Gift Biz Unwrapped

Gift Biz Unwrapped
Handmade Product Business Owners | Bakers, Crafters, Makers | Startup

M2M-12 – The Product Lifecycle – How to Stay in Business
Apr 10 • 13 min
Even if you’re doing great in business today, how do you keep it that way? Here’s how to keep a watchful eye!
M2M-11 – Personal Development and What it Means to Your Business
Apr 9 • 16 min
You and your business need to pivot over time - to stay current and continue to be of interest to your customers.
M2M-10 – Moments of Life in Your Handmade Product Business
Apr 8 • 20 min
From customer followup to opportunities that seem to appear from nowhere, owning a business is full of surprises.
M2M-9 – How to Get the Most Out of a Craft Show or Farmer’s Market
Apr 7 • 22 min
Let’s talk about what to do to get the most out of these events as possible - most aren’t doing it right!
BONUS – Your Employment Rights and Obligations – The CARES Act and More with Brad deBeaubien
Apr 6 • 46 min
How do you keep your business running and provide for your family at the same time. Your financial options are covered in a clear and understandable way.
M2M-8 – Ways to Find New Customers and Bring in Sales
Apr 3 • 20 min
Continually attracting new business and getting repeat sales from existing customers is the winning recipe.
M2M-7 – Reviewing Some of the Tougher Parts of Having Your Own Business
Apr 2 • 19 min
Owning a business requires doing scary things sometimes. Here are a few of those times and what to do about them.
M2M-6 – Making People Feel Special and The Customer Journey
Apr 1 • 21 min
How you make people “feel” impacts your business success. There’s more to this than you think.
M2M-5 – Product Pricing is a Make or Break Decision
Mar 31 • 20 min
Most of us underprice our products. Getting this right doesn’t need to be hard but it’s the most important thing.
260 – What We Can Learn from the Challenges of Selling CBD Products with Derek Spruill of Cherry Blossom CBD
Mar 30 • 53 min
Derek is the co-owner of Cherry Blossom CBD. They’re a Maryland based wholesaler and distributor of industrial hemp with an exclusive retail line of hemp based products. His innovative line of nutraceutical supplements are all made from American grown &…
M2M-4 – The Right Thinking about Big Brands and Finding Your Advantage
Mar 27 • 19 min
Small businesses have definite advantages over big chain and box stores. They don’t need to intimidate you.
M2M-3 – What Does Your Business Stand For? Do This Right to Attract Sales
Mar 26 • 19 min
Being known as a specialist in your craft is the key to effortlessly attract customers. Here’s how to do it.
M2M-2 – Overcoming Your Imposter Mind as You Start Your Business
Mar 25 • 21 min
Action and our inner talk are the biggest obstacles when starting a business. Here’s how to deal with this.
M2M-1 – The Beginning of a New Handmade Business
Mar 24 • 20 min
Where does the idea of a business come from and what are the first steps?
259 – Running a Business Doesn’t have to Make you NUTS! with Kim Decher of Skips Candies
Mar 23 • 52 min
Kim is a second-generation chocolatier. Her son Colton, now 11, was only 1 year old when he suffered an anaphylactic reaction to some peanut butter. This immediately provoked a feeling of fear no parent should ever have to experience. In learning about…
BONUS: Managing the Corona Crisis in Your Handmade Business
Mar 19 • 13 min
COVID-19 has obviously become a global crisis on a scale none of us have lived through before. This sounds dramatic and it definitely feels that way since we’re in the midst of it right now. It’s hard to see the finish line. Nobody knows how long school…
258 – Lots to Learn from this “Gourd-geous” Biz with Ben Bear of Meadowbrooke Gourds
Mar 16 • 54 min
Ben has spent the last thirty years helping to start and grow a company called Meadowbrooke Gourds. They now have twenty full-time employees dedicated to growing, designing, crafting and marketing gourd decor designs, each one intended to create smiles…
257 – Intentionally Creating a Customer Experience Matters with Laura Jennings of Knack
Mar 9 • 53 min
After a career as a senior executive at Microsoft and then as a venture capitalist, Laura decided to build an ecommerce business around celebrating the customer as a creative force. Every gift they send out at Knack is made to order, whether it’s one gift…
256 – How to Manage Through Fear in All Areas of Your Life with Amy Smith of The Joy Junkie
Mar 2 • 57 min
Amy is a certified confidence coach, masterful speaker, and personal empowerment expert. Founder of TheJoyJunkie, Amy uses her roles as coach, writer, podcaster, and speaker to move individuals to a place of radical personal empowerment and self-love.…
255 – Ever Consider Teaching Your Creative Skills as an Additional Revenue Stream? with Deirdre Drakes of 823 Treats
Feb 24 • 55 min
Deirdre “Dee” is a true southern girl born and raised in the small town of Enfield, North Carolina. In 2005 she settled in Charlotte, NC and has made it home. She is a self-taught chocolate based treat maker, proud Army wife, and mom of two. Dee’s custom…
254 – Website Best Practices – Does Yours Pass the Test? with Brian Lawrence
Feb 17 • 58 min
Brian Lawrence is one of the true thought leaders in the stationery and wedding industry. A multi-store retailer who won top dealers for numerous invitation brands, he then became VP of Encore Studios for 14 years and went on to consult, do web design and…
253 – How Adding a Service Like This Guarantees Repeat Business with Charita Lucas of dOSA Naturals
Feb 10 • 59 min
dOSA Naturals is all about paying homage to the women who paved the way for Charita and her two sisters. They were inspired by stories of their Great Grandma Dosa who was born in Mississippi and had an affinity for Magnolias. Grandma Dosa instilled a…
252 – Big Brands – How Did They Get There? with Rick Cesari of Direct Branding
Feb 3 • 46 min
Rick has been a pioneer in the Direct to Consumer (D2C) marketing industry since the early 90’s. He has used direct response strategies plus video marketing, to help build many iconic brands with products like The Juiceman, Sonicare, The George Foreman…
251- How to Get onto Grocery Store Shelves with Roger Sudnick of Good Measures Foods
Jan 27 • 53 min
Roger is founder and CEO of Good Measures Foods, a company that is improving scratch baking for today’s busy bakers. Roger leveraged the experience he gained by leading triple digit growth for several start-up retail brands to launch Good Measures. He has…
250 – Why Starting with In Person is Best with Mary Bemis of Reprise Active Wear
Jan 20 • 50 min
Mary is the founder of Reprise, a line of plant-based activewear aiming to free your closet from plastic. She founded the company to educate us about the ingredients in our clothing, so we have more control over our health and wellness. Reprise products…
249 – Make the Growth of Your Business Easier with Josh Elledge of Up My Influence
Jan 13 • 59 min
Josh Elledge is U.S. Navy veteran and launched Up My Influence to help entrepreneurs attract the perfect audiences and grow their brands without the crazy costs associated with traditional PR companies. Up My Influence’s purpose is to DEMOCRATIZE access…
248 – All About Cottage Food Laws with Denay Davis of Foodpreneur Institute
Jan 6 • 55 min
( Denay created the Foodpreneur Institute as an online resource center to educate, train and support Cottage Food Operators and home food processors. She describes herself as a food…
247 – Learn Something New About Yourself with Teresa McCloy of the REALIFE Process®
Dec 30, 2019 • 57 min
( Teresa is the creator of the REALIFE Process®, ACC Executive Coach, Accredited Enneagram Professional, Podcaster, and Keynote Speaker. Through coaching, consulting and training…
246 – Do You Know the Origin of Our Christmas Traditions? Some Will Surprise You!
Dec 23, 2019 • 26 min
Learn about the origin some of the non-religious traditions of Christmas. You’re in for some fun and surprises!
245 – Find Out How Tiny Habits Bring Happiness into Your Life with Jennifer Dunham of Time, Money & Happiness Matters
Dec 16, 2019 • 50 min
Increasing happiness seems like such a “soft” initiative to focus on. But when your happiness level goes up through the methods discussed here, so do your handmade product sales. Not often do you hear about ways to grow your business that don’t include…
244 – What If Your Product Category is Already Taken with Sam Holmes of Holmes Sweet Home
Dec 9, 2019 • 59 min
What do you do when there’s someone right in your hometown making the same thing you do? And you’re just starting your business? Sam talks through her thinking and actions when faced with this challenge. She’s now has solid positioning and is on fire with…
243 – How to Sell Left Over Holiday Products with Alesia Galati
Dec 2, 2019 • 47 min
Finding hidden money in your business is always a good thing. We focus so much on getting new customers, creating promotions, new product development and social media, this other source of money is often forgotten. Find out what bundles are if you’re not…
242 – How Product Creation Evolves from Idea to a Business with Pamela Gort of Blingzy™
Nov 25, 2019 • 58 min
Ever wonder how people get from idea to actually holding the product they envisioned? Product creation can seem like a mystery. This week Pamela tells us how she turned her idea “glitter” into product “gold.”
241 – Punch Up Your Presentations with Comedian Larry Bloom of Funnier By The Lake Comedy
Nov 18, 2019 • 58 min
It makes sense that we can learn a lot about presenting from a comedian. But who knew Larry would also be pulling out all these other solid business building strategies? Take a seat, the show is about to begin.
240 – Lessons from a Prospecting Powerhouse with Kristen Crawley of Savannah Bee Company
Nov 11, 2019 • 51 min
Much of Savannah Bee Company’s success comes from a steady flow of prospects and repeat clients. Kristen shares sales and prospecting tips you can use too.
239 – Why You Want to Create a Business that Includes Semi Passive Income with Oksana of Oksancia
Nov 4, 2019 • 49 min
Even product based businesses can include some form of semi passive income. This can be a game-changer for your life style and your bottom line. Hear why.
238 – How to Maximize Sales at Local Craft Shows with Sarah Smith of Southern Caramel
Oct 28, 2019 • 60 min
Southern Caramel started when Sarah quit her Aerospace career to stay home with her baby girl. Don’t think you can start a biz as a new mom? Think again!
237 – How to Use Influencer Marketing to Increase Sales with Sarah and Noelle of Berra Bites
Oct 21, 2019 • 53 min
Combining Sarah’s culinary education, and Noelle’s business background, the two put their minds together to create Berra Bites, which are dark chocolate covered fruit centers made with 100% pureed and pressed fruit. Their goal is to create dark chocolate…
236 – How to Take Winning Product Photos with Your Phone with Aaron Nace of PHLearn
Oct 14, 2019 • 44 min
Quality product photos can make or break a sale. Here’s how to get the best pictures possible using your phone. It’s really easy!
