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Ep 029 The Dark Web with Gjeret Stein

Enjoy this episode Meet the Gate Keeper of the Dark Web Gjeret Stein Starting in IT back in 1994, working for a Digital VAR (Value added reseller) as the Tech Support for their spin-off, WCF Internet, in Mukwanago Wisconsin. While the internet side of the business was slow, I learned “Big Iron” computing by building, configuring and installing OpenVMS Servers for small places like St Lukes, the Chicago Stock Exchange and First Star! Y2K was a boon for most IT companies, sadly, OpenVMS was...


Ep 028 Making Computers Behave with Toomas Mitt

Enjoy this episode Meet Toomas Mitt, Toomas Mitt Owner: TBG Networks LLC A lifelong technology cheerleader, at the age of 11, Toomas was the youngest amateur radio operator in the US. In high school, he was one of the first students to work with the schools new IBM 360, using punch cards on panel switches to program. Later, he went on to program for SAMI Systems, a food service marketing firm that provided reports to major producers around the country. In the 70’s, he became interested in...


Ep 027 Do not delay the conversation when your loved one gets to a point of needing extra assistance with Dave Ciccantelli

Enjoy this episode Let's meet Dave Ciccantelli, Dave is proud to be the owner of Wisconsin’s first Assisted Living Locators franchise. After 30+ successful years as a software engineer in the challenging IT world, Dave decided it was time for a change. His experiences with placing his elderly father and a desire to give back to his community brought him to Assisted Living Locators. He serves Waukesha county along with portions of Milwaukee county. He is looking forward to working with...


Ep 026 How Food Is Connected To Mental Illness With Dr. Tummala

Enjoy this episode Meet Dr. Tummala MEET THE DOCTOR A Pioneer in the Field of Integrative Psychiatry “We now know that mental illness can be a result of many different physiological imbalances, such as nutritional deficiency, hormonal imbalances and digestive system health. At Trinergy Health, we address these root causes to heal the body and help you achieve mental wellness and balance.” Aruna Tummala, MD, is a board-certified adult and geriatric psychiatrist and founder of Trinergy...


Ep 025 Perseverance and Persistence

Enjoy this episode Jackson & Host Rob have a discussion on the importance of being Persistence. It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one step at a time is not too difficult. I know that small attempts, repeated, will complete any undertaking. Og Mandino Perseverance is failing 19 times and succeeding the...


Ep 024 The LinkedIn Lady Sue Gresham

Enjoy this episode Meet Sue Gresham, “The LinkedIn Lady” is your LinkedIn Coach & Trainer. As a Certified Social Media Strategist and the founder of Innovative Client Solutions, she has been teaching professionals how to use LinkedIn to grow their business, their brand or find a job since 2010. She offers one-on-one individual LinkedIn coaching, online classes and webinars, workshops, and corporate training for small-to-medium sized businesses. She also facilitates in-service programs to...


Ep 023 Sharing Her Passion of Helping Mothers & Their Newborns Dr. Knapp

Enjoy this episode Meet Dr. Nicole Knapp Freedom. That’s what my job is about. Letting you do the things you want to do in the way you want to do them. Whether that’s washing your classic car, playing on the floor with your grandkids, getting aggressive in a game of pickup basketball or just keeping up with life. That word has been central to my practice – not just for my patients, but in my own career. There’s nothing worse than being unhappy with your chosen career path – but that’s...


Ep 022 Automating Technology so You Can Do What You Love too Do – Melissa Blair

Enjoy this episode Let's meet Melissa, Melissa is all about helping small businesses achieve efficiency and time by blending technology with marketing Melissa Blair is a serial entrepreneur and a product of 2 entrepreneurial parents. Small business is in her DNA. This is also why she is so passionate about helping other entrepreneurs. She knows all too well how much time, energy, and money it takes to run a small business. As a self-proclaimed 'marketing geek' she has worked with a wide...


Ep 021 Artery Ink Using Art to Encourage you to Eat Healthier & Take Care of Your Body

Enjoy this episode Let's meet Mara & Gloria, Our names are Mara & Gloria, and together we make Artery Ink! Through our artwork and various products, we want to encourage you to eat healthier, take better care of your body, learn more about how it all works and ultimately become happier. We came up with the concept for Artery Ink when we decided to eat healthier ourselves and learn more about our bodies. In changing what we ate and appreciating how our bodies worked everything else in our...


Ep 020 4 Things you Need to Make Your Business Shine Online

Enjoy this episode Meet Kelly Andrew: President & Chief Executive Officer, Filament Communication Kelly E. Andrew grew up on a farm in Wisconsin, before moving to her current hometown: Milwaukee. In 2013, after a decade in the non-profit sector, she pursued her lifelong entrepreneurial dream by founding Filament Communication. Her mission, to help independent businesses grow, inspired her to hone her Internet marketing skills and build a passionate, growth-minded team of marketers. Kelly...


