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Good Teams, Smart Growth and COVID-19 Testing

Cheers To Business

Release Date: 06/11/2020

Planning For Growth In 2021 show art Planning For Growth In 2021

Cheers To Business

Karen and Johnny let the listeners peek behind the podcast curtain when they share a Cheers To Business planning session for growing the show in the coming year. 2020 milestones will be reviewed, goals will be made, strategies will be formulated, and to-do lists will be completed to push the show into 2021. Listen close; the same issues discussed in this episode are the same issues in all types and sizes of other businesses. Are you preparing for next year?

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Deep Diving Into Deep Fried Studios with Johnny Gwin show art Deep Diving Into Deep Fried Studios with Johnny Gwin

Cheers To Business

Karen talks with Cheers To Business podcast producer Johnny Gwin about his Deep Fried Studio's challenges, growth, and evolution in 2020. Johnny shares his struggles with his podcast studio into an internet media company due to his inability to find the staff and talent for him to be able to work on bigger projects and opportunities. Plus, he shares some news on the big direction that Deep Fried Studios will be pushing forward in 2021.

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Multiple Locations and Hard Lessons with Michael Presson show art Multiple Locations and Hard Lessons with Michael Presson

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On this episode, Karen talks franchises and managing multiple locations with Michael Presson of 1-800-RADIATOR and A/C/. Michael describes his process for choosing 1-800-RADIATOR, handling the challenges of multiple locations, and his management and leadership style. Plus, Michael gives his insights of "building the airplane, as he is flying it," and why he was looking to own a business and not just a job.

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Turning Your Talents Into A Business with Abe Partridge show art Turning Your Talents Into A Business with Abe Partridge

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According to American Songwriter Magazine, "Abe Partridge has established himself as one of the most respected songwriters and visual folk artists in the southeast." Karen talks with this rising creative artist about how he has turned his passion for songwriting, painting, and storytelling into a career, a brand, and a way of life. On this episode, Abe will tell us his journey from the Baptist preacher to the Air Force and the music stages and art gallery walls all over the Southern USA.

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Hunt For Your Why with Joe Baya show art Hunt For Your Why with Joe Baya

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On this Passion To Purpose episode, Karen talks to magazine owner/publisher and podcast host Joe Baya. Joe has turned his passion for hunting and fishing into a business, brand, and a career. Joe publishes Great Day Outdoors magazine, he hosts and produces the Alabama Saltwater Fishing Report and The Northwest Florida Fishing Report podcasts (and more). Joe will give us some tips and the steps he took (and is using now) to take what he loves to do to build a multi-tiered media and marketing empire.

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Do What Comes Naturally with Lynn Oldshue show art Do What Comes Naturally with Lynn Oldshue

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Meet Lynn Oldshue. After 1000's of interviews and building 31 thousand followers on her Our Southern Souls Facebook page, this journey has led her to write hard-hitting investigative articles for print media like The Lagniappe, and now you can hear her on Alabama Public Radio. Lynn will give us some tips on the steps she is taking to keep doing what she loves to do, use her voice to share the stories of diversity and the extraordinary lives of people from all over the South.

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Just Make The Thing with Scotty White show art Just Make The Thing with Scotty White

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Karen talks with Scotty White, Chronicles of Limbo comic book writer, publisher, podcaster, and creative raconteur at his Mopcast Network. Scotty shares his love of pop culture, all of his creative projects, and some inspirational insights on taking those critical first steps to turn your passions and hobbies into a side hustle business or a full-time career. Plus, find out what internet platforms are the best places to distribute your genius work and find that all-important funding.

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Reinvention and Clean Brooms with Karen and Gia show art Reinvention and Clean Brooms with Karen and Gia

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Karen and Dr. Gia Wiggins of Morale Resources LLC, have an energetic conversation. Gia quizzes Karen on the role of a good CFO, how they should work with a company, and when it is time for a company to pivot or close. Lastly, the Cheers ladies share their views on surviving this crazy time, the importance of reinvention, and listening to the most critical internal and external voices to sharpen and strengthen your company. Enjoy the show!

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Communicating The “Why“ with Dr. Gia Wiggins show art Communicating The “Why“ with Dr. Gia Wiggins

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HURRAY! Dr. Gia Wiggins of Morale Resources, LLC is back in the studio with Karen. They are talking mindset and tactical insights on taking the hard lessons of 2020 and using them to help us reengage with our mission and find the "why" of our companies and jobs so we can all move forward stronger in 2021.

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Overcoming Adversity and Rocket Motivation with Rod Cate show art Overcoming Adversity and Rocket Motivation with Rod Cate

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Karen is finally back in the studio with attorney and author of "Get Back Up" Rod Cate. Rod injured his spine in a football accident when he was 15 years and severed his spine. After being paralyzed for weeks, Rod overcame his diagnosis and eventually, with a cane, began to walk again and built a life. Rod talks with Karen about gratitude, the lessons learned by overcoming adversity, and why he wants to inspire others build their best lives with his book and podcast, Rocket Motivation.

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In this episode, Karen talks with the CEO of DocRx and owner of Coast Diagnostics, Brian Ward. Brian explains how he saw and seized an opportunity to grow his small medical lab by providing much-needed testing for COVID-19. By investing and expanding his medical testing capabilities, the small Coast Diagnostics, LLC - Laboratory is now poised to create a huge opportunity for Brian and his team by helping the businesses and people in their community. Plus Brian shares his views on horizontal leadership, smart business growth and advocating work/life balance. 


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Key Takeaways

> Invest in opportunities in a crisis that fills a need.
> Diversify your portfolio of businesses and business services
> Create a culture of life/work balance with your employees and yourself.
> Work to be productive and profitable, not just busy.


Cheers To:

Providing a solution to a need at a reasonable price is a win for a business owner. - Karen Simmons

I don't do a vertical approach; I'm more of a parallel approach leader. My team doesn't work for me; I work with them. - Brian Ward

You're supposed to spend eight hours sleeping, eight hours at work, and eight hours with your family. A third of your day is spent literally with your work and with your job. There is a big deal in work-life balance. - Brian Ward

I always told my teams, I want you to feel productive when you leave at the end of every day. - Karen Simmons

Get into work. Do what you got to do, get out, and just be smart about it. - Brian Ward

If work doesn't produce results for what you're trying to accomplish, I call it fluff sitting over there that nobody's going to use. - Brian Ward

 

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