235 – Get Customers to Buy Over and Over and Over with Marisa Murgatroyd
Oct 7, 2019 • 44 min
Making and selling your products is great but it can limit your income potential. Guess what? There’s another way. Marisa Murgatroyd explains how.
234 – How to Create Demand and Grow Your Business with Leeatt Rothschild of Packed with Purpose
Sep 30, 2019 • 49 min
Packed with Purpose curates personal gifts that create an impact by sourcing products from purpose-driven organizations. The result is a unique gift experience that leaves a lasting impression.
233 – People Don’t Buy Products – They Buy You with Annie of NaturalAnnie Essentials
Sep 23, 2019 • 52 min
It was her daughter’s Spina bifida that led to the creation of this island-inpsired sources of handmade candles and pampering products.
232 – Navigating Through a Difficult Conversation with Anna Osborn of Life Unscripted Counseling
Sep 16, 2019 • 58 min
Improve communication, deepen intimacy and change negative patterns of disconnection in your relationships. Valuable direction for both your personal and business world.
231 – Do You Want a Lifestyle Business or an Empire? with Natalie Gingrich of The Ops Authority
Sep 9, 2019 • 56 min
The key to business growth and having a life is to integrate systems and processes.
230 – How Deborah Gets in Front of Corporate Decision Makers with Deborah Wasylko of Baskets Galore
Sep 2, 2019 • 48 min
It may seem intimidating but worth it when you see your numbers. Let’s talk about how to get business for large corporate accounts.
229 – Learning from a Handmade Critter Business with Kenny and Jenifer Kudulis of kudu-lah
Aug 26, 2019 • 54 min
Starting on a street corner, this business has forged a solid path with craft shows.
228 – Seriously – Take the Scary Out of Sales with Nikki Rausch and The Selling Staircase
Aug 19, 2019 • 64 min
When you hear the steps to Nikki’s Selling Staircase, you’ll see that it doesn’t need to be hard or pushy at all. It can even be fun!
227 – Digging Deep When in Survival Mode with ReeJade Richmond
Aug 12, 2019 • 51 min
The legal side of starting your business and protecting your assets. As creators, learn what you can and can’t protect.
226 – Concept to Wholesale in One Year with Meg Sutton of Belle & Union
Aug 5, 2019 • 58 min
A winning combination of brick and mortar, wholesale and online sales, Meg shares saavy tips you can employ in your business today.
225 – Bridging Careers from Nursing to Floral Design with Patti Muhlenfeld
Jul 29, 2019 • 44 min
Take advantage of your current profession to jumpstart a second career. This can be a retirement transition or to replace a 9-5 job.
224 – A Plan for Your Marketing Plan! with Heidi Thompson of Evolve Your Wedding Business
Jul 22, 2019 • 54 min
Creating a marketing strategy and action plan is often never done. That leads to inconsistent or poor results. Here’s how to put yours in place.
223 – This is Probably Missing from Your Facebook Strategy with Traci Reuter of Divine Social
Jul 15, 2019 • 62 min
Social media without a strategy is a waste of time. Here we cover audience growth, engagement and conversion with Facebook.
222 – The Truth About a Business Boss State of Mind
Jul 8, 2019 • 35 min
The business boss stuff like the emotional challenges involved in running your own business, and how not to let these things hold you back.
221 – Not Just Another Instagram Interview with Sue Zimmerman
Jul 1, 2019 • 49 min
An update on Instagram including tactical advice on using the platform to drive results. Sue covers all the Insta “Neighborhoods.”
220 – Serving It Up Sweet and Spicy with Sonya Paz
Jun 24, 2019 • 48 min
Being known for a core product and having a loyal following pay off big-time when your passion evolves into a new venture.
219 – How to Sell Your Product Through Email with Katie Salmon of Katie Does Marketing
Jun 17, 2019 • 52 min
It’s not all about social! Learn why email addresses are the most important asset for your business and how to use them to grow your sales.
218 – Create Your Own Brand Portfolio Today with Lindsey Johnson of Verity & Co
Jun 10, 2019 • 56 min
A specific step by step plan to define your brand in a couple of hours. A professional brand is essential for a strong business.
217 – Grow Your Audience – Grow Your Business with Jennifer Allwood of The Magic Brush
Jun 3, 2019 • 48 min
It’s just makes sense, to increase sales you need more people to know about you. Let’s talk about how to attract more people into your realm.
216 – Handmade Business Wisdom Sprinkles with Juliet Galea of Caker’s Chat
May 27, 2019 • 44 min
Starting a business in the baking industry comes with its own unique challenges. Juliet shares her experience and tips she’s learned along the way.
215 – Re-Energize Your Brand and Watch Sales Grow with Eric DeLary of Pasta Mamas
May 20, 2019 • 53 min
Have you ever thought about investing in an existing business instead of starting out fresh? Eric talks about buying and updating an established brand.
214 – How to Market TODAY with Veronica Staudt of Vintage Meet Modern
May 13, 2019 • 58 min
Wait until you see how Veronica’s making waves in her business through Facebook! It’s a solid unique approach that has nothing to do with algorithms.
213 – [On Air Coaching] How to Uncover and Market to New Audiences with Elaine Kuckertz
May 6, 2019 • 58 min
When you look at your product from a new angle, customer opportunities open up that you’ve never imagined before. In this on-air coaching, you’ll hear this done for Elaine with her laser cut puzzles.
212 – Takeaways from Social Media Marketing World and What They Mean for Handmade Product Businesses
Apr 29, 2019 • 33 min
Although the landscape continues to change – seemingly daily – there is a lot to be optimistic about with social media particularly for small handmade businesses.
211 – Why Email is Everything to Your Business with Abby Herman of Write Solutions
Apr 22, 2019 • 51 min
You’ve heard, “The money is in your list.” Here’s how to communicate effectively with your customers online … a way that translates to sales.
210 – [On Air Coaching] Retire Into Your Business with Sandy Monroe of Dai Cor Baskets
Apr 15, 2019 • 49 min
A new trend - retiring into your passion and building a handmade business as a second career. You can start now!
209 – One Often Forgotten Free Way to Get New Customers with Jeremy Lessaris of irevu
Apr 8, 2019 • 49 min
Customer reviews are the winning plan for bringing in new sales. We spend thousand on advertising when this is even more effective. Here’s why.
208 – How to Find Your Courage for Selling with Mariana Ruiz of Impact Driven Entrepreneur
Apr 1, 2019 • 38 min
Attract your ideal clients and convert followers to clients through service-based selling.
207 – Empowered Women EMPOWER Women with Christine Walsh of Cake and Whiskey
Mar 25, 2019 • 44 min
Hobnobing brings big business opportunities. You’ll hear how along with other women-owned business opportunties you can use to your advantage
206 – [On Air Coaching] How to Take Your Business to the Next Level with Samatha Spencer of Bird Box Gifts
Mar 18, 2019 • 47 min
Samatha is the owner of Bird Box Gifts. She specializes in gift sets and curated gift boxes and is ready to take it to the next level. The idea for Bird Box Gifts came about as she began putting gifts together for customers in her husband’s gift shop. Men…
205 – Navigating Through the Stages of Your Business with Debbie Adame of My Daddy’s House of Gifts
Mar 11, 2019 • 49 min
Debbie is the Owner and Certified Gift Designer at My Daddy’s House of Gifts located in Magnolia, Texas. She has been in the gifting industry since 2014, originally with a business under a different company name. After the passing of her dad in 2015, the…
204 – Be Friends with Your Numbers with Lynne Somerman Financial Coaching
Mar 4, 2019 • 50 min
Lynne Somerman of Lynne Somerman Financial Coaching helps entrepreneurs feel less stupid and sad about their money through practical skill building, habit change and mindset work. She speaks about budgeting as radical self-care and loves coaching clients…
203 – [On Air Coaching] How to Select a Product Focus and Start Your Business with Jeanette Andersen
Feb 25, 2019 • 41 min
Jeanette Andersen is a passionate and multi-talented creator. She’s already the author of 5 books. But she also has skills in photography, a talent with designing soft goods products and is considering motivational speaking. This is a common challenge for…
202 – Choose Marketing Methods that Fit Your Natural Style with Brit Kolo of Marketing Personalities
Feb 18, 2019 • 55 min
Brit Kolo is the Creator of the Marketing Personality Type Framework and the Host of the Marketing Personalities Podcast. Her framework is designed to match you with your best marketing strategy based on your Myers-Briggs Personality Type. She’s here to…
201 – Why Wait? Put Yourself in the Spotlight with Amanda Berlin
Feb 11, 2019 • 56 min
After more than a decade in the New York City public relations world, Amanda Berlin now uses her pitch powers for good. She helps entrepreneurs step into their presence, create a story that inspires others, and spread their message in the media. Amanda…
200 – You Deserve to Be Heard with Carol Cox of Speaking Your Brand
Feb 4, 2019 • 54 min
Carol Cox is the founder of Speaking Your Brand, which helps high-performing, purpose-driven women entrepreneurs and professionals create their signature talks (keynote, TEDx, business presentation) to grow their business and become recognized as…
199 – All the Secrets to Going Wholesale with Katie Hunt of Tradeshow Bootcamp
Jan 28, 2019 • 55 min
Katie is the founder of Tradeshow Bootcamp, host of the Proof to Product podcast, a business strategist, and mentor to creative entrepreneurs. She’s helped more than 850 brands get their products on the shelves of retail stores big and small. Her clients’…
198 – How to Use Email as a Product Biz with Megan Auman of Artists and Profit Makers
Jan 21, 2019 • 60 min
Megan Auman is a jewelry designer, metalsmith and educator with over a decade of experience in selling art through a variety of channels. She designs for women who want to be effortlessly bold. She says, “You need jewelry that makes a statement but is…
197 – Creating Edible Fabric! with Marilyn and Joe Bawol of Unique Flexique ®
Jan 14, 2019 • 55 min
A natural-born artist, Marilyn thrives on combining her well-honed sculpture and painting skills with her talent and passion for baking and edible creations. As the Owner and Creative Director of Unique Cakes, she specializes in non-traditional wedding…
196 – What You Need to Know Now About Facebook Ads with Salome Schillack of Shine And Succeed
Jan 7, 2019 • 57 min
Salome Schillack is a Facebook Ads Strategist who helps coaches, online course creators, and personal brands scale, automate and grow their businesses faster with clever Facebook and Instagram ads strategies. Through her fast-growing agency, Salome has…
195 – 5 Affirmations to Change Your Life in 2019
Dec 31, 2018 • 19 min
5 Affirmations to Change Your Life this Year. The New Year is upon us, and for many, it’s a marker in time to make a change. It’s a time to start fresh and reset your ways and to jumpstart the dreams you’ve been thinking about and putting off over and…
194 – ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas When All Through the Store …
Dec 24, 2018 • 5 min
Merry Christmas! ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the store, employees were anxiously watching the door. Products sat neatly on the shelves with care, in hopes that a customer soon would be there. The shopkeeper was nestled all snug in…
193 – Not Everyone Deserves Your Homemade Efforts! with Michelle Gowan of Cookie Nip
Dec 17, 2018 • 50 min
Dr. Michelle Gowan is a retired educator who is using all her time not teaching school to teach people to bake and decorate cookies. In her first month of retirement, she founded The Cookie School which is a mobile, home party/class where a group of…
192 – Be the BEST Product Boss Minna Khounlo-Sithep
Dec 10, 2018 • 44 min
Minna is one busy woman owning two separate businesses, Lil’ Labels and The Product Boss Podcast. Lil’ Labels are writable, waterproof labels for baby items for daycare and is an Amazon bestseller. Minna also co-owns and co-hosts The Product Boss Podcast…
191 – Why Amazon Over Ebay with Amy Feierman of Mommy Income
Dec 3, 2018 • 49 min
Amy is a podcaster, educator and entrepreneur who has been selling online for almost 10 years. While she started on eBay, most of that time was focused on Amazon. In 2014, she and a friend/colleague started teaching others how to sell on Amazon. This has…
190 – Taking Chances as You Start and Grow a Business with Kate Flynn of Sun and Swell Foods
Nov 26, 2018 • 48 min
Kate Flynn is the founder and CEO of Sun and Swell Foods, a healthy snack food company based in Santa Barbara, California. Kate started her company two years ago with her husband, Bryan, after realizing that most packaged snack foods in stores are loaded…
189 – Colors, Fonts and Graphics. How to Create Your Visual Brand with Sal Frances
Nov 19, 2018 • 48 min
Sal Frances is a branding and social media content specialist. Wait, let me back that up. Sal is my branding and social media content specialist. I’ve told her before that I want to keep her all to myself, but that’s not nice. Nor does that serve you at…
188 – “Ask the Question!” says Fine Artist Sonya Paz
Nov 12, 2018 • 55 min
Sonya is a fine artist who has created her own highly recognized individual brand and pop art style of painting. In addition to fine art paintings, her products include Sonya Paz signature Limited Edition wristwear, watches, ceramics, apparel, clocks,…
187 - Finding Courage Through Art with Frances Castro of Francesita by Frances
Nov 5, 2018 • 45 min
Frances is in the process of starting her own business, Francesita by Frances, with the dream of making a living income with her art. Frances works on canvas and also upcyles furniture. Actually, she’ll tackle just about anything that will take paint.…
186 – Bake the Cookies, Spin the Dreidel, Capture Those Holiday Sales!
