Build Your Best Business (business)

Eric talks with Adam Gorlitsky, Founder of I Got Legs and closing event Keynote during this first installment of live interviews from Dig South, which took place in Charleston, South Carolina, April 25-27. Adam shares his story of a terrible accident that left him paralyzed and later led to an amazing discovery through new technology.

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TEDx speaker and author, Anne Grady joins Eric to share her story of turning her “mess into a message.” Just as a lobster sheds its shell, we often feel uncomfortable during times of growth. Anne’s formula provides encouragement for the entrepreneur facing obstacles and lights a path to get beyond the tough spots.

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Langley Respess, Senior Vice President, Wealth Management at UBS joins Eric to talk about the entrepreneur’s risk, the life cycle of business and the steps business owners should take to save money now.

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Professional home stager of vacant properties listed for sale and the pioneer of "virtual staging", Krisztina Bell provides her clients with over 10 years of experience in the real estate marketing and home staging business. Krisztina consults and teaches agents nationwide and globally in transforming any vacant property listing into a beautifully staged home through her two Atlanta-based companies, No Vacancy, Inc. (www.novacancy-atl.com) and Virtually Staging Properties, Inc. (www.virtuallystagingproperties.com).

Both her businesses provides clients with traditional home staging services as well as a patent-pending process called "virtual staging" that digitally transforms any photo of a vacant home into a more attractive 'virtually' staged listing online. Krisztina developed this process for agents and sellers as an economical marketing tool that instantly drives buyer traffic and sells vacant properties faster. Both of her companies consist of a team of professional home stagers and designers who along with her expertise and works have been featured in such publications as The New York Times, Realtor Magazine, Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Atlanta Journal & Constitution, FoxNews.com and CNBC.com.

Krisztina was co-host of the popular Atlanta radio show and featured online podcast available on itunes, "At Home With Paisley Radio Show" on www.AmericasWebRadio.com which featured interviews with high profile home, design and real estate industry experts as well as HGTV celeb hosts that provided listeners with practical advice and stylish living for the home.

Krisztina's Staging & Decorating Philosophy:

"I follow the golden rule of staging and that is 'Keep it Simple'. I go for classic styles and clean lines because it's all about making those first impressions count when selling a home or placing one large piece of artwork in an entry that says 'WOW' and starts a conversation. I tell clients that 'Less is Best' when staging a home AND 'Less is More' when it comes to decorating a home!"

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Raj is a serial technology and real estate investor. His prior experience includes working as a Chief Engineer/Architect at Toyota, Westfield, General Motors, HP and has held various executive technology leadership roles at fortune 500 companies. He also ran a successful startup Deep Enterprise USA, Inc. providing end-to-end IT services to small & medium businesses (SMB) and writing white-label ERP and HRIS solutions such as eTime, Application Tracking Systems etc. In 2013, Raj won the prestigious VMware Innovation Award and was a finalist for the CIO of the Year Award presented by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Raj earned his Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Accounting from Bombay - Mumbai University followed by Masters in Computer Science from Saint Joseph University and completed Executive Masters in Technology Management from University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School.

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Tara Pogoda, owns Fifth Element Ranch, in Loveland, Colorado.

She is an Advanced Eponaquest™ Instructor offering Equine Facilitated Learning for professional growth by breaking through barriers of self-doubt and fear; as well as healing the difficulties we all experience in life including grief, emotional distress and recovering from trauma.

Tara was the 2013 Colorado Women of Influence: Woman of Inspiration Award winner and is the host for the 2015 Women’s Leadership Summit on Courage, Power and Success.  She says: "I’m very passionate about empowering other women to live their best life by discovering their natural courage and power.

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Collaborative Thought Leader, Felicia M. Phillips is an Author, Speaker, Mastermind Strategist, and business coach for more than 20 years. Felicia has been instrumental in coaching business executives on leadership development, relationship management and masterminding techniques for successful team building. Felicia is not only passionate about helping individuals obtain success through collaboration, she is also an advocate for the environment. In April 2011, Felicia was awarded The Phoenix Award by City of Atlanta Mayor, Kasim Reed for her commitment to sustainability in the City of Atlanta.

Felicia had a vision to empower women to be 21st Century leaders. She set out to make that vision a reality and Founded The Pink Power International Center for Women (PPICW). PPICW is based on the three pillars that transformed her business, technology, professional development and entrepreneurial resources. In August 2014, Felicia co-produced Pink Power: A MasterMind Conference for Women at Philips Arena.  The annual conference hosts hundreds of women who want to propel themselves to higher levels of success in business and in the workplace.

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Sherry Heyl launched her first business during the recession of 2002 using her skills acquired as an IT Recruiter and team manager to help individuals rebuild their careers.

In 2005 Sherry recognized the rapid emergence of social technologies and the various ways these new technologies would change our people conducted business as well as the opportunities that would open up for individuals to start their own companies with minimal monetary investment. Sherry launched Concept Hub and became a passionate evangelist of Social Media dedicating her career to helping individuals and teams navigate through the various changes, get excited about the possibilities, take control of their lives, and reach their goals.

Sherry has launched conferences, led workshops, authored many varied articles, spoke at conferences small and large from East to West, and personally invested in launching start-ups and growing nonprofits. Sherry provides coaching through Concept Hub but is also the Managing Partner of Sensei Project, an agency launched in 2014 to align with brands large and small as a social media partner.

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Amy Ramsey, The Business Doula, is a Business Coach and Launch Strategist who helps women birth the project that's in their heart.

She focuses on giving women the structure and tools they need to launch their business, from website creation to copywriting to coaching them through the mindset pieces that threaten to take so many women out of the game.

She's had fun leading women from the United States to Australia and many places in between. Helping women reframe the path to entrepreneurship as the birth it truly is has opened up a new conversation about what it really takes to be an entrepreneur.

Most recently, Amy has made the leap to take her business and life completely location independent. She and her dog Buddy are spending the year traveling, embracing the freedom of her business and the adventures along the way.

It's her goal to share her adventures and show other women what's truly possible when you finally decide to birth that business that's within your heart.

You can follow along on the adventure and get birthing support at www.amyramsey.net

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Krystine Torella has been a real estate agent since 2002 and the proud of owner of her own Brokerage - Team Torella Realty since 2012.

She has been a resident of Cobb County since 1996 and a current resident of West Cobb County. Krystine is an affiliate of Homes for Heroes and donates 25% of her commission to Veterans, Teachers, Police, Fire and Healthcare workers who purchase a house with Krystine as their Real Estate Expert.

Krystine loves being able to give back to those who have given to me by protecting, educating, and healing her.

Krystine's other niche in the real estate market is that she helps people that are in distressed situations with their homes. She meets with the Sellers, discusses in depth what their situation is, and gives them options if they want to stay in their house if they want to sell.

She is considered "The Expert That Other Experts Trust" because she has aligned herself with several reputable Family/Bankruptcy/Divorce Attorneys as well as Certified Financial Divorce Professionals who have heard Krystine conduct Q &A sessions regarding short sales. She hase received several referrals from these experts and has proven that she does what she says she will do for their Clients.

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Kristina Hays transplanted to the automotive industry after 17 years in sales and service in the telecom industry.

She learned the value of relationship building supported by technical knowledge and training. As the owner/operator of Speedy Transmission, Kristina utilizes a multitude of those skills.

Kristina moved, with her daughter, to Georgia from Ohio in 2010 to be closer to family.

Kristina enjoys working with people and handling the administrative and marketing tasks for Speedy. In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor activities, especially water sports, scrap-booking, cooking, hiking and snow-skiing.


Website: www.SpeedyMarietta.com
Social Networks: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Speedy-Transmission-Center-Marietta/139111369508753

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Sara Allegra is a licensed social worker and certified recreation therapist.

Sara has worked in the social service field for over 15 years as both a therapist and social worker working in hospital settings including UCLA Neuropsychiatric, Laguna Honda and Dekalb Medical.

In addition to clinical work, Sara has extensive consulting experience within the non-profit sector. She brings her advanced training and experience in social services as well a passion for supporting and empowering marginalized groups to the non-profit she founded in 2009, Sub-Saharan Education Project.

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Fashion and design are in Melanie Mueller's blood. Her maternal grandmother hand knitted handbags and sold them in her tiny town of Calarca, Colombia -- a fact Melanie wasn't aware of until she launched her company Mel Boteri. Now Melanie proudly carries on her grandmother's legacy, designing custom, made-to-order fashion to help women around the globe express their personality and style.

Melanie had the "aha" moment to begin her company while earning her MBA at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. As part of the MBA program, Melanie had the opportunity to work with the Marketing & Business Development group for world-renowned designer Zac Posen in New York City. There she was, in the middle of the fashion capital of the world, and all she could find were one-size-fits-all, mass- produced designs that did not reflect who she was. Her frustration became the inspiration for Mel Boteri --the go-to luxury brand for custom and bespoke accessories. She laid the groundwork for the business during her last semester at Emory, and officially launched the brand with her first collection of handbags in the fall of 2009.

The brand's name is Melanie's way to honor her rich heritage. Mel is short for Melanie, the German name her father gave her, and Boteri stems from her Colombian mother's maiden name, Botero.

Mel Boteri has partnered with some of the world's biggest luxury brands, including Mercedes-Benz and Jet Senters Aviation to create both co-branded and private label accessories for a discerning and selective clientele.

In addition to entrepreneur, self-taught designer and Emory MBA, Melanie recently added author to her resume. Her "7 Secrets of Handbag Shopping" is the first of many bag guides created to provide an inside look into the fabulous world of handbags, while Mel Boteri's ezine, Best Dressed: Weekly Style Inspiration To Be YOUnique, has proven to be a source of style inspiration for women (and men) around the world.

Website: www.MelBoteri.com
Blog: shop.melboteri.com/blogs/mel-boteri-blog
E-Book: http://shop.melboteri.com/pages/7secrets
Ezine: http://shop.melboteri.com/pages/get-on-the-list
Facebook: www.facebook.com/melboteri
Instagram: www.instagram.com/melboteri
Twitter: www.twitter.com/melboteri
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/melboteri
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/melaniemueller

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Sidra is the founder of Markhor, a startup which works with indigenous craftsmen to make shoes for the modern gentleman. She grew up in a small Pakistani town.

