Carrie Perrien Smith

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.

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Tapping the Business Uses of LinkedIn

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Michael Phelps joins Carrie Perrien Smith on Business: Engaged! to share tips for using LinkedIn for business development.

You probably have a LinkedIn profile but you might know how powerful it is as a business tool. On this episode of Business: Engaged! we talk with Michael Phelps of In-Direct Information. He’s an expert on using LinkedIn to its fullest capacity for prospecting, relationship building, and job searching.

We also feature Courthouse Concepts on our product and service spotlight. You’ll learn more about their pre-employment screen services.

And you won’t want to miss my eleventh 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.

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Best Networking Tips for Business Owners

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Carrie Perrien Smith, author of Currency: Striking Networking Gold in a Relationship Economy talks about networking on this episode of Business: Engaged. She interviews a group of networkers to gather their favorite networking tips.

What is your favorite networking tip? I went on location to my favorite networking group and asked that question. Check in with Business: Engaged! to hear what they had to say.

We also highlight Legal Shield’s business plan on our product and service spotlight. They have two levels of business plans that you’ll find useful. You know well that when you have employees, at some point you’ll have legal questions.

And you won’t want to miss my tenth 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.

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Issues Surrounding Selling on the Internet

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Josh Clemence talks about the issues that businesses deal with when they sell on the internet on this episode of Business: Engaged!

One of the great, still largely unexplored frontiers for traditional local businesses is the internet. How do we sell what we do to a wider market?

In this episode of Business: Engaged!, we welcome back Josh Clemence of Acumen Brands. We talk about where some of their web properties got their start and what makes them successful. We also explore the issues that today’s internet-savvy companies are dealing with.

To learn more about Acumen Brands, visit their website at www.acumenholdings.com.

We also highlight Legal Shield, formerly branded as Prepaid Legal Services. This Ada, Oklahoma company provides personal and business legal services through an affordably priced membership program.

And you won’t want to miss my ninth 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.

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Valuation for Privately Owned Businesses

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Barbara Taylor talks about business valuation in this episode of Business: Engaged!

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.”

To learn more about Barbara and her company, visit http://synergybiznwa.com.

Check in also for the eighth update on my city council campaign in Rogers, Arkansas. This week’s update is about creating top-of-mind awareness. To keep up with my campaign, you can visit my blog at www.carrie4rogers.com.

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Network Marketing: Should It Be Part of Your 21st-Century Business Model?

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25-year network marketing veteran Linda Gracy joins Carrie on this episode of Business: Engaged! She talks about network marketing and shares her insights about who is successful in the industry and why.

It is what Robert Kiyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad calls the business of the 21st century. You might be familiar with brands like Amway, Mary Kay, and Tupperware. But what do you know about the changes in the industry that were made possible by the Internet and social media? This isn’t your grandma’s multi-level marketing organization anymore.

There are more choices than ever and most don’t involve taking up any space in your home unless you just want a home office. You’d be surprised to know that some network marketing products are the perfect complement to your current business and can provide a significant additional revenue stream. Sometimes, it is the perfect next step when someone wants to sell their existing business and change directions.

On this episode of Business: Engaged!, I talk with 25-year network marketing veteran Linda Gracy of Diversified Enterprises. We talk about changes in the industry and who is successful and why. This episode might change your view of the network marketing industry — for the good!

You can visit Linda’s website at www.EasyMLMProsperity.com to learn more about her company.

Check in also for the seventh update on my city council campaign in Rogers, Arkansas. This week’s update is about determining the proper time to move from the strategy phase of a project to the tactical phase so you can move forward to execution. To keep up with my campaign, you can visit my blog at www.carrie4rogers.com.

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Marketing Moxie for Small Business Owners

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On this episode of Business: Engaged!, Jackie Wolven explains when and how to use social media tools as well as the tried and true marketing tools like newspaper and yellow pages advertising.

It seems like almost every problem with a small business owner’s bottom line can be tied to the ability to market the company’s products and services. But how do we choose which tools to use? The Internet has brought us so many new marketing tools. Instead of empowering and equipping us, we often find ourselves paralyzed when we try to make a decision, or worse, spending too much on marketing.

On this episode of Business: Engaged!, Jackie Wolven of Moxie, a marketing and public relations company joins us. We talk over when and how to use social media tools like Facebook and Pinterest, as well as text message marketing and Groupon. She even talks about the tried and true marketing tools like newspaper, yellow pages advertising, and sponsorships. Her business is also proof that you can run a worldwide business from a small tourist town in the Ozark Mountains.

You can visit Jackie’s website at www.moxieworks.net to learn more about her company and the clients she serves.

