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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May 31, 2017

Anthony Lee Witt is the founder and creator of The Champion Entrepreneur. He has spent his life looking for how he can create and provide value for others and their business. In short, this is exactly what The Champion Entrepreneur is all about; providing valuable information and resources to help others become the champion that they know deep down inside they are. Like most entrepreneurs and individuals in this life, Anthony has had his fair share of struggles. He believes that no matter who you are there have been one or two struggles which have held you back from becoming the champion you were made to be. He helps others overcome these struggles because we are all made with unique attributes and strengths.

Focusing on strengths is one of the ways Anthony has become a Champion. He personally has been blessed with the inability to properly take the written word and make sense of it in his mind. This is more commonly known as dyslexia. This disability or more appropriately, this weakness has plagued him his entire life. From determining how he would be able to pass a driving exam to ordering food at a restaurant or even being able to spell his children’s full names. By looking at the negatives for years, Anthony held himself back and his ability to help others and provide value for those he came in contact with.

Because of this weakness he has developed a keen sense of understanding and an ability to connect with people, helping them find their true calling. By focusing on strengths and not weaknesses he has been able to analyze situations and develop practical and usable plans for overcoming what holds you back. Converting weaknesses to strengths and focusing on those strengths has made a world of difference in his personal and professional life. Anthony absolutely loves helping others do the same in their lives.

He is a father, a husband, a brother, a son, and an entrepreneur. In all, he strives to be a Champion one day at a time.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How Anthony turned a disability into an advantage, and how you can do the same thing
  • Taking a struggle, putting it in the right mindset, and turning it into an advantage
  • The story behind how Anthony came to be an entrepreneur
  • What Anthony does to stay focused when he wants to keep shifting to new things
  • Knowing when it’s time to pull the plug vs when to see something through
  • Focusing on strengths instead of getting brought down by weaknesses
  • Finding tools that work to help overcome weaknesses
  • A story of how Anthony found a solution to a major problem when preparing to take the EMT test
  • How Anthony sees the world differently because he has dyslexia, and how he uses this different vision to his advantage
  • Constantly working on putting yourself in the right place mentally to be successful
  • The advantages of mastermind groups
  • A story about how Anthony almost lost thousands of dollars on a real estate transaction due to poor communication
  • What Anthony learned from the real estate transaction and how he now communicates more effectively
  • How to determine if something is going to be a good deal

Ways to contact Anthony:

May 24, 2017

Christine Gritmon is 36 and on her fourth career. After Vassar, she spent nearly a decade in the corporate beauty industry which taught her a lot about marketing and branding. She then went back to study graphic design at Parsons and when her son was born became a freelance graphic designer, local lifestyle journalist, and creator of funny Photoshops for a comedy website. When her daughter was born, Christine became a full-time journalist with The Journal News which broadened her horizons exponentially and helped her become a real fixture in the community. She also learned a LOT about social media from our newsroom audience analyst, and after supplementing that with some education (training programs, lots of reading, etc.), she decided to combine her love of social media and small local business and become a social media manager.

She’s also the proud wife of Greg (like everything else in her life, she found him online), mom of two great kids plus a cat and a dog. She’s also become something of an activist recently.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Using natural gifts and talents to be successful
  • Getting over “imposter syndrome”
  • Why it’s important to get rid of your excuses
  • What makes so many small businesses hesitant to start a social media presence
  • Why small businesses should figure out what their point of difference is
  • The questions Christine asks small businesses that help them develop a strong social media presence
  • Why you should “launch a beacon” and position yourself as an expert in a specific area
  • How to attract extra people to your business
  • Common errors small businesses makes in social media
  • Which social media platforms small businesses should focus on
  • The changing landscape of Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Challenges Christine faces in helping small businesses
  • The first steps a business should take when developing a social media presence

Ways to contact Christine:

May 17, 2017

Yvonne Stafford, a consummate entrepreneur, was born in Harlem. Her broad experience includes owning Stafford Realty Group, a commercial real estate firm for the past twenty years among other business endeavors.  She is a holistic health advocate, public speaker, and author of the book: From Fast Foods to Slow Foods: How to Wake up Laughing. She produces the annual Natural Living Film Festival and Community Forum, now in its 5th year at the Maysles Cinema.

Ms. Stafford graduated New York University with a Master’s Degree in Theater. She is a former Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ) small business Board Member, and Harlem Business Alliance Secretary.

