Anne Gannon is a CPA with 15+ years experience in all areas of tax and accounting for individuals and businesses. Anne’s specialty is simplifying the accounting process for business owners so that they have the information they need to make the best path forward for their business. During the Covid 19 pandemic Anne volunteered her time to the hospitality industry to assist the many businesses in the US struggling to survive. Anne continues to provide education and guidance to entrepreneurs and business owners who are making their way back and building a new path forward for their businesses. While Anne loves her role as the owner of The Largo Group, she is most proud of her role as Mom to her sons James and Fraser, and wife to her husband and best friend Steve. When not working her favorite hobby is hiking through the woods with her family!
“Believe in yourself. There is no reason that your dream can’t become a reality but you just have to believe in it and work hard at it. Anyone who will tell you that things happen overnight or Jeff Bezos is lucky. No, I think that people that you see succeeding whether it’s at a massive scale or just a small business it’s hard work. That’s really what it is I think if you work hard and continue to be persistent in how hard you work it will work out”…[Listen for More]
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Joe Valley has built, bought and sold over a 1/2 dozen of his own companies, and sold nearly 1/2 billion in online businesses through his firm Quiet Light Brokerage. He is the bestselling author of The EXITPreneur's Playbook - a book designed to help you achieve your own incredible exit.
“Keep your overhead low and don’t be afraid of making mistakes”…[Listen for More]
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In defying the odds and always looking to challenge the status quo, Dan T Rogers helped to grow a quick-serve restaurant chain, tripled annual sales for an existing book of business, and pivoted his own company to navigate tremendous growth; the 2008 recession; and being listed for seven consecutive years of the Inc 5000 listings.
“there are no special snowflakes”…[Listen for More]
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Anthony Minessale II is the Founder and CEO of SignalWire, an enterprise CPaaS that delivers advanced FreeSWITCH as a Service through an elastic-cloud framework and developer-friendly APIs. He has 25+ years of experience in software engineering, telecommunications and open source. In founding SignalWire, Tony’s mission to bring the complex technology behind real-time communication to the mainstream came to light.
“Make sure what you are doing is something that you want to be doing. It will make it a lot easier. Be sure it’s really what you want to be doing because it’s a key ingredient that breeds the ability to move on when it is not the best days – if you really want… Really wanting it is most of the battle”…[Listen for More]
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Meredith Kallaher’s marketing agency helps business owners expand their reach and explode their sales with updated copy that converts, social media ad strategy and management and/or build out of Kajabi products. She is a wife and mom to 3 teenagers with a new puppy who balances out the teenage hormones!
“Take time to interview potential clients. People skip that all the time. And you will be surprised at what your customers actually want instead of you just guessing what they want”…[Listen for More]
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A specialist in professional relationships and networking for over 20 years, Andy Lopata was called ‘one of Europe’s leading business networking strategists’ by the Financial Times and ‘a true master of networking’ by the Independent and Forbes.com. A very experienced international speaker and podcast host, Andy is the author of five books, has been quoted in a number of other business books and regularly quoted in the international press. Andy is President of the Fellows Community and a two-time Board Member of the Professional Speaking Association UK & Ireland (PSA) and a Fellow of the Learning and Performance Institute as well as a Master of the Institute for Sales Management. He is also one of just 26 recipients of the PSA’s top honour, the ‘Award of Excellence’.
“Start with the end in mind. Know what your business is going to look like in five, 10 years’ time and build from that point. The other piece of advice is there is nothing that you must do. We are surrounded by experts who tell us we must do this, we must do that, we must do the other. There is nothing you must do. There is advice. It’s your business you determine which advice you want to take, which advice is relevant to you and your business. Which advice is going to work in your circumstances in the context in which you’re operating and then you decide what to do. Just because something has been successful the one person it doesn’t mean it’s going to be successful for you ”…[Listen for More]
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Tim Luscombe is a strategic thinker who helps business leaders and owners become more successful. He is an executive coach, chairman and non-exec director focused on improving business performance. Tim also helps business owners and leaders buy and sell businesses successfully and is the author of Deal Finance which is available on Amazon He is the past National President and past Chairman of the Professional Speaking Association He's an accredited coach with The Core Asset helping smaller businesses with their marketing and business growth His background is in financial management and career highlights include Madge Networks which grew from 50 to more than 2000 employees and went public on NASDAQ with a 76% compound annual growth rate. Tim was responsible for Madge's business across Asia Pacific opening 11 sales offices across the region. Tim was later the UK MD of Black Box, an IT distribution & networking business.
“The best advice I could give to any entrepreneur would be to work with the right people. Find the right customer, find the right partner, find right supplier and do something you love to do. Do it with the right people”…[Listen for More]
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Nathan Littleton is a marketer, professional speaker and author who helps businesses to grow by attracting and winning more customers. Having started his first business, building websites from his bedroom at the age of just 12, he now sends more than a million emails each year for his clients.
