Monday - May 01, 2006
Ira joins Jim to talk about some of the common sense things small businesses should do to protect their businesses, their information, their identities and customers' information from computer hackers, viruses, etc.
Don and Jim talk about politics, beginning with immigration and ending with Jim's proposal to abolish Congress (and his tongue was only somewhat in his cheek).
Michael and Jim talk about how small businesses can stay competitive in the 21st century, in the face of increasing competition.
Tom and Jim talk about how things have changed for marketing and sales people in the 21st century. Tom points out that it's not enough to build a brand today, you have to deliver on your brand promise.
Tuesday - May 02, 2006
Mike and Jim talk about the results of a recent survey on why employees leave their jobs.
Pierce joins Jim to talk about the reasons why women and men think differently. Pierce says some of it is environmental, Jim is not so sure.
Max and Jim talk about the REAL reasons why gas prices are so high.
Joel joins Jim for the first time to talk about how we not only need to understand the technology that we have, but where it is taking us as inhabitants of planet Earth, as well as where it's taking our small businesses. You've probably heard Jim on his soap box about getting our small business heads out of the 20th century and into the new one. Well Jim credits Joel Barker as being one of the key voices who influenced his own transition into the new millennium.
Wednesday - May 03, 2006
Donna joins Jim at the Grow Fast, Grow Right Seminar in Memphis, TN. They talk about the need for small business diversity and why you need to make sure your integrating effectively.
Jim is broadcasting live from Memphis, TN at the 2006 Business Growth Diversity Summit. Mary joins Jim to talk about the meed for more membership diversity in the ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers).
Todd joins Jim at the 2006 Business Growth Diversity Summit in Memphis, TN. They talk about diversity being more of a strategy and best practice in the changing global economy. Todd shares ways that Johnson & Johnson is bringing awareness to the talent that's out there.
Dimitrius joins Jim at the 2006 Business Growth Diversity Summit to talk about his organization and what they accomplish for business diversity.
Andrew joins Jim to discuss his brain child, the 2006 Business Growth Diversity Summit in Memphis, TN. They are joined later by Caren Shaffer who talks about Profiles International and it's contribution to diversity in the marketplace.
Jim talks with Stedman at the 2006 Business Growth Diversity Summit in Memphis, TN. They talk about how to find your core base and how building diversity is part of competing on a global basis. Stedman gives Jim his 9 step program.
Thursday - May 04, 2006
Bev and Jim talk about the need to develop multiple channels for the products and services you offer in your small business.
Jonathan and Jim talk about the anti-trust case the European Union is trying against Microsoft, and how this case will impact small businesses.
Joan and Jim begin their debating whether the economy is in the doldrums. Jim says no and outlines why he thinks that. They go on to talk about how gas prices will affect the election in 2006, followed by the impact of gas prices on travel. They also talk about how higher interest rates are affecting banks and what that means for small businesses.
Friday - May 05, 2006
Amanda and Jim talk about the upcoming bill in the Senate on Small Business Health Plans, why this bill is important to small businesses, and what we can do to help it pass.
Al and John join Jim to talk about some of the things that are being done to help small businesses get going again in New Orleans, including what their company, DHL, is doing.
Sean and Jim talk about how to maximize the business opportunity with existing customers first and hunt for new customers second.
Peter and Jim talk about how to make sure you have an effective strategy to maximize the three most important resources of time, people and money.
Monday - May 08, 2006
The co-owners of Chesapeake Plastics join Jim to talk about how they took their employer's company, which was in such bad shape that it couldn't be sold, and redirected it with 21st century thinking, and within four years, became the top small business in Maryland.
Ray and Jim talk about small business political issues, including the minimum wage, small business health plans and the death tax.
Lowell talks with Jim about how he saw a niche and turned it into an opportunity, but didn't rest on his idea, he kept innovating.
Lois and Jim talk about some of the things she has learned about how to present your personal brand in direct marketing campaigns.
Tuesday - May 09, 2006
Jim talks about some of the small business public policy coming up for a vote in Congress, including Senate Bill S1955, which is the Small Business Health Plans bill, as well as a vote on repealing the death tax once and for all.
Sam joins JIm to talk about the most recent Tatum poll of small business managers. The news is that while things are cooling off after a hot first quarter, the economy is still expanding.
Tom's company is one of the U.S. Chamber's top small businesses in the country, and he joins Jim to talk about how he and his people are helping at-risk teenagers have a better chance of finishing high school.
Dolf joins Jim to talk about some of the real estate investment opportunities currently available, and how you can take advantage of them. One example is how to buy a property just before it goes into foreclosure.