Founded her startup by breaking the conservative norm of society and family. With a degree in Economics, Sidra leads product development and operations.

Sidra tweets as: @sidraqasim

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Sean Flood is the CEO of The Gotcha Group, a marketing and transportation company currently operating on ten university campuses nationwide. Sean took his interest in sustainability back to his alma mater of FSU in 2009 and sat down with students to figure out their current transportation needs, 90 days later The Gotcha Ride launched their 100% electric free ride service on campus.

In 2014 Sean added an additional Eco-friendly means of transportation to the Gotcha fleet with the addition of Gotcha Bike, a free of charge bike sharing model for both universities and municipalities. Sean currently lives in Charleston, SC with his wife Jacklyn, three dogs and the cutest baby in the world, Knox. For more information on The Gotcha Group, please visit: www.thegotchagroup.com.

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Natasha Bolden is no stranger to entrepreneurship as she aspired at an early age to be her own boss and later in life wanted to leave a legacy for her children.  Her life philosophy is … “Time waits for no one, live every day to the fullest ~ conquer your dreams and live life with purpose”.  She has packaged her plan and motivation for success into a three letter acronym, DPA symbolizing Dream-Plan-Action and believes following this philosophy and model is what gives her fulfillment and the success she has achieved thus far.

Planning parties, family reunions and weddings at the age of 10, Natasha Bolden is a planner by nature.  She is known for her astounding creativity and over the top event planning.  She began her professional career as an Event Consultant following her relocation from the Washington, DC metropolitan area to Atlanta, Georgia in 2000.  Natasha is a nationally certified Event, Wedding and Corporate Meeting Planner.  She also holds certifications in Project Management and Organization development from which she acquired during her twenty-three years of service and leadership with the Federal Government.  She has combined these and other skills along with her talents to form Phenomenal Events By Bolden and Company, a full service Event Management Firm that prides itself on nothing less than “phenomenal-ness”.

As President/CEO, Natasha uses her eye for detail, love of style, passion for beauty, commitment to excellence and unparalleled work ethic to define and interpret the style of each client and then creates timeless celebrations that are forever remembered.  Natasha brings over a decade of experience to the events industry and takes pride in her ability to motivate and inspire others to fulfill their dreams of entrepreneurship, she employs a great team of creative planners who believe in and support her vision to take every event over the top.  It is with great passion that she and her team provide clients with quality event planning they can trust.  After working in the event industry for many years; Natasha has established a reputation of being dependable and trustworthy.  She has produced and overseen numerous events. Natasha sees each event as a unique opportunity to design the experience of a lifetime, making every memory priceless.

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Nadine Mullings is passionate about assisting small business owners to market and promote their businesses both online and offline. She works with small business owners, insurance agents, and real estate agents to attract new clients, get repeat business, and build a strong social network through proven online and offline marketing activities. 

With over 15 years of experience in marketing and an MBA with an Ecommerce specialization, Nadine uses her experience and education to assist small business owners to promote their brands using varies marketing tools and strategies including email marketing, social media marketing, relationship marketing and more.

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Julie Kingsley is the Senior Vice President at bizzieMe™. Her background includes almost twenty years in education and an extensive experience with social media marketing. She lives in South Portland, Maine with her husband and two children.

Emily Bernhard has produced, directed and written documentaries for a broad range of clients including National Geographic, PBS, History, and NOVA scienceNow!. Her documentaries have won a number of awards including the Telly, two Cine Golden Eagles, the Science Journalists Award and a Boston/New England Emmy. Prior to that, she was Public Relations Director for a Maine-based marketing firm.

bizzieMe is creating branded digital games and activities for kids to use while they wait. Using a patent-pending digital platform, bizzieMe provides a relatively low-cost way for companies to engage and entertain kids with their brand.

Once the bizzieMe app is downloaded onto a mobile device, using geo-location technology, kids can access different branded content as they travel from place to place.

So, imagine you start your day with your daughter at the coffee shop. She opens the bizzieMe app on your family tablet and plays games and activities that teach her all about coffee, how it’s roasted, the countries where it’s grown and the people who live there. Then, maybe you go to a dentist’s office and she takes a virtual tour of her mouth through her bizzieMe app. Now she knows where plaque comes from and plays a digital flossing game while she waits for her appointment. Next, over lunch at a Mexican restaurant, you and your daughter use bizzieMe to play dots and blocks, learn about Mexican art and culture, and then create a drawing that you post on Facebook, or email to grandma. That afternoon, while waiting for dad’s flight to arrive at the airport, she uses bizzieMe to learn about flight – how lift happens, how planes are constructed, and why weather is important – all while playing digital games.

bizzieMe will be available in thousands of locations where all kinds of branded content will spark curiosity, create brand loyalty and enable users to engage in the world around them.
Founded and located in Portland, Maine, bizzieMe is a start-up digital media firm that is using patent-pending technology to help businesses stay relevant in the 21st century. By providing branded, educational and entertaining games and activities for venues as diverse as restaurants, hotels, hospitals, and airports, bizzieMe creates a great consumer experience, builds brand loyalty and boosts consumer advocacy.


Julie Bee’s was established after the company's founder, Julie Brown, was unable to find sustainable, fashion-forward shoes to wear to work and out with friends. She discovered that too many shoes today are made with little regard to the environment and the long-term effects on our communities.

We at Julie Bee’s believe that there is a better way to conduct business and create fabulous shoes. Our shoes are constructed with ecologically sustainable leathers and vintage pieces, providing a delightful visual and stylish appeal. Furthermore, Julie Bee’s footwear is handcrafted in America, which helps to reduce carbon emissions and support an employee friendly working environment while at the same time utilizing sustainable Italian leathers and processes.

The end results are stylish, fashionable,eco-friendly shoes made in the USA for the fashion- and environmentally-conscious. Try on a pair of Julie Bee's shoes today and you'll see how easy it is to benefit both your community and the environment - and look good doing it.

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Joanne Funchess is the founder and owner of Joanne Funchess Custom Stationery, Greeting Cards and Invitations. Launched five years ago, her company created cards on a seasonal basis. It has since evolved to meeting client needs year-round, as well as providing them with a concierge mailing service.

Joanne has a background in print media, and has written promotional copy for one of the largest newspapers in the Southeast. She is a wife, mom of three (including twin boys - never a dull moment) and does not meet a stranger (something she's proud of)!

Website: www.joannefunchess.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/joannefunchess.com

Twitter: @funchessjf

Monthly Newsletter Campaign: http://conta.cc/1mNZ2A0

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Gavin McCulley is the Chapter President of Angel Capital Group – Charleston, a nationally syndicated group of over 200 angel investors.

In addition to serving as the Chapter's first president, Gavin is the Managing Partner of the Charleston based Private Equity Firm, Twin Rivers Holdings, whose investments range from digital media, tech start-ups, real estate development, film studios, restaurant chains, educational products, and manufacturing. Gavin is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of the South Carolina Film Council, a group that represents South Carolina's Film Industry and its Professionals in local and state politics.

Gavin served as an Officer in the U.S. Army's Special Operations Command, and served 2 tours of duty in Iraq and 1 tour in Afghanistan where he was decorated 3 times with the Bronze Star Medal. His passion for the Technology and Entrepreneur community, coupled with his focus on disciplined execution and operational excellence are his driving force. Gavin, his wife Michelle, and their daughters, Mila and Morgan live in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

He writes the Southern Seraph Blog – insights in raising Angel and Venture Capital. southernseraph.comtwinriversholdings.com @gavin_mcculley

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Kashi Sehgal is Co-Founder & CEO of Gigabark (www.gigabark.com), an integrated mobile solutions company rooted in phone and text messaging technology. Kashi is also Executive Director for SouthWiRED (www.southwired.org) – one of the largest technology conferences in the Southeast. 

Kashi serves as Executive Director of the Campus Community Partnership Foundation (www.c2pf.org) that hosts the Mentor Walk (www.MentorWalk.org) which aims to reduce the high school drop-out rate in Georgia through various awareness-building touch points. She is Co-Founder and Director of Partnerships for Music For Tomorrow (www.MusicForTomorrow.org) which was launched to provide immediate financial assistance to jazz musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina and now provides economic opportunities for jazz musicians around the country. 

After spending time as a Management Consultant at Accenture, she now works with select clients specializing in strategic planning, visioning, communications planning, and startup and non-profit strategy. 

Kashi is actively engaged in the Atlanta community serving on various boards such as WonderRoot (www.wonderroot.org), Georgia’s WIN List, Fulton County Career & Technical Education and WINGS for Kids and committees such as the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s Mobility Leadership Council, ChooseATL (www.chooseatl.com), Amplify 4 Good, and Lovett School’s Sustainability Committee. 

Kashi is a native Atlantan. She graduated from The George Washington University with a degree in Psychology and minors in Communication and Music. She attended Georgia Tech for graduate school in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She is a member of the 2013 LEAD Atlanta and LaunchPad2X classes and volunteers her time mentoring and with CARE, Acumen, and other organizations in her community.

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Ursula Lentine is a certified Associate Pranic Healer, Pranic Healing teacher, licensed Minister with Centers for Spiritual Living, and Practitioner of Internal Family Systems.

She has facilitated over 1500 individual healing sessions and worked with 1000’s of people in groups, helping bring emotional, physical and spiritual balance to their lives. Ms. Lentine practices these and other forms of healing in her private practice as well as at The Living Foods Institute in Atlanta, and in Dr. Robert Springer’s medical office. She has facilitated a weekly group meditation since before 2009. Ursula answers the call to assist clients with the human longing for peace, clarity and wellness as a part of her life’s purpose.

