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Ep 032 - Making Learning Fun with Video Game Coding - Code Ninjas Avon
Rob Bumm is the owner of Code Ninjas in Avon, Ohio. Code Ninjas is a Coding center for kids ages 7-14. Build video games, learn to code, have a blast!
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Ep 031 - Helping Businesses Save Money & Grow - with Cindy Holzheimer of NOACC
Cindy Holzheimer has been the President/CEO of the Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce for almost two years. She was the Executive Director of the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce for 5 years before that. She has a true passion for chambers of commerce and works to provide high quality cost saving benefits to chambers as well as leadership training and support for chamber leaders.
NOACC was started in 1995 by three chambers that had secured a discount on medical insurance through Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and wanted to make this savings available for more chambers in the area to be able to offer to their members. After bringing in a few additional vendors, NOACC was born and is one of the largest chamber associations in the country.
NOACC has positioned itself as an authority in high-quality cost-savings programs that are only available through the chambers that belong to our organization. We also keep our chambers connected with each other to provide assistance and resources that all chambers desire to grow their organizations.
Cindy's Top Tips:
Join your local chamber and not only join, get involved, get your moneys worth. Network with folks, take advantage of the cost savings programs, join a committee if you can, have your company sponsor an event to gain exposure. At the end of that first year, you want to be able to say that you got out of the chamber what you put into it.
How to get in touch with Cindy and NOACC:
Social Media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.
Ep 030 - From Epilepsy to starting The Miracle Coalition - with Courtney Fraser
Courtney Fraser was diagnosed with Epilepsy at age 15. Over the years, she has dealt with loneliness, depression, and kept her feelings hidden to others. Now she has gotten past this and is determined to help others with Epilepsy and those experiencing the same things she has gone through.
Courtney is forming The Miracle Coalition and is launching an online Challenge to help others and those who know people with Epilepsy.
Get Courtney's exclusive document, "5 Things to Cope with Epilepsy" by sending an email to email@example.com
Ep 029 - The Amazing Art of Body Painting with Carrie Esser
You have to see what Carrie Esser does to believe it's actually possible!! Not kidding - if you've never experienced body painting, it will blow your mind!
As you listen - go to MakeupMadhouse.com and see what Carrie does!
Carrie Esser is a self-taught, award-winning makeup artist who specializes in body painting. She runs her business, Makeup Madhouse, Located in northeast Ohio, where she offers a variety of artist services from traditional makeup to head to toe body paint! I create unique designs and an unforgettable experience. She is also a member of Gen XYZ, a special effects makeup group that has had their work featured in various films and productions.
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Register at: BeAThrivingArtist.com
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Mention the Bizfire Business Spotlight podcast for 10% off!
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Ep 028 - Living the Vagablonde Life - Travel Hacking for Moms with Claudia Larrow
Claudia Larrow is a mother of two with a passion for budget travel, and a budding entrepreneur in the financial services industry. She writes for her blog, Vagablonde Life, where she hopes to inspire women and moms on their journeys of self-discovery and adventure.
What is Your Special Offer?
Get my e-book for FREE: Fly Away Moms: The Ultimate Guide to Saving Money on Travel.
Also offering 50% off any coaching package.
How should people get in touch with you?
Website: http://www.vagablondelife.com/ (www.vagablondelife.com)
Instagram or Facebook: Vagablondelife
How and when did your business get started?
Vagablonde Life started in January of this year. I had been thinking about starting a blog for a long time as an outlet and place to document my travels. I also could not get the idea out of my head that I might one day be able to build a business that would allow me the freedom and independence to be able to travel more and work from anywhere. The idea was to start blogging as a hobby with the hope of monetizing down the road. It got to the point where I was thinking about it so much, I didn’t have all the answers about what it would look like; I just needed to start! I figure if I fall on my face, at least I tried and I can stop wondering “what if.” That's how I approach most everything in life: I’m more likely to regret the things I didn’t do or didn’t try, than what I did. I don't like having regrets.