Check in also for the sixth update on my city council campaign in Rogers, Arkansas. This week’s update is about equipping our network connections with the information they need to tell people in their network about you. To keep up with my campaign, you can visit my blog at www.carrie4rogers.com.

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Redefining Your Business Model to Create a Niche Business

 

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Sara Lou Manning of Custom Design Salon and Hair Loss Solutions talks about her move from busy salon owner to creating a smaller niche business on this episode of Business: Engaged!

After a 40-year career as a hairdresser, salon owner, and educator, Sara Lou Manning signed the lease for a new business and up for Social Security on the same day. She sold her salon several years earlier but maintained a number of clients while she followed her passion for helping people with hair loss. Instead of retiring though, she opened a niche business devoted to developing custom solutions for a variety of hair issues.

On this episode of Business: Engaged!, Sara Lou talks about the hope that her business provides those dealing with temporary and permanent hair loss. She also pulls back the curtain on her lean business model. It’s a far cry from the busy salon she ran for many years.

You can visit Sara Lou’s Custom Design Hair website to learn more about her salon.

Check in also for the fifth update on my city council campaign in Rogers, Arkansas. This week’s update is about staying relevant and connecting to our customers. To keep up with my campaign, you can visit my blog at www.carrie4rogers.com.

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Repurposing Your Career to Create a New Business Model

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Retired astronaut Bill Pogue shares insights he gained in creating a career as a consultant and author after his military and space career on this episode of Business: Engaged!

Most of my episodes are designed for business owners with at least ten years of business ownership experience under their belt. The topic of this episode is about repurposing what you do to turn it into a new product or service. In this case though, we use the military and space exploration career of Skylab 4 astronaut Bill Pogue to demonstrate the process.

After a 25-year Air Force career that included being a Thunderbird pilot, an assistant professor of the mathematics department at the Air Force Academy, and an astronaut, he left the military to launch a civilian career. He’s spent the next 33 years consulting, speaking to audiences, and creating books and other educational products that build on his space flight experience.

We learn how his consulting projects came about and we discuss how his book projects differ today from the earlier ones.You can visit Bill Pogue’s website to learn more about him. You can also visit an online bookseller like Amazon.com to purchase his latest book, But for the Grace of God: an Autobiography of an Aviator and and Astronaut or one of his earlier books.

Check in also for the fourth update on my city council campaign in Rogers, Arkansas. This week’s update is about my increased need to differentiate myself from the other candidates as the race gets more crowded. Another woman has filed to run for the same position I am which could confuse voters. The same process I’m using can be used in any business. Let’s take this journey together and learn how to differentiate yourself in elections and in business. To keep up with my campaign, you can visit my blog at www.carrie4rogers.com.

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Preventing and Addressing Workplace Injuries

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On this episode of Business: Engaged!, Steve Joseph talks about what employers need to know about workplace injury prevention and treatment.

No workplace is immune to the potential of an employee injury. On this episode of Business: Engaged!, I talk with Steve Joseph LPT of Maximum Performance Spine Sports and Physical Therapy about preventing and addressing workplace injuries. As a licensed physical therapist, he has helped all kinds of patients whether they were injured at home, play, or work or he is providing post-surgery therapy. We discuss the role that Workers’ Compensation plays in workplace injuries and creating a system where injuries are reported quickly. He also explains how important it is to create a culture of fitness in a workplace because fit people are less likely to be injured.

Click here to learn more about Steve’s company.

Check in for the third update on my city council campaign in Rogers, Arkansas. This week’s update is about the progress we’re making as a productive campaign team and insights regarding my marketing strategy. I’m not an experienced candidate (yet!) but I see so many key lessons that I’ll use in my business practices. I bet you will too. To keep up with my campaign, you can visit my blog at www.carrie4rogers.com.

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Recruiting and Hiring the Right People

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Jan McCormick of Job Lingo joins Carrie on Business: Engaged! Jan shares insider secrets of the recruiting process. Lots of great tips for both recruiters and job searchers.

If you’ve hired anyone — or heaven forbid looked for a job yourself — in the last few years, you know the recruiting game has changed. On this episode of Business: Engaged!, Jan McCormick Ed D of Job Lingo talks about how and why we make our recruiting decisions. There are plenty of tips in this episode for hiring managers and job searchers alike. She even talks about hiring people who have a few dings on their record that are looking for a second chance.

Click here to learn more about Jan’s company, Job Lingo.

I’ve included the second update on my city council campaign in Rogers, Arkansas. The campaign team has just started meeting face to face and now we’ll travel the path to Election Day together. It’s been awhile since I’ve worked with a brand new team. I forgot how the natural process of team development takes place. Repeat after me: forming, storming, norming, and if we survive it, performing. I explain the process in this episode. To keep up with my campaign, you can visit my blog at http:// www.carrie4rogers.com.

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