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Small Business Connections with Ann Brennan

The Small Business Connection Podcast was created to highlight small businesses from around the world while giving actionable items for our audience of small business owners.

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127: Low Hanging Fruit - Marketing Mums Sneak Peek

Take a sneak peek at the new Marketing Mums podcast. Learn what it takes to market your small business successfully and what you can do to boost your business today. Eavesdrop on Ann as she begins a conversation on all things marketing.  Ann Discusses:  -The importance of networking -Different types of networking -Social media optimization -Growing your email list The host of Marketing Mums is Ann Brennan. She is the owner of ASMM Digital Marketing and also hosts Small Business Connections. She started the podcast to help her clients get in front of more people. Since its inception, it has grown to include guests from around the world. If you would like to be on the show, please message Ann directly through LinkedIn. Learn More About ASMM Digital Marketing Follow ASMM: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn Subscribe to our podcast: ASMM Small Business Connections 

13mins

7 Jun 2021

Rank #1

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126: Cultivating Culture

In this episode of Small Business Connections, Ann talks with Eric Reed - CEO and Co-Founder of reed5group and frequent guest lecturer at IU Kelley School of Business. A Renaissance man whose expertise has been honed through a variety of perspectives, Eric’s success in business growth is rooted in his proven sales and marketing leadership and sophisticated marketing media strategies. He believes in people and the power of humans in today's business world. Companies that fail to understand where the market will be in 3-5 years will lose. Eric has over 15 years of passionate experience in sales, marketing and organizational leadership. He is a thought leader in strategy and relationships and a pioneer in ad tech, content silos, and a meaningful personalized presence in the content space. We discuss: - How to deal with a “ Culture Clutter “ in your business. Why should you care? - Enough of the buzz phrases, what is meant by creating culture, really? - What are the benefits of Fractional Sales Leadership, particularly in today’s business landscape? - What is the importance to business success by the alignment of “Shrinking your Universe” is that something we can manage? - Where is healthcare marketing heading- Community Health or Treating Symptoms? Why is it important? Books for Business Mentioned- Hot Flashes by Barbra Raskin Unleash Your Primal Brain: Demystifying How We Think and Why We Act by Tim Ash Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant Follow Eric Reed: Linkedin I Instagram I Twitter Take 5, The Rethink Marketing Podcast The host of ASMM Small Business Connection is Ann Brennan. She is the owner of ASMM Digital Marketing and started the podcast to help her clients get in front of more people. Since its inception, it has grown to include guests from around the world. If you would like to be on the show, please message Ann directly through LinkedIn. Learn More About ASMM Digital Marketing Follow ASMM: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn Subscribe to our podcast: ASMM Small Business Connections 

43mins

31 May 2021

Rank #2

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125: Building Business Connections

In this episode of Small Business Connections, Ann talks with Lloyd Malech, a seasoned trial attorney who offers his professional legal services in the areas of divorce, family law, child custody, child support and domestic violence. With more than 26 years of trial experience to his name, Mr. Malech has highly honed legal skills. He has proven himself time and again — achieving excellent results in the courtroom and at the negotiating table. We discuss: - Lloyd's background and what he did to get where he is today - Lloyd's "Life Purpose" and how it relates to his personal business goals - Networking and building business connections Lloyd’s Favorite Books for Business- The Success Principles by Jack Canfield  The Art of War by Sun Tsu Follow Lloyd Malech:  Linkedin I Facebook I Instagram I Twitter The host of ASMM Small Business Connection is Ann Brennan. She is the owner of ASMM Digital Marketing and started the podcast to help her clients get in front of more people. Since its inception, it has grown to include guests from around the world. If you would like to be on the show, please message Ann directly through LinkedIn. Learn More About ASMM Digital Marketing Follow ASMM: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn Subscribe to our podcast: ASMM Small Business Connections 

