Big Ideas Small Business
A Weekly Podcast by Business Owners for Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Intrepreneurs, side-hustlers, helping you get in business and stay in business!
info_outline Guest Megan Silianoff, founder of MadMeg Creative Services 08/19/2021
Guest Megan Silianoff, founder of MadMeg Creative Services Brian and Shavonnah are joined by entrepreneur and author Megan Silanoff and have an open discussion about starting and running businesses. We discuss building and working in effective teams, and uncover that we as entrepreneurs all enjoy, or at least work best, when under pressure.
info_outline Guest Ali Nasser, CEO of AltruVista 06/25/2021
Guest Ali Nasser, CEO of AltruVista Brian is joined by Ali Nasser, Founder & CEO of AltruVista. Ali is a passionate leader and entrepreneur who shares his approach to living your best life, industry disruption (in financial servies), challenges with building wealth, culture and values and much more! A very dense conversation and relevant for any one in business!
info_outline Win-Win-Win Business Development strategies with guest Will Coleman, CEO of Alto Rideshare 04/22/2021
Win-Win-Win Business Development strategies with guest Will Coleman, CEO of Alto Rideshare Will Coleman, CEO of Alto joins Brian and Shavonnah to have an inspiring discussion about business development, differentiation, and perseverance . He is very open and honest about the struggles of launching his company in the middle of the pandemic and the strain that put on their outlook and strategic planning. He discusses being a late market entrant but not as the lower cost alternative. Plus learn about how Alto has accelerated their brand through win-win-win business development agreements with complementary services. Chose Alto for your next lift! and stay posted for our next business owner forum on the topic of Business Development!
info_outline The Leadership Gap - Part 2: A Business Owner Panel 03/26/2021
The Leadership Gap - Part 2: A Business Owner Panel Brian and Shavonnah are joined by guests Jordan Harton, CEO and Founder of RISE UP Recruiting and James Brown of James Brown Jr. 360 Chief Talent Officer, International Speaker and Voice Over artist. We explore leadership in the current business and political environment. We cover topics including generational differences in the workforce, women in leadership, addressing racial discrimination and biases and much more!
info_outline The Leadership Gap - Part 1 01/22/2021
The Leadership Gap - Part 1 Brian and Shavonnah discuss the leadership gap -- The business world needs strong leaders now more than ever! They explore how leaders need to adapt and change to the new business climate and provide some resources and examples drawn from their own experiences. Most importantly we are looking for you Big Idealists out there to join in on our one-hour panel to discuss the Leadership Gap. We are looking for business owners, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, sidehustlers or any other leader out there interested in the topic. Please email into [email protected] and let us know a little about you and why you would like to join the panel. Content from the panel will be used in "The Leadership Gap Part 2" episode released in February 2021.
info_outline Strategic Planning 101 11/18/2020
Strategic Planning 101 Are you doing strategic annual planning for your business? If not what better time to start than now, and if you are, how are you holding yourself and your team accountable throughout the period? Hosts Brian and Shavonnah draw from their personal experiences and other resources to break down the different considerations when doing strategic annual planning. A must listen for any leader in business!
info_outline Further Faster with Best Selling Author Bill Flynn 09/22/2020
Further Faster with Best Selling Author Bill Flynn Brian and Shavonnah interview best selling author and business coach, Bill Flynn. Bill shares his philosophies on how to grow a business starting with the distinction of if you are a startup or a scaleup. We then dive into leadership strategies, product strategies, what exactly does "strategy" even mean, and discuss the importance of being prepared for financial downturn. Bill's book, Further Faster The Vital Few Steps That Take the Guesswork out of Growth is available at catalystgrowthadvisors.com
info_outline Jeremy Jenson - Hiring to Business Culture not education or experience 08/19/2020
Jeremy Jenson - Hiring to Business Culture not education or experience We are joined by Jeremy Jenson CEO of Encore Search Partners, LLC discussing strategies for hiring commissioned sales people!
