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To run a successful business, you need resources, valuable connections and community recognition. Business Inspires will provide you with the tools, resources, and examples to inspire you to create the business you are envisioning.

With more than 60 years as an integral part of the Grandview, Upper Arlington and Marble Cliff communities, the TriVillage Chamber Partnership is dedicated to a singular purpose - the success of the business community.

Thank you for downloading, listening and subscribing to Business Inspires, a TriVillage Chamber Partnership podcast, presented by:
Village of Marble Cliff, Burgess & Niple, City of Grandview Heights, Optimize Chiropractic and City of Upper Arlington.

To schedule a guest appearance, or find out more about sponsoring Business Inspires, send an email to info@chamberpartnership.org.

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To run a successful business, you need resources, valuable connections and community recognition. Business Inspires will provide you with the tools, resources, and examples to inspire you to create the business you are envisioning.

With more than 60 years as an integral part of the Grandview, Upper Arlington and Marble Cliff communities, the TriVillage Chamber Partnership is dedicated to a singular purpose - the success of the business community.

Thank you for downloading, listening and subscribing to Business Inspires, a TriVillage Chamber Partnership podcast, presented by:
Village of Marble Cliff, Burgess & Niple, City of Grandview Heights, Optimize Chiropractic and City of Upper Arlington.

To schedule a guest appearance, or find out more about sponsoring Business Inspires, send an email to info@chamberpartnership.org.

https://www.chamberpartnership.org

Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Goodpods, or your favorite podcast player.

HELP US SPREAD THE WORD!

We'd love it if you could please share this podcast with your social media friends!

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    A New Era for Grandview Heights: Insights from Mayor Greta Kearns

    A New Era for Grandview Heights: Insights from Mayor Greta Kearns

    We are thrilled to host Mayor Greta Kearns of Grandview Heights, who joins us to discuss the transformative journey the city has experienced under her leadership.
    Since taking office in January 2020, Mayor Kearns has navigated substantial challenges, including a significant leadership transition and the global pandemic.
    Under her guidance, Grandview Heights has enhanced its technology and communications infrastructure, expanded social services, and emboldened its commitment to safety by investing in essential infrastructure projects.
    The city has managed to attract 20 new businesses post-pandemic, significantly increased its housing units, and enhanced its reputation as a vibrant place to live and work.
    Memorable Moments
    00:00 Building leadership, capacity, and operations amid challenges.
    04:11 Invested in talent, stable, proud, underinvestment challenges.
    06:47 Building relocation plans driven by essential services.
    10:29 Change embraced, benefits outweigh challenges in community.
    13:19 Upgraded tech infrastructure with broad reach, engagement.
    Embracing Community Change: "Change is hard. But on the whole, we have benefited far more than we had than it has worked to our detriment. And we really embrace it and welcome it. And we really don't have a choice, but I think I would much rather have a community like this who is open to change than to be stagnant." — Mayor Greta KearnsTop Takeaways
    1. **Leadership Transition and Continuity**: Mayor Kearns highlighted the challenges and opportunities of taking over leadership after a long-standing mayor, emphasizing the necessity of managing considerable staff transitions and appointments in key leadership roles.
    2. **Infrastructure Modernization**: The mayor discussed the significance of upgrading critical infrastructure, such as IT services and municipal buildings, to meet current demands and future needs, underscoring an era of building capacity and updating outdated systems.
    3. **Crisis Management During the Pandemic**: The discussion provided insight into how Grandview Heights navigated the COVID-19 pandemic without cutting services, transitioning to virtual platforms for public meetings, and managing city operations under unprecedented conditions.
    4. **Community and Economic Growth**: Mayor Kearns expressed pride in the community's growth, including the addition of new businesses and housing units, reflecting on how the city's economic and demographic expansion aligns with regional development trends.
    5. **Fiscal Strategy and Voter Support**: The mayor detailed the city's approach to financial management and the successful voter approval for funding new municipal facilities, highlighting the importance of community support in funding public projects.
    To run a successful business, you need resources, valuable connections, and community recognition. Business Inspires will provide you with the tools, resources, and examples to inspire you to create the business you envision.
    With more than 60 years as an integral part of the Grandview, Upper Arlington, and Marble Cliff communities, the Tri-Village Chamber Partnership is dedicated to a singular purpose - the success of the business community.
    Thank you for downloading, listening, and following Business Inspires, a Tri-Village Chamber Partnership podcast.
    This season is presented by: 
    City of Upper Arlington.Robles DesignsCity of Grandviewa...