Oct 29, 2018 • 30 min
It’s fourth quarter and you know what that means. There is magic in the retail air. Credit cards are being swiped and Apple pay is in full swing. You want a piece of this action don’t you? I know you said, “yes.” If you’re really serious, what are you…
185 – Greetings! Get Your Ideas Out to the World with Adam Donato of Card Isle
Oct 22, 2018 • 51 min
The greeting card industry hasn’t really seen anything new in the last 50 years … except for the cards that play music when they’re opened. Card Isle is a company, founded by three engineers, that changes that. They’ve captured all the magic that comes…
184 – Goo Goos, Moon Pies and a Guitar Box with Shelia Horvath of HeavenlyTreats4U
Oct 15, 2018 • 57 min
Shelia is the founder and owner of Heavenly Treats 4 U, a custom gift basket company based in Nashville, Tennessee. Shelia’s entrepreneurial spirit, hard work and long hours provide the leverage to go places she never thought could be possible. What was…
183 – How a Single Moment Turns into a Business with Kristy Mangia of Giddy Up Nuts
Oct 8, 2018 • 45 min
Kristy Mangia started Giddy Up Nuts as a way to escape “the crazy” of everyday life. Today she feels lucky because it has become her everyday life! Giddy Up Nuts was born about 5 years ago in her dad’s kitchen. They started selling at the local farmers…
182 – Connect to Your Inner Voice with Katie Krimitsos of Biz Women Rock
Oct 1, 2018 • 49 min
Katie is a mom, wife, podcaster, and business strategist. She’s also an adventurer, seeker and change maker. Katie is committed to brightening the light of women around the world in two ways. First, through her Biz Women Rock community, which supports…
181 – What We Can Learn from an Olympian Medalist with Aja Evans
Sep 24, 2018 • 42 min
A two-time Olympian, Aja Evans, won a bronze medal in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games as a brakeman for the USA Women’s Bobsled Team. Throughout her track and field career, Aja was known for her dominance in both the sprints and shot put. At the University…
180 – Your Inside Peek at FB “Live from the Hive” with Shawn Parola of All The Buzz
Sep 17, 2018 • 50 min
Shawn is the owner of All The Buzz, a gift basket and corporate gift company located in San Jose, California. Shawn’s business has grown over the past 14 years from part-time & home based to very full time in a private production facility. All The Buzz…
179 – The Brave Leap from Shyness to Living Her Passion with Lisa Wojcik of Black Bow Sweets
Sep 10, 2018 • 47 min
Lisa graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2005 with a degree in English. But there was a problem, her passion was for art and design. Unsure about what career to pursue, Lisa made what she considers to be the best decision of her life. She applied to a…
178 – Discover the “Whys” Behind Your Business
Sep 3, 2018 • 29 min
Who, what, why, when, where. Back in my college journalism days, these were the necessary points to cover in any article or broadcast. As a business owner, experience has shown me that the first and most important one, by a long shot, is “Why.” Knowing…
177 – Legal Guidance Specifically for Makers Like You with Joey Vitale of Indie Law
Aug 27, 2018 • 47 min
In his law firm, Indie Law, Joey works with creative small business owners to protect their passions and give them the legal foundation they need to thrive. With these services, Joey focuses on the legal issues that matter most to creatives: trademarks,…
176 – How to Work a Room® with Susan RoAne
Aug 20, 2018 • 54 min
Susan RoAne is the author of the classic bestseller – How To Work A Room® which has sold over 1.2 million books in 14 countries, as well as The Secrets of Savvy Networking, also a best seller. Named by Forbes as one of the networking gurus of 2015, Susan…
175 – You’ve Been Asked to Speak at an Event. Now What?
Aug 13, 2018 • 35 min
As a successful business owner, there will be a time when you are asked or have an opportunity to share your expertise in public. It could be a presentation at a town meeting, a networking event or a large conference. Most people react by thinking, “I’d…
174 – Why Etsy for Handmade Sellers with Danielle Spurge of The Merriweather Council
Aug 6, 2018 • 50 min
Danielle is a maker and craft business consultant who loves iced lattes and pop music. Through her work at The Merriweather Council, Danielle teaches creative people how to turn their crafty tendencies into profits. On her blog and podcast, Danielle aims…
173 – Is it Time to Clean Up Your Social Media Program? with Sarah Frink of Real Marketing Solutions
Jul 30, 2018 • 51 min
Sarah Frink, CEO & Founder of Real Marketing Solutions is a creative, driven and radically authentic digital marketing strategist with a head for marketing and the heart of an entrepreneur. Sarah has the unique talent of taking complex ideas and breaking…
172 – Lobby Pop Ups for the Corporate Biz Win with Annette Pardun of Fill My Jar
Jul 23, 2018 • 48 min
Annette started Fill My Jar Candy Company three years ago, introducing the world to a unique line of handcrafted yet traditional caramel, toffees and chocolate barks. She grew up in a large Italian family where everything centered around the kitchen.…
171 – Create Your Own Mastermind Magic with Natalie Eckdahl of Biz Chix
Jul 16, 2018 • 53 min
Natalie is a Business Strategist and High Performance Coach who helps high-achieving women entrepreneurs across industries and time zones build, grow and scale their business while avoiding overwhelm. She’s the Founder of the BizChix Community, Podcast,…
170 – Going from Emotion to Productivity When Tragedy Strikes with Bobbi Baehne of Think Big Go Local
Jul 9, 2018 • 44 min
Bobbi is the President of Think Big Go Local, a digital marketing agency headquartered in the Chicagoland area. They focus exclusively on entrepreneurs and have worked with over 300 clients spanning dozens of different industries. TBGL specializes in…
169 – Could an Artisan Co-op Be for You? with Nancy Gissendaner of Queen Bee Artisan Market
Jul 2, 2018 • 48 min
The Queen Bee Artisan Market an indoor market open year-round in the beautiful tourist town of Lake Geneva, WI. Nancy has tripled in size in only three years! Going from 22 to now 75 artisans, the Queen Bee Artisan Market displays products from all over…
168 – Inventory Woes and Resolution with Layne Booth
Jun 25, 2018 • 38 min
Layne’s business, The Project Booth, focuses on the inventory and ordering mayhem that becomes a struggle for many product-based businesses. Layne grew up as a math nerd, graduated college with two engineering degrees and went straight into manufacturing.…
167 – Meet the New and Improved LinkedIn with Viveka von Rosen
Jun 18, 2018 • 47 min
Viveka von Rosen is Cofounder of Vengreso, the largest provider of full spectrum digital sales transformation solutions. Known as the @LinkedInExpert, she’s also the author of the best-selling book, LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day and LinkedIn: 101 Ways…
166 – Are You REALLY Serving Your Customers? with Jim Lederer of Bluegrass
Jun 11, 2018 • 40 min
Jim has spent over thirty years in the restaurant business. Companies he’s worked with that you may recognize even if you aren’t local, are Stouffers Restaurant Corporation, Don Roth’s, and Crawdaddy Bayou. Jim has traveled and consulted in the food &…
165 – She Gets Us! with Gwen Bortner
Jun 4, 2018 • 47 min
Gwen Bortner is a speaker, trainer and consultant focused on the craft enthusiast niche. Her passion is working with small business owners helping them reach their individual success goals. She calls it the light bulb moment. That moment when everything…
164 – Creating the Perfect Brand Story with Bri Lobato of MVMT
May 28, 2018 • 40 min
Bri is a visual storyteller for MVMT, a direct to consumer accessory brand that has disrupted the watch industry. She is passionate about helping brands shape their aesthetic and use photos and video to showcase their product creatively. In her real life…
163 – A Sneak Peek Inside My New Book Maker To Master
May 21, 2018 • 27 min
Are you discouraged because your small business is not performing as you had envisioned? Are you stuck and confused about how to turn things around? Do you tell people everything is wonderful when inside your stomach is churning because you know it isn’t…
162 – Box or Boutique? with Bob Hurley of Hurley 45 Enterprises
May 14, 2018 • 42 min
Bob’s company, Hurley 45, helps businesses grow their sales by getting placement in major retail chains. Do you have a vision of seeing your product on the shelves in one of the big brand stores … maybe even a box store? Bob finds that many people want to…
161 – “Frankensteining It” with Wendy Santini of Pinzit
May 7, 2018 • 42 min
Wendy is the founder of Pinzit Limited. Actually, this is Wendy’s third career. She also co-owns a family flooring business and practiced as a registered nurse too. Wendy’s product, Pinzit, is a women’s fashion accessory invented quite by accident. She…
160 – Hello Corporate Business with Nikki Rausch of Sales Maven
Apr 30, 2018 • 52 min
Nikki is the Founder and CEO of Sales Maven, an organization dedicated to authentic selling. Her success comes through the unique ability to transform the misunderstood process of “selling.” With 24+ years of experience, selling to such prestigious…
159 – All Paws Up for Non-Profit Creation with Carole Yuster of K-9 Reading Buddies
Apr 23, 2018 • 42 min
Carole is the Executive Director & Founder of K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore. This is a non-profit business that supplements literacy programs in suburban libraries and schools. They use reading teams consisting of registered therapy dogs and…
158 – Live Streaming: How and Why with Aaron Roth of Arkon Mounts
Apr 16, 2018 • 43 min
Aaron Roth is the inspirational Vice President of Sales and Marketing and co-owner at Arkon Mounts, the most recognized and respected brand in the live streaming video category. In addition to being a regular speaker at live streaming and social media…
157 – 5 Features to Set Your Next Promotion on Fire!
