Monday - July 03, 2006
June reports from Baghdad, Iraq on the good things that are happening there that you never see in the main stream media. She also reflects on what it's like being an American and watching a democracy being born.
Marlo talks with Jim about the effort by some groups to try to get the Environmental Protection Agency to enforce carbon dioxide standards for cars based on the Kyoto Protocol. This controversy is in the court system and will be heard by the Supreme Court this year.
Bill talks with Jim about the role that personality plays in how successful we are as entrepreneurs as well as in how well we hire and manage employees.
Rosalene and Jim talk about how to ask optimal questions of yourself and your people so that your organization can accomplish optimal results.
Tuesday - July 04, 2006
Jim does his traditional Independence Day message, where he talks about how entrepreneurs got their freedom to be.
Ken joins Jim to talk about some of the things you might not know about America's Independence Day and the events surrounding it.
Elizabeth talks with Jim about the events happening at Monticello today and what we might not know about the author of the Declaration of Independence.
Dennis talks with Jim about what's happening at Mount Vernon on this Independence Day, plus some things you might not know about the father of our nation.
Wednesday - July 05, 2006
Elizabeth and Elena join Jim to talk about how and why they decided to become publishers, even though they had never done anything like that before.
Alan joins Jim to talk about Microsoft's new operating system, Vista, to be in late 06. They talk about why you should consider it as an upgrade and what your alternatives are.
Anita and Jim talk about something called Web 2.0 and why business owners need to know about this as they make future technology and online plans.
Barbara jons Jim to report on exciting new legislation that will incent angel investors to make more capital available to small business owners.
Thursday - July 06, 2006
Jim C joins Jim B to discuss a different way to think about focusing -- he calls it "360 focusing."
Ken talk with Jim about some recent Supreme Court rulings that Ken believed could put the entire U.S. Patent environment in jeopardy. The rulings will definitely hurt small inventors and innovators.
Joan and Jim talk about the dangers of "creeping protectionism" first and then move on to talk about the impact of increased interest rates on small businesses. They also talk about increases in travel expenses and what that will mean for the increased use of meeting technology. Next they talk about Net Neutrality and how this debate is shaping up, and they wrap up with a little Congressional politics.
Friday - July 07, 2006
Fred joins Jim to discuss how to ask your customers the ultimate question and how the answer will determine your success.
Karen talks with Jim about being a "right brain" creative person and what she's doing to get those folks to join a community.
Robert joins Jim to talk about why truth is the greatest way to accomplish competitive advantage.
Dave and Jim talk about the dangers of complacency, how to tell if you have it (if you think you don't you do), and how to get rid of this affliction.
Monday - July 10, 2006
Jeff joins Jim to talk about how technology has changed the publishing picture for many would-be authors. Jim adds ways to sell your books without being in a bookstore.
Sam talks with Jim about the most recent Tatum survey of business conditions and the news is not so good. Tatum fears an economic slowdown is in progress.
Stephanie joins Jim to talk about things she learned from great success and even one failure. She and Jim also talk about how to start a business on a shoe-string budget.
Don and Jim talk about why salespeople should get excited when they hear an objection, and what to do when you it happens.
Tuesday - July 11, 2006
Priscilla joins Jim to talk about how to find the right marketing mix for your small business.
Rob and Jim talk about how to start and operate an online business as well as how to find products to sell online.
Lara talks with Jim about how to overcome differences in the marketplace by using what she calls the "Titanium Rule."
Senator Michael Enzi, a great American, joins Jim for the first time to talk about his heroic effort to get Small Business Health Plans passed in Congress, so America's small businesses can purchase healthcare for themselves and their employees at rates they can afford. Sen. Enzi also talks about the effort to abolish the estate tax. Don't miss this interview with one of America's great leaders and small business champions.
Wednesday - July 12, 2006
Nora and Peter join Jim to talk about the life of one of America's treasures, Woody Guthrie.
Len talks with Jim about his thoughts on making our culture and marketplace more ethical.
Bert joins Jim to talk about identity theft, the worst 10 cities where this could happen to you and why. They also talk about ways to prevent it from happening to you.
Governor Gilmore joins Jim to talk about his multi-city tour to help communities become better prepared for a terrorism attack or a natural disaster. The Governor says communities need to realize that for the first 72 hours, you're on your own.
Thursday - July 13, 2006
Bev joins Jim to talk about why you should have a professional "phone voice" when talking with customers and prospects on the telephone.
Tom talks with Jim about three important questions your customers should be asking themselves when they see your brand in action.
Joan and Jim begin their visit talking about the jobs creation picture for the economy over the next 12 months. They move on to talk about some of the issues facing the world regarding middle east tensions. Next they talk about small business health plans, the potential global consolidation of the auto industry, and finally some important small business issues, including the new SBA Administrator, Steven Preston.
Friday - July 14, 2006
Jim D joins Jim B to talk about how small businesses can develop multiple income sources through repurposing products and services.
John talks with Jim about "fee only" financial planners and how to use one. He also talks about some of the tax issues involved in running and exiting a small business.
Steve and Jim talk about the upcoming ACCE conference in Cleveland, and some of the exciting things happening in Cleveland as a result of good partnerships between business and government.
Marianne talks with Jim about what an angel investor is and how to work with one. They also talk about recent research on women angel investors.
Monday - July 17, 2006
Two of our favorite Jims get together to talk about making sure you take care of your internal customers first, and why that philosophy is so important in to those other customers.
Greg talks with Jim about what it's like to go from founder to CEO to being acquired to starting over. Don't miss this interview with one of the award-winning entrepreneur. Greg's story is very compelling.
Glen joins Jim to talk about the 21st century way to think about working with customers. Don't miss Glenn's ideas on how to get customers to help you share risks.
