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Building a Business that Lasts

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Many businesses are started every day, but the number that lasts the test of time is much lower. So what separates the businesses that last and those that don't? With this podcast, we intend to find out. Each week, we'll feature conversations with business owners who have lasted the test of time to gather stories, tips, and ideas, that will help others grow.

Many businesses are started every day, but the number that lasts the test of time is much lower. So what separates the businesses that last and those that don't? With this podcast, we intend to find out. Each week, we'll feature conversations with business owners who have lasted the test of time to gather stories, tips, and ideas, that will help others grow.


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Many businesses are started every day, but the number that lasts the test of time is much lower. So what separates the businesses that last and those that don't? With this podcast, we intend to find out. Each week, we'll feature conversations with business owners who have lasted the test of time to gather stories, tips, and ideas, that will help others grow.








Own Your Past, Change Your Future with Dr. John Delony

Hustle, run, charge ahead, and pull yourself up by your bootstraps! So much of entrepreneurship is like this, but if we're not careful, we can end up mentally unwell faster than we think. When that happens it affects everyone around us. It's easy to end up in a place where our past and false stories are crafting the narrative of our life that isn't helpful or healthy. In this episode, I talk with Dr. John Delony from Ramsey Solutions about how we can own our past and change our future. This...


5 Things You Must Know Before You Build an App

A lot of people are looking for different kinds of apps for their business. Every now and then people think, “I can’t find an app that does what I need. I need to build a custom app". Along the way, I’ve seen people do that really well and not really well. I’d like to give you a few tips that will help you build an app successfully. If you are thinking about building an app, there are 5 things you need to know before you start. Support the show


Is Traditional or Digital Marketing Better? Featuring Ali Guy

Lots of folks want to know where to put their marketing dollars. After all, they're limited and we want them to be effective. Ultimately, your marketing should help you get attention and acquire customers. If it's not doing that, it's just a massive waste of time and money. But where should you focus those efforts? Traditional or Digital? In this episode, I interview Ali Guy, the Senior Marketing Account Manager to explore that question and what she's learned through years in the business...


Creating a Non-Profit that Lasts with Sherri & Dean Porter from Hunger Fight

We are usually talking to for profit businesses, but creating a non-profit from scratch has a lot of similarities. You need a mission, you need to get people on board, you need systems and processes, and so much more. On this episode, I talk to Sherri & Dean Porter who have distributed over 13 MILLION meals to kids here in Florida over the last 9 years at Hunger Fight. Support the show (


The Business Playbook with Chris Ronzio

Most business leaders and owners find themselves stuck in the whirlwind of business. The path out of that is with a clear business playbook that outlines your systems and processes in a way that others can follow. In this episode, I talk to the CEO of and author of The Business Playbook, Chris Ronzio. He gives practical strategies on how to finally get systems and processes that work for you and your business. Support the show (


Pivot, Pivot, Pivot & Lightning the Hamster with Hannah Evans

This internal team member interview is with our Coaching Operations Manager, Hannah Evans. She started in one role, is in a totally different one now, has led major live events, and deals with my chaos. We talk about how to delegate well, how to work with an assistant, what it's like to plan a major event, and how to pivot into new roles and opportunities — oh, and Lightning the hamster. We hope this interview gives you inside insights that help you and your team grow. Support the show...


Scaling an Agency with Jon Tsourakis

There's a big blue ocean of opportunity out there and on this episode, I talk to fellow agency owner, Jon Tsourakis. We talk about how he was fired from the family business at a young age, he once increased a product cost from $500/mo to $3500/mo overnight and much more. Support the show (


Business, Family, and Marriage - How to Juggle it All!