info_outline #Winning - Sales & Business Development Keys to Success Series Kick-Off w/David Ranucci 07/22/2020
#Winning - Sales & Business Development Keys to Success Series Kick-Off w/David Ranucci The Big Ideas team are having a conversation with David about the characteristics of a strong sales person, how to keep selling and teams motivated in a particularly unstable environment, and much more! David is the head of Global sales for RS Energy Group and has over 25 years of sales leadership experience. #bigideas #smallbusiness #sales #busienssdevelopment #entrepreneurship
info_outline Announcing our Six part series! Being Nimble and Responsive in Rapidly Changing Environments 06/15/2020
Announcing our Six part series! Being Nimble and Responsive in Rapidly Changing Environments A call out for feedback, guests, sponsors, and other partners to help us with our six part series where each month we will cover a different topic starting in July. We will be looking at how businesses remain nimble and responsive in rapidly changing environments in these six areas each to be its own episode (1) Pricing – how to price your service, Customer Retention methods, "Big Fish" Customers– what to consider, how support, Blue Ocean – what are people not doing in your industry, Upskilling (Coaching, industry associations, Submitting abstracts) and Lawsuits – why, when, how, etc.? Please reach out to us via or on social media at @bisbshow to get involved in anyway with our series.
info_outline Running a Business virtually - Maximize the effectiveness of Using Digital Platforms 06/15/2020
Running a Business virtually - Maximize the effectiveness of Using Digital Platforms Brian and Shavannah discuss running a business virtually and how to adopt and thrive with the new communication and cultural norms. We’re losing human-to-human non-verbal communication but we still have to run businesses and run the well but we are gaining flexibility and reach. We offer up ideas on how to use to maximize the effectiveness of digital platforms both internally and externally for your business operations. Tune in to learn what we mean when we say “Keep your digital door open.”
info_outline Business Survival Tips and Lessons Learned from both a Public Health and Economic Crises 04/23/2020
Business Survival Tips and Lessons Learned from both a Public Health and Economic Crises Hosts Brian Gendron and Shavannah Roberts Schrieber have record a casual conversation about how small business owners can weather the storm caused by the COVID-19 national public health crisis and the economic impact. We explore the ideas of stretching cash flow and payroll including discussions about the federal assistance loan programs -- Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and strategies to address and negotiation expenses with suppliers, as well as a way to make sure you keep yourself paid as an owner!
info_outline Surviving the Coronavirus - Resources to Help Your Small Business 03/18/2020
Surviving the Coronavirus - Resources to Help Your Small Business Lead, stay calm, communicate, be resourceful, be opportunistic, stay on mission, don't panic! Coronavirus and the impact it is having on our daily lives and the economy presents huge challenges for business owners but remember we are problem solvers! We talk about some tips, resources and ideas on how to get through this and come back stronger than ever! Resources: Information for Small Business Owners from the website landing page: Current Declared Disasters: Step 1 to Obtaining SBA Disaster Assistance (the only action that can be taken at this time is to create an account, anyone planning to apply for a loan is advised to get financials in order): TruFund -SMALL BUSINESS COVID - 19 RESPONSE SURVEY Help Us, Help You! Your responses help TruFund Financial and our partners best help you through this crisis! ConvertKit has established a $50,000 fund to help creators in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read details below and then submit your information if you are in need. What types of expenses are covered? If you're already in a tight spot, unexpected expenses could really cause a problem. With that in mind we've made the creator fund flexible. It can be used toward medical expenses, childcare, groceries, or your rent or mortgage. How much will you cover? We've established a $50,000 fund to cover up to $500 per creator. We chose this amount for two reasons: It allows us to help at least 100 creators. We're able to stay under the tax requirements of sending a 1099 or similar paperwork, which would make this far more complicated. We'll use our discretion to decide who to allocate funds to. We know we won't be able to get to everyone before the pool runs out, but we hope this makes a difference for at least 100 people!