Apr 9, 2018 • 19 min
Why is it that some promotions work so well and others … not so much? We’ve identified 5 Features that you can integrate into your next promotion to set it on fire! The good news is you don’t need to use all five. Select which ones work best based on your…
156 – Our High School Students are Starting Companies with Rebekah Peter of RADD-Tees
Apr 2, 2018 • 30 min
RADD-Tees is an art t-shirt company that began with five high school students and a class assignment. High school artists submit designs via the RADD-Tees website. Once the design is accepted it is included in the shop and available for purchase. Online…
155 – How Well Do You Know Your Own Business? with Kelly Roach of Kelly Roach Coaching
Mar 26, 2018 • 45 min
Kelly Roach is the host of the top-rated podcast Unstoppable Success Radio. She’s also an international best-selling author, and the CEO of Kelly Roach Coaching. As a former NFL Cheerleader and Fortune 500 Executive, Kelly brings a powerful combination of…
154 – Social Media Tips You Won’t Hear Elsewhere Direct from SMMW18
Mar 19, 2018 • 26 min
I’m fresh back from Social Media Marketing World 2108. This is a conference gathering over 5,000 people from all over the world who come to hear from the leaders in the industry all about the latest and greatest social media tips. There were over 100…
153 – Knitting a Business Plan with Jodi Pavey of J Pavey Designs
Mar 12, 2018 • 46 min
Jodi Pavey is the owner J Pavey Designs located in the San Francisco Bay Area. On her Etsy shop you will find hand made knitted fashion accessories and home goods. Her love of knitting started as a hobby and quickly transitioned into a business 12 years…
152 – Your Purpose Can Change the World with Lady Bird Johnson
Mar 5, 2018 • 47 min
In honor of March being Women’s History Month, I want to take you back in time. We will be talking with Lady Bird Johnson, the wife of the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson. Lady Bird Johnson’s life spans the 20th century from…
151 – Your Left Brain is a Bully with Jill Fleming of Beyond Logic Coaching
Feb 26, 2018 • 43 min
Jill Fleming is sought after speaker, best selling author, and trusted advisor. While living on a cattle ranch in a tiny town somewhere in the middle of Nowhere, Nebraska, Jill didn’t have the luxury of calling for help when something didn’t work.…
150 – Let’s Give Your Logo a Checkup
Feb 19, 2018 • 24 min
When you start a business, your logo is one of the first things you’ll think about. It’s such fun to select your name and create your logo! Here we’ll cover how to make sure your logo is as beneficial to your business as it possibly can be. If you are…
149 – Why Following Your Passion is Bad Advice! with Michael Gebben of Jumpstarters
Feb 12, 2018 • 42 min
Michael spent 7 years building a video company that was the envy of everyone in his field, GebbsTV. Until one day, he woke up to the realization that he’d built a cage of his own making. He had given up too much of his life in the name of something that…
148 – Meet the Mad Soyentist with Julie Skaggs of Mad Soyentist Candles
Feb 5, 2018 • 48 min
It all began in January 2013 when the Soyentist, Derek, and his (then) 9 year old daughter, Erin, were looking for a craft project to work on together. They settled on making candles. Starting with a kit from Hobby Lobby, they soon found that they really…
147 – How to Ensure You See Results from an Online Course
Jan 29, 2018 • 18 min
You’ve purchased an online course. Now how do you ensure that you get the most out of your investment as possible? This is a sequel to the prior podcast Episode 146 where we talked about whether you should buy the online course in the first place. I went…
146 – Should You Purchase That Online Course?
Jan 22, 2018 • 18 min
Episode 146 – The beginning of the year is a good time to reflect back on what happened last year and what types of things you want to do differently in your business this year. One of those, I am hoping, is investing in yourself and in the growth of your…
145 – How to Land Corporate Business with Maria Bayer of Irresistible Selling
Jan 15, 2018 • 42 min
Maria Bayer is the creator of “Irresistible Selling” – an online group coaching program she designed to help creative entrepreneurs book higher-paying clients, grow their business and design a life they love. She teaches the authentic selling and mindset…
144 – From Law to Pottery Paradise with Scott Obernberger of Twice Baked Pottery
Jan 8, 2018 • 42 min
Scott started Twice Baked Pottery as a hobby business 8 years ago. At that time he was a criminal defense attorney practicing in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area. Three years ago, after practicing law for more than 18 years, Scott closed his practice due to…
143 – The Power of Purpose
Jan 1, 2018 • 30 min
The Power of Purpose is a strategy that will help you move forward with your business and produce noticeable results each and every day. What if there was no more guessing if what you are doing is the right activity for growth? Or what if there was no…
142 – The Best Holiday Gift of All
Dec 25, 2017 • 17 min
On this Christmas Day, I’d like to present a lighthearted, entertaining episode on the best holiday gift of all. It’s a holiday gift tale that crosses generations and religions. Sit back and enjoy this short story by O. Henry entitled “The Gift of the…
141 – How a Blog Fits Your Biz with Nicole Regan of Cedar & Rush
Dec 18, 2017 • 48 min
Cedar & Rush is a Chicago based style and entertaining blog empowering women to feel confident in social settings and have the courage to stand out. After graduating from the University of Iowa with a degree in business finance, Nicole found herself at a…
140 – 5 Feng Shui Tips for Your Office Space with Marianne Kaplan of Feng Shui for Success
Dec 11, 2017 • 46 min
Marianne enjoys the art of transforming spaces through Feng Shui practices to provide a dynamic and rewarding environment. In addition to Feng Shui training, she combines her psychology and counseling background for extra impact. It enables her to fully…
139 – How to Open a Retail Store with Bruce Erickson of Summer Classics
Dec 4, 2017 • 47 min
In March of 2016, Bruce opened his Summer Classics Home store in downtown Highland Park, IL. Bruce chose Summer Classics because he has known the owner for over 20 years and has always admired Bew White’s vision for the company and the industry as a…
138 – Your Stress Free Holiday Business Gifting Plan
Nov 27, 2017 • 23 min
In the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we’re so focused on getting gifts made and sold for our business, that remembering to do our own holiday business gifting is an after thought. That’s dangerous and stressful because addressing this at the…
137 – 5 Steps to Merry and Bright Holiday Sales
Nov 20, 2017 • 29 min
The holiday season brings a spirit of giving … both spiritual giving and material giving. The reality is people are expecting to spend money. They have their pocketbooks wide open and need to find the right gift … and sometimes any gift … to complete…
136 – It’s About Finding a Happy Life with Maureen Basile of Maureen’s Sweet Shoppe
Nov 13, 2017 • 47 min
Distraught by the lack of handmade chocolates in her area of East Longmeadow, MA, Maureen realized she had to save others her despair and bring her community mouth-watering homemade treats! Fortunately, Maureen was sitting on many original recipes and…
135 – Oops! Macys! with Liz Wain of Wain’s World
Nov 6, 2017 • 50 min
In 1987, Liz’s career began where most designer’s peak – at Barney’s of New York. There she made a name for herself with a single napkin. Liz evolved her couture linen collection into a lifestyle brand with a hold in more than 1200 luxury retailers…
134 – Twisted Pig or What the Oink? with Nick Lucas of Lucas Candies
Oct 30, 2017 • 48 min
For over 100 years, Lucas Candies has been manufacturing their own chocolate confections. It is a family business currently run by 4th generation Nick Lucas and his partner, Deb Bertrand. Nick and Deb have kept the traditions that were started long ago…
133 – The Power of the Pivot with Ryann Gaspara of GasparaFlora
Oct 23, 2017 • 44 min
Ryann is the founder and designer behind GasparaFlora, a company that specializes in corporate gifting. But it wasn’t always that way. GasparaFlora originally launched in April of 2016 as a company focused on hotel welcome gifts for weddings. Very quickly…
132 – Arts and Carafes with Tanya Ruffin of Create Studios
Oct 16, 2017 • 39 min
With a BFA in Fine Arts and MA in Art History, Tanya ended up with a career in Higher Education in the IT department! Desperate for some art in her life, about 6 years ago she opened teaching and event facility called Create Studios. She describes it as…
131 – Retail Survival Tips with Terri King of My Secret Garden
Oct 9, 2017 • 53 min
My Secret Garden is a retail store specializing in home décor, unique gifts, boutique apparel, garden accents and more. What started in 1990 in a booth at art shows has grown into a beautiful 12,000 square foot facility in Bay City, Michigan. Today retail…
130 – Entrepreneurial You! Monetize Your Expertise with Dorie Clark
Oct 2, 2017 • 43 min
Dorie Clark is an adjunct professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. She’s also the author of Entrepreneurial You, Reinventing You and Stand Out, which was named the #1 Leadership Book of 2015 by Inc. magazine. A former presidential campaign…
129 – A Different Kind of Candle with Klaus Haagen of Austrian Atelier
Sep 25, 2017 • 40 min
Starting out as a mechanical engineer in Austria, Klaus Haagen had no idea that he would one day be applying his expertise from manufacturing metal and steel products to creating contemporary candles. Klaus has an eye for geometric shapes, colors and…
128 – Raise a Glass to Direct Sales with Melissa Ferber of Drink Generously with OneHope Wine
Sep 18, 2017 • 54 min
Melissa Ferber likes to think of herself as a wine drinking, coffee sipping, charity thinking kind of gal. Born in Philadelphia and living her adult life in South Florida, Melissa has enjoyed raising her 2 children, Nikki and Joey, while living a full and…
127 – How Flower Essences Attract Success with Deborah Werner of Earth Wind and Flowers
Sep 11, 2017 • 45 min
As a child, Deborah enjoyed gardening with her Grandfather. This is what inspired her to become a certified floral designer and then she learned about flower essences. Flower essences are natural remedies made from flower blossoms, which are used to…
126 – Get the Scoop on Package Goods Wholesale with Irene Costello of Effie’s Homemade
Sep 4, 2017 • 45 min
Irene Costello and her friend Joan MacIsaac founded Effie’s Homemade, a wholesale baking company. The inspiration for Effie’s Homemade comes from Joan’s mom, Effie and her recipe for Oatcakes. Effie grew up on a rural farm in Cape Breton in Nova Scotia.…
