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In today's world, we have services like Amazon that deliver food, clothes and other items direct to our doorstep. For Certified Nurse Midwife Carson Ragan, she asks, "why can't getting quality healthcare be the same way?" Thus, she started 2me Healthcare! On this edition of the #BYBB Podcast, she shares about their first branch of services under OB2me, providing concierge prenatal care to women in their home or office. Listen in to hear how Carson is on the move to disrupt the healthcare market!   
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Marketing is more than a tweet or a website! On this BYBB Podcast, Lucy Kairalla, CEO and Marketing Strategist of Plain Language Marketing dives deep into the many facets of marketing including metrics tracking, sales and her top automation platform picks.

Direct download: EVH.11.12.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Steve Preda is Owner of EntrepCoach and a licensed implementer of the Entrepreneurial Operating System. On this edition of the BYBB Podcast, he shares insights for becoming a better leader and scaling a business utilizing the EOS Process.
Direct download: EVH.11.05.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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"If we're gonna change the world, we need the chance to be heard and be known." Kim Carpenter, Founder of World Changing Women and Host of Stronger Together: A World Changing Women Event joins the BYBB Show to share how to build a powerful and purposeful business while growing and maintaining connection with your tribe. 

Direct download: EVH.10.29.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Kristin Andree, Strategist and Founder of Andree Consulting Group joins me on this edition of the #BYBB Podcast to share insights for strategizing your own business success. We talk about how not every deal is a good deal, magnify vs rectify entrepreneurship, how to discover your strengths, finding the right advisor and more.  

Direct download: EVH.10.22.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Not all translation services are created equal! TrueLanguage CEO Uli Dendy joins the podcast to share why you need to trust your professional documents and projects to certified translators. Maintaining the culture and accurate translations can spell success for growing your business abroad. 
Direct download: EVH.10.15.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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The age of the "silent" founder is over. Consumers want to know the "who" behind the brand. Deb Beroset, Moxie Creative and Consulting CEO and Influence Stylist, joins me on the podcast to share how "hidden gems" can become trusted, influential authorities and gain more visibility.

Direct download: EVH.10.08.18.Edited_audio.mp3
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From tech to food to consumer products, The Honeypot Company COO John Davidson joins me to discuss strategic selling tips and impact of the gigeconomy on marketing.

Direct download: EVH.10.01.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Sean Flood created a way for people to get to where they needed to be, without having to purchase a car. He started Gotcha as a way to help improve people’s lives and help with all their mobility problems in a sustainable way. In this edition of the BYBB Podcast, he shares how he disrupted the market and successfully grew his business.

Direct download: EVH.09.24.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Katie Mallett had worked both in the corporate world and nonprofit sector, but each job only left her feeling unfulfilled... like something was missing. In 2018, she founded Make + Do, a community platform designed to connect others around a common activity. In this episode, she shares how she took those steps to build her own business.  

Direct download: EVH.09.17.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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“The most successful company will be the one that invests in others.” Frank Cottle, Founder and CEO of the Alliance Group of Companies joins the podcast to talk customer relations, the gig economy and traits of successful entrepreneurs.

Direct download: EVH.09.10.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Author and serial entrepreneur, Darrah Brustein returns to share about her upcoming virtual summit featuring 45 speakers (including Deepak Chopra, Kat Cole and Jen Sincero) and 20 hours of content. We discuss what inspired this event along with tips for work/life balance and following your own rules as an entrepreneur.

 

Direct download: EVH.08.27.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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"Practice makes perfect and the first thing to practice is your pitch.” Wise words from guest, Lori Manns, Speaker, Author and Business Strategist who believes if you understand the ins and outs of your product/service, the only question you’ll hear is, “Where do I sign?”. On this episode, she shares her top tips for building brand awareness and increasing your bottom line.

Direct download: EVH.08.20.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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As entrepreneurs, we like to do everything our way but that can cause some hangups when it comes to scaling your business. In this podcast, Kelly Azevedo, Founder of She’s Got Systems shares how to determine where you need to implement systems and first steps to getting more organized.

Direct download: EVH.08.13.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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The relationship between sales and marketing can get confusing. Call for Content Chief Interviewer and Strategist, Michael Greenberg joins the podcast to explain four key areas where B2B’s make mistakes when it comes to content marketing. We discuss helpful tips for your website, creating content, email marketing, increasing conversions and more.

Direct download: EVH.08.06.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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CBD is projected to be a billion dollar business. Therapeutic Treats is already building a brand for themselves in the space! On this edition of the podcast, co-founder Sam Uddin shares the challenges of being both in the CBD and food industries, planning to scale (without failing!) and creating awareness around a product many still consider controversial.

Direct download: EVH.07.30.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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We’re taking it back to basics on this edition of the #BYBB Podcast! Do you need a business partner? What’s an Operating Agreement? How do you win your first customers? We’re covering it all.

Direct download: EVH.07.23.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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As fabulous as the 80s hair band was, I’m talking with Matt Brill and Ryan Claterbaugh, Co-Founders of Mr. Mister Mosquito Control on this edition of the #BYBB Show! With a clear brand and abounding five-star reviews, Matt and Ryan share tips for getting a new business off the ground and establishing a strong customer base.

Direct download: EVH.07.16.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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From phone interviews to who makes the hiring decision, crafting an effective sales team is a challenge for most businesses. But it doesn’t stop there. The development process continues long after each selection is made. Here on the BYBB Podcast, Jane Gentry, Principal at Jane Gentry and Company, shares insights on what to look for and how to manage the best sales team.

Direct download: EVH.07.09.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Speaker, Consultant and Author, Wendy Ellin credits much of her success to tried and true systems. In this podcast, Wendy walks us through some of the modules in her book and details steps we can take to declutter our e-clutter and be more productive.

Direct download: EVH.06.04.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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TrackMaven CEO, Allen Gannet believes marketing is both an art and a science. On this podcast, he joins me to discuss where the two points meet in his new book, THE CREATIVE CURVE. We dive into startup advice, big data, recruiting and the benefits of healthy conflict.

Direct download: EVH.05.28.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Disrupt or be disrupted! John Buzzell, President of You Are Here joins me on this edition of the BYBB podcast with insights on how the changing world of tech can help your business grow and save you money! Take a “test drive” with AR/VR and listen in as John shares insights.

Direct download: EVH.05.22.18.Edited_Show_Full_Audio.mp3
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Live from DIG SOUTH in Charleston, SC, I talk with RadTab Co-Founder and CMO, Nathan Adamson about the hardest part of your bar experience: closing the tab! Nathan shares their early startup struggles from getting into POS systems and gaining bar owner trust to tragically losing one of their co-founders.

Direct download: EVH.05.14.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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The Rule of 3 is essential when it comes to successfully growing and scaling your business. But how do you go about creating those processes in an effective way your entire team will follow? I talk with Brillar Media Co-Founder and Social Media Strategist, Whitney Mendoza as she shares lessons learned during their time of explosive growth.

Direct download: EVH.05.07.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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From Amazon to Freelance. Freee Up CMO, Connor Gillivan joins the podcast to talk bootstrapping a business in the crowded market of freelance servicing. How does Freee Up stand out from the rest and best manage client/freelancer relationships? Listen in as Connor shares insights!

Direct download: EVH.04.30.18.Edited_Show_audio_1.mp3
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“We remove insurance from outpatient healthcare.” Will Hall, CEO of HIPnation joins the podcast to share how this startup is changing the healthcare industry. Take a listen to hear why this impacts physicians, individuals and your small business!

Direct download: EVH.04.23.18.Edited_Show_audio_1.mp3
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When is it time for a pivot? How do you know? This week, we’re getting an update on VPN.com from CEO, Michael Gargiulo. He shares why they purchased the domain (one of the largest domain transactions of 2017), current trends and how they plan to dominate the VPN market.

Direct download: EVH.04.09.18.Edited_Show.mp3
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It takes courage to build a business; it takes courage to stand up for what you believe in. And, it takes courage to shift everything you’ve learned and enter into a new market. Courageous and Sock Problems Founder, Ryan Berman has done it all and he shares how on this edition of the BYBB Show! We talk B2B vs B2C, designing products, following dreams and more.

Direct download: EVH.04.02.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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After she and her husband sold their previous company, Melissa Music decided it was time to open her dream bookshop (The Story Shop!). And while she understood the business side of things, Melissa had to learn the operational processes of running a bookstore. In this episode of the podcast, Melissa shares HER story, how she turns books into real life experiences for children and how she attracts visitors from all over the US.

Direct download: EVH.03.26.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:55pm EST

According to Business Ventures Corp/Profitability Revolution Paradigm, Founder and CEO Ruth King, business owners are just too trusting. After helping her clients through countless horror stories of lost money, she authored THE UGLY TRUTH ABOUT CASH. On this edition of the #BYBB podcast, we’re discussing this ugly truth and how you as an owner can protect your profits!

 

Direct download: EVH.03.19.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Believe it or not, being an entrepreneur wasn’t always the coolest! Even today, the road can be lonely; good team members can be hard to find and investments can be hard to get. On this edition of the podcast, I’m talking with entrepreneur and investor, Cade Joiner as he shares insights and quotes, inspiring you to keep forging ahead!

Direct download: EVH.03.12.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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While she didn’t previously have a background in design or product development, Allison Santini does have a marketing background which she put to good use for launching MyPhonePouch! The rest? She did herself (built her own prototype) or she found and connected with the right partners (all pouches are manufactured locally in Atlanta). On this episode of the podcast, Allison shares how she did it and what’s planned for the future!

Direct download: EH.03.05.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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He’s started and exited 5 companies. Now, Edward Sullivan is Founder and CEO of Trust Exchange. In this episode of the podcast, we focus on product development, or as Edward calls it, customer development. After all, it’s the customer who will purchase and utilize your product! Edward shares how to keep checks and balances to make sure you’re building a product they will enjoy using.

Direct download: EVH.02.26.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Nick Jordan doesn’t have a background in tech, but he does know how to talk value. In this edition of the BYBB podcast, Nick shares how he got into the tech space and became CEO of Smashing Boxes, a design and technology firm. We also talk growth strategies, client relationships and doing business in the South!

Direct download: EVH.02.19.18.Edited_Show.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:40pm EST

For entrepreneur, Sam Staley, solving problems is just something he loves to do! Sam saw a need to digitize auctions for organizations looking to raise money and Bidr was born. In this podcast from The Harbor Entrepreneur Center in Charleston, South Carolina, Sam shares his story along with some insight for budding startups.



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Venues are looking for talent and musicians are searching for places to play, but connecting the two isn’t easy! CMO, Will Bragunier joins me at The Harbor Entrepreneur Center in Charleston, South Carolina to share about their startup, JYVE, the challenges of growing a business and taking over a market.

Direct download: EVH.02.05.18.Edited_Show.mp3
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“If you are a city government and care about being accessible to everyone, apps aren't going to cut it for you.” Bratton Riley, Co-Founder and CEO of Citibot joins me at The Harbor Entrepreneur Center in Charleston, South Carolina to share how their system better connects citizens to their local government via text message and social media messenger apps!  

Direct download: EVH.01.29.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Deciphering ratings can be hard to do and still leaves you with so many options! Co-Founder and CEO, Andy Seavers joins me in Charleston, South Carolina at The Harbor Entrepreneur Center to share how their app, TASTE, curates a list of unbiased, local favorites. Restaurant reviews, social media and AI all come into play for this tech startup of The South!

Direct download: EVH.01.22.18.Edited_Show.mp3
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Some are afraid of failure, others are afraid of success. In this episode, I’m joined by Whitney Mendoza and Natalie Fitzgibbons of Brillar Media. We discuss four telltale signs you are sabotaging your own success and what to do before it impacts you and your business.

Direct download: EVH.01.15.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:56pm EST

Success, goodness… both have different definitions for different entrepreneurs. But Choose Goodness Founder, Tommy Breedlove says we can be happy and make money at the same time. On this week’s podcast, Tommy has tips for the stressed out business owner and shares his inspiring story to gear us up for dominating the new year!

Direct download: EVH.01.08.18.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Got a team member who’s crushing their goals and want to promote them to team leader? Such a move takes more than reaching goals… it takes preparation and the right mindset! Amy Balog, Founder and Principal of ConnextionPoint joins me on the podcast to walk us through the difference of managing people vs leading them.

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The road of entrepreneurship can be quite lonely. But Stefanie Diaz, Founder of WOE (Women Only Entrepreneurs) understands the importance of support along the journey and built a community surrounding other female founders along the same path. In this podcast, I talk with Stefanie about her new, events-based venture, geared towards encouraging women and helping them to find and embrace new opportunities!

Direct download: EVH.12.11.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Setting up an online shopping cart and attracting customers is more than link embeds. Flugel Consulting’s Gray Anderson joins me for the podcast in Charleston and covers some mistakes you could be making in your own e-commerce business. Along the way, we also talk about how Gray and business partner, Taylor took Flugel from side hustle to full time firm.

 

Direct download: EVH.12.04.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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In the third edition of our #BYBB in Charleston series, PowerHouse Tech Founder and CEO, Carolyn Finch joins Eric to discuss the diversity issue currently experienced in the tech space. Carolyn details a new type of pipeline, bringing in individuals from different backgrounds and experiences to create “rockstar developers” and lasting tech talent for local companies and how businesses can cultivate a culture of diversity in their own offices.

Direct download: EVH.11.27.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Charleston. Atlanta. Nashville. These cities of the South are certainly no Silicon Valley 2.0” nor should they aspire to be. Each location, both North and South, offers different benefits depending on the startup. But one question Harbor Entrepreneur Center Founder, John Osborne says all startups need to answer is: Does the market care as much about your product or service as you do? During this live show from Charleston, South Carolina, Eric and John discuss the benefits of life in the South and what startups need to do to attract investors. 

Direct download: EVH.11.20.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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We’re kicking off our #BYBB Charleston series with Reverb Charleston Owner and Director, Ashley Bell! Listen as Ashley shares the inspiration behind opening her unique yoga studio along with the challenges she overcame to do so, including finding the perfect space, managing funding and more.  
Direct download: EVH.11.13.17.Edite_Show_Audio.mp3
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Team and focus. Micah Laughlin, CEO of CanvasIT knows how important these two key elements are to growth and success in business. On this episode of BYBB, Micah shares how knowing when to pivot, when to say no’ and an emphasis on work/life balance for employees helps make them a top-notch outsourced IT firm. 

Direct download: EVH.11.06.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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When Andrea Young started creating special recipes for her g-tube reliant son, she never knew she would be helping millions of other parents. With help and encouragement from family and friends, Andrea decided to release her recipes and embark on a journey many doctors told her she wouldn’t be able to do. In this episode, Andrea walks us through the book design and release process! 
Direct download: EVH.10.30.17.Edited_Show_audio_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57pm EST

We live in an on-demand world. When it comes to searching for a new home, the real estate industry can seem far behind. Broker, Mike Jackson realized a gap from interest to answer and decided to enhance the connection between buyer and agent, connecting the two via instant chat. In this episode, Mike explains the how and why behind HomeChatr. 

Direct download: EVH.10.23.17.Edited_audio.mp3
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Name, manufacturing, research. All these steps and more often comprise a new product launch. Julie Stein, CEO and Founder of DermaHealth Science joins Eric on the podcast to share her journey of pivoting careers, following her passion, and the trail and error process of creating the right formula. 

Direct download: EVH.10.16.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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“The biggest misconception about entrepreneurship is that it’s going to be easy.” Allyson Scrutchens, Founder and President at FORWARD Planning joins Eric on the podcast to talk entrepreneurship, particularly the discipline and follow through side and reminds us that, without execution there is no business. 

Direct download: EVH.10.09.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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$16 billion dollars worth of credit card points go unredeemed each year. But, what if you could use those points for good? That’s the question Charity Charge Founder and CEO, Stephen Garten answered! In this episode, Stephen shares how the credit card works - allowing users to give back to nonprofits of their choice - how the philanthropic industry is changing, and a few tips on marketing! 

