Small Biz Startup Essentials Podcast

Small Biz Startup Essentials Podcast

Helping you pivot through your small business journey.


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Episode 20- Interview with Nick Loper of Side Hustle Nation


Nick Loper is an author, speaker, side hustle guru that started out with a blog in 2009 promoting ways for people to have a part time business and eventually built a nationally recognized and very successful full time business. Nick is very well known all around the world and if you want more information you can go to

Episode 19- Interview with Sean Castrina, serial entrepreneur and multi-published author


Sean Castrina is a serial entrepreneur, having started more than 20 companies over the last 20 years, and still seeks to launch a new venture annually. He is an investor, teacher and highly-sought-after speaker who communicates with humor and a bluntness that engages and captures his audience. He is the author of 8 Unbreakable Rules for Business Startup Success, The Greatest Entrepreneur in the World, and World’s Greatest Business Plan.

Episode 18- Interview with Matt Crump-Author, Small Business owner & Transformational Coach


Matt Crump, is an author, business coach/consultant, certified empowerment life coach & a purveyor of hope ready to meet another superhero…You!

Episode 17- Interview with Donna Riccardo, Public speaking coach


Donna grew up outside of Princeton, NJ, then moved to New York City. She stayed there for 17 years while getting advanced education in the professional beauty field and becoming a premier haircutting specialist in top salons. She was a leading regional trainer for professional hair product manufacturers and learned the importance of relationships between clients and business. After moving to Colorado and giving up hair cutting, Donna began managing and mentoring several small business entrepreneurs.

Episode 16- Interview with Kris Hughes, a Content Strategy Consultant


Kris Hughes is a Content Strategy Consultant who works with solopreneurs and small business owners to build trust, lower acquisition costs, and win back simplicity through content strategy. 

He’s located in the great city of Austin Texas and has a lot of useful information for us in this episode. 

Episode 15- Interview with Wesley Dean, Videographer and Founder of Intermotion Media


Wesley Dean is the founder of Intermotion Media. He’s travelled around the world doing promotional work for non-profits and is currently based out of the Washington DC area.

Episode 14- Interview with Wendy Gilhula, Best selling children's author, and author coach

Wendy Gilhula is an educator, writer, kindness app creator, and best-selling author of the Pika Bunny Learning Series. Holding a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from The University of Tennessee, Wendy has created an innovative learning series that teaches understanding and kindness.

Episode 13- Interview with Justin Batt, Serial Entrepreneur and Creator of Daddy Saturday

Fatherhood Disruptor | Healthcare Innovator | TEDx Speaker | OCR Athlete

Justin Batt is one of the fortunate people who found the collision of their calling and passion in life.  Justin is a healthcare innovator and works in the B2B sector with the largest bio-pharmaceutical and life science companies in the world.

Episode 12- Interview with April Shprintz, of The Generosity Culture

April Shprintz has spent over two decades driving growth for companies through Generosity. She started her career in the Air Force and went on to specialize in sales, operations, and marketing, supporting Fortune 500 clients and generating over $1 billion in combined additional revenue for the companies she served. 3 ½ years ago, after her highest earning, 7- figure year in the corporate world,

Episode 11- Does Following Your Dream Seem More Like a Nightmare?

Does the task of starting a business seem either vague, or daunting, or expensive, or something that just takes too much time or money?

Does any one…or ALL of these things stop you in your tracks so that you WANT to start a business, but you just can’t seem to get excited about it and actually DO something?

Episode 10- Interview with Juliet Clark from Super Brand Publishing

What if you could determine who in your audience is your best client in 180 seconds? Listen in to this episode to learn about the unique tools Super Brand Publishing uses to help you understand and grow your audience.  Juliet has transformed the book publishing industry through unique methods that she explains here and how you, too, can be a successful author or publisher as well. 

Episode 9- Interview with Markus Copeland, Personal Fitness Trainer


In this episode, hear how Markus made the pivot to self employment with the encouragement of his wife, family and friends and created a professional workout space in a unique way. 

Episode 8- Interview with Author Christine J. Gilbert


In this episode, she shares with us her experiences through the writing, publishing and product development process and gives aspiring authors tips on how they can get started with their journey to being a published author as well. 


Episode 7- Interview with Discovery Coach Kari Schwear from Graytonic

Kari Schwear has spent most of her professional life helping people find the story they want to tell about the choices they make in their lives. For the past two decades, she has helped companies grow by finding new ways to serve clients.  Kari believes the best way for a company to expand is to help its clients expand.  She founded GrayTonic and Question the Drink (QTD) in 2018 for professionals like herself that are using alcohol as a coping mechanism for stress. Kari is a Discovery Coach, speaker, and a co-author of the book, The Successful Mind, Tools for Living a Purposeful, Productive, and Happy Life.

Episode 6- Finding Your Zone of Genius

Have you reached your true potential? 

If not, what is holding you back?

Do you know what your true potential is?

In this episode, we will be diving in to the possibilities of aiming higher and achieving much, much more than we ever thought possible.

Episode 5- Interview with Bed and Breakfast owner, Janice Clifton of Virginia Cliffe Inn


The Virginia Cliffe Inn has a rich history and an interesting story of transition and development. 

Listen to this episode where Janice shares some inside tips on how to start your own B&B business. 

Episode 4- Starting a Business From the Inside Out


Some people may be struggling with not only developing your mission, but not even knowing what the mission is supposed to be. 

But where does the ‘mission’ fit into the bigger picture here of our lives? 

Episode 3- What is Your 'Why'?


As I talk to people about the startup process, I hear a question over and over ‘How do I decide if I should start a business?’ This all comes down to ‘what’s your motivation?’ In other words.. what is your ‘why’?

Many reasons motivate entrepreneurs to pursue their dreams of launching profitable companies. Some reasons are better than others while others are downright awful.

Before making a decision that is difficult to undo, it’s important to ask yourself difficult questions about your underlying motivations for starting a business. By doing so, you can protect yourself from unnecessary risk, and you may just confirm why you definitely should become an entrepreneur. Hopefully, this episode will help you with your ‘why’ for starting a business. 

Episode 2- Don't Do What I Did!


When I started my business in 2002, I didn’t rely on people and other resources as much as I should have. As a result, the business startup process was harder and profitability was delayed. This episode will help you with recommendations on resources that are available to you now so that you can start your business and be profitable sooner.

In this episode, I hope you’ll learn from the mistakes that I made and that you’ll take the time to go through the business startup process in a planned and systematic process. 

Do the research and create a solid business plan to increase your chances of success. 

Episode 1- Premier Episode-Welcome!


Welcome to the premier episode of the Small Biz Startup Essentials Podcast. Being that this is the first one, I’d just like to go over a few things on what you can expect for the theme and format- topics we’ll be covering, the length and frequency of the episodes, so that you won’t have any surprises. 

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