“Get help where you need it. And that comes into parts… It comes in the fact that you should find a mentor or a business coach even if it is simply to bounce ideas off them. It might be that it is a friend. It might be a friend that you can use as an accountability partner to genuinely hold you accountable to do the things that you know you need to do. Or a mentor or a business coach who works within that space that can give you advice that goes along with that and that can tell you exactly what things are that you need to do and hold you accountable to doing”…[Listen for More]
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Christopher Burns dedicates his life to coaching men to activate their purpose, power, and prosperity. He has been coaching men, entrepreneurs, leaders, and professionals for almost a decade and works with clients 1-on-1, in group coaching, home study courses and hosts live events, retreats and masterminds. Christopher’s company coaches and teaches men through the “Mastered Man Curriculum™” where men create their Purpose Manifesto
“Go to the meeting, show up, do the thing that you think you should do or know that you should do whatever it might be. Don’t let excuses or limiting self-belief, self-taught get you out of that. Don’t let lives pickup and emergencies and stuff like that derail you from showing up the things that matter most because I believe it’s the person who consistently rigorously shows up for what he or she said she would. That you build your integrity, you show up for the opportunities and I think that are really important key of entrepreneurship”…[Listen for More]
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Known as The Book Angel for “cause publishing,” Susie Schaefer believes that books are the gateway to creating a movement. Her love of books goes far beyond the feel of a fabric cover or the smell of a library. Whether writing a book helps an author heal past trauma or raises awareness for social change, Susie empowers storytellers to be part of the global conversation and create a ripple effect for humanity. Working with business owners brings her tremendous joy, particularly when an author shares their own personal story and creates “Business Ascension” by melding their mission and message. Susie comes to the table with an array of superpowers; her unique combination of business acumen, street smarts, and mystic intuitive gifts to help people see what’s truly possible with no limitations. Her corporate experience working with non-profits, teaching and training in human resources and as a marketing expert, and a stint in radio broadcasting and commercial acting allows Susie to skillfully guide authors through the independent publishing process to finish that dream book, launch a speaking career, or build a business with a book that gets results and gives back. In addition to publishing inspirational books, Susie writes and edits screenplay adaptations of books through her passion project, Movie Muse Productions. Susie’s understanding of social impact, or “cause” publishing, enables her to offer a unique foundation for publishing by building community, creating connections, and serving as a catalyst for change. When not reading, publishing books or writing award-winning screenplays, Susie can be found practicing her downward dog (yoga), meditating on the beach, or planning her next travel adventure.
“Get out of your own way, don’t overthink it, create the plan, creates what it is, how you want to serve people, whether it’s a product or service, and then do the work put it into place and then just get out of your own way”…[Listen for More]
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Driven by his desire to expose the talent of quieter businesspeople, Jon Baker has become known for activating introverts. With his quietly confident attitude to challenges and vision of balanced teams Jon inspires business leaders to take action to improve productivity and creativity in their firms.
“stop blaming people around you and recognise that it’s your choice that makes things happen… The most powerful two words in the English language, ‘ I choose’”…[Listen for More]
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Hany Fam is CEO and founder of Markaaz, which is the world’s first global platform to verify and connect small businesses. Prior to founding Markaaz, he served as CEO of AXA Global Enterprise & Partnerships, Founder & President of Mastercard Enterprise Partnerships and President of Mastercard UK & Ireland Markets.
“Pick two things that need to be solved. Ask yourself the question can you do it better than anyone else? Do you have the resources? Or can you find your way to the resources to do that? And last but not least and the most important question is can you do it quicker than anyone else? So I guess in summary, focus, plan, count the cost, double it and go for it”…[Listen for More]
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Finnian Kelly is a world-renowned keynote speaker on Intentionality, a retreat facilitator, and a 1:1 Executive Coach. He is the creator of Intentionality.com, a unique framework to guide people to be purposeful and aligned in their beliefs, thoughts, and behaviors so they can feel more love in their lives.
“The greatest risk is not doing it at all. You won’t regret that you tried and it didn’t work, you will regret that you didn’t do it at all. And that just gives you the confidence to take that step. And then finally it would be remember that your business is just a tool to achieve the life that that you wouldn’t end for yourself. Try not to make it bigger than it is, it’s not you. It’s part of you and it’s a great platform to live an extraordinary life but I see too many people make it their identity and that just affects them when that business doesn’t exist anymore”…[Listen for More]
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Marty Parker is founder and CEO of Waterstone Human Capital, a leading cultural talent management firm that offers retained executive search specializing in recruiting for fit, culture change and transformation services, leadership development, succession planning, cultural and engagement measurement, and advisory consulting for entrepreneurial-minded, high growth organizations across North America.