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Does your social media look like 2017 but your website is stuck in 1995? This and other marketing mistakes could be cutting into your growth goals. In this episode, Host and Laddering Works founder, Eric Holtzclaw and Brillar Media Social Media Strategist, Whitney Mendoza share pitfalls to look out for and discuss what’s trending in marketing so you can prepare your brand for the coming year. 
Direct download: EVH.092517.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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For starters, investing” on the West Coast is different than on the East Coast. Angles look for different things; startups have different numbers to prove. But all go through the due diligence process. In this episode of #BYBB, Berry Etra, President of Keiretsu Forum in Atlanta explains this process and provides tips for entrepreneurs seeking to standout and make it to the next round! 

Direct download: EVH.091817.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Knowing your customer, collecting data and providing them with a pleasant user experience are all key to growing a business. Helpfully Founder and CEO, Zach Pousman joins Eric to share how his company addresses these business problems through design lens.” 

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Find yourself hitting the snooze button? That's how excited Dennis Eidson was about his job in corporate America before becoming an Honest1 Auto Care franchisee. In this episode, Dennis talks franchising, building a great team and how great customer service can help build up a business reputation quicker than Google reviews! 

Direct download: EVH.090417.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Rebel Fit Wellness founder, Staci Ann Karim pushed herself to the point of needing to shut down her previous business. But she didn’t want other entrepreneurs to face the same fate! In this episode, she shares health tips for on-the-go business owners - because you can’t grow your business if you’re miserable and burned out. 

Direct download: EVH.09.04.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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More than half of mid-career women in tech are leaving their jobs. This is certainly a staggering number and one Geek Girl Rising co-author and angel investor, Heather Cabot seeks to fix! In this episode, live from the 3686 tech and entrepreneur conference in Nashville, TN, Heather and Eric discuss how women in tech can gain visibility, improve their public speaking skills and what companies can do to keep them on board. 
Direct download: EVH.08.23.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Talk with WeMontage Founder and CEO, James Oliver, and he’ll quickly tell you his most important title: Co-Founder of the World’s Cutest Twins.” In this episode, James shares tips for juggling the entrepreneur life of developing software, raising capital and participating in an accelerator with that of being a parent. Bonus: James also shares three tips for getting earned media! 

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In this episode, Eric checks in with Skuid Founder and CEO, Ken McElrath live at the 3686 conference in Nashville, TN! Ken shares about the challenges and successes of opening new office space around the world, hiring additional employees and recreating all processes along the way to match. 

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How do you reach more customers? Provide what they need! Q4Launch Founder and CEO, Matt Bare joins Eric to share how specializing in a certain industry can set your company apart from the rest and how listening to your customers - both the said and unsaid - can help both parties grow.

Direct download: EVH.08.16.17_Edited_Show_audio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:14pm EST

They say getting started is the hardest part and creating a marketing budget is no different. How much should you spend? And where should you spend it? Josh Bernstein, a leading independent digital media consultant and founder of Josh Bernstein Media joins Eric to talk Google Adwords and getting exposure for your business by the click! 

Direct download: EVH.08.14.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57pm EST

Atlanta has an amazing ecosystem that fosters entrepreneurship. But one area today's experts say we can improve on? Venture Capital. ATDC General Manager, Jen Bonnett and MiRus Founder, Dr. Jay Yadav share about their involvement with the startup community, including TiE Atlanta, and what we can do as a community to encourage new business and continue innovation! 

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You’ve created a brand new, amazing product but no one will give you the time of day, much less listen to your sales pitch. So, how do you get this new product into retail stores? Go where your customers are! Bryant Looper, Senior Vice President of Sales with ReST did just that for their new tech mattress. In this episode, Bryant shares tips for generating buzz, getting exposure for new products and handling rapid growth.

Direct download: EVH.08.07.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:51pm EST

“Potential is everywhere, opportunity is not.” Village Capital Co-Founder, Victoria Fram joins Eric from Nashville, TN at 3686 to discuss venture capital for the success of society. Victoria shares how each company Village Capital works with has a social or environmental mission at it’s core; plus, she provides tips for entrepreneurs preparing to take on an investment.

Direct download: EVH.08.03.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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VeriStor’s Michael Stolarczyk joins Eric at the tech conference in South Carolina to talk data protection and resiliency. How long should businesses keep certain data on file and how will the “bring your own device” era affect that sensitive information? Michael shares how both large and small businesses can prepare now.

 

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Former real estate attorney, Jason Sosnovsky details steps to creating a subscription based, revenue generating product. Jason shares how he followed his passion for writing and encouraging literacy and friendship among children to create Ben the Rooster, a pen pal for kids.

Direct download: EVH.07.31.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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GrowthX and GrowthX Academy Co-Founder, Andrew Goldner joins Eric at the 3686 Conference in Nashville to talk making deals instead of breaking deals. Andrew shares how his time as a tech attorney inspired him to become a venture capitalist, seeking to help businesses grow and find value in their customers, not their products.

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TiE CON SE moderators, Dr. Traci Carte and Sid Mookerju join Eric live at the pitch event, hosted by TiE Atlanta. The two cover topics in their specific areas of expertise: cybersecurity and finance. Dr. Carte highlights what’s happening in the world of data and tips for protecting against an attack while Sid shares insight for entrepreneurs seeking to attract outside investments.

Direct download: EVH.TiE.07.26.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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The first three years of business can be the toughest. You hit infection points that can make or break you; you’re often running out of time and maybe even resources! In this episode, Eric and Brillar Media Co-Founder, Whitney Mendoza share lessons learned during the first three years of business and best practices for navigating the storm successfully.

Direct download: EVH.07.24.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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RocketHealth Founder, Dr. Jeremy Corbett joins Eric at the 36|86 conference in Nashville,TN to talk better healthcare tech focused on populations. Dr. Corbett explains the benefits of going all in on your business and how failing small places you on the path to achieve big success.

Direct download: EVH.07.20.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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A lot of products are more complex than we think! Luke Correale of Coffee Kind joins Eric live at the Dig South tech and entrepreneur conference to share how they seek to differentiate their product in a crowded market and provide the best ingredients to customers.

Direct download: EVH.07.19.17.DIG_South_Edited_Show.mp3
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Sparkle a New You Owner and Wellness Coach, Jacynta Harb joins Eric to share of her journey past the breaking point, discovering her true passion, leaving behind the “safety” of her corporate job. In this episode, Jacynta also highlights practical steps entrepreneurs can take to get and stay healthy.

Direct download: EVH.07.17.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
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Mountain Man Ventures Founding Partner and Executive Director, Nick Smoot, joins Eric in Nashville for the 3686 conference to share why he focuses on finding treasures “in the woods” where most other venture capital firms never look. Nick reminds startups to focus on their weakness to achieve their dreams and that following your own voice is often what leads to that success.

Direct download: EVH.3686.Nick_audio.mp3
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Chris Oberste and Lewis Motion of WEAV3D, along with Kenneth Wright, creator of the Klean Collar join Eric, live from TiE Atlanta’s TiE CON SE event to share their journey through product creation and business growth. The teams detail how local programs like TiE Atlanta provide mentors to help them avoid the pitfalls that can often accompany entrepreneurship.

Direct download: EVH.07.12.17.Edited_Show_audio.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 9:10pm EST

Author, comedian, and startup advisor, Paul Ollinger joins Eric on the show for some laughs and tough truths as the two discuss what happens after you exit a business. Many business owners have a particular “number” or vacation spot in mind when they see an exit, but what happens 3-6 months after? Paul reminds business owners to always have a plan in place.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:30pm EST

Techstars Entrepreneur in Residence, Chris Heivly, joins Eric from the 36 | 86 conference in Nashville, TN to explain why it’s “never too early” to join an accelerator. Chris, a fellow Inc Magazine columnist, shares his story of co-founding Map Quest, becoming an investor and joining the Techstars team all while remembering that the possibilities are endless when you’re an entrepreneur.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:40pm EST

Creating a product is hard. Creating a product in the crowded space of energy drinks is even harder! Keith Vest, President and COO of Sunshine Beverages, joins Eric live at Dig South in Charleston, SC to share how they’ve done just that, what makes their product stand out and why they’ve focused their marketing efforts to “win the South.”

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:23pm EST

Obtaining office space runs much deeper than a design or look. Businesses must take into consideration the distance both clients and employees will drive among other details. Bryant Cornett, President of DTSpade, joins Eric to offer tips for new businesses seeking commercial real estate space and shares his story of seeking something more in his own business. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:30pm EST

In this first series of interviews from the 36 | 86 tech and entrepreneur conference in Nashville, TN, Eric is joined by Pendo Founder and CEO, Todd Olson. Todd explains how many cloud-based solutions are created for users but user behavior is rarely studied. Pendo seeks to remedy this disconnect between product and user by capturing behavior and providing feedback for a valuable experience.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:26pm EST

TYE High School Teams, Contained Freshness and QuickFlite join Eric at TiE Atlanta's TiE CON SE to share what they learned while creating businesses! After 10 months of hard work, including a pitch presentation at TiE CON SE, the students explain the idea creation process and working together as a team to get things done.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:35pm EST

Cheryl Fields, Founder of Lifestyle Wealth Group, joins Eric to talk business, cash flow and retirement for entrepreneurs. It true: “You’ve gotta have money to build a business.” So, how can you make more? Cheryl discusses the difference between insurance loans vs bank loans, P & L statements vs cash flow and how to retire with the most money in pocket from your business (before you’re 59!).

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:09pm EST

Looking for that perfect, “off the beaten path” restaurant to try while traveling? In comes CurEat! Founder and CEO, Stephen Mangano joins Eric from Dig South in Charleston, SC to share how his background in hospitality and real estate inspired him to create the app and help people connect over great food, beyond the regular restaurant review.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:38pm EST

Steve Miller, Alternative Career Coach with The Entrepreneur's Source joins Eric to discuss ways to ease into entrepreneurship or business ownership. Franchising can be a great path… and this doesn’t mean buying a restaurant! Steve reminds potential business owners that having a business coach can help them navigate through the process of finding the right business to match their entrepreneurial style and life needs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 2:40pm EST

Author and serial entrepreneur, Jim Beach joins Eric live at TiE Atlanta’s TiECON SE to share about the TYE Teams for Young Entrepreneurs and tips for moving from the corporate world to owning your own business. Jim reminds us that entrepreneurship isn't what most think it is; being an entrepreneur can be as easy or as hard as you make it!

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:00am EST

"Making sure everyone's on the same page is essential to cybersecurity." Savage Security Co-Founder, Kyle Bubp joins Eric to share tips every small business can utilize to protect their information (and their customers’ information) from the threat of a cyber attack. Kyle explains how “more stuff” doesn’t necessarily mean you are more protected in the IoT and why businesses of all sizes should be on guard.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:30am EST

Josh Dorfman, Director of Entrepreneurship at Venture Asheville joins Eric from Dig South in Charleston, SC to discuss the components of a successful venture capital program and what sets successful startups apart from the rest.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:48pm EST

Perhaps you’ve got a great business idea, but can’t think of the perfect name. Squadhelp Founder and CEO, Darpan Munjal joins Eric to walk us through the innovative crowdsourcing platform which allows companies to host competitions for their naming and branding projects. Squadhelp believes good ideas can come from anywhere… why constrain the creativity to one or two individuals when you can reach the world?

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:17am EST

Tom Noonan and Chris Klaus began building businesses in Atlanta back in the “Internet days.” The two share how “hiring the person, not the resume” helped catapult them into “hockey stick growth.” During their interview at TiE Atlanta’s TiE CON SE, Tom and Chris provide the steps for seeking out and finding your best team members.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:54am EST

Craig Bilderback, Founder & CEO of InMotion Air, joins Eric on the show to talk pushing through struggles to reach success. Craig, a once “parallel entrepreneur,” shares about his experience in the Shark Tank, making the decision to pivot and move to Atlanta and how he achieves his ultimate dream of inspiring young entrepreneurs. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:58am EST

Cokie Berenyi, Founder and CEO of Alphavest, joins Eric from Dig South in Charleston, SC to discuss the next generation of online investment management and the launch of her new book, “Perfect Day: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Curing Lifestyle Deficit Disorder and Reclaiming Your Business, Your Relationships, and Your Life.”

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Bernie Burgener, Executive Director of the Greenhouse Accelerator at Green Chamber of the South, joins Eric to talk about the program's objective and creating sustainable local jobs, either by advising and financing early-stage cleantech startups, or by supporting sustainability initiatives within existing companies.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:48am EST

Eric talks with TiE Atlanta President-elect, Dr. Paul Lopez, during this first installment of live interviews from TiE CON SE which took place in Atlanta, Georgia on April 29. Dr. Lopez explains why the best mentor/mentee relationships work and details how successful business owners can help the next generation of entrepreneurs.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Chop Dawg CEO, Joshua Davidson joins Eric to share his story of growing through business as a young entrepreneur; from going door-to-door selling his website building services, to hiring additional employees and changing with technology to become a full service design and development firm.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:06am EST

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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Adam Hudson, serial entrepreneur and Founder of Reliable Education joins Eric on the Show to talk e-commerce and highlight his course which teaches students across the globe how to build profitable Amazon businesses, generating reliable income streams.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:00am EST

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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Category:Business -- posted at: 7:00am EST

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The Kids Salon Co-Founder and CEO, Andrea Culpepper joins Eric to share her story, from graduating with a finance degree, to working for a consulting agency to following her dream of opening a salon. The plan? She knew from the start she wanted to own a business.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:05am EST

What story does your building or office communicate about your business? Candice Campbell, Founder and Creative Director of Nimble. Design Co. shares insight for aligning your company voice with all aspects of the business, including your workspace.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Planning today for tomorrow. Faye Sykes, NSSA, CLTC, National Social Security Advisor and CEO of Social Security Benefit Planners joins Eric to highlight steps all entrepreneurs can take to protect their retirement income.

Faye shares what inspired her to enter into this niche market and add on to her current services to help both new and existing clients and expand her business.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00pm EST

“The product will follow after the tribe.” Samantha Hodgkins, Founder and Chief FireStarter at SparkFire Active joins Eric to highlight strategies for releasing a new product into the market and tips for navigating challenges new startups often face.

During the show, Eric and Samantha discuss kicking the cube, the product creation process, and how giving to others brings business back to you in-turn.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

“Everyday we strive to create awareness and reduce the stigma around epilepsy.” Aly Clift, Executive Director of Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia, joins Eric on the show to discuss the various types of epilepsy and how employers can be prepared to recognize and help employees dealing with seizures.

Aly also highlights the Foundation’s new initiative, EFWorks 4U, taking place on March 31st in Atlanta, geared towards educating employer partners and providing information on the benefits of hiring those with epilepsy.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:47am EST

Audra Richmond, Founder of Building Big Brands Agency, joins Eric to discuss why we need social equity and how entrepreneurs, small business owners and executive leaders can stake their claim. Audria details specific steps to building your personal brand through social media, marketing, content creation and website presence.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Timing is everything. Kenneth Joe Sr. shares what inspired him to run for office in South Fulton. What’s the difference between a county and a city? Eric and Kenneth discuss and talk leadership, transparency, budgets and more.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EST

Husband and wife team, Scott and Sharon Specker with Five Star Painting of Suwanee join Eric and Susan in studio to discuss their move from the corporate world to individually owning a franchise. Scott highlights how his experience in social media and marketing translates across the board, but hiring is a whole new bear to tackle. Remember - the first 3 years of a new business are always the hardest!

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EST

“When you value a person for who they are, it will show up in your business.” Jason Adler, Professional Coach, Speaker, and Trainer with Adler Coaching Group highlights the importance of investing in your team to build a successful business. Eric, Susan and Jason discuss the cycle of business, putting people first and tips for creating a great corporate culture.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EST

“Entrepreneurship is an art.” The best way to become a successful entrepreneur is to spend time with and learn from other successful entrepreneurs. Karen Robinson Cope, Rajan Palanisamy, Ajay Jindia and Amyn Sadruddin of TiE Atlanta join Eric and Susan to discuss getting connected, giving back and their upcoming conference, TiECON.

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Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EST

What’s really going on behind your latest selfie? 

Eric Holtzclaw and Susan McMullen talk with Larissa May, Founder of #HALFTHESTORY. Larissa shares the events that inspired her to start this social media movement and reminds us that there are two sides to every story. Often, we only see the “final success” for an accomplished entrepreneur; we rarely see the climb (and fall) it took to reach the top.

