Carrie Perrien Smith

Author's details

Name: Carrie Perrien Smith
Date registered: May 5, 2012
URL: http://www.businessengaged.com

Biography

Carrie Perrien Smith MBA is a training, communication, and publishing industry veteran. She ran screaming from her corporate training and communications career over a decade ago. Even though she sometimes misses regular paychecks, a cubicle with office supplies she didn’t have to purchase, and normal working hours, she wouldn’t trade the entrepreneur’s kill-what-you-eat lifestyle (most days, at least). Today, this third-generation entrepreneur runs a professional speaker bureau and a publishing company that serves clients internationally. She books professional speakers, trainers, and consultants for company meetings and conferences. She also works with business leaders who want to brand themselves as experts in their industry and build a speaking and consulting business. Business owners trust Carrie because she’s one of them. She’s the first one in line to mentor them, challenge their ideas, and cheer them on. She supports causes that pave the way for business owners because they are the foundation and the future of our economy. She also served as a volunteer counselor for SCORE (Counselors to America’s Small Business) for six years. This year, she’ll run for city council because she believes that a thriving small business community deserves representation at the city leadership level. Her most recent book is called Currency: Striking Networking Gold in a Relationship Economy. Learn more about Carrie and her company, Soar with Eagles at www.soarhigher.com.

Latest posts

  1. How to Really Make Money as a Speaker — August 17, 2013
  2. It Pays to Ask the Right Questions — July 24, 2013
  3. Building Owners Save Big Money with Cost Segregation — June 8, 2013
  4. Accelerating Tech Startups with the ARK Challenge — April 10, 2013
  5. Employee Performance That Rocks — April 5, 2013

Author's posts listings

Feb 15 2013

Building Wealth: How Smart Business Owners Do It

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Are you passing up your best wealth-building tool? Chris Hurn, cofounder and CEO of Mercantile Capital Corporation joins host Carrie Perrien Smith on Business: Engaged! He’ll talk about when and why it makes sense to purchase commercial property.

Cash flow is king when it comes to small business financial success. Most business owners perceive they cannot afford to own the building where they operate. Others don’t want to tie up their cash with a big mortgage payment. But with property values and interest rates at historic lows, this might be the wealth-building opportunity of a lifetime.

In this episode of Business: Engaged!, we talk with Chris Hurn. He is the co-founder and CEO of Mercantile Capital Corporation, a nationwide, commercial lending firm that specializes in SBA 504 loans for business owners who want to own their commercial property.  In his new book, The Entrepreneur’s Secret to Creating Wealth: How the Smartest Business Owners Build Their Fortunes, he reveals how the smartest business owners build their fortunes.

Click here to learn more about Mercantile Capital Corporation.

Click here to learn more about the book. Click here to visit the Facebook page for the book.

Follow Chris on Twitter at @thechrishurn or on Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/504experts .

 

And Carrie is going to talk about one of the best ways for your employees to build leadership experience so they can advance. Volunteering can provide an opportunity to build leadership, communication, project management, and teamwork skills, all while helping the community. She’ll give tips for helping employees connect to important opportunities.

Episode airs Saturday, February 16 at 9:00 a.m. CST. Click here to listen to this episode.*

Click here to check out past episodes. You can follow the show on Twitter at @businessengaged too. Be sure to LIKE our Facebook page so you’ll find out when the next show airs. Click here to go there. We love it when you tell others about the show so take a minute and post this link for your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.

* If the show stops playing while you are listening, consider clicking on the Play in Your Default Player link under the audio window.

Episode 38

Permanent link to this article: http://businessengaged.com/building-wealth/

Feb 06 2013

Is It Time for a Virtual Assistant?

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It is time you retained a virtual assistant? Virtual assistance industry expert Denise Griffitts joins host Carrie Perrien Smith on Business: Engaged! She’ll talk about how VAs assist clients and even share insights for aspiring VAs.

Sometimes a business owner needs a little help but can’t justify the expense of an extra employee. Other times, he might need some specialized help that he can’t get locally. Today, many business owners are turning to the services of a virtual assistant. And as the industry is evolving, VAs who offer more extensive services are becoming known as online business managers or OBMs.In this episode of Business: Engaged!, we talk with Denise Griffitts. She is a nationally recognized virtual assistance industry expert, online business manager (OBM), thought leader, coach and mentor. She is the founder and CEO of Your Office On The Web and Your Virtual Assistant. She’ll talk about what a virtual assistant can do for you and how to find one. She’ll even share insights for those who might want to become virtual assistants.

