Friday - September 01, 2006
Dawn joins Jim to talk about the world of micropreneurs, those tinyest of small businesses.
Ramon Ray and Jim Blasingame talk about the exciting world of hosted applications and the application power they offer small businesses.
Karen talks with Jim about some of the public policy issues she's working on for small business in the remaining days of the current legislative session.
Skip and Jim talk about how to connect more with what customers want in order to serve their customers and less on what your company wants to sell.
Monday - September 04, 2006
Jim talks about how Labor Day came to be and the idea of having a national holiday for small businesses.
Josh and Jim talk about how to make your company an employer-of-choice by creating an environment where you have engaged employees.
Jim talks about why too much of the public policy debate concerning the marketplace is rooted in 20th century thinking and not enough in 21st century reality.
Burt joins Jim to talk about whether if Labor Day were being considered as a national holiday today, would it pass. They also talk about the difference between static thinking and dynamic thinking with regard to public policy that affects the marketplace, like taxes, tariffs and minimum wage.
Tuesday - September 05, 2006
Sandy joins Jim to talk about volunteerism in America and the many ways we can become involved.
Ken and Jim talk about the proliferation of video on the Internet and how small businesses can use this technology, as well as the video presentation sites, like YouTube.com, to promote your business.
Gary and Jim talk about the importance of becoming a professional presenter of your products and ideas, whether in person, in proposal or otherwise.
Rod joins Jim to report on some research conducted with teenagers to see what they think about entrepreneurship as a viable career path. They also talk about what the education system is doing to promote entrepreneurship.
Wednesday - September 06, 2006
Jane and Jean join Jim to talk about how to incorporate brand building with networking.
David joins Jim to talk about how to use comparative advertising with your competitors without getting into a lawsuit.
Colleen talks with Jim about how to determine who pays for lunch and how to handle that scenario. They move on to talk about how to overcome the fear of public speaking.
Gene and Jim talk about how to make sure that the products you sell and the customer relationships you have are profitable ones. But most importantly, regardless of how profitable, the facts are what you intended, not what just happened.
Thursday - September 07, 2006
Bev joins Jim to talk about building awareness of home-based issues in advance of Home-Based Business Week in October. They talk about how to work with the media to get the message out about the things that are important to home-based business owners.
Ken and Jim talk about how the generational waves are affecting tax collections now and how they will be affected in the future. The U.S. Treasury Department needs to know what Ken knows.
Administrator Preston joins Jim as they work together in New Orleans at an SBA meeting. They discuss the challenges N.O. has ahead of it, in order to recover, and what the SBA is doing to help.
Jennifer and Jim talk about what it means to be a work-a-holic, how to identify this condition, how to avoid it, how to stop if you have it, and what the alternatives are, both good and bad.
Friday - September 08, 2006
Bob joins Jim to talk about what his organization is doing to help develop a volunteer culture in America's young people.
Sam talks with Jim about his recent survey of economic conditions. This month the news is not great, as the economy softens a little. The most negative economic news is a weakening housing industry, but the good news is that employment remains strong.
Glenn and Jim talk about how to do a better job of aligning your networking activity with customer profiling. They also talk about why you should be profiling those prospects who will be the most likely to be good customers for your small business.
Brad and Jim talk about the four areas of critical knowledge that are required for success as a professional salesperson in a small business.
Monday - September 11, 2006
Rich joins Jim from NYC to help him commemorate the 5th anniversary of the attacks on 9-11.
Heather talks with Jim about what we should be doing to fight terrorism today.
As a business owner with offices in midtown Manhattan, Bob talks with Jim about his thoughts on this 5th anniversary of the events of 9-11.
Tuesday - September 12, 2006
Scott talks with Jim about how to maximize the people potential in your small business.
Rick joins Jim to talk about how to be more open to collaboration in your small business, regardless of how the offer hits you .
JoAnna and Jim talk about how to motivate your people and what to do when they can't be motivated.
Ivan begins his visit with Jim by giving a clinic on how to grow an organization organically. Then they move on to disspell some of the myths of networking.
Wednesday - September 13, 2006
Eric joins Jim to discuss some of his seven deadly sins of business email and how you and your small business can avoid them.
Steve and Jim talk about why it's okay to fall in love with what you do, but not to fall in love with how you do it.
Bill and Minda talk with Jim about the challenges technology professionals -- geeks -- have in communicating with managers -- the suits. They also talk about the challenges small businesses have working with geek vendors.
Chuck talks with Jim about the positive impact the Pension Protection Act of 2006 will have on small businesses. They wrap up with Chuck giving his opinion on the current state of the U.S. economy.
Thursday - September 14, 2006
Jeff Zbar and Jim Blasingame talk about the pros and cons of using Internet telephony, a/k/a voice over Internet protocol, a/k/a VOIP, in your small business. Two VOIP companies you've heard about are Vonage and Skype.
Stephen joins Jim for another discussion about his 8th Habit, which is to find your voice and help others find theirs. Stephen says we should be servant-leaders, not bosses.
Joan and Jim talk about the challenges the U.S. is having in getting China to compete on a more equitable way, including not stealing our intellectual property. They move on to talk about several legislative issues that are before Congress and what are the chances of passage of each one. Finally, they discuss the price of oil and how the recent drop will impact the economy and politics.