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Listen in to hear the story behind  Think Ideally, how it got started and the important problem it's solving in the market today. Join us as Cara and Nicole share their innovative ideas that they are bringing to entrepreneurs and startup companies to help them grow their businesses in the technology space.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1R1LCjL

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Join us on this episode for an in-depth education about the app development process as well as the story of how Adekunle was able to enter that highly-competitive market. Adekunle shares his interesting experience with his newest venture, Thoddy App, the problem that it is solving, and how it's currently doing within the marketplace.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1hHrLdg

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

This week’s guest on The Better You Project is the founder and CEO of Badger Freight Tracking, creators of the Badger Freight Tracking app. Their app provides an elegant solution to the drastic need for affordable real-time freight tracking in the transportation and logistics industry.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1LaUnUE

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

Mark joins us to share his entrepreneurial journey to developing My Cloud Cure into an innovative, successful business. He pulls back the curtain on the obstacles and the lessons learned in the process as well the big wins he achieved along the way. Tune in to discover some game-changing tips from Mark about developing a business, providing a great service to your clients and much, much more!

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1Vo1rri

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

On this episode of The Better You Project, Eric Atwood joins us to share his incredible journey. Eric is a writer, speaker, coach, facilitator and founder of New Thinking New Being. He has held director-level marketing and communication roles in the corporate world and founded three separate businesses. Eric is a Certified Speaking Circles facilitator, has lived in several countries and traveled worldwide.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1LCIeMc

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We invited Lupa and was later joined by her daughter Claire, to talk about Lupa’s incredible journey, culminating to her organic and life-saving products on the shelves of over 20 Whole Foods stores in Georgia. Listen in as Lupa shares her inspiring experiences, working out of Progressive Medical as a lifestyle consultant and a natural food chef for cancer patients, as well the lessons she during that time. Don’t miss this informative episode that might just save your life.

You can find show notes and more information by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1OB9zzk

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Tana is the author of the Graduate's Guide to Money, a book devoted to helping people understand the basics of money and money management. The material laid out in that book is everything Tana wishes she had known about money when she got out of college.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1O5xUOt

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On this episode, Anna talks about following her passion and getting into the fashion industry to help people look their best and reflect who they really are and what they consider important. Listen in to find out how she was able to build her image consulting business and how you can follow in her footsteps and break into that unique market. Don't miss this fun  and informative episode as well as Anna's tips for aspiring image consultants.

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1Nfxl4u

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Jeff joins us to share his journey of building Moonlighting into a company, from coming up with the idea for the on-demand-workforce app all the way to getting funded and becoming a highly successful business. Listen in as he imparts some game-changing advice that is sure to help you build a successful company and a better you!

Get full show notes and more information here: http://bit.ly/1Jwe91q

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:00am EST

We invited Geoff to talk about his incredible journey of founding and growing 352 into a highly successful business. Tune in to hear Geoff's his innovative ideas for expanding his company and creating a unique culture of success as well as sound advice that can  help you turn your business into a thriving enterprise

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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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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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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Myra McElhaney is a writer and speaker who helps people to "Enjoy Life and Do Good" by working with purpose, living with passion and making a difference.

With over 20 years’ experience in keynotes, corporate training and writing, she is author of "Mama Always Says…" and "Musings on Major and Minor Matters that May or May not Matter" and co-author of "The Sun Sisters Guide to the Girlfriends Perfect Beach Vacation and CLIMB: Leading Women in Technology Share Their Journeys to Success.

A popular speaker for companies, associations and conferences, Myra is often asked to do keynote or breakout sessions on topics related to workplace relationships or topics specific to women. You can find information about her blogs and speaking topics at www.MyraMcElhaney.com

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EST

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.

Direct download: 11-10-2014_The_Better_You_Project_Natasha_Bolden-MP3_File.mp3
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Lola Wilburn is the owner of Sugar Pie Bakery, an online bakery specializing in a wide variety of sweets including pies, cookies, cakes and candies. Her 30+ years experience in a wide variety of roles ranging from secretarial to corporate facilities management of multi million dollar corporations was rewarding but did not satisfy her goal of owning and operating her own business. With a passion for culinary arts which she nurtured through academic studies and entrepreneurial ventures in specialty catering, she left the corporate world to focus solely on Sugar Pie Bakery in 2008. 

Sugar Pie Bakery delivers locally and ships nationally. In addition to private individuals, customers include business owners looking for delicious gifts for their customers and clients, stores, restaurants and organizations looking for fund raising ideas. 

Website: www.sugar-piebakery.biz 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/sugarpiebakery1

Direct download: 11-3-2014_The_Better_You_Project_Lola_Wilburn-MP3_File.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 10-6-2014_The_Better_You_Project_Julie_Brown-MP3_File.mp3
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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

Direct download: 9-22-2014_The_Better_You_Project_Joanne_Funchess-MP3_File_Podcast.mp3
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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.

Direct download: 9-8-2014_The_Better_You_Project_Kashi_Sehgal-MP3_File_Podcast.mp3
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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

Direct download: 9-1-2014_The_Better_You_Project_Ursula_Lentine-MP3_File_Podcast.mp3
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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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Joel Goobich is a big-picture guy with sharp insight into how the individual parts of a business work together to make a strong company. He’s tireless in pursuit of solutions to boost the growth and success of businesses small and large, helping them adapt to the changing business environment and, ultimately, putting them on track to a profitable transition and exit. From Service to Success Joel’s drive to solve problems and create positive change is evident from his background beginning with service in the Israeli army and his advanced degree in Applied Chemistry. His technical background and product development and innovation skills have resulted in multiple patents and trademarks. With this start, Joel has gone on to success in every type of business function from executive management, business development, operations and product development. A Born Entrepreneur He founded Colorations, Inc. in 1991 and built the company to a leading international brand of children’s art products. Using the first-hand knowledge gained from a rewarding and well planned sale of the company, he continued his entrepreneurial path. He now focuses his considerable business experience and knowledge on working with business owners to strengthen their businesses through his consulting and marketing firms, Big Picture Advisors and i3 Marketing. A Passion for Mentoring & Podcasting Over the course of his wide ranging career, Joel has devoted a considerable amount of his time to mentoring young adults and entrepreneurs, including his recent activities as a mentor at the Citadel College School of Business. Having dipped his feet in the world of radio and podcasting with his first podcast – Don’t Get Stuck in Your Business, Joel has recently dived head first into the unlimited potential that podcasting offers to impart knowledge to others. His most recent podcast BizBuzzCharleston provides behind the scene stories and context to what’s going on in the local business community of Charleston SC. His newest podcast project, Build Business Muscle explore the skills, assets and resources that business owners, executives and professionals need to grow a strong business core. A Fresh Perspective Armed with the knowledge that quality content marketing is a powerful tool, Joel has partnered with The Better You Network to create the BizBuzz Radio network which will host and curate leading business podcasts from around the country. Joel can be contacted through LinkedIn or via email at joel@bigpictureadvisors.com
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After 25 years of Corporate America, Denise Cardin is now following her dream of owning her own business. It started in 2008 with a metro-Atlanta hiking group called Mongrels Mania. Denise knew shortly after creating the group that she was surrounded by some pretty awesome folks who wanted to be active with their dogs, with others, and have fun...to socialize their dogs in a positive way. So, upon losing her corporate job, she jumped at the opportunity to follow a dream. Inspired by and through the love of dogs, on 1/11/14, Bark Parc was launched with an entirely new concept in mind -- to address pet ownership as a whole. To uphold the ideals of that little neighborhood shop...to offer both friendly and caring service and the most wholesome quality foods and treats from the U.S. & Canada; to offer unique and different products made, whenever possible, by local cottage industries. And finally, to offer an outlet for the interactive dog lover...by incorporating her hiking group into the business plan and it's been further expanded to even urban and historic town walks. Bark Parc is approaching 600 members.
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Kelly Azevedo is the founder of She’s Got Systems and an online business systems expert. Beginning in the corporate world, Kelly used her innate ability to create and utilize systems to streamline accounting, marketing, human resources and administrative departments before she sought out a more challenging environment. Kelly believes that every single online business needs systems to support clients, document results and dominate in the field. She’s Got Systems provides courses and programs in the easy to access and affordable System Academy as well as private coaching programs for clients worldwide. Kelly frequently writes for media outlets such as Forbes, the Washington Post and Women 2.0 and her unique brand of life work balance was featured in the New York Times.
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Ashley Watkins, owner of Write Step Resumes, LLC, helps job seekers who are eager to make a career change build resumes that fascinate employers and increase their marketability to bring in more job offers than they could ever imagine. Write Step Resumes, LLC also offers interview prep to help clients tell an alluring story about their skills that grabs the employer’s attention and enhances the confidence needed to secure the careers they deserve. For the 10 years prior to starting her company, Ashley has been a team member in human resources departments in various industries including education, banking, manufacturing and non-profit healthcare. Ashley's career took a surprising turn when she moved to Birmingham, AL in 2007 for a recruiting job with a national healthcare non-profit organization after being laid off. It was at that moment she realized her true passion was helping others to boost their job search impact in order to better their lives and land their dream jobs. Ashley understands that job seekers are often denied opportunities for the careers they desire, not because of their credentials but due to poorly written career documents and lackluster interviewing skills. She prides herself on taking job seekers from the point of receiving no interview call backs at all to getting so many job interviews and offers they have to pray about which one to accept. Forget about that cookie-cutter, one-size fits all madness! She connects one on one with her clients to provide specialized services to fit each of their unique career needs.
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Julie Lowe is a Social Media Strategist and the Founder of Socially Aligned. Julie creates social media strategies for busy entrepreneurs who desire more leads, more sales, and a real plan to grow their business! In addition to strategy development, Julie offers group coaching programs and digital training products for entrepreneurs. With 14 years of experience in advertising and marketing, Julie leverages a wealth of hands-on experience and proven results to help her clients succeed online. You can find Julie at SociallyAligned.com and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SociallyAligned
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Ed founded 12Cube, the creator of the FoundMoney app, in 2012 to give consumers a better way to save money. Based on his experiences and what he learned through hundreds of interviews with consumers is that the traditional ways to build savings--budgets, financial plans and cutting back--didn't work. 12Cube's first product, FoundMoney, is focused on helping users make conscious decisions about their spending enabling them to spend on what matters to them, while saving on what doesn't. Prior to founding 12Cube, Ed worked for an online personal finance portal, ran a real estate investment firm and was a consultant at Bain & Company. Ed holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a degree in economics from Duke University. His favorite way to save is skipping expensive weekend lunches and instead taking his kids for a picnic in the park.
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T. J. Gentle is the President & CEO of SmartFurniture.com, a venture backed Internet retailer and pioneer of Design on Demand®. SmartFurniture.com's Design on Demand Platform empowers customers to design and customize furniture. Since becoming the CEO, SmartFurniture.com has developed SmartProfile aPrescriptive Personalization application that uses proprietary technology to match furniture products to each customer’s unique profile and characteristics; launched SmartSpace, an innovative web application that empowers customers to see how customized furniture will look like in the context of their homes before ordering; and the Company has won numerous awards and industry recognition while experience a five fold increase in sales.
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Happy Hour Confections is a full-service, gourmet bakery specializing in goods infused with craft beers, wines, and spirits. Located in Roswell, our mission is to make sweets full of richness, without being overwhelmingly sugary, to be more pleasing to the adult palate. Our products are available at select craft beer markets throught the Atlanta area, as well as through special orders. Find us online at HappyHourConfections.com, on Facebook at HappyHourConfections, Twitter @HappyHourSweets, and Instagram @HappyHourConfections
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Tyler grew up with more energy and passion than most people knew how to handle. As a kid, his vitality was contagious and he freely spread his energy and optimism. Tyler continuously found ways to push his limits as far as he could, and he refused to take the "normal path" and sit on the sidelines of his own life. When he was a sophomore at The University of South Carolina, he started his own painting business with Young Entrepreneurs Across America. The year after that, he took on the role of mentoring five students, teaching them how to run their own successful businesses. It became apparent that helping others and showing them a different way to be "successful" was his passion. Giving others the energy and happiness to create their own path is one of his many gifts to world. After this, Tyler took a leap of faith and moved to Canada to intern under Jayson Gaignard (Founder of MastermindTalks). He helped to put on multiple conferences, events, and retreats. There he learned what made an exceptional conference that delivered the most value to all of its attendees from the best of the best. Tyler now speaks to and coaches students, businesses, and entrepreneurs across the country, teaching them the lessons he's learned on crushing conferences, expanding networks, and nurturing relationships. He is also a lifestyle coach and the founder of an amazing company that helps people get their first book on Kindle.
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Rob Bellenfant is a 27-year-old entrepreneur and investor specializing in IT, sales, marketing and talent development. Rob is currently the CEO of TechnologyAdvice, a Brentwood-based IT marketing company focused on helping IT buyers find the best fit for their specific needs. Rob has created dozens of businesses over the last two decades, starting with a door-to-door venture selling handmade crafts in his neighborhood at the age of seven. He hired his first employee at age eight, started his first technology-based company at age 12, and sold his first business from his dorm room as an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Tennessee. TechnologyAdvice was one of five new investments Rob made during his time at UT, but was the only one that survived. The company, which was formerly known as Thrive Marketing Group, has been completely bootstrapped and has enjoyed an average revenue growth of nearly 60% over the past eight years. Rob is also passionate about angel and real estate investing, personal finance, traveling and spending time with his lovely wife, son and daughter.
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Stan Bril is the founder and CEO of MCG Loan, a private commercial lending firm with a focus on real estate funding and small business funding. He has over 10 years of experience in finance and real estate and since founding MCG Loan has funded over $250M in transactions.
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Klaus Obermeier is the CEO and President of Iotronics Corporation, an Atlanta-based company focused on applying Big Data methodologies to job search and recruiting. Previously, he co-founded Terratial Technologies, a mobile enterprise company for medical logistics applications. He sold his second start-up, SQLBench International, a load and performance testing company for $10 million after being in business for one year. He later raised $2.2M from an European investor for a VoIP start-up headquartered in Munich, Germany
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Becky Davis is a leadership and business transformation coach who focuses on helping small businesses stay up after they start up. She is a speaker, coach, trainer and author of six books. MVPWork is a coaching and consulting practice for small business owners. They help strengthen your CEO skills so that you don't spend all of your time working as an employee in your business. To learn more, visit www.mvpwork.com.
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Reverend Steven Marcus Shearod is the Senior Pastor of the Cathedral International Church, in Kennesaw Georgia. Pastor Shearod is a first generational spiritual son of Bishop Donald Hilliard, Jr., the presiding Prelate of the Covenant Ecumenical Fellowship & Cathedral Assemblies. Over the past 25 years Bishop Hilliard, mentored, baptized, married, licensed, ordained, and apostolically installed Pastor Shearod. Rev, Shearod holds a BA in history from Rutgers University in New Brunswick NJ. 

Pastor Shearod has worked in the financial Services industry for close to 30 years. He currently serves as a financial sales consultant for Allstate insurance company. His sales and management accomplishments are numerous and he holds several national and statewide professional licenses, designations and certifications. Pastor Shearod serves and leads several community based board of directors, coaches a variety of grade school, high school and community youth sports, and is a member of the Cobb County Police department’s Chaplain’s ministry. 

