This Week's Show Schedule
Monday - January 26, 2015
Jim Blasingame uses what Target Canada did right in their failed attempt to launch their brand in Canada and what small business can learn from this misadventure.
Jim Blasingame reveals how whatever your business is doing tomorrow or into the future will depend upon your business’s ability to be relevant to customer expectations first, and competitive second.
Cliff Ennico joins Jim Blasingame to talk about the issues around buying an established website that has all the e-business components you need to do business, sometimes including customer traffic.
Cliff Ennico joins Jim Blasingame to reveal a few of the technological, economic and political factors that are contributing to an economy that is growing without job growth.
Cliff Ennico joins Jim Blasingame to reveal what it looks like when the social media platform you use to connect with customers make new rules that hinder your ability to make those connections.
Bev Flaxington joins Jim Blasingame to talk about how powerful and productive it can be to make training a regular part of your HR management, including online opportunities.
Bev Flaxington joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how establishing a robust training program for employees actually contributes to your ability to be a more successful delegator.
Terry Neese joins Jim Blasingame to talk about what her organization is doing to contribute to National Mentoring Month internationally.
Terry Neese joins Jim Blasingame to report the 2015 activity of IEEW.org as it continues to train and empower women internationally in the skills of being a business owner in their countries.
Terry Neese joins Jim Blasingame to report on what the “Peace through Business” program is going to do in 2015, including bringing 30 women entrepreneurs from Rwanda and Afghanistan to the U.S. for more training.
Tuesday - January 27, 2015
Jim Blasingame reveals some of the technology relevance factors that business have to deliver to meet customer expectations before the find out if you’re competitive or not.
Jim Blasingame reveals how demonstrating your value is an important relevance factor in meeting customer expectations before they know if you’re competitive or not.
Kathy Perry joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how you can now deliver slide show messages in Twitter and how to use that capability.
Kathy Perry joins Jim Blasingame to reveal that social media sites will allow you to download your archived activity, including community members and their contact info, and why you must do this.
Kathy Perry joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how you can publish your content on LinkedIn in order to gain access to a larger community of readers.
Andy Smit joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how he spent an entire year immersed in the industry before he launched his start-up.
Andy Smit joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how his start-up is designed to help “pet parents” find boarding and other services for their “babies,” and how his exit strategy matches his capitalization plan.
Joanne Black joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how to make sure your goals align with those of your customers and their expectations of a vendor like you.
Joanne Black joins Jim Blasingame to reveal that just as you have to be accountable for what you can deliver, you can make customers accountable for what they have said they expect of you.
Joanne Black joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how to stay connected with customer expectations to make sure the two of you aren’t wandering apart on what they want and what you can deliver.
Wednesday - January 28, 2015
Ilise Benun joins Jim Blasingame to talk about why most of us start our small businesses, and to reveal a very important question to ask ourselves when we do.
Ilise Benun joins Jim Blasingame to reveal two more critical questions to ask yourself before you become a small business owner.
Ruth King joins Jim Blasingame to reveal that cash is like oxygen for your business and profit is like food, but you have to have both for long-term sustainability.
Ruth King joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the impact on cash when you reduce debt and debt service, and how this impacts profitability too.
Ruth King joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some tips and best practices on how to ask customers for deposits or advances on their order so you can improve your cash flow.
You never know how networking will benefit you in the future. Andrea Nierenberg joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the benefits of networking, from finding new friends to making crucial business connections, plus the pre-work you must do before attending an event.
How can you follow up so people will remember you? Andrea Nierenberg joins Jim Blasingame to discuss easy ways to follow up, whether from a networking event or a meeting, in high tech ways that will deliver high touch.
Gail Goodman joins Jim Blasingame to explain that a vast majority of small businesses - 82%- are using multi-channel marketing, plus how the last 5 years have shown dramatic changes int he way businesses communicate with customers.
Gail Goodman joins Jim Blasingame to explain that relevance is in the eye of your customers and that small business owners must go to where their customers are.
Gail Goodman joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the Constant Contact Toolkit, an online marketing platform that makes it easy for small businesses to communicate with customers across multiple marketing channels.
Thursday - January 29, 2015
Jeff Zbar joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the reasons why we’ve become less protective of our privacy and why we should become more concerned about our exposure.
Jeff Zbar joins Jim Blasingame to talk about how much of our personal privacy has been compromised by online activity and how far we will let this go before we revolt.
Bob Fischer joins Jim Blasingame to debate whether the key elements of a national sales tax as tax reform make this option viable.
Bob Fischer joins Jim Blasingame to debate whether a national sales tax can be effective without repealing the 16th amendment of the Constitution which would remove the income tax.
Bob Fischer joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how tax policy is abused by the political class and what we have to do to stop this, including having a flat tax.
Morag Barrett joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the conversational practices to use when trying to improve difficult and dysfunctional workplace relationships.
Morag Barrett joins Jim Blasingame to reveal why personality challenges in the workplace cannot be allowed to disrupt organizational performance.
Bob McTeer joins Jim Blasingame to review some past problems the Fed has faced and why those weren't nearly as challenging as the issues the Fed faces today.
Bob McTeer joins Jim Blasingame to report on the global economic challenges that could create the dangerous economic condition called deflation and why it’s so much worse than high inflation.
Bob McTeer joins Jim Blasingame to report on why central banks around the world may be unable to influence economic challenges due to a lack of substantial tools required for these challenges.
Friday - January 30, 2015
Mark Pinard joins Jim Blasingame to talk about how far performing payroll tasks have come for small businesses, from an administrative nightmare to having several options.
Mark Pinard joins Jim Blasingame to talk about the cloud options available for small businesses to do payroll through cloud-based resources.
Debbie Meyer joins Jim Blasingame to reveal why she is more productive when she creates “to don’t” lists instead of the classic to do lists.
Debbie Meyer joins Jim Blasingame to talk about why multi-tasking is a fool’s errand unless you’re committed to multi-finishing.
Debbie Meyer joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how to make sure your goal setting is designed to get things done, not just managed.
Jay Baer joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the good, bad and ugly when companies try to be too cute when marketing to the younger crowd.
Jay Baer joins Jim Blasingame to reveal that EGC – employee generated content – can be a powerful part of your marketing strategy.
Steve DelBianco joins Jim Blasingame to report on how the Internet sales tax debate will be restarted in Congress this year and what are the key issues facing small businesses.
Steve DelBianco joins Jim Blasingame to report that regardless of what he says, President Obama’s plan for the Internet will not be beneficial for the marketplace in general and small businesses in particular.
Steve DelBianco joins Jim Blasingame to report on a debate that is raging now over who will control how your online information will be handles after you die.