Ronan Leonard connects small business owners to support groups through the innovative concept of virtual Masterminds. Without a co-founder or a business coach solopreneurs are often overwhelmed with to-do lists. They need impartial advice to get the right support to help them achieve clarity and better results. Passionate about helping others he is committed to giving away 1 in 6 spots on the platform to social enterprises and entrepreneurs from developing countries to create a truly global community.
“You don’t know what you don’t know. Find people that champion you, find people that are a little bit above you. Attach yourself to people that are further ahead than you, maybe 1 or 2 years, they’re the people that have been in the trenches, just done it, very very recently and are able to part that knowledge on you”…[Listen for More]
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After a successful career in the entertainment and marketing fields, today, Tami Holzman is a best selling author, Limited Partner with Halogen Ventures, angel investor, advisor, entrepreneur and keynote speaker. Tami loves to mentor and promote opportunities for women.
“You don’t need to know it all, it’s impossible. The best leaders know what they don’t know, they’re honest about what they don’t know and they’re going to surround themselves with people that know more than them, and a good leader is generally a generalist. Just be true to yourself”…[Listen for More]
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David Medansky, a retired divorce attorney, is an international best-selling author, and a trusted authority for successful, healthy weight reduction. In 2016, his doctor told him to lose weight or find another physician, because he didn't want David dying of a heart attack. Within four months, Medansky dropped 50 pounds. He wrote about his inspirational weight-reduction journey in his book, Discover Your Thinner Self. Now, he helps others achieve their weight loss success.
“Start now, don’t procrastinate, don’t wait till tomorrow, tomorrow may never come, we need to do today what you can and start and take a calculated risk, just don’t go in blindly, take action. If you don’t take action your knowledge is worthless”…[Listen for More]
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Gabriela Pereira is an entrepreneur, TEDx speaker, and author of the book DIY MFA. As the instigator of DIYMFA.com, her mission is to challenge the status quo of higher education. She speaks at national conferences, industry events, and college campuses, and also hosts both the Writer’s Digest Podcast and DIY MFA Radio.
“Get comfortable with being uncomfortable, avoid the default, notice what the defaults are, that’s sort of the biggest thing I think. Notice where you default to certain behaviours, certain patterns, to certain options, notice what you’re leaning on heavily like a crutch and then once you’ve noticed what those defaults are ask yourself do you want to change them”…[Listen for More]
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After a decade in higher education, Shawn Wenner hung up the corporate gloves to launch a multimedia platform dedicated to food entrepreneurship. Having worked at a culinary school, he understood the challenges faced by aspiring food entrepreneurs and built entrepreneurial chef to provide ideas, inspiration, and advice to the next generation.
“Trust your instincts, trust your gut, lean into that, only get enough information that helps you take the first step and stop trying to learn at that point, if you can set a deadline for yourself that helps even more and then take that first step, see how you do, see how it feels, go back to your instincts, trust yourself on where you go for that next step and then potentially seek some new information”…[Listen for More]
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John Jantsch is a marketing consultant, speaker and author of Duct Tape Marketing, Duct Tape Selling, The Commitment Engine and The Referral Engine and the founder of the Duct Tape Marketing Consultant Network. His latest book, SEO for Growth - The Ultimate Guide for Marketers, Web Designers, and Entrepreneurs, is changing the way the world thinks about SEO.
“There’s no risk in starting a business today, you can do it for next to nothing, you can try out your idea, you can discover if anyone wants your idea, you can even build your website and start generating traffic without spending $100. If you’re holding back wondering if you have to get everything perfect and you have to form a corporation and you have to do all these things that feel like they’re hard and cost money. Get out there and start letting the world tell you whether or not you have a good idea”…[Listen for More]
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As CEO of Silvernest, Wendi Burkhardt is responsible for driving the company’s overall direction and strategic growth, as well as overseeing day-to-day operations. She boasts more than 25 years of technology experience working with venture startups, emerging technology companies, rapid-growth tech firms and Fortune 500 corporations. Her history also includes working with Home Instead, a $1 billion in-home, senior care corporation. She is a seasoned entrepreneur, as well as a mentor and coach to social ventures. Wendi holds a degree in International Trade & Finance from Louisiana State University, and has completed an executive education program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
“Just do it, if you’re sitting there with an idea that you cannot sleep at night because you’re thinking about it, if you believe in it without doubt and you know that you can handle the ups and downs of it, just do it. There will never be a perfect time, there will never be a time where everything is aligned absolutely correctly for you to do this”…[Listen for More]
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Johnathan Grzybowski, is rogue risk taker turned entrepreneur and national thought leader in digital marketing and branding. He is the Cofounder of Penji, an unlimited graphic design service for marketing teams, that provides jobs and internship opportunities to Camden students and residents.
