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.     ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/25930.mp3   [caption id="attachment_8454" align="alignright" width="180"] Diane Bertolin[/caption] Diane Bertolin - Strategist at Diane Bertolin and Owner of The Collective Publishing Company - Highlight Here Diane Bertolin owns an inbound marketing company in Canada that helps individuals and businesses all over the world find their archetype. As a certified archetypal consultant, she works with clients to understand and develop their own archetypal brand. Archetypal consulting allows entrepreneurs to identify your brand or company identity. It can be used to understand buyers, their personae, and your own personal archetypal nature. Diane says you must “Know thyself” as it is a necessary stepping stone to success.      [caption id="attachment_8460" align="alignright" width="180"] Terry Savage[/caption] Terry Savage - Nationally Syndicated Financial Columnist and Author of The New Love Deal: Everything You Must Know Before Marrying, Moving In, or Moving On! - Highlight Here Terry Savage has just released a new book for the practical lover in all of us entrepreneurs. The New Love Deal explains her practical advice for anyone getting married. Terry and host Jim have a WILD conversation about Jim's divorce, and Terry gets after him for his continuing mistakes. Terry writes for the Huffington Post, is a Board Member at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Group, is a Founding Member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, is a Former Board Member of McDonald's Corporation, is a Former Board Member of Pennzoil-Quaker State, and has Two Television Emmy Awards! Wow, oh and a National Press Club Award for Outstanding Consumer Journalism. WOW!           ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/25908.mp3   [caption id="attachment_8446" align="alignright" width="200"] Nancy Snell[/caption] Nancy Snell - Coach and Founder of The Distracted Executive - Highlight Here Nancy Snell is a professional productivity coach. Today, she shares her secrets for all entrepreneurs to be more productive and to get things done. Her process is fast and gets measurable results. She also has worked with a number of executives that have attention deficit issues, helping them to become focused. Nancy has over 25 years in broadcast television media buying, marketing, and consulting and she worked with clients like Grey Advertising, Ogilvy & Mather, Clear Channel Communications, and the Hearst Television Station Group.      [caption id="attachment_8449" align="alignright" width="200"] Vince Ponzo[/caption] Vincent Ponzo - Director, The Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School - Highlight Here Vince Ponzo is the Director of Columbia Business School's Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and  an Adjunct Professor in the Management Division at the school. Prior to joining Columbia, he was General Manager at General Assembly (an offline education business), and helped launch RadMatter, an on-campus recruiting startup. Vince spent a decade at Fidelity Investments and Citigroup in roles ranging from finance to training. This is a wide ranging interview that covers every topic in entrepreneurial development.           ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/25909.mp3   [caption id="attachment_8312" align="alignright" width="150"] Brendan Reid[/caption] Brendan Reid - Marketing Guru and Author of Stealing the Corner Office: The Winning Career Strategies They'll Never Teach You in Business School - Highlight Here Brendan Reid is a man that spent his entire life, in one way or another, training to be a technology executive. Brendan's father was a technology executive, his brother was a technology executive, his uncles, and aunts too. Brendan says that he came from a tech family. Unlike some families that talked about science projects and school dances, "my family dinners were spent talking about IPOs" he said. Brendan has a new book entitled "Stealing the Corner Office" which talks about the traits that get people promoted!      [caption id="attachment_8316" align="alignright" width="150"] Aaron Ross[/caption] Aaron Ross - Author of best-selling book Predictable Revenue and helps companies  grow by 300%  - Highlight Here Aaron Ross has helped B2B companies grow much faster, with more predictability. Aaron usually see companies triple their results. Aaron's best-selling book "Predictable Revenue" and framework are based on the outbound process & sales team he created for Salesforce.com, which added an extra $100 million in revenue in just a few years. Wow!           ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/25871.mp3   [caption id="attachment_8185" align="alignright" width="200"] David Hancock[/caption] David Hancock - Founder of Morgan James Publishing - Highlight Here David Hancock is founder of Morgan James, the entrepreneur's source of great books. NASDAQ recognized him as one of the world's most prestigious business leaders and he was also named a Finalist by The American Business Awards in the Best Chairman category. David was compared to the business world’s Oscars by the New York Post. He is also the Founder of The Ethan Awards, the only international entrepreneurial author awards for business authors.       [caption id="attachment_8200" align="alignright" width="200"] Belinda Pruyne[/caption] Belinda Pruyne - Executive Development and Business Coach at Business Innovation Group - Highlight Here Belinda Pruyne rose quickly up the ranks in media companies like McCann Erickson, Margeotes Fertitta and Weiss, and Grey Advertising as a creative manager. But she knew something was missing and she wanted more for life. So her entrepreneurial journey began. Belinda has spent more than two decades helping her clients uncover and amplify their natural talents. She gives clients the tools to re-think what is possible.             ...

http://www.cyberears.com/cybrss/25852.mp3   [caption id="attachment_8392" align="alignright" width="200"] Corey Perlman[/caption] Corey Perlman - Social Media Speaker and Owner, Digital Marketing Agency at eBoot Camp - Highlight Here Corey Perlman is the author of a new book called Social Media Overload: Simple Social Media Strategies For Overwhelmed and Time Deprived Businesses. As a nationally-recognized social media expert, his eBoot Camp book was an Amazon.com bestseller and was distribution in both China and India. eBoot Camp provides digital marketing services to businesses or all sizes. As a member of the National Speaker's Association, Corey introduces his Social Media for Business Keynote to audiences around the world.      [caption id="attachment_8396" align="alignright" width="200"] Sean Van Duser[/caption] Sean Van Duser - Founder/CEO at bizlifter.com Sean Van Duser is the founder and CEO of a new site devoted to helping small businesses called bizlifter.com. Their goal is to make running your business easier by helping with scheduling, accounting, marketing, SEO, customer service, invoicing, and employee management. New features are being added all the time! Looks like a great resource for small businesses!      [caption id="attachment_8438" align="alignright" width="160"] Katie Bennett[/caption] Katie Bennett - Lola and Lesa Runway Fashion  Katie Bennett works on media for Lolo and Lesa, an online retailer for women's clothes. Founded by Lequita Johnson, the retailer specializes in apparel for forward looking clothing and accessories.  Lola and Lisa provides fashion, shoes, and accessories that are of quality and sustainability. They cater to women with great styling looks and by making shopping simple. They also blog about their belief that fashion is “From every day to the runway!”         ...