You can learn more about how she can serve you at www.ursulalentine.com

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Starting at age 8 with Leo’s Lemonade Stand, Jon became addicted to creating and building. While earning his BSBA in Entrepreneurship at Elon University, he and two partners were inspired to create DC Entrepreneurship Week to bring interested capital and resources in front of entrepreneurs. Past Entrepreneurship Weeks have successfully funded half of the presenting companies and Jon has reproduced the event model for over thousands of attendees across 8 cities, under the new brand Forward City.

His passion for connecting people and creating experiences lead him to create The TanZ Group in late 2013 with Sam Krichevsky and Aron Schoenfeld. As CBDO, Jon focuses on exploring new opportunities and partners to help create unique experiences and content to connect artists with their audiences.

Jon currently serves on the board for Elon University’s Doherty Center for Entrepreneurship, Dream Artist Music, and interim director for the Charity Lacrosse Foundation. As a philanthropist, he helps raise money and support for local charities in North Carolina and villages in Guatemala, Jamaica and Costa Rica. From Boston, Jon recently moved to Washington D.C. and enjoys playing guitar, practicing yoga, and feeding his addiction to gummy bears.

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Imagine running a wildly successful business that doesn’t feel like work at all. Or running an amazingly successful business from your laptop from unbelievable locations. Our guest today can show you exactly how to do this. Stephanie Donegan is known as the Marketing Maven.

When it comes to helping business owners turn their businesses that look more like jobs into businesses that provide freedom, she’s your go to girl!

Stephanie has 10 years of experience in sales and marketing, helping major Fortune 500 telecommunications companies get their message and their brand out to the masses.

She’s been featured on NBC, CBS and Fox Business just to name a few.

And in 2013 Stephanie launched The Marketing Maven Show, an Itunes Podcast, helping entrepreneurs learn how to effectively market their business in order to increase opt-in’s and sales and live a life of financial, lifestyle and time freedom that they desire.

Direct download: 3-24-2014_The_Online_Entrepreneur_Stephanie_Donegan_Podcast-MP3_File.mp3
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Natasha Bowen is the Chief Visionary at Visionary People, a Business Management Consulting Firm specializing in helping companies get in position for success. Visionary People places companies and their owners on the paths of the least resistant.

Natasha is a Business & Marketing Strategist that enjoys working with companies and their owners who are ready to apply strategy and simplicity to growing their business. With over 15 yrs of experience with critical thinking, crisis management, process improvement and creative thinking she holds a Masters Degree in Business & Marketing. Natasha launched Visionary People in 2007 and since then has taken the company to pivotal heights.

 

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Ms. Kashima Peters is the founder of The Social Hostess. She brings 13 plus years of hospitality and customer service experience to the company and the industry. Kashima Peters created the Social Hostess as a bridge between concierge services and professional event planning.

The Social Hostess was established in 2011 to meet the growing need for event and party assistance. The Social Hostess services for corporate and residential clients in support of small in and large events.  The company positions itself so that the event host is able to enjoy their moment and accomplish each event goal by taking care of the logistics of the event.

Please visit www.MySocialHostess.com and like The Social Hostess, LLC on Facebook

 

Direct download: 11-25-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Kashima_Peters_podcast.mp3
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Nathan Daley, age 27, is the owner of Rising Sun Enterprises.

Rising Sun Enterpirses is an up and coming company that provides highly innovative product designs and strategic marketing techniques to insure clients’ success with the main goal of increasing long-term profitability.

Daley is also a products engineer. He can be reached at info@khymera.com

http://dreammc.wix.com/khymera

Direct download: 11-18-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Nathan_Daley_podcast.mp3
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Diana Keough is Founder and CEO of ShareWIK Media, a health and wellness content production company that uses the power of personal stories to Engage, Educate and Inspire healthy living.  ShareWIK syndicates its content to media outlets, and licenses its proprietary educational modules to employers, benefits providers, corporate wellness platforms, and other channels within the healthcare industry.

Diana is also a Pulitzer-prize nominated medical journalist whose byline has appeared regularly in numerous print publications and on NPR.
She is a regular guest lecturer in the Emory journalism program, a TEDx presenter, popular conference speaker and mom to four sons.  Her first book, “The Grass is Green Enough Right Here,” is scheduled to be published in 2014.

sharewik.com 
@dikeough
@sharewik  
https://www.facebook.com/ShareWIK
http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=19044041&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile

Direct download: 11-11-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Dianna_Keough_podcast.mp3
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Lan Bercu was born and raised in Vietnam, a country that has suffered from one thousand years of perpetual war. At a young age, she was inspired by the Chinese classic -Sun Tzu’s Art of War. The messages instilled the principles, and strategies that would allow her to overcome tremendous hardships, enabled her to not only survive, but to thrive in the battlefields of school, the corporate world and the entrepreneurial race.

Lan is founder and president of Lead Across Cultures is an international speaker, seminar leader and expert on Sun Tzu’s Art of War and its modern business applications, cross-cultural competence and global leadership development. She travels from Atlanta to Beijing, and Ho Chi Minh City to Washington DC to assist her clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies including Intel, Bayer and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney to a variety of business associations. In her earlier years,  Lan was an entrepreneur and public relations executive. She also provided consultancy to expatriates and their families in Southeast Asia including Hyundai, Honda and Nippon.

She holds a Master of Business and Administration degree from Kennesaw State University and specializes in Organizational Behavior and Global Leadership Development.

Lan is an active member of the National Speakers Association USA, Global Speakers Federation and the American Society of Training and Development. Lan has been featured in Financial Business News Channel, Vietnam Investment Review and Entrepreneur magazine. For more information, visit: LeadAcrossCultures.com

Direct download: 11-4-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Lan_Bercu_podcast.mp3
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East Cobb Fitness brings personal fitness training to your home or work.  We work with people at ALL fitness levels so no worries.  You will not be overworked.  Especially starting out.  Our focus is on SAFE training for ALL AGES.  Always a flat rate of $40/hr.  Bring a friend and SPLIT the cost or workout with your spouse for the same $40.  Very affordable for most everyone.  Never any contracts or fees.  Always pay as you go.  All equipment is PROVIDED.  All you need is yourself.  Available Monday – Friday as early as 5am until 7pm at night. In business for 25 years.  And, if you are OVER 50 years old, we SPECIALIZE in exercise programs for adults 50+.  Serving Cobb and North Fulton counties.

Mike the trainer – owner of East Cobb Fitness Personal Training.  The trainers that COME TO YOU in your time and at your place…home or work.  All equipment is PROVIDED!  Call East Cob Fitness for convenience, value and safe exercise programs @ 404-384-5915 or check out their website at www.eastcobbfitness.com

Direct download: 10-14-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Michael_Torres_podcast.mp3
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Yes, Ma'am! Mammograms Are A Must® is a social enterprise that raises awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer and helps to fund annual screenings for uninsured women. The sassy and southern pink T-shirt is drawing attention, and increasing numbers of mammography advocates — called Ma’ambassadors — are helping to move the momentum nationally. Sales of the tee donate 25% to nonprofit healthcare organizations or funds that provide mammograms for women who don’t have insurance.

Lee McCracken is a writer, editor, social entrepreneur and three-year breast cancer survivor. At 50, Lee says God turned her mess into a message, and she created and trademarked Yes, Ma'am! Mammograms Are A Must®. The social enterprise makes a sassy and southern statement about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. The pink T-shirt (www.YesMaamTee.com) helps to fund annual screenings for uninsured women. The message is clear: “Get your squeeze on!” and be breast-aware to put a stop to late-stage cancer diagnosis. Lee welcomes advocates of early breast cancer detection, known as Ma’ambassadors, to join the campaign at www.Facebook.com/YesMaamMammograms and on Twitter at @YesMaamMammos.

Lee lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband of 29 years and also is a veteran writer and editor. Her book, “A Prayer and a Pink Pedicure,” which tells the story of self-discovery and spiritual preservation following loss, a cancer diagnosis and a crisis of faith, will be published in 2013. For more information on "A Prayer and a Pink Pedicure", check out this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxyZ__E-5Zo

Direct download: 9-23-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Lee_McCracken.mp3
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Deb Krier, “The SociaLight,” is passionate about working with professionals to show them how to use social media to promote themselves and their businesses.

Deb Krier is a Social Media adviser, professional speaker, and trainer. With nearly 20 years as a marketing and PR professional, she likes to help people learn how to use social networking in a way that helps expand their professional networks, create business, and get new clients. She hosts a weekly radio program on Mile Hi Radio that focuses on social media and is the founder of Wise Women Communications, a marketing and public relations firm.

Direct download: 9-16-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Deb_Krier_podcast.mp3
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Raymond L. Jackson was born in the small southern town of Valdosta, Ga. in 1961.

A vast amount of the core values, such as respect, religion, love and compassion to name a few were all provided through his eyes and learned as he watched his parents. But most of his characteristics and attributes that he is bringing to the ongoing development of First Image come directly from the 20 years of experience obtained while serving his country as an enlisted serviceman within the United States Army. Some of which has been entwined within the fabric of his everyday life.  Raymond likes to be the one that sets the example for maintaining a proficiency level that is above the standard. Throughout his encounters with others, he has established a reputation as an unusually dependable individual that has that natural drive to commit to quality.

Team cohesion and reliability is a key ingredient, for no company can accomplish their goals or any task without this concept being implemented from the top to the bottom. Being assertive and applying diplomacy have provided Raymond with being accustomed to interfacing daily with a variety of backgrounds and solving a wide range of customer problems. Raymond brings with him a keen sense of always paying attention to details and noticing those little things that others do not seem to think are important. And, of course, there is that little thing call pride. Because when you can lift your head up at the end of a hard day’s work, look back over your shoulder and can say that you are proud of your accomplishment for that day, it’s not such a little thing anymore and it makes getting up tomorrow to start all over again that much easier.