“Get out of your own way. Check you go out of the door, you’re not bigger than the company, the company is and forever will be bigger than you and if you’re a small team and you are the only person that’s fine but just know that when you grow to a certain point that you’re going to have to put everything to the side and let your team get to work”…[Listen for More]
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Board-certified in holistic nutrition, a childhood leukemia survivor, and a mother of three, Tonya Harris is the founder of Slightly Greener. Tonya has been writing about toxins and their health effects since 2008. She has a Master's degree in holistic nutrition and holds multiple certificates in the environmental health field.
“Leap before you’re ready, I really think especially at the point where I invested in that business coaching last year, I wasn’t ready, I didn’t know how to say what I did, I didn’t even have a business at that point, it’s things like that that are scary that you leap into before you’re ready that get you to that point”…[Listen for More]
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A little under 2 years ago, Tara Baker proposed to her then girlfriend, Arlia. Arlia said yes. The first thing Tara and Arlia did was venture out to find wedding planning inspiration yet quickly found a heteronormative wedding industry. So, they created Dancing With Her, the world's first (and only) print and digital publication dedicated to celebrating LGBTQ+ women in love.
“Celebrate your wins because I think that that’s something that we probably don’t do that as much as we should, it’s hard to stop and slow down and take it all in and know what’s happened and especially moving forward knowing that you’ve been able to achieve something however small that is it doesn’t need to be a giant sale or an amazing award”…[Listen for More]
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Emily Chadbourne is taking the world by storm, getting real about how to consciously create the life of your dreams. She has a full on zero BS approach to life, love and business and helps women across the globe find happiness and purpose through her “Unashamedly Human” formula.
“Resilience is key and in order to get through those days where you’ll have business failure and business failure is inevitable, in fact if you don’t have business failure you’re not doing business right because without business failure you’ll never have the contrast which is business success and that is the law of the land, that is the way the universe works”…[Listen for More]
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Mary Shores spends her career as an author, speaker, and entrepreneur, generating positive and pragmatic solutions for people who are freaking out. Mary blends personal experience with her extensive knowledge of neuroscience and human behavior to guide businesses and individuals to defeat the freak out and create their ideal life.
“Focus on your relationships, understand the power of planning and by all means keep integrity at the highest”…[Listen for More]
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Christine Alisa, M.S., LMFT, is an alternative therapist, best selling author, international speaker and trainer of therapists in over eight countries. She is a shaman and past life regression therapist who uses her powerful intuitive wisdom, empathic skills to help entrepreneurs, adults, children, adolescents move through powerful integration and resolution.
“Find your truth and follow it, follow your journey, believe in yourself, explore the possibilities and have some fun”…[Listen for More]
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Lisa Marie Platske left her action-packed life as a Federal law enforcement officer after 9/11 to become the CEO of international leadership company, Upside Thinking, Inc. An award-winning leadership expert, author of 6 books, certified master coach, and founder of Design Your Destiny Live, Lisa Marie delivers high-energy presentations on vulnerability in leadership, connection, positioning and executive presence. She also serves on the board of several philanthropic organizations and was recognized in 2015 by The International Alliance of Women as one of the top 100 Women Making a Difference in the World.
“Don’t go it alone, set up your own advisory council, do things that are around other people and other pieces of advice around this are create spaciousness in your schedule, have your own self care practice, I meet too many people who are incredibly burned out because of the amount of hours they put in”…[Listen for More]
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Voted the quietest girl in her senior class, Denise Galloni started to come out of her shell and find her voice as a young adult. Today her mission is to help others find their voices and become better communicators through her company, DG Training Solutions Inc., which was founded in 2014. Denise has delivered more than 500 presentations across the United States. Denise was inspired by so many women who helped her make her business more successful in 2017, she expanded her reach to help women live their dreams by creating, producing and hosting an award-winning TV show called Empowering Women. In 2018, she was a nominee for the Inspiring Lives Magazine International Empowerment Award.
