Deborah Gregory is a former IRS attorney and co-founder of the Gregory Law Group, a Texas based boutique law firm specializing in tax representation, business, and estate planning. After attending the South Texas College of Law and Boston University School of Law, Deborah launched her career at Price Waterhouse Coopers (PWC) as an international tax associate. She then worked for the IRS for more than 10 years, becoming a senior attorney in the Office of Chief Counsel. Gregory co-founded the Gregory Law Group in 2013 to specialize in domestic and international tax issues and assist with all phases of audit, litigation, and collection processes.
“Stay focussed on your chief aim, believe that you can achieve your goal and take daily consistent action towards its containment”...[Listen for More]
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Prior to Bee, Vinay Patel spent five years at McKinsey & Company, where he advised leaders of public sector organizations and US banks on executing large-scale IT modernization programs. Vinay is a faculty member at both NYU Stern School of Business and Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, where he has taught courses on Enterprise Strategy, Game Theory, and Data Visualization. Vinay holds a J.D. and M.B.A from NYU, and a B.A. with honors in Economics from the University of Chicago. He is happily married and lives in Brook.
“Write down your ideas and take it one day at a time”...[Listen for More]
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“We love to help people put smiles on their faces and money in their pockets. Nothing is more rewarding than being able to make a living doing that.” After noticing a great need in raising funds for worthy causes, Jeff Porter started Handbid. Having formed his own non-profit with wife Kari in honor of their daughter’s battle with Prader-Willi Syndrome, Jeff’s double-edged experience in fundraising ensures you’ll get the most bang for your buck from your auction. An avid skier, family man and fierce bidder, you’ll be hard pressed to top the best auction Jeff has won to date; a free year of burritos. (It goes without saying that his daughter is now the Norm From Cheers of Qdoba.)
“Don’t give up. You can do it for a lot less money than you probably think, so if you’ve got somebody sitting on the sidelines, that’s my advice for them , stop waiting for someone else to do it, make the call yourself, write the email yourself”...[Listen for More]
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Olivia Colt is founder of Salt & Honey Catering. Salt & Honey believes in using locally sourced and sustainably raised-and-caught produce, meat and seafood to create meals that are satisfying for the palate and responsible for the environment. The Bay Area catering and events company has created memorable weddings, parties and corporate events for the likes of Facebook, One Kings Lane and Google, Salt & Honey is driven by the bounty of Northern California, finding inspiration in Mexican, French, Italian and Caribbean flavors.
“You have to be fearless, this is not a game where fear is your friend, you need to be very convicted about, like I’m going to do this and this is what I’m going to focus on and lord knows, come heaven or high-water, I’m going to stick this out”...[Listen for More]
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Greg Goodman has been a business owner for more than 30 years, including 22 years as a franchisee with Alta Mere The Automotive Outfitters. Alta Mere offers a complete selection of automotive aftermarket high-tech retail accessories, driver safety products, vehicle paint protection and custom window tinting. As one of Alta Mere’s longest tenured and most successful franchisees, Greg’s location in Oklahoma City served as the model store for the franchise’s recent rebranding efforts.
“Go for it, but jump into it with 2 feet and eyes wide open, use any resources you can, like the entrepreneur way and different things that you can read. Once you have opened your business don’t become complacent”...[Listen for More]
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Patrick O’Brien is CEO of the global beauty company, Paris Presents Incorporated and Co-Founder of Patina Solutions, a global management staffing firm – both companies are in the Inc. 5000. Patrick helped Paris Presents achieve double-digit growth over the past 4 years and a 10-fold increase in international sales. This year, he was named an EY Midwest Entrepreneur of the Year.