Since 2001, First Image Inc. has provided premier commercial cleaning services throughout Metro Atlanta. The goal and passion of the founder of First Image, Raymond Jackson, is to provide their clients a level of service unequaled in the cleaning industry. Through its fundamental shift from traditional janitorial services to providing 100% Green Cleaning services, First Image prides itself on the focus and commitment they employ at the unseen level, from the sparkling floors to the sanitized public spaces. First Image leverages the most advanced cleaning methods and equipment designed and proven, and uses the highest efficacy technology on the market today. When it comes to quality, attention to detail, value, and customer satisfaction, First Image knows it is what leads to loyal and sustaining clients, referrals, and repeat business.
First Image is committed to delivering a vast range of services that are both effective and environmentally unsurpassed, as well as uses materials and products that saves times and improves efficiency.

Direct download: 8-19-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Raymond_Jackson_podcast.mp3
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Natasha Davis-Bowen is a baccalaureate prepared Registered Nurse certified in Emergency and Trauma nursing for over 10 years. She emerged as a Business & Marketing Strategist in 2007, with the launch of her 2nd company Visionary People, LLC. Natasha shifted her career focus and pursued her Masters in Business & Marketing in the Fall of 2009. Her specialty is taking Visions for Success, and Creatively Transforming them into Reality using Strategic Planning and Execution. As a member of the AMA, NAPW, CWW, NAWOSB, WAC, RCC and certified expert in email & social media marketing, she thrives on fixing problems and eliminating frustrations for businesses and their owners.

In 2009, Natasha, authored and published her first book “Get Grounded; Stay Grounded” as a way to help people find their purpose. Currently she is working on the launch of her 2nd book “Unleash The Entrepreneur”. By 2011, Natasha gained recognition as the Executive Professional & Entrepreneur of the Year and noted as one of the 40 under 40 Movers and Shakers in Business by Career Magazine. Natasha was also welcomed to The World Chamber of Commerce as the Director of Membership in 2011. In 2012 she entered her newest roles as New Business Ambassador for the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce and Chair of Marketing for the Atlanta World Affairs Council – Young Leaders. On April 30th 2013, Natasha was selected for & presented with recognition as a “Woman of Outstanding Leadership in Business” by the International Women’s Leadership Association – Leadership Category.

You can find Natasha pouring knowledge into the community while hosting her popular Radio Show, “Coaching For Success” and TV Show “A Day In The Life Of Business”. This young woman is passionate about being productive and progressive; humbly earning the title “The Chief Visionary” in 2010, her commitment & passion is to shift people into human beings of absolute success. When she’s not in the media empowering & educating the business community or directing the operations of the Target 1000 Campaign initiative, she’s working hard to take her clients and their business from Good to Great.
Find full details about Natasha on www.NatashaDavisBowen.com

Direct download: 7-1-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Natasha_Davis_Bowen_podcast.mp3
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Bryant Bateman is President of Exaserv, Inc. and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from the University of Georgia. With over 15 years of implementation and support experience in the SAP HCM arena, Bryant is considered a thought leader in both implementation and building support organizations.

Prior to joining Exaserv in June of 2007, Bryant served as the manager of global HCM and Payroll support for a Fortune 150 company. In this role, Bryant was responsible for rolling our SAP HCM globally and putting in place a global support organization encompassing North America and Europe, while continuously supporting new company initiatives.

Bryant’s main focus at Exaserv includes the development and management of multiple business lines encompassing both consulting services and the application maintenance service organization across the full suite of SAP and SuccessFactors solution offering.

Headquartered in the US with global offices in Europe and Asia-Pacific, Exaserv is a SAP and SuccessFactors certified Partner specializing in the implementation of SAP ERP HCM for global companies. Exaserv has combined deep functional knowledge and technical expertise to develop their proprietary Exalerate SaaS HCM Solution which includes Exalerate Ci, Exalerate Onboarding, Exalerate Admin Tool, Bodhi Portal and Open TextTM Services, progressive offerings and customized solutions for SAP HCM. For more information about Exaserv visit: www.exaserv.com

Direct download: 6-17-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Wim__Bryant_Exaserv_podcast.mp3
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Ball of Fire Consulting is a general business management consulting, training and coaching firm, working with small to corporate size businesses to implement the leadership, processes, strategies and people that will create a thriving business and company culture. With a special focus on women in leadership, Ball of Fire Consulting trains, educates, inspires and influences change for women in the workplace.

Bernadette Boas is known as a ‘ball of fire’ change agent, speaker, author, and radio host who inspires, motivates and equips women around the world, with the mindset, skills and talents they need to obtain success and prosperity in their life and business.

With what she called her ‘pink slip to freedom’, Bernadette authored her first in a series of books, Shedding the Corporate Bitch, Shifting from Bitch to Rich in Life and Business, which propelled her to the position of Leader of the Shedding the Bitch® Movement.

Bernadette has called Atlanta, Georgia her home for eighteen years, along with her four legged best friend, Charlie.

Direct download: 6-3-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Bernadette_Boas_podcast.mp3
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Renaissance EXECUTIVE FORUMS brings together the top executives from non-competing companies of similar size, into a peer advisory board process, where these leaders gain fresh ideas and new insights that produce tangible solutions and improvements in any/all aspects of their businesses. We believe “you don’t have to go it alone”.

As President and owner of Renaissance EXECUTIVE FORUMS – ATLANTA EAST, Dennis Daniels builds and facilitates Top Executive Peer Advisory Boards, comprised of business owners, CEOs and Presidents in the Atlanta area.

Dennis has more than 30 years of global executive management experience from companies such as Tenneco Oil Co., PepsiCo, Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corp., Solectron, StatsChipPAC Ltd. and Silicon Graphics.

With particular expertise in human resources, marketing, business development, strategic planning and corporate governance, Dennis has traveled and worked extensively throughout Asia, Europe and Latin America. Prior to his corporate career, he was a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Read more about his background on LinkedIn, on www.executiveforums.com

 

Direct download: 6-3-2013_The_Better_You_Network_Dennis_Daniels_podcast.mp3
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From “saloon to salon,” BRÖÖ Haircare has taken the home-brewed remedy of the “beer hair” rinse, and raised the bar by creating a line of ultra-performing natural shampoos and conditioners, crafted from the “beauty in beer”.  With microbrewed beer as the #1 ingredient, BRÖÖ “pops the top” on the natural beauty industry.

Frustrated by the performance of the natural hair care products they were using, Brad and Sarah Pearsall were inspired to turn the natural hair care industry on its head, by the two things that surround them in Asheville, North Carolina, craft beer and the natural beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Taking a cue from their mothers (who had rinsed their hair with beer back in college for body and shine), Brad and Sarah set out on a journey to discover the natural beauty in beer.  Along the way, they succeeded in creating BRÖÖ, a line of ultra-performing, natural shampoos and conditioners that tap into the B vitamins, proteins, and minerals in microbrewed beer from Asheville.

Just voted “Breakthrough Company of 2013” in Delicious Living Magazine’s 2013 Beauty & Body Awards, BRÖÖ is now sold in the natural channel across most of the country, and Brad and Sarah have started spreading the “beer beauty” message into mainstream channels, as well.  Take a “sip” of BRÖÖ at broo.com, and learn why beer really does make you better looking!

Although they've only been on store shelves a little over a year, they just won the prestigious "Breakthrough Company of 2013 Award" in Delicious Living Magazine's 2013 Beauty & Body Awards.  Delicious Living, the leading consumer magazine in the natural products industry, with more than one million readers each month, picked BRÖÖ from hundreds of natural beauty products and brands to feature the industry’s most innovative and effective nontoxic products: http://deliciousliving.com/2013beautyawards.   They are so excited to be a part of Asheville's natural products sector, and are proud that Delicious Living magazine recognized an Asheville natural products company with this award.

Direct download: 5-27-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Brad_Pearsall_podcast.mp3
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Ann Hite’s debut novel, Ghost On Black Mountain, not only became a Townsend Prize Finalist but won Georgia Author of the Year in 2012.

Her personal essays and short stories have been published in numerous national anthologies. The Storycatcher, her second Black Mountain novel, will be released by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster on September 10th.  Lowcountry Spirit, an eBook novella, will be available from Pocket Star, also an imprint of Simon & Schuster, on August 13th.

Ann is an admitted book junkie with a library of over a thousand books. She lives in Smyrna, Georgia with her husband and daughter, where she allows her Appalachian characters to dictate their stories.

Direct download: 5-27-2013_The_Better_You_Network_Ann_Hite_podcast.mp3
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Roger Stix is the owner and Executive Producer of Atlanta Business Video.

Before founding Atlanta Business Video in 2008, Roger had been hard at work as an executive in the banking, electronics, and finance world for over 35 years. His foresight into the world of business and passion for video inspired the revelation that affordable web video was going to be an emerging need in the upcoming years.

Direct download: 5-27-2013_The_Better_You_Network_Roger_Stix_podcast.mp3
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Jeannie Dunn, herbalist and NC native, serves as director and owner of Red Moon Herbs. After 20 years, extracts are still made in the wise woman tradition using prolific, local plants harvested and processed fresh at the peak of their season.

Red Moon Herbs is a woman-owned herbal extracts company that focuses on prolific plants harvested at the peak of their season. Red Moon Herbs was founded by Corinna Wood, director of SE Women's Herbal Conference, and Jessica Godino, acupuncturist at Four Flames Healing. Studying under Susun Weed, renowned herbalist and author, Red Moon Herbs bases its principles and foundation on the Wise Woman Tradition. Now in business 20 years, Red Moon Herbs still makes herbal medicine in this method using fresh plants from local sources in small batches. Redmoonherbs.com

www.facebook.com/redmoonherbs
jeannie@redmoonherbs.com
www.redmoonherbs.com
888-929-0777

 

Direct download: 5-27-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Jeannie_Dunn_podcast.mp3
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Chuck Blethen is President and COB of NCNPA – www.NCNaturalProducts.org. He is owner of Jewel of the Blue Ridge Vineyard in Marshall NC where he specializes in propagating and growing the cold-hardy Katuah Muscadine for sale to the nutraceutical industry – www.JeweloftheBlueRidge.com. Chuck is also VP Public Relations for the French Broad Vignerons LLC, an organization that promotes viticulture as a tool for economic development in the mountain counties of western North Carolina by providing education to the public about growing grapes, making wine, and all of the 150+ value added products that can come from using grapes as a raw material – www.FrenchBroadVignerons.org.

