This show is dedicated to the small businesses of the world and the stories behind the daring people who built lives outside the 9-5.
#18 - Krista Gordon - Tranquil Little One - Mindfulness and yoga for children, parenting tips, coping skills, anxiety relief
Krista Gordon, Owner of Tranquil Little One, has combined her training as a certified kids yoga instructor, reiki practitioner, dance instructor, and her personal experience as a parent of children with anxiety to develop gentle methods that can help your family explore options that will work best for your family. We talked about Anxiety relief for children, coping with COVID-19, talking to your kids, different ways to engage, and how to wrangle big rooms full of kids. Enjoy!
#17 - Jonathan Daige - Thin Blue Ride - Army Vet, Cancer Survivor, Philanthropist, Police Officer, SWAT, Cycling, Pan Mass Challenge, Mental Toughness, Positive Mindset
Jonathan “JD” Daige is the Founder of The Thin Blue Ride, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Military Vets and First Responders dealing with a cancer diagnosis, allowing them to focus on their health while alleviating some of the financial burden associated with cancer. JD did two tours in Iraq and later joined the Worcester Police department as a member of the SWAT Team. He's a dedicated ass-kicker of cancer and does a tremendous amount of giving back. When he's not busy helping others he celebrates his own health as a cyclist, mounting biker, rock climber, and BJJ player. If his story doesn't make you take a moment to be thankful and find some inspiration you are probably a robot 🤖. Enjoy!
Stuff mentioned in this episode:
Send It Foundation
Dr. Christopher Sweeny
Fritz's Bike Shop
#16 - Andrea Castinetti - CRG & The Kindness Coalition - Real Estate with a twist, local charity work, COVID-19 relief, boosting local economy and HUSTLE!
Andrea is the founder of The Castinetti Real Estate Group and The Kindness Coalition, a non-profit focused on helping the local community. The two are tied together well, Andrea's CRG donates a portion of every single sale to local charities and her non-profit is solely dedicated to helping out in her local community. She started out helping the homeless and local children in need and has recently become a literal lifesaver amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Since this all started, her coalition has sourced, purchased and delivered thousands of masks and other PPE to Doctors, Nurses, and other healthcare workers here in Massachusetts. In addition, she has been able to match up restaurants with extra capacity with hungry healthcare workers and has managed to deliver fresh meals to hundreds of our doctors and nurses while also helping to keep local restaurants alive in the process. It was a fun, inspiring conversation with someone I can honestly say makes the world a better place. If you are looking for a way to help or contribute during this difficult time, The Kindness Coalition is a sure way to know your donation or time volunteered has a dramatic and immediate impact. Enjoy!
Stuff mentioned in this episode:
Net of Compassion
#15 - Jeff Gordon - Ideal Video Strategies - Adapting To Change, A Growing Family and New Businesses Lead To Personal Growth For This Entrepreneurial Couple
Jeff created Ideal Video Strategies out of a desire for happiness. He had been working in the corporate world for over 10 years and getting ever more stressed out by the constant dead ends and inability to make a meaningful difference. After lots of thought and discussion with his wife, Jeff took the leap. When not working, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family or in his gardens, growing flowers, and vegetables.
This is a jam-packed episode, Jeff and I talked about everything... family, business, gardening, bears, anti-bullying, yoga for kids, etc... Enjoy!
#14 - Rick Porter - Cinch I.T. - Details Matter, Leadership And Organization With A Former Army Ranger
Rick is the Owner and President of Cinch I.T. (plus a YouTube star). He's got a ton of great energy and a lot to teach all of us about running a successful business. Not only does he lead the Cinch I.T. team here in MA, servicing clients day in and day out, but he recently developed a franchise model with the brand and is setting up shops all across the USA. Rick was a member of the US Army’s Special Operation Community, Recipient of the Worcester Business Journals 40 under 40, named one of the Top 10 Best CEO’s of 2018, Board member for the Better Business Bureau of Central and Western Massachusetts and the Founder of Cinch Scholarship Foundation. Top all that off with training for an IronMan and playing his most important role each and every day... Dad.
#13 - Dan Golden - Be Found Online - Culture Creation, Networking With Purpose, and Hot Tubs In Vegas
Dan is Co-founder and President of Be Found Online. A digital marketing geek at heart, Dan still spends time in the nitty-gritty of BFO's client accounts sniffing through analytics for opportunities or testing out tactics. When he comes out of the weeds he's busy driving the careful oversight and curation of the wonderful culture they've developed over the years - a culture that has lead to BFO being recognized as the #1 Best Place to Work according to AdAge. Dan and I talked about the early days of the agency, growing a business and a family at the same time, making the world a better place through business and a bunch of other good stuff. Enjoy!
Stuff in this episode:
Sweet velour jumpsuits