Wednesday - May 10, 2006
Larry and Jim talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of seeking venture capital.
Award-winning documentary film maker, Susan talks with Jim about her latest movie about the relationship between John Wayne and John Ford. She also talks about the business of making movies.
Ivan joins Jim to talk about how to grow your business by becoming a center of influence.
Don and Jim talk about what will be on the table at the Fed's meeting as they consider whether to raise interest rates or not. They also talk about the new leadership at the Fed, and move on to discuss the price of oil.
Thursday - May 11, 2006
Jeff and Jim begin with a discussion on how to prospect when you work alone. As hurricane season approaches, they go on to talk about getting your business and technology storm-ready.
Leslie joins Jim to talk about some of the real opportunities available for small businesses to expand their market strategy outside of the U.S.
Joan and Jim talk about the long-term effect higher energy prices will have on the way humans contribute to pollution and even global warming. They go on to talk about tax legislation that is being debated that will help small businesses, then a little bit on presidential politics, and finally, a discussion of how hackers are now reaching out to cell phone users.
Friday - May 12, 2006
Ramon Ray and Jim Blasingame talk about how small businesses can use the Real Simple Syndication (RSS) technology to podcast messages to their customers.
Hector joins Jim to reflect on his tenure at the SBA and to talk about what he's going to do post-SBA.
Eric and Jim talk about some of the new telecommunication capabilities and products that are available to small businesses, like email encryption.
Marty joins Jim to talk about the legislative week that produced good news from a tax standpoint and bad news for small businesses on the healthcare front. They go on to talk about the economy and where Marty things it's going.
Monday - May 15, 2006
Jordan and Jim talk about your money type, and how small business owners should balance their business capital between their personal investments and what their business needs to grow.
Bill join Jim to talk about the concept of naming public works structures, and the go on to talk about what Bill calls the branding power of one.
Helping Jim kick off National Etiquette Week, Colleen helps Jim -- and his audience -- become a little more civilized with how to behave in various business situations.
Tim joins Jim to talk about the different ways to develop a business plan for different end-users.
Tuesday - May 16, 2006
John joins Jim to talk about what it would take to simlify tax laws that are currently confusing.
Paul joins Jim to report on the results of a recent AFLAC survey of small business owners concerning their challenges in finding, hiring, and retaining good employees. In addition to a few suggestions on how to address these challenges, Paul also offers his advice on how to run a successful sales organization.
A.J. joins Jim to tell his entrepreneurial story and explain how he turned $500 into $65 million in the grocery industry.
Wednesday - May 17, 2006
Suzanne joins Jim to talk about how to promote entrepreneurship in your area, especially in rural America.
Wayne and Jim talk about the challenges of securing your on-line activity from hackers and other cyber-criminals. They also discuss the importance of letting the marketplace develop remedies to cyber-attacks, instead of by regulations.
Mike and Jim talk about how to get your sales people to successfully make the change to the 21st century marketplace.
Bill reports on the latest Small Business Economics Trends report he has conducted. His small business respondents say the economy is still good. Bill and Jim go on to talk about how rising interest rates and fuel prices are, and will, affect your small business over the next few months.
Thursday - May 18, 2006
Bev and Jim talk about how small businesses should take steps to protect themselves from cyber-crime, viruses, worms and other dangers of doing business online.
Rob and Jim begin their visit talking about having faith in yourself and your vision. They go on to talk about how to develop greater mental agility, especially when selling.
Joan and Jim talk about the impact of China on a number of aspects of the global marketplace, especially with regard to raw materials. They go on to talk about the U.S. economy, small manufacturers, alternative fuels, grass on your roof (honest), and finally, recent tax legislation.
Friday - May 19, 2006
Carol joins Jim to debunk some of the myths about mental illness, especially depression and associated treatments.
Grace-Marie and Jim talk about the current public policy landscape that affects small businesses' ability to provide healthcare coverage for themselves and their employees. In this interview you'll hear Jim explain why the AARP is the newest enemy of America's small businesses.
Jim talks about the importance for small businesses owners of getting their head and business practices out of the 20th century and into the 21st century. Listen in to hear Jim explain why "we're not in Kansas anymore, Toto."
The Governor joins Jim to talk about which political party is really the big spending party, and what must be done to stop the runaway spending. They also reflect on what is likely to happen in the November mid-term elections.
Monday - May 22, 2006
Paul joins Jim for the first time to talk about how building relationships with customers is key to successful selling. Paul also shares which dialogue probing questions to ask your customers in order to know what they want so you can make the sale.
