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Business Growth Café

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The decision to grow your business is easy. Making it happen, now that’s the challenge. Join us for lunch as we offer insights and actionable steps you can incorporate into your business.

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The decision to grow your business is easy. Making it happen, now that’s the challenge. Join us for lunch as we offer insights and actionable steps you can incorporate into your business.

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Excellent podcast

By Clara Paye - Apr 29 2020
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Angelo has a great interviewing style that puts his guests at ease and allows for great content to emerge. Great lessons!

Great podcast host!

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky - Apr 10 2020
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Great podcast host! Terrific interviewer who ensures that those being interviewed look good, as opposed to trying to shine the spotlight on themselves! Prepared well for the interview with me and had very good questions about my book. Conversation was smooth and flowing. Highly recommended as someone you should connect with if you want a top-notch host to interview you.

iTunes Ratings

15 Ratings
Average Ratings
15
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Excellent podcast

By Clara Paye - Apr 29 2020
Read more
Angelo has a great interviewing style that puts his guests at ease and allows for great content to emerge. Great lessons!

Great podcast host!

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky - Apr 10 2020
Read more
Great podcast host! Terrific interviewer who ensures that those being interviewed look good, as opposed to trying to shine the spotlight on themselves! Prepared well for the interview with me and had very good questions about my book. Conversation was smooth and flowing. Highly recommended as someone you should connect with if you want a top-notch host to interview you.
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Business Growth Café

Latest release on Dec 01, 2020

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The decision to grow your business is easy. Making it happen, now that’s the challenge. Join us for lunch as we offer insights and actionable steps you can incorporate into your business.

Rank #1: Turning an industry need into a revenue generating business in 3 years

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Join me, Angelo Ponziyour host and my guests, Brianna Rhue, OD, FAAO and Jennifer Tabiza, practicing optometrists and co-founders of Dr. Contact Lens to discuss their journey of starting a business, outside of their core competencies to solve a need in their industry.  Bringing a new product solution to the market that helps optometrists overcome a big challenge to growing their business by recapturing lost contact lens revenue.

Feb 11 2020

28mins

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Rank #2: Passion, determination and rock and roll all played a part in the success of building an apparel brand

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Dirtbag Clothing’s CEO, John Alves’ core values have remained the same - work hard to hone your craft and believe in yourself even when others doubt you. In this podcast, we discuss what it means to be Dirtbag and how a decision to get into the clothing and lifestyle business 23 years ago, changed his life’s passion.

May 02 2019

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Rank #3: What is the best business advice you've ever given or received? 15 of my guests share their stories.

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Over the year's we've all received some great advice.  Maybe from your parents, friends or business associates.  Some of that advice stayed with us and helped shape who we are today.  This weeks' episode includes my interviews with 15 guests over the past few months and their answers to the questions, "what is the best business advice you've ever received and/or given if different?"  25 minutes of great insights in one show!

Aug 27 2019

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Rank #4: The decision to sell or exit your company is not an easy one. If you’re ready or even thinking about it, this is the podcast for you!

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 JJ Richa, CEO of Business Vision Advisory and me, Angelo Ponzi your host at the Business Growth Café and fractional CMO, discuss how business owners early on in their company’s growth need to focus on building their valuation and the establishing the foundation of planning their exit strategies.

Apr 21 2019

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Rank #5: How will the California Independent Contractor Law (AB-5) impact your business?

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HR expert LeiLani E. Quiray, SPHR and the legal team of Ford & Diulio, Brendan Ford and Kristopher Diulio, answer questions and call-ins from those it might impact the most. Join me, Angelo Ponzi, at the Business Growth Cafe to hear a breakdown of the new law and guidance on how to navigate it to protect your business.

Dec 14 2019

24mins

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Rank #6: Life Lessons and Unintended Business Advice From the #1 Plumber in the #2 Industry

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Have you ever thought and wondered how you became an entrepreneur? What drove you to start your first business? 

At the Business Growth Cafe this week, I dig into where I believe I got my start, motivation, drive to start my own businesses.