Sarah Oram has spent the past 30 years building and expanding various non-profit organizations around Asheville and beyond.  She sees great economic potential for Western North Carolina if the Blue Ridge Naturally seal can be successfully launched and hopes her experience in marketing great ideas will carry through.

The North Carolina Natural Products Association (NCNPA) was formed over 11 years ago as a 501c(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promotion of conserving, cultivating, sustainably harvesting, and processing North Carolina grown medicinal plants. NCNPA's mission is to establish North Carolina as a key global supplier of premium-quality raw materials and plant-based value added products such as natural medicines, organic products, functional foods, and personal care products.

The Blue Ridge Naturally seal program is designed to bring international and national attention to Western North Carolina’s emerging natural products industry.  The Blue Ridge Naturally seal on products emphasizes Western North Carolina’s superior quality in locally grown ingredients and finished natural products . It announces to potential customers an assured level of product safety, tested quality in addition to affiliation with Western North Carolina, a region of distinction in the natural products industry.
I am a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania MBA program.

Direct download: 5-20-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Chuck_Blethem__Sarah_Oram_podcast.mp3
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In 1993, Randy and Cindi Beavers realized they would one day inherit her Grandfather’s farm forcing them to choose between selling the farm to land developers or moving there and attempting to make a living. Cindi’s Grandfather had purchased the farm in 1932 and paid for it with a bale of cotton per year so the couple felt they couldn’t place a monetary value on his dedication. There was only one option, move to the farm. Little did they know how that decision would shape their lives.

Twenty years later and after a series of eight Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards from USDA and NIH/NCCAM focused on development of sustainable production and processing techniques for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species Appendix II listed plant Hydrastis canadensis, aka goldenseal, Randy is considered an authority on the plant and is at the forefront of raising the bar of goldenseal product quality and reliability.

Steve Henson is a marketing professor at Western Carolina University and the Chief Marketing Officer at BotaniPharm.  He began his career working for about five years with GE Capital, then moved to a subsidiary of Ciba-Geigy, now Novartis.  Mid-career, he decided to make the switch to academics and earned his Ph.D. in Marketing from Georgia State University at the ripe young age of 40.  He is a native Appalachian and had a chance to return to the mountains at Western and jumped at it.

BotaniPharm, LLC is the only known 100% grower owned botanical product company in the US. The company specializes in United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program certified production and processing of high value, forest grown medicinal plants particularly  endangered/threatened species such as Hydrastis canadensis, aka goldenseal.

The company’s leadership in the area of development of sustainable production and processing methods for endangered/threatened medicinal plants has been recognized by the USDA and the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH/NCCAM) through a series of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards totaling more than $2 million.

Through this work the Company’s Founder developed a paradigm changing method of standardizing goldenseal products to specific levels of biological activity thus assuring repeatable potency regardless of year to year and location to location variability and opening the door to controlled clinical studies using goldenseal for the first time.

The Company currently produces research grade goldenseal products for use in NIH funded human clinical studies and markets a consumer line of dietary supplements, Goldenseal Advanced™, based on the same standardization process through their website, www.botanipharm.com.

BotaniPharm’s mission is to enhance profitability for its small farm members through pooled production, cooperative processing, and marketing under a common brand name, create safer, more reliable products for consumers, and produce a desirable environmental benefit through reduction in the need for wild collected medicinal plants to meet market demand, true “triple bottom line benefits”.

Direct download: 5-20-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Randy_Beavers__Steve_Henson_podcast.mp3
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Southern Fried Strings was started by three great friends who simply LOVE Lacrosse. Brothers, Zach and Sam, along with their best friend Matt began their business with a mission to offer superior lacrosse head stringing services and supplies at affordable prices. They also created a unique wax coated mesh which allows the mesh to be water resistant greatly increasing consistency and control during bad weather, a quicker "break in" period for the mesh pocket and gives more hold to the ball.

Zach specializes in stringing traditional pockets closely resembling the Native American Style.

Sam specializes in stringing goalie heads.

Matt specializes in stringing modern mesh pockets that are most commonly used today.

Check out their videos on YouTube at Southernfried Strings, or email them at southernfriedstrings@aol.com

Direct download: 5-13-2013_The_Better_You_Network_Southern_Fried_Strings_podcast.mp3
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While working at a UPS store while studying video production in college, Marisa decided that she wanted to do something "more stable" with her life.  It was then that she decided to become a small business owner.

Melissa and her father, Chuck, purchased the store at at 3162 Johnson Ferry Road in East Cobb in June, 2011.

Their UPS store offers not only shipping and packaging, but also can do all sorts of printing such as business cards, brochures, flyers, large format printing such as yard signs, banners, canvases, promotional items – hats, shirts, pens, etc.

Direct download: 5-13-2013_The_Better_You_Network_Marisa_Maire_podcast.mp3
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Ken Robbins is a recognized expert in the fields of direct marketing and marketing strategy.

He is a frequent speaker to CEO groups and  conferences on the subject of marketing strategy, and how to identify the leverage points in your marketing and sales system that turn accelerate growth. He can be seen at KenRobbinsBlog.com or contacted through ResponseMine.com

Response Mine works with mid-size and large companies to help them get a lot more new customers and revenues through internet marketing. They work with national retailers, large home service providers, and healthcare organizations to generate online sales, and online leads.

Direct download: 5-13-2013_The_Better_You_Network_Ken_Robbins_podcast.mp3
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NODE is the worlds smartest wireless sensor platform. It makes your smartphone into a tool to measure anything, from temperature to color to carbon monoxide!

Dr. George Yu is a Georgia Tech alumni and has worked for NASA and DHS on wireless technology.

He invented the NODE platform and successfully raised money on kick starter to have the first Node’s produced. You can buy the NODE right now on NodeSensors.com

Direct download: 5-13-2013_The_Better_You_Project_George_Yu_podcast.mp3
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KJ McKinnon International LLC is a organization that specializes in helping everyday people achieve change their present condition and escape their comfort zone. With over twenty-five years of experience and a trail of success, KJ McKinnon International LLC energizes people to pursue personal, spiritual, and professional development. The pursuit of this development is aided by a long list of personal and professional development tools, training workshops, motivational speaking platforms, and Kinnovations. From innovation to leadership, KJ McKinnon International LLC leads the way in creating a groundswell of real development.

Kevin McKinnon, a Tifton, Georgia native, is the author of Next Level Pursuit, President of KJ McKinnon International LLC and Chief Commercial Officer for Smart House Calls, LLC. Kevin is also the Chairman of the Board for the Brighter Tomorrow’s Foundation in DeKalb County, Georgia. Prior to these experiences, Kevin was an award winning, senior leader at one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world with responsibilities up to 1,000 employees and more than a billion dollars in revenue. Last, Kevin was a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, serving in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Kevin is a graduate of Columbia  University in the City of New York and a doctor of business administration candidate. Kevin’s website address is www.kjmckinnon.com and twitter address is @KevinJMcKinnon.

Direct download: 4-29-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Kevin_McKinnon_podcast.mp3
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Adell Henderson has worked in music, television and film as an editor, producer and marketing consultant for a variety of pop culture influencers. His philanthropy work began through community service and as a public speaker for students ranging from grade school to college.  In 2006, as President of his Los Angeles based Karma Foundation, he focused primarily on at-risk youth projects that included participation and partnerships with talent and organizations such as Snoop dogg, Plaxico Buress, Andre Dirrell, Mateen Cleaves, NBA Development League, Los Angeles Unified School District and Boys & Girls Club of America, Xbox, Under Armour and 2K Sports.

Prefessional U is a multimedia career development organization that provides impressionable youth, ages 14-24, with a plethora of information and resources needed to excel in one’s favored profession.

This unique consulting institution exposes these individuals to a variety of success stories and career opportunities through its non-traditional lesson plans including interactive learning, college preparation, internship opportunities, access to a distinguished array of professionals and job placement.

While encouraging critical thinking, time management and individualized custom planning, the principles that Prefessional U teaches will help students understand how to obtain professional success from both technical and political aspects. Participants enrolled in Prefessional U will be exposed to the pros and cons of choosing their potential career paths. Prefessional U is the preferred place where careers are born.

Direct download: 4-15-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Adell_Henderson_podcast.mp3
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The Mylene Sheath is co-owned and operated by Lindsay Palmer and Joel Proper. The LLC was incorporated in March of 2007 and released its first album in August of 2007 by the band, If These Trees Could Talk. To date, The Mylene Sheath now has 43 releases and 17 Artists on the label, has worldwide distribution through Redeye Distribution, and is still completely owned and operated by its founding members.

Website: www.mylenesheath.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mylenesheath

Twitter: www.twitter.com/Mylene_Sheath

Bandcamp: www.themylenesheath.bandcamp.com

The Mylene Sheath is an independent record label whose motivation in this is to make the art we love available to as many people as we can. We are not interested in just creating a product to be bought and sold for as much money as it can produce. It is more our effort to actively participate in something meaningful, to give back to something that has always filled the voids in our lives and helped us maintain a positive outlook on the future. We believe that one’s ethical standpoint does not have to collide with one’s business standpoint, and believe.

Direct download: 3-11-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Mylene_Sheath.mp3
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Twenty or so years ago Wendy Kinney decided that she couldn’t build a business without interacting with people, and that it was okay to be uncomfortable – but it wasn’t okay to let fear stop her from achieving everything she could. She’s read over 900 books about referrals and the systems, language and techniques to generate them, and shares that knowledge through presentations, workshops, books, blog posts and tweets.

Find her at WendysDesk.com and @WendyKinney on Twitter, and on PowerCore.net.

Direct download: 3-4-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Wendy_Kinney.mp3
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Lori Raney is the owner and lead designer at Cherry Lane- a full service drapery and design atelier. From custom drapery and custom furniture to fabrics and hardware, Cherry Lane has everything their clients need to make their home spectacular.

