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The decision to grow your business is easy. Making it happen, now that’s the challenge. Join us for lunch as we offer insights and actionable steps you can incorporate into your business.

The decision to grow your business is easy. Making it happen, now that’s the challenge. Join us for lunch as we offer insights and actionable steps you can incorporate into your business.


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The decision to grow your business is easy. Making it happen, now that’s the challenge. Join us for lunch as we offer insights and actionable steps you can incorporate into your business.






Do you have a viable strategy to grow or sell your business?

Join me, Angelo Ponzi, and my guest, Andy Peters, Founder and Managing Partner at AAKEN Business Brokerage. Andy and his team are engaged when a business struggles and needs a fresh perspective, change directions, or someone to make the hard choices. In addition, they are brought in when an owner wants or needs to prepare to sell or is ready to sell now. As a consultant, fractional or interim CEO, and COO, Andy, I explore the value and perspective a consultant brings to a business in...


Improve the effectiveness of your LinkedIn profile.

If you’re in business, you most likely have a LinkedIn profile. However, most people don’t have an effective profile. Why, because we’re not LinkedIn experts! Today at the Business Growth Café I have Rhonda Sher, a LinkedIn expert to discuss the ins and outs of optimizing your LinkedIn profile to help be discoverable when someone is searching for a service or person like you. This is a master class in LinkedIn, so grab a notebook while you listen. As a special offer, Rhonda is offering to...


Building Hint Water, one sip at a time with Founder & CEO, Kara Goldin

Today’s special guest is Kara Goldin, Founder, and CEO of Hint Water. Kara joins me at the Business Growth Café to discuss her journey from the media and tech world to growing the #1 Unsweetened Water on the market. In her new book, Undaunted, Overcoming Doubts and Doubters, you’ll get to experience all of her ups and downs in her pursuit of growing Hint. Listen in to this extended Business Growth Café episode as Kara offers up many life and business lessons you won’t want to miss. I also...


Have you ever considered franchising as a way to start a business?

Frank Caperino, known as Franchise Frank, joins me at the Business Growth Cafe for a master class on buying a franchise. If you ever thought about buying a franchise, this is the show for you. With over 20 years of franchise experience, Frank gets into all of the important things you need to know as you navigate this process to help you make the right and intelligent choice. This experience comes from not only helping people buy franchises but from being an operator himself. To learn more,...


Sales strategies and tactics

Original airing: September 2, 2020 At the Café, I’ve invited Rich Cocuzzo, the founder and president of Sales Velocity Advisors, to talk war stories, the good, the bad, and the ugly of today’s business environment and to provide some insights on what to do and not to do when it comes to planning your sales strategies and tactics.


Traveling the country, remotely growing her business and conquering one mountain at a time!

Leilani Quiray, CEO and Founder of BeTheChangeHR took a different route in 2020 during the pandemic. She packed up her car and began traveling the country. But being remote didn't slow her down. She grew her business, added employees, and managed to have adventure after adventure hiking mountains and scaling rock faces along the way. Join us at the Business Growth Cafe this week for a special and insightful show with a very special woman.


Growing a new spirits brand one sip at a time

IZO Spirits CEO Gaston Martinez joins me at the Business Growth Cafe to discuss growing the IZO brand during the challenges of 2021. What do you do when one of your primary channels of distribution, restaurants, is not available? How do you grow from one product to eight and maintain the highest level of quality? And, what is the impact on your brand when you're winning awards competition after competition? Grab a glass, sit back and let's sip some Mezcal!


Lessons My Father Taught Me That I Never Listened To

Originally posted August 6, 2019 Have you ever thought and wondered how you became an entrepreneur? What drove you to start your first business? It's an interesting question. Today at the Cafe, I'm going to talk about where I believe I got my start, motivation. I'm calling this show, life lessons from the #1 plumber, in the #2 business, lessons my father taught me that I never listened to, but found valuable later on in life. Life Lessons and Unintended Business Advice From the #1...


Listening to your customers, competition and the market is essential for business growth

Join me and my guest, Michael Haynes, B2B Customer Strategy Specialist and author of the book, Listen Innovate and Grow. We explore the importance of listening to the market to generate innovative thinking to drive revenue and company growth. This is a fun, insightful, and educational show and one I'm sure you'll benefit from listening to. It's a workshop in 60 minutes! Click here to learn more about Michael's book.


Do you have a career plan and the soft skills to be successful?