“Have great mentors and advisers. You can’t have enough people… Most people whether you know them or you don’t know them want to help, it’s not about advisory fees or money. People want to give back what they’ve learned and so many more people than not are good in giving and helpful… And I think…’ you are the company you keep’… And having the best team members, the best people that you can on your team and just the best clients. If you don’t like working for a particular group of people you really have a choice.”…[Listen for More]
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Ges Ray delivers ‘Speak Performance’ skills based on four decades of performing, from public speaking competitions to MC’ing, keynotes to radio broadcasting, on a solid foundation of commercial roles (including Bank Manager!) and choral singing. Only ask him about singing in Carnegie Hall, NYC if you have time for the answer…
“I will give you three. One, a top one for me, go for a long walk. Mull around what you are thinking… Go and ask your head, your heart and your gut what is really going on. What are they saying to you? Give yourself a chance to actually think things through. Secondly get out and talk to the others, mastermind group or networking. Get among people where you can open up to what you are doing and just get other people’s views ”…[Listen for More]
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Jerome Myers left corporate America because he realized that although he had many accomplishments, he had not gained significance because he was not leading a centered life. Now, as a leadership coach, he uses his personal journey and unique training method to guide other apex performers in leadership positions to face their toughest personal and professional challenges head on.
“Your dreams should be real. Now you just have to go out and make the sacrifice, pay the price of admission for them to be”…[Listen for More]
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Jay Haynes is the Founder & CEO of thrv.com, the first and only Jobs-to-be-Done (JTBD) software for product, marketing, and sales teams. Jobs-to-be-done product management helps CEOs align their product teams with customers to dramatically increase their effectiveness by reducing roadmap risk, accelerating revenue growth, and generating superior equity value.
“Customer empathy, customer empathy, customer empathy combined with mitigating risk. Always be focused on your customers and their problems independent of your product. Don’t ask them if they want a faster horse… Then the second is risk mitigation. So, make sure that you are mitigating risk. Don’t be an entrepreneur wants to take risk be an entrepreneur who wants to mitigate risk because that is the path to success. Then the final one was don’t run out of cash. Cash is king. All businesses fail because they run out of cash so don’t run out of cash”…[Listen for More]
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Elizabeth Cunningham is a Love Coach who helps people create deep and connected relationships of all styles. In the past year, she has become a full time entrepreneur, scaled her coaching business to have its first 6 figure year by 2022 and has started a love apparel company called Cosacuore.
“Don’t give up”…[Listen for More]
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Stephen Somers is the co-founder of Marketplace SuperHeroes, an online education and services company that helps people all over the world learn how to sell their own products globally on Amazon from complete scratch. Together with his business partner, Robert, Stephen has won 5 two-comma club awards for Marketplace SuperHeroes, which is now an 8 figure business, and the guys have also helped over 8,000 people to create multiple income streams online.
“Be a student number one, stop believing in yourself number two, it sounds strange but find a proven process. Always look for the proven process no matter what you are doing. If you are starting, if you are growing, whatever, find people who have already done it and then learn from them, model them, do whatever it takes. Because the answers are truly out there. Then as time goes on you can innovate”…[Listen for More]
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Claire Bahn is a personal brand strategist and the CEO and Founder of Claire Bahn Group. She helps high-achieving entrepreneurs, investors, founders, and executives create magnetic personal brands to increase their visibility, deal flow, and opportunities.
“Being an entrepreneur is not for everybody and I think a lot of people think that it’s cool, it’s easy, it has sex appeal or whatever… It’s not… It’s really hard and there is not a safety net. I think that can be really, really scary for people. One of the best pieces of advice is to know what you are getting into and if you are really terrified about doing it maybe it’s not the best thing for you. Maybe there are other things that you can do and that’s fine… The first thing you need to do is do something because most people won’t actually execute”…[Listen for More]
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As a Chemist, Educator, and Naturalista, Rhonda Marshall brings a truly unique perspective to the beauty industry. Rhonda saw a clear consumer need and personal passion to take better care of her naturally curly hair. Her curls were something she was proud of and she felt distinguished her personality. After years of using relaxers and other chemical laden products, and high heat styling methods that damaged her hair to modify her natural curl pattern, she felt there had to be a better way. While at Helene Curtis (now Unilever) Rhonda worked on projects developing Suave Shampoos and Conditioners as well as the first Clear Stick for (Degree) Antiperspirant/Deodorant. After earning a Masters Degree in Education, she has also worked as a Certified Educator teaching Chemistry and Science at the Secondary level. Finally, after transitioning away from chemically processed hair in 2001, Rhonda eventually developed her own hair products incorporating natural ingredients that were especially effective for naturally curly hair textures. With this experience not only as a Chemist but also as a customer, Rhonda developed what would eventually become the Inahsi Naturals product line. Inahsi Naturals products have been used by award winning celebrity stylists behind the scenes for a number of shows including ABC’s ‘Black●ish, The CW’s Riverdale, and the film starring Eddie Murphy, Coming 2 America.