Friday - September 15, 2006
Jim talks about how to work with a Small Business Development Center and why you should.
Sam talks with Jim about the extensive small business content available for free from his Web site.
These two award-winning SBDC counsellors join Jim to talk about the work they do with small buisnesses.
Don talks with Jim about the roll of SBDCs across the country to help small businesses at all levels of development and maturity.
Paul joins Jim to first talk about the Administaff Small Business Classic Champions tournament in Oct. They move on to talk about the challenges a small business has when it is growing to the next level. Finally, they discuss the value of outsourcing non-core competency tasks to professional vendors.
Monday - September 18, 2006
Kate talks with Jim about some of the different ways to think about establishing the price for work done by personal service companies, like consultants, for example.
Bill talks with Jim about recent research his company conducted on how and why employees waste company time, plus just what all of that goldbricking costs the U.S. economy every year.
Rick joins Jim to talk about what small business owners should be doing to get their business ready to sell.
Tom and Jim talk about how to use the management failures of others as a clinic on what not to do. They move on to talk about the things you must do to differentiate your company in the 21st century cluttered marketplace.
Tuesday - September 19, 2006
Allen talks with Jim about what it takes to grow a Chamber of Commerce in small-town America.
Don joins Jim to talk about how the banking industry has changed over the years, especially with regard to the relationship between small businesses and their banks.
Sherry talks with Jim about being a 21st century realtor and how things have changed for her industry in the past few years.
Jeff and Jim talk about the key issues that come into play in the 21st century relationship between a small business and banks.
Ben talks with Jim about what it's like being a small independent soft drink bottler in a world of consolidation. Ben is also the Chairman of the Board of the Dyer County Chamber and he talks about the commitment required to perform that volunteer job.
Wednesday - September 20, 2006
Jim talks with our Jim about how emotions are important to include in our management style.
Ray joins Jim to talk about the economy and how the Fed is doing as it attempts to manage it.
Rob and Jim talk about how some things in selling have changed in the 21st century and some haven't. The trick is to know which is which.
Pat joins Jim for the first time to talk about our immigration policy in the U.S. and why he considers it to be dangerous for America.
Thursday - September 21, 2006
Bev and Jim talk about how to think about your competition as you develop your home-based business.
Russ talks with Jim about how to decide whether to start a business or buy an existing one.
Jim begins his visit with Joan by talking about the patriarch of Kiplinger, Mr. Austin Kiplinge, who just turned 88 the same week the Kiplinger Letter celebrated its 83rd anniversary. They move on to talk about events at the U.N., then about the upcoming November Congressional elections. They wrap up with a discussion on hiring seniors, inflation, the price of oil and at least one Supreme Court case.
Friday - September 22, 2006
Bill and Jim talk about how to determine if your employees can be considered salaried or hourly for overtime purposes, and what can happen if you get it wrong.
Rich talks with Jim about the ethical tenets of the financial planning profession.
Dave joins Jim from the Business Matchmaking event in Philadelphia to talk about how this important small business program works.
Tom talks with Jim about some of the reasons the U.S. might consider ending its relationship with the United Nations.
Monday - September 25, 2006
John talks with Jim about how to take responsibility for your challenges simply by knowing how to ask the right questions and knowing who to ask.
Geary and Jim talk about the state of selling and customer relationship management in the 21st century.
Stedman joins Jim to talk about having a diverse workforce is more than just the right thing to do, it's good business.
Steve talks with Jim about his ideas for getting Iraq stabilized by using the "Alaskan model." They go on to talk about inflation, the price of oil, flat tax, Iran and U.S. politics. Don't miss this interview with one of our great Americans.
Tuesday - September 26, 2006
Ilise and Jim talk about how to build confidence and why even if you like being shy, it might be holding you back.
Joel talks with Jim about franchising opportunities, plus they discuss how to make sure your passions for business aren't missdirected.
Giovanni reports on some of the key small business public policy issues currently being debated in Washington, D.C.
Walter talks with Jim about some of the contingent challenges that are possible as a result of technology making our employees always available.
Wednesday - September 27, 2006
Jeff and Jim talk about how to make sure your sales approach to businesses is based on 21st century reality.
Steve joins Jim to talk about the progress that's being made to prevent the U.N. from gaining control over the operation of the Internet.
Adam and Jim talk about ethics as not just the right thing to do, but also as a good business practice.
Tim and Jim talk about the many different variations of business plans and how to know which one suits your objectives.
Thursday - September 28, 2006
Priscilla and Jim talk about taking care of customers in basic as well as a sophisticated ways.
Grace-Marie joins Jim to talk about the most recent healthcare public policy issues, including potential new rules for health savings accounts, and the impact of Wal-Mart offering low price generic drugs.
Joan and Jim talks about the impact of lower oil prices, alternative fuels, new banking rules, small business investment companies, among other topics.
Friday - September 29, 2006
Gene joins Jim for the first time to talk about the need small business owners have for information and how and where they find it.
Chad talks with Jim about the general health of small business in America, based on the recent research he has conducted.
Cynthia and Jim talk about how what we already know may be holding us back, and how to prevent that from happening.
Barb talks with Jim about some end-of-the-year tax planning tips, including business deductions, key filing dates, retirement plans, etc.