Wednesday - July 01, 2020

Joel Libava
Joel Libava joins Jim Blasingame to report on how interest in owning a franchise has moved away from location and toward the shifts in how – and where -- customers want to be served.
Joel Libava
Joel Libava joins Jim Blasingame to report on how to consider a franchise in the post-pandemic economy, including those options that are lockdown proof.
Tony Uphoff
Tony Uphoff joins Jim Blasingame to continue the report on how his company – in multiple locations – shifted to 100% remote work and how they continue to be as productive as before.
Tony Uphoff
Tony Uphoff joins Jim Blasingame to discuss that, while continuous remote working has many organizational and financial benefits, thanks to technology, there will be some impact on the humans, which must be considered in any future plans.
Tony Uphoff
Tony Uphoff joins Jim Blasingame to report on how the pandemic has illuminated vertical exposure in the U.S. supply chain and why there needs to be more scrutiny of it with regard to insuring redundancy as an investment, not an expense.
Bill Schley
Bill Schley joins Jim Blasingame to remind us that a brand is “a difference attached to your name,” and how to leverage that power in a post-pandemic marketplace.
Bill Schley
Bill Schley joins Jim Blasingame to reveal that if you want to stay relevant – especially in a post-pandemic economy—you have to answer these questions from customers: what do you sell?; why do I need it?; and why should I buy it from you?
Ivan Misner
Ivan Misner joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the immutability of practicing networking in your business as a professional discipline, not just something you do when the mood strikes you.
Ivan Misner
Ivan Misner joins Jim Blasingame to reveal that most people fear snakes less than speaking in front of an audience, and how to eliminate that professional defect with specific suggestions.
Ivan Misner
Ivan Misner joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the ways to use tools to help you become a more confident public speaker, and therefore promote your brand through thought-leadership.

Thursday - July 02, 2020

Jeff Zbar
Jeff Zbar joins Jim Blasingame to share their experiences on how businesses are restarting and whether the time has come for teleworking becoming predominant.
Jeff Zbar
Jeff Zbar joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the indelible impact of the coronavirus pandemic on all aspects of our lives, and why this recover has all the markings of a V.
Rob Jolles
Rob Jolles joins Jim Blasingame to offer tips on how to keep your audience focused on what you’re saying in a virtual meeting, including how you present and project.
Rob Jolles
Rob Jolles joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how using a well-timed pause in your presentation helps you hold the audience, plus other tips on how to sustain interest in your message.
Rob Jolles
Rob Jolles joins Jim Blasingame to reveal elements to your remote presentations that will keep your audience focused on your message; including being energetic, demonstrative, and humorous (doesn’t mean tell a joke).
Olivia Friedman
Olivia Friedman joins Jim Blasingame to report on the increasing use of technology to screen the public with UV lights that can kill viruses, and other biometrics, and the ethical tradeoff between privacy and convenience/safety.
Olivia Friedman
Olivia Friedman joins Jim Blasingame to report on the current cyber-world war being waged against America by other states, including China, Russia and Iran in an attempt to bring us down with digits not bullets.
Eva Rosenberg
Eva Rosenberg joins Jim Blasingame to report that the IRS isn’t moving the tax filing date beyond July 15, but there is a form that will allow you to extend payment of taxes and avoid penalties.
Eva Rosenberg
Eva Rosenberg joins Jim Blasingame to report that there is still time to file a 2016 return and get the refund, but that time is running out, and you have to file it on paper through USPS.
Eva Rosenberg
Eva Rosenberg joins Jim Blasingame to report on her upcoming free tax webinar, plus news on the tax treatment of Paycheck Protection Program participation.

Friday - July 03, 2020

Rebeca Romero Rainey
Community banks were the heroes of PPP distribution
Rebeca Romero Rainey joins Jim Blasingame to report on the awesome job community banks did to step up and fulfill the unprecedented Paycheck Protection Program for millions of small businesses, including former non-customers.
Barbara Friedberg
Knowing the difference between a 401K loan and a withdrawal
Barbara Friedberg joins Jim Blasingame to reveal why you must know the options, including tax and penalty implications, between a 401K loan to yourself, and taking a regular withdrawal.
Douglas  Obey
How fast will the U.S. economy recover post-pandemic?
Doug Obey joins Jim Blasingame to offer his thoughts on what’s in store for the economy once we’re fully post-pandemic, and he’s not too optimistic about a quick bounce.
Linda Conlin
How World Trade Centers work with small businesses
Linda Conlin joins Jim Blasingame to report on the work that the 300 World Trade Centers do around the world to assist in global business for Main Street businesses.

