June 2014

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/25988.mp3 Small Business Administration Week!   [caption id="attachment_8558" align="alignright" width="109"] Terri ElHaddaoui[/caption] Terri ElHaddaoui - CEO of The Edge Connection at Kennesaw State University - Highlight Here Terri ElHaddaoui is the CEO of The Edge Connection located at Kennesaw State University just north of Atlanta.  Terri won the SBA Women in Business Champion Award in April 2014. Her corporate career spans more than 20 years with various management and leadership positions. She is passionate about leveraging entrepreneurship to alleviate poverty to drive long-term economic wellness. As a women’s leadership and small business advocate, she works to help entrepreneurs gain economic empowerment. Terri is with us today as part of our focus on SBA and their great award winners!      Al Breed - Owner of the Atlanta Blaze (World Basketball Association) and Jungle Fitness Atlanta - Highlight Here [caption id="attachment_8559" align="alignright" width="111"] Al Breed[/caption] Al Breed is an entrepreneur, musician and actor. He owns The Atlanta Blaze semi-pro basketball team and recently started a certified fitness training facility called Jungle Fitness Atlanta. Located in the heart of Atlanta, he focuses the importance of nutrition, conditioning and wellness. The Atlanta Blaze's goal is to develop basketball players to the NBA, D-League, and scouts while providing exciting basketball to communities. Al was a member of the platinum selling music group MC Breed and collaborating with Tupac, Jazze Pha, Snoop Dogg, and many more. He appeared in the movies “Rap the Movie” and “Dollar” and is a proud sponsor of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Coolly, he won MVP of the Clark-Atlanta University basketball shootout!         ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/25987.mp3 Small Business Administration Week!   [caption id="attachment_8554" align="alignright" width="104"] Grace Fricks[/caption] Grace Fricks - Founder of Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs - Highlight Here Grace Fricks has been on the show before and is the founder of a not-for-profit lending organization Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs. ACE does micro credit and small business loans in Atlanta and rural North Georgia. Recently, they expanded into loans up to $250,000. Grace gets loans and loves to help women, people of color and others who want to grow their small businesses. ACE is certified by the US Treasury Department as a Community Development Financial Institution. They also created Georgia Green Loans for green business practices, services and products. She started the Women Investing in Successful Entrepreneurs (WISE) program to tailor financial services to women business owners. Grace recently won the Georgia Trend 2014 "100 Most Influential Georgians" recognition and the SBA Financial Services Champion of the Year Award.      [caption id="attachment_8601" align="alignright" width="150"] Connie Edwards[/caption] Connie Edwards - Business Consultant at The University of Georgia Small Business Development Center (SBDC) - Highlight Here Connie Edwards has worked for nearly 18 years as a Business Consultant with the Georgia SBDC Network. She has specialized experience developing loan proposals and assisting with acquisition of capital for Georgia businesses. She worked at the Auburn University SBDC and taught at Auburn University. Connie then worked as an engineer with the Monsanto Company. The Small Business Chamber of Savannah honored her with the Small Business Champion of the Year award and she won the 2011 Flewellen Award for Consulting Excellence. She is with us today to tell about all the SBDC programs that can help you!      [caption id="attachment_8608" align="alignright" width="150"] Jusak Bernhard & Jeff Manley[/caption] Jusak Bernhard and Jeff Manley - Owners of TailsSpin - Highlight Here Jeff Manley and Jusak Bernhard are the founders of the Savannah, Georgia based pet supply company TailsSpin Pet Food and Accessories. They started their entrepreneurial journey at the SBA and the SBDC and recently won the very prestigious Small Business Administration Business of the Year Award! TailsSpin offers a blend of hypoallergenic, holistic natural pet food brands (free of corn, wheat, soy, animal by-products, and artificial colors and flavors), tons of accessories, and the best customer service anywhere with low-cost vaccine clinics five times monthly among all stores.  Jeff and Jusak have become a huge part of the community and Savannah, and the love has been returned as their store has grown to three units. They have won tons of other awards and are evidence of how useful a Small Business Administration friendship can be.          ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/25958.mp3 Small Business Administration Week!   