Many entrepreneurs end up feeling burnt out and that often takes a toll on their marriage and family. In this episode, I share a special Q&A my wife and I did at a recent event we hosted on the topic of Business, Family, and Marriage. We answer specific questions about what's worked (and not worked) for us to not only have a thriving business but a thriving marriage after nearly two decades. Support the show (


The Tension of Transition from Doer to Director with Travis Sutphin

On this episode I talk to Travis Sutphin, Director of Development at Business Builders. Travis started here 6 years ago as a developer and today runs the entire development department. We talk about his move from WV to FL, the transition from developer to director, our systems and processes, and the tension required to propel an organization forward. Support the show (


5 Key Elements to Marketing

A lot of people spend a lot of money on marketing that doesn't work. Is your marketing plan making you money or draining your resources? In this episode, I talk about the 5 key elements you need to be successful in marketing for your business. Support the show (


Building with Collaboration over Competition with Tyler Pigott

Many business leaders obsess over their competition. On this episode, I interview a "competitor" in our space because we both believe that collaboration is more valuable than competition. We talk about how to build an agency (or any business) over time, what pitfalls we've run into, and how to care well for those around you as a leader. Tyler Pigott, founder of Lone Fir Creative is my guest on this episode. Support the show (


3 Tips to Stay On Track & On Mission

Every year, we set resolutions, personally and professionally. Unfortunately, we often fail to actually get to those goals. In this episode, I share practical advice on how to stay on track and on a mission so that you can live your life and build your business on purpose. When you're making intentional progress, it gets you out of the whirlwind and makes you feel a sense of meaning in life. Support the show (


Building a Business without Sacrificing Family: The Work Life Blender with Jay Owen

If there is one thing that Jay gets the most questions about from other entrepreneurs, it’s this subject - Work Life Balance. He’s raised five kids while building a business so he has learned a lot over the years. This is a special episode that walks through stories and tips that Jay believes will help you build a business that lasts without being stressed out, worn out, and ready to quit but, more importantly, without sacrificing family and friends. Support the show...


Working with Family, Transitioning Roles, & Dealing with Change with Kari Keil

Every wondered if you should or should not hire family? Me too! I struggled with the idea for years, but today, one of my sisters works on our team at Business Builders. On this episode, I talk to her (Kari Keil) about working with family, transitioning roles, & dealing with change. If these are things you've struggled with, you'll enjoy this behind the scenes conversation. Support the show (


4 Foundational Items Every Business Needs

Most businesses are started in order to create more freedom, make more money, or follow a passion. Unfortunately most businesses aren't successful at making that happen. Many business leaders end up feeling worn out, stressed out, and ready to quit. On this episode I share the four foundations of business that have helped our team at Business Builders grow year over year for over 23 years. Support the show (


Using Guiding Principles to Lead with Letti & Bo Bozard

Many people talk about core values or building principles, but very often, they just become letters on a wall at most. In this episode, we unpack how Guiding Principles have made decisions clear for building one of the most successful Ford & Lincoln Dealerships in the country. Letti & Bo Bozard are known in the community for how much they care for St. Augustine, how much they care for their team, and how driven they are to be the absolute best. We unpack how that has worked for them through...


Changing a Brand After Two Decades with Chris Webster & Jay Owen

Chris Webster is the President of Business Builders but has been in almost every role in the business leading up to this point. Jay and Chris discuss the journey the company has been on and what lead to the company name change after over 20 years. Support the show (


The 6 Core Human Needs with Alex Judd & Jay Owen

This special episode was recorded originally for the Path for Growth podcast with Alex Judd and shared here with a new intro with special details about the future of the Building a Business that Lasts Podcast. We talk about the 6 core human needs, how they apply to personal growth, business growth, and life as a whole. Both Jay & Alex are on a mission to help leaders and companies grow in a healthy way. Want to grow a healthy business without crashing your life at the same time? This is your...


Episode 112 - The Busy Entrepreneur with Mike McDerment

Behind every great success is a great story. Mike McDerment is the founder, board chair, and executive at FreshBooks, the #2 small business accounting software in the US. In this episode, he shares his experience, thoughts, and best advice on how to approach life as a busy entrepreneur. Notes: Quotes: “The best deals come through referrals.” 30:59 “I think of how I work as a lifestyle choice.” 40:08 “You’re learning what’s best for you along the way, and that can change over time.”...


Episode 111 - The True Measure of Success with Adii Pienaar

Is your life profitable? Not just in money, but in everything else: family, friends, hobbies — the things that really matter and bring you the most happiness. That’s what Adii Pienaar is focused on. A published author and 3x company founder of Cogsy, Conversio, and WooCommerce, Adii has learned what it truly means to have a meaningful, fulfilling life as an entrepreneur, and he’s here to share just a few things he’s discovered along the way. Support the show...