When you graduated with your degree and entered the workforce armed with all of the freshly minted knowledge, you were ready to conquer the business world. What you and frankly most of us found out is that we were missing the soft skills necessary to be successful. Most of them, we picked up along the way. How to work effectively, interview, be a leader, network, or even negotiate, are the essential skills to be successful. Mark Herschberg, author of The Career Toolkit and I discuss the...


Using influencer marketing to drive business growth

When you think about influencer marketing do the big names pop into your mind? And, of course, so do the big budgets to get on their radar. But, maybe there is an opportunity for small businesses to get on the influencer marketing bandwagon. Consider Micro-Influencers. My guest today, Aaron Kozinets, CEO of Influence Hunter, and I explore the world of how businesses can strategically use influencers to help build their business.


Managing Payroll, what a pain in the (Fill in the blank)!

If you own or manage a business and have employees, you know what a pain in the "ass" payroll can be. It's not just about cutting the paychecks, it's about making sure you're dealing with the taxes, timekeeping, making sure breaks are being taken and everything is being documented. Today, I have Debbie Biscotti, Senior Product Advisor of Heartland to talk payroll, time tracking, onboarding, Work Opportunity Tax Credits, and much much more.


The 4 P's of the Marketing Mix, or is it 6? Or, 7? Or, 8?

When we think about marketing, the 4P's come to mind. Product /Service, Place, Price, and Promotion. But today, there are many more P's, or possibly even C's, depending on your thinking. Join me at the Business Growth Cafe to explore, and count the number of P's you might have in your business and how they can impact the growth of your business.


Climate change, renewable energy, sustainable energy, and greenhouse gases...oh my!

Unless you've been hiding under a rock, the conversation on energy conservation and climate change is not new but certainly one you need to participate in. My guest and expert on the subject, Marc Brener, Director of Renewable & Energy Efficiency Services of Energy Experts International, Inc., is here with me today to help explore ideas and the facts you need to be thinking about. This is an important, educational and stimulating conversation.


Using Public Relations to your Strategic Advantage

The world of public relations has changed and my guest, Amy Levy, Founder and CEO of Amy Levy Public Relations has changed too. Not only in the way she runs her business but the types of services she provides her clients. Listen in as Amy shares her decades of experience from her big agency days in New York to the successful twenty years and counting with her own business. She shares some wonderful insights on the work she does for her clients and I'm sure you'll walk away with ideas of how...


Are you an active listener?

Be honest with yourself. Have you ever been the person who interrupts or feels the need to take over a conversation? Not really listening and just waiting for the opportunity to grab hold of the conversation and interject what's on your mind? Is that a conversation? What is the cost of not being a good listener? Mistakes at work, family issues, losing friends? Good, active listening is a soft skill you need to develop, as it's essential in your life's every aspect. Join me, Angelo Ponzi,...


Are you healthy, wealthy, and wise?

You’ve heard the saying…healthy, wealthy, and wise. Interestingly, so many people I speak to say they understand and it’s "wise" words to live by, but many have just not taken them to heart. And, in many cases, when they do, it’s a little too late. Well, today, I have Scott Sage, President of Sage Financial Innovations, to help us think a little differently when it comes to wealth strategies and to ensure you are healthy, wealthy, and wise enough to enjoy whatever end goal you have in...


Let's Talk Brand

Unless you have been hiding under a rock or sitting in your bedroom staring at a wall, you’ve heard the term Brand or Branding. Now depending on who you’re talking to, what a brand stands for or how you leverage it in your business to differentiate and build a relationship with your customers, well that is the question. Today on the show I have Bronson Ma, Chief Creative Officer at Bronson Ma Creative to talk about brand and brand building.


The Business of Christmas

Do you love Christmas? Santa Claus? Presents? Decorating your house? Tree? Caroling in the neighborhood…Christmas cookies…my absolute favorite. Fun and memorable times…whether you’re thinking of your childhood or those of your children. Now imagine if you could have Christmas year-round? It sounds like fun! Joining me at the Cafe this week is Mike Sterling, President of Dekra-Lite Industries, a commercial Christmas company, to talk about the business of Christmas.


Using a Ghostwriter to Write your Book

How many of you want to write a book? How many of you started writing a book or two, but never finished. I hate to say it, but I fall into the latter category. I have spoken to so many people that think about writing a book, get overwhelmed, and it never gets from your head to paper. That's where a ghostwriter comes in. Today I had a great conversation with Laura Gale, Ghostwriter on how a ghostwriter can help get your idea onto the page, the process of publishing and so many other...