Click here to learn more about Denise Griffitts’ company.

Click here to listen to Denise’s Your Partner in SuccessTM radio show on Blogtalkradio.com.

And who hasn’t burned a bag of microwave popcorn at the office? I exploded a bag in our microwave, and what I was left with was a smelly, yellow microwave. I’ll share how I got rid of the smell.

Episode airs Saturday, February 9 at 9:00 a.m. CST. Click here to listen to this episode.*

Click here to check out past episodes. You can follow the show on Twitter at @businessengaged too. Be sure to LIKE our Facebook page so you’ll find out when the next show airs. Click here to go there. We love it when you tell others about the show so take a minute and post this link for your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.

* If the show stops playing while you are listening, consider clicking on the Play in Your Default Player link under the audio window.

Episode 37

Permanent link to this article: http://businessengaged.com/is-it-time-for-a-virtual-assistant/

Jan 28 2013

Handling Unhappy Customers

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Every company has an occasional unhappy customer. Performance and training consultant Willie Johnson joins host Carrie Perrien Smith on Business: Engaged! to talk about handling unhappy customers so the company can recover the relationship.

Every company has to deal with an unhappy customer from time to time. Sometimes it is because of a mistake and product problem. Other times, there is a disconnect between customer expectations and the company’s promise. But how the company handles that unhappy customer determines whether the company preserves the customer relationship.

In this episode of Business: Engaged!, we talk with performance and training consultant Willie Johnson about handling unhappy customers. He’ll share ideas for preserving and recovering that customer relationship.

Click here to learn more about Willie Johnson.

And in the product and service spotlight, we feature Tiburon Financial. They are a third-party medical billing and debt collection agency. We talk about what you need to know about handling the clients that owe you money.

You can sign up to receive our e-mail newsletter Business: Engaged! Direct so you’ll be the first to know when we post a new show. Visit our website at www.businessengaged.com to listen to past episodes. And don’t forget to connect with us on Twitter at @businessengaged and Facebook (just search for “Business Engaged”). We love it when you tell others about the show so take a minute and post this link for your Facebook friends or Twitter followers. Click here for the list of past shows.

Episode airs Thursday, January 31 at 10:00 a.m. CST. Click here to listen to this episode.*

Click here to check out past episodes. You can follow the show on Twitter at @businessengaged too. Be sure to LIKE our Facebook page so you’ll find out when the next show airs. Click here to go there. We love it when you tell others about the show so take a minute and post this link for your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.

* If the show stops playing while you are listening, consider clicking on the Play in Your Default Player link under the audio window.

Episode 36

Permanent link to this article: http://businessengaged.com/handling-unhappy-customers/

Jan 17 2013

What Obamacare Means for Small Businesses

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Obamacare is changing how insurance providers and the healthcare industry do business. Employee benefits consultant Corry Hull joins host Carrie Perrien Smith on Business: Engaged! to talk about how these healthcare changes will affect small businesses.

All Americans are facing changes set into motion by the Patient Protection/Affordable Healthcare Act. It is changing how insurance providers and the healthcare industry do business.  On this episode of Business: Engaged!, we talk with employee benefits consultant Corry Hull about how these sweeping healthcare changes will affect small businesses.

Click here to learn more about Corry’s company, Legacy Capital Group.

Corry also mentions www.healthcare.gov as a resource for information about the changes.

In the product and service spotlight, we feature my company, Soar with Eagles. We book speakers, trainers, and consultants for meetings, retreats, and conferences. I talk about why you should consider customized training solutions for your team’s professional development.

And perhaps you noticed your paycheck shrunk in the last two weeks. With all that government spending that has taken place in recent years, it is time to start reducing that deficit. That means higher taxes. I will share some expense-saving ideas so you can run your business and household leaner.

Episode airs Friday, January 18 at 10:00 a.m. CST. Click here to listen to this episode.*

Click here to check out past episodes. You can follow the show on Twitter at @businessengaged too. Be sure to LIKE our Facebook page so you’ll find out when the next show airs. Click here to go there. We love it when you tell others about the show so take a minute and post this link for your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.

* If the show stops playing while you are listening, consider clicking on the Play in Your Default Player link under the audio window.

