The Accidental Entrepreneur

The Accidental Entrepreneur

A podcast to help aspiring entrepreneurs increase their chances of success


June 21, 2024 53 mins

Summary:  In this conversation, Mitch Beinhaker interviews Victoria Pelletier, a corporate executive and motivational speaker, about her background and experiences in business. Victoria shares her journey from working in a hair salon at age 11 to becoming a successful corporate executive and entrepreneur. She discusses the importance of resilience, personal branding, and networking in achieving success. Victoria also highlights the...

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Summary:  Adam Battersby, the founder of ProBatter Sports, shares his journey of starting and growing a company in the pitching machine industry. The company invented a video pitching machine for baseball, softball, and cricket. Adam discusses the challenges they faced in developing the machine, including the high cost and the need for extensive research and development. He also talks about their sales process, targeting commercial...

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Summary:  In this episode, Mitch Beinhaker interviews Thomas Ryan, the founder of Bigly Sales, about his background and the development of AI and CRM systems. Thomas shares his experience in the staffing industry and how it led him to create a CRM system to automate outreach and improve efficiency. However, he faced challenges in finding product-market fit and dealing with fraud and security issues. Despite these obstacles, Thomas ...

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Summary: Katie Santoro, founder of River City Virtual Assistants, shares her journey from burnout to starting her own business. She started as a paralegal and claims examiner in the insurance industry but eventually burned out and decided to open a yoga studio. After experiencing burnout again, she transitioned to freelancing as a virtual assistant and eventually founded River City Virtual Assistants. The company focuses on providi...

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May 24, 2024 63 mins

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In 2016, Coach Dan Gordon made a single mistake that bankrupted his marketing company.

Suffering an emotional breakdown after losing his company and $80,000, Coach Dan decided to turn his despair into determination. He underwent a massive transformation, discovering a new, greater version of himself.

Eight months later, he walked out on stage in Dallas,...

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Summary:  In this episode, Mitch Beinhaker interviews Craig Cooke, an entrepreneur who started a digital marketing company in the 1990s. They discuss Craig's journey from starting a digital music company to growing it into a successful digital marketing agency. Craig shares his experiences and challenges in scaling the business, managing employees, and adapting to the changing landscape of technology and marketing. He emphasizes th...

May 10, 2024 50 mins

Summary:  In this conversation, Mitch Beinhaker interviews Kelly Lynn Adams, a business coach and leadership expert. Kelly shares her journey from climbing the corporate ladder to becoming an entrepreneur and coach. She emphasizes the importance of taking care of oneself and avoiding burnout. Kelly also discusses the challenges faced by female founders, such as building foundational processes and systems, overcoming imposter syndro...

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Summary:  Scott Ritzheimer, a scale architect, shares his journey as an accidental entrepreneur and the challenges he faced in scaling his business. He emphasizes the importance of finding the right coaches and consultants who can help navigate the complexities of growth. Scott also discusses the common struggle of founders reaching a plateau and feeling stuck. He recommends seeking help to identify the next set of strategies neede...

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April 26, 2024 54 mins
Summary   In this episode, Mitch Beinhaker interviews Matthew Stafford, an entrepreneur with a background in brick and mortar businesses and e-commerce. Stafford shares his journey from owning a landscaping and seawall construction business to selling t-shirts online. He emphasizes the importance of understanding customer psychology and optimizing website conversion rates. Stafford also discusses his experience working with large c...

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April 19, 2024 53 mins
Summary   In this conversation, Mitch Beinhaker interviews Katie Brinkley about her journey in social media and entrepreneurship. They discuss the early days of social media, Katie's experience working in radio and television, and how she transitioned into starting her own social media agency. Katie shares her insights on the importance of strategy in social media marketing and the misconceptions that many business owners have. She...
  • April 12, 2024 57 mins

    Mark Savant is the founder of podcast production agency Mark Savant Media. He specializes in helping thought-leaders launch and promote podcasts. He hosts the globally ranked top 1% podcast After Hours Entrepreneur, which highlights industry disruption, such as AI, automation, and independent media. He leads dozens of entrepreneurs in his mastermind community.  Links to learn about and connect with Mark are below.

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    March 22, 2024 64 mins

    John and Mark X. Cronin are the father-son team that created John’s Crazy Socks, a social enterprise with a mission to spread happiness. They bootstrapped their business into the world’s largest sock store with multi-million dollar revenues. They have been named EY’s Entrepreneurs of the Year.

    John is not only a business owner, but he has Down syndrome. John and Mark show what people with differing abilities can do – more than hal...

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    March 15, 2024 62 mins

    Julia Block Pearson, CEO of Stratos Creative Marketing, is a marketing strategist whose goal is to help business owners improve their relationships with social media.

    Oftentimes, business owners are frustrated because their social media efforts feel more like throwing darts at a dartboard than actual lead generation! At Stratos, our mission is to create content for clients that they’re proud of AND brings in leads.

    In addition to ...

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    March 8, 2024 51 mins

    Uzair Ahmed is the Founder and Chief Automation Officer at Cottonwood Automation, a boutique business process automation firm focused on helping HVAC and plumbing companies leverage technology to make businesses run on autopilot. He has used the same principles and systems to build and scale his previous venture, instaMek, which started out of a coffee shop to full self-running enterprise that spans over 23 cities. Uzair has a uniq...

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    March 1, 2024 59 mins

    Eric Hartmann is a versatile visual content creator with a diverse portfolio spanning corporate and pharmaceutical advertising, small business marketing, family portraits, and cinematic wedding films with his Bridgewater NJ based business, SeaLight Creative.

    Eric's journey into entrepreneurship began unexpectedly in 2013, as he transitioned into being self-employed following the loss of his only full-time job. Newly married and fa...

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    February 23, 2024 56 mins

    David Cantor, Founder and CEO of Folk Revival, has been growing natural and organic food brands for over 20 years, starting his career in the industry at Mars in their skunk-works Health & Nutrition Division. More recently, he led Marketing, Innovation, and R&D for Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods, a leading veggie burger brand, helping to grow the brand 5x, resulting in a successful exit to Private Equity. Prior to joining the...

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    February 16, 2024 60 mins

    Malcolm Turner is a highly respected and accomplished business executive. In 2007, he co-founded Castle Commercial Capital LLC, a national commercial mortgage banker and brokerage, specializing exclusively in commercial lending. With over 25 years of experience in the financial industry, Malcolm has developed a deep understanding of commercial lending, capital markets, and investment strategies.

    Throughout his career, Malcolm has w...

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    February 9, 2024 66 mins

    James I. Bond is one of America’s leading behavioral management specialists, and author of the award-winning book, BRAIN GLUE – How Selling Becomes Much Easier By Making Your Ideas “Sticky,” a finalist as THE BEST BUSINESS BOOK of the YEAR by Publishers Weekly, with a TED talk on the power of BRAIN GLUE coming out shortly.

    For thirteen years he ran one of Southern California’s leading behavioral management firms, working with a wh...

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    February 2, 2024 70 mins

    Dr. Kevin Gazzara has spent the last 30+ years in marketing, program management, leadership, organizational development, courseware development and teaching experience in both public and private sectors spanning from heavy equipment to high tech. He is a currently a senior partner at Magna Leadership Solutions LLC based in Phoenix, Arizona, which provides virtual and in-person business workshops, facilitatio...

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    January 26, 2024 57 mins

    Kayla Ihrig bought a one-way ticket out of the United States in 2017 and has spent most of her time abroad ever since. Pushed by the feeling that life was passing her by at her nine-to-five, she found work online and fumbled her way through an attempt at executing the exact lifestyle she wanted. As a writer for publications like HubSpot and GoDaddy, she built an online business that now supports both her and her husband as they dri...

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