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Mar 19, 2017

Reno Rollé is a 2014 and 2016 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Nominee. Now residing in Ojai, California with Lynn and family, Reno is focused primarily on his duties as Chairman and spokesperson for BOKU®. He frequently speaks at schools and industry gatherings on the subject of super foods while constantly striving to make a sustainable positive difference in the world.

“Figure out a mission that embodies your focus on positively impacting other people and focus on doing good for the planet, it’s our home, and it’s really sad when you look back and see what we’re doing to it”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 18, 2017

Dinesh Kandanchatha Technophile, speaker, mentor, and entrepreneur. After successfully building and selling three companies, scaling businesses has become his passion and obsession.

Start, there’s far too many entrepreneurs who have a great idea and for whatever reason they don’t start, and start doesn’t mean quit your job and rent and office and hire 5 people, start might mean do something small, take a first step”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 17, 2017

With over 25 years experience reorganizing and restructuring financially-stressed companies, James (Jim) F. Martin founded ACM Capital Partners to bring middle market firms the necessary intellectual, human, and financial capital to ensure effective corporate strategies are executed, and desired outcomes are achieved.

“Never give up, never ever ever give up, trust your gut and don’t give up”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 16, 2017

By focusing on corporate culture, Lisa Ryan helps organizations keep their top talent and best clients from becoming someone else’s. She is an award-winning speaker, best-selling author, and co-stars in two films including the award-winning “The Keeper of the Keys” with Jack Canfield of “Chicken Soup for the Soul.”

“Don’t give up, just like back in the day with Winston Churchill, never never never never give up, it’s the persistence that gets us through and when it comes to entrepreneurial adventures just believing that the only way you can truly fail is by quitting”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 15, 2017

Nathan Hirsch started FreeeUp in 2015 after spending 7+ years interviewing, hiring, and training remote workers. He decided that there must be a better way for eCommerce companies to hire remote workers without having to spend hours interviewing and finding the most reliable people. A year later FreeeUp is a rapidly growing company interviewing hundreds of worker applicants each week and providing remote workers for hundreds of clients.

“Diversify, if you’re running a business you can’t have all your eggs in one basket whether that means to have one vendor that you’re completely relying on or say if you own a bakery they’ll have one person that does the cashier, the baking, the books, whatever it is, don’t do that”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 14, 2017

Lisa Reed founded Rockstar Virtual in 2015 to provide virtual assistant services to entrepreneurs, busy professionals, venture capitalists, actors and actresses, C-suite executives, and more. Lisa is a detail-minded, laser focused assistant, with an extremely direct approach. This has helped her to forge long-lasting client relationships, and to lead the Rockstar Virtual team to success.

“My business is my baby, it is no one else’s job to make sure it succeeds but my own, it’s your baby, protect it, do what you need to for it”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 13, 2017

Teri Dreher is a career ICU nurse and owner of the Chicago based North Shore Patient Advocates, as well as a public speaker. She is also the author of Patient Advocacy Matters, a consumers' guide to modern healthcare, rich with stories that inspire, shock, teach and challenge all patients to step up and become active participants in their own healthcare.

“Get a great business coach, if you have a really good business coach that can guide you through the business development portions that you’re weak in and can help you work on developing those areas of weakness, that would be the best money you’ve ever spent”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 12, 2017

Gary Sirak has been helping other people achieve their American Dream for the last 35 years of his life. He is the CEO of Sirak Financial Services in Canton, Ohio, United States. The company was founded by his father Stan Sirak and this year, the company will celebrate its 60th anniversary. He has written two books, the first, If Your Money Talked ... What Secrets Would It Tell? is about personal finance and the most common mistakes people make with their money. He has seen so many people make the same mistakes again and again with their money - so he decided to do something about it. The second book is, The American Dream Revisited: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Results, and is a deeply personal topic for Gary.

“Mentorship, look for mentorship, look for people who know how it happens and how it works and rely on them, ask them for help”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 11, 2017

Scott Holewinski is an entrepreneur whose mission is to build businesses that deliver exceptional products and services to his clients. In his career Scott has helped to form and lead several Madison, Wisconsin, USA based startups in the IT space. Scott's most recent venture was the formation of Gillware Digital Forensics, a company focused on providing comprehensive digital forensics services to law firms and corporations.

“It’s an amazing ride, starting a business, having it be successful is one of the most exciting things that I have been able to do in my life and the sense of accomplishment is amazing, you need to have a high threshold of stress and anxiety to get into this but if you do, they should go for it, the only thing I would say is be flexible, be open minded and build a team around you”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 10, 2017

Barry Cohen and Catherine Cohen both had parents who created successful companies together. Working together and working with others to help their businesses grow is in their DNA. Their company, Business Solutions for Growth, was born out of the years of working, coaching, creating, and advising business owners. They’ve brought together all their skills, experience, and talent to create a magical toolbox of ideas, plans, inspiration, and more designed to help their clients start, grow and succeed.

