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Have you ever sat there and wondered "What am I doing here stuck in in the concrete zoo of the corporate world?" Are you itching to get out? Chris Lalomia and his co-host Alan Wyatt traverse the jungle of entrepreneurship. Together they share their stories and help you explore the wild world of SCALING your business. With many years of owning their own small businesses, they love to give insight to the aspiring entrepreneur. So, are you ready to make the jump?

The Small Business Safari Chris Lalomia

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 12 Ratings

Have you ever sat there and wondered "What am I doing here stuck in in the concrete zoo of the corporate world?" Are you itching to get out? Chris Lalomia and his co-host Alan Wyatt traverse the jungle of entrepreneurship. Together they share their stories and help you explore the wild world of SCALING your business. With many years of owning their own small businesses, they love to give insight to the aspiring entrepreneur. So, are you ready to make the jump?

    The "Why" Behind The Small Business Safari | 1 Year Anniversary Special

    The "Why" Behind The Small Business Safari | 1 Year Anniversary Special

    Welcome to a very special installment of The Small Business Safari! 365 days ago TODAY, Alan and Chris sat down and cracked a beer for the very first episode. This time the guys are reminiscing on:
    1. How the podcast began and why the guys felt it was important to share their business experience in an entertaining way to help others in the same position realize their potential
    2. How running the podcast has paralleled running a business in terms of startup, feedback, and progression
    3. Chris's trip to Spain, during which Alan tasked him to find the "perfect Paella recipe" to bring home. Did he succeed? Did he fail? Most importantly, what did he learn about friendship along the way?

    All this and much more on the 1 year special of The Small Business Safari! Plus, a huge thank you to our supporters who have been with us along this journey to the mountain top of success. Lets keep it going, adventure team!

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    • 46 min
    Banks, Beers, and Business

    Banks, Beers, and Business

    Welcome to this week's episode of The Small Business Safari. Today, Chris sits down with Jason Sleeman, who is the VP of Craft Beverage Lending for United Community Bank, to talk about one of our favorite topics...beer! Grab a beer from your favorite craft brewery and join us as the guys get into:
    1. How Jason followed his passion for craft brewing and combined it with the banking experience he'd already had and now gets to do two things he loves, increase the amount of beer available, and help people start their businesses. Remember, having a good banker helps you have a good business!
    2. Forecasting the future possibilities for breweries in Georgia. Plus, the do's and don'ts when it comes to expenses for a brewery, what's worth it and what's just extra.
    3. Familiar names! Ever been to Monday Night Brewing in Atlanta...or anywhere else? They would make a great potential client. A  company with character and capacity is exactly the kind of people that bankers like Jason want to help.  Hey MNB and others, if you're listening to this, keep in mind that you want to have a banker before you need one.

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    jason_sleeman@ucbi.com
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/brewerybanker/

    • 1 hr 1 min
    When Life Hands You Lawsuits, Make Lemonade(or a New Product)

    When Life Hands You Lawsuits, Make Lemonade(or a New Product)

    Welcome back to The Small Business Safari! Chris and Alan are joined once again by father-son duo Ken and KJ Cornwall of ProVent Systems. This week Ken and KJ share some of the GOLD NUGGETS that helped shaped their business, plus:

    1.  Ken and KJ are Customer Experience masters, they run their business with the intent to sell the customer something that will make their life better or easier.

    2. Unfortunately, life handed Ken and KJ quite a few lawsuits in regard to a faulty product that caused water damage. Now they didn't make lemonade but they did make a whole new product line and pulled themselves right out of that great big rut.

    3. Loving what you do and the customers you do it for makes customer service that much easier.  Ken and KJ find themselves staring at piping in stadiums while at football games, if that's not loving your job, we don't know what is!

    Kick back with us and enjoy!

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    https://proventsystems.com/

    • 50 min
    The Patented Plumber and Son | Meet the Cornwalls: A Father and Son Success Story

    The Patented Plumber and Son | Meet the Cornwalls: A Father and Son Success Story

    Happy Tuesday folks! Today's episode is very special because today Chris and Alan are sitting down with not one, but TWO guests! Meet father and son, Ken and KJ Cornwall who own and operate ProVent Systems in Lawrenceville, GA.  Ken and KJ take the guys through the story of how  Ken traversed through the plumbing business world and landed himself 50+ plumbing product patents and a company that sells them. Grab a seat(and maybe even paper to take notes)  and listen as the guys get into:
    1.  Using leverage and negotiation tactics to get a deal or get out of a bad partnership, especially when you really believe in your product, like Ken!
    2.  Some of the huge projects that they have accomplished include the Marriott Marquis, The Ritz Carlton, and Disney
    3. The product that started it all! Ken and KJ share the story of the first patented plumbing product Ken developed, which was PVC plastic that replaced a hole in the floor and allowed workers to prefabricate piping runs by serving as a socket.


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    https://proventsystems.com/

    • 54 min
    What Can Brand Do for You?

    What Can Brand Do for You?

    It's the BIG FIVE-OH! That's right, this is the 50th episode of The Small Business Safari! Andy Suggs is BACK and still brimming with GOLD NUGGETS. This time, The Man with the Brand is sharing some branding insider tips that you don't want to miss. Kick back and listen up as the guys get into:

    1. Andy walks the guys through an actual branding project/ campaign strategy that he and his team executed for Aaron's Rent. They even got Mr. T involved in branding their "double A-Team", and the "double-A" became a repeated feature of their brand recognition. I pity the fool who doesn't build brand recognition like Andy does!

    2. When you pay  someone for their work, you're not just paying for that 30 minute slot, you're paying for the learning, training and experience that came prior.

    3.  In branding, color can be used to send subconscious memories and provoke certain feelings (think red fast-food logos, hungry anyone?)

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    • 58 min
    How the Man with the Plan Became the Man with the Brand

    How the Man with the Plan Became the Man with the Brand

    Welcome back to The Small Business Safari for episode 49!  Our guest this week is Andy Suggs, he was the man with graphic design plan and now runs his own branding company, Reckon Branding. Andy is here with Chris and Alan to share some insight on:

    1. Why your company's "WHY?" is important

    2. The positive impact of customer feedback on defining a brand

    3. A brand is more than just a color, its got personality!

    This episode is rich with branding gems, you don't wanna miss a single GOLD NUGGET!

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

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Outstanding, funny and informative

This podcast combines real business advice with humor, anecdotes and personality. There is truly so much to gain from this podcast!

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One of my new fav podcasts!

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Interesting stories from entrepreneurs who have been through it!!

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