When did you know you wanted to start this business/pursue your passion?
When I divorced a few years ago, I did a lot of reflecting on my life and it dawned on me that I had a story to tell that other women and moms might relate to. If I could inspire women and moms to pursue their passions while also pursuing one of my own at the same time, it's a win-win!
Traveling has always been really important to me. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up but my mom is from Brazil and her whole family is there. She managed to get my brother and I to Brazil to see family. I had my first birthday there, I went back when I was 9 and when I was 15. As an adult I’ve been back a couple of times as well. This experience opened my eyes to a whole world outside of my own.
When I went to college, I knew I wanted to study abroad. I went to Costa Rica for 6 months and it was a life-changing experience for me. I used to be incredibly shy. I was actually diagnosed with social phobia in grad school, after struggling with social anxiety my whole life. This experience forced me to get completely out of my comfort zone. I moved in with a family I didn't know, attended college courses with locals, became immersed in an experience where I didn't speak the language very well and I didn't know anyone or anything. I gained confidence and went home knowing that I can do anything. It was the hardest and the best experience of my life.
From then on, I was hooked on travel. It gives you such amazing perspective on yourself, on the world, forces you to do the things that scare you, adds thrill and excitement in your life in ways that staying at home can't, and it builds confidence.
Fast forward to my late 30s. I had just had my second child and it has been many years since I had been able to have a real adventure. I think a lot of moms can relate to how your world gets turned upside down when you have kids. Your whole life becomes about them and you're trying to balance being a great mom, being a good partner, and doing a good job at your work. You stop taking care of yourself. I had lost touch with myself and who I was, felt a huge void, and desperately wanted a break and a chance to reconnect with myself. Finances were tight. I knew how to travel on an extremely tight budget, but it wasn't until I discovered travel hacking, that my dream of traveling after becoming a mom was actually able to become a reality.
When I discovered travel hacking, it was game over....
Ep 027 - The Nerdy DJ doing Events Big & Small - with DJ Brent Schmidt
From DJing at Progressive Field for the Cleveland Indians to spinning tunes at Jack Casino Cleveland, Brent creates a whole musical experience, taking his clients and guests on an entertainment journey that no other DJ can. Girls love nerdy DJs and you’ll love Cleveland’s nerdy DJ too.
Started my business in 2016 because I knew I could bring a higher quality of talent and performance to events. I knew this was something I wanted to pursue when I started building a brand that fit my style and personality and it caught on
What makes you/your business special?
We are a small to medium A/V company which brings the same caliber equipment, talent and results but at an affordable cost
Walk us through what it’s like to do business with you?
For my DJ side, I always try to talk to my potential clients on the phone and ask them questions about themselves, wants, dislikes, needs and vision of their special day. I walk them through the booking process and from there it’s pretty self sufficient. For my production partners, I listen to what their goal for their event is. There is always a mission for corporate events. Then I ask what they are looking to have us provide, talk budgets and from there I build a custom proposal with designs and pricing information for them to present to the board or higher ups.
Do you have any PRO tips for our listeners?
Be as transparent as possible to your A/V provider/ DJ. The true professionals out there appreciate clients who know what they want and if they don’t, then know what to expect from their vendor.
Brent's Special Offer!!
Get a FREE Photo Booth Rental for your special event, or FREE Movie Night including projector, screen and more in your back yard!! No strings!
How to Get in Touch with Brent!!
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Small Business is Big Business
Jim does a great job in spotlighting small business and how important they are to our economy and well being. It's not just about the business, it's about how we as a community can move forward help each other. Great job, Jim. I am a fan!
Great interview with charming guest Jess Adanich. I enjoyed your banter and stories. Thanks for highlighting business owners who offer a wide variety of experience and lessons learned. As a business owner myself it’s great connecting with other like minded individuals going through some of the same things.
Keep up the great work. 👍👍👍