The Small Business Safari

The Small Business Safari

Have you ever sat there and wondered "What am I doing here stuck in the concrete zoo of the corporate world?" Are you itching to get out? Chris Lalomia and his co-host Alan Wyatt traverse the jungle of entrepreneurship. Together they share their stories and help you explore the wild world of SCALING your business. With many years of owning their own small businesses, they love to give insight to the aspiring entrepreneur. So, are you ready to make the jump?

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May 21, 2024 55 mins

Strap in for a marketing safari with the electrifying Jennifer Filson of Rockstar Marketing as we traverse the terrains of personal growth, standout strategies, and emotional storytelling in business. This episode isn't just a conversation; it's a treasure map to mastering the unique pace at which your own success story unfolds. Jennifer's journey from the vibrant music scene of Jacksonville, Florida to the marketing...

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Chaz Wolfe joined the guys and talked about building a culture from his business start. He left the Corporate Zoo and bought into an Edible Arrangements franchise system and built that into a multi-wait operation, that he could run with great people, incredible metrics, and drive to succeed and be excellent in all endeavors. He invested in real estate, remodeling, and has created the Gathering of Kings community. This community emb...

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Chuck Patel sold cable scramblers as a kid, as described in a Popular Mechanics article, and became hooked on technology and business. He subsequently participated in a startup that experienced a successful exit. Eventually, he found his way to CHAMPS Software, where he currently serves as the President. They provide dashboard reporting utilizing their data analytics to help power companies save hundreds of millions of dollars each...

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What if you built up your skills in franchise development and leadership, and then were offered the position that capitalized on both, but you turned it down to start your own? Then you would be Aaron Harper, who started Rolling Suds Franchise Systems using a unique pressure washing process and system. Aaron has grown to 145 units in just 14 months and projects to have 300 units in the next 12 months, and WE BELIEVE IT. Shout out t...

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Mickie joins the guys to talk about using public relations in your advertising strategy. The trick is to write something that is compelling; then it can be picked up by the wire, gets distributed to a wide audience, and can be used as content for other writers to cite as an industry expert. It's not as easy as it might sound, but Mickie has figured out how to navigate the distribution methods. Listen now to see how you can imp...

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Chris and Alan welcome Phil Wilkins. Chris met him when he was running a gourmet burger multi-unit franchise, and we finally got him on the show to talk about Phil’s journey and learnings along the way. Phil impacts everyone in his life, as proven by the numerous requests for his time and wisdom around leadership, purpose, and the grit it takes to make it in the world, especially in the entrepreneurial jungle. Listen to his story. ...

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Chris and Alan interview Daniel Den and discuss the principles that drove the writing of his book, "Ideas that Influence." This is not a normal book; it is an interactive book that unlocks creativity and helps you create your unique voice with your BEST clients. The Xfactor process promotes group creativity to refine the perfect marketing message to your most profitable audiences. This is a lively discussion full of EDUTA...

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Get your story down by focusing on WHO you want to attract, WHAT you are offering them and HOW they work with you. From a lifetime in the education field, Lisa pivoted and became a coach focused on helping YOU get your message dialed in and pushed out to attract the right clients to your offering. Lisa is a thoughtful business coach who works with you to develop your passionate message and personal story brand that will bring out Y...

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For many older people, the road trip wasn't complete without a stop at a Stuckey's Roadside store, which was a site used by the company. An essential part of this experience was enjoying their namesake pecan log and exploring a wholesale pecan candy business built around the iconic brand. The business continues to grow, focusing on its people, heritage, and delivering exceptional products. If you're seeking to offer ...

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Value Ladder? – What is it? It involves offering something at a low cost to get the customer into your ecosystem, and then continually offering value and new offers that will increase their spend with you, as well as their perceived value. Brady turned his skill set of training animals into a business and is determining the right way to scale and provide a lifestyle and business that will work for him and the right customers. Brady...

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Dale always wanted to be in the media, and his career is one that would make many jealous. Little did he know that his career of finding the 'truth' and reporting the bad things people did would lead him to pivot and find the GOOD in companies and contractors. He shines the light on reliable and reputable companies that can help consumers with their home and service needs. His network, called TrustDale.com, is built on hi...

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Uzair Ahmed joins us to discuss his disruptive approach to improving HVAC companies customer service using AI technology to handle customer interactions.  His ideas was born from his work starting a mobile mechanic business and trying to scale the idea as the #Uber of automotive maintenance.  He learned that these were smaller ticket interactions and scaling was going to be difficult if you wanted to be profitable.  He applied what...

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Steve Miller returns to provide practical advice on determining if franchise ownership is the right path for you in the world of entrepreneurship. Are you frustrated enough to make a go of it in the wild and oftentimes difficult world of small business ownership? For most home service-based franchise opportunities, Steve recommends having at least $170K in liquid form to weather the first year of getting the business off the ground...

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Are you authentically presenting yourself on social media? Corey takes us through the steps to understand how to create a successful social media presence. Two things have stayed constant: Sales is sales, and people are people. You need to stay "top-of-mind" with your customer base by figuring out who you are targeting and what you want them to remember about you. Be authentically social. Did you know our amazing voices c...

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Brian’s coaching academy teaches contractors how to scale their businesses. He helps them establish a winning sales mentality, building an intentional core value-based culture. We talked about establishing the “DNA” that your company needs to have to be successful. Leaders need to focus on their situational awareness to help lead their team to be intentional and authentic when dealing within your own organization and working with c...

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February 6, 2024 55 mins

Do you struggle with decision-making challenges? Decision fatigue is a genuine issue. Enter Jodi Hume, a seasoned business coach since 2004. Her forte lies in aiding CEOs/COOs/CFOs with decision support. Contrary to popular belief, most people aren't indecisive; they're simply afraid it might be a bad idea or find the process daunting. Jodi thrives on assisting individuals in "letting people do what they do best"...

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With over 15 years as a successful franchise owner and business coach, Steve leverages his proven background to offer insider advice on whether business ownership or franchising is right for you. He shares practical tips from his own experience for evaluating if you have the qualities and mindset to be an entrepreneur or franchisee. Steve provides guidance on how to analyze your background to determine if taking the leap into busin...

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Tom Reber – The Contractor Fight founder helps contractors run a profitable company and create a strong brand and thriving company.  He flipped the start of the interview around and started asking Chris how was able to scale a handyman business, then we settled in and talked about how to sell home services in the home. We talked about “Strategery” of building a business, through brand, consistency and execution. Did you know our am...

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What does the future hold for remodeling and homes? Well, make sure you bookmark Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies on your browser to go back and see what the best minds are telling you by digging through mounds of housing and economic data. This episode is DIGGING THE GOLD right out of the future and helping you distill how the future will shape up. Carlos is insightful and funny while explaining the future of the US home...

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Jake started Peach State Lite – The Unofficial Beer of Georgia – in September 2022. After one year, his distribution has expanded to include all Krogers in Georgia, and it continues to grow. He started with an idea from tasting beer and then eventually started a business plan to brew and distribute a great tasting light beer that is “crushable” he has done it and is on his way to building a great brand and business.  His goal is to...

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