Pastor Shearod is a retired and heavily decorated US Army officer, with close to 20 years service to our country. He and his wife Velicia, (a proverbs 31 woman) live in Kennesaw, Georgia. They have 3 daughters (Tiffany, Nasia, Nia) and several grandchildren. Pastor Shearod loves God, loves HIS Word and loves HIS people. Many know him by this salutation..."I love you and you can't do nothing about it." 

www.thecathedralonline.org 
http://www.campgideon.com/

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Bob Holtz is the owner of DMAIC Consulting, a group of Lean Six Sigma Professionals who have achieved the Black Belt status in the Process Improvement discipline. The thrust of their focus is assisting small business owners with the daunting task of keeping their “eye on the ball” as they work to make their business fun, successful and profitable. Many business owners do not have efficient processes in place to optimize their skills and their employee skills. We assist in building a better business for them by keeping the focus on constant improvement. Bob's background has been in Process Improvement for the past 30 years always looking for a better way to improve processes. In many instances, through using Lean Six Sigma techniques he have saved these companies millions of dollars by making their businesses more efficient and profitable. He has always looked for the better mousetrap, but in the business world. He is Mr. Fix-it in business. The company's website, currently under construction is: DMAICconsulting.com.
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Timothy Sykes is a millionaire stock trader, entrepreneur, speaker and author. As the co-founder of Millionaire Media and trading community Profitly, Tim dedicates much of his life to teaching others to trade the markets to achieve financial freedom. His company has been named by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest growing companies in America, and he sits on the Young Entrepreneur Council for the most successful entrepreneurs in America under 40 years of age. In 2007 Tim penned his book, An American Hedge Fund, to chronicle his rise from a college student to a millionaire day trader to a hedge fund manager in his early 20s and the lessons he learned along the way.
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Nancy McKinney is the owner of Fat Lady Baker. Fat Lady Baker started as a whole grain bread company and has now blossomed into prepared meals and a variety of baked goods. Their menus are uploaded weekly via facebook, email, or on their website, www.fatladybaker.com
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9 years ago Alison went to a seminar to learn more about a service that she thought she could use to help her clients who were trying to become qualified to buy a home. Well she learned that fateful morning that everything her industry taught her about Credit was a LIE!! Everything the banking industry led her to believe was false. This was life changing! She took to the credit education industry quickly and changed her career. Having been mentored by one of the greats in this industry she now is wants to use her knowledge and experience and take it to the next level.
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Jerod Frazier is a native of Charleston, South Carolina. In 2000 he graduated Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and minor in Speech Communications and returned to Charleston with his wife, Jamilah. Since then he has been active consistently in his church and community.

He is the Minister of Social Justice at Charity Baptist Church; he serves on the Crime and Violence committee of the Charleston Area Justice Ministry, and is a member of the North Charleston NAACP.

His desire to serve the community lead him to go to law school and recently received his Juris Doctor from Charleston School of Law. Currently he interns at Uricchio, Howe, and Krell and lives in North Charleston with his wife and three children.

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Venus R. Lockett is an Asset Building Coach “Ms. ABC” and the Founder of Urban Asset Builders, Inc., a for profit social enterprise with a nonprofit heart. Ms. Lockett is a passionate advocate for urban entrepreneurship and economic empowerment, and her personal mission begins with a focus on instilling a mindset that “credit” and “savings” are assets. She seeks to help improve the financial health of low-to-moderate income individuals and aspiring entrepreneurs, and empower them to build economic stability for themselves and their families; so they may contribute to the economic stability of our communities.

Ms. Lockett began her professional career 15 years ago as a Corporate Account Manager in the voice communications industry where she managed several high volume international VoIP accounts. She made her career change to the asset building arena 3 years ago and has volunteered as an educational facilitator and financial coach with organizations such as United Way of Greater Atlanta, The Center for Working Families, Inc. and Rainbow Village.

She is a trailblazer in the Greater Atlanta area where she has introduced collaborative asset building initiatives such as Prize Linked Savings and Metro Atlanta Saves. Currently, Ms. Lockett is the chairperson for Money Smart Week® Greater Atlanta, a campaign she initiated in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago with the support of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. Money Smart Week® is a national one-week public awareness campaign designed to help consumers better manage their personal finances. Ms. Lockett is also launching her “Money Smart Clubs” program which seeks to financially educate and empower the family as a whole. Relating to asset building education and resources, Ms. Lockett brings a wealth of knowledge to her audience. She resides in the Greater Atlanta area.

www.UrbanAssetBuilders.com
www.GetMoneySmartAtlanta.com

Direct download: 4-7-2014_Community_of_Giving_Venus_Lockett_pt__2_Podcast-MP3_File.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Herbert & Wolf represents a fresh approach that delivers legal services and real solutions to the most pressing needs of small to medium-sized businesses. Say goodbye to hourly billing. With us, you’re never “on the clock.” We take our time and listen to our clients needs. Have no fear, with us, you will not be billed for any service you don’t specifically ask us to complete for your business. Our business is taking care of your business. John received his undergraduate degree from Georgia Tech and completed law school at Georgia State University. He has been practicing law since 1994 and specializes in any and all the legal needs for small to medium sized businesses. John is the managing partner of Herbert & Wolf, LLC in Roswell, Georgia. A new venture, BeSureBusiness, LLC, is being launched in 2014 to compliment the efforts of the law firm to help small to medium size businesses remain competitive and successful.
Direct download: 372-john-herbert.mp3
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Whether Wendy’s coaching her clients, speaking or training, this Joy Strategist has a way of delighting her clients and colleagues with her passion for positivity and possibilities. For over 25 years, her commitment to being the spark that lights your fire has supported scores of creative entrepreneurs in shifting their thinking and their life to create more joy and fulfillment. As she turns the next page to support the world in flourishing, the possibility of more people letting her merge into traffic becomes a reality.
Direct download: 244-wendy-watkins.mp3
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Lisa Calhoun is founder and CEO of leading national b2b marketing company Write2Market, recognized in 2013 as one of the Top 100 Agencies in the U.S. by Agency Post.
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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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Reverend Miller B. Murphy is the Director of Communications at Connie Maxwell Children's Home.

Children have a safe, secure, loving environment at Connie Maxwell.  It is a home for some children who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected and some who have been placed by loving caregivers going through difficult situations. In addition to the main campus in Greenwood, Connie Maxwell Children's Home provides residential care and family support through satellite locations in Chesterfield, Mauldin, Orangeburg and Florence.

Each year more than 200 children of diverse needs and backgrounds call Connie Maxwell home. Some children stay as little as a few months, others for many years. Some arrive alone, others with siblings. Most are between the ages of six and eighteen. Children who remain through high school graduation receive financial support for college. The Connie Maxwell Children's Home Family Care Program exists to restore families with hope, comfort. and shelter while they locate the resources they need to move toward successful independent living.

Relief and assistance are provided to single-parents from all walks of life so each family can focus on resolving their individual crisis and temporary instability. While the parent works toward setting goals with the guidance of dedicated and supportive staff; she lives in a comfortable residential setting with her children.

Direct download: 3-17-2014_Footprints_of_Giving_Rev__Miller_Murphy-MP3_File.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Heidi Allstop is the founder of SpillNow.com, a confidential place for young adults to “spill” about life get advice from peers. A psychology graduate of University of Wisconsin-Madison and a former crisis counselor, Allstop felt the urge to start Spill while struggling with her own feelings of isolation in college. She expanded Spill to 150 college campuses in 15 countries, winning global awards for the number of potential suicides prevented in the college setting. Outside of Spill, Allstop enjoys writing, cooking, and helping other entrepreneurs.
Direct download: 72-heidi-allstop.mp3
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J.Christopher’s Chief Operating partner is Jeffrey “Jay” McCann. A hardworking and motivated individual, Jay has had a history of turning around struggling units in national chains such as Chili’s, Steak n Ale, Hooters and Malone's, an Atlanta based restaurant group. Results are achieved through the hiring and development of caring employees and the execution of the basics of good food and good service.
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Dan Popovic has over 20 years’ experience in Product Innovation. He is an avid endurance athlete having participated in hundreds of road races, cycling events and triathlons. Dan also has 10 years’ experience in managing road races and his most notable event is the Atlanta BeltLine Running Series, which was developed to support the $4B dollar project.
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Nathan Derrick is the Co-Founder and CEO of SupplyHog, an online building material Supplier. SupplyHog gives contractors access to a wide range of brands alongside great customer service. Products that exist nowhere else online are sold through SupplyHog, which is aiming to become the one stop shop for anything construction.
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Desiree founded Bella Web Design in 1998 following a successful career as a flight attendant for United Air Lines and an analyst for Delta Airlines. Since the company’s launch, Desiree created a track record of success and profitability for Bella Web, which has helped over 1,000 companies build and maintain a strong online presence with services such as compelling web design, web hosting, ecommerce, automated marketing, SEO, email marketing, and social media coaching. Desiree is also an Infusionsoft Certified Consultant (ICC).
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A Business Strategist and a domain expert in Corporate Business Development, Sales, Marketing, Small Business Formation and Entrepreneurship. With a record of achievement and demonstrated sustainable success of growing companies which generate multi-million-dollar revenues.

Mel has over 20 years of tactical experience in both revenue acceleration and corporate development of early stage and emerging growth companies. Executing business expertise to drive sales, increase profit margins, and deliver operational effectiveness through strategic planning.

Currently, Mel is the Regional Director of the SC State Region Small Business Development Centers. He is responsible for all business consulting activities in a seven county region dedicated to improve the economic conditions of small business enterprises by empowering them in accessing resources to enhance their market penetration opportunities as well as sources of capital for their operations and growth.

Previously, Mel was a Senior Advisor for AMPIRIX a “Go to Market” consultancy for the architectural, engineering and construction industry. He was also the Director of Business Development for Satellier, a multinational solution provider of building project documentation and digital design support services provided to the AEC industry.

In 2009, Mel founded Visually Intelligent Solutions, Inc., a technology start-up offering consulting, training and design support service for the AEC community. The company offered engineering software, facility management solutions, 3D design visualization services, computer-aided design, process workflow analysis and implementation.

Prior to this, Mel was the Director of Business Development for RAND IMAGINIT, the world’s largest integrator of engineering software, where he planned, directed and coordinated sales activities of 50 + offices located throughout North America, Asia and Australia.

Direct download: 2-17-2014_The_Footprints_of_Giving_Melvin_Wallace_podcast-MP3_File.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Brett Massey is the owner of Huck’s General Store, nestled between the mountains, lakes, and rivers of beautiful North Georgia. It is an old-time general store located on Main Street in the quaint town of Blue Ridge.
Direct download: 14-2-10-2014-bettering-your-business-brett-mass.mp3
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Sajan George founded and leads Matchbook Learning, a unique national non-profit blended school turnaround management organization, the first of its kind that targets turning around our nation’s worst (bottom 5%) public schools with a model that blends the best of online and face-to-face instruction.

Matchbook Learning has launched three successful school turnarounds in Detroit, MI and has plans to expand nationally.

Prior to founding Matchbook Learning, CEO Sajan George was a Managing Director with Alvarez & Marsal (“A&M”) where he led the Firm’s Education Practice. In that role, he led a diverse group of talented turnaround professionals across the U.S. in running entire K-12 public school districts.

Direct download: 2-10-2014_The_Footprints_of_Giving_Sajan_George_podcast-MP3_File.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

DoItInPerson.com is an online event platform that allows people to create, manage and promote events and communities. We bring all of the fragmented pieces of the event space together; from creating and managing your community, sending newsletters, booking speakers, selling tickets, adding sponsors to managing partnerships. We believe that events have relevance and meaning; you do not just attend an event; you experience a community.
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Terence Lester is a native of Atlanta, GA. He has a strong passion for family, God, and seeing the change through tangible acts of kindness. Lester is happily married to his friend, Cecilia Lester, and they enjoy parenting their two wonderful children, Zion Joy Lester, and Terence II. One of Terence’s greatest passions involves connecting creativity to the mission of God, and moving people to love people where they are.

Additionally, Terence holds four degrees, has spoken locally & nationally, and has written several books.

Instagram: @terencelester
Facebook: terence.lester.9
Twitter: imTerenceLester

 

Direct download: 2-3-2014_The_Footprints_of_Giving_Terence_Lester_-MP3_File.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Karen Hypolite, Ph.D. is the inventor and designer of the Schalero TM. Dr. Hypolite invented the Schalero - Scarf. Shawl. Bolero. All-In-One; under Divine Inspiration. The Schalero TM is a 3 in 1 patent-pending garment that instantly transforms from a bolero/jacket to a scarf or a shawl with a quick tug and a pull.
Direct download: 7-dr-karen-hypolite.mp3
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Robbin Jorgensen, President and Founder of Ignite The Next International is known as the “own your power” coach for women. As a certified coach and motivational speaker, she feels called to help women discover, step into and own the fullest expression of who they are, so they can achieve their greatest potential. Through her personal story and experience, she offers women a roadmap to change and strategies that ensure they get there. You can learn more about her work with women at www.ignitethenext.com Ignite The Next International is a global organization that empowers women around the world. We work with professional women to reclaim their power, embrace their wisdom, and build confidence so they can become the leaders of tomorrow. We believe a woman standing in her power can change the world and when women realize their full potential, companies become stronger, societies are transformed, and global solutions are created.
Direct download: 2222-robbin-jorgensen.mp3
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Clayton Ivey is Founder & Senior Partner of Express Business Solutions, a full service digital marketing agency. With offices in Midtown Atlanta, Express is the GoDaddyTM of the Southeast. For over 7 years, Express has specialized in website design, mobile app development, and social media marketing for small business owners. The firm goes even further by helping entrepreneurs navigate the vast world of internet technology, tablets, smartphones, and how this technology can make business operations more efficient and profitable. At Express, their in-house developers, graphic artists, and staff believe in not only completing your project fast, but also ensuring that the project gives you a return on your investment. By investing into its customers first, Express has a stellar list of clients who include Georgia Tech, Tic Tac, Mrs. Smith Pies, NFL players, and even national organizations like the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). Most of all, Express has been a driving force behind many small entrepreneurs and emerging companies in the Southeast.
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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.

 

Direct download: 1-6-2014_The_Better_You_Project_Natasha_Bowen_podcast.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Monica L. Ponder, MS, MSPH is a health and scientific communications professional residing in Atlanta, Georgia.

Monica has worked in health communications for nearly 10 years and also leads several community initiatives under the arm of her consulting company, MLP Communications. MLP Communications is an emerging leader of health communications in metro-Atlanta, with an impressive portfolio of events, successful partnerships and campaigns. Monica Ponder is a healthcare researcher and thought leader in reaching vulnerable and high-risk populations. As a health scientist, she designs and implements health initiatives that predictably translates into business success. Trained professionally as a chemist and epidemiologist, Monica specializes in translating scientific information into various communications products.   Monica has worked as a health communicator with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and, prior to joining CDC, she worked as a Public Health Liaison/Epidemiologist with the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness and lead clinician engagement for the health department. Trained in radio/television production, Monica also spent time developing health stories for WAGA/FOX-5, an Atlanta television news station. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Communication at Georgia State University. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, blogging, and hanging with her daughter, Lindsey.

Direct download: 1-6-2014_The_Better_You_Project_Monica_Ponder.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

After a number of years as a practicing clinician, in 1987 Kathy Colbenson became the CEO of CHRIS Kids and found her calling.

CHRIS Kids offers a values-driven Family of Services that provides trauma-informed, strength-based services through a counseling center, a training institute, eight group homes, a supportive housing apartment complex for single and parenting youth of ages 17 - 24, adoption services, and a host of in-home services designed to help children, youth, adults and families unlock their potential for self-sufficiency and good citizenship.

You can learn more by visiting our website at www.chriskids.org

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and join us on LinkedIn

Direct download: 12-2-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Kathy_Colbenson_podcast.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

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
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Laura Putnam is a mom first to her two girls, lovingly known as Sunshine 13 and Peanut 11.  Together with her maple syrup making husband, they live in the Hudson Valley in NY.

Founder of Finding Home - blog and interior decorating business, Laura scours the countryside hunting for vintage treasures to create her vintage meets traditional, with a little modern edge, style. Her blog is about the stories of the journey we are all on to feeling we belong, toward being our most true selves, and trying to make the place we live in, our homes, be where we feel most comfortable.  She has built a business that allows her to pursue her creative interests while still keeping family first - always seeking more and more to find a full sense of home.

Visit her website Finding Home Online

Direct download: 11-25-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Laura_Putnum.mp3
Category:Design -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Lisa Wise is a social worker and nonprofit administrator with more than 30 years of experience in the fields of human services and community development.

Lisa currently serves as Executive Director of Initiative for Affordable Housing, Inc. in Decatur, Georgia.  The agency provides housing and social services for homeless families, affordable housing for low-income individuals and families, and employment and training for individuals with little or no work experience.

Since she took the helm in 1992, Initiative has grown from one house and one homeless family to a multi-faceted agency that improves and strengthens the lives of homeless and low-income women, children and families through affordable housing, enhanced life skills and employment.

Providing employment was the motivation behind Initiative’s re:loom project, a program that helps homeless adults transition into a life of stability.  Re:loom employs and empowers homeless and low-income individuals through weaving beautiful, one-of-a-kind products out of donated upcycled materials.

Recently, Lisa and the re:loom employment program were chosen by Sara Blakely and Spanx as the Fall 2013 Leg Up winner which acknowledges female entrepreneurs and their businesses/products.

www.affordablehousingatl.org
www.reloom.org

facebook.com/reloom
twitter.com/re_loom
pinterest.com/re_loom

Direct download: 11-25-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Lisa_Wise_podcast.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

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
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

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
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Dawn Belisle has been baking and selling her cakes since 1998.

She is an attorney by day and a baker by night. Dawn learned to cook and bake from her mother which encompasses a blend of Caribbean and Latin foods indicative of her family's native home of Belize.

Dawn recently entered the cupcake arena, and loves it. Baking is her passion, her love, and she wants it to become her future full-time endeavor.

You can find Dawn on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Direct download: 11-4-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Dawn_Belisle_podcast.mp3
Category:Food -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

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
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

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
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

For many years George Horrigan has had two consuming passions, first “to show entrepreneurs step by step how to take the business they have and achieve the hopes and dreams for their business”.

Second, to ensure that these businesses operate smoothly, easily and with the minimum amount of effort and time for the business owner. George’s goal was to show entrepreneurs how to create a successful and immensely profitable business that eliminated the guesswork, trial and error, and uncertainty associated with trying to beat their competition, grow their business and increase its profitability.

From 1995 through the present George has shown over 1,200 entrepreneurs how grow their existing business or how to start a new business which has resulted in him being recognized as an expert in the Business Planning and Business Consulting areas. These Business Planning services also include a full range of strategic marketing services tied to the overall goals for your business including how to do advertising, finding leads, and landing new customers. This has led George to work with several of the business incubators in Atlanta, teach for the Small Business Administration (SBA) and be a guest lecturer at several of Atlanta’s universities.

Besides his extensive background in Business Planning and Business Consulting Mr. Horrigan also has broad experience in business tax planning, business financial planning, new business planning, choice of entity planning (S-corporation, C- S-corporation, LLC…), business consulting, marketing strategies, and has unique training and experience in the valuation of businesses. All of which have resulted in him being recognized as an industry expert in these areas.

George is a member of the American Institute Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), Georgia Society of CPA’s, Ohio Society of CPA’s, Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA). He has been recognized in the Who’s Who National Registry, Who’s Who in American Finance & Industry, Who’s Who in America’s Computer Industry and Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals. George has been a guest on a number of radio programs which deal with various business issues. He is the author of two books and has two more coming out, one in 2012, titled “Creating a Thriving Business“ and another one in 2013 titled, “Work Less, Make More and Have Fun in Your Business”.

Direct download: 10-7-2013_The_Better_You_Project_George_Horrigan_podcast.mp3
Category:Money -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

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
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

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
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

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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After being in the Hotel industry for 22+ years, Tisha Rosamond was ready for a change! She always told my teams that when they quit loving what they were doing it was time to find something else to do and it was time for her to find another passion. Tisha fell in love with the cakes in Dallas and knew that was her passion! Who wouldn’t love having yummy cake every day?!?

From the first bite, sweet memories of your mom's cake, fresh from the oven, gently tug at your heart. At Nothing Bundt Cakes, we have combined the warmth of nostalgia with a fresh, modern approach. Our luscious cakes are made with the finest premium ingredients, including fresh eggs, real butter and cream cheese. Each bite slowly melts in your mouth, calling you back to a day when life was a little sweeter and time passed more slowly.

We have 5 unique sizes, 10 Yummy flavors with over 40 designs that are perfect for meetings, birthdays, anniversaries, bridal showers, wedding receptions, our handcrafted recipes and inspired decorations celebrate special moments with a delightful charm and wit. And with a taste this yummy, we can almost guarantee your cake won't be around for long. So, 'Gather Round' and enjoy!

Direct download: 6-10-2013_The_Better_You_Network_Tisha_Rosamond_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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Fairywood Thicket is a Family owned business created from one jelly, Elderberry, and has expanded to an ever changing variety of flavors.

Fairywood Thicket is a small farm located in Fairburn, GA. Their specialties have grown from one spectacular Jelly, Elderberry (Mother Elder), to a unique group of hand-made Jams, Jellies and Chutneys, using an ever expanding selection of special fruits, hot peppers, and flowers. Their fruits come from a variety of sources, including their farm, other local farmers that they barter with, local folks that have fruit trees growing on their land, and wild harvest.

The Fairywood Thicket products are produced using a restored Vulcan gas oven, in traditional Copper Jam and Polenta Pots. Their commercial kitchen is licensed through the Georgia Department of Agriculture.  Each batch is created and designed around the fruits  available. Artificial ingredients, corn syrup, or food coloring is never used in their jams.  Products are made primarily from only four types of ingredients:  Fruit, Sugar, Spices, and Pectin.

Direct download: 5-13-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Kim_Conner_Quinetha_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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Kim Conner is the founder of Fairywood Thicket Farm, a program specifically designed to help active duty, returned veterans, and civilian contractors deal with their rehabilitation from injuries and disabilities, including physical, psychological, and emotional. It is not only beneficial for the veteran, but also for spouses, parents, children, and extended family members.

The program uses the healing powers of a horses to help with emotional and physical development. It seems like a simple statement, but the back of a horse is the best place for the heart of a person.

Kim is currently looking at adding an Intern House to assist 1 – 2 homeless vets make a transition and get on their feet. The plan is to teach them the basics of equine care as well as how to help other vets with horses; such as a Mentor program to become PATH certified and be able to continue the work, as well as have a little rest and a chance to get on their feet. Instead of a hand out they will be helping the facility help others and be a major part of every day operation.This part of their program is in the planning stage and will require a lot of support from sponsors and benefactors.

Fairywood Thicket Farm is a brand new facility with 2 Registered PATH International Instructors and a Crisis Counselor.  They also have 22 amazing horses ready and able to assist vets and their families in any way possible. They will also offer  Team building and their same assistance to Police, Fire and Medical.

Direct download: 6-3-2013_The_Better_You_Network_Kim_Connor_.mp3
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Margarita Moldovan was raised in Atlanta and was given her first opportunities to perform at Cross Keys High School under the direction of James T McRaney and Janet Hirschberg, where she learned that performing is wonderful, but creating a show that transcends its components is hard, rewarding work.

Margarita holds a BA in Literature from GA State University and a MAT in Drama from SCAD. Her passion is teaching young people how valuable the “invisible” people are and watching as her students turn new skills into art. You may learn a bit more at www.performingartsnorth.org or “like” us on Facebook at Performing Arts North.

Performing Arts North is a not-for-profit 501c3 educational theater company with programs for children, teens and adults. Their mission is to provide a safe space where anyone in the community can come and exercise creativity, take creative risks, and learn from each other while fostering a sense of belonging and understanding of the arts. They believe that art is for everyone and everyone has something valuable to contribute.

Direct download: 6-3-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Margarita_Moldovan_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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Always artistic and entrepreneurial, Mattia Pace graduated from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies with a degree in Economics. He worked briefly as a trade analyst and accountant before being bitten by the desire for a creative, hands on pursuit. Mattia joined Sausage World 3 years ago, taught himself charcuterie, and hasn’t looked back since.

Sausage World has been active since 1986. They specialize in producing artisanal sausages that celebrate the diversity of global cuisine and culture. Mostly wholesale producers, the door is always open to the public and their retail segment is growing daily. Sausage World sources their meat locally and use no MSG or preservatives in their products.

Direct download: 5-27-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Mattia_Pace_.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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Since its inception, the Andrew Oswald Memorial Fund has been blessed with tremendous community support, enabling the following accomplishments:

  • More than $20,000 in support of teen safe driving
  • $44,000 for 11 Andrew Oswald Memorial Scholarships ($4,000 over 4 years to Georgia high school student-athletes playing lacrosse in college)
  • Nearly 500 lacrosse equipment rental packages to encourage new players to try the sport without initial investment in equipment
  • Grants of approximately $35,000 to support lacrosse programs and individuals across the Atlanta area

AJO4LAX encourages all lacrosse players to:

  • PLAY LAX
  • MAKE GOOD CHOICES and
  • CELEBRATE LIFE
Direct download: 5-27-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Kathleen_Oswald_podcast.mp3
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David Epstein's pas­sion for com­mu­nity and the well being of his neigh­bors spurred the vision of Atlanta Con­tact­Point (ACP), a non­profit orga­ni­za­tion estab­lished in 2012 to engage chil­dren and adults through the power of play and support and engage the community with wellness programs such as sports, fitness, nutrition, and social responsibility.

David, known affectionately as "Mr. David", is a preschool teacher and tennis coach who loves working with people of all ages.
He has been work­ing with chil­dren at his neigh­bor­hood preschool, as well as on the fields and courts for over 8 years. "Mr. David" runs sum­mer sports pro­grams in Atlanta and directs a ten­nis pro­gram in upstate NY for 7 weeks. He enjoys play­ing ten­nis, base­ball, and roller hockey.

“Mr. David” is a grad­u­ate of Lehigh Uni­ver­sity where he received a BS in Finance. He lived and worked in NYC for 3 years before mov­ing to Atlanta in 1995, which quickly became home.

Direct download: 5-27-2013_The_Better_You_Project_David_Epstein_podcast.mp3
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Seeking a way to transport her senses to Italy and its unique and traditional food flavors, while being far away from her, Adriana Coppola founded  A&A Alta Cucina.

Adriana enjoys developing gourmet Italian foods using recipes and traditions from her family. They use only the freshest and finest ingredients, allowing them to offer the best tasting blending seasonings, infused oils, balsamic vinegars, pestos, tomato sauces and more that you will ever experience so now you can make traditional Italian dishes easily at your in just minutes in a Italian way!

A&A Alta Cucina is a family business that was born in the US in spring 2011. They specialize in Italian gourmet food products inspired by their Italian roots recipes and traditions. Products are ALL NATURAL, without any artificial flavor, color or preservative and they only use the freshest and finest ingredients allowing them to offer the best tasting and high quality blending seasonings, salts, infused extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, pestos, tomato sauces and more.

All products are HANDMADE and HAND PACKED in an artisan way using ecofriendly materials and produced in small batches, using old traditions that allow us to put in every single product made, the passion Italians have for their traditions and food.

You can find at www.altacucinaitalia.com more information regarding the company, their products and recipes that will inspire you while cooking with their products at home.

Direct download: 5-20-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Adrianna_Coppola_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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Josh Sprayberry learned early on that success is achieved by commitment to hard work and discipline. He took this to heart when he decided to enroll at North Georgia College and State University, one of six senior military colleges in the United States. In four years at North Georgia, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BBA in Management and Finance, held leadership positions in six activity boards, and worked part-time at a boutique financial planning firm. After spending four years helping individuals with retirement and estate planning, he realized his true calling was in providing clients with tax planning ideas and solutions to grow their businesses. He took the next two years working in a local CPA firm, going to school at J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and fulfilling the requirements to become a CPA.
 
Josh remains actively involved in the community through various organizations to include the North Georgia Alumni Association, Psi Chapter Alumni Association, Pi Kappa Alpha Psi Chapter Advisory Board, Lifecycle Building Center of Greater Atlanta, Griffin Rotary Club and the Gutcheck Program of the Gainesville Jaycees.
 
In his spare time, Josh enjoys spending time with family, whitewater rafting, snow skiing and spending time with his Weimaraner.
Direct download: 5-20-2013_The_Better_You_Network_Josh_Sprayberry_pt._3.mp3
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Sarah Schober is the Manager for BioNetwork at A-B Tech.  She works closely with the Center’s natural products testing and manufacturing programs and assists natural product and life science entrepreneurs with laboratory manufacturing, and regulatory practices.

BioNetwork at A-B Tech delivers education, outreach and laboratory programs that promote life sciences.  Educational topics include, but are notlimited to, current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) for dietary supplements and personal care products; basic and analytical laboratory skills; and customized industry training.  Our diverse outreach programs aim to support life science endeavors and awareness through community and educational partnerships, both outreach and education programs may be geared toward K-12 students or adult learners.  Analytical assistance for botanicals includes constituent, microbial, and pesticide detection and quantification.  Well-equipped laboratory space is available for rent to those interested in product research, testing, and development.

Direct download: 5-20-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Sarah_Schober_podcast.mp3
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Amy Hamilton, herbalist, farmer and mother is living her dream of farming medicinal herbs in western NC, where she's lived for nearly 20 years.

She is a founding member of Appalachian Botanical Alliance (ABA), a cooperative of herb growers, formed in 2012 with a mission to continue the legacy of Appalachian sourced medicinal herbs. ABA is focused on cultivating western and traditional Chinese medicinal herbs of high quality and in consistent supply.  Amy's farm is Appalachian Seeds Farm & Nursery. She grows heirloom tomato seed and medicinal herbs.

Direct download: 5-20-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Amy_Hamilton_podcast.mp3
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Dr. Jeanine Davis is a horticulture professor with NC State University located at a research facility in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina.  For over 25 years, her program has been dedicated to helping farmers improve the profitability of their farms by growing new crops, transitioning to organic agriculture and adopting more sustainable practices.  Her current efforts are focused on woodland botanicals, Chinese herbs, hops, truffles, broccoli, and organic heirloom tomatoes.  You can learn about her program on her website at http://ncherb.org which has links to her blog, Facebook page, and Twitter account.

Ms. Alison Dressler is a Research Assistant in the NC Alternative Crops and Organics program at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center.  Her efforts are dedicated to helping grow the agricultural sector of the natural products and medicinal herb industries in western North Carolina.  She is currently involved with helping a new medicinal herb cooperative, a natural products branding effort, and a growing bloodroot for dye project.  She recently completed a 168 page report on special forest botanicals in Southern Appalachia.

Direct download: 5-20-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Dr_Jeanine__Alison_Dressler_podcast.mp3
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Josh learned early on that success is achieved by commitment to hard work and discipline. He took this to heart when he decided to enroll at North Georgia College and State University, one of six senior military colleges in the United States. In four years at North Georgia, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BBA in Management and Finance, held leadership positions in six activity boards, and worked part-time at a boutique financial planning firm. After spending four years helping individuals with retirement and estate planning, he realized his true calling was in providing clients with tax planning ideas and solutions to grow their businesses. He took the next two years working in a local CPA firm, going to school at J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and fulfilling the requirements to become a CPA.

Josh remains actively involved in the community through various organizations to include the North Georgia Alumni Association, Psi Chapter Alumni Association, Pi Kappa Alpha Psi Chapter Advisory Board, Lifecycle Building Center of Greater Atlanta, Griffin Rotary Club and the Gutcheck Program of the Gainesville Jaycees.

In his spare time, Josh enjoys spending time with family, whitewater rafting, snow skiing and spending time with his Weimaraner.

Direct download: 5-13-2013_The_Better_You_Network_Josh_Sprayberry_pt._2.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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GG Gibson is the owner of GG's Fine Foods.

GG learned how to cook generations-old Creole recipes through her grandmother, Ella D. Smith, who never compromised on flavor or presentation, but taking great pride and pleasure in presenting fabulous meals. This passion for food continues to inspire GG today.

GG’s Real New Orleans Creole Cuisine include Original Seafood Gumbo, Famous Crawfish Pie, Classic Creole Seasoning, Remoulade Sauce—all infused with GG’s rockin’ flavors. The cuisines can be found on www.ggsfinefood.com.

GG’s flair for culinary art developed into a career after a lifelong mission to bring people together around good food. After overcoming many hardships, GG established GG’s Fine Foods, which operates in a HAACP safety certified manufacturing facility in Woodstock, Georgia.

Direct download: 5-13-2013_The_Better_you_Project_Linda_gibson_Gigi_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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The Melanie Thornton Youth Arts Foundation, a non-profit organization, develops leadership potential in youth through arts enrichment programs and experiences throughout the Metro Atlanta area.

