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Mindy Wolf with Wolf Law Firm, Crosby Olinto with NXGEN, and Sherry Wheat with TeleSales

John Ray, Mindy Wolf, Crosby Olinto, Sherry Wheat, Mike Sammond

Mindy Wolf/Wolf Law Firm

Mindy comes from a family of small business owners. She has many years of experience investigating, evaluating, and negotiating property and casualty claims as a senior claims representative, which has given her a deep understanding of many types of businesses and the risks they face. The combination of her knowledge of small businesses and her experience managing risk has made her a natural fit to help small businesses with their legal needs. Over the years, Mindy’s passion has remained constant: She supports the legal needs of small businesses, their owners and key people. But beyond business, Mindy’s broad skills and experience allows her to also serve her clients and their families with more personal matters, such as traffic violations, personal injury cases, and estate planning.  Mindy is the ‘go-to’ person for all of her small business clients. With a vast network of professional connections, Mindy is able to provide referrals for her clients ensuring their needs are met.

Crosby Olinto/NXGEN

NXGEN is a global leader in the electronic payments business. They process credit card and electronic check payments for small businesses located throughout North America and in 13 European Countries. Last April, they were presented, by the lead association in the Payments Industry, with the STAR Award. This award designates NXGEN as the #1 Merchant Service Provider among it’s peers. Crosby Olinto has managed the Southeast Region for NXGEN for the past 5 years. Effective Jan 1, he became an Independent Consultant for the company, allowing him to devote 100% of his time to serving his existing clients, while expanding his business.

Sherry Wheat/TeleSales

TeleSales is an Inside Sales Team that is associated with a Collaborative Team of Business Development, Marketing and Sales Experts, skilled in online and offline technologies, specializing in the Growth of Small & Medium-sized Businesses.

 

 

 

NORTH ATLANTA’S BIZLINK: Maxine Cain, Founder & President of STEM Atlanta Women

Deborah Lanham, Maxine Cain, Mike Sammond

Maxine Cain/STEM Atlanta Women

STEM Atlanta Women is a non-profit 501c(3) organization created to Enlighten, Educate, and Empower Underrepresented, Disadvantaged, and Under-served women and girls to take advantage of the global opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math and the future skills needed to compete and succeed in 21st Century.

STEM offers hands-on after school, STEM Saturdays and summer programs, master classes, innovative programs, tech labs, hack-a-thons, conferences, entrepreneurial training, and events that will enhance and increase the talent pipeline in STEM careers globally for women, girls, and minorities in underrepresented and under-served communities through career and technical education, collaboration and communication.

MASTERMIND YOUR LAUNCH: Andrew Egenes and Phillip Naples of Unbrokerage

Stefanie Diaz, Phillip Naples, Andrew Egenes

On this episode, Stefanie had the pleasure of sitting down with Andrew Egenes and Phillip Naples of Unbrokerage.  Listen as they share why Unbrokerage is the easiest way for business owners to purchase and manage their business insurance.

Phillip Naples and Andrew Egenes/Unbrokerage

Phillip is a 15 year veteran of the insurance industry. He has worked with hundreds of companies and realized the challenges they faced when buying commercial insurance. He is now a recovering broker that is redefining the way companies purchase and manage their insurance. When he’s not flipping the insurance industry on its head, he enjoys spending time with his family, riding bicycles, and coaching run club at a local elementary school.