125 – Elizabeth Meyer’s Courageous Journey to America Back in 1841
Aug 28, 2017 • 41 min
Rebecca Bloomfield of Jerry S Pearlstein Insurance has been privileged to work with the lives of famous women in American history like Abigail Adams and Lady Bird Johnson. She’s also been asked by small communities to honor the lives of women who were…
124 – Adding Frosting to Your Business with Rebekah Wilbur of Rebekah Naomi Cake Design
Aug 21, 2017 • 48 min
Rebekah Wilbur is a custom wedding cake designer and owner of Rebekah Naomi Cake Design. She is also the Managing Editor of American Cake Decorating Magazine. Rebekah dedicates her free time to teaching live cake decorating classes, blogging about cake…
123 – Power Up Your People with Matt Holmes of Home & Company
Aug 14, 2017 • 50 min
Matt and his wife, Jennifer started their retail journey 12 years ago in downtown Holland, Michigan with a gift and decor store called HOME & COMPANY. It took a couple of years to get to that “ah-ha” moment when they realized they were focused on all the…
122 – Fear Held Her Back … Until It Didn’t with Hallie Sherman of Speech Time Fun
Aug 7, 2017 • 36 min
Hallie is a licensed speech-language pathologist working full time in the public schools. In her “spare” time, she blogs and creates digital resources to assist busy speech-language pathologists to make their jobs a bit easier. She started this…
121 – Should You Trademark, Copyright or Patent with Todd Timmerman of Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick
Jul 31, 2017 • 32 min
Todd Timmerman is a business lawyer specializing in intellectual property protection. His practice spans a wide range of intellectual property and technology-related litigation and transactional matters. Todd assists clients in crafting sound intellectual…
120 – The Five C’s You Need to Know About Small Business Loans with Katie Wiswald of Highland Park Bank and Trust
Jul 24, 2017 • 49 min
Katie Wiswald is a commercial and consumer lender at Highland Park Bank & Trust, a Wintrust Community Bank. Katie has spent the last 15 years in Highland Park focusing on community lending and serving the needs of local businesses and residents. She has…
119 – Computer Tips to Keep You Safe with Goran Donev of Safe Haven IT
Jul 17, 2017 • 38 min
Goran Donev has been dealing with computers since he was sixteen. Back then he was building his own computers and helping friends fix theirs. He went on to work in corporate IT departments and saw that something was lacking. There was an absence of…
118 – Monetize Thyself™ with Business Wisdom from Nicole Walters
Jul 10, 2017 • 46 min
Nicole is an income strategist who works with everyday entrepreneurs by applying corporate strategies to help build their businesses. She has worked as a client-facing business executive for Fortune 500 companies in both sales and marketing for over ten…
117 – Why Life Insurance is for Living Not Dying with Rebecca Bloomfield
Jul 3, 2017 • 36 min
Getting insurance today is overwhelming. For this reason over 15 years ago, Rebecca Bloomfield and her husband and partner Jerry Pearlstein, decided to use their experience and empathy to open an insurance agency serving the entrepreneur. They provide…
116 – Living the Tuscan Dream with Pam Mercer of Tuscany Tours
Jun 26, 2017 • 47 min
Tuscany Tours is a small business owned and operated by Pam Mercer and her husband, Sam Hilt. They work and live in a small hilltop town near Siena, Italy. It all started with a trip from California to Tuscany just over 25 years ago. Little did they know…
115 – Arts are “The Way” to Healing and Passion with Rae Luskin
Jun 19, 2017 • 40 min
Rae uses creative expression to nurture self-worth, resilience, healing and social change. She found her passion after overcoming some serious life events and now makes it her mission to assist others. She helps both individuals and organizations create…
114 – Product Stories for the Win with Carmi Plaut
Jun 12, 2017 • 45 min
Carmi has years of experience designing gift and home decor for retailer, big box, and global distributors worldwide. He learned naturally that having product stories attached to his gift designs results in big business. He is the Co-Founder and Creative…
113 – Homebased Biz vs. Summer Break with Robin Walker
Jun 5, 2017 • 35 min
Robin Walker, a former elementary school teacher, has been building businesses from home for the last 14 years. She owns and runs Zainey and Zoe which offers made to order cheer bows through their website and on Etsy. Robin also connects and supports…
112 – How to Succeed in Retail Today with Andi Malone of Infinity Gifts
May 29, 2017 • 41 min
Andi Malone is the owner of Infinity Gifts, Baskets, and Balloons. She started her business 11 years ago and is a professionally certified designer and the winner of numerous awards within her industry. Infinity Gifts’ services include custom gift baskets…
111 – “Morganize” Instagram and Your Biz with Morgan Sutton
May 22, 2017 • 37 min
Morgan Sutton is the Director of Operations at Susan B. Zimmerman Enterprise. With a Master’s in Engineering Management, she directs all business operations, logistics, and online automation systems for social media educator, Sue B. Zimmerman. Since the…
110 – Surviving the “Wild” with Jonathan David Lewis
May 15, 2017 • 37 min
Jonathan is the author of Brand vs. Wild: Building Resilient Brands for Harsh Business Environments. He is an engaging and authoritative speaker on shaping a brand that can survive and thrive, in today’s tough uncertain world. As partner and strategy…
109 – How to Use Instagram Stories to Grow Your Business with Sue B Zimmerman
May 8, 2017 • 44 min
Sue. B Zimmerman is an insightful social media educator, energetic speaker, and in-demand business coach. Her blog is ranked as one of the top 10 social media blogs in 2017 by Social Media Examiner and Huffington Post recently named Sue as one of the Top…
108 – Soap Bombs Exploding from Donuts with Shenia Smith of Lula’s Bath and Bombs
May 1, 2017 • 43 min
Shenia Smith started her business, Lula’s Bath and Bombs, just one year ago. As you may have guessed, she sells homemade bath bombs and also handmade soap, sugar scrubs, bath salts and lotion bars. Selling online only through Facebook and in person at…
107 – Golden Rules for Craft Show Sales with Lisa Vukovits of Earth Sticks and Scents
Apr 24, 2017 • 42 min
Lisa started Earth Sticks five years ago. By her own admission, it was a fluke. She wanted to help out a friend, and before she knew it, she was launching a website and her first product. Earth Sticks are hand-blended essential oils made into a solid…
106 – Cards Against Humanity with Max Temkin
Apr 17, 2017 • 45 min
Max is one of the creators behind the wildly popular game Cards Against Humanity. He is also a co-founder of Blackbox which is a shipping company that helps independent artists send physical goods to their customers. Max is also the guy behind several…
105 – A pee-kaboo into New Product Development with Nina of rahababy
Apr 10, 2017 • 41 min
Nina Nsilo-Swai has always had a passion for helping others and spent a decade doing just that in non-profit organizations across New York City. After moving to the suburbs with her husband and two sons, Nina combined this passion with her entrepreneurial…
104 – Staying True to Your Brand with Ben and Blake from The Village Common
Apr 3, 2017 • 39 min
Starting in 1968, Village Common is a dream three generations in the making and spanning over 40 years. Ben and Blake create handmade, natural apothecary goods, kindled by their family history. They bring to us this new installment of family traditions…
103 – Building an Award Winning Caramel Brand with Calley Hastings of Fat Toad Farm
Mar 27, 2017 • 45 min
Calley is the owner of Fat Toad Farm located in Brookfield, Vermont. Fat Toad Farm is a family-run business that produces a Traditional Goat’s Milk Caramel Sauce. Their award-winning sauces are based on the Mexican confection cajeta, and are meticulously…
102 – Fabscraps and Fab Biz Advice with Brigitte Wimbush
Mar 20, 2017 • 40 min
Brigitte has a fine art and graphic design background and has been in the advertising industry for over twenty years. Astonishingly, within 12 years, Fabscraps has grown from what started off as a small venture in a loft by 2 sisters, into the largest…
101 – The Story Behind Brownie Brittle™ with Sheila Mains
Mar 13, 2017 • 35 min
Sheila was laid off from her corporate job in 1992. So at the age of 42 she decided it was time to do what she loved – baking. Sheila took a treasured family recipe for brownies and launched a little brownie business. There were many ups and downs over…
100 – Top Takeaways from 100 Episodes with Sue Monhait of Gift Biz Unwrapped
Mar 6, 2017 • 36 min
Wow! 100 episodes and almost two years have passed since the very first Gift Biz Unwrapped podcast went live … it doesn’t seem like that long! I feel fortunate to have interviewed so many impressive business owners and service providers to our industry.…
099 – Managing Social Media with Tena Pettis of Tena.cious
Feb 27, 2017 • 46 min
Hailing from the land of Paul Bunyan, wooded trees and lakes for miles, Tena’s big personality + aptly given nickname ‘Tena-talks-a-lot’ sent her searching for more. After spending some time in the big city with a “big girl job” Tena quickly realized that…
098 – A Passion for Peppers with Alex Ruesing of Lifegarden Farm
Feb 20, 2017 • 43 min
Alex is the owner and farmer of Lifegarden Farm. He established Lifegarden Farm in 2013 with plans to grow some of the hottest peppers in the world right in the heart of Florida. History has shown the health benefits of peppers and Alex wants to share…
097 – People Are the Answer with Mike Muenedata of Rwanda Bean Company
Feb 13, 2017 • 38 min
Mike was born in Rwanda and immigrated to the United States in 2010 where he launched his business. Rwanda Bean Company supplies specialty coffee products in the U.S. and abroad. In turn, it supports coffee producers by investing profits back to the…
096 – A Live Birthday Lamb Created a Plan with Teresa Perleberg of Bear Creek Design and Felting
Feb 6, 2017 • 36 min
Bear Creek runs through the pasture of Jeff and Teresa Perleberg’s property in North Dakota. They raise sheep, cattle and chickens. It’s the sheep from her property that provide the wool for Teresa’s business, Bear Creek Design and Felting. Teresa has…
095 – Cookbooks to Mixes to This! with Lisa Shively of Kitcheneez
Jan 30, 2017 • 41 min
Kitcheneez is the Direct Sales division of Lisa Shively’s Kitchen Helpers, LLC. Kitchen Helpers is a food manufacturer geared to helping families enjoy more meals at home. Lisa started her business by writing cookbooks. Then after years of hearing, “we…
094 – SquirrelAway Bird Cafe with Tom Degler
Jan 23, 2017 • 34 min