Monday - July 06, 2020

Laurie Hauptman
Yale Hauptman
Laurie and Yale Hauptman join Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the key legal documents needed as we approach our senior years, including what a power of attorney is and isn’t, and when it’s in force, and when it isn’t.
Laurie Hauptman
Yale Hauptman
Laurie and Yale Hauptman join Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the documents to create and steps to take for everyone – young and not so much – in anticipation of having your wishes followed if/when you can’t make your own decisions.
Bill Brandt
Bill Brandt joins Jim Blasingame to discuss why it took China so long to inform the world about the coronavirus outbreak, including the political and geopolitical motivations, plus the politicization of the WHO and CDC.
Bill Brandt
Bill Brandt joins Jim Blasingame to compare the current state of unrest to that of the late ’60s, plus the current danger to America’s most precious right, freedom of speech.
Bill Brandt
Bill Brandt joins Jim Blasingame to offer his superb commentary on the state of the election season, including Biden’s chances against Trump, and that the first name of Biden’s VP candidate will be Tammy (trick answer).
Jim Blasingame
Jim Blasingame reveals with original thought and quotes from smarter folks why – warts and all – America is still great and can become greater, but not if the current assault on free speech is allowed to continue.
Jim Blasingame
Jim Blasingame to report on the recent online poll about the future of America, and to discuss the fact that each of us can help sustain our country's greatness by being devoted to free speech.
Bob Dilenschneider
Bob Dilenschneider joins Jim Blasingame to reveal that the essence of American greatness is that we’ve been devoted to free speech as the prime right.
Bob Dilenschneider
Bob Dilenschneider joins Jim Blasingame to discuss how great leaders had to make difficult decisions based on what was happening at that time, and why we cannot judge them decades later because sensibilities have changed.
Bob Dilenschneider
Bob Dilenschneider joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the concept of leaders who can offer a voice of reason stepping up just now and showing America how to focus forward, not backwards.

Tuesday - July 07, 2020

Pam Danziger
Pam Danziger joins Jim Blasingame to report on the fact that the coronavirus shutdown cost Main Street retailers over $100 billion in sales that got shifted to online sellers.
Pam Danziger
Pam Danziger joins Jim Blasingame to report that for Main Street retailers, the recovery to pre-pandemic levels will be long, arduous and expensive, and her thoughts on how to survive by staying relevant.
Frank Lavin
Frank Lavin joins Jim Blasingame to report from Singapore on how the coronavirus pandemic affected that country and its neighbors, including China, Japan and Korea.
Frank Lavin
Frank Lavin joins Jim Blasingame to report on the Chinese Main Street business environment, which is recovering ahead of other countries around the world, including import and export.
Frank Lavin
Frank Lavin joins Jim Blasingame to report on the puzzling behavior of the Chinese leadership as they have chosen to be belligerent and aggressive geopolitically, instead of being part of the pandemic recovery effort.
Weldon Long
Weldon Long joins Jim Blasingame to report on the statistics that show three-fourths of sales people follow up with prospects only once or none, when the same research shows customers buy after five touches.
Weldon Long
Weldon Long joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the reasons why professional selling is a process that leads to doing business only when certain steps have been taken and agreed on by the prospect, and not before.
Renee Schaaf
Renee Schaaf joins Jim Blasingame to report on her seven-year assignment of selling financial products in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, including the power of having good partners.
Renee Schaaf
Renee Schaaf joins Jim Blasingame to report on a recent Principal survey of consumers about their spending plans and how they feel about supporting local small businesses in the post-pandemic economy.
Renee Schaaf
Renee Schaaf joins Jim Blasingame to report on the results of a Principal survey which showed consumers plan to use their money from stimulus programs and tax returns wisely and save as much as they can.

Wednesday - July 08, 2020

Gerri Detweiler
Gerri Detweiler joins Jim Blasingame to report on the challenges some small businesses are having getting loans, and differentiating between the different lending sources.
Gerri Detweiler
Gerri Detweiler joins Jim Blasingame to report on the SBA’s Emergency Income Disaster Loan program, how it’s different from PPP, and how it works.
Doug Tatum
Doug Tatum joins Jim Blasingame to report on how the global business process is being altered permanently by the pandemic, especially how it is changing supply chain practices, and the damage done to the China brand.
Doug Tatum
Doug Tatum joins Jim Blasingame to report on a new college course he’s working on that will introduce to students why the concept of profit is about abundance, and the prime source of funds for the non-profit sector.
Doug Tatum
Doug Tatum joins Jim Blasingame to report on how the current pandemic conditions have impacted the availability of entrepreneurs to get funding for growth, including why getting big isn’t for every entrepreneur.
Jessica Moser
Jessica Moser joins Jim Blasingame to report on the most recent MetLife/U.S. Chamber Index that shows the negative impact of the pandemic is lessening for Main Street businesses.
Jessica Moser
Jessica Moser joins Jim Blasingame to report on the MetLife/U.S. Chamber Index that shows small businesses are making a marked shift toward digital, as well as learning how to manage the next pandemic-like disruption.
Dr Marilyn Singleton
Dr. Marilyn Singleton joins Jim Blasingame to offer her perspective on why, warts and all, America is still the land of opportunity for everyone, but only if we shift to focusing on making the future better, without blame about the past.
Dr Marilyn Singleton
Dr. Marilyn Singleton joins Jim Blasingame to offer her perspective as a “Black Boomer” woman on the negative impact of the Black Lives Matter organization, which has a stated focus on efforts that do not represent what’s best for the future of America.
Dr Marilyn Singleton
Dr. Marilyn Singleton joins Jim Blasingame to report as a medical professional that we’re succeeding against the COVID-19 disease because increased incidence is a product of better testing, while hospitalizations and deaths from the disease are down.

