Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 28 2012

Where to SCORE Some Reliable Small Business Advice

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Pete Rathmell, former SCORE chapter chair and volunteer counselor, talks about the benefits of SCORE mentoring to the small business community.

Have you ever wondered where to go when you have questions about that next step or even the first step in business ownership? Maybe you’ve been looking for a place to volunteer your time and your passion is working with entrepreneurs. SCORE might just be the answer for both.score-logoMany entrepreneurs turn to SCORE for advice. SCORE is a volunteer organization funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration that provides free small business advice. I spent six years with the organization as a counselor although today they would refer to us as mentors. If you are familiar with SCORE, you might remember that SCORE was an acronym for Service Corps of Retired Executives. Their tag line in recent years was Counselors to America’s Small Business.

On this episode of Business: Engaged!, I take a walk down memory lane with fellow former SCORE mentor and good friend, Pete Rathmell. He was with SCORE for ten years and served as a chapter chair for Northwest Arkansas’ top-ranked local chapter. We share the struggles and thrills of mentoring small business owners who were standing on the threshold of the most challenging experience of their lives.SCORE is a great resource for start-ups but it is also a great source of advice for all phases of your business.

If you’d like to learn more about SCORE and get a mentor for yourself, visit their website at SCORE.org. You can locate a SCORE chapter near you to get a mentor you can meet with face-to-face or sign up for e-mail mentoring. And the new generation of SCORE fully utilizes social media so connect with them via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. You can find their social media links at their website.

Episode airs on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. CST.

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This is an encore presentation of Episode 6.
The episode aired originally May 28, 2012.

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Episode 6

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May 21 2012

Why Co-Working Has Transformed How Entrepreneurs Start Up

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Josh Clemence talks about how co-working is changing the way entrepreneurs work.

The internet and technology advances have changed the way we start up our businesses. It has changed where and how we work and how we connect to others. In this episode of Business: Engaged!, we talk about the concept of co-working. Never heard of it? I bet you’ve wished for it.iceberg-logo

Entrepreneurship advocate Josh Clemence tells us how co-working sets the stage for a thriving start up. Without Josh, the Iceberg co-working facility and the Northwest Arkansas Entrepreneurship Alliance would not be helping others make their ideas reality.

At the time of the original interview, this architecture grad turned tech entrepreneur was the brand manager for Acumen Brands, an e-commerce company located in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Founded in 2009, the company operates twelve separate online stores in twelve different niche categories and has seventy employees.

Since then, Josh has launched his own start-up. BLKBOXLabs provides creative, communication, and technology integration services.

Episode airs on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. CST.

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This is an encore presentation of Episode 5.
The episode aired originally May 21, 2012.

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Episode 5

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May 14 2012

Valuation for Privately Owned Businesses

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Host Carrie Perrien Smith welcomes Barbara Taylor of Synergy Business Services to Business: Engaged! to talk about business valuation.

Business valuation isn’t just used when selling your business. It can serve as a periodic checkup. You’ll see the process used to estimate the value of a partners’ ownership and in retirement planning. It is necessary in disputes related to estate value and divorce litigation. This show explores the topic and includes important information such as factors that affect value and different approaches to valuation.

We welcome Barbara Taylor of Synergy Business Services to the show. She is a regular contributor to the New York Times’ online feature “You’re the Boss – the Art of Running a Small Business.” Her blog Transaction addresses the mechanics of buying, selling, and valuing privately held companies. CBS MoneyWatch named Barbara Taylor one of “7 People Every Entrepreneur Should Follow on Twitter.”

Click here to learn more about Synergy Business Services. You can also follow Barbara on Twitter at @synergybiznwa.

Click here to see Barbara’s blog posts on You’re the Boss: The Art of Running a Small Business.

Episode airs on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. CST.

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This is an encore presentation of Episode 4.
The episode aired originally May 14, 2012.

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Episode 4

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May 07 2012

Mining for Networking Gold

Cover of Currency: Striking Networking Gold in a Relaionship Economy

The book to buy if you want more clients, bigger paydays, and sweeter success.

Lifelong business relationships don’t happen with just one encounter. They are forged over a series of meaningful conversations. Networking is a great tool for prospecting but the real gold is found in networking conversations.

Carrie Perrien Smith wrote a book on the topic: Currency: Striking Networking Gold in a Relationship Economy. In this show, she shares secrets to successful networking: leading conversation, crafting a 60-second commercial, strategically building your network, finding the right places to network, and making a confident first impression.

Episode airs on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. CST.

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This is an encore presentation of Episode 3.
The episode aired originally May 7, 2012.

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Episode 3

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