Keith joins Jim to talk about the best ways to make long-lasting connections with the human beings you meet and do business with.
Phyllis and Jim talk about how to eradicate the pesky incorrect words we use that trip us up and prevent us from being as professional as we could be.
Greg joins Jim to talk about the up-coming ACCE 2006 conference in Cleveland where chamber of commerce professionals at all levels of the organization chart come together to learn and share best practices on how chambers can help grow their marketplaces.
Tuesday - May 23, 2006
Tom joins Jim to talk about how small business owners can prepare for any business interruption event that could happen. Tom also offers a free plan program you can download.
Jim S joins Jim B to talk about the negative impact a bad hire can have on a small business, and some things you can do to increase your hiring professionalism so you can find the right person for the right job.
Glenn and Jim talk about how to make sure you're growing your small business the right way, with the best practices.
David joins Jim to report on the eBay ruling by the Supreme Court and why this case has bearing on the intellectual property create and owned by small businesses. They also talk about the steps you should take when you think someone has infringed on your intellectual property.
Wednesday - May 24, 2006
Paul and Jim talk about how a culture of cynicism can develop in your small business, how this condition impacts your operation, and how to prevent or eliminate it.
Bev begins her visit with Jim talking about her upcoming trip to Cairo, Egypt. Next topic is how to create a new attitude for yourself and your business.
Don joins Jim to talk about how to maximize your chances of success in your new business by being as knowledgeable of the industry and market as possible.
Russ and Jim talk about the impact that selling a business you founded can have on its founder. There are many details to work out when selling a business, but don't neglect how the finality of this decision will land on you.
Thursday - May 25, 2006
Jeff and Jim talk about different ways to be prepared for a disruption of business, whether a hurricane, fire, or whatever, including several ways that technology solutions can help.
Mark joins Jim to talk about how to develop your Customer Service Vision, and then execute it with both the best process and the best people.
Jim O joins Jim B to cover this week's Kiplinger Letter. They begin with a significant discussion about the impact of inflation on the global economy, including your small business. They move on to discuss the costs and availability of goods and service, including insurance. Next topic is immigration and finally, a little bit on technology, especially the future of hydrogen power.
Friday - May 26, 2006
Bill joins Jim to report on a recent survey of businesses about the benefits packages they offer employees. Listen in to see hour your company stacks up.
Rick joins Jim to talk about the advantages of the individual 401K plan, and who is eligible to use it.
One of America's top small businesses, from West Virginia, Connie talks with Jim about her experience during Small Business Week in D.C., as well as the inspirational story of how she starter her small business.
Steve begins his visit with Jim talking about his concerns for inflation, which he believes is being caused by the monetary policies of the Fed. They go on to talk about the small business and health care, the issue Steve is most known for, flat tax, free trade, and finally immigration according to Steve. Don't miss this important interview.
Monday - May 29, 2006
Jim begins his 9th consecutive live Memorial Day broadcast talking about the contribution of our militias over the life of America. This segment includes Jim reciting a poem called, "Freedom isn't free."
Gene joins Jim to share his knowledge of President Lincoln's thoughts as he took our nation war. And as has happened a few time in the past, President Lincoln actually joins Jim on the show. Don't miss this one.
Bob and Jim talk about their thoughts on Memorial Day, especially with regard to leadership, both local and global.
Bill joins Jim to talk about whether our political leaders measure up to the men and women they are prepared to send into harm's way. Don't miss Bill's answer. And Jim wraps up with a poem by Ray Bradbury.
Tuesday - May 30, 2006
Doug joins Jim to talk about why you should play attention to the cultural and societal things that are important to the people you do business with when you export to other countries.
Bill begins a series with Jim about some of the most important emerging technologies in our future, and why they will matter to your small business. Today's topic is wireless technology and applications.
Don and Jim talk about the direct relationship between effective and professional customer service and sales increases.
Barb and Jim talk about some of the tax issues that have recently been passed that benefit small business owners. They also talk about some of the things you should know about being an eBay buyer and seller.
Wednesday - May 31, 2006
Rebecca joins Jim to talk about some of the alternative office options available to small business owners in the form of on-demand executive suite services.
Dan and Jim talk about some of the current small business public policy issues recently debated as well as those that are on the table to be debated over the next month, including tax issues and healthcare.
Jim O joins Jim B to talk about some of the things Kiplinger has to say about our world, including which political party is in the most danger of losing seats in November. They also talk about the economy, the cost of healthcare, technology, English as the official language of the U.S., and finally, energy as a resource and as it plays out in politics.