28mins

17 May 2021

Rank #3

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124: Maximize Your Business

In this episode of Small Business Connections, Ann talks with Courtney DeRonde. Courtney is a CPA and Managing Partner of TDT CPAs and Advisors, a boutique advisory and accounting firm for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. They help overwhelmed, successful leaders understand and maximize financial information so they can achieve better results and move their organization to the next level. We discuss: - What are 5 common blind spots of growth-stage companies? - What are 3 things to prioritize in any economy? - Why is paying zero tax the wrong goal? - What is the difference between a tax preparer and a business advisor? - What do lenders and investors look for when they read your financials? Courtney is primarily responsible for her firm’s vision and strategic direction. Her professional background includes almost two decades serving small businesses and non-profits. As an owner in her firm and managing partner, she also has firsthand experience running and scaling a small business. Courtney and her husband Brian live in Des Moines, Iowa, along with their three children, M’lynn, Brady and Callen, and their Whoodle, Oscar. Apply for a Strategy Session with Courtney Courtney’s Favorite Books for Business- Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller Follow Courtney DeRonde, Managing Partner of TDT CPAs and Advisors:  Linkedin I Facebook The host of ASMM Small Business Connection is Ann Brennan. She is the owner of ASMM Digital Marketing and started the podcast to help her clients get in front of more people. Since its inception, it has grown to include guests from around the world. If you would like to be on the show, please message Ann directly through LinkedIn. Learn More About ASMM Digital Marketing Follow ASMM: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn Subscribe to our podcast: ASMM Small Business Connections 

41mins

10 May 2021

Rank #4

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123: Peak Performance

In this episode of Small Business Connections, Ann talks with Dan Duckworth, founder of The Crucible Life — an online community for changemakers— and the host of The Changemakers Masterclass. Dan is an expert in transformational leadership, helping leaders in every industry and sector and at every level of authority to answer the call of the changemaker and achieve the trophy goals that they care most about. We discuss: How leadership is transformed How to get you and your organization unstuck How to motivate people to peak performance How to build high-performance teams How to lead culture change Join Dan’s community: The Crucible Life Dan’s Favorite Books for Business- The Art of Gathering by Priya Parker The Hero With a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell Follow Dan Duckworth:  Linkedin The host of ASMM Small Business Connection is Ann Brennan. She is the owner of ASMM Digital Marketing and started the podcast to help her clients get in front of more people. Since its inception, it has grown to include guests from around the world. If you would like to be on the show, please message Ann directly through LinkedIn. Learn More About ASMM Digital Marketing Follow ASMM: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn Subscribe to our podcast: ASMM Small Business Connections 

58mins

3 May 2021

Rank #5

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122: Consulting vs. Coaching

In this episode of Small Business Connections, Ann talks Consulting vs. Coaching with Sara Evans of Sara G. Evans Career Consulting. Sara is a career consultant for motivated professionals who need a change for the better. As an experienced leadership development, organizational design, and change management consultant for Fortune 100 companies, federal institutes and academic institutions, Sara is well-versed in switching (and yes, even losing) jobs. We discuss: Consulting vs. Coaching Leaving corporate America to start an individual business How to target clients The process of working with clients A few career freebies exclusively for our listeners With 25+ years of work experience across ten industries, Sara is no stranger to changing jobs. Sara's successes in self-awareness, resilience and articulating and selling her own personal brand are credits to her career. Having worn many career hats, Sara's life work is devoted to helping career changers turn 'what if' into reality, and business leaders focus on actions that bring the results they want. Sara holds a BA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MPS in I/O Psychology from UMBC. She is also a trained Co-Active coach with the Coactive Training Institute (CTI). When she's not helping others gain career clarity, Sara can be found walking her dog Cooper or attending one of her son's hockey games with her husband, Owen. Sara’s Favorite Books for Business- Daring Greatly by Brene Brown The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey Follow Sara Evans: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Linkedin The host of ASMM Small Business Connection is Ann Brennan. She is the owner of ASMM Digital Marketing and started the podcast to help her clients get in front of more people. Since its inception, it has grown to include guests from around the world. If you would like to be on the show, please message Ann directly through LinkedIn. Learn More About ASMM Digital Marketing Follow ASMM: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn Subscribe to our podcast: ASMM Small Business Connections 

36mins

26 Apr 2021

Rank #6

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121: Reaching Growth Potential

In this episode of Small Business Connections, Ann talks with Meghan Lynch, the CEO of Six-Point Creative, a brand strategy agency that helps “second-stage” companies break through growth plateaus. As part of her mission to help small businesses challenge the goliaths, Meghan has served as an expert advisor to second-stage clients in a wide range of industries, from fast-casual restaurants to industrial manufacturers. We discuss: - The fears holding high-potential companies back from growth - Brand strategy for family businesses - What is a second-stage company? - Common mistakes companies make when they rebrand - How to hire and manage marketing expertise Favorite Books of Business- Meghan’s Favorite Books for Business- Who Not How: The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals Through Accelerating Teamwork by Benjamin Hardy Leading Change by John P. Kotter Follow Meghan Lynch: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Linkedin The host of ASMM Small Business Connection is Ann Brennan. She is the owner of ASMM Digital Marketing and started the podcast to help her clients get in front of more people. Since its inception, it has grown to include guests from around the world. If you would like to be on the show, please message Ann directly through LinkedIn. Learn More About ASMM Digital Marketing Follow ASMM: Twitter | Facebook |Instagram |LinkedIn Subscribe to our podcast: ASMM Small Business Connections 