  • “Research the heck out of whatever industry you want to get into, whatever direction you want to take your business into”
  • “Give it your all, we’re not saying quit your job and go for it but even if you’re doing something part time give it your all, give it everything you’ve got”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 9, 2017

Kelcy Pegler, Jr. is the founder and CEO of MemberWhen, a new company started in 2016 that produces customized podcasts for personalized storytelling. Kelcy builds companies that can manage rapid growth and move quickly to exploit market opportunities in new and disruptive spaces.  While doing this Kelcy has received 40 under 40, Entrepreneur of the Year, and Fastest Growing company awards.  Before MemberWhen, Kelcy co-founded and served as CEO of Roof Diagnostics Solar, a fast-growing residential solar installation company that was acquired in 2014 by Fortune 200 company NRG Energy. Kelcy is a dedicated husband to his wife, Kim, and the proud father of two young children. Kelcy graduated from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro.

“Just do it, you look around and it’s hard not to be impressed with the people who are most successful today, we have so much access to so many great success stories and I think what is most valuable is to look back to the beginning, they started in almost all cases with much less from a resource standpoint than we have access to”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 8, 2017

Paul Oberschneider is a seasoned start-up entrepreneur and property financier, who has personally built businesses worth over 200 million. Since 1992, he helped start a bank credit department, founded a mortgage company, and built the largest single-branded real estate company across five countries in Central Europe. He also developed a portfolio of shopping centers and hypermarkets in Eastern Europe, constructing over two million square feet of retail space. Paul retired at age 49 before the financial crisis of 2008. Over the last two years, he’s grown a chain of nineteen fast food restaurants in London and is involved in the Oxford entrepreneur community, where he serves as a mentor for start-ups and is a speaker.

“Buy a pencil and a notebook and write everything down”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 7, 2017

Like most entrepreneurs, workout enthusiasts and best friends Jillian LorenzAriana Chernin felt that they could do it better. Their traditional workout regimens were missing something. That something, they decided, was supporting women to feel great about themselves from the inside out. What if a workout included motivation based on empowerment and not fear or body shaming? The seed was planted in 2010, and today Ariana and Jillian are behind 33 studios with 50,000 members across 13 states. The Barre Code’s continued growth is proof that there was a deeper relationship to be had between mind, body, and the barre.

“See every hurdle or obstacle as an opportunity to learn and grow and if you can keep that mentality and get comfortable with the uncomfortable then you will make it”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 6, 2017

A third-generation entrepreneur, Jake Sigal co-founded Tome in metro Detroit in 2014. He’s made a career out of creating the amazing experiences consumer tech users want and deserve, by redefining the way software apps and hardware products work together. At Tome, Jake leads a team dedicated to cracking the world’s most complex tech problems. Their work within the larger Internet of Things movement creates partnership opportunities with some of the world’s most well-known companies wherever accelerated product-specific tech innovation is desired. Jake sits on the Consumer Technology Association’s Board of Industry Leaders and is a graduate of Ohio University. Ford Motor Co. acquired his first company, Livio, in 2013.

“Just do it, you got to just go for it and you got to go full speed you can’t be timid”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 5, 2017

Seth Buechley is a serial entrepreneur and business founder, who has used his life lessons to write a book, that tackles the plaguing question of why ambitious people struggle to find satisfaction and reveals what they can do about it. His exceptional perspective, which began in a commune in the woods and led him to financial success through several multi-million dollar businesses, shines through his candid and direct insights into the advantages and disadvantages of ambition. A seasoned entrepreneur and leader of high-growth companies, Seth illustrates the fundamental nature of gratitude in making the shift to lasting leadership impact.

“Make sure that you’re completely aligned with a support network, if you’re married, it starts with your wife, be very very intentional about seeking out mentors, people that have been there and done that before you. Often the process of designating someone is awkward and I say get past all of that and just find people that have been somewhere you want to go, develop genuine authentic relationships with them and then just learn from them”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 4, 2017

Shelby Rideout Shelby Luke Rideout, is the creator of Bright Signs Learning, the award winning multi-sensory program designed to inspire children ages 0-4 to read by uniting sign language and gesturing with early reading concepts. As a mother of four and professional sign language expert with credentials in education (Vanderbilt University) and sign language (Pierce College), Shelby has first hand knowledge of the many benefits sign language has on early learning. In 2012, Shelby began making her own educational videos in her basement, teaching each of her children to communicate using sign language, identify letters, and even to read by the age of two! Today, she has parlayed her success into a thriving educational company with national distribution through the Bright Signs Learning website and Amazon, and has garnered awards from Tillywig Toy & Product Awards and Moms Best Awards, among others.

