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Avanti Entrepreneur Podcast

Are you a mainstreet entrepreneur who doesn't want to use other people's money to grow your business? Do you want to roll up your sleeves and do the hard work yourself? Are you excited about controlling your own destiny? We aren't here to make your business the next Uber, but instead to help you grow your business so that it provides a good life for you, your family, and your employees.
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Now displaying: February, 2018
Feb 28, 2018

Jay Irwin is an adventurous soul who is determined to inspire people through wilderness experiences. During his 23-year career in the computer software industry, Jay created entrepreneurial initiatives within some of the largest software companies in the world. After a year-long sabbatical, Jay now combines his love of adventure with his desire to make a difference in the lives of others. He teaches audiences, from inner-city youth to executives, how to bring the gifts learned from wilderness experiences into daily life to create powerful and long-lasting change. He is the owner of CBST Adventures where he takes clients out of their comfort zone so they can experience the metaphors of nature.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Creating powerful and lifelong changes by teaching audiences to bring wilderness experiences into their daily life
  • How a sabbatical jump-started Jay’s vision for his future and changed his life
  • Jay’s 23-year journey in the technology industry and his inside view of company culture
  • The analogy of “burning the ships” and choosing to move forward with your dream
  • Stages of fear and anxiety that develop as your dream comes to fruition
  • The challenges of starting a new business and the logistics of obtaining permits
  • Three types of retreats: an experiential leadership retreat, experiential team building, and community impact events
  • Personality assessments and scans that help assess individual team members
  • Training leaders and communicating better as a team by using the correct tools
  • A vision of executives acting as a team-of-teams and designing challenges through metaphors of nature
  • Stepping outside your comfort zone and bringing yourself to the next level
  • Running a business and continuing to do what you love by depending on your team for help
  • How an avalanche almost killed him and became a transition point in the way that he thinks
  • Advice for new entrepreneurs as they move through the beginning stages of their business

Ways to contact Jay:

Feb 21, 2018

Andrea Baldecchi Feldman is a brand strategy and operational marketing executive and strategic advisor to emerging and growth businesses. She has more than 20 years of experience in CPG Brand Management and Strategic Advisory services from best-in-class corporate organizations such as Kraft Foods, Coty Inc, and JP Morgan, as well as various mid-market and entrepreneurial ventures. She has extensive experience in P&L holding brand management roles, brand strategy, innovation and new product development, product commercialization, and operational business advisory.

In 2016, Andrea co-founded IT WILL BLOOM, an advisory firm that provides Marketing and Financial advisory to early-stage companies. IT WILL BLOOM’s services include strategic planning and hands-on operational support that enables emerging and growth stage companies to accelerate growth.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • The keys to success and why they rely on a clear strategy setting
  • Andrea’s journey that led her down a path to opening It Will Bloom
  • Working with early-stage companies and becoming involved with female entrepreneurs
  • Using marketing and branding disciplines to enable your business to accelerate growth
  • Proactively marketing yourself and your business
  • Advice for entrepreneurs who work with a business partner
  • The challenges small to medium-sized entrepreneurs have that immediately need help
  • Understanding who your customer is and knowing your business’s clear point-of-difference
  • Positioning your business in the market that’s relative to your point-of-difference
  • Having a strong concept and marketing it correctly
  • The need to have a clear P&L and awareness of cash-flow implications
  • Understanding the underlying financial elements and business trends that impact your forecasting
  • Why investors want a clear articulation of what the problem is in the industry and how you’re solving it
  • Making sure everyone in the company aligns with your brand’s values and essence

Ways to contact Andrea:

Feb 14, 2018

David Fairley is the Founder and President of Website Properties.

After graduating from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce and Major in Marketing, he traveled extensively through parts of Southeast Asia, South Pacific, and Central America. It was during his travels that he made various contacts and connections that would lead him to start his first entrepreneurial venture. He created a business importing hammocks and selling a wide variety of styles via mail order, trade shows, and wholesale. Soon thereafter, he expanded operations establishing an online presence that eventually became Hammocks.com and would later be sold to the billion dollar company, Hayneedle.com.

Over the next six years, David personally developed, bought and sold Strollers.com, Drums.com, Unicorns.com and over 60 website businesses in multiple niches and of various business models.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Four things that make an online company compelling to a potential buyer
  • Building your business so it’s easier to sell
  • Creating a business with more resilience in regards to marketing
  • Reasons why developing and establishing a brand will add more value
  • Making your business more diverse and attractive to prospective buyers
  • Being aware of your abilities and skill sets—including your level as an entrepreneur
  • Defining your commitment and understanding the elements that are required
  • Five hot trends in the market for selling companies these days
  • Differences between selling an online business versus a brick-and-mortar business
  • Sticking with what you know and focusing on your strengths within your niche
  • Refining your processes and being very clear about what you’re good at
  • Finding what works and improving upon that—the 80/20 rule
  • Running toward your fear and trusting yourself to make mistakes     

Ways to contact David:

Feb 7, 2018

Ryan J. Coyne is a serial tech entrepreneur, mentor, father, and speaker with a passion for helping others use, understand and integrate technology solutions. Ryan is a highly effective communicator that has spent over a decade re-engineering the experience of coming into contact with new technologies and concepts.

Day-to-day, Ryan's responsibilities vary among the President of Infinite Tech, the President of Explorify 3D, the Director of Client Services of Topset, the Chief Technology Officer & Co-Marketing Committee Chair of LIincs.org, and the Director of Tech Strategy & Deployment of The Serhant Team. Ryan also speaks publicly and spends his time mentoring.

Based near New York City, his passion is reflected in an eagerness to assemble skilled individuals to explore big tech ideas and leave the world a better place through innovation, including a complete digital reimagining of the United States Postal Service. It's crazy enough to work, and he will convince you.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

Helping others when it comes to understanding and integrating technology solutions

  • Assembling skilled individuals to explore big-tech ideas
  • Working with a business coach and how it changed Ryan’s life as an entrepreneur
  • Budgeting your calendar properly and completing tasks
  • Being responsible in your business the same way you’re responsible in your life
  • Aggressively managing your time and your budget to stay on track
  • Ryan’s realization of a new market for people with tech questions
  • The number one thing for good health and producing quality work
  • An idea to reimagine the United States Postal Service and its digital service structure – first time to speak about this venture on-record
  • The USPS as an essential part of the United States infrastructure
  • Three words of wisdom to help small and medium-size entrepreneurs
  • Maintaining a manual that your team can familiarize themselves with at any time

Ways to contact Ryan:

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