May 2014

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/25712.mp3   [caption id="attachment_8168" align="alignright" width="150"] Dianna T Benson[/caption] Dianna T. Benson - Novelist and Author of Final Trimester and The Hidden Son (The Cayman Islands Trilogy), 2014 Selah Award WINNER for First Book - Highlight Here Dianna T. Benson signed a NINE book deal to write her suspense novels. We want to know how she got the deal! What a huge accomplishment in today's tough world of publishing. She has been an EMS since 2005 and loves the adrenaline rush of responding to emergencies, and her suspense novels provide the same rush. She writes about adventurous characters thrown into tremendous circumstances. She competes in climbing, running, cycling and scuba diving and she has won many awards for her books, including being a 2014 Selah Award Finalist for Book-of-the-Year, a 2011 Genesis Winner, a 2011 Genesis double Semi-Finalist, a 2010 Daphne de Maurier Finalist, and a 2007 Golden Palm Finalist. Her current book deal is with Ellechor Publishing House and her latest novel was released on May 19th.      [caption id="attachment_8170" align="alignright" width="130"] Dale Tweedy[/caption] Dale Tweedy - Partner/Founder of Stonegate Developers - Founder/Owner of CrankShooter Lacrosse Equipment - Founder of Dale Tweedy Mentoring Program for Entrepreneur Scholars at Appalachian State University - Highlight Here Dale Tweedy has several stories to tell. As a true serial entrepreneur, he is involved in lots of businesses. Today though, we focus on a lacrosse business he built to help his two sons learn about business. Now it does about a half million a year! It is an amazing story. Dale is also a developer, building student housing and commercial retail developments throughout the southeast. He created The Dale Tweedy Mentoring Program at Appalachian State University to provide one-on-one partnerships between entrepreneurs and students.          ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/25690.mp3   Ford Saeks - Business Growth Specialist, Author of Superpower: How to Think, Act, and Perform with Less Effort and Better Results and Founder of Prime Concepts Group - Highlight Here Ford Saeks first big success was the PedaStyle Bicycle Storage Systems that are sold by The Sharper Image, Herrington, Hold Everything, Sky Mall, Williams Sonoma, Sams, Wal-Mart, and Target. After selling this business, Ford focused on sharing his growth strategies with small businesses and Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Ford has successfully founded 17 companies, received three U.S. Patents, sold millions, serves on the board of the National Speakers Association. He is a best-selling author and helps all types and size business build better relationships as President and CEO of Prime Concepts Group.      [caption id="attachment_8126" align="alignright" width="200"] David MacMahan[/caption] David MacMahan - CEO/FOunder of DivvyMaster and eCardGiftNotice  - Highlight Here David MacMahan invented one of the top selling silly gift items of all time, The Revenger, a pretend rocket, grenade, and laser launcher to alleviate driver road rage. It sold millions of units! David has since started several start-ups. In 2000, he created a platform for online gift purchases with WebCam Gift Notices and printable eCardGiftNotices.  He is now working to create tools to help catalog and divide estates in situations of death, divorce and downsizing with DivvyMaster.com.  The site provides online tools to ease the burden of estate and divorce divisions.          ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/25663.mp3   [caption id="" align="alignright" width="162"] Skip McGrath[/caption] Skip McGrath -  eBay, Amazon & Affiliate Guru and Author of Three Weeks to eBay Profits - Highlight Here Skip has been on the show several times and one of our favorite guests. Megan, host Jim's wife, used Skip's techniques to start an Amazon business that made 60k in year one! Skip has shared his eBay and Amazon tricks, but today he will help us with affiliate marketing and how to make money with it. Skip runs EZAuctionTools.com and mentioned two sites to help you, Commission Junction and ClickBank. Skip's path to entrepreneurial success started with the closing of a New York antique shop in 1997. He ventured to eBay to see if he could sell his remaining stock and within a few months, he was looking for more inventory!      [caption id="attachment_8118" align="alignright" width="150"] Lady Aye[/caption] The Lady Aye - Professional Sword Swallower - Highlight Here  The Lady Aye is a corporate worker by day and an award-winning sideshow performer by night! She specializes in the rare double blockhead, fire eating, sword swallowing, and more. Lady Aye has worked with Cirque du Soleil and has performed all over the US. She was a finalist for the Stoli Originals Casting Call competition and won the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus’ First of May award and Michael Showalter's "No Punchline Punchline" Contest. She has been featured on the Discovery Channel, Comedy Central, and on the WB. Her press accolades include USA Today, AOL, and the Village Voice's Best of New York Award. Her writing has appeared in Penthouse, Salon, Jezebel, Huffington Post and more. She is with us to talk about building this business and the new speaker agency that she is part of. Very cool. Do NOT try these skills at home!        ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/25645.mp3   [caption id="attachment_8043" align="alignright" width="200"] Carrie Burns[/caption] Carrie Burns - Owner of Atlanta Movie Tours - Highlight Here Carrie Burns started a great company that capitalizes on movies and TV shows being made in Georgia and around Atlanta. Georgia set up tax laws that greatly encourage movie production here. It is a good example of how tax policy can help or hurt business. Movie production has exploded in the area. Carrie is capitalizing on it with tours to some of the areas' hot sets, like The Hunger Games, The Walking Dead and some old classics like Driving Miss Daisy and Gone with the Wind.      [caption id="attachment_8045" align="alignright" width="200"] Bernie Evans[/caption] Bernie Evans - CEO at Red Rhino Market Group - Highlight Here Bernie Evans is the CEO of Red Rhino Market Group. Red Rhino is a full service marketing and advertising agency that focuses on B2C sales, and interestingly they still focus largely on print. Bernie has some great insights into ads and why print is still a great marketing source for lots of businesses. Bernie tries to know his client's businesses from their perspective and builds campaigns tailored around their specific needs. They offer great value by using some of the most advanced tracking and analyzing resources in the country. Most importantly, the Red Rhino site has tons of free info to help you find info about good ads sources and techniques.  A great site!      [caption id="attachment_7245" align="alignright" width="168"] Sean Mabey[/caption] Sean Mabey - Director of Small Business Strategy and Senior Vice President at Wells Fargo Bank   Sean Mabey is one of our favorite guests, as this is his 7th or 8th time on the show! He is the Director of Small Business Strategy with Wells Fargo and says that he is 'always thinking about small business.' Today we talk about some new small business data from Gallup Polling. The data is very interesting and shows some big trends in small business. Its a must listen!      ...