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Jan 23, 2015 Views from the Top
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When you look in the magazines or see television shows depicting entrepreneurs, there's this sense of advernture, a boldness that only a passionate, driven entrepreneur has. We see Cuban, Branson, and even Oprah, and we think "wow, those are strong people". And they are. But all too often, we try to hold ourselves up to these images stating "big girls and boys don't cry". You're not allowed to show vulnerability or any sign of weakness because it's frowned upon. Then we look...
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Jan 9, 2015 Views from the Top
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Who keeps telling people that PROFIT is a dirty word? Well, it's NOT. When you get into business for yourself, it's your responsibility to ensure you are getting paid fairly, regularly and wisely. Many small businesses find themselves in a comfort zone and are afraid to upset clients if they raise their rates. Some are paralyzed because they don't know how to charge enough. In both cases, they're letting the customer do the driving and that is not good for business. They know this, but aren't...
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Dec 19, 2014 Views from the Top
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You're Fired! When was the first time you had to fire an employee/contractor? How did the termination go? As small business owners we often forget that there has to be a strategy in place to terminate employees who are underperforming, or who's positions may need to be eliminated. But how do you manage the process without causing any backlash while preserving dignity...and keeping your company compliant? Sometimes when you fire people, it can go really wrong. But if you have a policy in place...
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Dec 5, 2014 Views from the Top
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Money...Profits...Respect. Besides fulfilling needs, these three tenents are why we're in business. Even the most socially conscious business owner has to make money to keep the lights on. You opted out of the corporate world to make your own rules, fulfill your own destiny and uncap your earning potential. So why in the world are you allowing others and yourself to limt your earning potential? The fact is many small businesses will under price, over serve and box themselves into the red...
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Nov 21, 2014 Views from the Top
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It's easy to get lost in the sea of content providers on the internet. Since the playing field has been leveled and the landscape forever changed, many people have taken to the web to blog and provide content. But not everyone can be successful at standing out. So how do you differentiate yourself from other sites in your field? How do you stand out? How do you gain a competitive edge and stay relevant as a content producer in the world oversaturated with content? Reinvent yourself?...
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Nov 14, 2014 Views from the Top
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Well, is it? It's a given that smaller companies have to fight a little harder and wiser to get in front of top talent. And they often times feel at a disadvantage to bigger, more well known companies. But if you have the right brand strategy, messaging and execution, your company can become a magnet for talent. And it doesn't include posting on job boards or begging for candidates onsocial media either. I'll tell you how. Join me as I discuss the my four part strategy to making your company...
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Nov 7, 2014 Views from the Top
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It might be very tempting for newer business owners to want to offer attractive discounts in order to woo customers. And for some businesses, it may work to get them in the door. But chances are, the discounts won't keep them unless you all but guarantee them that they can expect them on the regular. Can you sustain a business like that? Will you attract the right customer with that strategy? Can you make a real profit? Tune in to find out how discounting could be killing your business and what...
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Oct 31, 2014 Views from the Top
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Let's be real. Without customers, you have no business. No matter how clever your product or service is, how well funded you are, or how smart your team is, if nobody is buying from you, you have NO BUSINESS. We live in a society where automation, "set it and forget it" and high tech low touch are the mantras for effective business. And in some cases (few actually) this works well. But for a majority of us, this can't sustain a business. If customers don't feel the love, if they don't...
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Sep 19, 2014 Views from the Top
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Leverage. It sounds like an unassuming practical word, yet it holds so much power. Authority, power, clout, credit, juice, influence, pull, sway, weight. Anyway you slice it, leverage allows you to make big things happen and it's usually gained through active, methodic networking. The key to successful leverage is cultivating powerful relationships. Unfortunately, many people don't work on their relationships the right way and they end up losing out on opportunities because they don't know how...
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Sep 5, 2014 Views from the Top
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I love helping small businesses grow into companies. But I get so disappointed when people overlook the obvious in diagnosing why they're not growing. There are three things keeping small business from scaling, growing and thriving....and none of them have to do with marketing. I'm going to share with you what you should be focusing on if you want to go from a business to a company. I'll also be sharing information about the upcoming Growth Clinic. 