Ms. Stafford is the 2016 recipient of the Woman of Substance Award, given in memory of the Hon. Theresa Freeman-Timmons, for excellence in leadership and public service in the 70th Assembly District, Part A.

She is a friend of the NYPL Schomburg Center, an avid reader, tennis player, swimmer and mother of six. Ms. Stafford holds a Master’s Degree from New York University.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • Why Yvonne became a serial entrepreneur and a health advocate
  • The importance of the “I can do that” mentality for entrepreneurs
  • Strategies for raising your kids with holistic health
  • The difference between fast food and slow food
  • How fast food mimics a lifestyle where attention is being directed outside yourself
  • How going back to “slow food” is conducive to a more mindful lifestyle
  • The impact of stress on our bodies
  • Why you have to be the best version of yourself to make your business succeed
  • Why you should live from a place of love and spiritual awareness
  • How entrepreneurs become infused with their dreams
  • Why it’s so important to speak positively with “I am” statements
  • The relationship between passion and money
  • Why entrepreneurs need to be lifelong learners
  • The unconventional process Yvonne went through to write, edit, and self-publish her book
  • The basis of the novel Yvonne is currently writing
  • Why perseverance is important in writing and in entrepreneurial endeavors
  • The difference between inner awareness and being directed from the outside

Ways to contact Yvonne:

May 10, 2017

Laura Cheek is the Founder and Social Brander of Insperience It. Insperience It is a social branding agency specializing in branding and social media management for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Laura leverages social media to build irresistible brands and consumer bonds in various industries, from Professional Service Providers to Restaurants and Lifestyle Brands. After 6 years of grassroot efforts and experiential learning, Laura has developed a technique to social branding. Since the launch of Insperience It, Laura has since developed another business, Social Brandr. Social Brandr is an online community and resource center where online entrepreneurs can go to learn how to build a strong brand and exploit social media to better their business using Laura's technique.

What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How Laura got into branding and social media management and why she founded Insperience It
  • What happened when she moved to New York City on her own at age 18
  • How Laura came to be known as a social media girl
  • The conversation that made her realize she could be successful in social media management
  • How Laura built a successful business by age 25
  • The story behind Laura’s first startup, which turned out to be a major failure
  • The importance of learning to walk away when something is no longer serving a purpose
  • Laura’s morning routine and daily habits that help her be successful
  • The meaning of 4 essential values Laura uses to guide her life and business: fun, fortune, fame, and family
  • Laura’s style of meditation
  • Why listening is so important in effective communication
  • Why Laura’s personal tagline is “the power of people”
  • What Laura does differently on social media that sets her apart and makes her successful
  • How to differentiate when everyone is on social media
  • How to successfully build and brand your business on Snapchat
  • The future of various social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter
  • How to be your brand on social media

Ways to contact Laura:

May 3, 2017

Billee Howard is Founder + Chief Engagement Officer of Brandthropologie, a cutting edge communications collective specializing in identifying the most powerful collision point of culture and commerce for each client to create captivating stories that are consumed, shared and drive meaningful and measurable engagement. Billee is a veteran communications executive in brand development, trend forecasting, strategic media relations, and C-suite executive positioning. She has a book dedicated to the study of the sharing economy called WeCommerce released in December 2015 as well as a blog entitled The Brandthropologist dedicated to curating the trends driving our economy forward. She is also a regular contributor to Forbes and HuffPo on the topics of marketing, storytelling and the collaborative economy.

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • How Billee became the founder and chief engagement officer of Brandthropologie
  • The spark that started her passion for storytelling and all things media
  • How culture influences commerce and how that drives success
  • What Billee did when she realized that traditional media was changing
  • How storytelling can generate awareness and achieve specific business outcomes
  • Why creativity is important to solve business problems
  • How her book “We-Commerce” can help companies figure out their purpose and value in the marketplace
  • The importance of having a purpose and identity for clients, consumers, and talent within the organization
  • What she did when she realized trust was lost in big business and government
  • What the leveling of the playing field means for entrepreneurs
  • Billee’s secret to staying at the top of her game
  • Two trends to be aware of in the global economy
  • Why you can’t put band-aids on things that don’t work
  • Why she left an extremely successful corporate job
  • How to be successful by doing just one thing better than everybody else
  • Why it’s important to connect storytelling to the bottom line
  • The 5 pillars to Brandthropologie’s purpose index
  • How you can improve your business today through collaboration and purpose
  • How Billee’s book can help you take advantage of the ideas discussed in this podcast

How to contact Billee: