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May 31, 2021 47 min

This week we talk to Danica Lafaire. Danica owns and operates Dkay Franchises and is a franchise consultant. Did you know such a thing existed? I didn't and found it very interesting. Franchising is a great way to get started in your own business by following a proven system for success. Now, when I think about franchises my mind goes to Subway, Dunkin Donuts, and big companies like that. Danica represents over 600 different fr...

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Melissa and Matt Biggins are the owners and operators of a new small business  called Embee, LLC. Melissa is a practicing massage therapist with a hunger to learn and implement new modalities. These include, cranio sacral therapy, healing with crystals, she is also a certified yoga instructor. Matt is more behind the scenes and offers technical and marketing strategies for the business. Together, Melissa and Matt offer a holistic a...

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We sit with Steve and talk about his life in law enforcement and how that experience shaped his enabling of a culture of caring and family at A+D Tree.  Despite some tragic events he talked about how he in his own life and the life of the company they just kept going. Favorite line of the podcast is when they lost all their equipment in a fire and his partner  and nephew Eric stated, I'm not gonna give up that easy. Listen ...

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Mary Ellen and I where blown away by the length and breath of what this organization does for the community and how they accomplish it. Their core mission is meeting the evolving healthcare needs of our changing community. Boy do they do that and more! From their Caring in Action Program to their medical, dental and behavioral health programs along with telehealth and eldercare. This is a jewel in our community! Listen in as Jen an...

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We talk to Susan Swain and Dave Smith about how the tragic loss of Susan's husband and Dave's partner affected their business, partnership, and lives. Their story of how they rose out of that to form a company that not only does home contracting but also real estate. Susan and Dave tell us about how they each have strengths and weaknesses and how they learned to define their roles within the company. They also tell us about...

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Mary Ellen and Dan talk to the 3rd generation owner of Byrnes Agency, Jay Byrnes and Commercial Lines Manager Erica Williams, otherwise known as The Voice! Jay tells the story of how the company began, how he got involved and how he carries on the legacy of his Grandfather and Father. Erica's story of how she got into the insurance business at the age of 19  and her personal development is a testament to her confidence and posi...

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Mary Ellen and Dan talk to Ellis about his life in politics, his life in the car business, his family legacy and real estate development in Florida.  The story of how he first got involved in politics and where it took him is like something out of a movie. He tells us all about his Dad getting in to the car business and how and why that happened. His recent move to Florida has him delving in  real estate and building spec houses wh...

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Mary Ellen and Dan take an hour with Steve to discuss his love of music, how he came to understand the process of buying something at wholesale and selling for a  profit. He is a multi-dimensional guy who loves his family, plays and sings in a band, has a You Tube channel about the process of building his house and is an avid Red Sox fan. Steve has built his Agway business to being a staple in the Norwich, CT area and is one of the...

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Mary Ellen and Dan sit down with their long time friend Jody Sheeley. Together we go through his journey from broken home to successful business ownership. In between their where many challenges but, nothing stopped him  from moving forward. Jody did not let a shattered heel from a work accident 8 weeks before retirement, or being hit by a car and shattering both knees stop him from living the life he wanted. He has always had the ...

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Dan and Mary Ellen talk with  Seth Goldberg. Seth is the President of Raymour&Flanigan. Dan's other boss! Seth carries with him the legacy of how to treat your customers and associates and what it means to provide a first class experience to every guest. He talks about the history of the company and how the eCommerce side of the business has affected the company. Seth is a graduate of Yale University where he played lacross...

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In this episode pop and Monique talk to Fred Welk of Community Economic Development Fund. Fred is a business advisor and the Director of Business Education and Communications. Fred has 30 years experience in specialty retailing and franchise development and operated his own business for 23 years. We explore financing a business and the best and many different ways of getting that accomplished. Fred also talks about the Jump Start M...

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In this episode Pop, Monique, Tim and Kim share their thoughts on 8 ways to a better you.  We all have some life experience that has shaped us in one way or another. The interesting thing we found out in this episode is that despite the diversity in our backgrounds we thought about these 8 things in similar ways. Tim is the owner of Seaport Real Estate Services and holds a degree in Real Estate and Urban Economics from UCONN. He is...

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March 9, 2021 48 min

In this episode Ed takes us through how he transitioned from a back injury to getting his accounting degree and starting his CPA firm. It's a story of hard work, determination and a will to provide for his family. Ed explains why he believes you should always use a local professional and why giving back to the community is so important to him. Ed is the man!! If you are looking for a great CPA who can guide you and help you wit...

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This week we chat with Michelle Jacobik about Mindset, Balance and Motivation for entrepreneurs. Michelle is a Business Profitability Strategist and Success Coach and the author of the #1 Amazon Best Seller: Prosperity After Divorce: Take Charge of  Your Finances & Create The Life You REALLY Want with Lifestyle Redesign Planning. Thru her Envision and Thrive platform on Facebook Michelle has helped many entrepreneurs to realize...

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In this episode we provide info regarding your Human Resources questions. Dana Dowdell owner/operator of Boss Consulting gives us a ton of info to keep us all on track. We talk about sexual harassment training, the Paid Family Leave Act and how it impacts your business. Also, dana gives us a three prong test for dealing with possible DOL issues. Boss Consulting HR can provide Day to Day HR at 4 different levels to meet you where yo...

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In this weeks episode we talk to Laura Stetler from Women's Business Development Council WBDC is a non-profit whose mission is to help women entrepreneurs achieve economic equity, financial skills and sustainable business practices. This is a great resource and you can reach Laura at CTWBDC.org and lstetler@ctwbdc.org. You can call her at 860-574-9246. Also here is a link to their Bluestream Initiative, https://ctwbdc.org/b...

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In this episode Mary Ellen and Dan talk to Dino from Exterior Solutions. Dino tells us what it means to him to not only do the best work he can for his customers but also what it means to him to give back to the local and national community. One of Dino's side hustles is making custom Cornhole Boards. You can find them at kernelscornhole.com.

Dino can be reached at exterior@sbcglobal.net and at thekernel@kernelscornhole....

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Ernie Marvin from Obelisk Consulting Services takes us through the ins and outs of a business plan. Why it's important and how to put it together. This is an invaluable tool for anyone starting or trying to grow a business!

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In this weeks episode Mary Ellen and Dan chat with Judith Lamson Rockwell. Judith is an SBDC with seCTer, Southeastern Ct Economic Region. They are a non-profit whose goal is to lead economic growth in the region. If you are starting a business or need direction in growing a business this is a great resource .Listen in to learn how you can take advantage of this amazing program.  Make sure to listen to the Double Q. Pop obviously h...

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In this episode Monique and Pop sit with Justin Burrows the owner of LaStella Pizzeria and talk about his journey from delivery to ownership and all the people who mentored him and guided him to be the kind of boss and owner he is today including Uncle Lefty!

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