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Hear the real stories of entrepreneurs and professional experts. Listen and learn how to overcome obstacles, solve problems, create new opportunities, and be wildly successful in your own business.

Hear the real stories of entrepreneurs and professional experts. Listen and learn how to overcome obstacles, solve problems, create new opportunities, and be wildly successful in your own business.
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Hear the real stories of entrepreneurs and professional experts. Listen and learn how to overcome obstacles, solve problems, create new opportunities, and be wildly successful in your own business.




Matt Marvin — MGM Consulting

Meet Matt Marvin, owner of MGM Consulting. Marvin works with business owners and corporate leaders to help maximize the potential of their business. His latest book, “Nailed It”, highlights 10 keys to crushing the interview.

Duration: 00:44:51

Mark Kiner & Jim Blair — Premier Social Security Consulting

This was truly a show that could’ve gone on for hours. Marc and Jim helped us navigate the complicated world of social security benefits. Grab a pen and get ready to take notes.

Duration: 00:44:34

Robynn Anton & Tom Tasset

If you have the guts, vision and determination to start your own business… we applaud you. Unfortunately, some of you…actually MOST of you won’t make it. You should know that the odds are stacked against you. In this episode of American Dreamers, we talk about some of the most common, but unexpected, challenges you will likely face. Tom also tricks Robynn into giving us some free marketing advice!

Duration: 00:43:59

Tim Bankes — Freeset USA

Freeset is in Business for Freedom. The mission is simple: to help stop sex trafficking and prostitution in West Bengal, India. Freeset USA is a non-profit distributor for two social enterprise businesses: Freeset Bags & Apparel (FBA) and Freeset Fabrics. Through the distribution of tees and accessories, they are providing a new approach for confronting trafficking and prostitution through sustainable business. Freeset works to provide freedom to women who have been trafficked by offering...

Duration: 00:44:01

Dr Andy Robbins & Pat Ward — The CEI Foundation

You can go as far as the eye can see. But what if you can only see a foot in front of you? And what if you don’t have the financial resources to go to the eye doctor? Enter Patrick Ward, president and CEO of The Cincinnati Eye Institute Foundation. Established in 2006, the mission of The Cincinnati Eye Institute Foundation is to preserve and improve sight. The Foundation provides access to eye care for vulnerable and under-served populations, including the operation of free charitable eye...

Duration: 00:44:27

Laura Laureto & Lisa Lehner

In this show we learned the story of an unlikely partnership born of a chance meeting. Laura Laureto, fashion designer working for Cantarelli, near Cortona, Italy, and Lisa Lehner, attorney from Cincinnati, Ohio. They met, became friends and started a company.

Duration: 00:44:07

Sun Ho Donovan - Blue Chip III

In this episode of American Dreamers our co-host, Sun Ho Donovan, talks about her new business venture, Blue Chip Charters. It took awhile, but I (Tom Tasset) was able to connect all the dots from her previous business experience and discover why someone who has never owned a boat, is the perfect candidate to start a riverboat charter company. She says…it’s all about the experience. I say…whatever floats your boat!

Duration: 00:43:48

Brandemonium - Kevin Canafax and Bill Donabedian

Go to your refrigerator and open the door. If you did this nearly anywhere in the world, 60% of what you see would have a Cincinnati connection. Our guests are Kevin Canafax and Bill Donabedian, co-founders of Brandemonium, a “brand” new festival that will take place in Cincinnati this October. It promises to showcase Cincinnati as the brand capital of the world!

Duration: 00:43:56

Julie Bauke — The Bauke Group

Julie talks about finding direction and taking control of your life at any point in your career.

Duration: 00:44:01

Steve & Scott Myers — Perfection Print Media

Father/son duo Steve and Scott Myers talk about the stages of starting a business—especially early on—and their own experiences.

Duration: 00:43:43

Angie Buckalew and Megan Wendling - HTH Safety Solutions, LLC

Safety First! We’ve all heard and probably used that expression many times in our lives. But for a business, safety is sometimes the last thing they want to think about. Let’s face it. It takes time away from production…and it’s boring. Right? Wrong! Meet our guests, Angie Buckalew and Megan Wendling, of HTH Safety Solutions, LLC. They conduct workplace safety seminars that your company folks will actually enjoy. Which means they are listening…and it’s sinking in. And if it’s sinking in,...

Duration: 00:43:50

David Vermaak - Northwestern Mutual

One of our all time favorite guests. David Vermaak from Johannesburg South Africa, finds the love of his life…online…halfway around the world. Moves to Cincinnati and opens a Krav Maga school and starts a financial planning business. He talks a little funny. The odds are stacked against this out of towner. But he’s likeable guy and a genuine networker, doing his best to help the people he meets get what they want out of business…and life.

Duration: 00:43:20

The Hamilton Mill - Antony Seppi, Rahul Bawa and Mark Hogg

Great conversation about Hamilton Mill’s Project H2O.

Duration: 00:43:55

Oak Tree Communications - Melinda Zemper

Some people have a way with words. Melinda Zemper, of Oak Tree Communications, is one of those people. She also puts leftover frosting on crakers and freezes them. But fortunately, she has a way with words and at her day job she helps small business owners leverage their unrealized strengths into communications strategies that lead to profits. Oak Tree Communications is the publicity and public relations firm to turn to for creativity, experience and expertise.

Duration: 00:42:33

HBA of Greater Cincinnati - Dan Dressman

Robin Hobb once said, “Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.” Maybe… but it sure would be a whole lot more fun (alone) in a Homearama home! Dan Dressman would probably agree. His organization, HBA of Greater Cincinnati, has been hosting Homearama and other similar events for over 50 years. In this episode we’ll get the back story of Homearama. We’ll also learn about all the other things that the HBA...

Duration: 00:43:06

QCA - Jim Bosken

The fascinating history of Queen City Album, now QCA. Jim Bosken shares his dad’s journey from a guy with a printing press in his basement…to owning a recording studio/record company. He also talks about how the death of the record industry led him to specialty printing…and once again back into the record business. One of my all time favorite shows.

Duration: 00:43:57

La Terza - David Gaines

On this episode we talk about coffee. REALLY good coffee…but it’s still more than that. It’s about having the vision guts to dream big…and the self control to implement your dreams once step at a time. Or, in this case, one cup at a time.

Duration: 00:43:44

Vernovis - Jason Skidmore and Bryan Kaiser

At Vernovis, we connect high-demand talent with dynamic, leading companies in a way that enhances the experience for both parties.

Duration: 00:43:33

Vaco - Steve Shoemake, Liliane Mylott

Steve and Liliane talk about the Vaco story. Vaco started with 1 office in 2002 with one office in Nashville. Since then it’s grown to more than 30 offices across the US and have become one of the fastest growning companies in America. We also talk about Robynn’s mom and dad… Virginia and Tom.

Duration: 00:43:41

Brett Harpel -Accelerate Accountability with Harpel Coaching, LLC

Richard once said to Tommy Boy… “Your dad could sell a ketchup popsicle to a woman and white gloves” Tommy Boy hadn’t found his selling style yet. And when he finally DID make a sale…processing and shipping was off THEIR game. Our guest today is Brett Hapel… and his company, Accelerate Accountability, could have helped Tommy Boy, processing and production work together like a well oiled machine!

Duration: 00:43:07

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