“Never ever ever compromise on the team”...[Listen for More]
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Stephanie LH Calahan is the Business Vision Catalyst, and is known for the fast transformations that she facilitates with her clients, through working at the intersection of heart and head. She works with busy, purpose-driven entrepreneurs to own their brilliance, leverage their business, and get their message out with power, ease and joy; so they can make a powerfully positive difference in the world, exponentially up-level their profits, shift their mindset towards possibility, and take a no-excuses approach to boldly creating a highly successful and meaningful, guilt-free, freedom-based business built around who they are. With her unique combination of right-brained and left-brained thinking, intuitive insight, passion, results-based coaching, powerful questioning and strategic systematizing magic, in record time her clients dance with joy as their visions become reality in their business. After risking personal health and happiness as a high-achieving executive and jet-lagged consultant in Corporate America, Stephanie vowed to not only create a life of REAL freedom for herself and her family but also teach fellow entrepreneurs how to do the same. She believes that life is meant to be lived and that aligned mindset and fabulous vision combined with practical systems can make that happen very quickly. She loves her roles as dedicated wife, energetic and involved mom, community volunteer, sought-after transformational speaker, mentor, producer and trainer. She lives in Illinois USA with her husband, son and very rambunctious Havanese dog.
“My best advice for you is be true to yourself, it’s good to get help from other people, it’s good to get advice from other people it’s actually advisable to do that but if the advice you are given just feels wrong, listen to that”...[Listen for More]
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Cameron Herold is known around the world as the business growth guru. He is the mastermind behind hundreds of companies’ exponential growth. Cameron's built a dynamic consultancy- his current clients include a ‘Big 4’ wireless carrier and a monarchy. What do his clients say they like most about him? He isn’t a theory guy- they like that Cameron speaks only from experience. He earned his reputation as the business growth guru by guiding his clients to double their profit and double their revenue in just three years or less.
“Its about focus, its really about waking up in the morning and staying focussed, its about working as Jim Collins would say on the critical few things vs the important many”...[Listen for More]
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Frank DeBenedetto has spent the past two decades passionately helping business owners navigate the complex world of technology. He is the President and Chief Technology Advisor of Two River Technology Group, which is a technology solutions provider located in Shrewsbury, NJ. He is also the mastermind behind the audIT Sales Presentation System, a sales tool designed to elevate the quality of IT solutions delivered to small and mid-sized businesses and to help MSPs sell higher value IT solutions. His genuine interest in helping businesses, and his no-nonsense approach to explaining challenging technology concepts in plain English, have helped him grow his business into one of the premier cloud service providers in the state. Frank has been quoted in many publications and is a regular contributor to several blogs, podcasts and newspapers. He frequently speaks at seminars and webinars on current trends in technology and he’s the coauthor of a book that offers practical advice on technology to the small business owner. In his spare time, Frank enjoys reading Stephen King, playing the guitar, going skiing.
“Don’t delay in fulfilling your dream, If you have a dream and a vision, go for it, don’t be reckless with it but go for it”...[Listen for More]
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Jimmy Chen is founder and CEO of Propel, a software company that aims to make the American safety net more user-friendly. Jimmy has a degree in Symbolic Systems from Stanford University. He was also the Product Manager at Facebook, where he led the Facebook Groups team.
“Just do it. The barrier of just getting started is the thing that keeps a lot of talented entrepreneurs from pursuing their dream and it’s something that I wish was just a more straight forward thing for everyone”...[Listen for More]
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Margarita Floris is a self-made businesswoman with an extensive career in the fashion industry. Margie became the international sales manager for BCBG Max Azria, launching the line in the UK, Middle East, Hong Kong, Central and South America. In 2001, she joined her best friend, Tina Aldatz, to launch Foot Petals, which was later acquired by a publicly traded company. Currently, Margie and Tina are co-founders of Savvy Travelers, a premier lifestyle brand dedicated to overall beauty wellness that offers individually wrapped cosmetic wipes for personal use.
“If you’re having a bad day and you feel like you want to give up, just go to bed, try to clear your mind, or do whatever you find relaxing and I promise you that everything you do will look better in the morning, there’s always a solution”...[Listen for More]
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PJ Jonas is a business owner, goat-wrangler, entrepreneur, and mother. After getting goats to provide healthy milk for her eight children, she decided to put some excess milk into a batch of handmade soap. That decision was the beginning of Goat Milk Stuff.
