390 episodes

Two long-time small-business owners, Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean, come to you each week to talk through the trials, success, pitfalls and tips it takes to successfully run a small business in today's world. Hear real-world folks talk about real-world problems, letting you know not only what it takes to get it done but that you're not alone in doing it!

The Small Business Show Becomes: Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast Shannon Jean & Dave Hamilton

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    • 4.9 • 30 Ratings

Two long-time small-business owners, Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean, come to you each week to talk through the trials, success, pitfalls and tips it takes to successfully run a small business in today's world. Hear real-world folks talk about real-world problems, letting you know not only what it takes to get it done but that you're not alone in doing it!

    Politics in Business and the Importance of Downtime

    Politics in Business and the Importance of Downtime

    Join us today on Business Brain as we discuss the pros and cons of including politics in your business and the importance of stepping away and getting some much-needed downtime to help you think and solve problems.



    00:00:00 Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast #392 for Wednesday, August 10th, 2022

    00:02:13 Talking About Politics In Your Business



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    00:14:01 The Importance of Downtime



    Driving/Commuting

    Showering

    Vacations

    Reading (as an escape)

    Meditation

    Flotation

    Prioritizing Downtime in Your Business

    Business Travel

    Retreats

    Zooming Out

    Thermacell





    00:36:49 BB 392 Wrap-up



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    • 37 min
    Interview with Gary Arndt of the Everything Everywhere Podcast

    Interview with Gary Arndt of the Everything Everywhere Podcast

    The Covid-19 lockdowns created headaches for many business owners and created opportunities for others. Gary Arndt, the host of the Everything Everywhere podcast, falls into BOTH of those categories.

    Join us today as we learn about the 10-year journey that led to the start of Everything Everywhere and how Gary has grown the Podcast tremendously during the last two years.



    00:00:00 Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast #391 for Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022

    00:01:55 Guest: Gary Arndt from Everything Everywhere



    Everything Everywhere: Learn Something New Every Day

    That old project that you never used? Maybe now is the time to evolve it and launch!

    Growing the Podcast

    Looking for 1-Star Reviews

    Roommate JJ Allaire created ColdFusion, Gary built a 50-employee Internet Business, sold it.

    I never had the “boy, I need to get a job” impulse.

    What do I do, not who do I work for?





    Sponsors and Swaps



    00:15:31 SPONSOR: Business Capital Providers specializes in funding small and medium sized businesses quickly without lengthy paperwork or strict collateral requirements. Visit bcproviders.com/sbs to find out how you can get funded for as much as $250,000 in as little as 72 hours.

    00:16:55 PODCAST: Calm History. Each episode is narrated in a calm voice to help you to relax or fall asleep. Travel back in time to the global history of rubber, Joan of Arc, Henry Ford, The Titanic, Marco Polo, Jackie Robinson, and much more.





    00:17:41 Growing a Podcast



    A podcast *scales*

    “I funded businesses through my own poverty”

    “Will You Ever Get a Tenfold Increase In Your Salary?”





    00:42:49 BB 391 Wrap-up



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    Business Brain is Born and Listener Questions – Business Brain 390

    Business Brain is Born and Listener Questions – Business Brain 390

    We have been using the term Business Brain frequently on The Small Business Show since it encapsulates so much of how we want you to think about not just your Small Business but also your life in general.

    When you use your Business Brain, you are:



    Using a Problem-Solving Mindset

    Building a Revenue Stack

    * Creating your Story

    Embracing mistakes

    Compartmentalizing your thoughts

    Delegating to grow your business

    Using the Power of Reciprocity 

    Not making fear-based decisions

    Taking Action every-single-day

    Embracing Systems over Goals

    Creating Executive Summaries

    Creating recurring revenue streams

    Listening to the Business Brain show each week!



    The Small Business Show is now Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast!

    Listen in today as we discuss the new name, branding, and engagement opportunities before we jump in to answer a couple of very timely listener questions. Let’s go!



    00:00:00 Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast #390 for Wednesday, July 27, 2022

    00:01:37 Same show, more accurate name: Business Brain – The Entrepreneurs’ Podcast at BusinessBrain.SHOW

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    00:11:02 Niles-What’s the recession mean for me?



    Talk to your team now!





    00:17:30 Have regular meetings…just not too regular!

    00:22:30 Shawna-Revenue Stacks are BS!



    The Power of Saying Yes





    00:33:51 BB 390 Wrap-up



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    How to Handle Layoffs

    How to Handle Layoffs

    This is the second show in our series about hiring right and handling layoffs. Our Business Brain tells us that our employees are the most important asset we have, so we always suggest doing everything you can to avoid layoffs.

