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Insights and actionable steps you can incorporate into your business.

Insights and actionable steps you can incorporate into your business.


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Insights and actionable steps you can incorporate into your business.






The power of storytelling and animation to communicate complex ideas with Karl Pontau

Karl Pontau, founder of Squash and Stretch Productions joins me at the Business Growth Cafe to discuss the power of storytelling and animation to communicate complex ideas, simply. Karl’s mission is to improve the lives of people around the world by telling engaging stories that build empathetic connections and inspire positive change. You can find Karl’s LinkedIn profile here: As a special free offer to Business Growth Cafe listeners, Karl is offering...


Creating a world where consumption leaves no footprint, one single-use plastic at a time!

Five hundred million plastic straws are used daily, and with many states and cities issuing bans on single-use plastics, what's the alternative? Well, it's UrthPact! UrthPact is now the leader in compostable manufacturing focused on developing products from earth-friendly materials. UrthPact CEO Paul Boudreau joins me at the Business Growth Cafe to discuss his mission to keep 25 billion plastic pieces from reaching the oceans and landfills by the year 2025 and how UrthPact straws can help,...


Exploring the world startup accelerators with Steve Hoffman

Steve Hoffman, CEO of Founders Space, one of the world’s leading startup accelerators, with over 50 partners in 22 countries joins me on the Business Growth Cafe to explore and discuss the world of startups. Founders Space was ranked the #1 incubator for overseas startups by Forbes and Entrepreneur Magazines. Hoffman is also a venture investor, founder of three venture-backed and two bootstrapped startups, and author of several award-winning books. These include “Make Elephants Fly”...


Exploring the current state of the job market with Kathy Dawson, CEO of Dawson & Dawson

The Great Resignation is here! In the United States alone, 4.3 million employees have quit their jobs. On top of that, there are over 11 million open jobs in the U.S. How has this impacted your business? Or, if you're the one looking for a new job, what has been your strategy. Join me this week at the Cafe for my discussion with Kathy Dawson, CEO of Dawson and Dawson. We'll explore the current state of the job market, and impact of Covid on the way people work, and the approach to hiring...


The current state of Supply Chain and it‘s impact on your business with Richard Montellano

Supply Chain consultant Richard Montellano, the founder of RAM Supply Chain Inc., joins me, Angelo Ponzi, on the Business Growth Cafe podcast to discuss current supply chain issues and their impact on businesses in the US and worldwide.


Push yourself and business to the next level with Glenn Gow, CEO Therapist

Glenn Gow, CEO Therapist joins me, Angelo Ponzi, at the Business Growth Cafe to discuss the many challenges and decisions facing CEOs and the steps they can take to become better leaders. Having been a CEO, leading his own company for 25 years, and working with brands such as Microsoft, Facebook, Google, and Apple, Glenn brings a unique perspective having been a CEO to help CEOs.


It‘s Q4 and Time To Start 2022 Planning

What are the key issues you're facing that might impede your business growth in 2022? The internal and external factors that you need to address. Do you know what they are? Have you held your company planning session yet? If not, what are you waiting for? 2022 is right around the corner. In the episode, I'll discuss some of the critical areas you need to include in your planning, along with some ideas to get them accomplished.


You made a bad decision. Now what?

You screwed up. Made a bad decision. Now if you’re human, this has happened to you. It’s inevitable. Whether you’re an employee or business leader it has happened. And, I’m sure it has happened in your personal life as well. The question is, how do you deal with this bad decision? And, what do you do about it? One of the questions you need to consider with any bad decision is what are the unintended consequences? Join me, Angelo Ponzi, at the Business Growth Cafe as I explore this topic...


Increasing Profit Margins with Operational Efficiencies

Joining me at the Business Growth Cafe is Jeff Brown, Founder, and President of Brown and Associates, specializing in improving large-scale systems to develop and adopt a culture that eliminates waste and improves operational effectiveness. With 25 years of experience creating, building, and growing successful companies, Jeff has a unique ability to identify even the slightest improvements in operations and processes that yield dramatic results. A true entrepreneur with a passion and energy...


Connect with Your Team: Mastering the Top 10 Communication Skills

Joining me at the Cafe this week is Meredith Bell, co-founder, and President of Performance Support Systems, a global software company providing assessment and development tools for the workplace. Meredith is an expert in leader and team communications, the author of two books, and the host of the Strong for Performance podcast. Will explore her book, Connect with Your Team, which covers the top 10 communication skills. Which 2 or 3 would you put at...


What's your brand's story?

Originally published 10/2019 Storytelling has been used to shape and redefine events in order to persuade and change possible outcomes in history. Storytelling evolved as a way to ensure that history was handed down from generation to generation, so historical events were retold over and over to educate and entertain an audience. Join me at the Cafe as I explore the value and strategies of storytelling, along with some practical advice on establishing your story's premise


Improve your people and leadership skills

Joining me at the Business Growth Cafe is Joanie Connell, Ph.D., is a talent management expert, organizational consultant, author, public speaker, and a leadership and career coach for people across job levels, ages, and industries, and especially loves helping technical people improve their people skills. As a psychologist, she works with both management and their teams to improve communications resulting in more effective and efficient teams. Listen in as she shares some great advice that...


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...