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Aug 29, 2014 Views from the Top
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When we think about investors, we usually think about a room full of guys with money to throw around. We think about the hard ass pitch sessions in which some men (usually from Silicon Valley or Silicon Alley) telling you why you're not ready for investment and frowning because you've wasted their time. But the landscape is changing. Yes the pitch meetings are still intense, but more women are entering the picture.  Today, my guest and I discuss what it takes to become an investor, the kind of...
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Jul 25, 2014 Views from the Top
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When you mention "revenue", most people automatically assume it just means make more money for the company and profits. Then they set out and try to drum up new business thinking more new business equals profitability. But revenue generation goes much deeper than just bring customers in the door. There is a fair amount of strategic planning and understanding your customers, what you offer, and how you offer it before you bring in so much as a dime. In fact you can generate lots of...
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Feb 28, 2014 Views from the Top
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Identity theft. Hiring a volatile employee. Lax internet security. All of these things (and more) can cause great damage to your business and your brand. The biggest mistake small business owners make is assuming that because they are so small, these things can't happen to them. Well they can and do. Tune in as we discuss the best practices of keeping your company, employees, customers and brands safe.
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Feb 21, 2014 Views from the Top
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Doesn't it seem like big companies get all the great talent? Small businesses often can't compete on the same level because they don't have the resources, time or money their larger counterparts have. Most times, they don't even have a recruiter. Well, this is a different era in the employment landscape and there are ways small businesses CAN compete with the big boys for talent. Today I'll share some strategies for small business owners, including startups, to find, attract and hire the best...
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Jan 31, 2014 Views from the Top
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If we've learned anything over the last few years is that crisis (and mother nature) will hit you in a matter of minutes. And if you're not prepared, you could lose everything. Hurrican Sandy, Hurrican Katrina, and most recently Snowpocolypse 2014 stole away many small business owners' choices because they simply weren't prepared. From losing power, to being stranded, to not having a plan in place for employees, many small business owners got hit hard and fast, and ended up inoperational for...
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Jan 24, 2014 Views from the Top
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New year, new attitude, new...brand? Well it's the remix and it's time to take an audit of your brand and decide where you go from here. A lot of small businesses struggle with an identity crisis when they feel they've outgrown their original purpose or message, or that their target market has shifted. How do you comfortably transition customers to accept the new direction? How do you decide what that brand should be? How do you maintain continuity of your brand even when you've changed...
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Jan 18, 2014 Views from the Top
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Consumers are becoming more fickle and vocal about their purchases and investments. We live in an age where while there are still people who will start letter writing campaigns that may or may not ever reach decision makers in companies, social platforms serve as very public and loud bully pulpits for consumers. Transparency is no longer a choice. The emphasis is now on how companies deal with transparency, and knowing what they want their story to be. In the trasparent world a consumer can...
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Dec 6, 2013 Views from the Top
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"But I don't know if my stuff is good enough or if people really want it". That is what I hear a lot from small business owners and new entrepreneurs. Sometimes an entrepreneur starts off with a burst of energy, excited about stepping out on their own and showing the world what they can do. Somewhere along the line, that confidence is tested by a mishap, misstep or failure. And many times it messes with their confidence making them wonder if they really have what it takes to be...
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Nov 22, 2013 Views from the Top
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Sometimes the harshest people get the job done best. But is that a culture you want to set for your company? Good people come in many different packages and no one style is best. But when you're trying to build a company and its reputation, you want great people on your team. The problem is, sometimes those who are best for the job have the worst attitude. So how do you balance the needs of your staff with the goals of your company? Join me and my guests as we discuss the ways to properly...
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Nov 15, 2013 Views from the Top
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They were the shots fired.......and heard around the world. Lululemon's founder went on live television and made a very bold and disrespectful comment about women who are not ideal customers for his products. How he handled that situation was a lesson they don't teach you in business school. Your target market is your target market andyou should be unapologetic about who you serve. But you don't insult those you don't serve. In this show I'll be dissecting the incident and sharing some very...
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Oct 11, 2013 Views from the Top
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The government has essentially shut down because of it. Most people still don't even understand what it is. The Affordable Care Act (dubbed Obamacare) has been passed into law and many people will be getting coverage they previously wouldn't be able to get. But what about small business owners? Most small business owners don't have the time, patience or inclination to read the act let alone understand it with all of the rhetoric being thrown around by both sides of the political aisle. Join me...