“Know you aren’t alone, the struggles you experience aren’t probably unique; find a group of people such as a mastermind or a coach to help you through them. Don’t give up, a majority of people quit before they find that success and sometimes it’s only a short distance away, there’s going to be disappointments but keep persevering keep pushing forward and you’ll get to where you want to be”…[Listen for More]
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Tony Drockton is the founder of Hammitt, a Los Angeles-based luxury brand. Tony’s entrepreneurial background stems from his start-ups in the construction and finance industries, before moving on to high fashion. Tony’s goal is to create a successful European-inspired, American brand where design and craftsmanship lead, and product is made to last a lifetime.
“Decide who you want to become in the long run, that’s important. Only surround yourself with people that already who you want to become, if you admire them they’re a mentor, they have either skills or integrity or something that you really look up to. If you surround yourself with the people that you really want to become, you’ll become them”…[Listen for More]
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Joe Goodreau is a mindset and professional development coach, professional speaker and a certified consultant with the Proctor Gallagher Institute. As an executive in the tech industry with 20 years of experience managing and developing others, Joe's passion is in helping individuals, athletes, professionals and businesses achieve extraordinary performance and improved results on a permanent basis.
“Create that big goal then ask yourself if you’re willing and able to do whatever it takes to get there and then understand what habits or beliefs you’re going to need to change in order to start working towards that goal. Being comfortable with being uncomfortable then making the committed decision that you’re going to do whatever it takes to get there”…[Listen for More]
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Brenda Moosa and Mahnaz Moosa are moms who became Mompreneurs overnight. While raising their twin sons, they couldn't find a baby product they needed, so they decided to create it and enter the multibillion dollar business of baby products. Meet the Certified Public Accountant and Counseling Therapist who are revolutionizing diaper changing on the go for ALL parents!
“Stay the course, up down, there’s going to be good day’s bad days, one day where you’re wondering where the money is going to come from and the next day you’re depositing so you can place an order, you just have to stay the course and educate educate educate yourself”…[Listen for More]
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Jeffrey Davidson has been exploring the boundaries of world-class teams for 20 years. A recognized expert in strengthening leaders and building teams, he has worked with 100s of teams, taught thousands, and consulted with multiple Fortune 100 corporations. Jeffrey wants you to be great and your team to be better.
“Your people are the secret to your success, show them you care and get them working together and you will achieve things that you’ve only ever dreamed about”…[Listen for More]
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Thanh Pham is founder and CEO of Asian Efficiency - the world's leading company for productivity training. He helps people achieve their goals in record times.
“If you’re just starting out and you want to start a business or grow a business the best thing you can do in my opinion is to test and validate as much as you can because you won’t have a good foundation until you’ve tested and validated your products or services, I’ve talked about validating stuff before and I can’t harp around that enough because it’s so important”…[Listen for More]
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Deborah A Morgan, CPA and author is the owner of Deborah Morgan and Company Inc. Her firm provides tax and accounting services to entrepreneurs, individuals, as well as non-profits. Debbie's passion is helping new business owners overcome their fears of tax and accounting so they may focus on what's important– growing their business. She does this by leading workshops based on her two books: "Your Amazing Itty Bitty Business Tax Book" and "I've Got A Business, Now What?"
“Ask for help, don’t be embarrassed, and don’t be afraid to ask for help. I think that that was the biggest lesson that I learned, if someone asked me for help I would be all in and helping”…[Listen for More]
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Jeff Wilkins is a serial entrepreneur who has founded and sold seven tech start-ups in the enterprise software, e-commerce and Internet advertising industries. Jeff currently serves as the founding CEO and a Director of Motili, Inc. Motili provides property owners/managers with the easiest, most cost-effective maintenance, repair, and replacement solution nationwide. The Motili platform manages the entire workflow for repair or replacement from start to finish – from selecting the right contractor for the job, to ordering and delivering equipment, through job completion and invoicing. Motili currently services over two million homes and properties for clients such as AIMCO, Altisource, Amazon, Bainbridge, Brookdale, CBRE, Fannie Mae, Fresenius, Hilton, Jones Lange Lasalle, JP Morgan Chase, O’Reilly’s, Subway, and Tricon American Homes. Motili was acquired by Daikin Industries LTD in July 2017. Daikin is the world's largest climate controls company with annual revenues of $20 billion and is headquartered in Osaka, Japan.