“There’s a lot of people who think you can’t succeed anymore and I don’t agree with that at all, success is possible, it’s going to take hard work, it’s going to take commitment, but don’t be afraid to try, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and figure it out, having the internet is a great way for people to try things without having to buy a store”...[Listen for More]
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Bret Waters is the CEO and co-founder of Tivix, a San Francisco-based software consulting company specializing in Software Engineering, Digital Innovation, and Agile DevOps. He is also a regular lecturer on business strategy at Stanford University, where he teaches popular courses on design thinking methodology and entrepreneurship.
"Embracing failure and not only finding a way to not fear failure but actually embrace failure and its absolutely key and it’s so hard"...[Listen for More]
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Megan Shroy is a publicist and the founder of Approach Marketing, which launched in 2010. Approach is a virtual agency comprised of experienced independent consultants who collaborate to staff accounts of all sizes. The agency’s model affords team members the convenience of greater flexibility while keeping investment low for clients.
“Do the things you’re good at and hire others to do the things your not”...[Listen for More]
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Bobby Vernon is an accomplished entrepreneur, having started, managed, and sold several companies. He received his MBA from Duke University and his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, where he played varsity football for the Hoyas. Between 2001 to 2015, Bobby founded and sold three financial insurance distribution businesses. He also co-founded Process Maker, Inc, an open source, business process management software company. Bobby is also a public speaker and has spoken on the subjects of entrepreneurship, corporate governance, financial liability, insurance distribution, and the sport of American football over the past fifteen years. Bobby is a published author and remains active as both an investor and board member in the financial and technology industries.
“Following your passion, find what it is that you enjoy”...[Listen for More]
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Scott Ruprecht is the Founder & President of newly launched Giveback Sports, a ticket and travel company with a social mission. He also owns Sportfishing Worldwide, which is a fly fishing travel company and runs Pacific Fins Resort in Guatemala.
“Don’t ever make your hobby your business, it’s a terrible idea, once you make your hobby your business, after a while it loses its lustre”...[Listen for More]
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Aidan Rushby leads an exceptional team of talented, highly motivated people who are passionate about changing the face of the rental market, and making the experience of moving home better for everyone involved.
“Make sure that when you are starting a business that you have a great team in place, be prepared to share the value that you’re creating together, the founding team and the people that you choose to build the business with are the most important people that are most likely to make it successful for you”...[Listen for More]
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Dan Henry went Pizza Boy To 7 Figure Earner – and is now Facebook Ads Expert. Millennials are spending 18 hours a day skimming the web and social media…. We are wasting our life and precious time scrolling and scrolling when we could be doing something that would be a positive use of our time. How about using that time to generate income? Or even using that time to help pay off our student loans? Meet 29 year old entrepreneur and millennial, Dan Henry a pizza boy first, focused on being the best pizza boy he could be, developing relationships with his customers remembering the conversations so well for the next time he would deliver a pizza. He was struggling and barely making enough money in the streets of Chicago. He hated his life and hated his job.. Had no desire to go to college so what he decided to do was to spend 2 years learning everything he could about building a business online. He went from a pizza boy to making 6 figures online in just over a year. He then went on to quickly build several successful companies using social media marketing and has accumulated more than 1 million dollars in sales.
“Never ever try to guess, always try to know or find out or reveal, don’t guess”...[Listen for More]
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Armed with 20+ years of marketing, business development, and management experience (and a rather large, distinguished network of corporate and agency contacts,) Joe Koufman founded AgencySparks in February 2014 to ignite relationships between marketers and vetted, specialist agencies. His unique agency perspective – having worked at a small digital firm, an independent full-service marketing agency, and a massive holding company – is what inspired Joe to help marketers find agencies that are the most proficient in their respective discipline. Before AgencySparks, Joe spent six years at Engauge, an independent marketing agency that was acquired by the Publicis Groupe in late 2013 and merged with Moxie USA. As Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, he landed high-profile clients like Cisco Systems, Newell Rubbermaid, AMC Theatres, Hanesbrands, Food Lion, Supercuts, Turner Broadcasting, and Chick-fil-A.