Andrew is a 10 year marketing and technology veteran with experience in a wide range of areas including e-commerce and business process automation. Andrew has an affinity and love for taking on the challenges faced by many of today’s Internet-based businesses. In his spare time, he enjoys obsessing over the Atlanta Braves, traveling the world with his wife and daughter, and disconnecting in the North Georgia mountains.

www.unbrokerage.com

https://twitter.com/unbrokerage

Stefanie Diaz/Mastermind Your Launch

Stefanie Diaz has always had a keen ability for developing marketing strategies for entrepreneurs, but it’s her ability to position startups for accelerated momentum through personal branding and content marketing that has become the cornerstone to her professional success. Her background includes being a strategic adviser to CEO’s spanning startup phase to over $100 million in annual revenue. She has led strategic partnerships with global retailers and Fortune 500 companies, as well as facilitated multi-million dollar government contracts. There is something magnetic about the energy of startup founders that draws Stefanie in. They’re hungry, driven, and committed to making positive change for themselves and the greater community. After conducting over 60 interviews to date, Stefanie is excited to bring Mastermind Your Launch to the Business Radio X platform. Learn more at MastermindYourLaunch.com

Gloria Mattei with Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pete Hajjar with Prime Business Advisors, and Anita Davis with Business2Banker Connection

John Ray, Anita Davis, Pete Hajjar, Gloria Mattei, Mike Sammond

Gloria Mattei/Nothing Bundt Cakes

Nothing Bundt Cakes reintroduces an old family favorite – the Bundt cake – with a light, moist taste and fresh, clean look that appeals to all ages. Each 8” and 10” Bundt cake features custom concept cake decorations that are smart, contemporary and fun to enhance any occasion, large or small, in a wide range of cake flavors and sizes. Nothing Bundt Cakes celebrates the very heart of true hospitality where all are welcome and no one is a stranger. Each thoughtful detail of the experience, from the heartfelt welcome at the door to remembering the customer’s favorite flavor, has been naturally embraced at Nothing Bundt Cakes. Nothing Bundt Cakes mission is to come up with unique valuable solutions to every guest celebration needs. Their goal is to share the recipe for success, spread the word that is necessary to be sweet to one another and and make every day a celebration.

Pete Hajjar/Prime Business Advisors

Pete Hajjar is a proven expert at business growth and profit. In a span of thirty years, he has started, grown, and sold 4 companies with local, national, and international partners and clients. Pete’s passion to help others succeed, inspired him to start Prime Business Advisors which provides profit and growth solutions, personal mentoring and group training for existing businesses and start-up entrepreneurs.

Anita Davis/Business2Banker Connection

Business2Banker Connection works with C-level executives and entrepreneurs to keep the cash flowing and the company growing. They reposition their clients to become the companies that Bankers chase after to lend money. For nearly 20 years, Anita Davis served as a Business Banker and loan advocate for clients. She successfully helped clients obtain millions of dollars to fund business growth. This first-hand experience also revealed that many good companies have difficulty obtaining and maintaining bank funding. Business2Banker Connection, Inc. was formed to be part of the solution to help businesses achieve funding success. Their firm emphasizes strategic funding solutions versus transactional borrowing habits. They teach companies how to get approved for business loans. Clients benefit from getting the “inside scoop” on bank approval requirements. Their firm provides clients with lending readiness processes and a road map to maintain access to funding without interruption.

 

 

 

MASTERMIND YOUR LAUNCH: Andrew Gowasack CEO of Trust Stamp

Stefanie Diaz and Andrew Gowasack

Stefanie Diaz and Andrew Gowasack

Andrew Gowasack/Trust Stamp

An economist by training, Andrew began his career in financial services sales and marketing. Andrew and his close friend Gareth explored a number of ideas before identifying the unparalleled potential of Trust Stamp. Although Trust Stamp is Andrew’s first startup, he has immersed himself in the lean-startup environment by completing incubator programs through Founder’s Space in San Francisco, QC FinTech in Charlotte and NAR REach in Chicago. Each of these programs has provided a different perspective and honed a different set of startup skills.
Since Trust Stamp founding in November 2015, he has worked with Gareth to develop the core functionality of Trust Stamp as the CEO. His daily focus is on business development. Andrew believes he has fantastic team members who are experts in sales and marketing and it is his task to coordinate them into a cohesive strategy that drives revenue!

He is a firm believer that, “the geek shall inherit the earth” and Trust Stamp has greatly deepened his knowledge of technology including blockchain, machine learning, and cyber security.