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Oct 4, 2013 Views from the Top
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How many times have you looked at someone else's success and thought "why them and not me"? With social media making it easy for everyone to share their successes and accolades, it's understandable that some people would benchmark others' seeming success against their own. While many people share their success stories as a form of motivation to help inspire others, some people don't view it that way and it's unfortunate. Often when someone is bothered by another's accomplishments,...
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Jun 14, 2013 Views from the Top
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Pink Ghetto is not a new term, yet although it's frequently mentioned in the media and the tech community, some people aren't familiar with the term. Is it derogatory? Is it accurate? Does it accurately depicts women in tech startups? Pink ghetto implies that women are starting more and more tech companies that focus on beauty, cosmetics, flash sales, kids and fashion, and that instead of launching "real" tech companies that solve a problem or provide a solution, women default to...
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May 31, 2013 Views from the Top
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It's my anniversary! Can you believe it? Four years on the air...and people are STILL listening! :) Join me as I look back at some of my best episodes and reflect on where the show is going in the future. I'll also be sharing some of my favorite interviews, advice and guests. And of course, as always, sharing words of wisdom to help yoou grow as an entrepreneur and small business owner.
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May 17, 2013 Views from the Top
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If you can build a successful business and become a household name, that's great. But many small businesses won't ever have that experience. Occasionally, a business owner will grow as an individual brand forever tied into their area of expertise or industry their business services. But what happens when it's time to move on and explore new things? What happens when you want to get into other lines of business? Join me and my guest as we talk about how you can have a brand message yet still be...
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Apr 12, 2013 Views from the Top
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It came as no surprise that JC Penney and their now former CEO Ron Johnson came under fire. With the stock tanking and the CEO fired, media analysts are all but planning the company's funeral saying they can't come back from such a heavy blow. Small businesses can take a serious lesson from the hubris and dismissiveness of Ron Johnson. You're perfectly within your right to run your company they way you see fit. But ultimately the customer has to take center stage. When you don't understand your...
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Apr 5, 2013 Views from the Top
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The best way to keep employees and keep them happy and thriving is to invest one on one time with management and invest in training. Many small businesses lose out to big companies because they often ask employees to over extend themselves taking on various duties when they can't afford to hire. Burnout and frustration lead to abandonment. As small business owners we know wearing many hats comes with the territory. But employees are your frontline and affect your bottom line. Helping them do...
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Mar 29, 2013 Views from the Top
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As a small business owner, you have more than enough on your plate to worry about. The last thing that's on your mind is making sure everyone gets along and plays nice with others. Diversity is usually one of those issues that only big companies have to worry about, right? Because after all, your business is too small to measure on the EEOC radar and you can hire and fire anyone you want since it's your company. Well, wrong!  Your employees represent you and whether in front of your customers...
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Mar 15, 2013 Views from the Top
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There's a fine line between selfish bragging and being proud of your value. Everyone is entitled to feel good about themselves and their accomplishments. But what happens when not so successful people give you flack for rightfully being proud of what you've accomplished? Is it acceptable to promote yourself, talk about what you've done, or share your success? Society loves to dictate how other people should share their story so that it makes them feel better. But I say, as long as it's done...
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Mar 8, 2013 Views from the Top
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What is it about some companies that makes employees want to work for them? How do some companies keep employees that are loyal and happy to come to work every day? Is there any truth to the phrase "do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life"? I don't think so. If you create an environment where people feel appreciated, valued, respected and like they belong to a bigger purpose, you'll have a company where people are begging to work for. And it doesn't matter the size...
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Mar 1, 2013 Views from the Top
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Everyone who watches Shark Tank has an opinion about seeking investment. Everyone who's done it, has a different story to share. But nobody can give you the full scope of what it takes and what it's like in the world and inner workings of venture capital than someone who's been on both sides of the fence. We'll be talking to Venture Capitalist and Small Business investor Mark Hasebroock about some of the truths and myths about venture capital, business investing, and what it takes to build real...
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Feb 22, 2013 Views from the Top
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Social platforms have opened the doors to some really powerful networking. Today, you can reach out and click to connect with nearly anyone you want to connect with. Anyone can set up a few social media accounts, create a "community" and share wit the world. But in a rush to get in front of so many people, and the commercialization of social media, many people, especially business owners, forget that you have to get to know people and gain their trust & respect first before you...