“Never stray from the customer, listen to the customer, the customer will tell you what they want, do what they want, give them what they want.”...[Listen for More]
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Stephen Culp desires to help people help themselves, an attribute reflected in all aspects of his life. As a former Navy Reserve officer and member of the Peace Corps, and now the co-founder and CEO of PriceWaiter; and Delegator which is a digital advertising agency, and SmartFurniture which a custom furniture company, Stephen has made a career out of supporting entrepreneurs and creative thinkers.
“When you are in your start up, you can either hang with everybody else who is doing all the same stuff and look for smaller opportunities and try to cultivate them as best you can, or you can go for the big ones”...[Listen for More]
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Lisa Rothstein is the award-winning Madison Avenue copywriter and creative director who created the famous "Wait'll We Get Our Hanes on You" campaign that transformed plain white underwear into fashion. An Amazon bestselling author, cartoonist and speaker, Lisa now works as a marketing and messaging strategist for entrepreneurs and businesses worldwide.
“Not to wait until you have got everything perfect, to get out there with whatever you’ve got and discover your message along the way, its important to know what it is but you’re not going to know until it’s started”...[Listen for More]
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Thomas Lindsay has 20 years of insurance and professional employer organization (or PEO) industry experience in C-level management, focusing on all aspects of workers compensation, risk management, loss control, employee benefits, HR, and payroll. He recently resigned as the COO of a large PEO and is currently the owner of SmallBiz Brainiac and the CEO of Humanly HR, a PEO services sales organization. His goal is for his clients to thrive as an employer and become a leader in their industry.
“Outsource your HR to a professional employer organisation or a PEO, you’re going to increase your chances of survival, you’re going to be able to grow your business faster because you’re going to be able to focus on your customers and not on all that administrative BS, you’re going to get that gorilla off your back”...[Listen for More]
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Terry Gremaux is an entrepreneurial leader, training business-owners worldwide how to use free social media strategies to grow their market presence & business revenue. He is an expert at helping businesses expand their business presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter & Instagram. Terry has helped thousands of business-owners catapult to get success.
“Hang around the right people and I said it this whole interview but hustle baby, hustle isn’t sexy, hustle isn’t fun but like I said if I get on a treadmill next to you, I’m not going to beat you in a sprint, I’m not going to beat you in the first hour, I’m not going to beat you in the first day but you’re either going to fall off that treadmill or I’m going to die first”...[Listen for More]
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Sam Wolf is the Founder and Chief Wellness Spreader at LuckyVitamin, a family operated branded global e-commerce destination for affordable natural health and wellness products.
“Make sure you find something that you love doing, that you’re passionate about doing, if you don’t feel passionate about doing , if you don’t love what you’re doing, don’t try to become an entrepreneur because I think it’s going to be really hard”...[Listen for More]
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Jason Stowe is a seasoned entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of Cycle Computing, the leader in cloud computing orchestration software for Big Compute and Big Data. Under Jason’s leadership, Cycle Computing products have helped Fortune 500 companies in a variety of industries including Life Sciences, Manufacturing, Financial Services and Insurance, and Government. Jason has been featured in New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Wired, BusinessWeek, Bio-IT World and Forbes. Starting with three initial Fortune 100 clients, Jason has grown the business to deploy proven implementations at Fortune 500s, SMBs and government and academic institutions including JP Morgan Chase, The Hartford Insurance Group, Johnson & Johnson, Purdue University, Pfizer and Lockheed Martin. Jason attended Carnegie Mellon and Cornell Universities, and volunteered/guest lectured for the Entrepreneurship program at Cornell’s Johnson Business School.
“One of the things I always saw was business plans but not trying the model out and testing. So the best advice I can give to other entrepreneurs is really along the lines of some of your questions, is get the model started, figure it out before scaling it up”...[Listen for More]
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