I'm calling this show, Life lessons from the #1 plumber, in the #2 business, lessons my father taught me that I never listened to, but found valuable later on in life. And, the simple lessons that translated into life-long values that continue to drive me today.

Aug 08 2019

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Rank #7: Exploring the many HR issues businesses face today

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LeiLani E. Quiray, SPHR, CEO of bethechangeHR and me, your host and fractional CMO Angelo Ponzi, at the Business Growth Cafe this week to explore the many HR topics that can impact your short and long-term business growth.

Jul 10 2019

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Rank #8: Starting and growing a business that challenges the status quo

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Entrepreneur and trailblazer in the medical device space, my guest, Benjamin W. Bobo, MBA, CEO of Cerenetex, recognizes that every business situation presents different challenges, providing him the ability to add value based on his ability to analyze the situation at hand, devise solutions, and work with and through others to accomplish goals. Ben is an evangelist for innovation, turning nebulous ideas into market-ready technologies that will revolutionize patient care and positively impact therapeutic outcomes.

Oct 24 2019

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Rank #9: Leader’s vs leadership. The path from Management Mess to Leadership Success with Scott Miller, EVP FrankLinCovey

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Why should anyone follow you? This is the question in my guest's, Scott Miller'snew book: Management Mess to Leadership Success. This insightful narrative provides a 30-day challenge to help you discover why they should and the journey you can take to becoming the leader you would follow.

Nov 01 2019

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Rank #10: Using benefits to strategically attract and retain employees.

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Managing administrative needs such as health benefits, payroll, and workers' compensation can impact business owners focus on running their business and addressing more strategic issues. Join me and my guest Brandon Carl, VP Sales with Engage PEO as we explore the world of HR, employee benefits and trends facing businesses in 2020.  No two benefits are alike, so don't think of them as a one-size-fits-all approach to developing your offering.

Dec 22 2019

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Rank #11: How Corporate Social Responsibility Can Impact Personal and Business Growth

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Charles Antis, Founder and CEO of Antis Roofing and Waterproofing joined me, your host Angelo Ponzi to discuss Corporate Social Responsibility and what ignites his passion and contributes to his success. Listen in as we set a goal of creating a better world to live in and the role businesses need to play. 

Jun 27 2019

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Rank #12: Driving fast and furious, without a steering wheel with car designer, Bryan Thompson

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What do Honda, Subaru, Volvo, Mack Trucks, Airstream, Zoox, Embraer Executive Jets, Eddie Bauer, Ford, Levis, Samsonite, SkyLabs, and Set Design Illustrations for multiple Katy Perry videos have in common?  Designs by Brian Thompson. A leader in recognizing new areas for product development, emerging trends in design and technology, Bryan has extensive experience developing and executing brand visions for companies that range from globally recognized household-name brands, to newly established brands.  Bryan Thompson joins me Angelo Ponzi at the Business Growth Café this week as we take a ride on the road to building a successful design business.

Aug 02 2019

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Rank #13: Business Advice from Business Leaders Like Yourself - guests of the show

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This week's episode includes business advice from interviews with my guests over the last six months of 2019 and their answers to the questions, "what is the best business advice you've ever received and/or given if different?"  Time well spent and a great way to start the year.

And if you like this, listen to the business advice show from the summer of 2019.

Jan 07 2020

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Rank #14: Use APPLES to develop your business growth strategy! What?

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Are you ready to compete in 2020? 

In this Business Growth Cafe episode, I discuss a planning framework called the "Apples Strategy Framework" to get you and your team thinking about the opportunities and challenges you'll face in 2020 and to begin to align and focus everyone in your business on the path to business growth.

Nov 09 2019

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Rank #15: Customer Personas and Customer Journey Mapping, are they part of your business strategy?

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Lauren Feehrer, Founder and President at LoyaltyCraft Consulting joins me, your host, CMO and Brand Strategist, Angelo Ponzi at the Business Growth Café to discuss the importance of developing these key, strategic tools to help you become more competitive and develop sustainable growth for your business.

