Mind The Business: Small Business Success Stories

Mind The Business: Small Business Success Stories

Owning a small business can be one of the most rewarding and challenging things a person does. Amid an uncertain economy and ever-evolving consumer trends, there is a lot to figure out and navigate to ensure your business thrives. Join hosts Jannese Torres (Yo Quiero Dinero) and Austin Hankwitz (Rate of Return) as they connect with small business owners and hear their stories about managing the ups and downs of starting and growing a small business. Listen to "Mind the Business: Small Business Success Stories" and learn valuable lessons from their experiences that will guide you along the way through your own small business journey.


July 6, 2023 26 mins

You have finally got your business in order and everything is running smoothly, so naturally you want to grow it. However, that may not be as simple as it sounds. The tools you used to survive won’t serve you as you attempt to thrive and you will likely need to make foundational changes in your organization to support the type of growth you wish to achieve. Chris Triebes, founder of The WC Social Club, joins us as he discusses the ...

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By coming out of a pandemic and entering into a period of economic downpour, it has been a challenging time for many small businesses. Sometimes you have to adjust your plans during the ever changing economy. Co-founders of INI Sips and married couple, Gulaid and Davina Ismail share how their ideal plans of owning a local coffee shop changed after the spread of COVID-19 in 2020. They discuss how pivoting into e-commerce helped them...

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Being your own boss is amazing, but you also need to think about maintaining a good relationship with your employees. From handling payroll to creating a culture that encourages employee retention; there is so much that goes into being a good boss. Kevin Wong, co-founder of Lunar Hard Seltzer, joins us to discuss how he has managed to grow his two-man team into a growing business that actively hires in multiple cities.


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You’re the boss, but that doesn’t mean it’s all on you. Early on in your business journey you may find that you are assuming all the responsibilities in how your company operates. However, as you grow, it is important to learn how to delegate those responsibilities in order to ensure you can focus your efforts on what matters most. We speak to the influencer and creator of the app, Clara for Creators, Christen Nino de Guzman about ...

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As a new business, it may take a few years before you reach profitability, but that doesn’t mean you can’t quickly reach success. Using a mix of the marketing, financing, and money management tools discussed in earlier episodes, many small business owners can create very achievable benchmarks in their early stages that support the path to profits. Emily Doyle and Mei Kwok, founders of Dune Suncare, share with us some of the early d...

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Congrats! You started making money from your business. Now how do you manage your finances so you don’t take any steps back? Hosts Austin and Jannese unpack the different types of business accounts and explain how to track your cash flow while determining which costs can be reduced. The hosts are later joined by Harlem Chocolate Factory founder, Jessica Spaulding who shares her story about how she learned to adjust her accounting p...

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Having a great product or service is just one part of having a successful business. You also need people to know about your business so that it becomes profitable. Hosts Jannese and Austin share how they effectively used social media to build their brands and explain different marketing strategies including loyalty/rewards programs, remarketing, SEO, one-to-one marketing, and email marketing. 

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In business, you have to spend money to make money. But you also have to have money to spend it. Hosts Austin and Jannese discuss how to decide which type of funding makes sense for your small business and explain the differences between angel investors, VC funding, crowdfunding, small business loans, and grants.

Later, Ami Kumordzie, founder of fintech company Sika Health, joins the show to share her empowering story of beating t...

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There is so much excitement around starting a business, but hardly any insight on what it truly takes to be your own boss. To help unpack the necessary tools you need to jumpstart your business, Intuit QuickBooks, in collaboration with iHeartRadio, is bringing you "Mind the Business: Small Business Success Stories" Every episode, join hosts Jannese Torres (Yo Quiero Dinero) and Austin Hankwitz (Rate of Return) as they interview bus...

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