Lois Thornton Chisolm has over 15 years experience developing youth arts enrichment programs and instructing youth from age 2 to 18 in a large variety of arts disciplines.  While living in Europe, Lois taught performance skills, image creation and dance to performing artists. Lois also choreographed for TV shows and live concert performances while she managed their careers.  Some well known artists Lois managed include La Bouche, Melanie Thornton, C-Block, Jemini and T-One.  These artists performed in numerous countries, sold over 12 million singles and albums and have been awarded gold and platinum sales awards in more than 25 countries around the world.

Throughout the years, Lois has used her skills, knowledge and experience to teach in a way that increases student’s self esteem and gives them a genuine appreciation for art forms.  Lois has developed exciting and captivating teaching techniques that keep her students motivated as they grow more poised, graceful and confident in themselves and their expression.   She started a small scholarship fund in memory of her most famous client and sister, Melanie Thornton, in 2002 and then developed and expanded it into the Melanie Thornton Youth Arts Foundation, Inc., an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The foundation’s mission is to develop leadership skills in youth, particularly those that are disadvantaged, by providing an opportunity to experience the arts and be inspired to do positive and creative things with their lives.  For more information go to www.foundationforyoutharts.org, The Melanie Thornton Fan Page on Facebook, Youthartsfund on Twitter and Youthartsfund Channel on Youtube.

Direct download: 5-13-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Lois_Chisholm_podcast.mp3
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Jay Reid began working construction in high school and has been in construction management for the last 20 years.  He was looking for a new opportunity and Great American Cookie / Pretzelmaker appealed to Jay and his wife.

Great American Cookie offers fresh baked cookies, brownies, and unflavored pretzels as well as 100% beef pretzel dogs and mini pretzel dogs.

They also offer fountain drinks, lemonade, ice products and 5 different flavors of blended fruit drinks.

Jay and his wife have been married for 25 years and have 2 children.

Direct download: 5-6-2013_The_Better_you_Project_Jay_Reid_podcast.mp3
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Ulimana is a successful company with nothing but positive energy in every handmade product, founded by single mom Theresa Green.

Theresa Green started her career with Nirvana Manna (renamed later Maca Manna) after expected success with a home recipe passed to a friend at the Natural Foods Expo 2005. Word spread, and she could only grow and expand to incorporating Ulimana. Her made-up name is semi-Huna—a Polynesian and Hawaiian science practiced by the aboriginals of those regions. It means asking the goddess Uli, the “Goddess of Serenity,” for the blessings of life force, energy, and vibrant health—“mana.”

Ulimana is one of the raw food pioneers, and very possibly the first, Organic Raw Chocolate company. Ulimana makes their own proprietary blend of the highest quality cacao (ka-kow) from Peru and Bali. Cacao in its natural, raw form has many psychotic-active ingredients that work as a natural mood elevator.

Ulimana makes raw, organic truffles that are gluten-free, dairy-free and sweetened with natural, alternative sweeteners; handmade in Asheville, NC at The Blue Ridge Food Ventures. They can be found in many of the Earth Fare stores and Whole Food stores across the region as well as NYC and California.

Direct download: 5-6-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Theresa_Green_podcast.mp3
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Josh learned early on that success is achieved by commitment to hard work and discipline. He took this to heart when he decided to enroll at North Georgia College and State University, one of six senior military colleges in the United States. In four years at North Georgia, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BBA in Management and Finance, held leadership positions in six activity boards, and worked part-time at a boutique financial planning firm. After spending four years helping individuals with retirement and estate planning, he realized his true calling was in providing clients with tax planning ideas and solutions to grow their businesses. He took the next two years working in a local CPA firm, going to school at J. Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University and fulfilling the requirements to become a CPA.

Josh remains actively involved in the community through various organizations to include the North Georgia Alumni Association, Psi Chapter Alumni Association, Pi Kappa Alpha Psi Chapter Advisory Board, Lifecycle Building Center of Greater Atlanta, Griffin Rotary Club and the Gutcheck Program of the Gainesville Jaycees.

In his spare time, Josh enjoys spending time with family, whitewater rafting, snow skiing and spending time with his Weimaraner.

Direct download: 5-6-2013_The_Better_You_Network_Josh_Sprayberry_pt._1.mp3
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A Los Angeles-native, Christine’s always had a passion for fashion, art and the finer things in life. Since the tender age of 16, she’s worked at various high-end department stores – learning the day-to-day of a retail business and ultimately putting herself through college at the University of Southern California where she received a B.F.A. in Art History.

Christine maintains Accessory Business 101, her private, online, monthly membership site.  Accessory Business 101 helps designers and inventors realize their dreams of having a thriving product-based business. By coaching new and established designers on the do’s and don’ts of the fashion world, Christine is able to help her clients have a thriving company which supports their passions and dreams.

For more information, check out www.AccessoryBusiness101.comwww.Facebook.com/AccessoryBusiness101 and twitter @accessorybiz.

Direct download: 5-6-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Christine_Syquia_podcast.mp3
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Mary Lou Surgi is the executive director of Blue Ridge Food Ventures in Asheville, North Carolina—the region’s largest shared-use food processing incubator. After spending about 15 years working and living overseas doing everything from being a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malaysia to running a pig re-population project in Haiti, she decided to stay home and go to culinary school. Not wanting to work in a restaurant, and wanting to combine her international food and agriculture experience with food and economic development she found her dream job with Blue Ridge Food Ventures where  she has worked with hundreds of food entrepreneurs and farmers to help them start up their food businesses.  Mary Lou holds Masters’ degrees in Public Health and Food Systems as well as a Culinary Degree.

Chris Reedy is the Program Manager of Blue Ridge food Ventures.  He attended the University of Kentucky and graduated with a degree in finance.  After graduating, Chris went on to earn a MBA with a concentration in finance from Xavier University’s Williams School of Business in Cincinnati, OH.  Immediately after receiving his degree, he joined a Kentucky based holding company and worked as a project manager & financial analyst.  In 1997, Chris founded an import company and traveled throughout Asia working with small producers to sustainably and equitably produce and market their products.  In 2009, he was a founding member of the Southern Appalachian Hops Guild and began to work with farmers throughout the region to create an emerging industry.  His current position allows him to work with and consult with farmers, food artisans and natural product producers on all aspects of their products from intake of raw materials to finished product branding.

Blue Ridge Food Ventures is an 11,000 sq. ft. shared-use kitchen incubator and natural products manufacturing facility that offers support in product development, guidance through the maze of regulations governing safe production of food products and dietary supplements, advice on packaging and label design, and much more.

We're here to help people who dream--of getting their artisan food products to market, of running a baking or catering business, or even operating their own hot dog cart! We also help individuals and small businesses that want to make natural products and herbal dietary supplements, and get them into bottles and tubes and onto store shelves.

Direct download: 5-6-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Chris_Reedy__Mary_Lou_Surgi_podcast.mp3
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Annice Brown, Assistant Regional Director, of the SBTDC, Asheville, NC has over 20 years experience in economic development, managing, and implementing policies and programs promoting public and private sector development in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to coming to Asheville, Annice spent 20 years in Washington, D.C. where she worked for the World Bank on environmental management projects; the French National Agency for Research and Development. She has also worked in marketing and sales for an organic cotton apparel manufacturer in Asheville. Currently, she is VP of the North Carolina Natural Products Assn.

As a part of their economic development mission, the SBTDC provides direct service to economic development organizations, government agencies, and university departments. Their team of research analysts and strategic planning specialists has facilitated the development of numerous local and regional economic strategies; managed project feasibility studies; provided technical assistance for entrepreneurial programs (such as small business incubators); crafted community economic development plans; designed business needs assessments; and conducted market analyses.

Their ability to tap the expertise and resources of our university colleagues uniquely allows the SBTDC to assist county and municipal governments; regional economic development partnerships; chambers of commerce; councils of governments; community development corporations; community colleges; and various other organizations.

Direct download: 5-6-2013_The_Better_You_Network_Annice_Brown_podcast.mp3
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Greg Cumberford, President and Co-Founder, Bent Creek Institute, Inc., is a botanical natural products industry executive. He co-founded Bent Creek Institute in 2006 to grow Western North Carolina’s role as a competitive sourcing region for medicinal plants and value-added botanical products. Prior to joining as BCI’s President in 2011, Mr. Cumberford worked as a senior manager for over 13 years with Gaia Herbs, a leading US grower and manufacturer of botanical extracts. He has BS degree from Stanford University. His avocational interests include natural horsemanship, running, and culinary travel.

Joe-Ann McCoy, PhD, serves as the director of the Bent Creek Germplasm Repository (BCGR) located at the NC Arboretum in Asheville, NC.  Joe-Ann completed her doctoral research in Plant Physiology from Clemson University which focused on the development of seed, rhizome, and in vitro propagation protocols for Actaea racemosa L. (black cohosh)and analysis of associated triterpene glycosides.  Her MS was focused on developing in vitro propagation and optimal HPLC extraction & analytical methods for Hypericum perforatum (St. John’s Wort).  Prior to BCGR she served as medicinal plant curator for the USDA NCRPIS (North Central Regional Plant Introduction Station) and the NIH ISU Center for Research on Dietary Supplements in Ames, IA.  She has worked with various aspects of native and medicinal plant collection, cell culture, propagation, and analytical research for the past 16 years.

BCI’s mission is to grow an economic cluster in WNC rooted in reverence for our region’s unique biodiversity and botanical traditions, and expressed through scientific testing, research, strategic advisory, and horticultural collaborations. BCI helps their partners clear hurdles as they develop new natural products and grow new specialty crops in our region. The Bent Creek Germplasm Repository (BCGR) of The North Carolina Arboretum is North America’s only gene bank dedicated to archiving, conserving, and storing medicinal plants and related endophyte germplasm for medical and horticultural research. Anchored by BCGR’s botanical research and conservation activities, BCI fosters sustainable jobs growth based on validated botanical medicines and integrative healthcare solutions that serve the wellness needs of our region, our state, and our nation.


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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Russell Holcombe is CEO of Atlanta-based investment firm, Holcombe Financial, and author of the book “You Should Only Have to Get Rich Once.” Holcombe earned his MTX (Masters in Taxation) from Georgia State University, his BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.

Holcombe challenges the conventional wisdom of the current financial planning model that has left so many disappointed.  Holcombe helps clients make decisions that increase their chance of achieving their point of financial independence.  An avid reader, writer, and outdoorsman, Holcombe welcomes the opportunity to expose clients to a better way of looking at money.

Holcombe Financial delivers a creative financial planning process to clients ready to think differently about their wealth. Holcombe Financial anticipates the challenges clients will encounter, and develops innovative, tailor-made solutions to maintain their Independence forever. For more information, please visit www.holcombefinancial.com

Direct download: 4-22-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Rusty_Holcombe_pt.4.mp3
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Donald Dunn began Dun Construction in 1984, with a vision of charting his own path for success in an industry that was a natural fit for his love of being outdoors, and of transforming land.  28 years into his business, Donald works hard to find time to enjoy hunting, fishing, and spending time with family.  He is also a Master Cattleman and has a 120 acre farm in Alabama where he runs a cow-calf operation.  He has three children and lives with his wife and young son in Cumming, Georgia.

Dunn Construction began in 1984 as one entrepreneur, with one piece of equipment.  The company started out doing light grading work primarily for multi-family apartment developers and gradually expanded to include concrete structural work, larger and more complex sitework projects, retaining walls, demolition, and hard-scapes.  28 years later, the company resume boasts work on several major college campuses in Georgia such as Emory University, university of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State University, and Wesleyan College to name a few.  We also have earned a reputation for design-assistance in addition to the install of custom, high-end, hard-scapes for private clients.  At its peak, Dunn Construction employed well over 30 carpenters, equipment operators, concrete finishers and laborers.

Direct download: 4-22-2013_The_Better_you_Project_Donald_Dunn_Podcast.mp3
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Ross Perloe CFP®, CLU®, CLTC  moved to the Atlanta area in 1976 after graduating from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Currently residing in Sandy Springs, GA with his wife, Michele, and daughter, Sydney, he began his Financial Services career in 1994.

His passion in business is to help his clients make informed decisions as it relates to their financial planning so as to protect their families and businesses from unnecessary risks.

For over 10 years Ross served as an officer of a large Home Owners Association and currently is the President of the Riverwood High School Foundation.   He can be contacted at 404-252-7965, or the web at www.myltc.com or via email at rperloe@gmail.com

Direct download: 4-22-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Ross_Perloe_Podcast.mp3
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Diane Pfeifer has been writing and self-publishing cookbooks since 1987 with over 700,000 books sold. She invented Grits Bits gourmet cheese crackers and specializes in Georgia welcome gifts for gift shops and events.

She has been a chemist, a Capitol recording artist, a songwriter with two Top 15 hits for Debby Boone, acted in commercials, and recorded wrong number messages for the phone company. She has been self-employed since 1973.

Direct download: 4-15-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Diane_Pfeifer.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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Russell Holcombe is CEO of Atlanta-based investment firm, Holcombe Financial, and author of the book “You Should Only Have to Get Rich Once.” Holcombe earned his MTX (Masters in Taxation) from Georgia State University, his BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.

Holcombe challenges the conventional wisdom of the current financial planning model that has left so many disappointed.  Holcombe helps clients make decisions that increase their chance of achieving their point of financial independence.  An avid reader, writer, and outdoorsman, Holcombe welcomes the opportunity to expose clients to a better way of looking at money.

Holcombe Financial delivers a creative financial planning process to clients ready to think differently about their wealth. Holcombe Financial anticipates the challenges clients will encounter, and develops innovative, tailor-made solutions to maintain their Independence forever. For more information, please visit www.holcombefinancial.com

Direct download: 4-15-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Rusty_Holcombe.mp3
Category:Money -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Byron is the Founder and Executive Director of VISION 9:38. He was born and raised in Cartersville, GA and is 1990 graduate of the University of West Georgia. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity at Reformed Theological Seminary.

Byron has spent 21 years as a missionary to college students on various campuses - ​Alabama State University, Tuskegee University, Morehouse College, Morris Brown College, Spelman College, Clark Atlanta University, Huntingdon College, and Auburn University Montgomery. He has raised nearly $2 million in his fund raising efforts over the past 21 years.

Byron is married to Kim for 19 years.  They have five children - Kelsey, James Byron II, Kaitlyn, Jordan, and Jonathan.

Do you know of any African-American missionaries? Statistics tell us that less than 1% of all missionaries are African-American. Why? Have you ever wondered why there are so few African-American missionaries?  There are many challenges that they are facing, but the biggest barrier is funding. How do we overcome this funding difficulty?

VISION 9:38 desires to stand in the gap. VISION 9:38’s committed to empowering and equipping minority missionaries to enable them to labor effectively in the harvest for a lifetime of kingdom impact by providing funding for deserving and qualified minority missionaries, training them in how to raise and maintain funding, and finding innovative fundraising solutions to create a sustainable model.

Direct download: 4-15-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Byron_Johnson_podcast.mp3
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Tom Scales is Chairman of the Board of Directors and a Co-Founder of The Innocence Revolution.  He previously was the Executive Director of VOICE Today Inc.

Tom is a survivor of child sexual abuse and the author of “Terrible Things Happened to Me: A True Story of Violence and Victory.”

He was the recipient of the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award In the category for Inspirational Books presented by the Georgia Writers Association.  He also was the recipient of the 2012 Unsung Hero Award, presented by Save Our Children and Families.

Direct download: 4-15-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Tom_Scales_podcast.mp3
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Russell Holcombe is CEO of Atlanta-based investment firm, Holcombe Financial, and author of the book “You Should Only Have to Get Rich Once.” Holcombe earned his MTX (Masters in Taxation) from Georgia State University, his BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.

Holcombe challenges the conventional wisdom of the current financial planning model that has left so many disappointed.  Holcombe helps clients make decisions that increase their chance of achieving their point of financial independence.  An avid reader, writer, and outdoorsman, Holcombe welcomes the opportunity to expose clients to a better way of looking at money.

Holcombe Financial delivers a creative financial planning process to clients ready to think differently about their wealth. Holcombe Financial anticipates the challenges clients will encounter, and develops innovative, tailor-made solutions to maintain their Independence forever. For more information, please visit www.holcombefinancial.com

Direct download: 4-8-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Rusty_Holcombe.mp3
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With a firm commitment to his faith, his wife, and five children, John Rogers strives to do the very best for every customer he comes in contact with.

