This Week's Show Schedule
Monday - December 09, 2013
Holiday behavior you learned in Kindergarten. Chip Bell joins Jim Blasingame to remind us that the best way to get and keep customers, especially during the holidays, is to be honest and be kind in your marketing and delivery of service.
Focus on the fundamentals this holiday season. Chip Bell joins Jim Blasingame to say that holiday shoppers will love you if they can trust you, feel valued, and appreciated.
What are the details of a lower unemployment rate? Ken Gronbach joins Jim Blasingame to talk about some of the demographic challenges that are coming to light as the unemployment rate declines.
What will the workplace look like over the next decade? Ken Gronbach joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the broad range of demographic participants in the workplace over the next decade and what this diversity will mean for performance.
What will happen with Millennials have money? Ken Gronbach joins Jim Blasingame to propose some of the influences Millennials -- Generation Y -- will have on the economy and society when they are spending their own money.
Marketing has changed in the Age of the Customer. Robert Grede joins Jim Blasingame to talk about the increasing number of marketing options and customer expectations as the Age of the Customer expands.
Rob Grede joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how the bare essentials of marketing have been disrupted by the new social media expectations of prospects and customers.
Don Cooper joins Jim Blasingame to offer suggestions on how to manage the busy holiday party season without offending and without making yourself crazier than usual.
Don Cooper joins Jim Blasingame to offer suggestions on how to decide whether to attend a social gathering or a business event during the holidays, as well as how to behave when you get there.
Don't let a holiday party ruin your business or career. Don Cooper joins Jim Blasingame to recommend losing the social media and the smartphone camera during the holiday parties.
Tuesday - December 10, 2013
Inventory management is key to success during the holidays. David Goldin joins Jim Blasingame to encourage inventory management during the holiday to maximize in-stock conditions, plus take advantage of the new media options.
Capitalizing a small business will look a lot different in the future. David Goldin joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the evolving landscape for capitalizing a small business, especially non-bank sources.
What do business managers think about the 2014 economy? Sam Norwood joins Jim Blasingame with the Tatum Survey that shows business managers are not happy about current business conditions and not optimistic about 2014.
What's wrong with sales on Main Street? Sam Norwood joins Jim Blasingame with the Tatum Survey which shows that business managers are reporting slow sales currently and projecting slow sales for the next two months.
Why aren't businesses hiring? Sam Norwood joins Jim Blasingame with the Tatum Survey that shows businesses are still not feeling motivated to hire more employees and to discuss some of the reasons.
What does it take to sustain small business success? Jim Blasingame reveals why focusing on the fundamentals sustains small business success after the passion fades.
Do you know what you need to know about how Obamacare will impact your business? Jim Blasingame reveals several organizations that small business owners should stay close to in order to stay up on the impact of Obamacare.
Is this the worst unemployment condition since the Great Depression? Gary Moore joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the current unemployment condition, including the fact that labor participation is the lowest since the Great Depression.
Is shareholder value the enemy of jobs? Gary Moore joins Jim Blasingame to reveal why corporate focus on driving shareholder value is one of the primary reasons unemployment is still chronic and stubborn.
Why aren't small businesses hiring? Gary Moore joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the reasons small businesses have other growth options instead of just hiring more people, and why raising minimum wage won't help low wage employees.
Wednesday - December 11, 2013
Use the right words to make the right connections
Words matter when making connections. Beverly Inman-Ebel joins Jim Blasingame to offer communication best practices, including the right way to ask questions when you're trying to create a business connection.
A story of identify theft that could have been prevented
How a stolen check created lots of mayhem. John Harrison joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the chaos that was created when someone stole a check he had written and tried to cash it.
How this young entrepreneur got started on her dream
Susie Wang joins Jim Blasingame to talk about how she started her business by identifying something that needed to be improved and focused on how to get her solution into the hands of customers.
How Big Data may give new life to an old medicine
Could this ancient plant remedy find new life as a cancer medicine? Joel Barker joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how a natural plant-based drug for diabetes could become a new weapon against cancer, thanks to Big Data.
Thursday - December 12, 2013
Thoughts on the most recent tax reform proposals
Barbara Weltman joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the most recent tax reform proposals.
How parallel thinking methods contribute to success
Bob Fischer joins Jim Blasingame to explain how parallel thinking methods contribute to success.
Social media tips
Kathy Perry joins Jim Blasingame to offer social media tips.
Connect with people that fuel your business
Joanne Black joins Jim Blasingame to discuss connecting with people that fuel your business.
Friday - December 13, 2013
What are customers doing on their smartphones?
Is your business mobile friendly? John Wuebben joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the three things that motivate prospects and customers to use their smartphones to find businesses.
What does entrepreneurial enthusiasm look like?
Are you enthusiastic about your business? Olalah Njenga joins Jim Blasingame to talk about the concept of entrepreneurial enthusiasm and how to sustain it.
What small business can learn from Washington about relevance
What can the dysfunction of Washington teach us about relevance? Ruth Sherman joins Jim Blasingame to use the lack of leadership by Washington and Wall Street to teach small businesses about how to be relevant to customers.
What small business owners need to do about Obamacare
Obamacare is the law, so we have to determine its impact on us. Ken Yancey joins Jim Blasingame to recommend that every small business owner take the time to discover the impact Obamacare will have on the business and associated families.