    However, sometimes layoffs can’t be avoided if you want to make it through a downturn or you have to restructure your business based on other factors. Let’s take a deep dive into the best way to handle this unpleasant aspect of owning a business.



    Intro topic idea: Buy Refurbished Tech for Your Business!

    00:00:00 Small Business Show #389 for Wednesday, July 20, 2022

    00:01:44 Ripple Effects of Lockdowns



    Meat Church

    Hey Grill, Hey





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    00:12:31 How To Handle Layoffs



    Have Bambee Help You!

    Have two people involved when you’re laying someone off

    Record it on Zoom

    REHEARSE!

    Complete the paperwork ahead of time

    Change Passwords

    Watch Moneyball!

    Have a checklist/roadmap

    “The Decision Has Already Been Made.”

    Buy then a LinkedIn Pro Subscription

    Would you re-hire them?





    00:34:31 Talking with the team that’s left

    00:39:51 SBS 389 Wrap-up



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    • 41 min
    Hiring Tips and When Layoffs Become a Reality, Part 1

    Hiring Tips and When Layoffs Become a Reality, Part 1

    We are entering an interesting time when it comes to employees. You may be struggling to find enough people to fill certain roles while considering layoffs of others to cut your costs to make it through a possible recession.

    We consider layoffs to be the last resort since we believe you should protect your talent as much as possible. However, if you have certain people that are not performing or helping your company grow, we don’t think you should hesitate when it comes to letting them go.

    At the same time, certain employee groups are in short supply and you may be hiring to fill those roles. We have some creative tips to ensure you hire the right people to add to your team.

    Bring your Business Brain and join us as we discuss hiring in this episode and layoffs next week along with some added surprises.



    00:00:00 Small Business Show #388 for Wednesday, July 13, 2022

    00:02:00 Interruptions are Opportunities

    00:02:51 Mark Cuban’s Cost-Plus Drug Company



    Mark Cuban talks on How I Built This

    Sunscreen Graduation Speech

    Pilot Lesson — Don’t React Immediately





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    00:13:45 Hiring Tips



    Freakonomics: “Get back to me if you highly recommend this applicant as super-great”

    Walmart Pays College Grads $200K (or more!) to start as Managers

    Five Hiring Mistakes (a Twitter thread from @sweatystartup)

    Don’t Overcomplicate the Job

    Don’t Hire Only In America

    Don’t Fire too Slowly

    Don’t Wait too Long to Delegate

    Gary VonMyhr from Tech Defenders talks about Delegation on Small Business Show

    Don’t Micromanage

    “Tell me when I’m micromanaging you.”

    Don’t create complicated profit-sharing plans

    Instead: give out bonuses based on performance

    CalSavers (mandatory retirement program)





    00:42:26 SBS 388 Outtro



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    • 44 min
    Developing Revenue Stacks

    Developing Revenue Stacks

    We have talked about the idea of a Revenue Stack a number of times on The Small Business Show. Episode 115 back in 2017 dived deeper into the concept.

    With the current and future business economy looking uncertain, it’s time to jump back into the Revenue Stack concept to see how it can help you weather a downturn and ultimately build wealth for you personally as well as your business. 





    00:00:00 Small Business Show #387 for Wednesday, July 6, 2022

    00:01:32 Which is better? Monday or Friday off?

    00:04:56 Next week’s Business Brain exercise: Mark Cuban’s Cost-Plus Drug Company

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    00:11:22 What is a Revenue Stack?



    SBS 117 Started this idea





    The Power of Having Many Bosses (is it really a dilemma?)

    00:18:58 PODCAST: This Week In Tech: Every week, This Week in Tech gives you a no-holds-barred, deep dive into how big tech influences our culture and our lives.

    00:19:57 How to Start Your Revenue Stack



    Subscription services on SBS 212

    Other recurring income on SBS 362

    DealsOnTheWeb

    SBS 380: Shannon’s Side Hustle

    Shannon’s Power of Small Sums

    Embrace the impatience

    Scott Adams’ Talent Stack Concept

    Go read The E-Myth





    00:33:22 SBS 387 Outtro



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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
30 Ratings

30 Ratings

Ashley Micciche ,

Really insightful questions

This podcast has some of the best and most insightful questions from the hosts that I’ve ever heard on a business podcast. So much great value from digging beneath the surface on business strategies! Love it! 100% recommend this show!

biz newbie ,

I truly love the show!

I’m in the process of starting a business and this podcast has been invaluable.Thank you Shannon and Jean for the wonderful insight, discussion, tips, and guests that are helping me in this new and exciting phase of my life. As you can tell by the title, I very much love the show!

JoshCrist ,

Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🙌

Whether you’re well established as a small business owner, or just getting started carving out a profitable niche that’s ready to grow - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Shannon and Dave do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving organization, and life you can be proud of - with leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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