May 31 2019

26mins

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Rank #16: The emergence of the Maryland Style Rye Whiskey brand, Sagamore Spirit

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I am a vodka drinker. Or rather I was. And now, thanks to my guest, I drink a Rye Whiskey brand out of Baltimore Maryland called Sagamore Spirit. Join me, Angelo Ponzi, at the Business Growth Cafe for my in-depth interview with Brian Treacy, President of Sagamore Spirit, where we discuss the emergence of Maryland Style Rye Whiskey and the growth of the Sagamore brand across the US... one sip, one bottle at a time. Oh, we also do a little taste testing too!

Nov 20 2019

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Rank #17: Growing your business profitably

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At the Cafe is Andy Goldstrom, Managing Partner, Midcourse Advisors to discuss topics including product/service differentiation, culture and creating high performing teams for businesses to grow and be successful.

Dec 05 2019

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Rank #18: How important is brand building for a nonprofit? With Dawn Reese, CEO, Wooden Floor and Maricela Rios, CEO, Human Options

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Marketing is marketing, for both profit and nonprofits alike.  So, how important is brand building for a nonprofit?  Extremely! Let me ask a question, as a leader of a nonprofit are you segmenting your messages to your various audiences? After all, there is no one-size fits all approach when it comes to messaging.  Are your approaches to marketing as effective as you’d like?  Generating awareness, interest and donations? Well, listen in as I ask these and many more questions about the business of building a nonprofit in our special, third episode with Maricela Rios, CEO, Human Options and Dawn Reese, CEO, The Wooden Floor at the Business Growth Café.

Apr 04 2019

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Rank #19: Listen up! I've got a story to tell you about storytelling.

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Storytelling has been used to shape and redefine events in order to persuade and change possible outcomes in history. Even Julius Caesar famously said that the victor told the story. Storytelling evolved as a way to ensure that history was handed down from generation to generation, so historical events were retold over and over to educate and to entertain an audience.

Join me at the Cafe as I explore the value and strategies of storytelling, along with some practical advice on establishing your story's premise

Oct 08 2019

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Rank #20: How will Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Impact Your Business

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Adam Miller, CEO of Vibrant Software joined me, your host Angelo Ponzi to discuss how Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can impact on the growth of your business. 

Jul 25 2019

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All we need is love...in Business!

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Do you associate Love with your business? With your employees?

Joining me at the Business Growth Cafe is Dr. Bruno Cignacco, to discuss the concept of love as it relates to business and his latest book, The Art of Compassionate Business.

If you own a business or are an HR person, this is a must listen to show!

Dec 01 2020

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Want to Become a Professional Presenter?

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Richard Mulholland, Founder, and Samantha Dean Leontsinis, Managing Director of the company Missing Link located in South Africa, joined me at the Business Growth Cafe to take us on a journey to help you achieve keynote worthy presentations.

Nov 18 2020

54mins

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A Life in Black and White - Challenges the Black Community Face in the Workplace

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Paul Mitchell, who has been telling his story of  A Life in Black and White: How to Authentically Discuss Race in Business joins me at the Business Growth Cafe.  This is an important discussion!

Because of his life experiences, he is uniquely positioned to provide information and understanding to people of power, primarily White people, to help support better communication and engagement with their employees, families, and expand opportunities to show empathy and compassion to the Black community.

His goal is to help provide information to those who authentically want to learn more about the challenges the black community faces in the workplace and how we can develop a true partnership through genuine understanding and knowledge, to help make our workplaces more collaborative and productive. This is a key time for business leaders to educate themselves on how to have these meaningful conversations with their employees of all races. 

Nov 10 2020

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We Launch Startup Companies

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Brad Chisum, CEO, and Founder of the Launch Factory joined me at the Business Growth Cafe to talk about what it says on his website home page…We launch Startup companies. During the discussion, we focus on his unique approach to helping launch startups and his own unique startup experience.

Nov 05 2020

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Turning Experts into Authorities

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My guest this week, Simone Vincenzi, Founder/CEO of GTeX, a London-based company, and I discuss how becoming an authority in your field starts with these four pillars.