Lori learned to sew at an early age and had dreams of being a fashion designer. After leaving a career in nursing, Lori opened Cherry Lane and her dream came alive again. She uses dress designer detailing on her drapery and pillows to blend the best of both worlds. She travels to Paris every year to come back with fresh inspiration for her clients.

Direct download: 3-4-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Lori_Raney.mp3
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Banyan is making it simple for researchers to share, publish, and collaborate on what they are working on. They launched this summer in Chattanooga, Tennessee & were the winners of the 2012 Gig Tank competition judged by Alcatel-Lucent, Mozilla, IBM & more.

TJ Weigel spends his days as a front-end developer and designer. Previously, he worked with the Tampa Bay Lightning, did user experience work on Album Jacket and co-founded Two Giraffes with Toni.

Toni Gemayel is the CEO of Banyan does everything from front-end development to sales. Previously, he was an analyst at VC firm, helped co-found Album Jacket, and co-founded Two Giraffes with TJ. He is also a mentor at the Founders Institute.
Direct download: 2-25-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Banyan.mp3
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Fancy Rhino launched into the merging worlds of advertisement and documentary filmmaking at the same moment in 2010. One field favored truth-finders and the other favored good liars.

Covenant College alumni Drew Belz and Isaiah Smallman were finishing degrees in English Literature and Classic Philosophy, and a perfect storm began.

Direct download: 2-25-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Fancy_Rhino_.mp3
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Bo Ferger, CEO – Quickcue – After taking Second Place at the 2011 Chattanooga 48-Hour Launch, Quickcue has now raised over $3 million and is redefining the causal dinning experience. The iPad-based app allows both guests and restaurants to contribute to the overall guest experience, which enables exceptional hospitality to be delivered during the dining experience.
 
In 24 years as an entrepreneur in the tech world, Bo Ferger, has always been a part of the next tech movement. As CEO of Quickcue he is again championing technological advancements, in the restaurant and hospitality industry. Previously, Ferger has been part of tech start-ups in Atlanta, GA; and Burbank, CA. Ferger understands the tech world and the challenges of a start-up, his insights have been invaluable to a number of small companies striving to be the next big thing.
Direct download: 2-18-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Quick_Que.mp3
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Boyd Patterson created JuryStar, which is a jury selection app based upon 10 years of actual courtroom litigation.
 
JuryStar was nominated as a 2012 Best Trial Prep iPad App by The National Law Journal. JuryStar received additional national recognition from The American Lawyer magazine, which listed JuryStar as the only jury selection app in its article of legal apps “that really deliver,” providing: “Many apps have tried to facilitate the jury selection process—and most would quickly be found guilty of not helping much. But JuryStar bucks the trend with a user interface and features more in line with the way trial attorneys choose a panel.” The American Lawyer, October 2012.
 
Litigatortechnology.com also has an exclusive arrangement with the nation’s number one jury consulting firm, DecisionQuest. Through the Web Jury Consulting service on the litigatortechnology.com website, every litigator in the country can access the nation’s best jury consultants at a fraction of the cost.
 
Boyd Patterson has been involved in emerging courtroom technologies and has consistently used technology applications in jury trials. Boyd was a member of the team that brought new technologies to the criminal courtrooms in his county, has prompted the development of computer programs to help identify gang members, and designed www.5000angels.com, a website which allows community members to support child victims of crime. And his latest venture is JuryStar.
 
He has been involved in the study and practice of psychology and law for the last 24 years, earned his B.S. in psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, his Masters of Psychology from the University of West Georgia, his law degree from Duquesne University, was a mental health counselor for at-risk youth near Atlanta, was a trial court prosecutor at the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office in Chattanooga, and currently serves as the Gang Task Force Coordinator for his jurisdiction.
 
Boyd has written the courtroom manual Trial Resource: 404(b) evidence by topic, 2nd Edition for his office (available on amazon.com), published articles on trial preparation, trial presentation and litigation philosophy, provided litigation training seminars at the local, state and national level, serves on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County, and enjoys speaking to students about finding careers that fit their interests.
 
The website for his company is www.litigatortechnology.com
Direct download: 2-18-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Boyd_Pattterson_podcast.mp3
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This week Tara Gentile, creative business coach, talked to The "Better You" Project about her successes and how to not get hit by the "conventional bug" but to fulfill those dreams you've always had. She found out early in life that she had skills that translated well to business and the marketplace. She stated that America is working towards a Y-O-U economy in that "we want to reclaim what is valuable to us". In her own words Tara said that "people want to invest in things that feel important and have meaningful experiences, whether it's fancy wedding invitations, weekly massages or even business coaches".

She suggests beating back self-sabotage and disbelief, and says we need more people to be engaged and on fire to have higher earning goals for themselves. For her clients she translates "true-self into true-business" by helping them realize how their own personal beliefs, values, and operating systems could allow them to create a thriving business.

Direct download: 2-11-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Tara_Gentile_podcast.mp3
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This week The "Better You" Project highlights Spencer Humphrey and Neil Rollins, co-owners of Black Tie Catering in Atlanta.

They began their business based on a hobby and recently won a National Conference as being one of the top caterers in Atlanta. They told humorous stories of success and failure during their journey. You will both laugh and be inspired after you hear about the 270 turkeys they cooked or having to grill outside in Chicago in February. The owners of Black Tie Catering took risks and it has definitely paid off.

Direct download: 2-11-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Black_Tie_Catering_podcast.mp3
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Travis Truett of Akimbo is a fellow serial entrepreneur. 
 
He was the Co-founder of retickr, a “retired” stock ticker for Mac desktops that allowed users to customize their streams. Selling point was “read, share, back to what you were doing in three clicks”. He is also the Co-founder of Fireplug, an iPhone application that bridges the gap between information and knowledge and Co-founder of Ambition, enterprise sales software that allows employees to compete against each other, similar to Fantasy Football. Listen to our interview as Travis talks about the challenges and solutions of being a serial entrepreneur.
Direct download: 2-11-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Travis_Truitt_.mp3
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Campus Bellhops is the solution to the mass-moving needs of college students.  Don’t think moving company; we’re just two awesome college guys that show up to do all the work for you.  Big year in 2013: 60 Universities, 3500 Bellhops, LOTS OF HAPPY MOMS.

Listen as Cameron Doody and Stephen Vlahos share their story of building a business one move at a time.

Direct download: 2-11-2013_The_Better_you_Project_Campus_Bellhops.mp3
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Dr. Shelley Prevost is a co-founder and Director of Happiness at Lamp Post Group, a Venture Capital Incubator in Chattanooga, TN.There she guides founders to infuse values, meaning, and positive relationships into their company culture from the very beginning.  She also writes about psychology and startup culture for Inc.com and Nooga.com.

Direct download: 2-4-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Shelly_Prevost.mp3
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Eric Holtzclaw and Susan McMullen interview the Leaders of LPG, Ted Alling and Allan Davis.

Lamp Post Group is a venture incubator. LPG combines the resources of a startup incubator with the financial investment capabilities of a venture capital firm. LPG believes in starting companies the right way - with consistent principles and a culture of empowerment.

LPG companies range in industry and stage of growth all the way from recent college graduates working in social data mining to an established manufacturing firm looking to grow.

Ted Alling

At just 33 years old, Ted has already established himself as one of the leading entrepreneurs in the South and is widely regarded as the leading young business-person in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Ted is now a managing partner of the Lamp Post Group, where he actively recruits and mentors entrepreneurs. Along with his co-founders Allan Davis and Barry Large, Ted’s visionary leadership as CEO of Access America Transport led directly to its organic growth into $150 million in revenue in 2010 after nine consecutive years of organic growth. Ted also founded AAT Carriers, an asset based trucking company specializing in the transport of weapons and hazardous materials, as well as Reliance Partners, a full-service insurance agency. A native of Vestavia Hills, AL, Ted earned his B.S. in Business Administration from Samford University where he and his partners were named Outstanding Young Alumni of the Year in 2010. Ted currently serves on the board of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. Ted resides on Lookout Mountain with his wife of 10 years and three children.
 
Allan Davis
Allan’s bold and often unorthodox perspective has made him an effective counter-balance to traditional business theory and practice allowing him and his companies to push the envelope and develop innovative solutions. In his role as a managing partner at Lamp Post, Allan helps entrepreneurs understand what they do best and then how to empower others to scale out beyond just the founder’s circle. His efficacy for strategic long-term planning and reverse engineering has made him the person largely credited for Access America’s explosive growth from startup to over $150 million in revenue in under 10 years. During his tenure as COO Access America has expanded to seven locations across the U.S and received dozens of awards and recognitions for its forward thinking approach to meeting the transportation and logistics needs of its customers. Allan graduated from McCallie School in Chattanooga in 1996 before attending Samford University where he graduated in 2000 with a B.S. in Management. In 2010, Allan also became a graduate of Singularity University’s Executive Program.
Direct download: 2-4-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Lamp_Post_Group.mp3
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Reni is the conceptual designer and owner of BLISS AND TELL BRANDING COMPANY…a boutique design and branding firm located in San Diego California, with national and international clients.  Reni has successfully found a niche among the creative and hospitality industries offering design, marketing and branding services (both print and digital). Today, after 13 years in the design industry, B&T branding company is a full service creative branding house that specializes in creating complete visual style for boutique-like companies as well as grand celebrations.

Direct download: 1-30-2013The_Better_You_Project_Reni.mp3
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Kathleen Fields is the Founder and Principal Designer of A Feathered Nest. In today's competitive real estate market, every showing is critical.  There is no second chance to make a first impression.  A Feathered Nest is a professional home staging company that will decorate your home to appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers. Listen as Kathleen shares with us how she transitioned from a fortune 500 company to a stay at home mom and then decided in her mid forties to go back to school and completely change her focus and career.

Direct download: 1-21-2013_TBYN_Kathleen_Fields.mp3
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Marian Parsons, aka Miss Mustard Seed, is founder and owner of Mustard Seed Interiors.