Ep 019 Positively Jackson Bubolz

Enjoy this episode Local First Podcast Show Partner Jackson Bubolz Key Take Aways Inspiring others How to manage your attitude You have to sacrifice something to get what you want Rule of 3 to 1 Recommend Books: Rich Dad Poor Dad Happiness Advantage Looking at Connecting with Small Businesses Sponsors Love the podcast? Sign up for listener support, you’re basically buying me a coffee each month. Elevated Insurance Our passion is Elevating the Community around us. That means serving you the...


Ep 018 From Auto Mechanic to Photographer at Koss Headphones

Enjoy this episode Meet Martin: Martin tells his story how he puts in the work to go from Auto Mechanic to Photographer at Koss headphones. Koss and Martin provided Local First Podcast with two wireless speakers and headphones to give away. All you need to do is listen to the interview to learn how to WIN Key Take Aways: Doing what you love Collaborating is key The biggest challenge is time We all only have the same 24 hours Being more efficient Perfect road food Building Relationships...


Ep 017 Rachel LaMantia Using Numbers to Save Small Businesses Time

Enjoy this episode Meet Rachel, Rachel was born and raised a Wisconsin girl. She's always loved math and developed a passion for small business when she and her dad opened a franchise in 2010. Her small business ownership experience gives her a unique perspective working with her clients, and her bookkeeping practice is a perfect blend of her talents and background. She's committed to helping her clients grow their businesses and believes having great books isn't just for taxes - it's...


Ep 016 James Hamer bring peace understanding and a sense of security to financial aspects

Enjoy this episode Meet James Hamer Background and Philosophy I acquired my first license in the financial industry in 1988. My academic background is in the sciences and secondary education. Combining my 30 years of experience and my teaching ability has given me an innate capacity to simply explain the technical aspects of money and finance. In today’s economy, it is essential to have an understanding of the product and strategy recommendations in an ever more complex industry. My...


Ep 015 LLS September Update and Events

Enjoy this episode Scenic Shore 150 Bike Ride – raised $1.55 million and counting We have a new office location: 6737 W. Washington St. Suite 2100 Milwaukee, WI 53214 September 2018 Events Blood Cancer Conference: Saturday Sept. 22 8:00am–3:00pm at the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee: 333 Kilbourn Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53203 Free Registration (all attendees must register) – Direct link: www.etouches.com/wibcc19 Breakout Sessions, Keynote Speaker, Lunch Provided Oyster Roast: Sunday Sept. 23...


Ep 014 Your Financial Plan Starts Today Ben Uphoff

Enjoy this episode Meet Ben Ben joined the Vantage Financial team after moving to the Milwaukee area. His connection to Wisconsin began in undergraduate school when he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Later, Ben would continue his pursuit of education at the University of South Dakota where he obtained a Master’s in Business Administration. He is focused on building a transparent plan for his clients and connecting them to the solutions that they want. Ben and his...


Ep 013 Building Culture & Relationships at Brookfield Chamber of Commerce

Enjoy this episode I had the opportunity to have a fabulous conversation with Carol White President of the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce right after a networking breakfast. It was all about building culture and relationships. If you have ever considered joining a networking group or joining another group, you will not be disappointed with the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce 3 Key Points: Relationships take nurturing It's not about selling yourself. It's about getting to know the other...


Ep 012 Tech Lab Don’t Click on That Link

Enjoy this episode Milwaukee's Premier Tech Shop What Defines Roger: I’m a people person and I want to help people navigate through the confusing world of technology. I strive for understanding when I educate people and try really hard not to talk over people’s head – which is real easy to do when it comes to technical topics. What do I do? With the many ways technology solves problems, I evaluate a situation and narrow down solutions specific to the needs of the person I’m working with....


Ep 011 Getting Your MOJO Back with Meg Daly

Enjoy this episode My conversation with Meg Daly is genuinely inspiring. After listening, I'm sure you will be encouraged as well as getting your MOJO back. Meet Meg Daly and get your MOJO How do you move from “wanting” to “being?” For me, the journey from one state to the other is the essence of truly living. I know exactly what it’s like to wrestle with the often confusing process of “becoming.” Finding my own story amidst what I thought I “should” do or “should” be were often the...


Ep 010 Host Rob Gets Script Flipped

Enjoy this episode Meet Host and Founder Rob Kochanski un-edited unscripted Rob was going to interview Jackson Bubolz when Rob asked Jackson "what do you want to discuss in his episode?" he flips the script and says its time for the listeners to learn more about the host of Local First Podcast. The rest is history. We spend the next hour drinking beer and discussing everything from having a Vision, having Pasion, and asking the right questions. Are you a small business owner, entrepreneur?...