Pamela Slim is a seasoned coach who helps frustrated creatives in corporate jobs break out and start their own business. A former corporate manager and entrepreneur herself for nearly a decade, she deeply understands the questions and concerns faced by first-time entrepreneurs. Her expertise in personal and business change was developed through many years consulting inside corporations such as Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard and Charles Schwab, where she coached thousands of executives, managers and employees.
Andrew Hartsfield co-founded WiLife in 2002 with partner Evan Tree. In this interview, Andrew talks about starting a company from scratch, why a good partner is critical to the business and how the landscape of business differs from 6-8 years ago.
Laura Grimmer started Articulate Communications in 2002 and brought in employees who would help her grow her firm. In this interview, we talk with Laura about how she handles employees who leave to pursue other opportunities and why keeping a positive relationship with those former employees is a good idea. She also talks about how a company called Hardwired has beome an invaluable tool for evaluating potential new hires. Finally, Laura shares why, from experience, she doesn't offer more money to employees in order to keep them from leaving the firm.
Risa Arin started SSPDirect.com with her mother Myrna in 2003, after finding an opportunity in selling computer-related products to the over-50 demographic. Here she talks about what has worked and not worked in terms of marketing, and how they made the decision to manufacture a few of their own products in addition to re-selling existing products for the market.
Clark Kepler was featured recently in an Inc. Magazine article. His bookstore was ready to close their doors forever, when loyal customers are residents of Menlo Park, CA decided they weren't going to let that happen. Hear Clark talk about the experience and learn how to build customer loyalty one step at a time.
Maureen Mackey's industry experience as a small business owner spans 19 years. Here she talks about the importance of developing and sticking to a budget and how hiring the right people from the start and purchasing the right technology can help propel a small business to success.
John R. Rice III is Managing Member of Capstone Business Credit, LLC. In this interview, we discuss one option for raising money for companies who already have sales and infrastructure, but need working capital to grow their sales and meet the demands of their suppliers. Different from venture capital or angel investor money, this option uses debt instruments to provide a business with money.
Bob Parsons, Founder and CEO of GoDaddy has the highest traffic of any CEO blog. In this interview, Bob talks about how his blog and radio show and podcast help give GoDaddy a "human" face and personality. Bob also talks about his success as an entrepreneur and what the thinks helped him grow companies from scratch.