    • 21 min
    Rekindling Passion in Leadership with Brian John of Echo and Athena

    Rekindling Passion in Leadership with Brian John of Echo and Athena

    Brian John, founder of Echo and Athena, possesses a deep-seated passion for leadership, inspiration, and kindness—a trinity of values he identified as his calling from a tender age.
    A firm believer in the power of productivity and the significance of leaving a lasting legacy, Brian's relentless pursuit of results saw him ascend swiftly within the educational sphere.
    Brian's journey, spanning several transformative years, ultimately culminated in the creation of Echo and Athena, a venture that stands as a testament to his lifelong commitment to leadership and the profound desire to drive forward meaningful change.
    Love Led Leadership: "Every single person is a leader, and we all embrace the fact that, yeah, we all follow someone, but we're we also are responsible to lead ourselves." — Brian JohnMemorable Moments
    00:00 From football coach to principal, battling depression.
    03:51 Creating Echo and Athena: Leadership, Mental Wellness, Impact.
    07:22 Inspirational talk on Love Led Leadership summary
    12:06 Cognitive well-being coaching for busy professionals.
    13:52 Appreciation for paving the way in leadership.
    16:41 Personalized client approach, flexible program, concierge coaching.
    20:05 Encouraging wholeness and possibility in professional development.
    Top Takeaways
    Sure, here are ten key takeaway concepts from the "Business Inspires" podcast episode titled "Echo and Athena":
    Leadership Grounded in Well-being - Brian John founded Echo and Athena as a reflection of his journey through stress and depression to advocate for an alternative approach grounded in mental well-being and authentic leadership.
    Authenticity and Legacy - The importance of pursuing authenticity in personal and professional life to build a legacy predicated on meaningful interactions rather on outcomes alone.
    Echo and Athena’s Genesis - The name "Echo and Athena" represents a call back to one's true self and the wisdom and courage to embrace authenticity.
    Mental Health Awareness in Business - An acknowledgment of the mental health epidemic and the push towards a more integrative approach to life and work that prioritizes employee engagement and connection.
    Love Led Leadership - A proposed style of leadership by Brian John that involves leading oneself first, overcoming personal traumas, and triumphantly empowering others to build an authentic and loving work culture.
    To run a successful business, you need resources, valuable connections, and community recognition. Business Inspires will provide you with the tools, resources, and examples to inspire you to create the business you envision.
    With more than 60 years as an integral part of the Grandview, Upper Arlington, and Marble Cliff communities, the Tri-Village Chamber Partnership is dedicated to a singular purpose - the success of the business community.
    Thank you for downloading, listening, and following Business Inspires, a Tri-Village Chamber Partnership podcast.
    This season is presented by: 
    City of Upper Arlington.Robles DesignsCity of GrandviewLBB Edutainment
    To schedule a guest appearance, or find out more about sponsoring Business Inspires, send an email to:
    Katie Ellis, President/CEO, Tri-Village Chamber...

    • 28 min
    Business Growth, Networking, and Fostering a Dream Team at Robles Designs

    Business Growth, Networking, and Fostering a Dream Team at Robles Designs

    In this episode of Business Inspires, host Brett Johnson and co-host Katie Ellis sit down with the dynamic Yasmine Robles, owner and lead (self-proclaimed!) digital nerd of Robles Designs.
    Yasmine shares her journey as a solopreneur to becoming the head of a growing team at Robles Designs. She dives into the ups and downs she's faced as an entrepreneur and how personal and business challenges have intersected along the way.
    Yasmine emphasizes the importance of networking, building relationships, and creating drool-worthy websites for small businesses "hell-bent" on taking over the world.
    She also discusses her strong values on education, team management, and the future aspirations for Robles Designs.
    Networking and Business Growth: "I create relationships with people, and I get to know people around the community and in all the networking events, and my goal is to make friends because we all know that it's really hard to make friends when we're we get above a certain age. So I'm, like, if I can just make friends, I'll call it a win. And that has actually helped spur the referrals and the sales that we've gotten, and now we've grown." — Yasmine RoblesTop Takeaways
    1. Personal and professional challenges are often intertwined. Yasmine Robles highlights how personal ups and downs influenced her business journey, emphasizing the importance of resilience and determination to reach business success.
    2. Networking is key. Yasmine's commitment to networking has not only helped her business grow but has also enabled her to support and inspire others within her community, emphasizing the power of genuine connections.
    3. Business values matter. Yasmine emphasizes the significance of providing support and education to clients, prioritizing relationship building over sales pitches, and striving to empower clients with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions for their businesses.
    4. Embracing a progressive work culture. Yasmine values her team and demonstrates this through flexible work hours, unlimited PTO, and by offering comprehensive benefits, portraying a people-first approach to business management.
    5. Multifaceted inspiration. Yasmine's background as an industrial designer has imbued her design process with a focus on diverse sources of inspiration, from physical objects to user experiences, driving the creativity in her work.
    6. Continuous learning and adaptability. By being attuned to the latest tech trends and relying on her team for input, Yasmine highlights the importance of staying relevant in a fast-paced industry.
    7. Long-term strategic planning. Yasmine's participation in the Goldman Sachs entrepreneurship program reinforced her understanding of her balance sheet and strengthened her strategic business planning abilities, providing invaluable insight into financial management.
    8. Pursuing diverse projects. Beyond her passion for serving b2b clients, Yasmine is open to a variety of projects and clients, reflecting her adaptability and ability to find joy in new experiences, particularly in product-based businesses like seasonings and coffee products.
    9. Ambitious yet grounded aspirations. Yasmine's vision for the future combines business growth with a balanced personal lifestyle, maintaining a remote work environment and a focus on recurring clients.
    Memorable Moments
    00:00 Personal ups and downs affect business success.
    05:16 Corporate culture breeds competition, unlike business ownership.
    08:50 Flexibility and benefits matter more than pay.
    12:38 Using user feedback to improve website usability.
    15:52 Personal connections and budget flexibility for projects.
    18:18 Team ensures staying current with AI and design.
    21:40 Exceeding goals,...