Mustard Seed Interiors LLC is a small business that was born out of a love for antiques, decorating on a budget, and giving old pieces of furniture new life. While the primary focus of the retail business is painted and refinished furniture, MSI also carries upholstered pieces, found objects, vintage-inspired painted signs and handmade accessories for the home.  All of these products are currently available for sale on the first floor in the lobby of The Old Lucketts Store in Leesburg, VA.

 

Direct download: 3-25-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Marian_Parsons.mp3
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Shayne Walsey, President of Urban Enterprises has been with the company her entire life!

As the daughter of the founder, Jill Brown, Walsey began her apprentice at the dinner table.  Having managed all aspects of the business from customer service to sales to client relations, Walsey has been running the business for the last 5 years.

Walsey is passionate about her family, her new baby, her hometown – Atlanta! – and growing her business!

Direct download: 12-19-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Shayne_Walsey.mp3
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Dr. Ann Vertel inspires women 35-65 to live fearless, rich, and radiant. As a success expert, speaker, and trainer, she leads a dynamic community of women embracing who they really are by answering the call to lead others in their life and life’s work.

As a retired Naval Officer, as well as a psychologist, an entrepreneur, and the leading academic authority on the success factors of online women entrepreneurs, Ann is uniquely positioned to help women step up and lead in the entrepreneurial world.After a successful twenty-year career as a Naval Officer, Ann decided she wanted her second career to be one where she made the rules. Her mantra became, “My rules. My hours. My dress code.”

Besides loving her work-at-home lifestyle, if it involves tropical beaches, West Highland Terriers, travel, cruises, family, friends, or chocolate she’s “in!”Ann lives with her husband and daughter in sunny San Diego.

Connect with Ann at: http://AnnVertel.com

“Inspiring Women to Live Fearless, Rich, and Radiant”

Direct download: 11-28-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Ann_Vertel.mp3
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Darrah Brustein is an Atlanta transplant, by way of Philadelphia and Baltimore.  She holds a BA from Emory University in Religion and Italian,  which she naturally parlayed into her first job in wholesale apparel sales.  Ready for a new challenge, Darrah and her twin brother launched Equitable Payments in 2009.  Together they work with businesses to help find them the best fit and lowest cost solution to accept credit card payments.  Seeing a need for young professionals to have an environment where they can network both socially and professionally, she launched Atlanta Under 40 in 2011 and Atlanta Lawyers Under 40 in 2012.  She also launched Finance Whiz Kids in 2012, a series of kids books that teach elementary aged children the basics of financial literacy.

When Darrah's not working, she's volunteering as Chairman of the Board for Emory's Atlanta Young Alumni chapter and board member with the College Alumni Board.  She is also amongst the inaugural class of the Forum of Global Shapers in Atlanta, a hub of the world economic forum for 'young global leaders', working to become Altanta's leading think tank for young minds assisting non-profits.  She also spends time as an ambassador at the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

Direct download: 11-21-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Darrah_Brustein.mp3
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Make Purpose Your Priority!

From rural Charleston, SC to the White House, ‘Q’ has an unique commitment to building communities and people.

Quinetha Frasier of Strategic Funding Group shares how her entire life has been enjoyed by helping nonprofits, individuals and organizations to obtain the resources to fund their vision.

Quinetha believes that every person was born with a gift and talent that is essential to the success of our communities. She has had the opportunity, for the past fifteen years, to help colleges, nonprofit agencies, churches, and foundations find the inspiration and resources to Fund Their Vision. Quinetha has a passion for building the sustainability of nonprofits across the country.

Direct download: Quinetha_Frasier.mp3
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The "Better You" Project highlights the journey of Eric Holtzclaw, your co-host, as well as the CEO and founding partner of User Insight.

Eric is an entrepreneur, business consultant, strategic thinker, and trusted confidant. He has over 20 years of experience building companies from the ground up. Join us as we highlight his journey of success.

Direct download: 11-7-2012_Eric_Holtzclaw.mp3
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What can the dying teach us about living?

When you’ve compassionately aided people leave the planet for 30 years—helped them be comfortable, reduced their pain and listened to their words—what emerges is not just a way of dying, but also a way of living.

In her book, TRANSITIONS: A Nurse’s Education About Life and Death, Hawkins, who spent the heart of her career as an oncology and  hospice nurse in Oklahoma, offers 60 tenderly-rendered short recollections of those experiences that stayed with her…the one’s that touched her heart, took her breadth away and opened her to a greater wisdom. It’s that wisdom which she shares with us—how we can live better, more richly, more wisely and with greater love before we, too, transition—and look back to wonder what we missed.

Direct download: 10-31-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Becki_Hawkins.mp3
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Alyssa Phillips is more than just a cancer survivor, she’s a miracle.

It’s been a long road for Alyssa but by sharing her life-changing story, she hopes to empower others with what she used to turn two bone marrow transplants and a less than five percent chance of survival into a beautiful new beginning. Alyssa wants people to know that there is no such thing as “impossible” and that miracles can and do happen…she’s living proof. Alyssa encourages all of us to transcend our circumstances, physical or otherwise, by choosing to view the challenges, and even the tragedies, of our lives as veiled lessons and gifts that can break us in beautiful ways into the people we were always meant to become—if we let them. “It’s the choice that changes everything,” she says. “And it’s why I know that, no matter what it looks like, Something beautiful is happening™.”

You can also get a nice dose of inspiration from Alyssa’s uplifting blog, including all of the original “updates” she shared during her pivotal cancer journey. Alyssa continues to share her incredible story as she moves beyond her miraculous turnaround—both inside and out—to help others with what she’s learned and how she did it—including some of her favorite tips, trips and pics from along the way and even an excerpt from her upcoming book!

Direct download: 10-24-2012__Alyssa_Phillips.mp3
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Paul Evans does not believe that business and life are separate. What he loves most about online business is that he gets to do what I love every day... help people reach their dreams.Maybe you're like Paul. The structure of the corporate world just doesn't fit. Commuting, clocking in and sitting in a cubicle isn't your idea of the real life. You know you're meant for something more.Eric Holtzclaw and Susan McMullen interview Paul and learn more about how Paul’s life radically changed Tuesday, May 4, 1993 at 11:14 a.m. when his first wife, Sherri, passed away in his arms. Their son, Sam, was just 5 weeks old. And because of that Paul is driven to help others succeed so they can call the shots in their lives by being there for their family and friends, both with their time and finances.
Paul is married to Marla for 17 AWESOME years and have two sons, Sam and Steven. They live in Alabama, USA - the "deep south" as you'll notice from his accent on his videos. :)
Direct download: 10-17-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Paul_Evans.mp3
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Eric Holtzclaw and Susan McMullen interview Lee McCracken – a writer, editor, social entrepreneur and three-year breast cancer survivor. At 50, Lee says God turned her mess into a message, and she created and trademarked Yes, Ma-am! Mammograms Are A Must®. The social enterprise makes a sassy and southern statement about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. The pink T-shirt (www.YesMaamTee.com) helps to fund annual screenings for uninsured women. The message is clear: “Get your squeeze on!” and be breast-aware to put a stop to late-stage cancer diagnosis. Lee welcomes advocates of early breast cancer detection, known as Ma’ambassadors, to join the campaign at www.Facebook.com/YesMaamMammograms and on Twitter at @YesMaamMammos.

Lee lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband of 29 years and also is a veteran writer and editor. Her book, “A Prayer and a Pink Pedicure,” which tells the story of self-discovery and spiritual preservation following loss, a cancer diagnosis and a crisis of faith, will be published in 2013.

Direct download: 10-10-2012_The_Better_You_ProjectLee_McCracken.mp3
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Eric Holtzclaw and Susan McMullen interview Renea Winchester - - a mother, friend, gardening-fool and an award-winning author.

Renea is passionate about the written word and offers her advice to emerging authors who aren’t certain how to market their work. When she isn’t writing, she volunteers her time at the local library shelving books.

Direct download: _Renea_Winchester.mp3
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Anne VanDeVelder is the owner of Casabella, a 12,000 sq. ft. home décor / gift store and boutique.  Casabella carries brands such as Vera Bradley, Brighton and more and great clothing, many under $50.  You can always find a special gift and get it beautifully gift-wrapped.

Anne has been married to her husband, Tom, for 26 years.  They have 2 great daughters and 5 grandchildren.

Direct download: 9-19-2012_The_Better_You_Project_ANN_VEANDEVELDER.mp3
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David Perry is the Managing Partner of the executive search firm Perry-Martel International. He is a recruiting black-belt who builds teams for explosive growth.
 
David is also the co-author of Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 3.0 (GM4JH.com) and The Wall Street Journal Nicknamed David the "Rogue Recruiter". David is a veteran headhunter who has negotiated more than $200 million dollars in salaries and counting.
Direct download: 9-12-2012_The_Better_You_Project_David_Perry.mp3
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Patrick Braswell is the co-founder of Ten Eight (teneightapp.com), an app that eliminates the need for a tour book while giving both Brokers and their Clients the ability to rate commercial buildings while on tour and founder of MOSatlanta.com a website that gives tenants advise on leasing office space in Atlanta.

Patrick is also one of two Principals of Scotland Wright Associates (scotlandwright.com) a boutique, full-service commercial real estate brokerage company based in Atlanta.

Direct download: 9-5-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Patrick_Braswell.mp3
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Jeanne Robertson is a professional speaker who specializes in hilarious humor based on her life experiences. Speaking to thousands of people annually, she utilizes her positively funny style to illustrate that a sense of humor is much more than a laughing matter. It is a strategy for success. Heard daily on SiriusXM.

 

Direct download: 8-29-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Jeanne_Robertson.mp3
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James Ball is well known as a skilled, self-made, and counter cultural marketer among his peers in the marketing and social media space around the greater Atlanta area and beyond.  To say that James has a back story and a history like no other only begins to paint the inspiring portrait of his path toward becoming the successful entrepreneur that he is today.