Thursday - July 09, 2020

Barbara Rembiesa
Barbara Rembiesa joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how the new expectations of the post-pandemic economy will require you to reevaluate every aspect of your technology assets, systems and execution.
Barbara Rembiesa
Barbara Rembiesa joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the key elements of preparing your technology assets, practices and staff so they’re aligned with the post-pandemic expectations of customers.
Barbara Weltman
Barbara Weltman joins Jim Blasingame to report on what’s now due on the new tax filing date of July 15, including tax returns and payments, plus how the changes impact other elements, like payroll taxes and filing extensions.
Barbara Weltman
Barbara Weltman joins Jim Blasingame to report on what has and has not changed in the 2020 tax compliance world, including IRA and HAS contributions, filing dates, and extensions for some payroll taxes.
Barbara Weltman
Barbara Weltman joins Jim Blasingame to report on the completion and execution of the USMCA trade deal between the U.S., Canada and Mexico, which will become important to our hemisphere, including special provisions for small businesses.
Jack Mitchell
Jack Mitchell joins Jim Blasingame to report on how his four-generation American family retail business is dealing with the pandemic shutdown by staying true to the values that made them a success story for 60 years.
Jack Mitchell
Jack Mitchell joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the stated values of this four-generation family business are published and given to employees to be adhered to every day with customers.
Gordon Chang
Gordon Chang joins Jim Blasingame to report on how the World Health Organization, complicit with the Chinese Communist government, lied about the dangers of the coronavirus, resulting in the death and destruction of the global pandemic.
Gordon Chang
Gordon Chang joins Jim Blasingame to report on the puzzling increased aggression being demonstrated by the Chinese government with their neighbors, with cyber-crime and militarily, and if this is a sign of desperation.
Gordon Chang
Gordon Chang joins Jim Blasingame to report on China’s violation of the Hong Kong agreement with 27 more years left, and the increased incidence of cyber-crime in the U.S., including social disruption that’s tantamount to a physical attack, and act of war.

Friday - July 10, 2020

Catherine Kaputa
Catherine Kaputa joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the key steps to take to get your business and your brand ready to restart, including an audit of your website and physical store, and staying in touch with customers even when they aren’t buying.
Catherine Kaputa
Catherine Kaputa joins Jim Blasingame to discuss some of the ways the post-pandemic marketplace will be different, and how to use the best branding techniques, including letting technology help you.
Mark Cohen
Mark Cohen joins Jim Blasingame to reveal why the legal world is not going to be prepared for how different the post-pandemic marketplace will be, and why that won’t be good for small business clients.
Mark Cohen
Mark Cohen joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the tech innovations that will help small businesses navigate the legal aspects of the post-pandemic marketplace.
Mark Cohen
Mark Cohen joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the increasing use of remote court proceedings, especially for business disputes, which will increase the adoption of mediation.
Karen Cortell Reisman
Karen Cortell Reisman joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the power of leadership that’s focused in empowering others, including the practice of listening, being empathetic.
Karen Cortell Reisman
Karen Cortell Reisman joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the power of finding clarity that sometimes is unattainable until there is a crisis.
Michele Wucker
Michele Wucker joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the concept of a metaphorical gray rhino, which is a challenge on your horizon that you should be – have been – able to anticipate and deal with before it takes – took – you down.
Michele Wucker
Michele Wucker joins Jim Blasingame to reveal that there are five steps we pass through on the way to coming to terms with the Gray Rhinos coming at us, including denial and panic.
Michele Wucker
Michele Wucker joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how by failing to get out of our own way, and be introspective, we may actually be riding on our Gray Rhino, which means we can’t see what’s knocking down our business.

Monday - July 13, 2020

Kristina Podnar
Kristina Podnar joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the digital steps EVERY small business must take to remain relevant to customers in the post-coronavirus marketplace and beyond.
Kristina Podnar
Kristina Podnar joins Jim Blasingame to reveal why the reasons your customers want to do business with your small business is increasingly being seen through the lens of digital expectations.
Terrence DeFranco
Terrence DeFranco joins Jim Blasingame to explain how IOT is transforming how we manage our lives and businesses, as highly efficient digital tools providing data and function.
Terrence DeFranco
Terrence DeFranco joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how Internet-of-things devices and networks can monitor, manage and control the air quality inside your business facilities.
Terrence DeFranco
Terrence DeFranco joins Jim Blasingame to report on three ways that an IOT network could detect pathogens like coronavirus before they enter the building.
Jim Blasingame
Jim Blasingame reveals the Three U’s of the Apocalypse, and an update on third U, which is the different government assistance programs, including new rules and offerings from PPP and EIDL.
Jim Blasingame
Jim Blasingame reports on the recent Independence Day online poll about how people feel about the future of America, and his thoughts on what the poll results show.
Ruth King
Ruth King joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the attitude small business owners should have about getting through the rest of 2020 from a profitability standpoint.
Ruth King
Ruth King joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the ways businesses are discovering new business opportunities that have been created by the challenges of the coronavirus, and why those businesses will thrive.
Ruth King
Ruth King joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the power of helping your business customers help their customers, and why this strategy is more powerful post-pandemic than ever before.

