I generally interview guests who share insights into running a successful business. But I recently met someone who caused me to consider the idea of reaching to another audience as well.
What if you have yet to make the leap into entrepreneurship? What if you are feeling the urge to leave your 9-5 job but need help deciding what type of business to start?
My in this episode of Radio Free Enterprise is, Faizun Kamal of FranNet, is an expert at helping first-time entrepreneurs decide whether purchasing a franchise is the correct course for them to follow.
In spite of the billions of dollars of revenue generated worldwide on an annual basis I have not always been a fan of the franchise model.
But, after learning more about Faizun and the process her company uses to guide novices into the world of business ownership, I felt it was important to share what she had to say with you.
Brian Fielkow began changing the corporate culture at Jetco Delivery immediately upon purchasing the Houston-based freight hauler in 2006.
In the ten years since he has grown the company six-fold.
In this episode of Radio Free Enterprise, Brian explains why Big C Culture is one of the most critical success factors for any company of any size, and gives example after example of companies that are living and dying based upon the values ingrained in their corporate culture.
If you think your company is too small or too big or too new or too old to benefit from or implement a change in culture, you are mistaken.
Spend thirty minutes listening to Brian and then get to work building a culture that reflects not only your goals and objectives but, more importantly, your beliefs and values.
After you’re gone the culture you have created will live on as your legacy.
What exactly is an SBA loan and why would I want one?
How do you find the right SBA lender?
How do you apply for an SBA loan?
Is the approval process more complicated and time-consuming?
All of these questions and much more are addressed by Brian Seliber and Carl Hairston of M&T Bank in this episode of Radio Free Enterprise.
Debt Capital (loans) are an important option for the owners of main street lifestyle businesses. And the Small Business Administration has made it easier for lenders to say “Yes” to more small business borrowers by agreeing to guarantee the repayment of some portion of the loan should it go into default.
But the entire program and the application process seem to be shrouded in mystery and many potential borrowers avoid this avenue because they just don’t understand it.
In this interview I ask all the questions I could think of to draw out the answers you’re looking for about SBA Loans.
If you have a question that wasn’t answered, contact Brian Seliber of M&T Bank using the phone number below.
I believe that an investor pitch presentation is one of the most challenging forms of human communication.
There is a huge chasm between the speaker and the recipient.
The entrepreneur doesn’t understand what the investor wants to hear and the investor, while much more experienced in these conversations, probably can’t figure out what the heck this particular entrepreneur is trying to tell him.
In this episode we shine a light on this problem with successful serial entrepreneur, former corporate venture capitalist and current angel investor Roger London.
Roger explains in detail:
How to land a meeting with an angel investor
What that meeting will look like
What investors want to hear in a pitch presentation
How to build your slide deck
Red Flags and Green Lights
What a successful outcome looks like
If you have ever wanted to make – or do a better job making – investor presentations, you do not want to miss this interview.
Poppir, a tech startup based in the Washington, DC area, is bringing the sharing economy to the commercial real estate industry.
When co-founders Moh Ducis and Derek Nickerson asked me to give a pep talk to their – currently – unpaid team of developers, marketers and biz dev folks as a kick-off to an all-day team building meeting, I wasn’t quite sure what to share.
While I do have experience in startups, it hasn’t been entirely positive. What could I tell these folks that would be entirely honest but which wouldn’t have them running for the exits? The solution I created is heard in this podcast, recorded live in an empty night club in the middle of a Saturday afternoon.
What I shared can be categorized under four Cs:
I’m glad that I recorded the presentation because I believe it was well-received by the people present and may well benefit other founders and team members at current and future startups.
Michael Cheng, Founder of Snip.ly, is a serial entrepreneur from Vancouver, British Columbia.
His company’s content sharing app is causing a bit of a sensation in the Content Marketing world because of the way it allows the sharer to benefit from content they did not create while also helping content publishers expose their work to traffic they might otherwise never see.
Bunker Labs, founded in Chicago but now in six U.S. cities and soon to open in five more, has the following mission:
To catalyze the entrepreneurial potential of military experience to lead the American economy.
Pretty audacious. And damned important.
In this episode of Radio Free Enterprise, Ray Crowell, Director of Bunker Labs DC talks about vetrepreneurship and the role Bunker Labs plays in helping not only veterans but also active-duty military personnel and their spouses, transition from a career in the armed forces to successful business ownership.
Every American feels a deep debt of gratitude to the brave men and women in our Armed Services and we’d all like to repay them any way we can.
A wonderful way to do just that is by patronizing businesses founded and run by military veterans. But how can we find them?
In this interview Rick Yost, CEO of VeteransList.us, explains how you can use his search engine to locate veteran-owned businesses in your community and also explains why you can expect a better experience when dealing with vetrepreneurs.
And, if you are a veteran business owner yourself – or a veteran considering starting a business – Rick describes the advantages you hold and special challenges you face.
Rick wraps up by explaining all the benefits veteran business owners receive by registering their companies for free with VeteransList.
There are a lot of misconceptions swirling around the idea of building a successful business in the network marketing (aka multi-level marketing) industry.
Some people believe it can’t be done, that network marketing success is some kind of hoax or myth. Others believe that, while it is possible, only people who would do well on a used car lot could possibly succeed as network marketer.
David Delevante is living proof that, not only is business success a reality within network marketing, but that anyone – even a nerdy former naval engineer – can create a fabulous, home-based business in the industry.
In this episode, Dave explains how he originally got involved in network marketing and how he has built a successful business with over 14,000 team members, all while staying true to himself and never being pushy.