  • Get clarity on your business model and turn chaos into simplicity and flow.
  • Create HIGH-CONVERTING offers that deliver a real transformation.
  • Expand your audience and reach to get in front of your ideal clients consistently.
  • Grow your influence to get access to unlimited opportunities and attract clients with ease.

To learn more, visit: https://gtex.org.uk/

Oct 28 2020

58mins

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Taking You're Product Idea and Bringing it to Market Reality

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If you're like so many people around the world, you’ve got a great idea for a product.  You’ve been dreaming about it, and of course, the world could use it.  And, you can’t wait to begin selling it.  But how do you get it from an idea to a viable, marketable product?

Joining me at the Cafe is Eric Rose, Founder & President of Pinnacle Product Innovation to discuss how to make that happen.

Oct 22 2020

49mins

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When is the last time you had a legal checkup?

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Don't just wait until you need a lawyer. Contracts, business entities, litigation, disputes, employee issues are just some of the areas you need to make sure you are "legally" healthy.

Mahyar Ghassemian, Founder & President of Ghassemian Law Group is in court with me today or rather at the Business Growth Café to discuss a wide variety of topics when it comes to business law.  And maybe a few of those topics just might resonate and keep your business out of hot water.

Oct 13 2020

37mins

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Overcoming Challenges During These Difficult Times, Especially If You're In The Restaurant Business

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Joining me at the Business Growth Cafe is Tony Penn, CEO of Penn Consulting.  Tony is a business owner, executive consultant & coach and is here today to talk leadership, and what and how leaders need to focus during these crazy times.

Tony also has a specialty working with leaders in the restaurant industry.

To find out more visit: https://pennultimateconsulting.com/

Oct 01 2020

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The human and business implications of mental health issues in the workplace

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We are experiencing a significant worldwide health crisis, the coronavirus which has killed over 200,000 people in the US at the time of this recording.  We now wear masks to protect ourselves from this virus, work at home, not socializing, and living more in isolation than ever before.

This takes a toll, even on the healthiest individuals.  But, it’s not just the current state we are in that is impacting mental health.  It existed long before the pandemic and will exit after.

Today I am pleased to have Sally Spencer-Thomas here with us to discuss mental health in the workplace and home.  This is a timely topic as September is also Suicide Prevention Month.

Sally is a Psychologist and International Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Impact Entrepreneur and Keynote Speaker.

To learn more, visit https://www.sallyspencerthomas.com/

Sep 25 2020

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By disrupting your flow you can get five days work done in one day. Interested?

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If you’re a runner or any type of athlete, you may have heard others express the terms “runner’s high” or in “the zone” when athletes exponentially outperform their competition, or even themselves. These terms describe a neurochemically induced state of consciousness known as “flow.”

Today at the Business Growth Café I’m joined by Chris King, President & CEO of Status Flow, who says that by disrupting your flow, you can get five days’ work done in one day, all while working fewer hours, dropping your stress levels to absolutely zero.

Listen in to the conversation to hear how you can improve your life and work by enhancing your flow!

To learn more, visit: https://statusflow.net/

Sep 23 2020

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A Peek Behind the Curtain into the World of Angel Investing

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So you’re thinking about starting a business or maybe already have and now you are looking for investors.

You’re enthusiastic…who wouldn’t want to buy your product.  After all, it’s a billion-dollar market and all you need is just ½ of 1 %.  Then…you’ll sell.

But the journey from idea to an MVP to launch to growth is a long and not always straight road.  

Joining me at the Cafe this week is Xandra Laskowski is the founder and CEO of OSEA Angel Investors is a membership-based, women-focused angel investment group focused on and driven by executives and entrepreneurs with diverse and successful backgrounds to shed some light on the world of investing. 

Sep 17 2020

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Bringing clarity to the mystery of “Credit Cards” and they can positively or negatively impact your business

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Perryn Holtrop, Founder, and CEO of Pay Nation joined me at the Cafe this week to discuss the good, bad, and ugly of accepting credit cards for your business. During this conversation, we'll add clarity for those thinking of accepting cards and the areas you need to be careful you don't step in!