In his leisure time, he and his wife are amateur foodies. On Saturday mornings, he can often be found watching Premier League soccer and in the evenings he and Gareth enjoy sampling new whiskeys and cigars.

Website https://truststamp.net/

Stefanie Diaz/Mastermind Your Launch

Stefanie Diaz has always had a keen ability for developing marketing strategies for entrepreneurs, but it’s her ability to position startups for accelerated momentum through personal branding and content marketing that has become the cornerstone to her professional success. Her background includes being a strategic adviser to CEO’s spanning startup phase to over $100 million in annual revenue. She has led strategic partnerships with global retailers and Fortune 500 companies, as well as facilitated multi-million dollar government contracts. There is something magnetic about the energy of startup founders that draws Stefanie in. They’re hungry, driven, and committed to making positive change for themselves and the greater community. After conducting over 60 interviews to date, Stefanie is excited to bring Mastermind Your Launch to the Business Radio X platform. Learn more at MastermindYourLaunch.com

Larry Howard with Digital First Social Media, Mike Becker with Fred’s Beds Mattress Clearance, and Herb Hoffman & Nick with Roswell Infiniti

John Ray, Mike Becker, Herb Hoffman, Nick Zuchegno, Larry Howard, Mike Sammond

John Ray, Mike Becker, Herb Hoffman, Nick Zuchegno, Larry Howard, Mike Sammond

Larry Howard/Digital First Social Media

Digital First offers social media content, digital advertising and SEO solutions for small and medium sized businesses. Their professional writers will create and post custom content several times per week to your social channels. Their digital advertising options include advertising on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram. For a few hundred dollars a month, they will get your brand and your businesses story in front of 10,000 potential customers. Digital First’s SEO options include pay-per-click in addition to organic solutions. With either solution they get your business towards the top of page one in a Google search. They are approaching 10,000 customers in almost 400 different industries. So Digital First has the experience to help your business market online – just like the big brands. Their team of professional writers, graphic artists and tech experts will help your business go from amateur status to professional online digital leader.

Mike Becker/Fred’s Beds Mattress Clearance

Fred’s Beds Mattress Clearance saves you money on luxury, brand name mattresses. This family owned and operated business is entering their 15th year in business with an extensive inventory
of close-out and overstock mattress sets at 50% to 80% off retail prices. Thanks to a no pressure sales approach and excellent customer service, Fred’s Beds Mattress Clearance will change the way you think about mattress shopping!

Nick Zuchegno & Herb Hoffman /Roswell Infiniti

As one of the nation’s original Infiniti dealers, they have witnessed the growth of our area and how today’s customers expect and demand more than ever before.  Their goal is to exceed your expectations.  Their satisfied customers, many of them repeat customers, come from all over Georgia and the Southeast because buying or leasing a new Infiniti from Roswell Infiniti is both a pleasant and rewarding experience.

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MASTERMIND YOUR LAUNCH: Arul Murugan founder of Eleven-Eleven Investments

Stefanie Diaz and Arul Murugan

Stefanie Diaz and Arul Murugan

On this episode host Stefanie Diaz gets a peek at the driving force who is stimulating innovation and investing in the Atlanta and Alpharetta tech communities. Listen as Arul Murugan, CEO of Eleven Eleven Investments, shares his vision for bringing startups, seasoned investors, and new investors to the table to accelerate success for all.