46mins

19 Apr 2021

Rank #7

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120: Marketing Your Podcast - The Perfect Pitch

In this episode of Small Business Connections, Ann talks about marketing your podcast and the perfect pitch with Rich Perry, the co-author of Bankroll Your Mind – an International #1 Best Seller in multiple business, success, and leadership categories. We discuss: - How to get the right podcast features - Crafting your perfect pitch - Preparing for the interview (Interview prep 101) - Positioning yourself as a credible expert - Marketing your episode for optimal exposure As a coach and an entrepreneur, Rich helps his clients communicate a powerful message to connect with their audience and build the brand their customers will trust. Rich is an expert and highly sought-after marketing coach with over 20 years of experience leading unified teams, implementing marketing strategy and branding, and organizing popular community events and seminars. Rich's Favorite Book of Business- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie Follow Rich Perry: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Linkedin The host of ASMM Small Business Connection is Ann Brennan. She is the owner of ASMM Digital Marketing and started the podcast to help her clients get in front of more people. Since its inception, it has grown to include guests from around the world. If you would like to be on the show, please message Ann directly through LinkedIn. Learn More About ASMM Digital Marketing Follow ASMM: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram |LinkedIn Subscribe to our podcast: ASMM Small Business Connections 

35mins

5 Apr 2021

Rank #8

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119: Press Releases and Promotions

In this episode of Small Business Connections, Ann talks with Mickie Kennedy, the founder and President of eReleases, the small business leader for press release distribution. He is an expert at helping small businesses increase their visibility and credibility. We discuss: Increase Visibility and Credibility: Using Press Releases to Promote Authors, Small Businesses, and Startups How to Get Regular Local Media Coverage Without Spending a Dime Honing Your Unique Selling Proposition to Make You Irresistible to the Media How Credibility Through PR Allows You to Close More Sales, Both Online and Offline Favorite Books mentioned on the show- Ann is currently reading-  Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation by Bob Roth Mickie recommends- 80/20 Sales and Marketing: The Definitive Guide to Working Less and Making More by Perry Marshall  Mickie offers a Free Master Class: How to Build a PR Campaign Designed to Get Massive Media Thanks for listening and be sure to subscribe. The host of ASMM Small Business Connection is Ann Brennan. She is the owner of ASMM Digital Marketing and started the podcast to help her clients get in front of more people.  Since its inception, it has grown to include guests from around the world.  If you would like to be on the show, please message Ann directly through LinkedIn. Learn More About ASMM Digital Marketing Follow ASMM: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn Subscribe to our podcast: ASMM Small Business Connections 

31mins

29 Mar 2021

Rank #9

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118: Creating a Niche to Grow Your Business

In this episode of the Small Business Connections podcast, we are joined by Allison Williams, the owner of the Williams Law Group and the founder of the Law Firm Mentor. Allison specializes in helping law firms systemize their processes, grow their revenue and lead a firm without the chaos that is often involved in this endeavor.  The lessons Allison teaches apply to small businesses as well as law firms and in our discussion, she gives advice on how to: - Niche your business in order to scale your business  - Why it's important to have a manual that is a living, breathing document - Where a small business starts to create if s/he has several parts of their business that require systematization - How a small business can create a marketing plan that creates consistent recurring revenue  - The top three components to making a successful hire in any business In this episode, we talked about Allison's favorite book, No BS Ruthless Management of People and Profits by Dan Kennedy  Ann discussed one of her favorite new podcasts, The Tim Ferris Show, specifically the episode with Hugh Jackman The host of ASMM Small Business Connection is Ann Brennan. She is the owner of ASMM Digital Marketing and started the podcast as a means of helping her clients get in front of more people.  Since its inception, it has grown to include guests from around the world.  If you would like to be on the show, please message Ann directly through LinkedIn. Learn More About ASMM Digital Marketing Follow ASMM: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn Subscribe to our podcast: ASMM Small Business Connections

51mins

22 Mar 2021

Rank #10