After growing up in Montgomery, Alabama, John began his first career in the restaurant business. Working for TGI Friday's as a manager and Applebee's as a General Manager, he learned the skills necessary for managing multiple people and tasks at the same time. Directing upwards of one hundred combined employees, managers, and vendors, he learned the daunting task of managing people and leveraging their abilities to provide a consistent product for the customer while being mindful of the need for profitability.

John began his work in the construction field with a broom in hand, and he doesn't mind saying it was a bit humbling. As he transitioned from restaurants to construction, John worked for a commercial construction company that built restaurants. During his short time in their employment, he found that he had a natural gift for construction and that his experience in the restaurant business gave him a propensity for being sensitive to the customer's needs. This is very unique to the construction industry. John ventured out on his own with two weeks of work and a desire to provide a quality product in a timely manner as well as provide superior customer satisfaction. Thirteen years and over one thousand completed projects later, he continues to do it the same as in the beginning, only better. See pictures of his fabulous work at jrrenovations.com

Breathe new life into your home with a quality renovation from the design/build professionals at John Rogers Renovations, winner of four 2012 and 2011 NARI Atlanta Contractor of the Year awards.

Specializing in the North Atlanta area, John Rogers Renovations has an outstanding reputation for executing detailed craftsmanship, staying on budget and on schedule, maintaining a clean worksite, and managing your project to precision. By emphasizing constant and clear communications, John Rogers Renovations ensures the highest-quality results and gives you a fabulous remodeling experience.

Direct download: 4-8-2013_The_Better_You_Project_John_Rogers.mp3
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Kimberly Sellars-Bates is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. She was born at Grady Memorial Hospital and is a product of the Atlanta Public and Fulton County School systems. Upon graduating from Alabama State University with a B.A. in Psychology in 1990, she returned to her hometown and began working at Spelman College.  It was there where she was introduced to the world of development.

A research and grant writing professional, Kimberly is president of her own development consulting firm, KSTB Enterprises, LLC.  Founded in 2007, KSTB analyzes and implements action plans for all ongoing fundraising initiatives including: individual, corporate, and foundation prospect research, annual fund appeals, grant proposal writing and Board solicitation and training. KSTB also works with the organization’s Program Managers and Board of Directors to ensure successful fundraising efforts including signature fundraisers.  Her company is currently responsible for over $13mill in grants and contracts.

Kimberly is certified by NeighborWorks America, a national nonprofit organization created by Congress to provide financial support, technical assistance, and training for community-based revitalization efforts. She is also a grant reviewer for The Educational Foundation of America and Georgia Department of Education Federal Charter Schools.

Her organizational affiliations include active membership in the Pi Alpha Omega Graduate Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Order of the Eastern Star (Peace Chapter #146), the Metro Atlanta Alabama State University Alumni Association (Secretary), Board Member of the Atlanta Nonprofit Professionals, Association for Professional Researchers in Advancement (APRA), and the Fulton County Task Force for the Aging.  She is President of the PTSA and Communications Chair for Sandtown Middle School.

Realizing the importance of philanthropy, Mrs. Sellars-Bates is the Advisor for her children’s foundation- The T&T Project. Their foundation helps all children who have been affected by tragedy and/or misfortune.

Mrs. Sellars-Bates is married to her college sweetheart, TaDarol Bates, and they have two children – Taylor Cimone, age 19, and TaDarol Christopher II, age 14. The Bates family are active members of Zion Hill Baptist Church in Atlanta, GA.

Direct download: 4-8-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Kimberly_Sellars-Bates_podcast.mp3
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Rachael Bregman is the Rabbi for Open Jewish Project which strives to enrich and invigorate young Jewish Atlanta one relationship at a time.  She is also one of the rabbis at The Temple, Atlanta’s oldest and largest Synagogue.  When not developing community engagement models for Jewish Atlanta and beyond, she is ardently working to add the Jewish voice to the outcry against human trafficking and other issues concerning basic human rights.  Originally a Boston native, she currently lives in Virginia Highlands in a converted factory loft condo on the beltline, an urban revitalization project with her partner, Dan, his daughter Alyssa and their puppy, Safi.

Open Jewish Project is the next generation of Jewish Americans.

Vision
We envision a world where younger/youngish Jews in Atlanta identify with Judaism as meaningful and relevant.

Mission
Housed within The Temple, Atlanta’s oldest and largest congregation, yet serving the whole Atlanta younger/youngish Jewish adult community, we are driven to enrich and invigorate the lives of post college-pre-preschool Jews in Atlanta by cultivating a deeper self-knowledge and a stronger relationship to Judaism, Jews, the Divine and the larger world resulting in meaningful Jewish living one relationship at a time.

We aspire to function as a concierge service to young Jewish Atlantans in partnership with other organizations which serve them through personal, one on one attention, peer to peer connection, community creation and skills/tools building in order to DO and BE Jewish.

We are not membership drivers, we are Jewish life validators.  If you are looking to find a synagogue, we will help you find the right match even if it is not at the Temple, Open Jewish Project's base of operations.  They know that not everyone does Jewish the same way-they merely care that your Jewish life is rich and meaningful wherever you choose to express it.

Values
We value growth and evolution through open conversation, feedback, shared ownership, respect for the opinions of others, non-coercive learning and inclusion, equality, and struggle (We are after all, the children of Israel which means one who wrestles with the Jewish stuff).

Direct download: 4-8-2013_The_Beter_You_Project_Rachael_Bregman_podcast.mp3
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Clark Harris is the founder and owner of Innovative Construction. Originally from Cincinnati Ohio, Clark later moved with his family to Higham, MA. While growing up in Massachusetts, Clark was initially exposed to the construction industry by working on job sites in the summers and holidays while going to college.

Upon Graduating from St. Lawrence University with a degree in history /education, Clark moved south to Atlanta, GA. He continued his career in construction by working for a company that specialized in finishing and restoration. After working in this genre of construction for four years, Clark decided to start his own business that specialized in renovation and restoration. In 2000, Innovative Construction was established.

Innovative construction operates strictly on the following ideals:

» We treat our customers and subcontractors as we like to be treated

» We don’t pick and choose when to have morals

» We are only as good as our subcontractors

» All of our subcontractors are educated in remodeling NOT new construction

» We would not put a person in someone’s home that we would not put it our own

» We believe in making each job and customer experience the best it can be and let the business grow organically; we are not motivated by the bottom line.

» When you are a customer, you are a customer for life. We stand behind all our projects and guarantee the quality of work

» We grow our business through client relationships, not through advertising.

» We appreciate every job, whether it is a three hour job or a 5 month project.

» We stress cleanliness on our job sites

When not at work, Clark likes to be with his family playing sports, camping, fishing,and watching the Braves.

Direct download: 4-1-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Clark_Harris.mp3
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Russell Holcombe is CEO of Atlanta-based investment firm, Holcombe Financial, and author of the book “You Should Only Have to Get Rich Once.” Holcombe earned his MTX (Masters in Taxation) from Georgia State University, his BBA in Finance from Southern Methodist University, and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™.

Holcombe challenges the conventional wisdom of the current financial planning model that has left so many disappointed.  Holcombe helps clients make decisions that increase their chance of achieving their point of financial independence.  An avid reader, writer, and outdoorsman, Holcombe welcomes the opportunity to expose clients to a better way of looking at money.

Holcombe Financial delivers a creative financial planning process to clients ready to think differently about their wealth. Holcombe Financial anticipates the challenges clients will encounter, and develops innovative, tailor-made solutions to maintain their Independence forever. For more information, please visit www.holcombefinancial.com

Direct download: 4-1-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Rusty_Holcombe.mp3
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Scott Bianculli is one of the Partners at BAKED and RED SKY TAPAS -  www.bakeithappen.com and www.redskytapas.com

These are two “mom and pop” restaurant concepts that have originated in the East Cobb portion of Marietta, Georgia.

Baked is “comfort food” and Red Sky is a tapas concept and entertainment venue.

As a small town boy gone city, Scott hopes that Baked will remind you of good-ole fashioned living, while meeting the challenges of today’s hectic schedules.

Direct download: 4-1-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Scott_Bianculli.mp3
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CEO Chonchol Gupta, earned his M.B.A. and Master of Global Management at Tulane University, where he researched international banking for the World Trade Center of New Orleans. Chonchol is excited about the enthusiasm the Rebirth Financial platform has received. "When I started out I thought that it would be people in California lending to people in Texas, but it’s not that at all," says Gupta. "It’s people looking for positive community impact and a good investments in their own backyard."

Rebirth Financial was founded in February 2010. With origins in New Orleans, the Rebirth Financial team understands the importance of small business in a community. The team has also witnessed the economic support individual lenders can provide a small business. Rebirth Financial streamlines the loan review process allowing individual and institutional lenders to easily and securely take investments off of Wall Street and invest them in profitable community businesses. Rebirth Financial’s platform and JAS rating system allow lenders to diversify their portfolio and contribute to their community.

Direct download: 4-1-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Chonchol_Gupta_podcast.mp3
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Tara Roberts co-founded Girltank, a social enterprise designed to connect, inspire and fund female social entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world. Tara served as the Senior Editor for CosmoGirl magazine and the Lifestyle Editor for Ebony, Essence and Heart & Soul magazines. She published her own internationally distributed magazine, Fierce, which was nominated as best new independent magazine in 2003 by Utne magazine. And she has edited critically-acclaimed books for girls: Am I the last Virgin? Ten African American Reflections on Sex & Love and What Your Mama Never Told You: True Stories About Sex & Love. Tara is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the Founder Institute Santiago.

Girltank is a community hub and crowdfunding platform designed to help women and girl changemakers grow and scale their bold and daring social enterprises.

Girltank's vision is a world in which powerful women with disruptive ideas - hailing from every region of the planet - are challenging the status quo, pushing forward transformative ideas and inspiring a new understanding of women and girls as leaders, as entrepreneurs, as innovators. We see this empowered generation of female changemakers working together to usher in a dynamic world leadership that is nurtured on principles of collaboration, compassion, empathy and bold action.

We aim to inspire, connect and fund female social entrepreneurs and changemakers.

Girltank won a $15K grant from Free Range Studios in 2011 to start Girltank, a $40K fellowship from Start-Up Chile in 2011 to grow our community and the Mothers of Invention award from Newsweek, the Daily Beast and Toyota in 2013 to launch our courses and workshops. Currently, Girltank has a network of approximately 1,500 women and girl changemakers from over 100 countries.

Girltank showcases the stories of female changemakers in our dynamic multimedia library; we offer a capacity-building course and local funding workshops in our think tank; and we provide a crowdfunding platform for women social entrepreneurs and changemakers to share their inspiring work with the world and for donors and investors to easily find and support their projects.

Direct download: 4-1-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Tara_Roberts_podcast.mp3
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I believe with good design your personality shows through in your space, and it is inspiring and functional…I like to use pops of color, repurpose unique pieces and mix old with new to create and enhance character.  You should love where you live and have fun creating your space.

I have always loved art and wanted to be an artist since I was a little girl.  I attended the University of Georgia and worked in media and radio for years – doing design work on the side.  After my 2nd child was born, I decided to create my company and haven’t looked back since.  It has been amazing!

Direct download: 3-25-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Rachel_Greathouse.mp3
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Mark Peterson is the owner and founder of Paraline, a Veteran Owned Small Business in Atlanta, Georgia.

Paraline is a facilitator of opportunity. They partner with their clients to empower them during
the design process helping them unlock their creative potential while crafting a design
which best represents their organization's brand identity.

Mr. Peterson is a Registered Architect with more than nine years of experience working
closely with governmental, commercial and non-profit clients on a diverse range of
sustainable projects. Before graduating from Auburn University's School of Architecture
with honors Mr. Peterson served six years in the US Air Force.

Direct download: 3-25-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Mark_Peterson_podcast.mp3
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Adoption Discovery is a program that educates and equips people to adopt any child available for adoption. We show people how to adopt children for $0 in 9 months or less.

Bridgette Bradley was a volunteer for CASA, a court appointed special advocate when she realized there were so many children available for adoption and millions of people trying to adopt. She founded Adoption Discovery to solve the problems people encountered when attempting adoption. Families all over the U.S. now experience adoption made easier and children find forever families.

Direct download: 3-25-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Bridgette_Bradley.mp3
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Marc E. Parham has been successfully consulting for all types of businesses for over 20 years. He has consulted for small to mid-sized business, large corporations, and non-profit organizations in all areas of business development. He has certifications in Project management, Network Engineering, Non-profit Management and other areas of business development. Marc has made it his mission to help people start and grow their small businesses. He has created a successful business coaching program that has assisted many people in changing their lives. He is also available for speaking and training events.

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Direct download: 3-25-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Marc_Parham_podcast.mp3
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Angela Williams is the founder of VOICE Today, a passionate child advocate and voice for survivors. She is an international speaker, author, and survivor of 14 years of child sexual abuse. Visit www.voicetoday.org to learn how you can get involved in THE VOICE MOVEMENT to save the next generation of children and help a survivor heal. Please link with us on twitter @avoicetoday and Facebook/VoiceToday.

VOICE Today, Inc. is breaking the silence and cycle of child sexual abuse worldwide through awareness, prevention and healing programs worldwide. We change the social norms by removing the stigma of child sexual abuse from the victim and placing it on the abuser and placing responsibility on adults to be trained and vigilant to protect children from child sexual abuse. We want to bring prevention and healing programs into community.

Direct download: 3-25-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Angela_Williams_Podcast.mp3
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Laurie Prentice is the owner of LINDEN In Woodstock GA.

LINDEN provides their community with the following: European Antiques, Wedding Design, Garden Design (container), Fairy Gardening and Interior Design work.

Laurie's background is in horticulture and her love of old joined with gardening, plantings and antiques to create Linden. She travels frequently to Europe, where she used to live, to rekindle and find inspiration.

Direct download: 3-18-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Laurie_Prentice.mp3
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Well known for his innovative vision and engaging presence, Jason inspires his audiences to identify the forces that impact their lives and businesses.  Also known as “The Guy” who Makes the Paper Talk, with business plans garnering millions in capital for clients, Jason has the dynamic ability to communicate vision.  Audiences are guaranteed to learn and laugh with Jason’s real-world approach to execute their goals and strategies with total confidence.

With more than 20 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience, Jason has owned, operated, and sold various businesses including franchises (Edible Arrangements, Quiznos). To his credit, he consults entrepreneurs through Bass Business Plans and Development, and has recently launched TriScion Web Videos, at a time when internet video is poised to dominate the web as a way to do business.

Book Jason:
Phone:             678-615-8509
E-mail:             JasonBass@BassBusinessPlans.com

Websites:        www.BizBlogCast.com
www.BassBusinessPlans.com
www.TSWebVideos.com

Direct download: 3-18-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Jason_Bass_podcast.mp3
Category:Non-Profit -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Dr. Courthney Russell and Chris Johnson began a non-profit named A2H2. A2H2 focuses on health literacy and education as well as being a resource for the indigent population. A2H2 is a mobile health and outreach that seeks to meet the needs of the homeless on the streets of Atlanta.

Courthney Fitzgerald Russell, Jr. was born to proud immigrant parents on July 24, 1979 at a military base in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He is married to Emily with one son, Courthney Russell, III. Dr. Russell is a recent graduate of medical school and is now preparing for residency in 2014. He has had many jobs and will soon be a resident; however, he says no job will ever be as amazing as the ones where he can work primarily with “my people”.

Direct download: 3-18-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Dr__Kourtney.mp3
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Carrie started Neatsmart after 15 years in the corporate world training on salesforce automation software, selling high end luxury goods, implementing and training compliance  software applications, and managing client relationships. I had been helping friends and family with organizing their homes for years but never thought I could do it for a living. Then one day, not too long ago, I had my epiphany: I was working from home and I had scheduled a lunch break from conference calls and client work to organize and set up my husband’s new office. I couldn’t wait to work on that project and knew then that I needed to pursue this passion full time.