Tom grew up on a farm in central Illinois and had a rewarding career in agricultural sales and marketing. Upon retirement in 2008 one of his “chores” was to keep the birdfeeder full. This chore lend the way to his retirement avocation of the SquirrelAway…
093 – Yes! You Should Consider Writing a Book! by Tom Corson-Knowles
Jan 16, 2017 • 43 min
Tom Corson-Knowles is a serial entrepreneur, blogger and international bestselling author. He started his first business at age 13, manufacturing SAD lamps out of his father’s garage. By the time he graduated from Indiana University Kelley School of…
092 – An “Off the Cuff” Fashion Idea Becomes Reality with Amy Olson of Kuhfs
Jan 9, 2017 • 35 min
Amy is a stay at home mom who launched an accessory business after coming up with an awesome idea. She was looking for a product that would add style to her boots and compliment any outfit. When that product couldn’t be found, she decided to create it…
091 – Barrel Aged Maple Syrup Attracts the Stars with Tim Burton of Burton’s Maplewood Farm
Jan 2, 2017 • 38 min
Tim & Angie Burton are the owners of Burton’s Maplewood Farm located on 28 acres in the rolling hills of Southern Indiana. They have been producing 100% Pure and Barrel aged maple syrup on their farm for 8 years. Most of their bulk syrup is featured on…
090 – The Role PR Plays Today with Abbe Sparks of Abbe Sparks Media Group
Dec 26, 2016 • 36 min
Abbe has been promoting Fortune 500 companies, entertainment, and nonprofit organizations for over 20 years. She has a broad background in all aspects of communications with expertise in brand strategy, social media marketing, content development, and…
089 – POP! that Imposter Thinking with Mireya Esquivel of Round Like Me
Dec 19, 2016 • 42 min
Mireya is a Certified Balloon Artist (CBA) and a Master Certified Party Decorator (MCPD). She has been working in the balloon industry for seven years and received her certification in 2014. Mireya recently started her home based business and is working…
088 – Cookies in a Snap with Bill Stank
Dec 12, 2016 • 41 min
With a background in architecture and design, Bill Stank has long had an interest in product design and innovation. He has conceptualized numerous projects and products with sketches and models. After years of imagining a truly streamlined product Cookies…
087 – Pampering with Purpose with Regina Disilvestro of RD Alchemy
Dec 5, 2016 • 40 min
Since 2003 R.D. Alchemy Natural Products has been freshening the world with a wide selection of over 300 organic, natural products consisting of skincare, body care, aromatherapy, dietary supplements, makeup, and more. These products are made in house in…
086 – Stirring Up the Toffee Biz with Dr. Ray’s Toffee
Nov 28, 2016 • 41 min
Dr. Ray Lauk is the owner and founder of Dr. Ray’s Toffee in LaGrange, IL. He is also the Business Manager of the Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview School District 89 and performs storytelling and stand-up comedy in Chicago and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Dr.…
085 – Success is a Journey with Stephanie Laynes of Smooth Skin Supply
Nov 21, 2016 • 53 min
Stephanie received her esthetics license in 2003 and since then has worked in every possible job within the field. With this extensive knowledge of all aspects of the industry, Stephanie identified that her true passion is in creating hair removal waxes…
084 – Customer Solutions Prove Profitable with Derek Thielke of Northwoods Cheese
Nov 14, 2016 • 42 min
Derek is the President and majority owner of Northwoods Cheese Co, which was started by Randy Krause, Henry Zwicky, and Derek almost 15 years ago. Their mission is twofold; to provide Superior Products, and Excellent Service and Customer Satisfaction. One…
083 – Make Your Business REMARKable with Andrew and Pete
Nov 7, 2016 • 50 min
Andrew and Pete run an award winning content marketing company called Andrew and Pete, where they help small businesses create share-worthy content that builds brands people love. Based in the UK, they are also authors of the book The Hippo Campus which…
082 – Ensuring Success at Your Business Event with Mindy Moore of Ravinia Festival
Oct 31, 2016 • 38 min
Mindy Moore is the Director of Events and Dining Services at Ravinia, the largest outdoor music festival in North America. She has been in the hospitality business for over 40 years. Mindy worked at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC), where…
081 – Delivering a Shock and Awe Experience with Diane Campbell of Gratitude Goodies
Oct 24, 2016 • 40 min
Diane Campbell is the CEO of Gratitude Goodies, LLC. Diane has always had a passion for food and creativity. She recognized that a core value was missing in corporations across America … that was saying “thank you.” So she focused on the concept of…
080 – Energy Marshmallows? Yes and More! with Amy of Marshmallow MBA
Oct 17, 2016 • 42 min
Marshmallow MBA was born over a bottle of wine when a friend asked why Amy wasn’t selling her handmade holiday confections. After some kitchen burns and several more bottles of wine, Amy launched her business in February 2016 with her college roommate…
079 – Going from Good to Great with Dave Poulos
Oct 10, 2016 • 27 min
Celebrations Fun Food Factory is a family owned and operated business established in 1990. For the last 7 years they have been a wholesale manufacturer of JM Gourmet Popcorn. An important part of their business model is that they don’t sell directly to…
078 – Moving into a Shop on Main Street with Ryan Newberry
Oct 3, 2016 • 32 min
Ryan is originally from a small farming community in Northwest Missouri. He’s been in sales for over 20 years and it’s definitely his career passion; first banking and now real estate. I’m not surprised he’s so successful. He’s got a style that works;…
077 – The Only Holiday in August with Merley Greenidge
Sep 26, 2016 • 34 min
Merley Greenidge is the owner of Celebrate Sweetly, a corporate and personal gifting and event company based in Thousand Oaks, California. Her passion lies in creating beautiful and thoughtful gifts that let the recipient know they are truly appreciated.…
076 – Actionable Advice with a Southern Living Flair with Eric Rion
Sep 19, 2016 • 47 min
After 28 years of fighting the stress of corporate American business, Eric Rion joined the growing ranks of corporate expatriates and took on the challenges of running a small business. Having acquired Willa’s Shortbread from Willa herself back in 2006…
075 – If You Want to BE … DO with John Lee Dumas
Sep 12, 2016 • 23 min
John Lee Dumas is the founder and host of EOFire, an award winning podcast where he interviews today’s most successful Entrepreneurs 7 days a week. JLD has interviewed over 1400 Entrepreneurs and EOFire generates over 1 million monthly listens. John’s…
074 – Cheers to Niche Products with Kara Lamerato of Kara’s Vineyard Wedding
Sep 5, 2016 • 45 min
Kara started her business, Kara’s Vineyard Wedding in 2011 as a hobby, selling handmade wedding decor fashioned from wine corks. In the early days, profits from sales were used as extra fun money, to finance pedicures, champagne brunches, and eventually…
073 – How to Grow Your Business in a “Dog Eat Dog” World with Janet Domrase
Aug 29, 2016 • 40 min
Janet Domrase works with her husband at Alden’s Kennels. The business is a full service kennel offering boarding, training, rescue services, and other creative programs such as a children’s vet camp! Janet’s husband, Alden, ran the business for 15 years…
072 – Being on Project Runway with Marla Duran
Aug 22, 2016 • 36 min
Marla is the owner of Marla Duran, her own clothing line of the same name. She started making clothes when her son was an infant. She was living in LA at the time and sold pieces to local children’s boutiques. In 1981 she moved back east and she started…
071 – Do You Really Need LinkedIn? with Viveka von Rosen
Aug 15, 2016 • 47 min
Viveka von Rosen is known internationally as the “LinkedIn Expert” and is author of the best selling book, “LinkedIn Marketing: An Hour a Day”. Viveka is the CEO of Linked Into Business where she takes the social media marketing knowledge she has…
070 – Starting a Biz – Gift Baskets and Beyond with Shirley Frazier
Aug 8, 2016 • 41 min
Shirley George Frazier is recognized as the world’s authority on gift baskets and as one of the foremost experts on starting a business from scratch. In business since nineteen ninety, Shirley is head basketologist at Gift Basket Business dot com. She…
069 – JZ Beauty and The Beast with Jennifer Zanotti
Aug 1, 2016 • 35 min
Jennifer Zanotti is the owner of JenZ’s Beauty Services. She opened her salon 9 years ago and has been a make-up artist and Esthetician for 15 years. Jen has a passion for helping others learn how to live a happier, healthier lifestyle. She strives to…
068 – A 9 to 5 Salary from An Etsy Shop with Angela Lee
Jul 25, 2016 • 35 min
Angela Lee opened her first Etsy shop in 2008 to sell simple jewelry that she created at her desk while working at a domestic violence hotline. Over the next few years, she developed her skills as an artisan. As her customer base grew, her hobby developed…
067 – Inside The Cocoa Cabana with Ronda Priola
Jul 18, 2016 • 40 min
Ronda is the owner of The Cocoa Cabana Gourmet Chocolates. She makes all her own chocolates in the store, including toffee, caramel, creams, marshmallow, peanut butter cups, pudgies (which are turtles) and one of their biggest sellers – chocolate covered…
066 – Meet the Kosher Willy Wonka David Levine
Jul 11, 2016 • 45 min
David Levine and his wife, Melissa, are the proud and smiling owners of Illinois Nut & Candy, Home of Fantasia Confections. It’s been eleven years since they purchased the business. The couple can take credit for sweet success thanks to conscious,…
065 – Vintage X3 on Etsy with Jennifer Beaton
Jul 4, 2016 • 32 min
Jen runs three online vintage shops on Etsy. The first shop opened in 2008 with a nice mix of vintage. Several months later she niched down and started a vintage milk glass shop, and soon after that, a vintage china shop. Jen’s passion for objects with…
064 - editorr – An App You Need to Know with Heather Robison
Jun 27, 2016 • 35 min
Heather Robison is co-owner and creative director of editorr. This is a professional copy-editing and proof-reading app where you get immediate online service 24/7 with editing done by real people. Heather’s prior experience includes event planning and…
063 - Selling Handmade on Etsy with Christine Hoffer
Jun 20, 2016 • 34 min
Christine been an artist her entire working life and is influenced by natural and ancient symbols. She says, “I feel they represent all that is missing in modern life: our connection to nature, our bodies, our families, and the cycle of the seasons.”…
062 - Crushing It as a Local Retailer with Karl Benson of Cooks of Crocus Hill