“Be flexible, it doesn’t matter how much you prepare your plans are going to evolve and change”…[Listen for More]
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Kevin E. West is a veteran television actor with over 60 credits including Aquarius, Criminal Minds, Bones, Castle, CSI: Miami, Justified, Touch, Leverage, Lost, 24, Desperate Housewives, NCIS, Alias, CSI Judging Amy and dozens more. Kevin is the Founder of The Actors’ Network, and the creator of the ActorBizGuru industry interview video series, both of which are award winning. The Actors’ Network was awarded consecutive BackStage West 'Reader's Choice' awards (06/07). A few of it’s alumni include Emmy Nominee Masi Oka (Heroes), Chelsey Crisp (Off The Boat), Chris Gorham (Covert Affairs-Ugly Betty) and Maggie Grace (Taken trilogy). Industry wide, Kevin is considered the top expert opinion speaker on the ‘business of show business. His speaker appearances include: ShowBiz Expo, WGA, SAG LifeRaft Foundation, and UCLA as well as A Date with Hollywood, for the Swedish Film Institute (Stockholm). Additionally Kevin Co-Authored the audio CD program, The Actor’s Guide to GETTING THE JOB and spent his early years in Hollywood as a paid Stand-up Comic and Improv performer. He just released his long awaited book on the business: 7 Deadly Sins - The Actor Overcomes, on sale now at Samuel French Hollywood/New York, Book Soup & also available on Amazon. Additional: Kevin was a featured panelist for A Date with Hollywood (15’) in Stockholm, hosted at the Swedish Film Institute. As a nationally recognized speaker Kevin has saved many actors from the pitfalls of the often heart wrenching life of the actor in Hollywood with wit, warmth and wisdom. Kevin has spoken at the SAG LifeRaft Foundation, SAG Conservatory, ShowBiz Expo (NYC), WGA West, UCLA, Chapman University, Cal State Fullerton and talent conventions across the U.S. from Dallas to Florida. In 2010 Kevin launched ActorBizGuru.com, an extensive 49 video interviews with top industry professionals, voted the #1 online educational resource for actors by BackStage West in 2014. Kevin is also the co-Author of, The Actor's Guide to Getting the Job, a 2-hour audio CD with former top commercial instructor, Carolyne Barry. In the Spring of 2004, Kevin’s philanthropic soul, created the Hack n' Smack, Kerry Daveline Memorial, Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting Melanoma research. The event was voted one of the top 10 celebrity golf events in SoCal by Southland Golf magazine. During its 10-year lifespan celebrity participation included: Joe Pesci, Joe Mantegna, Ron Perlman and Michael Chiklis. Kevin also Executive Produced the spiritual event, Together We Can, Together We Will, in the wake of the L.A. riots, and the teen runaway benefit Runnin' on Empty both of which included Jason Alexander. He is a former collegiate golfer, ran the LA Marathon 4 times, played in the Men's Senior Baseball World Series 6 times and is a deadly serious Texas Hold-em player.
“Give yourself time. No matter how organised you are, how good an idea is, how energetic, how hard you’re willing to work or how many hours you’re willing to put in versus sleeping which happens to all entrepreneurs, everything still takes 10 to 20 times longer than you think it’s going to and I did not handle that way. Give yourself time, most of life is preproduction it’s not the actual production”…[Listen for More]
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Sharon McRill is owner and president of The Betty Brigade, a relocation and organization company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The company provides moving coordination, and organizing assistance, mostly catering to busy professionals. Laid off from a corporate marketing job, McRill launched The Betty Brigade in 2003, now has a staff of 10.
“Really be sure about the direction that you want to go in. If you think that you are moving into a new industry then go see if there are other people out there doing it and meet them, maybe even work for them, learning your industry before you launch into it especially if you haven’t really done it before is an important piece of seeing if it’s a piece for you so really go do your research and don’t get so bogged down in the research that you never take a step forward”…[Listen for More]
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Phil Singleton is a web designer, SEO expert and an award winning author. Phil is co-author of the bestseller, SEO for Growth, which is listed as a top marketing book by Forbes, Mashable, Oracle and Small Business Trends. Phil’s latest venture, Podcast Bookers, is a service that helps marketers and executives get booked on established podcasts as a way to develop authority, personal branding, improve SEO and most importantly generate new leads and sales.
“If you’re an entrepreneur one of the best ways to grow any business out there it’s just hard to avoid Google. Google and Googling has become part of the modern purchase process” “Find your way to stake your claim on Google and read some of these documents and try and apply it to whatever digital efforts you have because anyone who is an entrepreneur today has a website” Search Quality Evaluator Guidelines …[Listen for More]
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