Neatsmart helps busy people clear the clutter from their homes and closets so they can function more efficiently and love their surroundings. I help people by designing and implementing an organization system that works for them and their specific needs. This could be anywhere from your home office, closet, kids’ rooms and playrooms, laundry rooms, kitchens, etc.

http://neatsmart.com

Pinterest: cmpeeples

Twitter: @neatsmartcmp

Facebook: neatsmartcmp

Direct download: 3-11-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Carie_Peeples.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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In 1999, Bart Suddereth founded Millennium Training Systems (MTS), www.millenniumtrainingsystems.com,MTS was created to assist the development and implementation of programs to improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, (STEM), literacy for America’s students. Bart and his copyrighted, Share, Read and Build approach to learning, have helped thousands of students across the United States gain STEM awareness.

As an Educational Consultant and Coach, Mr.Suddereth has lead the World Championship 100 Scholars Robotics Alliance (www.usfirst.org) and 100 Black Men of Atlanta’s Project Success Program since 2005.  As a Robotics Training Expert, Bart's teams have competed with teams from all over the world. They have conducted Robotics Training Workshops, throughout America that have transformed the lives of youth.

The 100 Black Men of North Metro, Inc., presented Mr. Suddereth its 2011 Mentoring Award in recognition of his contributions. He has also been featured in CNN’s Black in America programs.

As a part of initiatives to increase mentoring in S.T.E.M, Bart has been featured in productions with partnerships between FIRST (www.usfirst.org), Massachusetts Institute of Technolog, and Time Warner Cable.

Bart is currently working with numerous organizations, including McNair Achievement Programs, NASA, and FIRST, in the transformation of our culture to a greater understanding of S.T.E.M.

Direct download: 3-11-2013_The_Better_you_Project_Bart_Suddereth_podcast.mp3
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Mr. Leland Smith the CEO and Director of Business Development for SolidHires, with responsibility for recruitment and marketing programs, brand management, and corporate sponsorships. Prior to joining SolidHires, Leland worked in recruiting management, business development and as a senior trainer at several companies, and my proudest accomplishment, serving over 22 honorable years in the U.S. Army. Notable are my many years leading several top achieving teams as a recruiting manager and trainer for several Army units.

He holds a bachelors degree in Human Resources Management & graduated from the Executive Programs in Leadership and Disciplines of Business from Notre Dame University. In addition, A graduated from the United States Army First Sergeant Course, Army Guidance Counselor/Operations Course among many others while in the U.S. Army.

SolidHires is a Military Focused Hiring, Education and Resource Event Provider . We are a Veteran Owned Business based in Marietta, GA. We focus on training and providing career opportunities to the military community. Our #1 goal is to assist veterans in reaching their career and personal goals NOW.We feel it's past time to eradicate the high unemployment rate especially within our veteran/transitioning military population.

 
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Direct download: 3-11-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Leland_Smith_podcast.mp3
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Meet a grassroots organization that is working to help improve the financial health of low-to-moderate income aspiring entrepreneurs, individuals and families in the Metro Atlanta area.

Urban Asset Builders is an asset building organization that is working to help empower LMI Atlantans to be financially secure and build economic stability for themselves and their families.

Venus “Ms. ABC” Lockett is an Asset Building Coach and the Founder of Urban Asset Builders.  She is on a mission to instill a mindset that credit and savings are assets and works with low-to-moderate income (LMI) aspiring entrepreneurs and individuals to build their assets in credit and savings so they may start their businesses or realize their dreams with their own skin in the game.  You can learn more about their mission on their website at www.UrbanAssetBuilders.com.  You may also follow urban Asset Builders on Facebook and twitter @ATLAssetBuilder.

Direct download: 3-11-2013_The_Better_you_Project_Venus_Lockett_podcast.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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Corey Moore, Owner at ProNetworker, LLC: http://www.pronetworker.com &

Owner, Business & Tax Advisor at Fortune Financial Group (FFG) http://www.ffgga.com

Fortune Financial Group (FFG) is a financial institution whose objective is to empower its clients through financial knowledge. FFG is a Georgia-based company, which is comprised of professionals that are dedicated to providing the necessary tools that will promote financial growth.Specialties:Individual Tax Preparation, Small Business Tax Preparation, Home-Based Business Tax Preparation, Individual Budgeting, Business Budgeting, Corporation Formation, Business Consulting,

ProNetworker is a resource center for business events; networking events, seminars, business expos, workshops, lunch & learn, etc. ProNetworker also creates and host networking events, seminars, expos, etc.

He is has a Business Management degree from Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA

Direct download: 3-4-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Corey_Moore.mp3
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Lori A. Manns is Founder and President of Live Healthy and Thrive Youth Foundation, a 501C3 non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and promoting kids health.

Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation, Inc., (LHTYF) is an award winning, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to fostering and promoting kids' health. Established in 2010, we are committed to providing practical, healthy educational workshops and activities that will affect the lives of children for generations to come. We aim to assist children  suffering from childhood obesity, diabetes and hypertension to become healthier and happier. We also intend to assure that kids who are currently healthy, stay that way by encouraging them to have healthy habits. We educate kids from all races and backgrounds about why health is essential at an early age. The Live Healthy & Thrive Youth Foundation provides a variety of programs and events, free of charge to kids ages 6-12 who live in the metro Atlanta area.

Direct download: 3-4-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Lori_Manns.mp3
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Invest Atlanta is the official economic development authority for the City of Atlanta.  Its purpose is to strengthen Atlanta’s economy and global competitiveness in order to create increased opportunity and prosperity for the people of Atlanta. Invest Atlanta is governed by a 9 member board of directors, chaired by the Mayor of Atlanta.

Invest Atlanta’s programs and initiatives focus on developing and fostering public-private partnerships to accelerate job creation/economic growth, neighborhood revitalization/investment and innovation/entrepreneurship. Invest Atlanta’s economic tools include bond financing, revolving loan funds, housing financing, tax increment financing and tax credits.

Eloisa Klementich joined the Invest Atlanta in November, 2011 as the Director of Business Development. Her areas of focus are to oversee Invest Atlanta’s business retention, business expansion efforts and entrepreneurship growth for the City of Atlanta.

Dr. Klementich joined Invest Atlanta from the US Economic Development Administration where she was a Special Assistant for Economic Development working within the Office of the Secretary. At the EDA, she was detailed to the National Incident Command to work on the Federal response to the Gulf Oil Spill. In June 2008, she was appointed as California’s Assistant Deputy Secretary for Economic Development and Commerce by Governor Schwarzenegger. She was instrumental in forming the new Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the state’s innovation program (iHub program).
Prior to her appointment, Dr. Klementich worked as a Marketing Manager for the Economic Development Agency at the County of San Bernardino; Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Division of the League of California Cities; and the founding Director for the Mayor’s Office of International Trade under Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn.

Additionally, she served as Chief Field Deputy to Los Angeles Councilmember Alex Padilla; District Director to California State Assemblyman Tony Cardenas; Special Market Coordinator to Anheuser-Busch Sales of Sylmar; and Marketing Manager at General DataComm de Mexico in Mexico City.

Dr. Klementich also served as a consultant for Mexico’s President Vicente Fox, working closely with the President’s Special Advisor on Constituent Services, Dr. Juan Hernandez, on best practices for addressing constituent issues and requests.

Dr. Klementich received her Bachelor’s Degree from Pitzer College in Claremont.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from el Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey and two Master’s Degrees, in Urban Planning and Latin American Affairs, from University of California, Los Angeles.  She received her Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of LaVerne in 2010. Lastly, she is a Certified Economic Developer which is a national recognition denoting a mastery of principal skills in economic development.

Direct download: 3-4-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Eloisa_Klementich.mp3
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Remington Youngblood, the founder of Change 4 Georgia (C4G), was looking for a way to help in his community.  C4G is a community service program inclusive to students that thanks our troops and veterans for their service, dedication and sacrifice in protecting our freedom and keeping our country secure.  C4G benefits our brave troops by collecting items from their "Wish List" that they need or want and that add comfort and fit in their backpacks. C4G also benefits the families of our troops and veterans by providing them with food, clothing, school supplies, personal items, furniture and appliances.  During the holidays, C4G also conducts a toy drive.

11-year-old Remington’s efforts have been highlighted in many publications.  He is recipient of numerous awards, an inspirational speaker and has over 70 local businesses supporting his efforts to help “serve those who are serving us.”

Remington is enrolled in advanced classes, is on a debate team, is the Vice-President of Builders Club, and attends church at Brown’s Bridge.

Remington makes time for friends and extracurricular activities:  he has two first-degree black belts - one in karate and one in Tae Kwon Do; and he plays flag football and basketball, rock climbs, golfs, and participates in 5k races and triathlons for a cause.

Remington’s voice and his actions are an inspiration to everyone.  He represents our children and grandchildren.  He is their voice – he is our future.  The troops have given him the call sign “Hollywood” and his nickname is “The President.”

www.change4georgia.org
https://www.facebook.com/Change4Georgia
http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=216669276&trk=tab_pro
https://twitter.com/change4georgia

 

Direct download: 3-4-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Remington_Youngblood.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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Pure Sodaworks, uses the best ingredients in the world to create pure cane sugar sodas with unique and delicious flavors. All of their sodas are free from preservatives, artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners. Sodas are served at their fountain, The River Street Makery, at Coolidge Park and are also available in bottles.

Matt and Tiffany Rogers, founders of Pure SodaWorks have been making and selling all natural products since they started their first business, Everyday Eclectic, in 2007.They founded Pure SodaWorks in 2011, with partner Shawn Clouse. Originally, they planned to only sell sodas via their custom mobile soda fountain at various markets, festivals, and events throughout the area. However, they quickly realized that customers and restaurants were interested in having their sodas in bottle form.

Learn more at PureSodaworks.com or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Direct download: 2-18-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Pure_Soda_Works.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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Weston Wamp is a young man in a hurry. At twenty-three years old, Weston joined forces with transportation entrepreneurs in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to launch Lamp Post Group, a privately funded venture incubator aimed at investing in young talent and disruptive ideas. Simultaneously starting his own public relations firm, Weston was widely considered an emerging political star as he began guest appearances on a local PBS political show.

In the fall of 2011, then-twenty-four-year-old Weston announced his candidacy for the Tennessee congressional district.  Weston lost in a three-way race that became the most expensive primary in America in 2012, at a total cost of $2.5 million. But his message about America’s growing generational inequity and the urgent need for cooperation in Washington resonated. He defeated the incumbent in the district’s largest county and only metropolitan area. Like his generation, Weston is ready to make the tough decisions.

Listen as Weston talks about his journey through politics and involvement with Lamp Post Group.

Direct download: 2-11-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Weston_Wamp.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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Eric Holtzclaw and Susan McMullen interview Ari Fleischer and Aly Moler of Frozen Pints featuring beer-flavored ice cream.

Ari grew up in New York and moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University. He graduated with a degree in business in 2006. After school, he couldn’t leave the warm weather and southern hospitality, so he’s been in Atlanta ever since. Before starting Frozen Pints, Ari worked in client service with The Nielsen Company. He supported both the Georgia Pacific and Coca-Cola accounts and gained valuable experience in market research and the retail world, but his true passion has always been craft beer. He started Frozen Pints in late 2010 after a serendipitous accident involving beer and an ice cream maker. He’s worked with his partner, Aly Moler, to build the business since then. His favorite part about his current job is the “R&D” – someone has to try all the beers to make the next great flavor…

A Virginia native, Aly Moler moved to Atlanta to attend Emory University, graduated in 2009 from Goizueta’s undergraduate business program, and began her professional career in the corporate world. She worked in Global IT at Coca-Cola before securing a position with The Nielsen Company, where she consulted with clients on marketing and market research solutions. It was during this time that she met Ari, they bonded over an appreciation of good food and drink, and she joined him in developing the innovative concept. She recently left her day job to focus on Frozen Pints, and has enjoyed the challenge of pioneering a new space in the food and beverage worlds. She’s also glad that all her time spent as an aspiring foodie is paying off.

Website: www.frozenpints.com

Direct download: 12-12-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Frozen_Pints.mp3
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Nicole Flint is an interior designer who put a career on hold to start and raise a family.

Still having a desire for a creative outlet, she used her love of lines and textiles to create a small custom upholstery business.

Besides creating chairs, Nicole is also a blogger and a retail shop owner.

http://nicoleflint.com

Direct download: 12-05-2012_Nicole_Flint.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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Garlic Clove Foods is a gourmet health food producer. Born out of the humble dream to revolutionize the convenience food industry by providing consumers with healthy, delicious and convenient cooking meal options. The vision of Amy and Dean D’Angelo is to create foods that incorporate Whole Grains, Legumes, Lentils, Vegetables and other high quality and healthy ingredients. You may get hungry listening but you're not gonna want to miss their journey!

Direct download: 3-28-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Dean_DAngelo.mp3
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With the accolades, the charisma, the voice and the talents, this Singer-Songwriter, Actor, Philanthropist, Entrepreneur and creative Visionary, is truly an aspiring Legend who has caught the eye of both the industry and it’s consumers. Listen as he discusses his continued journey of pursuing his dream and bringing soul back to R&B!

Direct download: 2-4-2013_The_Better_You_Project_Xavier_Lewis.mp3
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Listen as Deborah Gonzalez discusses her worldwide journey from New York Law School 15 years ago to the foundation of Law2sm, LLC in Georgia. Law2sm is a consulting firm focusing on the legal issues relating to the new digital and social media world. In addition, Deborah speaks on the legal issues relating to intellectual property; art, music, and digital entertainment law; and social media legal trends and practices in various venues throughout the United States and abroad.

Direct download: 3-14-2012_The_Better_You_Project.mp3
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For over 30 years Tom Nixon has been helping his clients refine and communicate their core messages to their audiences. Tom is a graphic designer, photographer and writer. Listen as he talks about his journey and success as owner of Tom Nixon Design in Marietta, Georgia.

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Sisters Leesa, Leslie and Lauren are passionate about the beauty and comfort of the Camlettes product, an affordable and attractive accessory and solution for today’s fashions. Listen as they talk about their partnership and background in design.

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Sue Snape left her career in the medical illustration industry after 16 years, and went to Culinary School. Today she is a chef/kitchen manager in a small Cafe in Buckhead, Georgia. She started Leaf and Loaf and began baking her own 'Nola immediately.

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Shannan Lewark, is the President and Designer of Shaye Blue, which is a new fashion line. Shannan is one of Parsons NYC's young designers. Shaye Blue offers fun and contemporary, Vintage Preppy Chic clothing with dresses for all ages including gameday dresses! Listen as we highlight her journey to success at such a young age.

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After ten years ago, Clark McMullen left a twenty-five year career in the corporate world working for others. He followed his dream and a passion for woodturning and developed a business creating works of art that function as cremation urns.

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Emily Myers used to be a counselor but founded Emily G's Jams after she and a neighbor went on a routine playdate with their children picking strawberries in 2008. After picking more then they could eat, they made their first batch of strawberry jam. After sharing it with family and friends, the requests for more started rolling in. What started as a lark quickly became a fulltime business. Now Emily G's jams can be found in farmers markets, online, and in retail locations nationwide. Her culinary skills have been showcased on many shows and magazines, from CNN to Martha Stewart to Southern Living.

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Dan Jourdan “The Deej” likes being referred to as "Your friendly neighborhood business broker". He is a small business guy and in the employment business helping people just like you succeed in getting your own business through his Business Brokerage Firm; Neighborhood Business Brokers, and then staff it for you through his recruiting firm, Remedy Staffing! Listen as Dan inspires others to pursue their dream of starting their own businesses.

Direct download: 1-25-2012_The_Better_You_Project_Dan_Jourdan.mp3
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Brian talked to The "Better You" Project about starting his own faith based electrical company, B & R Electrical Services and the life-altering events that led up to that, including 12 years with an Atlanta based company, being electrocuted, and his recovery. Prior to the accident, he felt as though he had reached his full potential and wondered if he even had a continued future with that company.

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Cathy Iconis decided that being just a CPA wasn't enough! Cathy had a career in auditing and forensic accounting as well as senior accounting for two private firms before forming Iconis Group, LLC. Her goal was to help small businesses better manage their financials and take the worry out of their accounting. Sometimes referred to as a Virtual CFO, Cathy develops close relationships with her clients, becoming intimately knowledgeable of their processes and as instrumental as any member of a company’s full-time team.

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