Arul Murugan/Eleven-Eleven Investments

Arul Murugan is the Founder and CEO of the innovation-driven venture capital firm, Eleven Eleven Investments (11-11i). Prior to 11-11i, he founded the technology company Enrich which ranked on the Inc 500 list for 5 consecutive years. During his tenure with Enrich, Arul was named a finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award – South East Region. He also received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from B2B Magazine and was named Top 10 Tamil Entrepreneur by The Federation of Tamil Sangams in North America (FeTNA). As the visionary behind 11-11i, Arul created the 50-30-20 model to increase the value and approachability in venture capital investing. Portfolio investments include startup teams in advanced manufacturing, fintech, IoT, and augmented reality who are transforming industries through emerging technologies. Learn more at 11-11i.com

Stefanie Diaz/Mastermind Your Launch

Stefanie Diaz has always had a keen ability for developing marketing strategies for entrepreneurs, but it’s her ability to position startups for accelerated momentum through personal branding and content marketing that has become the cornerstone to her professional success. Her background includes being a strategic adviser to CEO’s spanning startup phase to over $100 million in annual revenue. She has led strategic partnerships with global retailers and Fortune 500 companies, as well as facilitated multi-million dollar government contracts. There is something magnetic about the energy of startup founders that draws Stefanie in. They’re hungry, driven, and committed to making positive change for themselves and the greater community. After conducting over 60 interviews to date, Stefanie is excited to bring Mastermind Your Launch to the Business Radio X platform. Learn more at MastermindYourLaunch.com

 

 

Denson Pepper with IRSFighters.com, Robert Averette with ONEighty Solutions, and Scott Childress with Shield and Defender

John Ray, Denson Pepper, Robert Averette, Scott Childress, Mike Sammond

John Ray, Denson Pepper, Robert Averette, Scott Childress, Mike Sammond

Denson Pepper/IRSFighters.com

Denson Pepper CPA  is licensed by the State of GA with over 30 years of experience. He works with individuals and businesses that need help with their tax problems. Non-filing of returns is widespread in our country. Many people seem to believe that if they don’t receive an IRS notice inquiring about a return, they are not subject to filing. This misconception will probably cause a lot of financial and legal heartaches in your future. There are also several unpleasant consequences to non-filing. The IRS will often file a return for you with scant deductions allowed. If you don’t submit your return in a timely manner, you will be assessed this incorrect amount and it becomes a costly process to have it corrected. If you are due a refund but don’t file the return within 3 years of the return’s due date, the IRS is legally allowed to keep your refund. A bankruptcy filing is not allowed until all returns have been filed. The statute of limitations never runs on non-filed returns.

Robert Averette/ONEighty Solutions

ONEighty Solutions can eliminate even the worst odors. Their service technicians will come to your home, business, or other location and eradicate harsh smells without the use of harmful chemicals. Unpleasant odors can invade a space without invitation. They can be caused by bacterial infections, illness, long-past cigarette smoke, or even be the result of water damage. An overwhelming odor in your home, apartment, or living space is a problem. While masking house odors with a candle or an air freshener can make things tolerable in the short term, a stink can affect your quality of life, the value of your home or vehicle, and even your health, if allowed to linger long term. ONEighty Solution has the solutions. Their odor remediation solution removes unpleasant odor like cooking odors, mold, fire and smoke odors, from apartments, homes, hotels, schools, vehicles, and hospitals. If your nose feels a sting when you enter a space, ONEighty Solution’s 100% natural solution can neutralize the odors at the molecular level, leaving your home, office, or other space fresh and pleasant.

Scott Childress/Shield and Defender

Scott Childress has spent his entire adult life involved with and linked to the Criminal Justice System in one way or another. He majored in Criminology at Long Beach State Univ., was an Atlanta Cop and Sergeant. As a career enhancement, he went to Law School. He was appointed Asst. Dist. Atty in Fulton County. Scott has been a Lieutenant with the Fulton Co. Sheriff Department, and a Roswell City Councilman. Scott has also been Chief Judge of Alpharetta’s Municipal Court. Along the way he has Fathered three wonderful children, has four beautiful grandkids, and is the lucky manservant to his wife and partner, Gretchen. Scott approaches his work as seeing who he can help ‘guide home’ after being lost in the legal forest.