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Feb 8, 2013 Views from the Top
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For small businesses, Google is a triple threat- communication, collaboration & creation- tool that help keep them front of mind, productive and functional. Search, email, voice, social media, marketing, customer service, storage, file sharing, intranet, document edting, broadcasting, video, mobile- it's a one-stop shop for the cost conscious business looking to maximize productivity. Google+ is becoming the go-to spot on the web and the game changer in social media. Their groundbreaking...
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Feb 1, 2013 Views from the Top
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Whether you're a mom & pop corner store, a web designer in your dorm room, landscaper with a home office or a consulting business on the go, you have to admit technology is a vital component to runnning a business. With so many choices in cloud, mobile and social technology, there are still a lot of companies who are behind the times when it comes to tech. From communicating with staff and customers, to processing sales and orders, to branding your business and managing your company, if...
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Jan 25, 2013 Views from the Top
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A fire has been lit under a whole lot of entrepreneurs these days. Between Shark Tank, Tech Stars and Startup Silicon Valley, everyone's on a funding kick! Everyone wants to snag that lucrative capital investment to make their business the next best thing since Facebook. Well hold on, it's not that simple. Just because you HAVE an idea doesn't mean you have a BUSINESS. The problem with TV and the media is that they glamorize entrepreneurship and make people believe that if they can only get in...
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Dec 7, 2012 Views from the Top
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How do you know when you are "next level" ready? You start feeling like the people (networks, groups, associates) you hang around are no longer "your thing". The people aren't stimulating, they are entrenched in their comfort zone, and have no desire to come out of it. Associations don't give you the brain candy to keep you stimulated, and you often find yourself around the same people all the time...and they usually turn to YOU for the answers. It can be a lonely place when...
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Nov 30, 2012 Views from the Top
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Is it true? Can there really be an Entrepreneurship Bubble? Depends on how you look at things. Look, I'll be the first to say everyone should try entrepreneurship at least once in their lifetime. But not everyone can sustain and grow a business. With the economy on the skids, there have been lots of people pushing startups. There is nothing wrong with startups. In fact, they're healthy for competition. But for every successful entrepreneur, there are a lot of people entering the landscape who...
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Nov 2, 2012 Views from the Top
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Everyone's always talking about "disruption" in terms of technology. There are even conferences about disruption. But did you know you can...no you SHOULD BE disrupting yourself? Too many people choose to play it safe and miss out on potentially life changing opportunities because they're too afraid to take chances. Nobody is obligated to one career or even one path in life. Each and every one of you must learn to acknowledge your weaknesses but not allow them to define or trap you....
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Oct 26, 2012 Views from the Top
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If you're not ready to walk away from a deal, you're not ready to negotiate. Period. Negotiation is one of the most important skills every business owner (and job seeker for that matter) must have to be succesful. There are many people who leave money on the table by not understanding how to negotiate properly. Join me and my guest as we talk about the ways people succeed and fail at negotiating, three tips anyone can implement RIGHT NOW to become a stronger negotiator, and three things to...
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Sep 7, 2012 Views from the Top
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A reputation is like trust. If you lose it, it takes years to earn it back. While most people get it right, some still have no clue. What you put on the web stays there forever, whether or not you erase it. Trust that someone, somewhere has captured what you've put out there and may be holding it as their very own trump card. From small business owners who speak ill of their clients to young adults posting embarrassing information that could also embarrass their employers, some people are still...
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Aug 31, 2012 Views from the Top
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You can grow your business with less, but it takes patience and sound management...and a dose of prayer never hurts. In fact, sometimes having less forces you to tap into your patience and hone your management skills.   Small businesses have to do more with less these days. With the credit crunch staring us in the face, lending slowing down, and funding almost exclusive, small business owners cannot afford to stand still and wait for changes to happen. They have to sink or swim. They have to...
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Aug 24, 2012 Views from the Top
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Branding is not just for big corporations like Nike or McDonalds or celebrities and athletes. Small businesses and even individuals have a brand. But it's what you do with the brand, and how you position it that makes the difference. Join me as I chat with my guest branding expert about the most important things you should know about building a solid brand and tips on how to make your brand pop from the competition. We'll also talk about the 3 things you're currently doing to damage your brand...
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Aug 17, 2012 Views from the Top
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Someone once asked "how do you know when it's time to stop doing what's expected and do what you dream of doing?". The answer is different for everyone. But the one thing I see stand in the way of many people is fear. Fear of losing a steady paycheck, fear of failure, fear of what people will say, and even fear of success. It takes a lot of guts to go against what society tells you is acceptable or expected of you, and blaze your own path. My guest and I will talk about the 5 things...