Sep 09 2020

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Exploring the symbiotic relationship between Sales and Marketing

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At the Café, I’ve invited Rich Cocuzzo, the founder and president of Sales Velocity Advisors, to talk war stories, the good, the bad, and the ugly of today’s business environment and to provide some insights on what to do and not to do when it comes to planning your sales strategies and tactics, especially during our current COVID-business environment.

Sep 02 2020

48mins

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Faith, Commitment, Perseverance and Belief in Yourself are Key Ingredients to Grow your Startup

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Ryan Mason, CEO, and Founder, of Luxe Brands and BizBuzz, has had an incredible journey from sports to business, where one dream was crushed, yet like the phoenix, he has risen and leveraged his dedication to sports into thriving businesses.  An inspirational story for any entrepreneur.

Aug 25 2020

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The importance of building your personal brand

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As business owners, we spend so much time working in our business thinking about sales, cash flow, employees, competition, operations, we forget to not only spend time working on our business but frankly, working on ourselves.

At the Café I have Matt DeCoursey, CEO and Founder of FullScale.io, how of the podcast Startup Hustle and Author of the book Million Dollar Bedroom here to offer up some great advice on the importance of building your personal brand.

Aug 17 2020

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Don't Wait For A Crisis to Establish a Crisis Plan

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David Oates, Crisis PR Expert and founder of Public Relations Security Services joins me at the Business Growth Cafe to discuss why every company needs to have a crisis plan in place, not only to protect your reputation but also your company.

Aug 11 2020

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Defining the role of strategy in your digital campaign.

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Katie Wagner founder, CEO of KWSM, A Digital Marketing Agency joins me at the Café to answer your questions and to offer up some great advice on the importance of implementing an effective digital strategy and campaign for your business.

Aug 04 2020

52mins

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Don't let your dream of starting a business come to an end because of a bad pitch (deck)!

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In the world of startups getting a business off the ground is not easy.  There is so much work that goes into developing the plans, product, testing, etc. etc., yet in 60 seconds or less, that dream can come to an end.

Why, because their investor pitch didn’t go so well.  This may have been the result of the entrepreneur themselves…or in many cases, their pitch deck didn’t communicate and the brilliance of their idea got lost in the sea of pages, numbers, and rambling that caused the potential investor to say to themselves, next!

At the Café, Jasmine Foroutan, CEO of Pitch Genius joins me to offer up some advice on what a great and effective pitch deck should include.

Jul 28 2020

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The Ultimate Gift

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I was inspired by a movie I recently watched called The Ultimate Gift. It's based on a book written by Jim Stovall.  Without giving the premise away, there are 12 gifts discussed in the movie that I believe are gifts we have all given, received, or wish we had.  Please listen in as I believe you will find this conversation relevant given the times we are living in.  Hopefully, in the end, you will find this is my gift to you!

Jul 25 2020

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Thinking about your exit strategy? What about an ESOP?

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As a business owner, you dream of cashing out one day.  The big score! But what is your company really worth?  Maybe not as much you believe it is?  What is the right exit strategy for you?  Sell the company?  Be acquired?  Merge?  Or, as another thought, sell it to the people that helped grow your business.

At the Café, I have Chris Kramer, Managing Director of Strategic Equity Group to discuss ESOP’s (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) as an exit strategy.

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Jul 23 2020

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Excellent podcast

By Clara Paye - Apr 29 2020
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Angelo has a great interviewing style that puts his guests at ease and allows for great content to emerge. Great lessons!

Great podcast host!

By Dr. Gleb Tsipursky - Apr 10 2020
Read more
Great podcast host! Terrific interviewer who ensures that those being interviewed look good, as opposed to trying to shine the spotlight on themselves! Prepared well for the interview with me and had very good questions about my book. Conversation was smooth and flowing. Highly recommended as someone you should connect with if you want a top-notch host to interview you.