Episode 27 Building your Business - Gaining Credibility When People Dont Know You w/ Melissa Forziat

April 9, 2017
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Melissa_Forziat__headshot.jpgIn this episode Shakira Brown a.k.a The Small Biz Whisperer talks it up with Melissa Forziat founder of Melissa Forziat Events, an event and marketing consulting firm based in Seattle, Washington which works with small business owners and nonprofits to develop impactful events and strategic marketing plans. Demonstrating a keen openness, Melissa shares her personal story on how her early aspirations as an athlete stalled but led her into career in event planning for the Olympic Winter Games, Rugby World Cup, and US Olympic Committee. Credibility has been at the heart of growing her personal brand and she shares how anyone can leverage trust to establish a position in your marketplace.

“Building credibility is critical all along the way, and on two sides: if we don’t believe we’re credible, nobody else will,” said Forziat. “It’s something that’s been part of my story the entire way.”

 Melissa is also the author of the eBook, Small Business Marketing on a Budget available at MelissaForziatEvents.com. Shakira and Melissa have an amazing conversation that extends to how their networking strategies shaped their careers and how every small business owners can leverage their own ingenuity to grow their enterprises without spending a fortune.

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Show Notes:

Melissa Forziat Events - http://melissaforziatevents.com/

Download Melissa's free eBook - Small Business Marketing on a Budget 

Be a guest on Moment Masters Show - email podcast@momentmasters.com 

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Episode 26 Entrepreneurial Wisdom & Twitter Strategy with Michael Kawula CEO of Social Quant

March 28, 2017
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Mike_Kawulal_Social_Quant.jpgIn this episode Shakira Brown a.k.a The Small Biz Whisperer gets the low down on what it’s like to launch three seven figure business from Michael Kawula, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Social Quant, which has been labeled a top ranked Twitter tool by HubSpot, that helps Twitter users find the most relevant followers on Twitter that will interact with their business. Kawula shares amazing insights on how he invested in marketing early on for one of his businesses and ran out of cash and turned to a clever guerilla marketing tactic which set up the business for rapid growth. He also shares three amazing strategies to grow your small business by engaging on Twitter. Plus, find out why Mike’s entrepreneurial journey began just about 24 hours prior to the September 11, 2001 attacks on The World Trade Center and how far he has come since his first entrepreneurial venture.

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SHOW NOTES:

Try out Social Quant for Free (you will love it) for 14 Days no credit card required CLICK HERE

As Heard on the Show: Enter to Win $40K in Digital Marketing Prizes http://sqbizboost.socialquant.net/ (Contest Eligibility March 25, 2017-April 25, 2017)

Have questions for Mike? Hit him up on Twitter:@MikeKawula

Look out for Mike's Book "Self Employed Now WTF" - get the book for free by signing up for the challenge!  

 

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Episode 25 - Small Business Web Design Expert Tips with Cindy Rodriguez (The Fierce Entrepreneur)

March 15, 2017
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Cindy Rodriguez - Owner of Stylish InkIn this episode Shakira Brown a.k.a The Small Biz Whisperer talks website visual identity with Cindy Rodriguez, owner of Stylish Ink web design firm. She is passionate about entrepreneurs putting their best foot forward and shares her insights with guests as the host of The Fierce Entrepreneur, a business podcast to inspire and empower women entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs.

In this interview, Cindy shares importance of having a cohesive online presence as well as some really great tips on how to get well branded look for less by leveraging resources available. It’s a great chat with Cindy and you will pick up some lovely nuggets of info by listening to this episode. 

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SHOW NOTES:

Check out Cindy's Website at www.stylishinkweb

Download the check list mentioned in the show http://stylishink.com/momentmasters

Have a custom product to sell online? Also check out this new ecommerce offering mentioned by Cindy - check it out at Artistry.io 

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Episode 24 - Jason Dukes talks having the Big Conversation with YOURSELF

February 20, 2017
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Jason Dukes - Business Success CoachIn this episode Shakira Brown a.k.a The Small Biz Whisperer once again sits down with Jason Dukes, business success coach and founder of Captain’s Chair Coaching. He is a regular contributor to BlackEnterprise.com and leads a monthly Meet-Up networking consortium in New Jersey titled, “Vision Filled North Jersey – Entrepreneurs and Visionaries.”