info_outline Funding Your Business with guests Heath Butler and Bobby Bryant 02/19/2020
Funding Your Business with guests Heath Butler and Bobby Bryant Season 3, Episode 2 "Funding your Business" - Brian and Shavonnah discuss different ways of coming up with the capital needed to start your business. Since they started their services businesses with their own capital and credit, they welcome guests Heath Butler Network Partner of Mercury Fund to discuss strategies for going the Venture Capital route and Bobby Bryant Founder of Ask DOSS shares his experience of starting his technology real estate company with a friends & family funding round. All guests have agreed to help answer any questions derived from the show, please send inquires to [email protected] or through our social media channels!
info_outline Alla Nowowiejski Immigration Attorney It's all about relationships 01/27/2020
Alla Nowowiejski Immigration Attorney It's all about relationships Episode 51 - Alla started her own immigration law firm and discusses lessons learned from her first year in business including goal setting, balancing family life, and the importance of maintaining relationships. Books Alla would recommend:
info_outline The role relationships play in the “marketing mix.” with guest Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber 07/30/2019
The role relationships play in the “marketing mix.” with guest Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber
info_outline Changing Food Culture with Naughty Noah’s Vietnamese Pho Noodles Founder Jimmy Tay Trinh 07/09/2019
Changing Food Culture with Naughty Noah’s Vietnamese Pho Noodles Founder Jimmy Tay Trinh Episode 49 – Changing Food Culture is Jimmy Tay Trihn’s purpose and BIG IDEA! How does a start up entrepreneur tackle a huge global problem? Keeping on purpose is key. His six P’s Founding Principles: Purpose, Passion, People, Product, Planet , Philosophy/Prosperity! He wants the world to eat healthy, nutritious and convenient authentic Vietnamese meals that uses healthy oils and gluten-free rice noodles. Naughty Noah’s has his son’s namesake and is a family recipe that Jimmy used his culinary background to “modernize” using all healthy and natural ingredients as well as a vegan broth as opposed to the animal-based bone broth found in traditional pho noodles. His noodles can be purchased online and at retail locations across the country. Learn more: Naughty Noah’s is participating in the HEB Quest for Texas Best competition as a Houston finalist on August 8th @ Houston Food Bank 535 Portwall, Houston 11:30am. Support Jimmy and Naughty Noah’s if you can make it! Jimmy’s book recommendations that have helped him with personal development? the Success Principles by Jack Canfield, Start with Your Why by Simon Sinek, Jab Jab Jab Right Hook, by Gary Vaynerchuk. Emotional Intelligence Mastery by David Clark, Storybrand by Donald Miller Jimmy’s technology/software/apps that he f would recommend All google apps like google drive, google sheets, etc
info_outline Think it All the Way to the End with guest Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber 06/03/2019
Think it All the Way to the End with guest Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber
info_outline Demonstrate Your Value with Elle Pierson CEO of Digital Healthcare Consultants 04/24/2019
Demonstrate Your Value with Elle Pierson CEO of Digital Healthcare Consultants
info_outline Finding Careers for Autism Candidates with Guest Jeff Miller, CEO of Potentia 03/20/2019
Finding Careers for Autism Candidates with Guest Jeff Miller, CEO of Potentia
info_outline Building a Business Culture with Guest Matt Umholtz 03/08/2019
Building a Business Culture with Guest Matt Umholtz
info_outline What do you Need to QUIT to Live Your Best Life? With Guest Jason B Montanez 02/25/2019
What do you Need to QUIT to Live Your Best Life? With Guest Jason B Montanez
info_outline Changing the Fan Experience at Sporting Events with sEATz Co-Founder Aaron Knape 01/17/2019
Changing the Fan Experience at Sporting Events with sEATz Co-Founder Aaron Knape
info_outline Turning Real Estate Investing into a Property Management Empire with Steve Rozenberg 10/24/2018
Turning Real Estate Investing into a Property Management Empire with Steve Rozenberg Episode 42 – We welcome Steven Rozenberg to share his journey from airline pilot to real estate investor, to prope