Episode 35

Permanent link to this article: http://businessengaged.com/what-obamacare-means-for-small-businesses/

Jan 10 2013

Creating Stronger Teams

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Strong, productive teams are diverse. Management consultant Scott Huse joins host Carrie Perrien Smith on Business: Engaged! to talk about understanding and utilizing each team member’s personality, skills, and talents to bring out the best in them.

We want the best people we can get on our teams. But even the best people in the wrong roles can’t do their best work for the organization. It all comes down to understanding and utilizing people’s personalities, skills, and talents. And the best teams make sure they have a variety of people on that team.

On this episode of Business: Engaged!, we talk with management consultant Scott Huse about how leaders can utilize those differences to create a stronger team.
In the product and service spotlight, we feature Jeremy Turley of The Payroll Company. He’ll talk about the benefits of outsourcing payroll and how inexpensive it can be.

And I’ll talk about your work neighborhood — the other owners and managers in the commercial district where your business operates. It’s a prime networking and peer relationship opportunity that most of us probably leave on the table.

Episode airs Friday, January 11 at 10:00 a.m. CST. Click here to listen to this episode.*

Click here to check out past episodes. You can follow the show on Twitter at @businessengaged too. Be sure to LIKE its Facebook page so you’ll find out when the next show airs. Click here to go there. We love it when you tell others about the show so take a minute and post this link for your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.

* If the show stops while you are listening, consider clicking on the Play in Your Default Player link under the audio window.

 Episode 34

Permanent link to this article: http://businessengaged.com/creating-stronger-teams/

Jan 03 2013

Why Every Business Needs a Bookkeeper

 

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Are you still doing your own quarterly tax reports and payroll? Bookkeeper Martha Avens joins host Carrie Perrien Smith on Business: Engaged! to talk about why and how to find the right professionals to handle your bookkeeping and payroll requirements.

One of the first services a business needs to outsource is bookkeeping and payroll. Government reporting requirements are becoming more challenging every year. Not having a knowledgeable person on board to handle the details can cost you money and productivity. And chances are you can make ten times more doing what you do best than you would pay a bookkeeper to handle your accounting and payroll tasks.On this episode of Business: Engaged!, we talk with Martha Avens of Avens Rose Bookkeeping about year-end reporting requirements, how and why to outsource your bookkeeping, and how to hire a full-time person when it is time to bring the bookkeeping function in-house.

In the product and service spotlight, we feature Justin Mills of Farmers Insurance. He’ll talk about commercial insurance and how to make sure your business has the proper coverage.

And could networking just over six hours a week generate 47 percent of your business? Research says yes, but who has the time? I’ll define the different types of networking activities. I’ll also explain how to determine which ones you should devote your precious networking time to.

Click here to listen to this episode.*

Click here to check out past episodes. You can follow the show on Twitter at @businessengaged too. Be sure to LIKE its Facebook page so you’ll find out when the next show airs. Click here to go there. We love it when you tell others about the show so take a minute and post this link for your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.

* If the show stops while you are listening, consider clicking on the Play in Your Default Player link under the audio window.

 Episode 33

Permanent link to this article: http://businessengaged.com/why-every-business-needs-a-bookkeeper/

Dec 27 2012

Taking Control of Your Debt

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JoAnneh Nagler, the author of The Debt-Free Spending Plan joins us on this episode of Business: Engaged! to talk about how to take control of our debt.

Credit is often the lifeblood for businesses so most carry some debt. Some get loans and most use credit cards. But one thing that the economic struggles of the last two years have taught us is that too much debt paired with an economic downturn can mean the end for a business. The same thing can happen in our personal lives too. On this episode of Business: Engaged!, we talk with JoAnneh Nagler the author of The Debt-Free Spending Plan to share her insights about how to take charge of debt and move toward living a debt-free life.

To learn more about JoAnneh Nagler and her book, visit her website at www.debtfreespendingplan.com.

In my product and service spotlight, I feature Heather Pile of Inspired Grace Events. She’ll talk about how companies benefit by using event planners for their company events. Today’s event planner isn’t just for weddings.

I had a database failure with the Business: Engaged! website and lost six months of my show descriptions, which I now have to rebuild.  You might be saying, “Just restore it from your backup.” That is a great idea and I thought I had a backup — until I realized I didn’t. I’ll tell you how that happened and what I learned so you can protect your valuable data.

Episode airs Thursday, December 27 at 9:00 a.m. CST. Click here to listen to this episode.