Jun 13, 2016 • 42 min
For more than 25 years, Karl has been engaged in various positions in business ownership, sales, marketing, and organizational development. During the last 15 years he has served as Owner of Cooks of Crocus Hill in St. Paul, MN. Cooks of Crocus Hill is a…
061 - Luxe Bloom Roses Last 60 Days Without Water! with Shelly Rosen
Jun 6, 2016 • 34 min
Shelley Rosen, is Founder and CEO of Luxe Bloom, a venture-backed Chicago based start-up. Luxe Bloom delivers a transformative innovation by offering natural, long-lasting rose arrangements to luxury business operators on a subscription basis. Luxe Bloom…
060 - Success Comes from Clarity says Heather Ann Havenwood the Sexy Boss
May 30, 2016 • 42 min
Heather Ann Havenwood, CEO of Havenwood Worldwide, LLC and Chief Sexy Boss, is a serial entrepreneur. She is regarded as a top authority on internet marketing, business strategies and marketing. Since marketing her first online business in 1999, bringing…
059 - Creating the Bowdabra with Sandy Sandler
May 23, 2016 • 38 min
Sandy Sandler is a marketing expert and the creator of the worldwide bestselling product, the Bowdabra. The Bowdabra is a crafting tool that helps people make professional, hand-tied bows. Her products and supplies are designed to transform the…
058 - Growing Her Gift Hamper Biz to Sell at $1 Million with Sarah Cross
May 16, 2016 • 34 min
At 24 years old Sarah successfully built and sold a million dollar business. It started from her kitchen table and grew to become a national corporate gift hamper service that was formally recognized as a finalist in the prestigious Australian Telstra…
057 – Tricks So YOU Look Fabulous in Photos Every Time with Cyrissa Carlson
May 9, 2016 • 42 min
Cyrissa is a southern Ohio based photographer and business coach; known for her contagious energy and social media savviness! With a Master’s in Art Education, experience on the CreativeLive stage, published work, and a large following of sparkly…
056 - BAM! Power Clusters to Spark Sales with Julie Yusim
May 2, 2016 • 38 min
Julie Yusim is the Executive Director of the Wilmette/Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce on Chicago’s North Shore. She recently returned to the helm after a six year stint as marketing director for Duxler Complete Auto Care, a family-owned chain of auto…
055 - The Power of Pop By Gifts with Sharon Day
Apr 25, 2016 • 39 min
Sharon Day is the Owner and Head Designer at Express Yourself Gifts and Baskets, and the only Certified Gift Designer in Massachusetts. The winner of two National Design Awards in 2015, Sharon is in her 21st year designing corporate and personal gifts and…
054 - Finding Your Life Purpose with Monika Zands
Apr 18, 2016 • 54 min
Monika Zands is an executive business consultant and life strategist who loves to help successful entrepreneurs tap into their greatness and build global empires. Her unique ability is to see through people’s perceived limitations and help them recognize…
053 - Dealing with Rejection, the Value of Interns, and more with Jane Mosbacher Morris
Apr 11, 2016 • 45 min
Jane is the founder of TO THE MARKET, a socially-inspired business that economically empowers vulnerable women through artisan enterprise. They work with over 25 co-ops in over 20 countries to design, source, and sell raw materials and finished products.…
052 - Solid Business Advice that Holds True Over Time with Pam Newell
Apr 4, 2016 • 40 min
Pam Newell and her husband Tom started their gift basket business in 1979 out of their house. In 1981 they added a retail location and in 1983 a Coffee House & Bakery. They continued to expand to 4 retail locations plus an assembly plant before selling in…
051 - Make YOUR Product Idea a Reality with Maya Liberman
Mar 28, 2016 • 47 min
Maya Liberman, inventor of Shape+Store freezer containers, is on a mission to make homemade meals more convenient than fast food! Starting from a love of baking, she first invented a container that would portion and freeze homemade cookie dough. From…
050 - Unlocking the Treasures of Live Video with Kim Garst
Mar 21, 2016 • 39 min
Kim Garst is the best selling author of “Will The Real You Please Stand Up; Show Up, Be Authentic and Prosper in Social Media”. She is also the CEO of Boom Social, a social selling training and consulting company that helps businesses of all sizes…
049 - Empowering Maasai Women with Katy Leakey
Mar 14, 2016 • 38 min
Founded in 2002, Katy and her husband Philip are the owners and pioneers of the natural, African-made, sustainable jewelry and elegant, handcrafted products called The Leakey Collection. Based in the Rift Valley of Kenya, East Africa, these renowned…
048 - Brick & Mortar Retail Success Secrets with Vicki Adrian
Mar 7, 2016 • 46 min
Vicki is the owner of Adrian’s boutique, a retail store in Buhler, Kansas that has been in business for 33 years. Their current product mix is 50% fashion, 25% gift and 25% kitchen and gourmet. But Vicki will tell you they are really in the People…
047 - Gossip, Forgiveness and Growth with Dr. Shawne Duperon
Feb 29, 2016 • 29 min
From London, to Athens, to Munich, to across North America, Dr. Shawne Duperon, a six-time EMMY® Award winner and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, is a good gossip researcher. She travels the globe, educating corporations, entrepreneurs, universities and…
046 - From Freelance to a Flock with Johanna Fritz
Feb 22, 2016 • 34 min
Johanna has been a freelance illustrator for more than ten years and works together with publishers, manufacturers, and advertising agencies. She is currently represented by the agency Wundergarden. Her target market is children and those who like fun…
045 - Yarn Bombing! with London Kaye
Feb 15, 2016 • 32 min
London Kaye is a classically trained dancer who discovered her passion for crochet at the age of thirteen. London received a dance scholarship to NYU and after graduation, dove into the local street-art scene. She began developing her signature style by…
044 - Product Development and Evolution with Karyn Ranzau
Feb 8, 2016 • 39 min
Karyn Ranzau is the owner of Little Pink Ladybug. The company sells templates that allow crafters to create multi loop and layered custom bows for hair accessories and numerous other applications. Karyn started making bows eleven years ago. In 2008, after…
043 - Ebay Selling: Get the Scoop with Kerry Boozenny
Feb 1, 2016 • 30 min
Kerry Boozenny is the founder of Social Selling Mom where she teaches people how to make a significant part-time income selling on eBay. Kerry is an Education Specialist trained by eBay and a top-rated seller. She has been on eBay Radio, and in the…
042 - Loving the Artist Life with Cathy Nolan
Jan 25, 2016 • 38 min
Cathy Nolan is a Caricaturist and has been illustrating and bringing joy with her art for over 20 years. Her passion for art and people are combined in her method of drawing faces and capturing the essence of her subjects whether they are adults, children…
041 - No More Excuses: Start Your Baking Biz with Cydni Mitchell of Sweet Fest
Jan 18, 2016 • 37 min
Cydni Mitchell is the founder of Sweet Fest, a global online directory designed to connect Sweet Lovers with local Sweet Makers. By trade, Cydni is an accountant & financial analyst with a Masters from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University…
040 - 3 Steps to Unwrap YOUR Greatness with Sue Monhait the Gift Biz Gal
Jan 10, 2016 • 39 min
This is a very different podcast than I have ever done. As you know, I’m the host of Gift Biz Unwrapped. I want to talk with you about some super crazy things that have been happening to me over the last four months. It’s beyond belief. I want to share…
039 - Boston Marathon and DUI Campaigns: Gaining Visibility with Anita Housman
Jan 4, 2016 • 35 min
Founded in 2009, Treasured Touch helps individuals and businesses create unique, one-of-a-kind items that help brand their business, or give a unique presentation to a gift or special event. Anita’s specialty is using custom printed ribbon alone and/or…
038 - Evernote Power! Get Super Productive with Steve Dotto
Dec 28, 2015 • 40 min
Steve Dotto is Canada’s most respected geek. As host and executive producer of Dotto Tech, a nationally syndicated TV show, Steve has entertained and educated millions of Canadians on all aspects of technology. After 20 years in traditional broadcast…
037 - Icing Smiles – A “Sweet” Non Profit Success with Tracy Quisenberry
Dec 21, 2015 • 38 min
Tracy is the founder and executive director of Icing Smiles, a non-profit organization that provides custom celebration cakes to children with critical illness and their siblings. She believes that everyone has a responsibility to give back with their God…
036 - The Secret to a “Smooth Sale” with Elinor Stutz
Dec 14, 2015 • 34 min
Elinor Stutz, CEO of Smooth Sale, delivers inspirational keynotes, provides sales training and authored The International Best-Selling book, “Nice Girls DO Get the Sale: Relationship Building That Gets Results”. Community service led to the writing of her…
035 - Cleaning Up in the Soap Making Biz with Jen Eby
Dec 7, 2015 • 40 min
Jennifer Eby along with her husband Matthew own Eby Farms LLC. It is a pasture based, 36 acre working farm and homestead in rural southwestern Michigan. With her bubbly personality and contagiously positive outlook on life Jennifer has taken the simple…
034 - Make Networking Really Matter for Your Biz with Jason Treu
Nov 30, 2015 • 38 min
Jason Treu is a top business and executive coach, sales trainer and speaker. He’s a leading expert on social engineering, influence, persuasion, and networking. At the heart of his strategy is the understanding that people and your relationships are your…
033 - The Video Advantage an Easy Way with Alfred Poor
Nov 23, 2015 • 31 min
Alfred has been a solo-preneur for more than 30 years, and has a particular interest in effective marketing strategies for very small businesses. A graduate of Harvard, he has built his career on explaining complex concepts to people in ways that they can…
032 - Learning from #TheInstagramExpert with Sue B Zimmerman
Nov 16, 2015 • 33 min
Sue B. Zimmerman is #theinstagramexpert, founder of Insta-Results (the world’s first comprehensive online Instagram course) and Ready Set Gram (a beginner Instagram Course). She’s author of the #1 e-book Instagram Basics for your Business. She’s a popular…
031 - Simply Sue Speaks on the Business of Professional Speakers
Nov 9, 2015 • 40 min
Sue is the owner of Simply Sue Speaks Global Booking Agency bringing Custom Solutions for Booking an Expert Speaker! With over 40 years of industry experience as a successful corporate executive, speaker, coach & author, Sue has the professionals that can…
030 - From Wild Bill to Their Own Biz with Berk and Katie of Fresh Prints of CT
Nov 2, 2015 • 36 min
