Category Archive: Operations

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.

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Episode 32

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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.

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Episode 31

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Jul 23 2012

Knowing When to Jump: Understanding the Timing of Opening, Closing, and Marketing Your Business

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Timing is everything. On this episode of Business: Engaged!, retired business owner Wayne Simpson talks about watching for signs that it is time to make business changes.

You know those times that you wish you had your camera because you would have taken a picture of a moment that might never happen again? I feel the same way about recording interviews. Thanks to technology, I can always whip out my smartphone and take a photo or record an interview.

This week’s show is about understanding the decisions you must make about the lifespan of your business. And being an entrepreneur in the technology age means that advances can affect your business — for better or worse.

My dad, Wayne Simpson, is my guest on this episode of Business: Engaged! He owned a computer service company when home computers were fictional creatures. He rode the wave from the height of the mainframe age to the personal computer revolution. It’s a kitchen-table conversation about how he knew when to make the jump from his full-time job to self-employment and the decision to close his business. Plus, we talk about marketing then and now.

And because technology has advanced the marketing options available, we dig into that topic as well. Then, just like today, the referral is the best and least-expensive way to market your business.

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Jul 16 2012

What You Don’t Know about Safety Can Cost You Big Bucks

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Ethan Lightfoot shares his insights about creating safe workplaces in this episode of Business: Engaged!

Safe workplaces aren’t just for warehouses and manufacturing facilities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is chartered with ensuring that companies throughout the United States are working to keep employees safe. A surprise OSHA visit to a business that is violating safety standards and endangering employees can result in thousands of dollars in fines.

Our guest on this episode is Ethan Lightfoot of Lightfoot Consulting. Ethan is an authorized OSHA outreach trainer. He works with companies who want to create safe workplaces.  He shares important information about OSHA and correcting unsafe work practices.

Visit the OSHA.gov website. You’ll find a wealth of information plus worksheets and other tools to help you ensure that your workplace is safe.

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Jun 25 2012

Eureka Pizza’s Discovery That Staying Local Was the Best Decision

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Rolf Wilkin of Eureka Pizza talks about discovering that staying local was the perfect approach for his pizza chain.

Over twenty years, Eureka Pizza has earned its place as Arkansas’ leading independent pizzeria. Owner Rolf Wilkin today is keeping it local with his nine Northwest Arkansas pizza shops. He talks about the journey to expand and shares his insights. He’ll be the first to tell you that massive growth doesn’t always mean more profit, or, more importantly, quality of life. Rolf has always believed in shameless self-promotion. From standing on street corners shaking signs to recording his own pizza commercials to engaging with followers on Twitter, he’s the face of Eureka Pizza. We aren’t just buying a pizza, we’re doing business with Rolf.

And like any serial entrepreneur, Rolf also has lots to say about his newest business, Local Trade Partners. This trade bank is nationally affiliated but he understands that what local business owners really want is to do business with other local business owners. We talk about why his local approach works for the barter network members.

Episode airs on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 3:30 p.m. CST.

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This is an encore presentation of Episode 10.
The episode aired originally June 25, 2012.

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Episode 10

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Jun 04 2012

When It’s Time to Close the Doors

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Beth Cook shares insights about her 23 years as a retail shop owner and her recent decision for close her business. She also shares wisdom she’s gained along the way in managing people and engaging customers.

No business owner starts out with any thought of closing his business. The dirty little secret in business is that every company has a life span, no matter what size or format. Products change. Customer needs evolve. Life moves on. Owners need to stay close to shifting conditions and be ready to make tough decisions.

In this episode, we chat with Beth Cook, former owner of B Larue gift shop. She’s built her retail shops from the ground up, determining format and sourcing all merchandise. She even transitioned her last store to carrying all American-made merchandise, a ground-breaking decision in the industry. After a twenty-year love affair with retail, she recently decided it was over — at least the prospect of owning her own store.

She shares her journey in making that tough decision to close her business but she also gives us some wisdom that applies to any business. No matter what kind of business you own, you’ll love her honesty and how she’s set her sights on the next unknown chapter in her life. She’s locked one door for the final time and is preparing to walk through a new one. Join us as she reflects on what she has learned and the factors that she considered in making the decision.

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Episode airs on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. CST.

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This is an encore presentation of Episode 7.
The episode aired originally June 4, 2012.

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.

 

Episode 7

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