Be sure to check out past episodes. You can follow the show on Twitter at @businessengaged too. Be sure to LIKE its Facebook page so you’ll find out when the next show airs. Click here to go there. We love it when you tell others about the show so take a minute and post this link for your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.

Episode 32

Permanent link to this article: http://businessengaged.com/taking-control-of-your-debt/

Dec 12 2012

Improve Your Life by Changing Habits and Setting Goals

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Carrie Perrien Smith, author of Currency: Striking Networking Gold in a Relationship Economy talks about improving your life on this episode of Business: Engaged. She gives her formula for breaking old habits and setting goals that will set you up for a year of success.

Smart business owners periodically assess their progress toward their goals. Most of us set some goals or at least make some New Year’s resolutions to break a habit or improve our life. On this episode of Business: Engaged!, I provide a formula for analyzing the discomfort in our life and creating an action plan that results in permanent change. I also give tips for setting goals that ensure success.

I talk about the Goal Worksheet on this episode. Click here to download it.

In my product and service spotlight, I feature Jerry Bolander of American National Insurance. He’ll talk about what umbrella policies are and who needs them.

The U. S. Small Business Administration periodically re-evaluates the size and scope of entity they deem to be a small business. I’ll also share the latest and greatest definition.

Click here to listen to this episode.

You can sign up to receive our e-mail newsletter Business: Engaged! Direct so you’ll be the first to know when we post a new show. Click here to our list of past episodes. And don’t forget to connect with us on Twitter at @businessengaged and Facebook (just search for “Business Engaged”). We love it when you tell others about the show so take a minute and post this link for your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.

Episode 31

Permanent link to this article: http://businessengaged.com/changing-habits-and-setting-goals/

Nov 08 2012

Getting the Most Out of Your Trade Show Booth

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Ken Abernathy joins Carrie Perrien Smith on Business: Engaged! to share his insights about making the most of your trade show booth investment.

Trade shows can be the best way to prospect leads that end in sales or they can be a king-sized waste of time and money. It all depends on your strategy for meeting your objectives.

On this episode of Business: Engaged! we talk with Ken Abernathy, president of Big Hats Consulting. He has over 25 years of experience serving customers who exhibit in trade shows and expos domestically and internationally. We talk about how to get the most out of the investment, what to expect when working with different shows, and the current trends in trade show booth design.

And you won’t want to miss my thirteenth update on my city council campaign in Rogers, Arkansas. It was election week and you’ll want to know what happened. To keep up with my campaign, you can visit my blog at www.carrie4rogers.com.

Click here to listen to this episode.

You can sign up to receive our e-mail newsletter Business: Engaged! Direct so you’ll be the first to know when we post a new show. Click here to our list of past episodes. And don’t forget to connect with us on Twitter at @businessengaged and Facebook (just search for “Business Engaged”). We love it when you tell others about the show so take a minute and post this link for your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.

Permanent link to this article: http://businessengaged.com/getting-the-most-out-of-your-trade-show-booth/

Oct 29 2012

Recruiting and Developing Today’s Employees

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Pamela J. Green joins Carrie Perrien Smith on Business: Engaged! She talks about what to look for when recruiting employees with the skills and talent we need to succeed. She also discusses how to develop them so they are prepared to advance and take on more responsibility.

Employees carry out your vision for your company and care for the needs of your hard-earned customers. Selecting them and understanding the needs of employees in today’s labor market determines your success. On this episode of Business: Engaged! we talk with Pamela J. Green MBA SPHR. She is a human resources consultant and executive coach. We talk about what to look for when recruiting employees with the skills and talent we need to succeed. We also discuss how to develop them so they are prepared to advance and take on more responsibility.

We again feature Courthouse Concepts on our product and service spotlight. You’ll learn more about their drug testing services. You’ll be surprised who is drug testing today.

And you won’t want to miss my twelfth update on my city council campaign in Rogers, Arkansas. This week’s update is about out-preparing the competition. To keep up with my campaign, you can visit my blog at www.carrie4rogers.com.

Click here to listen to this episode.

You can sign up to receive our e-mail newsletter Business: Engaged! Direct so you’ll be the first to know when we post a new show. Click here to our list of past episodes. And don’t forget to connect with us on Twitter at @businessengaged and Facebook (just search for “Business Engaged”). We love it when you tell others about the show so take a minute and post this link for your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.

Permanent link to this article: http://businessengaged.com/recruiting-and-developing-todays-employees/

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