beverage industry. [caption id="attachment_2479" align="alignright" width="160"] Paul Jarrett[/caption] Paul Jarrett- Co-Founder and CEO of Bulu Box We once interviewed Mike Dubin of Dollar Shave Club. He ships a razor to you 4 times monthly for only 1$ a month. Take the basic premise of this business model and apply it the supplement industry; however, Bulu Box does not produce their own brand. Instead, they use incentive the consumer to review the products for points, redeemable for more products. These comments further provide value to the advertiser by encouraging a wealth of consumer feedback. Since the industry already lends itself to the reselling of product in bundles, known among consumers as 'stacking,' Bulu Box is making themselves quickly into the Netflix of the supplement market. ...

Broadcast August 7, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/19803.mp3 [caption id="attachment_1802" align="alignright" width="180"] Joyce Knudsen[/caption] Dr. Joyce Knudsen- Founder of The ImageMaker, Inc Dr. Joyce Knudsen is an image super-guru! She has a PhD. in Human Services with a specialization in self-image. She started her company, The Image Maker, Inc., in 1985 and has been helping professionals enhance their image, actualize their potential, and ramp up their self-esteem ever since. She holds several designations from the Association of Image Consultants and has become a leading authority in the industry. She has been featured in interviews for such publications as USA Today and NY Times Magazine. Listen in to see what kind of great advice she has to offer. [caption id="attachment_2469" align="alignleft" width="300"] Kim Harvey[/caption] Kim Harvey- Co-Found of Angels and Doves Everyone has been the victim of bullying at some point in their lives. It's even harder when you have to watch your kid go through this experience that never seems to go away with the generations. Today, we have on Kim Harvey, Co-Founder of Angels and Doves and the developer of the anti-bullying checklist. Angels and Doves is a non-profit with the sole purpose of putting an end to bullying. We will go over this checklist, the story behind Angels and Doves, and some of the underlying principles that help to start the non-profit. ...

Broadcast August 6, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/19784.mp3 [caption id="attachment_2457" align="alignright" width="190"] Andrew Sherman[/caption] Andrew Sherman- Small Business Strategic Growth Lawyer and author of Road Rules: Be the Truck. Not the Squirrel.  Every small business eventually needs a lawyer, and that time sometimes comes sooner than would be convenient; however, if you are lucky, you have a layer like Andrew Sherman. Andrew is a lawyer that specializes in strategic business growth at every level, from enterprise to entrepreneur. Working with dozens of Fortune 500 companies to hundreds of small businesses, Andrew Sherman knows what it takes to keep your business expanding and legal. He has written over 24 books on the legal aspects of growth, franchising, and the maximization of your IP's potential.   [caption id="attachment_2459" align="alignright" width="192"] Karen Kerrigan[/caption] Karen Kerrigan- President and CEO of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council   Karen Kerrigan is one of the most influential advocates for small businesses. She leads the SBE council and is a member of numerous federal advisory boards including the US Treasury's Taxpayer Advisory Panels, the US/ Iraq business dialogue, and the National Advisory Committee for Labor Provisions of U.S. Free Trade Agreements. However, her reach is not limited to the United States alone. She is one of the founders of the World Entrepreneurship Forum and is consulted by governments from around the world on a regular basis. We have her on to give us a general picture of the SMB landscape in America as the country undergoes some of the biggest changes that it has ever faced. ...

Broadcast August 5, 2013 on Liberty Express Radio http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/19763.mp3 [caption id="attachment_2429" align="alignright" width="158"] Skip McGrath[/caption] Skip McGrath - of SkipMcGrath.com eBay, Amazon, Affiliate Guru. Skip has been on the show several times and one of our official gurus. He has been with us to talk eBay and Amazon, but today is with us to teach us about affiliate marketing and to make money with it. One of Skip's affiliate driven sites is EZAuctionTools.com. The two sites he mentioned in the interview are Commission Junction and ClickBank. [caption id="attachment_2433" align="alignright" width="145"] Lauren Chow of 99designs[/caption] Lauren Chow - Partner Manager for 99designs 99designs is on the show today as part of our SMB series all about things big businesses do for us little guys.  99designs certainly helps us little guys, providing great design work at affordable prices. Cool service, love it. ...