Tuesday - July 14, 2020

Dr. Eric Cole
Dr. Eric Cole joins Jim Blasingame to report on how the effects and implications of the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic shutdown has helped cyber-criminals breach our digital world.
Dr. Eric Cole
Eric Cole joins Jim Blasingame to report on the increased incidence of cyber-attacks involving ransomware during the coronavirus pandemic, especially on Windows platforms, and suggestions on how your business can avoid being a victim.
Dr. Eric Cole
Eric Cole joins Jim Blasingame to report that, prior to COVID-19, cyber-crime numbers were projected to triple this year; With five months left in the year, they’ve already hit that mark.
Jim Schreier
Jim Schreier joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the extra level of stress we’re all under this year, and that the new condition called “COVID Brain” takes into consideration some of the new factors.
Jim Schreier
Jim Schreier joins Jim Blasingame to discuss that we’re all under higher levels of stress in 2020, both personally and professionally, and offer some suggestions on how to deal with it.
Karen Kerrigan
Karen Kerrigan joins Jim Blasingame to report on the final steps to put the USMCA North American trade deal in place, and how this one was created with small businesses in mind.
Karen Kerrigan
Karen Kerrigan joins Jim Blasingame to report on the success of the Paycheck Protection Program, and other government financial support for small businesses, including whether another round is necessary.
Karen Kerrigan
Karen Kerrigan joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the issues around access to capital for women and minority businesses, and whether there is a barrier.

Wednesday - July 15, 2020

Michael Stallard
Michael Stallard joins Jim Blasingame to report on some of the things we know will work to deal with the pandemic, and use that information to help you deal with the stress of operating a business during this trying time.
Michael Stallard
Michael Stallard joins Jim Blasingame to offer his thoughts on how we can lower our stress levels brought on by the coronavirus.
Doug Barry
Doug Barry joins Jim Blasingame to report on how the long-term goals of China have been altered by president-for-life Xi, which has essentially put it in a dominating, de facto war footing in dealing with other nations.
Doug Barry
Doug Barry joins Jim Blasingame to report that the trade deal between China and the U.S. has definitely been stressed due to the coronavirus issues, but that both countries need to do business together.
Doug Barry
Doug Barry joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the issue of supply chain redundancy, and Jim’s belief that there will be more hemispherization by North America and less dependence on China.
Mark Babbitt
Mark Babbitt joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the power of a positive corporate culture, and how that conveyed from leadership to followers can convert to profits.
Mark Babbitt
Mark Babbitt joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the power of belief as the application of hope, and why that creates performance that converts into profits and happy people.
Joel Barker
Joel Barker joins Jim Blasingame to report on how the steel industry responded to the competitor graphene, and created a stronger and cheaper form of steel.
Joel Barker
Joel Barker joins Jim Blasingame to report on an application of UV rays that doesn’t harm people, but kills viruses 99% of the time, plus, a new way to improve water quality.
Joel Barker
Joel Barker joins Jim Blasingame to report on a new kind of “spreadable” battery innovation that increases density and stability ten-fold.

Thursday - July 16, 2020

Greg Kozera
Greg Kozera joins Jim Blasingame to report on the unprecedented job America has done for the past 20 years in becoming energy independent, while reducing its carbon footprint to 1990 levels.
Greg Kozera
Greg Kozera joins Jim Blasingame to report on the energy sources across the U.S. that will contribute to reshoring manufacturing, as well as fostering more hemispherization, as an alternative to globalization.
Deb Calvert
Deb Calvert joins Jim Blasingame to reveal what confirmation bias is, why we all suffer from it, and how to set ourselves up to minimize its negative impact on our success.
Deb Calvert
Deb Calvert joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the power of being self-aware regarding our tendency to demonstrate confirmation bias as a derailer of our success in all parts of our lives.
Deb Calvert
Deb Calvert joins Jim Blasingame to reveal that none of us can afford to avoid people we don’t like or agree with in our quest to find success in the marketplace.
Kam Attwal  Kaila
Kam Attwal Kaila joins Jim Blasingame to reveal what a managed service provider (MSP) is, and how they support all businesses, but especially smaller companies that cannot afford their own IT staff.
Kam Attwal  Kaila
Kam Attwal Kaila joins Jim Blasingame to report on how her company continued their high tech work during the pandemic shutdown by delivering very high-touch leadership to their internal and external stakeholders.
Holly  Wade
Holly Wade joins Jim Blasingame to report on the new NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism, which while the level rose above 100, the overall optimism and performance expectations were mixed – still a lot of uncertainty.
Holly  Wade
Holly Wade joins Jim Blasingame to report on the recent survey of small business owners about their experiences during the pandemic shutdown, including participation in government assistance programs like the PPP and EIDL.
Holly  Wade
Holly Wade joins Jim Blasingame to report on how small businesses feel about returning to “normal,” which ranged from early next year, to several years.