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Aug 3, 2012 Views from the Top
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Entrepreneurship is a state of mind. While I believe everyone should try it at least once in their life, it's not for everyone. The number one reason that keeps people from going for it is risk. When the economy is volatile, people become less risk averse. The definition of Risk Aversion is the reluctance of a person to accept an opportunity or bargain with an uncertain payoff rather than another with a more certain, but possibly lower, payoff. A prime example is a person who has had a job for...
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Jul 27, 2012 Views from the Top
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Building your team can be a daunting task for a small business owner. You've spent so much time going solo, or just working with an assistant that the thought of adding new people scares you just a little bit. But in order to grow your company, you have to expand, and that means bringing on people to handle specific tasks that you're not equipped to do.As the owner, it's tempting to be the all purpose person, but did you know that could end up causing your business more harm than good? It's...
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Jul 20, 2012 Views from the Top
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We're always hearing about how we need to network. All of the experts say that without a solid network, your net WORTH suffers. But even with all of the mixers, events and networking groups (including social networking) some people walk away still feeling unfulfilled.  They say you have to pay to play and sometimes to get exactly what you need in networking, it is necessary to seek out a high level, no nonsense private networking group that has a definitive purpose and members who come to get...
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Jul 13, 2012 Views from the Top
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I'm just going to tell it straight. There are a lot of "coaches" out there who call themselves business coaches, but when you sign up with them, all you get is a) touchy-feely get in touch with your inner feelings talk, b) an overload of marketing and funnel building strategies, or c) the realization that the person you've just dropped all of this money on can't help you because they don't understand the fundamentals of GROWING or even fixing a business.  Join me as I discuss some...
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Jun 29, 2012 Views from the Top
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To grow a business you need capital to make it happen. But to get capital you have to have increased revenue, or get a loan. Access to capital, while starting to open up slowly, is still hard to get. So what do you do? Free ads, Google ads, networking groups and bartering often don't yield the growth results you want or should be getting. It's time to get real and get tactical in growing your business. Join my guest and I as we give you affordable strategies that you can use to help grow your...
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Jun 22, 2012 Views from the Top
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Small business is the backbone of the economy. At least that's what they say. Main Street is struggling and needs answers. CNBC attempted to give answers and start a dialog about how we as a nation can do better with our small businesses. Join me and my guest as we recap the event, which included advice from a stellar panel including Sara Blakely, Kevin O'Leary, Tristan Walker, Steve Case and Anita Mills. Did this townhall help, hurt or confuse small business owners? We'll get down to business.
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Jun 15, 2012 Views from the Top
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There are a lot of people who want to start a business. But not enough know how to start one the right way...and keep it going. Launching a brand new business can be a scary yet exhilarating experience. The economy and lagging job market has moved many people to start their own business. The sad reality is many of them will fail before they even get off the ground mostly due to an entrepreneur being unprepared. Join my guest and I as we talk about the most important things you can do TODAY to...
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Jun 8, 2012 Views from the Top
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OK I've been away revamping the show and working on a few exciting projects. But I'm back with a twist. I'll be bringing back the old format and making the show more interactive. It's all about bringing you real solutions to very real problems.  Today, I'll also be announcing the new show venture with Chris Curtis and Stephanie C. Harper. We'll be launching Real Talk, a live streaming talk show on June 25th and can't wait to tell you about it. We're known for bringing you tough love, straight...
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Apr 20, 2012 Views from the Top
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If you're like me, your inbox is inundated daily with daily deals. Groupon, Living Social, MyFaveEats, the list goes on and on. While we all love a great deal, and small businesses can exponentially benefit from these services, as Murphy's Law dictates, what can go wrong will go wrong. And some small businesses are getting it wrong.  Join me and my guest Joyce Brewer as we chat about the right and wrong way to strategize, implement and executive daily deals as part of your overall marketing...
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Apr 13, 2012 Views from the Top
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This week I've been on a tear about smart entrepreneurship. Not in a mean way, but to educate and drive the point home. While entrepreneurship is definitely on the rise, many people aren't pursuing it the right way. People will tell you to just follow your dreams and don't worry about the rest. But my guest and I disagree. Running and growing a business is nothing to take lightly. Join Chris Curtis and I as we give you a real heart to heart on running your own business. 
