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A Weekly Podcast by Business Owners for Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Intrepreneurs, side-hustlers, helping you get in business and stay in business!

A Weekly Podcast by Business Owners for Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Intrepreneurs, side-hustlers, helping you get in business and stay in business!


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A Weekly Podcast by Business Owners for Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, Intrepreneurs, side-hustlers, helping you get in business and stay in business!








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...


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!


Personal Branding

Brian and Shavonnah discuss the importance of being intentional and strategic about your personal brand. They offer tactical advice based on their own experiences in how to build your own value-based personal brand foundation.


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 on Amazon or through...


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! Encore has been featured on INC 5000, Houston Business Journal Fast 100, and HBJ Best Places to Work and all more than once. so he's been doing a few things right! Join us to hear directly from him what has helped him be successful in sales leadership! #bigideas #smallbusiness #podcast #entrepreneurship #businessstrategy #sales #humanresources #salesleadership


#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


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,...


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.”


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...


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 SBA.GOV website landing...


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...


Finding Your Purpose in Your Business

#052 - Season 1, Episode 1 - Finding Purpose in Your Business If you are in business or thinking about starting a business, you are doing that with a goal in mind - maybe a financial goal a freedom goal or a change the world goal. So you have a goal, but is that goal tethered to a purpose? Or not? I believe you can start a business and even be successful - to a point - in that business without have a larger purpose defined. However. In this episode we cover: 1. How to identify the purpose...


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: Man Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There are No Easy Answers


The role relationships play in the “marketing mix.” with guest Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber

Who are your top 100 relationships and why are they in your tribe? Are you leveraging those relationships to uncover new referrals? Are you referring back to them? Many people neglect to really leverage their relationships in business and we examine some ideas on how you can change that to increase your business and influence.


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...


Think it All the Way to the End with guest Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber

Episode 49 – Brian is joined by Shavonnah Roberts Schreiber the Founder & Managing Director of SNR Creative. We dive into how the differentiators of her business drive her success. How the culture of her agency is built on fast execution of ideas to deliverables to their clients and how their firm is truly a full-service marketing agency. We discuss leadership and management strategies such as setting proper expectations, holding people accountable, open communication and allowing team...


Demonstrate Your Value with Elle Pierson CEO of Digital Healthcare Consultants

Elle’s journey from a nurse to a hospital administrator to entrepreneur is nothing short of inspiring and informative. Elle was able to recognize how much value she was bringing as an expert in her work for the hospital. Over time she found a way to bring that to the market as a consultant. Those who are working a corporate job who are interested in going into business on there own will benefit from hearing how she gracefully and strategically exited her career and began her...


Finding Careers for Autism Candidates with Guest Jeff Miller, CEO of Potentia

Episode 48 – Brian is joined by Jeff Miller, founder and CEO of Potentia, a full service staffing firm with a passion for finding careers for candidates with autism. Learn about Jeff’s journey as an entrepreneur driven by learned skills, his passion for autism (having a child on the autism spectrum himself) and the opportunity to be in front of the wave of Neurodiversity that is starting in corporate America and will be a large part of inclusion initiatives in the years to come. Jeff’s...


Building a Business Culture with Guest Matt Umholtz

Episode 47 – Brian Interviews Founder and CEO of Paysphere Matt Umholtz. Matt founded Paysphere in 2012 with the idea that he could differentiate in his industry by not treating customers like numbers. Paysphere provides HR and payroll benefits to midsized businesses located mostly locally in Houston, TX. Along the way Matt has carefully cultivated an award-winning culture that has been recognized by the Houston Business Journal as the Best Places more than once including in 2017 when they...


What do you Need to QUIT to Live Your Best Life? With Guest Jason B Montanez

Episode 49 – Brian welcomes author and speaker Jason B Montanez. Jason will challenge you to think about what is holding you back in your life from being your best self. In January 2019, he released his second book titled “I’ve Got 99 Things to Quit And Giving Up is One.” that is a guide to self-improvement by identifying and working on things in your life that are holding you back. Jason is the self-proclaimed Undisputed World Heavyweight Champion of Quitting. While consulting, Jason had...