Jason is at the forefront of helping business leaders in a myriad of industries and stages of development move their businesses forward by getting beyond their own excuses to deliver results. In this interview, Jason shares the importance at taking a look at how you think by explaining why it is important to push pass personal roadblocks and starting to have the BIG CONVERSATION with yourself. Learn what he means and why you should be doing it every day – yes, every day.

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SHOW NOTES:

Reach out to Jason Dukes - www.captains-chair.com, Twitter @BeYourCaptain and Facebook- BeYourCaptain

Be a guest on Moment Masters Show - email podcast@momentmasters.com 

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Episode 23 - Back to Basics Marketing with VistaPrint Digital’s Sarah Matista

February 19, 2017
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Sarah Matista with VistaPrint DigitalIn this episode Shakira Brown a.k.a The Small Biz Whisperer gets down to the basics of marketing with Sarah Matista Marketing Communications Manager for VistaPrint Digital. Over the past 10 years, Sarah has had the opportunity to communicate on behalf of companies large and small in various industries and now leads brand messaging and content marketing for VistaPrint’s digital services division.

Sarah also spends much of her time interacting with small business owners about what will help them reach their intended audiences more successfully. Sarah shares her insights on how to cut through the clutter of small business marketing and to just keep it simple. Details on the importance of high quality website and branding pepper the conversation. Hear Sarah’s tips and advice on how to move your marketing forward.

 

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Show Notes:

Learn more about VistaPrint Digital Services at vistaprint.com/digital 

Follow Sarah Matista on Twitter @SarahMatista 

 

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Episode 22 - Filling a Void with Your Business Idea with Michael Shapiro, CEO of TapInto.net

February 16, 2017
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Michael Shapiro, CEO-TapInto.netIn this episode, show host, Shakira M. Brown a.k.a The Small Biz Whisperer, interviews Michael Shapiro is the CEO and Publisher of TAPinto.net, a network of more than 60 independently owned and operated online HYPER local newspapers in New Jersey and New York with over 5.2M readers.

Michael is a pioneer of the hyper local news genre. He shares how he recognized an opportunity to fill a avoid with his simple business idea to create a website that would focus on his small New Jersey town during a time when traditional local news outlets were folding. Filling a void with your business idea is probably one of the best ways to be positioned for growth and success. Hear Michael’s story of how his idea began to compete with a major tech giant in this modern media and gain valuable insights on how you can do the same.

Shakira M. Brown is also the CEO of SMB Strategic Media LLC a public relations and branding firm (www.pradviser.net).

Check out these Websites: http://growthsuccesscon.com and http://pradviser.net 

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MEET MICHAEL SHAPIRO IN PERSON

For even more small business mastery tips attend Growth & Success Con 2017,where you can meet and learn from Shakira in-person along with 20 other business gurus will share their expert advice to run more profitable business to 100 entrepreneurs like you. It takes place March 21, 2017 for more details visit, http://growthsuccesscon.com for agenda details and location.

SHOW NOTES:

If you are interested in starting your own TapInto franchise get in touch with www.starttap.net or reach out to Michael directly via his mobile 908-370-1158 mshapiro[at]tapinto.net  

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Episode 21 - Power of Connection to Create Results in Business and Life with Leadership Coach Alan S. Cohen

January 31, 2017
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In this episode of the Moment Masters Show – show host Shakira M. Brown (The Small Biz Whisperer) chats about mastering personal connections with Alan Samuel Cohen who is a career catalyst, business accelerator and Coach Provocateur.

This episode is shares smart ways to take your business connections and relationships to the next level. Alan really knows his stuff and makes leadership and connections his life’s mission. If you want to go beyond the handshake and business card exchange to create connections that spawn opportunity, then check out this episode.

If you like what Alan has to say, you have the opportunity to meet him in person at Growth & Success Con 2017 on March 21, 2017 in New Jersey. Alan is among 20 business experts locked in to share their small business growth and success expertise. Don’t Miss it - Register now at growthsuccesscon.com

Note: There were some audio issues with this episode but it is still fantastic.

