Small Business Chronicles

Small Business Chronicles

Welcome to the Small Business Chronicles, a podcast hosted by Ryan Sherrer. We dive deep into the heart of American entrepreneurship, spotlighting the triumphs and challenges of small businesses. From interviews with proprietors to sharing business growth strategies and resilience tales, we offer an inspiring glimpse into the vibrant world of small-scale commerce. Join us as we explore how these businesses are shaping our lives and communities.


April 10, 2024 31 mins

Brian Stone talks with Ammean DeJohn, who brings a rich history of the beauty industry and an impressive portfolio of building and selling businesses. Hear about her beginnings, growth and lessons learned along the way. 

What you will learn:

  • The real challenges and rewards of entrepreneurship.
  • The importance of financial education in entrepreneurial success.
  • Ammean's unique approach to combining creativity with business insight...
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Join Brian Stone at Unlocking Growth as he sits down with Edgar Diaz of the Kukenan Group for a discussion on customized business coaching. With a background in engineering and over 20 years in the corporate world, Edgar brings a wealth of experience to his customized coaching sessions, focusing on strategy, profitability and scalability. 

Edgar's unique approach to coaching emphasizes simplicity, strategy, planning and accountabil...

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Discover the secrets of business agility with Larry Apke, leading VUCA consultant and agile coach, in Small Business Chronicles hosted by Brian Stone. 

In this episode, Larry shares unique strategies for businesses to not only survive, but succeed.

You will learn the importance of agility and the dangers of decisions based on intuition. 

He points out while Larry explains the transformative power of scientific thinking to make info...

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Join Brian Stone on "Unlocking Growth" for an insightful episode with Christopher Chamberlin, a real estate agent turned mindset coach. Christopher's journey from aerospace engineering to real estate and coaching is an example of the power of personal transformation.

Discover Christopher's practical approach, which combines neuroscience, cognitive-behavioral psychology and meditation, to equip people with tools to manage emotions, ...

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Join Brian Stone on "Unlocking Growth" for a discussion with Dr. Kate Price, psychologist and author of "Taming the Culture Tiger." Dr. Price combines psychology with business strategies to explore the principles that govern human behavior in the workplace. 

Explore Dr. Kate's journey from executive search consultant to organizational psychology expert, and discover the role of self-awareness, vulnerability, and adaptive communicat...

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Join Brian Stone on "Unlocking Growth" for a conversation with Ken Paskins, co-founder of The Shift Spot, as they explore the impact of specific leadership development. Ken shares his journey from supervising operations in the software industry to launching The Shift Spot, a platform dedicated to facilitating on-demand personal and professional growth. 

Ken's ideas on vulnerability, adaptability, and the importance of continuous le...

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Take a journey into the meta world of coaching with Brook Bishop, co-founder of Empire Partners and co-author of "The Coaching Equation", in this episode of "Unlocking Growth". 

Bringing a diverse background ranging from real estate training to executive positions with Tony Robbins, Brook brings a wealth of experience to the coaching industry.

Brian Stone, goes into the fundamentals of a successful coaching business - marketing, sa...

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March 27, 2024 31 mins

Join us on "Unlocking Growth" as host Brian Stone dives into the world of high-value coaching with the exceptional Ann Carden. With over 40 years of experience in business and entrepreneurship, Ann shares invaluable insights on how coaches and consultants can transcend traditional boundaries to secure premium clients and achieve exponential growth.

Discover Ann's transformative top-down methodology, where she advocates starting at ...

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Join host Brian Stone on "Unlocking Growth" for a conversation with Adrienne Barker, founder of Professional Global Etiquette. Explore Adrienne's journey from the promotional products industry to becoming a respected etiquette coach, driven by her own corporate experiences. 

Get valuable insights on how to confidently carry yourself in professional interactions, from mastering LinkedIn to perfecting your professional presence. 


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Listen to this episode of Unlocking Growth with Jeanne Omlor, business strategist and ICF-certified coach. 

Jeanne shares her extraordinary journey from debt to building a seven-figure coaching business, proving that it's never too late for transformation. This episode is full of insights on overcoming fear, the importance of investing in growth, and the power of action. 

Jeanne's approach to coaching goes beyond typical boundaries...

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Join this episode of Unlocking Growth with Brian Stone as Traci Bermingham talks about her approach to transforming businesses from chaotic to agile.

As a quiet driver of great brands, Tracy shares her secrets to creating effective systems and operations. Learn how to align your business for success, delegate effectively, and enjoy work-life balance like never before. 

Tracy's game-changing insights for entrepreneurs and business o...

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Anne Shoemaker, coach to women executives, shares her trajectory from corporate positions to shaping women in leadership through her coaching business. 

She discusses her approach to overcoming doubt and freeing the potential, pointing out one client's story of transformation that led to a significant personal and career change.

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Hear what's at the core of productivity with Mark Struczewski, aka Mr. Productivity, in "Unlocking Growth." 

Mark shares his expert view on how to overcome common obstacles to productivity and how to optimize your workflow for maximum efficiency. 

This episode is for anyone who needs practical tips that will help improve your focus and organization. 

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February 26, 2024 22 mins

Join Brian Stone and Jada Willis, owner of Jada Willis Consulting, to discuss the transition from HR to CEO mentoring. Jada shares her insights on understanding client needs, embracing change and the importance of continuous learning.

Find out how her firm helps small and mid-sized companies get their processes up to speed and how her passion for documentaries inspires her work.

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February 26, 2024 35 mins

Join us as Kyle Harrison, a business coach and real estate expert, shares his philosophy on how to keep business simple and impactful. In this episode, Kyle talks about the power of focusing on what really matters, both in business and in your personal life. He emphasizes the importance of understanding your finances, setting clear rules and expectations, and aligning your actions with your key values. 

Whether you're an experience...

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February 19, 2024 25 mins

Join us for this exciting episode of "Unlocking Growth" as we sit down with visionary business consultant Lucas Walker. With nearly 11 years of consulting experience and an amazing track record of scaling over 100 companies with less than a 1% failure rate, Lucas shares his unprecedented insights on business growth, innovation and financial mastery.


Key highlights:

Lucas Walker's journey: from working tirelessly for others to pio...

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February 16, 2024 28 mins

Join Brian Stone into Chris Ewald's world and share with him his journey and strategies for building a successful business. From the basics of leadership to innovative growth tactics, Chris talks about the importance of adaptability, strategic planning, and the role of effective communication in building a successful business environment.

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In this insightful episode of "Unlocking Growth," host Brian Stone engages with Tom Sicola, an experienced business coach and mentor. Tom shares his journey from naval officer to corporate leader and now a business coach, offering a unique perspective on leadership and business growth. He discusses the importance of being vulnerable, asking questions, and the significance of coaching for personal and professional development.

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