James has a heart for small business and for the past several years he has strived to help them to understand and integrate social media into their marketing efforts through his blog, NotEasyToForget.com. The title itself is one more insight into the personality and experiences that make James’s story both exciting and inspiring. James lives in the North Georgia Mountains with his wife and daughter and 2 Boston Terriers.

Direct download: 8-22-2012_The_Better_You_Project_James_Ball.mp3
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Ginger Ackerman - 30+ years in sales and sales management.   Ackerman worked with large and small organizations such as Baxter Healthcare, Caremark and NDC Health.  She joined RPM as VP of Sales and was instrumental in the growth and sale of the company.  She has also started and sold a small successful business.

Josette Fleszar - 25+ years management experience in healthcare.  Founder and President of Receivable Process Management (RPM), founded in 2000.  In 2004, named 5th faster growing companies in Atlanta by Atlanta Business Chronicle, 2nd fastest growing women owned company in Georgia and top 50 entrepreneurs.  Sold RPM in 2004.  It sold again in 2005 and today is owned by a division of United Healthcare.


Ms. Hester is the CEO of LAN Systems, which provides IT solutions in the Greater Metro Atlanta Area.  LAN Systems is dedicated to providing business technology that works for people.

In 2004, Mary founded Intelligent System Solutions, Inc. (ISS) which provides high-tech consulting, sales and service to utility customers. Mary brings extensive experience managing a support and service group renowned for its “Best in the Industry” rating and standards.  She is an expert in customer loyalty and retention.  She has designed and delivered numerous training courses and workshops on a variety of topics.

Prior to founding ISS, Mary worked as the Support and Services Department Head for Advanced Control Systems providing assistance to customers on a wide-range of topics. Ms. Hester has a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MBA from the University of Georgia at Athens. In addition to working with utilities on security and other topics, she is very active in the industry and serves on several committees that address security concerns for public utilities.

Mary volunteers for several not-for-profit organizations that promote engineering education and careers to young people. She is active in promoting engineering as a career to young women.  Mary serves on the Board of Utility Technology Associates, a not-for-profit dedicated to the advancement of education and training for electric power utilities which conducts the Southeastern Meter School and the Distribution Apparatus School.

Direct download: 8-8-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Mary_Hester.mp3
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Judi is the founder and chief of New Tricks, a company dedicated to helping small businesses to create branded WordPress websites. Judi also helps her clients use Social Media to grow their businesses.  She brings a wealth of experience into her work with a background that includes: a Ph.D. in Psychology, CEO of a medical records software company, and real estate developer doing design, build and restoration of special properties.

In addition to working with clients at New Tricks, Judi is the organizer of the Atlanta WordPress Users Group with over 900 members, is a frequent national speaker and blogger and publishes Just a Digital Minute, a popular weekly newsletter with easy social media tips.  Judi’s motto at New Tricks, is  “It’s Never too Late” …to start a new business, to have a great website, or learn to use new technologies to grow your business. Sign up for the Just a Digital Minute and visit New Tricks for more info.

Direct download: 8-1-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Judi_Knight.mp3
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Born in Oakland, California, Glenda’s drive and passion to make a difference with her music fueled this fire and light to go beyond touring the US, Asia and into Europe. Her talents range from songwriter, producer, philanthropist, music designer, healer and business owner to powerful vocalist and entertainer. She combines unique musical styles – blending sounds from the Middle East, Pakistan, Latin percussion from South America and even a driving grunge guitar to sell and point. With her soulful voice, she invites us to expand the boundaries of our minds, open our hearts and enliven our spirits.

Direct download: 7-25-2012_The_Better_You_Project.mp3
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Rhoda is a thrifting diva who frequented second hand shops long before it was cool! She loves repurposing and sharing her trash to treasure inspiration, as well as cooking and fun excursions, with others and does so daily on her blog, Southern Hospitality. Considered a veteran in her niche, Rhoda began blogging in early 2007 and has successfully turned her hobby into a full-time business. Rhoda’s passion exudes as she encourages others by instilling in them creativity and confidence that they, too, can achieve a beautiful home on any budget. Finding inspiration and sharing creativity at blog conferences is something that Rhoda loves to experience with other like minded DIY/home bloggers; therefore, she was motivated to get the ball rolling for Haven 2012!

Direct download: 7-18-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Rhoda_Vickers.mp3
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Voicework on Demand, Inc. President and CEO, Sandy Weaver Carman, has over 30 years of on-air experience. Over the span of her radio career, Sandy has also written, voiced and produced radio commercials. Listen as Sandy discusses repurposing work you’ve already done to make more money for you, Listen as Sandy gives advice on how timeless strategies lead to success even decades after you’re learned them.

Direct download: 7-4-2012__Sandy_Weaver_Carmen.mp3
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Anne grew up in Pennsylvania, attended Syracuse University in NY, and graduated with a degree in Social Work. She moved to Atlanta where she got married, and worked outside the home for many years until leaving the workforce to raise her children. Anne joined the direct sales industry as a Southern Living At Home (now Willow House) consultant 11 ½ years ago and has been enjoying it ever since.

Direct download: 6-27-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Anne_McCulloch.mp3
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Having spent 10+ years in the field of communications and public relations, Jacqueline has founded Media Mouse Marketing
as a vehicle to help small businesses understand how to use social media to connect with clients and expand their markets.

Join us for this interview and learn why Social Media is so important.

Direct download: 6-20-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Jacqueline_Ballone.mp3
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 Scott McCord grew up in the days before bicycle helmets when children dammed creeks and played with lawn darts…a time that, for better or worse, has passed.  He graduated from Georgia Tech, earned his MBA at the University of Memphis, and in 2008, he made a huge career change to teach special education math in the public school system.

After realizing his desire to give back to the community through teaching, in 2012 McCord attained his life-long dream of publishing his debut novel, The Bones of Boulder Creek. Join us and get inspired as we talk with Scott about changing his career, following his passion and leaving a legacy!

Direct download: _Scott_McCord.mp3
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Susan McMullen is a writer, speaker, self awareness coach and co-host of The "Better You" Project radio show.  Susan speaks frequently on Taking Care of You, So You Have More to Give to Others. Through her audiences, Susan frequently hears comments such as, I know there's something more out  there;  I want to do something different, but I don't know how or what; or I wish I had some guidance figuring out what I really want to do.  Her passion for helping others led her to develop her popular series, Success IS F O C U S.   This series of workshops helps others to focus in on their gifts and talents, establish objectives and goals, learn how to build their community, inventory their skills and move forward with the services and products they can offer to others. Join us and get inspired as we talk with Susan and our special guests about times of transition in our lives and what YOU can do to move forward.

Direct download: 6-6-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Susan_McMullen.mp3
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Chris Brogan is president of Human Business Works, as well as a New York Times Bestselling author of books like Trust Agents (co-written with Julien Smith), Social Media 101, and Google Plus for Business. He has been blogging since 1998 when it was called journaling.  Chris also writes regularly for Entrepreneur Magazine, Success Magazine, and American Express Open Forum. He has 12 years of experience in online networks, social communities, and other elements of digital business. Chris consults and speaks with companies like Disney, SAS, Citrix Online, Microsoft, Pepsico, Ford and many others.  Join us and get inspired as Chris puts the human back in business!

Direct download: 5-30-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Chris_Brogan.mp3
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Susan Dansby received four Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Emmy® Awards and three Writers Guild of America Awards for her work on the CBS daytime drama, As the World Turns. She is currently a script writer for The Young and the Restless, and she is the author of “How Did You Get That Job? My Dream Jobs and How They Came True.”  Join us and get inspired as Susan shares how you, too, can get that dream job!

Direct download: 5-23-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Susan_Dansby.mp3
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Dianna has been a Roswell, GA resident since 1989 and is a proud mom to three boys. She has recently retired from a 23 year long career as an Actress/Model/Body Double in film, tv, and print media. Dianna feels very fortunate to have the opportunity to represent Roswell Ghost Tours.  Her book, "Roswell: History, Haunts and Legends" was released in October of 2007.  She is also the founder of Roswell Georgia Paranormal Investigations. Come listen to Dianna's haunting story and get inspired to follow your passion!

Direct download: 5-16-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Dianna_Avena.mp3
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Jonathan Horowitz, Chief Brand Officer, joined the Lascos  in 2005 as the first partner, and was named Chief Brand Officer in 2011.  During that time, the business has expanded to include The Tasting Room Wine Cafes, MAX's Wine Dive, Boiler House Texas Grill & Wine Garden and The Black Door, and Jonathan has helped oversee the growth of the business to over 300 employees.  Prior to  following his entrepreneurial passion and dream of owning a food and wine business, Jonathan spent six years as an attorney in Houston. Join us and get inspired as you hear that it is possible to jump off that cliff and follow your passion.

Direct download: 3-18-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Jonathan_Horowitz_.mp3
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Katie Guiterrez Miller is the Founder and President of Assistant Match, a company that provides the right pre-screened, virtual assistants to the busy people who need them,  A leader in the industry, Katie has taught thousands of professionals how to increase income and productivity by delegating. She created the Virtual Assistant Quickstart program to provide virtual assistants with training and resources needed to build successful businesses, and she is the creator and host of the Productive Business Owner Telesummit.

Direct download: 5-2-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Katie_Guiterrez_Miller.mp3
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Bella Martin is a user-centered designer and researcher who in 2009 left her job with a great design team and set out to write her co-authored book titled Universal Methods of Design by Rockport Publishers. Before writing the book, Bella spent 14 years working with and managing design teams to build online products and applications that are useful, usable, and delightful.

Direct download: 4-25-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Bella_Martin.mp3
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Mike Wien spent 30 years in senior marketing roles with Frito-Lay, Pepsi, CitiBank, Omni Hotels and Deloitte before reinventing himself 9 years ago as a professional speaker, college professor, consultant and Ironman Triathlete. He talks to audiences about the importance of imagining a dream and then taking steps to live it. Listen and get inspired to find your passion!

Direct download: 4-4-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Mike_Wien.mp3
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