 

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For even more small business mastery tips attend Growth & Success Con 2017,where you can meet and learn from Shakira in-person along with 20 other business gurus will share their expert advice to run more profitable business to 100 entrepreneurs like you. It takes place March 21, 2017 for more details visit, http://growthsuccesscon.com for agenda details and location.

Show Notes

To pick up Alan's books, request a free consultation or to access his free e-book visit his website at http://www.alansamuelcohen.com/

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Episode 20 - Mastering Personal Productivity with Bill Walton - Moment Masters Show Small Business Podcast

January 29, 2017
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People who manage to get a lot accomplished each day aren't superhuman, they've just mastered a few simple habits. Some may be easy to guess: Keep your desk organized and aim for around eight hours of sleep a night.

In this episode, Moment Masters Show Host Shakira M. Brown a.k.a. Small Biz Whisperer interviews Bill Walton, President of Bill Walton Sales Training, a national authority on client acquisition, who provides helpful strategies to help you rethink productivity in a way that will provide you with not only more efficiency but also a better sales strategy. Now who wouldn’t want that? Bill Walton is also one of 20 panelists locked in to participate in Growth & Success Con 2017, the small business conference designed by small business owners for small business owners taking place on March 21, 2017 in New Jersey. For registration and details visit growthsuccesscon.com.

Check out these Websites: http://growthsuccesscon.com and http://pradviser.net 

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LEARN EVEN MORE:

For even more small business mastery tips attend Growth & Success Con 2017,where you can meet and learn from Shakira in-person along with 20 other business gurus will share their expert advice to run more profitable business to 100 entrepreneurs like you. It takes place March 21, 2017 for more details visit, http://growthsuccesscon.com for agenda details and location.

Show Notes

Check out Bill Walton Sales Traing blog - http://www.billwaltonsalestraining.com/blog

Find him on Linkeding: https://www.linkedin.com/company/bill-walton-sales-training

Bill's Linkedin Client Acquisition Group - https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8587976/profile

 

Episode 19 Tips for Turning Your Side Hustle into A Real Full-Time Business

January 24, 2017
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In this episode, Shakira M. Brown, The Small Biz Whisperer shares her personal journey to entrepreneurship and along the way provides some insights into the best way to transition from employee to employer. If you are running a successful side hustle and have the urge to make it full time, then listen to this episode filled with the dos and don’ts of moving forward with your business and avoiding some of the mistakes often made in the beginning.

Check out these Websites: http://growthsuccesscon.com and http://pradviser.net 

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LEARN EVEN MORE:
For even more small business mastery tips attend Growth & Success Con 2017,where you can meet and learn from Shakira in-person along with 20 other business gurus will share their expert advice to run more profitable business to 100 entrepreneurs like you. It takes place March 21, 2017 for more details visit, http://growthsuccesscon.com for agenda details and location.

Episode 18 The American Dream Dead or Alive with Author Gary Sirak

January 12, 2017
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In this episode, The Small Biz Whisperer interview Gary Sirak, the author of "The American Dream Revisited: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Results" for him the American dream is a deeply personal topic. While it’s true it was a serendipitous conversation at a coffee shop that led him to write his book, the ideas and beliefs of it have been with him for his entire life. Sirak is also the CEO of Sirak Financial Services in Canton, Ohio, which was founded by his father, Stan, 60 years ago.

So is The American Dream merely a myth of a promise of greatness or is it actually obtainable? Listen to the episode to hear our perspective.

Check out these Websites: http://growthsuccesscon.comhttp://smallbizwhisperer.com and http://pradviser.net 

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LEARN EVEN MORE:
For even more small business mastery tips attend Growth & Success Con 2017,where you can meet and learn from Shakira in-person along with 20 other business gurus will share their expert advice to run more profitable business to 100 entrepreneurs like you. It takes place March 21, 2017 for more details visit, http://growthsuccesscon.com for agenda details and location.
 
Show Notes:
Pick up a copy of Gary's Book "The American Dream Revisited: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Results" at... www.GarySirak.com You can also purchase it on amazon.com, bn.com and booksamillion.com