Building a Business that Lasts

Building a Business that Lasts

Many businesses are started every day, but the number that lasts the test of time is much lower. So what separates the businesses that last and those that don't? With this podcast, we intend to find out. Each week, we'll feature conversations with business owners who have lasted the test of time to gather stories, tips, and ideas, that will help others grow.

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November 22, 2022 52 min

Getting the right sales strategy in place is more important than ever. On this episode, I talk to Amanda Holmes, CEO at Chet Holmes and daughter of the author of The Ultimate Sales Machine. A framework used by thousands of businesses around the world to double their business.    https://chetholmes.com/ch4/

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What’s the difference between a vendor and a partnership? Why should you care about your ROI or LTV in marketing — what even are those? How do you transition from traditional marketing to digital marketing? We talk about all these things and more on this episode.

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Listen into my interview on the 904Now internet show where I talk about business growth, teams, vision, passion, and future. 

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Hustle, run, charge ahead, and pull yourself up by your bootstraps! So much of entrepreneurship is like this, but if we're not careful, we can end up mentally unwell faster than we think. When that happens it affects everyone around us. It's easy to end up in a place where our past and false stories are crafting the narrative of our life that isn't helpful or healthy. In this episode, I talk with Dr. John Delony from Ra...

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A lot of people are looking for different kinds of apps for their business. Every now and then people think, “I can’t find an app that does what I need. I need to build a custom app". Along the way, I’ve seen people do that really well and not really well. I’d like to give you a few tips that will help you build an app successfully. If you are thinking about building an app, there are 5 things you need to know before you start.

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Lots of folks want to know where to put their marketing dollars. After all, they're limited and we want them to be effective. Ultimately, your marketing should help you get attention and acquire customers. If it's not doing that, it's just a massive waste of time and money. But where should you focus those efforts? Traditional or Digital?

In this episode, I interview Ali Guy, the Senior Marketing Account Manager to explo...

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We are usually talking to for profit businesses, but creating a non-profit from scratch has a lot of similarities. You need a mission, you need to get people on board, you need systems and processes, and so much more. On this episode, I talk to Sherri & Dean Porter who have distributed over 13 MILLION meals to kids here in Florida over the last 9 years at Hunger Fight.

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Most business leaders and owners find themselves stuck in the whirlwind of business. The path out of that is with a clear business playbook that outlines your systems and processes in a way that others can follow. In this episode, I talk to the CEO of Trainual.com and author of The Business Playbook, Chris Ronzio. He gives practical strategies on how to finally get systems and processes that work for you and your business. 

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This internal team member interview is with our Coaching Operations Manager, Hannah Evans. She started in one role, is in a totally different one now, has led major live events, and deals with my chaos. We talk about how to delegate well, how to work with an assistant, what it's like to plan a major event, and how to pivot into new roles and opportunities — oh, and Lightning the hamster. We hope this interview gives you inside ...

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March 1, 2022 35 min

There's a big blue ocean of opportunity out there and on this episode, I talk to fellow agency owner, Jon Tsourakis. We talk about how he was fired from the family business at a young age, he once increased a product cost from $500/mo to $3500/mo overnight and much more.

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Many entrepreneurs end up feeling burnt out and that often takes a toll on their marriage and family. In this episode, I share a special Q&A my wife and I did at a recent event we hosted on the topic of Business, Family, and Marriage. We answer specific questions about what's worked (and not worked) for us to not only have a thriving business but a thriving marriage after nearly two decades.

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On this episode I talk to Travis Sutphin, Director of Development at Business Builders. Travis started here 6 years ago as a developer and today runs the entire development department. We talk about his move from WV to FL, the transition from developer to director, our systems and processes, and the tension required to propel an organization forward.

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January 18, 2022 19 min

A lot of people spend a lot of money on marketing that doesn't work. Is your marketing plan making you money or draining your resources? In this episode, I talk about the 5 key elements you need to be successful in marketing for your business. 

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Many business leaders obsess over their competition. On this episode, I interview a "competitor" in our space because we both believe that collaboration is more valuable than competition. We talk about how to build an agency (or any business) over time, what pitfalls we've run into, and how to care well for those around you as a leader. Tyler Pigott, founder of Lone Fir Creative is my guest on this episode.    

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January 4, 2022 17 min

Every year, we set resolutions, personally and professionally. Unfortunately, we often fail to actually get to those goals. In this episode, I share practical advice on how to stay on track and on a mission so that you can live your life and build your business on purpose. When you're making intentional progress, it gets you out of the whirlwind and makes you feel a sense of meaning in life.

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If there is one thing that Jay gets the most questions about from other entrepreneurs, it’s this subject - Work Life Balance. He’s raised five kids while building a business so he has learned a lot over the years. This is a special episode that walks through stories and tips that Jay believes will help you build a business that lasts without being stressed out, worn out, and ready to quit but, more importantly, without sacrificing ...

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Every wondered if you should or should not hire family? Me too! I struggled with the idea for years, but today, one of my sisters works on our team at Business Builders. On this episode, I talk to her (Kari Keil) about working with family, transitioning roles, & dealing with change. If these are things you've struggled with, you'll enjoy this behind the scenes conversation.

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November 23, 2021 23 min

Most businesses are started in order to create more freedom, make more money, or follow a passion. Unfortunately most businesses aren't successful at making that happen. Many business leaders end up feeling worn out, stressed out, and ready to quit. On this episode I share the four foundations of business that have helped our team at Business Builders grow year over year for over 23 years. 

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Many people talk about core values or building principles, but very often, they just become letters on a wall at most. In this episode, we unpack how Guiding Principles have made decisions clear for building one of the most successful Ford & Lincoln Dealerships in the country. Letti & Bo Bozard are known in the community for how much they care for St. Augustine, how much they care for their team, and how driven they are to ...

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Chris Webster is the President of Business Builders  but has been in almost every role in the business leading up to this point. Jay and Chris discuss the journey the company has been on and what lead to the company name change after over 20 years. 

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