Scott Christopher with McCulloch+Company, Bernadette Harris with By The Book Accounting, and Terry Bowser with FirstBank Mortgage

 

John Ray, Scott Christopher, Bernadette Harris, Terry Bowser, Mike Sammond

John Ray, Scott Christopher, Bernadette Harris, Terry Bowser, Mike Sammond

Scott Christopher/McCulloch+Company

McCulloch+Company is a media advertising agency located in the historic mill in downtown Roswell. They offer media strategy, media planning and buying services for clients big and small, developing good media ideas for them that get results. McCulloch+Company’s category experience spans across many B2C and B2B industries, with notable experience in healthcare, construction, automotive, retail, tourism, and technology. The company was founded in 1994.

Bernadette Harris/By The Book Accounting

Bernadette Harris is a tax and forensic accountant, business strategist, author, and speaker committed to “Keeping Small Business In Business”. Since 2001 she has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs across the country (and a few abroad) start, run, and grow profitable businesses through her speaking, coaching, and consulting programs. Her latest book, Business Blueprint 2.0: A Guide To Starting & Running Your Business THE RIGHT WAY! has served as a much needed guide to many business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. Her ability to make complex subjects like taxes and accounting simple and her sense of humor has made her a very popular workshop leader. In addition to conducting her own workshop series, she has presenting training sessions for the US Small Business Administration. Bernadette has a BS in Accounting, an MBA, an MS in Fraud and Forensics and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Terry Bowser/FirstBank Mortgage

FirstBank Mortgage understands the banking and lending industry. They’ve worked hard to provide robust solutions to Americans since 1906. That amount of years in the business comes with a reputation, and FirstBank Mortage is proud to hold theirs as the most reputable resource for your reverse mortgage needs.

 

Oluseun Olufade with Emory Orthopedics Sports & Spine, Jim Bass with CXFundamentals.com, and Quinton Burns & Nick Zuchegno with Roswell Infiniti

John Ray, Quinton Burns, Dr. Oluseun Olufade, Jim Bass, Nick Zuchegno, Mike Sammond

John Ray, Quinton Burns, Dr. Oluseun Olufade, Jim Bass, Nick Zuchegno, Mike Sammond

Oluseun Olufade/Emory Orthopedics Sports & Spine

Dr. Oluseun Olufade is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Department of Orthopedic Surgery At Emory University in Atlanta, GA. He is board certified in PM&R with a subspecialty certification in Sports Medicine. Dr. Olufade is a sports medicine physician who employs a comprehensive approach in the treatment of sports related injuries and spinal disorders by integrating physical therapy, orthotic prescription and minimally invasive procedures such as platelet rich plasma, stem cells and percutaneous tenotomy (tenex). He specializes also in concussion, tendinopathies, autobiologics, and chronic exertional compartment syndrome. He performs procedures such as fluoroscopic-guided spine injections and ultrasound guided peripheral joint injections. Dr. Olufade individualizes his plan with a focus on functional restoration.

Jim Bass/CXFundamentals.com

Jim is a passionate Customer Experience (CX) Professional with over 10 years experience designing customer experience at key moments of truth and critical touchpoints in the customer journey map. The bulk of his customer service and customer support experience comes from his time at McKesson Corporation 2000-2014 where he used VOC and VOE to implement many proactive programs, projects and initiatives designed to increase customer satisfaction, engagement and loyalty while containing/reducing costs and minimizing churn. His CX perspective is that improving Customer Experience does not always have to be a daunting or expensive venture. Businesses can improve revenues and profitability by making a few simple changes in the way customers are greeted by frontline employees upon entering the store or by changing the style and frequency of customer communications, both written and verbal.

Quinton Burns & Nick Zuchegno/Roswell Infiniti

As one of the nation’s original Infiniti dealers, they have witnessed the growth of our area and how today’s customers expect and demand more than ever before.  Their goal is to exceed your expectations.  Their satisfied customers, many of them repeat customers, come from all over Georgia and the Southeast because buying or leasing a new Infiniti from Roswell Infiniti is both a pleasant and rewarding experience.

 

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