Friday - July 17, 2020

Bill Schley
Bill Schley joins Jim Blasingame to remind us that a brand is “a difference attached to your name,” and how to leverage that power in a post-pandemic marketplace.
Bill Schley
Bill Schley joins Jim Blasingame to reveal that if you want to stay relevant – especially in a post-pandemic economy—you have to answer these questions from customers: what do you sell?; why do I need it?; and why should I buy it from you?
Ivan Misner
Ivan Misner joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the immutability of practicing networking in your business as a professional discipline, not just something you do when the mood strikes you.
Ivan Misner
Ivan Misner joins Jim Blasingame to reveal that most people fear snakes less than speaking in front of an audience, and how to eliminate that professional defect with specific suggestions.
Ivan Misner
Ivan Misner joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the ways to use tools to help you become a more confident public speaker, and therefore promote your brand through thought-leadership.
Bob Negen
Bob Negen joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the unprecedented challenges Main Street retailers have had during the pandemic, and offer suggestions on how to pivot, including some real life examples.
Bob Negen
Bob Negen joins Jim Blasingame to offer his perspective on the post-pandemic retail landscape, including more focus on combining face-to-face with virtual, remote business, and all of that as customers define relevance.
Christophe Uzureau
Christophe Uzureau joins Jim Blasingame to report on how things have been and are in France as they deal with the challenges of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Christophe Uzureau
Christophe Uzureau joins Jim Blasingame to report on the application of blockchain in a post-pandemic world, as it matures into a ubiquitous and essential tool for large and small businesses.
Christophe Uzureau
Christophe Uzureau joins Jim Blasingame to report on the surprising lack of growth of crypto-currencies during the pandemic period, and to discuss how this new store of value will play a transformative role in the future economy.

Monday - July 20, 2020

Arthur Diamond
Arthur Diamond joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the experiences and lessons learned about dealing with a new COVID-19 outbreak, including disproving some assumptions while strengthening others.
Arthur Diamond
Arthur Diamond joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some ideas on how to move more quickly to a COVID-19 vaccine by allowing volunteers to become part of the Phase 3 trials that can take years to complete.
Steve Martin
Steve Martin joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the challenge 21st century society seems to have with being devoted to honesty when the facts don’t conform to our emotions, goals or politics.
Steve Martin
Steve Martin joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how by defining deviancy down, elements of our society have gotten comfortable with being less than truthful, including omissions, data manipulation and dismissing facts.
Steve Martin
Steve Martin joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the concept of ethics as the practice we use to operate with honesty and earn the right to be trusted.
Jim Blasingame
Jim Blasingame reveals the emotional toll that any day in business can exact on an entrepreneur, but now, with the implications of COVID-19, we’re unable to find a comparable stress experience.
Jim Blasingame
Jim Blasingame reveals three words – ownership, expectations and belief – which we must all keep top of mind as we navigate the current pandemic shutdown.
Amy  Kardel
Amy Kardel joins Jim Blasingame to report on the current professional landscape for women in the technology sector, and what will be needed to set this marketplace quadrant on the right path for females.
Amy  Kardel
Amy Kardel joins Jim Blasingame to report on the lack of diversity that continues in the tech sector, especially for females, and what women can do to improve this problem themselves.
Amy  Kardel
Amy Kardel joins Jim Blasingame to report on the fact that every sector of the marketplace and society has relied on technology to maintain some semblance of performance, and how the tech sector has stepped up.

Tuesday - July 21, 2020

Ruth Sherman
Ruth Sherman joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the good and the not so much about doing business with online video technology, including how to step up your professionalism with this practice.
Ruth Sherman
Ruth Sherman joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the extra level of stress involved in doing business over online video technology, plus how to prepare and deliver a presentation or speech using this method.
Cleta Mitchell
Cleta Mitchell joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the constitutionality – not the prudence – of governors mandating that citizens wear masks and threatening penalties for non-compliance.
Cleta Mitchell
Cleta Mitchell joins Jim Blasingame to encourage more discernment in consuming news about the COVID conditions in the U.S., as most of it seems to be heavily influenced by the politics of the content originator.
Cleta Mitchell
Cleta Mitchell joins Jim Blasingame to encourage anyone who is an American and who loves America to be diligent in recognizing that anti-American forces are trying to destroy this country – we cannot afford to be naive.
Ed Marsh
Ed Marsh joins Jim Blasingame to reveal that Intent Data is a way to apply artificial intelligence to the online activity of suspects, prospects and customers to determine if their behavior indicates a purchase soon of what you sell.
Ed Marsh
Ed Marsh joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the three main applications for Intent Data methods, including for marketing, sales and customer service, and how this can apply to small businesses.
Caleb Barlow
Caleb Barlow joins Jim Blasingame to explain the extra degree of difficulty for businesses to secure their online activity, data and indeed survival when employees are not within a defined and secure environment, including the use of VPN.
Caleb Barlow
Caleb Barlow joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the increased success of cyber-criminals to breach individual, corporate and institutional networks using COVID related assaults, and how to step up your game to avoid being a victim.
Caleb Barlow
Caleb Barlow joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the order of magnitude of the recent Twitter breach, how it could have been worse, and what could happen in the future if the cyber-criminals were motivated more by geo-politics than money.

