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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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Dec 28, 2016

Geoffrey Colon works at the intersection of marketing, tech, and popular culture. Data punk, DJ, podcaster, and author, Geoffrey is a communications designer at Microsoft, where he markets search advertising products for Bing. He has written for The Futurist, Advertising Age, and Fast Company, and been quoted in Forbes, Billboard Magazine, The Huffington Post, The Guardian and The Los Angeles Times. He has also appeared on Marketplace on NPR, WABC-AM and Cheddar TV.

Colon has written his first book Disruptive Marketing: What Growth Hackers, Data Punks, and Other Hybrid Thinkers Can Teach Us About Navigating the New Normal (AMACOM) out now on Kindle, Audio and Hardcover.

Prior to joining Microsoft in 2013, Geoffrey was vice president of digital strategy at Ogilvy & Mather and digital community supervisor at 360i in New York City.

Colon has done work with several influential brands including Spotify, Netflix, American Express, IBM, The Economist, USA Network, WWE, History Channel and Red Bull. He also worked with high profile music artists including Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, The White Stripes and Moby.

He is a graduate of Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Geoffrey is host of the weekly marketing podcast for eccentric minds Disruptive FM, producer and host of video blog series The Disruptive Marketer and regularly writes on Branding Strategy Insider, Search Engine Journal, LinkedIn and the Bing Ads blog. He is an avid speaker on the global marketing conference circuit.

You can follow him on LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter @djgeoffe or his website geoffreycolon.net

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How Geoffrey met his literary agent Wendy Keller
  • Geoffrey’s background
  • How to know whether or not you should be an entrepreneur
  • The importance of pivoting to stay relevant
  • Why Geoffrey wrote his book
  • Why you need to try new things
  • Why social media is now one of the best listening chambers available
  • Geoffrey’s high school punk rock band -- and why that gave him the confidence to stand up in front of crowds
  • Why you should learn a musical instrument -- even if you have no plans to perform it for anyone
  • Two books Geoffrey recommends
  • Why you don’t need to explain your whole business and should leave some curiosity out there

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Dec 21, 2016

Jeffrey Hayzlett is a primetime television host of C-Suite with Jeffrey Hayzlett and Executive Perspectives on C-Suite TV, and business podcast host of All Business with Jeffrey Hayzlett on CBS on-demand radio network Play.It. He is a global business celebrity, speaker, best-selling author, and Chairman of C-Suite Network, home of the world’s most trusted network of C-Suite leaders. Hayzlett is a well-traveled public speaker, the author of three bestselling business books, The Mirror Test, Running the Gauntlet and Think Big, Act Bigger: The Rewards of Being Relentless. Hayzlett is one of the most compelling figures in business today and a member of the CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame.

Jeffrey is a leading business expert, cited in Forbes, SUCCESS, Mashable, Marketing Week and Chief Executive, among many others. He shares his executive insight and commentary on television networks like Bloomberg, MSNBC, Fox Business, and C-Suite TV. Hayzlett is a former Bloomberg contributing editor and primetime host, and has appeared as a guest celebrity judge on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump for three seasons. He is a turnaround architect of the highest order, a maverick marketer and C-Suite executive who delivers scalable campaigns, embraces traditional modes of customer engagement, and possesses a remarkable cachet of mentorship, corporate governance, and brand building.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Jeffrey’s journey
  • Why you need to stop listening to the voices -- both the ones in your head and the people talking negatively about you
  • Jeffrey’s podcast
  • The C-Suite Network
  • Why you need to say no to great opportunities if they aren’t right for you
  • Why you need to change, adapt, or die
  • How Jeffrey outperforms everyone through pure energy
  • Jeffrey’s favorite books
  • John: Jeffrey’s Great Great Great Great Uncle
  • Why Jeffrey personally answers his communication himself

Ways to contact Jeffrey:

Dec 14, 2016

Heather Ann Havenwood is a serial entrepreneur and regarded as a top authority on Internet marketing and business strategies. Heather Ann has been named by a few as an “Icon Creator” or the “Wizard Behind the Curtain”. In 2006, she started, developed, and grew an online information marketing publishing company from zero to over $1 million in sales in less than 12 months. Starting without a list, a product, a name or an offer, Heather Ann molded her client into a successful guru now known as an expert in his field. She has instructed, coached and promoted hundreds of entrepreneurs leading them down the path to success. She has produced and managed over 350 seminars and events.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Heather’s background
  • Heather’s devastating experience that led to her getting fired from her job and where she went after that
  • The early entrepreneurial experience where Heather’s business partner took everything
  • What Heather learned when she was caught in the middle of the house market crash
  • Why you shouldn’t be afraid to just move to where you need to be
  • Heather’s various businesses that she has right now
  • Why Heather loves being a podcast guest -- and why she coaches people on being podcast guests
  • Why you need to be very authentic
  • Heather’s experience doing improv
  • Heather’s favorite book “The Game of Life and How to Play It”
  • Why Heather is inspired by Madonna

Ways to contact Heather:

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Dec 7, 2016

Ari Weinzweig is CEO and co-founding partner of Zingerman's Community of Businesses, which includes Zingerman's Delicatessen, Bakehouse, Creamery, Catering, Mail Order, ZingTrain, Coffee Company, Roadhouse, Candy Manufactory and the newest business—Cornman Farms.  Zingerman’s produces and sells all sorts of full flavored, traditional foods in its home of Ann Arbor, Michigan to the tune of $60,000,000 a year in annual sales.  Ari was recognized as one of the “Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America” by the 2006 James Beard Foundation and has awarded a Bon Appetit Lifetime Achievement Award among many recognitions. Ari is the author of a number of articles and books, including Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon (Zingerman’s Press), Zingerman’s Guide to Giving Great Service, Zingerman’s Guide to Good Eating (Houghton Mifflin), Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 1: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business, and Zingerman's Guide to Good Leading, Part 2: A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Being a Better Leader. Zingerman's Guide to Good Leading, Part 3; A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach to Managing Ourselves, was released in December of 2013.  Zingerman's Guide to Good Leading, Part 4; A Lapsed Anarchist's Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business was released in summer of 2016.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Ari’s background and how he founded Zingerman’s
  • Why Ari didn’t want to open Zingerman’s Deli in other locations
  • Why they decided to to grow Zingerman’s Deli into Zingerman’s Community of Businesses
  • Ari’s “Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading” books
  • Why Ari self publishes his books
  • Why Ari studies and practices anarchy within his organizations (anarchy that has nothing to do with the government)
  • Leaders that Ari follows
  • Why it’s okay to struggle
  • What all of ZIngerman’s Community of Businesses look like
  • Why your beliefs as an owner determine your employees’ beliefs
  • Why survival of the fittest is all about the best collaborators

Ways to contact Ari:

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