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Mar 23, 2012 Views from the Top
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If you know anything about my guest Erika Napoletano, you would understand the title of this show! No doubt you've seen her columns in Entrepreneur Magazine, checked out her wildly popular blog over at Redheadwriting.com and unless you've been under a rock somewhere, you know about her brand new book The Power of Unpopular. Now hold on, don't think this is that kind of show...OK maybe a little. But my Erika will be here live to share the benefits of being unpopular and why it's often necessary...
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Feb 24, 2012 Views from the Top
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But only this once.  The release of my book No, You Can't Pick My Brain (based on the hot Forbes article I wrote in March 2011) has been very well received. So well in fact that the book was and is still the #1 Hot New Release in the Business Etiquette category on Amazon!  Well this is still a huge conversation and people are still irked by people picking their brains. So I'm keeping the conversation going. I'll be giving my top 3 strategies to deal with brain pickers and answering your...
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Feb 17, 2012 Views from the Top
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"Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from teh back, or a fool from any direction. And don't squat with your spurs on!" That's just one of the sage pieces of advice from my guest Jeffrey Hayzlett, CEO of The Hayzlett Group and author of Running the Gauntlet. Jeffrey will be joining me to talk about his second book, and how the lessons apply to the small business community, how small businesses can take advantage of the seeming shift in the economic recovery to favoring...
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Feb 3, 2012 Views from the Top
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Where are the jobs? We keep hearing the political banter about bringing jobs back to the people, but we're slow moving. President Obama is giving it a valiant effort, but it's slow going. Congress is moving even slower. Could it be that jobs are being put on the back burner so Congress can focus on catering to big business? Well my special guest, Dylan Ratigan, host of The Dylan Ratigan Show and author of Greedy Bastards, has his own theories...and he's not afraid to speak his mind on it...
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Dec 16, 2011 Views from the Top
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We're continuing Jobs Month! We've talked a lot about strategies to find a job. Today we'll focus on what it takes to build a brand (even if you're a brand of one) so that people will start taking notice. There are tons of candidates on the market who are equal to or better than you are. Branding yourself as an expert lends some credibility and will put you on the radar of recruiters and hiring managers. Join me and my guest for advice on the best ways to brand yourself (online and off) to give...
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Dec 9, 2011 Views from the Top
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December is Jobs Month and we continue with advice from leading career experts on how to position yourself to find a job or move up from your current job. Job search doesn't have to be so difficult. It's a tough economy, but for those with skills and a little creative thinking, finding a job is attainable. Tune in as we discuss tips and strategies you can use to get a leg up over the competition for that job you want.  We'll be taking calls, email and tweeting during the show. Send in your...
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Job hunting is frustrating enough when you haven't done it in a while. But add the fact that the holidays are upon us and it makes for a nasty search situation. Many people panic during a job search and make common mistakes that keep them unemployed. From ill prepared interviews to ineffective self marketing, candidates are having a harder time finding work. But you don't have to stay stuck on the cycle. Ask your pressing career question and we'll try to give you tips on improving your job...
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He or she who gets customers stays in business. But how do you get customers to "see" you? Through extraordinary marketing of course....coupled with relationship building and killer sales skills. The problem is, many small business owners are so busy doing the day to day functions of their business to stay afloat, they forget about the golden rule: Always Be Marketing. So how do you infuse marketing into your daily routine? Join me and my guests as we talk about some ways small...
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VC is indeed a complex topic. Many entrepreneurs with a greta idea dream of the day a VC firm hands them that $1 million investment check to get their business rolling on all cylinders. Some might say that the more outlandish the idea the better the chance of getting funding. But that's not the case.  There is also a lively conversation going on about the lack or women and minorities given opportunities for funding and conversely, being saught to join VC firms as investors and employees. Is...
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In today's episode, my guests and I will be talking about entertainers who left “the biz” to start their own companies. Guests include celebrity mom and actress Liza Huber who founded Sage Spoonfuls and Broadway actress Lisa Morris, who saw an opportunity in the fast paced professional touring industry and launched Road Concierge, Inc. Together, we'll be discussing why our guests decided to start their own firms, the biggest challenges they faced and what lesson you can apply to your...