Wednesday - July 22, 2020

Vicky Oliver
Vicky Oliver joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the evolving discipline of managing remote teams, post-pandemic, including getting the work done and dealing with the humans involved.
Vicky Oliver
Vicky Oliver joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the key methods and disciplines of managing a remote team, including the technology, the discipline and the personalities.
John Dini
John Dini joins Jim Blasingame to report on the coronavirus-associated acceleration of retirements among Baby Boomer business owners who don’t want to essentially start over in a post-pandemic marketplace.
John Dini
John Dini joins Jim Blasingame to reveal that the current marketplace shifts are making it difficult for Baby Boomer business owners to maximize the value in their business and causing adjustments in expectations.
John Dini
John Dini joins Jim Blasingame to discuss some of the dynamics involved in a Baby Boomer owner divesting of their business by selling to family and/or employees, including ESOP options.
Amanda Elam
Amanda Elam joins Jim Blasingame to report on how her company has managed and shifted during the pandemic economic shutdown, what they had to do to survive, and what they learned.
Amanda Elam
Amanda Elam joins Jim Blasingame to report on recent research by Babson College’s Diana Project, which shows how well women business owners have handled the effects of the coronavirus pandemic shutdown.
Bill  Maurer
Bill Maurer joins Jim Blasingame to explain the difference between digital currency and crypto-currency, and the different applications and implications of each.
Bill  Maurer
Bill Maurer joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the advent of crypto-currency in our lives, and how long before, and why the government would issue a federally-backed crypto-currency.
Bill  Maurer
Bill Maurer joins Jim Blasingame to discuss whether governments will intervene when private entities attempt to create and distribute their own crypto-currency.

Thursday - July 23, 2020

Jeff Zbar
Jeff Zbar joins Jim Blasingame to share his thoughts as a veteran road trip vacationer – he has a camper and everything – and what you need to know before you set out.
Jeff Zbar
Jeff Zbar joins Jim Blasingame to discuss some of the unprecedented information you need to have before you take off across the country on an interstate road trip.
James  Steele
James Steele joins Jim Blasingame to report on how the origins of the decline of the middle class in America began during the 1980s with the corporate downsizing and merging era.
James  Steele
James Steele joins Jim Blasingame to discuss how Wall Street evolved into financial capitalism that caused it to become less relevant to the real U.S. economy, and the problems it created and that continue.
James  Steele
James Steele joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the future of America and how to redirect the collusion between Wall Street and Washington.
Bill Treasurer
Bill Treasurer joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the fact that the velocity is the only thing new about change and what’s required to lead change in the 21st century, especially post-pandemic.
Bill Treasurer
Bill Treasurer joins Jim Blasingame to encourage business owners to include employees in the planning before execution of any proposed changes, so they become stakeholders in the new direction.
Cliff Ennico
Cliff Ennico joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the technical and legal steps to take when compensating employees with equity in the company, instead of more in the paycheck.
Cliff Ennico
Cliff Ennico joins Jim Blasingame to reveal that while a minority shareholder is always at a disadvantage, there are some things that can be done to provide leverage for this equity position.
Cliff Ennico
Cliff Ennico joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the things that can create opportunity when buying a business in 2020, but also that there are potential problems that make such an acquisition different this year.