Fresh Prints of CT provides artisan crafted gifts and posters to gift shops around the country and internationally. Berk and Katie research current trends and discover artisans who excel at their craft. They find joy in providing customers access to arts…
029 - Top Tips for Retail Success with Mary Romeo of Bee Business Smart
Oct 26, 2015 • 38 min
Mary has been in the retail environment for 23 years, both owning her own business and as a Regional Director handling a multi-store chain. During that time, she always wished there was someone to turn to who really understood retail. Someone who could…
028 - Twitter Step by Step for Business with Madalyn Sklar of Twitter Smarter
Oct 19, 2015 • 42 min
Madalyn is very passionate about one thing: helping her clients generate a massive buzz on social media. She does this by developing and teaching strategies that work. Her motto is “Work Smarter Not Harder.” Madalyn honed in on Twitter several years ago…
027 - An American Under the Tuscan Sun with Jayne Wagner of Hickory Creek Winery
Oct 12, 2015 • 33 min
Jayne’s background includes over 25 years in advertising media. She began working for advertising agencies, then moved into print and digital advertising sales for national magazines including Reader’s Digest, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar and Bon…
026 - She Knew When She was 12 with Donna Alufohai of Royalty Cookies
Oct 5, 2015 • 30 min
Baking has always been her family’s past-time, and as a child, she often watched and baked right beside her Grandmother and Great-Aunts. Royalty Cookies was inspired by her grandmother’s recipe and has been enjoyed for more than forty years by family…
025 - Straight Talk on Hiring a Business Coach with Debbie Quintana of QT Concepts
Sep 28, 2015 • 32 min
Debbie started her career in retail, working her way into management almost immediately. At 19 years old, she was the manager of a local retail store and secretary to the President of a large electronics company. She then spent 12 years at Cisco Systems…
024 - 3 Steps to a Sharper Mind with Karl Pilz of Nutrition to the Edge
Sep 21, 2015 • 28 min
Karl is a former member of the corporate world who allowed work and business to overtake his life to the point where he ballooned to 224lbs with zero energy. He decided to dive into the nutrition world and committed himself to learning the TRUTH about how…
023 - What You Eat Can Set You Up for Success with Karl Pilz of Nutrition to the Edge
Sep 14, 2015 • 23 min
Karl is a former member of the corporate world who allowed work and business to overtake his life to the point where he ballooned to 224lbs with zero energy. He decided to dive into the nutrition world and committed himself to learning the TRUTH about how…
022 - An Annual Salary Made in 3 months with Lana Horton of Make a Memory
Sep 7, 2015 • 33 min
Lana Horton is 69 and when she looks back she wonders where time went. She has two children in businesses of their own and four wonderful grandchildren. Lana started her first business at 23 with $2,ooo. It was an all-inclusive bridal shop and became the…
021 - A Lesson in Courage and Impact by Rebecca Bloomfield as Abigail Adams
Aug 31, 2015 • 28 min
Rebecca Bloomfield is a partner in Jerry S. Pearlstein Insurance Ltd. The agency was formed almost 14 years ago to provide health, life, long-term care and disability insurance to people who don’t have a company providing those benefits. Their mission is…
020 - Her Biz Revitalized the Entire Town with Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt Company
Aug 24, 2015 • 32 min
Jenny Doan and her husband Ron, live in a small Missouri town and love the rural life. She has seven children and twenty-one grandchildren. She also has an infectious smile, and a knack for breaking down even the most challenging quilt projects into quick…
019 - It started on a Trip to Peru … with Stacey Horowitz of Shopping for a Change
Aug 17, 2015 • 34 min
Stacey is the founder of Shopping for a Change. This online marketplace consists of fair trade products made by artisans from economically disadvantaged areas across the globe. The local artisans set their own price points, time, where they work and how…
018 - Sales Secrets Hidden in Customer Surveys with Terry August of Fanciful
Aug 10, 2015 • 31 min
Terry started Fancifull back in 1987 from her dining room table. Today her business has grown into a famous fine food and gift shop on Melrose Avenue – just a 5 minute walk from Paramount Studios. A look into the Fancifull shop reveals an array of fresh…
017 - Working with Hollywood Stars by Terry August of Fanciful
Aug 3, 2015 • 30 min
Terry started Fancifull back in 1987 from her dining room table. Today her business has grown into a famous fine food and gift shop on Melrose Avenue – just a 5 minute walk from Paramount Studios. A look into the Fancifull shop reveals an array of fresh…
016 - Bats and a Bridge Created a Biz by RC Clark of Dancing Snake Nature Photography
Jul 27, 2015 • 28 min
With the lens trained on everything from sunsets to spiders, R.C. Clark captures the striking beauty of the Southwest with a passion for the wildlife and natural vistas of the Arizona Sonoran Desert. Viewing her photography you can take a journey through…
015 – Get Business Without Having to Sell by Jill Kirshenbaum of Intermezzo VP
Jul 20, 2015 • 34 min
Jill is the Chairman and Partner of Intermezzo VP. Corporations, associations and professional organizations across the country have benefited from Jill’s personal blend of humor, storytelling, coaching, interactive participatory talks and training…
014 – The Trick to Asking for Referrals by Kevin Jordan of Redpoint Marketing Consultants
Jul 13, 2015 • 32 min
Kevin Jordan is the owner of Redpoint Marketing Consultants and the host of the Small Business Marketing Minute show, a video and audio podcast that teaches simple, affordable, and practical marketing methods to small business owners. He’s also a member…
013 – How LinkedIn Led to Buying Her Business with Dani Noyes of Olgas Day Spa
Jul 6, 2015 • 31 min
Dani Noyes is the new owner of Olga’s Day Spa. She purchased the prestigious spa last year and comes prepared for her new business with 14 years of experience in the salon and spa industry. She has had roles “behind the chair”, in management and also…
012 – Thinking about a Brick & Mortar Shop? with Smita Singh of Womenpreneur Success
Jun 29, 2015 • 33 min
Smita Singh is a serial entrepreneur and has created and sold several successful retail and services businesses. At one point, she was running two businesses while she had two little boys at home both under 5 years old. What’s her secret? Automated…
011 – Being on Oprah’s List with Susie & Jill of The Cookie Joint
Jun 22, 2015 • 26 min
Jill Balick and Susie Schuster started The Cookie Joint® as a way to express their deep devotion to all things cookies, and their desire to make eating cookies fun again. Susie is a former mosaic artist and Jill is a former jewelry designer. Their…
010 – How her Passion gets TV promos with Marlena Jayatilake of Love That Spice
Jun 15, 2015 • 30 min
Marlena Jayatilake is the owner of Love That Spice – a brick and mortar shop where spices and teas are masterfully blended right before your eyes. Love That Spice is unique in that it offers up-to-date information on the relatively unknown health benefits…
009 – People are Attracted to Happy with Eileen Cyrus of Just Because IYQ Tea Room
Jun 8, 2015 • 35 min
Eileen Cyrus is a Vietnam Veteran having spent 12 years in the US Air Force. Once she retired from Civil Service she spent 10 years working several small jobs while also caring for her mother and father-in-law. She opened a gift boutique thinking that…
008 – How to Outsell the Big Chains with Anne Pazier of Santa Barbara Gift Baskets
Jun 1, 2015 • 33 min
Anne Pazier is the owner of Santa Barbara Gift Baskets. They design unique gifts featuring the finest gourmet food, wine and craft beers from the Santa Barbara area. She specializes in designing custom corporate gifts that combine their client’s branded…
007 – Dealing with Stress and Panic with Barbara Appelbaum of Appelbaum Wellness
May 25, 2015 • 27 min
As a motivational speaker, published author, certified wellness coach and person living with MS, Barbara Appelbaum of Appelbaum Wellness is inspiring hope through mindful health and a meaningful life. By combining healthy living, spirituality, and…
006 – Running Your Biz while Working Full Time with Deb Condo of Gift Basket Junction
May 18, 2015 • 30 min
Deb Condo is the Owner of Gift Basket Junction. Her basket designs have won numerous awards nationally, and have been featured in many magazines over the years. In 2013, Deb was one of the first to certify with The Gift Basket Association as a Certified…
005 – How a Blog Brings in Sales with Kate Erickson of Entrepreneur on Fire
May 11, 2015 • 24 min
Kate Erickson is a creator, engager and implementor at EntrepreneurOnFire, a 7-day a week podcast that interviews today’s most inspiring and successful entrepreneurs. She is also the host of Kate’s Take: The EntrepreneurOnFire Audio Blog and author of A…
004 – Find a Better Way to Lose Weight with Elizabeth Benton of Primal Potential
May 4, 2015 • 31 min
Elizabeth has cracked the code to a healthy lifestyle. This is the basis for her company Primal Potential. She started her life overweight and as many of us have done, tried every diet out there. Elizabeth was obsessed with food and it affected her whole…
003 – $200 and A Dream with Claudia Johnson of EXCLAMATIONS! Gifts
Apr 27, 2015 • 23 min
In 1993 Claudia Johnson founded her unique gift company, EXCLAMATIONS! Gifts with a two hundred dollar unemployment check and a dream. Her business has evolved into a thriving, full service, gift and gift basket company, offering an entire host of…
002 – A stress to success lifestyle business with Julie Brugioni of The Silk Thumb
Apr 16, 2015 • 30 min
Julie started working at The Silk Thumb at age 16. Seven years later she bought the business and learned what being in charge is all about. She specializes in designing unique interior space utilizing the world’s finest artificial flowers, plants and…
001 – The power of taking action with Brendan Hufford of Entrepreneurs and Coffee
Apr 16, 2015 • 34 min
Brendan is a high school assistant principal by day and runs two other businesses by night. First there is Ok! Kimonos, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu clothing brand sold online and supported by two blogs. And he is the host of Entrepreneurs and Coffee, a business…
000 – The Story Behind Gift Biz Unwrapped
Apr 15, 2015 • 8 min
Welcome! This is Sue Monhait, your host, and I want to welcome you to the first episode of Gift Biz Unwrapped. This will be a little different than future shows in that I want to lay a foundation as to what you can expect moving forward and why the…