“Follow your passion and not follow the dollars, it surprised me because when you do get into business it is hard to ignore the monetary part of it, once you start doing something because you think it might result in dollars, you’re going off the wrong path, I think that to really follow with a good mission and what your passion is and so I’ve had to draw myself a number of times and say wait a minute Shelby stop, what brought you here, what is your goal and my goal is to reach children, to have them feel good, to have them love learning, to have them at an early age love reading and that always draws me back in”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 3, 2017

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). As a connector, and networking expert, Kelly has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“25 Smartest Women On Twitter”). She has a column on Inc.com, blogs on myturnstone.com and tweets frequently (@jkhoey).  Kelly’s career story is one transformation, and can only be explained by her unique ability to tap into networks and make valuable connections. Her career started in corporate law, eventually transitioning to the management side of Big Law. A chance opportunity in 2009 to work with a visionary leader sparked her transition from earning a paycheck to seeking equity. Co-founding a startup accelerator, then an interim CMO role with an emerging tech company, are part of her journey of reinvention as an author, influencer and investor. In addition to her portfolio of angel investments (Levo League, Hullabalu, Smigin, CloudPeeps, flowthings.io), she is an LP in two funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and an advisor to New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

“Build your network, because when you’re wondering how you’re going to persist when you’ve got good days as well as those bad days it’s that network that’s either going to pull you through or blow you up”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 2, 2017

Jared Keen is an accomplished Entrepreneur and Executive with a proven ability to lead, everything from fast paced start-ups, to growth companies and traditional companies seeking new directions into profitability and success. Jared has been on his entrepreneurial journey since the age of 24 when he founded a marketing technology firm and digital coupon specialist, Couponstar in 2002. He was responsible for its strategic and operational direction worldwide expanding its operations across 12 countries. In Sep, 2011, Coupons.com, purchased its remaining share in Couponstar where Jared remained at the helm of the international division as the Managing Director. From May 2012 to May 2013, Jared resided in NYC working on strategic global retail initiatives for Coupons.com, Inc. In Mar 2016, Jared founded Australia's first online marketplace for property management called Rent360 where he is responsible for its overall strategy, product development, marketing and business development.

“Be genuine, be authentic in what you do and who you do it with, work smart not hard and always try your best”…[Listen for More]

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Mar 1, 2017

Cathy Yerges understands what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Having grown up in her family's small retail business, entrepreneurship ran in her blood at an early age. In 2006, Cathy made the leap from corporate life to running her own virtual assistance business, Peak Profits LLC. Successful growth of that business allowed Cathy to sell a division of Peak Profits to focus more on helping business professionals engage with their clients and build relationships with their prospects. Thus, BG3 LLC was founded in the summer of 2014 to help companies grow their business three ways; through social media, email marketing and LinkedIn lead generation.

“Not to stress out when times are slow, business ebbs and flows and the key is not to get frantic if you’re in a slow period, it’s really intended to be a time to refocus and get back to the basics of your business”…[Listen for More]

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Feb 27, 2017

Chris Guillebeau is the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup, The Art of Non-Conformity, and other books. During a lifetime of self-employment, he visited every country in the world before his 35th birthday. He hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people, every summer.

“Don’t be afraid, if you are afraid do it anyway because if you have that crazy idea and you can’t stop thinking about it there’s probably a good reason for it”…[Listen for More]

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Feb 27, 2017

Michael Palumbo is a trader, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and the author of the new book, Calculated Risk. He is the founder and controlling partner of Third Millennium Trading LLC and the principal of MJP Capital, a private regional holding company focusing on both real estate and technology. After repeated trading success, Michael entered the entrepreneurship space. He provided initial funding as the original venture capitalist for the high-frequency trading firm GETCO, which the Wall Street Journal hailed as the “High-Frequency Trade King.” That firm was valued at $1.7 billion when he exited it to a private equity group.

“Just do it, nike might sue me for that but be prepared, have a great game plan in place but then take that risk because I’m telling you when you get older and you look back and you didn’t take that risk  you’re going to have some regret”…[Listen for More]

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Feb 26, 2017

Nik Mirkovic and Alex Tomic are the founders of a multi-million dollar e-tailer, HiSmile, which is Australia’s leading DIY teeth whitening brand. Both straight out of school, and after only two years in the market they are selling their teeth whitening sensation around the globe. The Social media realm has been the driving force behind the success of HiSmile, with Nik & Alex always ensuring the business is one step ahead of the latest changes and advancements.

“Don’t  wait for perfection because it is never going to come”…[Listen for More]

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Feb 25, 2017

Tracee Sioux is a spiritual business and life coach, the author of the book The Year of YES! What if you said YES! to everything your Soul told you to do for one year? And her book  Soul vs. Ego Smackdown.

“Don’t quit, just persist like a …[Listen for More]

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Feb 24, 2017

Marc Mawhinney is on a mission to help coaches build stronger businesses! A lifelong entrepreneur, he achieves this with his podcast, “Natural Born Coaches”, his coaching programs, and with his popular Facebook group “The Coaching Jungle”. He frequently makes media appearances and is a contributor for Entrepreneur.com.

“Remember the acronym KMF which stands for keep moving forward, if you’re not willing to move forward, if you get down in the dumps whenever you get beat around a little you’re not going to make it in business, you have to develop a thick skin” …[Listen for More]

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Feb 23, 2017

David Barnett is a three-time best-selling Amazon small business author and works as a private business sale transaction advisor.

“You have to think about selling cycles and your customers journey, I have seen so many times when an entrepreneur says I am going to get into this certain market and I have identified the million dollar market and within 3 years I am going to capture a certain percentage of this market and that is absolutely not the way to come up with a sales forecast”…[Listen for More]

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