Friday - July 24, 2020

Weldon Long
Weldon Long joins Jim Blasingame to report on the statistics that show three-fourths of sales people follow up with prospects only once or none, when the same research shows customers buy after five touches.
Weldon Long
Weldon Long joins Jim Blasingame to reveal the reasons why professional selling is a process that leads to doing business only when certain steps have been taken and agreed on by the prospect, and not before.
Renee Schaaf
Renee Schaaf joins Jim Blasingame to report on her seven-year assignment of selling financial products in Brazil, Chile and Mexico, including the power of having good partners.
Renee Schaaf
Renee Schaaf joins Jim Blasingame to report on a recent Principal survey of consumers about their spending plans and how they feel about supporting local small businesses in the post-pandemic economy.
Renee Schaaf
Renee Schaaf joins Jim Blasingame to report on the results of a Principal survey which showed consumers plan to use their money from stimulus programs and tax returns wisely and save as much as they can.
Joel Libava
Joel Libava joins Jim Blasingame to report on how interest in owning a franchise has moved away from location and toward the shifts in how – and where -- customers want to be served.
Joel Libava
Joel Libava joins Jim Blasingame to report on how to consider a franchise in the post-pandemic economy, including those options that are lockdown proof.
Tony Uphoff
Tony Uphoff joins Jim Blasingame to continue the report on how his company – in multiple locations – shifted to 100% remote work and how they continue to be as productive as before.
Tony Uphoff
Tony Uphoff joins Jim Blasingame to discuss that, while continuous remote working has many organizational and financial benefits, thanks to technology, there will be some impact on the humans, which must be considered in any future plans.
Tony Uphoff
Tony Uphoff joins Jim Blasingame to report on how the pandemic has illuminated vertical exposure in the U.S. supply chain and why there needs to be more scrutiny of it with regard to insuring redundancy as an investment, not an expense.

Monday - July 27, 2020

Jenny Beth Martin
Jenny Beth Martin joins Jim Blasingame to discuss both sides of the issues around whether schools should open with regular classrooms this fall or continue the remote education practices.
Jenny Beth Martin
Jenny Beth Martin joins Jim Blasingame to report on how the pandemic shutdown of schools impacted her twins – a boy and a girl – differently, plus a report on the current activity of the Tea Party in the upcoming election.
Paul Merski
Paul Merski joins Jim Blasingame to report on the amazing job community banks performed under extreme duress during the initial coronavirus shutdown, by fulfilling 66% of all Paycheck Protection Program loans.
Paul Merski
Paul Merski joins Jim Blasingame to report on state community bank organizations and Independent Community Banks of America (ICBA) encouraging Congress to take specific steps to help small businesses with their PPP loans.
Paul Merski
Paul Merski joins Jim Blasingame to report on a concerted effort by community banks to encourage Congress to allow for expensing of payroll covered by PPP, and avoid legal jeopardy with employees and customers upon reopening.
Jim Blasingame
Jim Blasingame reports on the reality of more bankruptcies in the future as a result of the coronavirus shutdowns, and on new reforms that will help small businesses reorganize under Chapter 11 and keep their businesses.
Jim Blasingame
Jim Blasingame to discuss the fact that there are forces – foreign and domestic – that hate America and what it stands for, and want to destroy it, and why Americans have to take action to take back our country.
Brian  Blase
Brian Blase joins Jim Blasingame to report on the continued damage that Obamacare is doing in America, and to talk about some of the court cases that are being waged to end this bad policy.
Brian  Blase
Brian Blase joins Jim Blasingame to report on the three Trump executive orders that allow for short-term health care policies, employee reimbursement and association health care plans, of which the first two have prevailed in court.
Brian  Blase
Brian Blase joins Jim Blasingame to report on the differences in the next four years if Trump wins reelection, with more healthcare choice, and if Biden wins, with less choice and more government control and mandates.

Tuesday - July 28, 2020

Wally Bock
Wally Bock joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the practical steps to take to begin your journaling career, where you begin writing down what happens on any given day that you learned, and over time, could become your book.
Wally Bock
Wally Bock joins Jim Blasingame to recommend writing down what’s on your mind a little every day to use a future frame of reference when that thought would otherwise have been forgotten.
Sarah Hiner
Sarah Hiner joins Jim Blasingame to report that credit card companies are lowering credit limits on customers overnight as a way to protect themselves during the economic downturn, and how to protect yourself from being harmed by this.
Sarah Hiner
Sarah Hiner joins Jim Blasingame to offer her thoughts on why remote working will not be as broadly applied post-pandemic, especially when the next round of new hires are being onboarded.
Sarah Hiner
Sarah Hiner joins Jim Blasingame to report on how the activity of some on social media doesn’t represent the best role model behavior we should be exhibiting for our children.
Marc Gorlin
Marc Gorlin joins Jim Blasingame to report on his company, Roadie, a crowdsourced delivery service, how it works, and why it’s a great resource available to small businesses to compete against Amazon.
Marc Gorlin
Marc Gorlin joins Jim Blasingame to report on the new shape of entrepreneurship in America as we deal with the reality of a pandemic-disrupted economy.
Robert  Cresanti
Robert Cresanti joins Jim Blasingame to report on the various industries represented in the franchise sector, and how they’ve been impacted by the coronavirus shutdown.
Robert  Cresanti
Robert Cresanti joins Jim Blasingame to report on a meeting he conducted with key franchise industry stakeholders with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, and what they discussed about more financial assistance and liability protection.
Robert  Cresanti
Robert Cresanti joins Jim Blasingame to report on the coronavirus liability exposure all small businesses have, including franchises, and how the government can provide at least limited protection, plus help with liquidity.

