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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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Jan 25, 2017

Steve Gissin is a highly strategic user experience consultant who guides senior leaders of Fortune 500 companies in the study and improvement of their products.

As a professional facilitator, Steve has provided research solutions for some of the top e-commerce companies in the US as well as internationally. During his 15+ years of experience, he has managed and moderated thousands of focus groups, ideation sessions, individual interviews, usability lab sessions, and eye tracking research for a variety of clients across many industries.

Steve has guided venture-funded startups, by providing strategic research services, as they launch their initial online products and services.

Prior to founding OneSpark, Steve was co-founder of a national interactive research firm as well as a former Director of User Experience for a national interactive design firm. At OneSpark he sets the overall vision, while managing client relationships and providing them with strategic user research consulting.

Steve holds a bachelor's degree in English from the State University of New York at Brockport. He is also a certified Creative Problem Solving Institute (CPSI) facilitator.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Steve’s background
  • What his company OneSpark does
  • How Steve wound up a business owner even though he never intended to
  • What Steve did first when he bought his business
  • Why every engagement you have is a sales opportunity
  • The terrible partnership that Steve got into, how his partner took advantage of him, and how he eventually got out
  • Why you must trust your gut
  • How to fix your mindset when you start to feel deficient
  • Why you absolutely need an operating agreement

Ways to contact Steve:

Jan 18, 2017

Amy Anderson is the creator of Transformative Writing for Non-Writers, founder of Anderson Content Consulting LLC, and former senior editor of SUCCESS magazine. She’s an Emmy Award-winning writer and producer, content strategist and ghostwriter who has worked with clients like John Addison, Todd Duncan, John Assaraf, and Darren Hardy, as well as companies like Advisors Excel, Ryan and Dell. Today, Amy has turned her years of experience toward helping experts, coaches, and consultants write with confidence so they can build connection, inspire action and change lives.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Amy’s background
  • The writing coaching that Amy does with her clients
  • How Amy’s life changed after getting in a terrible accident
  • Why even if you're on your own you need to treat it like a business
  • Why before you hire someone -- you need to know the basics of what they’re doing
  • How to figure out what to offer your clients next
  • Pray, read, meditate: Amy’s consistent habits for success
  • Why you should write down your intentions for the day
  • Why you should keep your priorities to 3-4 a day

Ways to contact Amy:

Jan 11, 2017

Mike Glauser has extensive experience as an entrepreneur, business consultant and university professor. He is the co-founder and chairman of My New Enterprise, an online training and development company for aspiring entrepreneurs. His is also the founder and former CEO of Golden Swirl Management Company and of Northern Lights.  Both companies were sold to CoolBrands International. Mike has consulted with hundreds of startup companies and large corporations in the areas of business strategy, organizational effectiveness and leadership development. His clients have included Associated Food Stores, The Boeing Company, Department of Workforce Services and Esso of Inter-America.

Mike is currently the Executive Director of the Clark Center for Entrepreneurship in the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University. He has published numerous articles in magazines and three books on entrepreneurship: Glorious Accidents, The Business of Heart and Main Street Entrepreneur, which chronicles his 4,000 mile bicycle ride across America to interview 100 remarkable entrepreneurs who have successfully merged livelihood and lifestyle in places they want to live. Mike has appeared on Great Day America, First Business from Washington, Associated Press Radio, Voice of America, Good Morning Chicago, Kansas City Live, and many other radio and TV programs. He received a Ph.D. from Purdue University, and BS and MS degrees from the University of Utah.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Michael’s background
  • Michael’s book “Main Street Entrepreneur” where he conducted interviews while biking around the country
  • Some of the best stories in the book
  • The impact of jobs being automated
  • Why there will be more entrepreneurs in the future than there are now
  • Why you will be happier as an entrepreneur
  • Giving employees paid time to volunteer
  • Books that Michael recommends
  • Why Michael would choose Abraham Lincoln to spend time with if he could spend time with anyone

Ways to contact Michael:

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Jan 4, 2017

Kyle S. Reyes is the President and CEO of The Silent Partner Marketing, a nationwide marketing agency headquartered in Connecticut. Reyes is an acclaimed Keynote Speaker on entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing and social media.

Kyle a former Producer of News and Special Projects worked in broadcast journalism for nearly a decade.  His team offers a marketing one-stop-shop, filling the role of a Chief Marketing Officer and support staff at a fraction of the cost of having to worry about the payroll, taxes, benefits, equipment and training.

Reyes has appeared in multiple media outlets including, Fox and Friends, Aol.Com, Yahoo and Bloomberg Business. Reyes blogs every morning and is fueled by coffee and creativity.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Kyle’s journey
  • Why you need to stop selling and need to start telling stories
  • Why political correctness is killing business and why you need to be authentic
  • Why Kyle encourages his team to take risk and is okay when they fail
  • Giving yourself -- and your team -- the flexibility to structure work schedules around life
  • How to stay cutting edge
  • Why Kyle started his agency
  • Why you need to hire an accountant and attorney early
  • Why Kyle believes he needs to “piss people off”
  • Understanding the pulse of the consumers
  • Why you need to question everything
  • Kyle’s favorite book: “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Why Kyle would spend an hour with Ronald Reagan

Ways to contact Kyle:

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