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Entrepreneurship is at an all time high . For some people, it's a viable option when jobs are scarce. Today on the show, we have two phenomenally successful women who are not just entrepreneurs, but have carved their niche out in showing people how to be entrepreneurs. Susan Solovic (author of The Girls Guide to Building a Million Dollar Business) is here to talk about her new book It's Your Biz. Aliza Sherman (founder of WebGrrls and CyberGrrls) is here to talk about her new book Moms Inc....
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My buddy & sister Forbes blogger Natalie Sisson posted a blog that has created this explosive conversation. All she did was ask a simple question: Why Aren't More Women Players? Well what started as a post to speak to the need for women to play big, dream big, take big risks, took many turns and even spilled over on to other social media sites. Even I chimed in on the subject. Well here we are, making this a conversation that we want you all to be a part of. And Dr. Sharon Melnik will join...
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Women-owned sports teams are few and far between, but a growing number of entrepreneurs are buying stake in a traditionally male industry. Pioneers like Ginny Gilder and Kathy Beatty have opened doors for women in sports, and currently 1/3 of teams in the WNBA are owned by women. Join Adrienne as she discusses business and professional sports with women who are leading the way. As always, you can share your thoughts by tweeting us @talentdiva, emailing us at info@empowerme.org, calling us at...
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In a continuation of last week's episode, my guests and I will discuss the best practices for following up with recruiters, things candidates can do to make their relationships with recruiters better and advice on when to know when it's time to move on. We will also look at recruiting for start-ups and better recruiter-client-candidate communication.   Want to share your story? Tweet us @talentdiva, email us at info@empowerme.org, call us at 347-215-9362 or chat with us in the chat room.
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  The job search can be a frustrating experience no matter where you are in your career. Oftentimes, job-seekers can feel like, to recruiters, they are nothing more than just another application. In this unstable economy, silence from a company is big slap in the face. Candidates are frustrated that they are not getting communication from recruiters, and they want answers. Recruiters are frustrated because they feel overwhelmed by the number of candidates that apply each day, and feel they...
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Who could be a better business partner than your best friend? Maybe you've known each other since before you could talk, let alone write a business plan, or maybe you connected in college over late-night studying. You two know each other, good and bad. Your best friend has been there for you through it all, and now you're starting a business together. But what happens when business becomes personal? How do you navigate a business relationship that is a friendship, too? Tune in to hear from our...
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I have great admiration for entrepreneurs who brave the elements and weather the storms to make a go of their business. Sometimes though, you need to know when to fold 'em and shut down your business to make room in your life for bigger and better things...like a brand new business! Join me as I chat with my guests about some of the obstacles and painful decisions they've had to make so they could move into a better place and start over. There's nothing sweeter than rising out of the ashes and...
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I love it when a company reports profitability and high revenue. Especially a small business or promising start up. It's proof positive that even in this economy, a business can still do very well. it's a known fact (and sad reality) that many small businesses will never see a million dollars in revenue. But for those that do, it's a monumental occasion. Join me as I chat with my guests as we discuss how they made it to the million dollar mark and tips for small businesses on getting there and...
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Running a business is not something to take lightly. When you make that decision to move from a one person operation to becoming a full fledged company with employees, things change. You don't have to be a lawyer to run a business, but you do need to have adequate counsel and a basic understanding of the legal issues that your company can encounter in the course of doing business. Join me as I chat with my guests about legal ways small businesses can protect themselves, employees, and their...
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Ask 100 people and you'll get 100 different responses on what the role of a Recruiter is. But a Recruiter can be your best ally IF you value and cultivate your relationship with them. They are often the front line and the first person you come in contact with in a company. How you treat them (as well as how they treat you) will dictate how your experience will be. Join me and my guests as we discuss ways to strategically build your relationship with agency, corporate and independent Recruiters,...
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You've heard me say entrepreneurship should always be an option for most people. But sometimes a person can give it their all, and despite their best efforts, the business just can't be sustained. Worries about the financial well being of the family is the main motivator for leaving the risk driven world of entrepreneurship for the comfort of a weekly check. Sometimes a person is just not cut out to run a business. Join me as I speak with my guests about how to make a smooth transition from...
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The start up rate has risen over the last few years. Many businesses were created out of necessity. But once you start, how do you sustain your business? Inevitably you get to a point where you have to move past the start up phase in order to be successful. A lot of companies find themselves stuck in a rut that sometimes leads to their early demise. The lucky ones luck out and experience that big break that takes their business to the next level. Can your company be one of them? Tune in to...