Sylvia High - Owner of Aiming High - Highlight Here [caption id="attachment_8540" align="alignright" width="150"] Sylvia High[/caption] Sylvia High inspires clients and audiences to get from where they are to where they want to be. As a a nationally recognized training consultant and motivational speaker, she has consistently demonstrated an ability to empower others to take actions towards their personal and professional goals. Her company Aiming High understands that every thing begins with a clarity of one's self and one's options. Sylvia helps her clients uncover “what they don’t know that they don’t know” and is a participant of the American Society of Training and Development (ASTD) and Toastmasters International. She has also hosted a TV motivational show called Yes You Can! She has also just finished a very well regarded event for the SBA!      [caption id="attachment_8541" align="alignright" width="150"] Jon Acuff[/caption] Jon Acuff - Author of Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters - Highlight Here Jon Acuff is a New York Times bestselling author and national speaker. His book Start helps people get going and get past the speed bumps. John started as a copywriter and worked his way up at Home Depot, Staples, Bose, Chick-fil-A, and one of the largest churches in the United States. He also worked with Dave Ramsey at Lampo and wrote three books and spoke to 250,000 people as a public speaker on a variety of subjects including, the secret rhythm of social media, why you should never find your purpose, and the problem of doubt. Jon has worked with companies, non profits, churches and colleges to help them figure out how to tell their story.           ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/25945.mp3   Kevin Provost - Founder and CEO of CrowdCampuses and coPhilly - Highlight Here [caption id="attachment_8538" align="alignright" width="150"] Kevin Provost[/caption] Kevin Provost is working to help students and colleges to embrace the crowd funding movement. He is a direct marketing sales expert and has some great stories to tell about his college experiences in door-to-door sales. He is currently building out an organization called coPhilly which is a crowdfunding accelerator program for business owners, college students, and creative entrepreneurs and delivers a platform agnostic curriculum. It delivers training programs for creatives, startups, entrepreneurs, and SMEs seeking under $1,000,000 in capital for early-stage ventures. Kevin specializes in micro-finance, crowdfunding, and connecting vetted entrepreneurs with early-stage angels. This interview is packed with information for anyone that wants to explore crowd funding at any level.      Sheryl Checkman - Graphic Designer and Founder of Life is Balance - Highlight Here [caption id="attachment_8587" align="alignright" width="150"] Sheryl Checkman[/caption] Sheryl Checkman is an award-winning graphic designer with over twenty years of experience in corporate communications. Her clients have included Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, PR Newswire, Dole Food Company, Schering Plough, Club Getaway, and Beth Israel Latino Health Institute. She gives great information about how to hire a graphic designer and how the process should proceed. Prior to starting her own firm, Sheryl was Vice President for the PR firm Burson-Marsteller. In addition to her graphic design firm, she has started a side business designing and selling jewelry, t-shirts and art. Her trademarked line of inspirational sports and activity-themed clothes is called Life is Balance. Great info on all things design and how to grow an online sales business.         ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/25941.mp3 [caption id="attachment_8400" align="alignright" width="200"] Jeff Sheehan[/caption]   Jeff Sheehan - Social Media Professional, LinkedIn Expert, Speaker, & Author of HIRED! - Highlight Here Jeff Sheehan is an author and as owner of Sheehan Marketing Strategies has worked with companies like Cisco, Apple, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, Exxon, and Dell. He has helped companies grow their marketing success by hundreds of millions of dollars. As one of the world's top B2B experts, Jeff has a Klout score of 74, has over 6,400 LinkedIn connections, operates several groups on LinkedIn, and has 280,000 followers on twitter. He is been listed as one of the top 100 marketers and one of the top 100 salespeople in the world to follow on twitter. He is also very dedicated to paying it forward and his new book HIRED! shows people how to get social media jobs. In this far-reaching interview, we discuss LinkedIn and how to use it to drive sales among several other social media topics.      [caption id="attachment_8406" align="alignright" width="200"] Dan Flanegan[/caption] Dan Flanegan - Co-founder at Butter - Highlight Here Dan Flanegan is a Co-founder at Butter. Butter is an app dedicated to making new friends through social media. Many sites try to drive connections, but Butter has a way of using photos and messaging to help find people from all over the world who share similar interests. He gives an interesting outlook of the evolution of social media. Dan is a recognized mobile expert and has been mentioned by ABC, NBC, Fox News, eMarketer, Red Herring, OMMA Magazine, ClickZ, MediaPost, Mobile Marketer, The San Diego Business Journal, Box Office Magazine, The San Diego Union Tribune, UPI, Wired, Marketing Sherpa and Wireless Week.     ...