Wednesday - July 29, 2020

Tom Anastasi
Tom Anastasi joins Jim Blasingame to report on how his local theater organization and others, like zoos and museums, have made adjustments by using technology to serve their patrons.
Tom Anastasi
Tom Anastasi joins Jim Blasingame to report on how Boston U will be reopening for the courses he teaches, including a combination of in-person and remote.
Kelley Vlahos
Kelley Vlahos joins Jim Blasingame to reveal that the cancel culture is an anti-free-speech ideological movement that seeks to suppress, with whatever means necessary, the speech of others who disagree with them.
Kelley Vlahos
Kelley Vlahos joins Jim Blasingame to report examples of the “cancel culture” attacking certain individuals – primarily on social media -- for merely stating the truth, with the goal of taking away their 1st Amendment rights.
Kelley Vlahos
Kelley Vlahos joins Jim Blasingame to discuss what it means to be a conservative without the political elements, including adhering to the Constitution, Main Street capitalism and believing that whatever is good for America is good for the world.
Gary Sirak
Gary Sirak joins Jim Blasingame to report on the impact of the coronavirus on the economy, and how that is causing many to re-structure retirement plans and rethink expectations.
Gary Sirak
Gary Sirak joins Jim Blasingame to report on changes Congress made for early withdrawals from retirement plans as a result of the coronavirus, including the withdrawal penalty.
John Tamny
John Tamny joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the current FOMC meeting and the futility of attempting to control and manipulate long-term interest rates, which are a product of market conditions.
John Tamny
John Tamny joins Jim Blasingame to discuss and justify abolishing the U.S. central bank – the Fed -- as a financial and economic regulator, and the associated dynamics thereafter.
John Tamny
John Tamny joins Jim Blasingame to make the case for putting the U.S. back on the gold standard, thus minimizing the micro-management of the economy by the Fed.

Thursday - July 30, 2020

Suzanne Paling
Suzanne Paling joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the ways that professional selling is being disrupted due to the coronavirus impact, including how customers want to be approached.
Suzanne Paling
Suzanne Paling joins Jim Blasingame to tell the story of her experience with remote sales teams, and what she learned about how to manage one successfully in the wake of the pandemic.
Chris Moschovitis
Chris Moschovitis joins Jim Blasingame to report on the incontrovertible facts that Russia, China and Iran are interfering in the U.S. election process in cyber-space, not to pick a winner, but to disrupt the successful American system and our society.
Chris Moschovitis
Chris Moschovitis joins Jim Blasingame to report on the Big Tech execs testimony before Congress, including the things they said that were not true, including the competitive landscape.
Chris Moschovitis
Chris Moschovitis joins Jim Blasingame to reveal why he believes the massive hack of certain Twitter accounts was merely a proof-of-concept trial run, before they do something like completely disrupt the U.S. election.
Laurel Delaney
Laurel Delaney joins Jim Blasingame to report on the potential for global growth in business between women-owned businesses, especially facilitated by new technologies.
Laurel Delaney
Laurel Delaney joins Jim Blasingame to report on her Women Entrepreneurs Grow Global non-profit that exists to educate women business owners about international business opportunities.
Terry Jones
Terry Jones joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how he became the founder of Travelocity as an American Airlines executive, by splitting off a corporate division so it could become more entrepreneurial.
Terry Jones
Terry Jones joins Jim Blasingame to report on the fact that small businesses were already being disrupted by technology transformation before the pandemic, and what you have to do to avoid becoming irrelevant.
Terry Jones
Terry Jones joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how many of the disruptions being attributed to the pandemic were already inevitable, but now have been pushed into a much shorter adoption period.

Friday - July 31, 2020

Terrence DeFranco
Terrence DeFranco joins Jim Blasingame to explain how IOT is transforming how we manage our lives and businesses, as highly efficient digital tools providing data and function.
Terrence DeFranco
Terrence DeFranco joins Jim Blasingame to reveal how Internet-of-things devices and networks can monitor, manage and control the air quality inside your business facilities.
Terrence DeFranco
Terrence DeFranco joins Jim Blasingame to report on three ways that an IOT network could detect pathogens like coronavirus before they enter the building.
Mark Babbitt
Mark Babbitt joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the power of a positive corporate culture, and how that conveyed from leadership to followers can convert to profits.
Mark Babbitt
Mark Babbitt joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the power of belief as the application of hope, and why that creates performance that converts into profits and happy people.
Joel Barker
Joel Barker joins Jim Blasingame to report on how the steel industry responded to the competitor graphene, and created a stronger and cheaper form of steel.
Joel Barker
Joel Barker joins Jim Blasingame to report on an application of UV rays that doesn’t harm people, but kills viruses 99% of the time, plus, a new way to improve water quality.
Joel Barker
Joel Barker joins Jim Blasingame to report on a new kind of “spreadable” battery innovation that increases density and stability ten-fold.
Kristina Podnar
Kristina Podnar joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the digital steps EVERY small business must take to remain relevant to customers in the post-coronavirus marketplace and beyond.
Kristina Podnar
Kristina Podnar joins Jim Blasingame to reveal why the reasons your customers want to do business with your small business is increasingly being seen through the lens of digital expectations.