Steve talks with Jim about his experiences with a debilitating injury, the long and painful recovery, dealing with pain medicine, and what small business owners should think about in anticipation of such an accident happening to them. Steve's willingness to relive this ordeal and share it with others is very courageous. He also has posted his story on a Web site, which he provides in the interview.
Tuesday - July 18, 2006
Nancy joins Jim to talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of blogging for a small business. Is a blog right for your business? Nancy and Jim talk about that, too.
Grace-Marie and Jim talk about some of the progress that's being made in getting more competition in the healthcare marketplace, including -- and this is very exciting -- Medicare.
Rich and Jim talk about the current situation in the Near East and what Rich thinks is likely to happen. They also talk about the influence of American forces in Iraq on these events, plus what impact all of this will have on the mid-term elections.
Philip talks with Jim about what it takes to grow a multi-unit organization from 7 employees to 100 in three years. They also talk about what it takes for small businesses to work with venture capitalists.
Wednesday - July 19, 2006
Lance joins Jim to talk about what it takes to train salespeople to be successful in the 21st century. Some things haven't changed and some have.
Rick talks with Jim about the documents and information required for a financial planner to help you develop and execute your financial plan.
Rick talks with Jim about the documents and information required for a financial planner to help you develop and execute your financial plan.
Steven joins Jim to talk about the most effective ways to use email, as well as some of the mistakes we make.
Barbara has just returned from a trip abroad and a trip to the eBay World conference. She begins her visit with Jim talking about what she found on both of her trips and they wrap up with news about tax legislation and some reminders about important tax filing dates.
Thursday - July 20, 2006
Jeff Zbar and Jim Blasingame talk about the new challenges small businesses have in managing and protecting the information they create on the small business radio program, The Small Business advocate show.
Bill reports on the current Small Business Survey he conducts each month. The news is not bad, but there are signs of softening as a result of sustained high energy prices and of course, higher interest rates. All of the recent prosperity has contributed to higher inflation.
Joan and Jim begin their visit talking about working with venture capitalists, including their general investing goals plus the kinds of deals they're currently looking for. They move on to talk about the economy, President Bush's first veto, the future of the estate tax, sponsoring stock cars and the high cost of air travel.
Friday - July 21, 2006
Ilise joins Jim to talk about the importance of knowing yourself in order to overcome shyness.
Chuck and Jim talk about recent research Chuck conducted on the time of day when people are the most productive and do their best thinking.
Bill and Jim talk about how to use combined paid time off to the advantage of employer and employee.
Ivan talks with Jim about what he's learned about networking internationally, including the sharing of business cards, shaking hands, etc.
Monday - July 24, 2006
Joan talks with Jim about her ideas -- and her useful planner -- that helps small business owners and other professionals manage and coordinate their business and personal schedules.
Tom and Jim talk about some of the good news that's coming out of the economy, followed by some of the legislative issues that concern small business which are being debated this year, like Small Business Health Plans and a minimum wage increase.
Joanne joins Jim to talk about the truth about cold calling. Hint: there's a better way to sell.
Peter and Jim talk about how to minimize the risk all customers feel when they are trying to decide who to spend their money with. Peter says it's all about the opportunity. Check it out.
Tuesday - July 25, 2006
Laurie joins Jim to discuss how to use the Internet to your advantage on a local level.
Jim and Ken talk about generational marketing and what you need to know in order to reach your customers.
Eva helps Jim explain what a self-directed IRA is and how you can take the capability of an IRA and use that money to fund the growth of your small business.
Gordon joins Jim as he broadcasts live from the Administaff Power Breakfast in Dallas, Texas to talk about the emerging market he is in and the pains growing businesses go through.
Wednesday - July 26, 2006
Paul joins Jim from England to talk about how to use our brain more effectively.
Jim uses the concept of a pie to talk about how a small business brand gets defined.
Dan and Jim talk about current small business public policy, including the new "do not fax" rules, passing small business health plans into law, and preventing a minimum wage increase from becoming law.
Tim and Jim talk about how small businesses gain an understanding of how much capital they need to start and grow their businesses, plus how to get the capital they need, including borrowing, bootstrapping and investors.
Thursday - July 27, 2006
Bev and Jim talk about how to price your services so that you not only make the sale, but also get a customer referral.
Jim C joins Jim B to talk about some of the abuse cases of Consumer Protection Laws and how small businesses can avoid being sued.
Joan talks with Jim about the challenges of the war between Israel and Hezbollah, where it's likely to go, and the impact on the region and the U.S. marketplace. They go on to talk about the economy and whether a recession is possible later this year. Next they discuss immigration, increasing insurance costs and finally, President Bush's first veto ever.
Friday - July 28, 2006
Ruth joins Jim to talk about why charisma is important to success and how you can actually acquire charisma, if you don't have it.
Mike and Jim talk about getting to the heart of the sale by discovering what's the most important thing on your prospect's mind. Mike says "discovery is the heart of the sale."
Renee talks with Jim about the importance of the voice in successful customer service.
Lois and Jim talk about how to take a break from serving your customers and take a close look at your own operation to make sure all of your customers are where you think they are (sometimes people move). They also talk about how to find out which customers are making you money and which ones aren't, and what to do with that information.
Monday - July 31, 2006
Mary joins Jim to talk about the advantages (and some of the disadvantages) that women have as business owners.
David and Jim talk about how to build you own intellectual property portfolio by understanding your competitors. They also talk about how to work with an intellectual property attorney to help develop your IP awareness and assets.
Jim M talks with Jim B about some of the recent progress being made in Congress to help small business exporters, including giving Ex Im Bank more direction to help small businesses. Jim M also talks about some real small business exporters, what they do and how they do it.
Stephanie joins Jim to talk about some of the recent legislation being debated in Congress as well as what hasn't gotten done.