“I would say the number one thing is don’t quit your day job, that’s the number one. And I know people say just go out there and just fly. No, no, no, no. Your job can help to fund your business. So it is nothing wrong, no shame in your game if you have a job and you are side hustling your business… To help fund your side hustle. Because you don’t want to get out there and your business can’t sustain or your family can’t sustain you. So, you definitely want to make sure if you have a job, you make sure you are saving… The demand is there”…[Listen for More]
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Moe Abbas is the Co-Founder and CEO of Acadium, a company that matches emerging marketing talent with mentors looking to grow their business affordably. Acadium has raised $1M from top angel investors, and it has launched more careers in digital marketing than any other platform to date.
“Surround yourself with the right people. You can start a business with very little in today’s world. So just take some time and ask the right questions about your business. That’s probably the best thing, ask the right questions. Sit there and just hammer out questions. Why am I doing this? How big could it be? Who are my customers? Where are they? That would be the best advice I could give. ”…[Listen for More]
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Jeff Wald is the Founder of Work Market, an enterprise software platform that enables companies to manage freelancers (acquired by ADP). Jeff has founded several other technology companies, including Spinback, a social sharing platform (eventually purchased by salesforce.com). Jeff began his career in finance, serving as Managing Director at activist hedge fund Barington Capital Group, a Vice President at venture capital firm GlenRock and various roles in the M&A Group at JP Morgan. Jeff is an active angel investor and startup advisor, as well as serving on numerous public and private Boards of Directors. He also formerly served as an officer in the Auxiliary Unit of the New York Police Department. Jeff is the author of The Birthday Rules and The End of Jobs: The Rise of On-Demand Workers and Agile Corporations. Jeff frequently speaks at conferences and in media on startups and labor issues.
“You have got to get started. Whatever it is that you are thinking about someone’s thought about it, it is just going to be a riff on our ideas… The only thing stopping your ideas coming to life is the fact that you haven’t done anything. And if you don’t do anything it will not come to light, somebody else will do it. And so just start, put that first foot in front of the other and start that journey”…[Listen for More]
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Veronica Woodruff is sharing her passion with the world. As a parent herself, she knows how stressful planning family vacations and traveling with children can be. Millions of other parents face the same challenges. This realization created a need for Travelsist, the official travel support company that uses proprietary technology in the travel marketplace to assist families en route to their destination with age-appropriate baby travel gear. Travelsist is shaping the future of travel in relieving packing stress while focusing on who in the family matters most. The Travelsist value proposition is to treat your family like our own. Easy access to travelers at the world’s busiest airport - Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport - as the starting point has boosted brand awareness. Travelsist is committed to providing hand-selected safety-first, eco-friendly travel products with core values of expectation and trust upon which the company was founded. Customer satisfaction is paramount to help facilitate travel experiences for families and develop new use cases to further global business growth. Veronica is considered alumnae in the ecosystem of Atlanta’s business accelerators, including Launchpad 2X, Invest Atlanta’s Women Entrepreneurship Initiative, Microsoft for Startups, Switchyards Club and a recipient of the Growth Grant from the Start:ME Program of the Goizueta Business School at Emory University. As an experienced traveler and subject matter expert, Veronica envisions giving insight on traveling trends and habits, pivoting where necessary in demonstrating endurance to generate revenue and help the company thrive. With a marketing and technology background, Veronica is the strategic leader of the business poised to demonstrate and deliver a return on investment providing baby and toddler essentials with Travelsist.
“Definitely keep going. You know entrepreneurship is hard, it’s not easy, it’s definitely a rollercoaster and you have to fill your mind with positive energy. And you have to wake up every day motivated and you have to keep going. Because when you start you fail. And every day, every second and every time you believe in what you are doing is a new opportunity to get things done. So, you have to keep going no matter what… It’s literally a marathon, you can’t stop for breaks. If you stop them, it’s very, very hard to return”…[Listen for More]
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Sean Manning is Founder and CEO of Payroll Vault, an outsourced payroll and HR service for small-businesses. Founded in 2007, Payroll Vault began franchising in 2012 and now spans the U.S. Sean previously owned Insperience Business Services and the co-author of the book 'Six Steps to Small Business Success.'
“Let your mind be free a little bit. Look at the business opportunities, study it… Obviously we talked about some good books. Leverage those. And then kind of roll the dice and be excited about the opportunity. After you study the model make sure it’s financially stable then you can make that investment and hopefully be successful with the business”…[Listen for More]
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