    • 27 min
    The Cleary Company: 30 Years of Building Dreams and Nurturing Community Ties

    The Cleary Company: 30 Years of Building Dreams and Nurturing Community Ties

    Welcome back to Business Inspires! We asked George Cleary and George Cleary II to join us, to talk about The Cleary Company celebrating 30 years of ingenuity.
    They've transformed home renovations, emphasizing relationships and sustainable growth. These industry pioneers have shifted from general contracting to an all-encompassing design-build model, revolutionizing client experiences.
    Embracing Workplace Challenges: "I like to enjoy what I do. And when I don't enjoy what I do, I won't be at The Cleary Company. But, you know, it's it's, it's always been, something that's it changes every day. You know, there's a different set of opportunities, a different set of situations that we've gotta figure out a way to work through and problem solve. So, you know, it definitely keeps you on your toes." — George ClearyWith a culture that's won national accolades, the Clearys align deeply with community values, sponsoring events and championing vital causes like Pelotonia.
    Growing with Purpose: "Yes. I think dad's always strove strive to tell, you know, everyone that works in the Company, we wanna grow, but we wanna grow for a reason. And the reason we wanna grow is to give back to our community and impact more lives."— George Cleary IIThey're not just building homes; they're nurturing a legacy of innovation, community spirit, and relentless commitment to excellence.
    Top Takeaways
    **Embracing Growth and Innovation**: - The Cleary Company's shift from general contracting to offering design and architectural services illustrates the value of evolving business models to better serve customers.
    **Intergenerational Wisdom**: - The partnership between George Cleary and George Cleary II highlights the synergy that can be achieved when experience and fresh perspectives combine within a family-run business.
    **Cultural Pillars of Success**: - The company’s strong culture, commitment to problem-solving, and collaborative spirit are foundational to its national recognition and internal cohesion.
    **Employee Development and Satisfaction**: - The Cleary Company’s emphasis on training and supporting staff in pursuing new opportunities contributes to a positive work environment and employee loyalty.
    **Community Engagement and Responsibility** - The company's longstanding support for the TriVillage Chamber and participation in philanthropic endeavors reflects the importance of business roles as corporate citizens.
    **Technology as a Lever for Industry Progress**: - George Cleary’s enthusiasm for technological advancements demonstrates the necessity of staying current with industry trends to remain competitive and improve problem-solving techniques.
    **Vision for the Future**: - Looking ahead, The Cleary Company plans to focus on growth that emphasizes community impact and the well-being of both clients and employees while staying true to its core values and culture.
    Memorable Moments
    00:00 Found joy in renovating homes, pursued construction career.
    04:57 Growing up in a business-oriented home.
    09:27 Inspiring clients through personalized home design process.
    10:23 Design process empowers client satisfaction and budget.
    16:10 Value relationships, not just making money.
    25:57 Supporting community through volunteer work and donations.
    32:20 Unsure of future, but stays innovative.
    To run a successful business, you need resources, valuable connections, and community recognition. Business Inspires will provide you with the tools, resources, and examples to inspire you to create the business you envision.
    With more than 60 years as an integral part of the Grandview, Upper Arlington, and Marble Cliff communities, the Tri-Village Chamber Partnership is dedicated to a singular...

    • 39 min
    Touché Financial Solutions: A Conversation with Sierra Thomas

    Touché Financial Solutions: A Conversation with Sierra Thomas

    In this episode of Business Inspires, host Brett Johnson and cohost Katie Ellis are joined by Sierra Thomas, the owner of Touché Financial Solutions and the newly appointed Tri-Village Chamber treasurer.
    Sierra shares her journey from starting in pre-med to establishing Touché Financial Solutions and empowering others through financial education.
    She discusses the importance of a welcoming approach to finance and her goal of remaining small to deliver a personal touch to her services. With her expertise in QuickBooks, she also explores the exciting potential for financial reporting at the chamber.
    Demystifying Personal Finance: "Finance in general is just it can be extremely overwhelming. People often run from just understanding their finances and wanting to do better in their finances, whether it's personal or business. So I like to just create that welcoming atmosphere." — Sierra ThomasTop Takeaways
    1. Personal journey: Sierra's journey to establishing Touché Financial Solutions showcases the importance of finding one's true calling and the impact of mentorship in guiding career paths.
    2. Importance of adaptability: Sierra's transition from pre-med to accounting highlights the value of being open to exploring new career paths and being adaptable to change.
    3. Building a close-knit team: Sierra emphasizes the significance of hiring team members who share the same mission and mindset, indicating the importance of a unified team in delivering exceptional service.
    4. Welcoming environment: Creating a welcoming atmosphere in the financial services industry can make a significant difference in alleviating client apprehensions and helping them feel comfortable seeking financial advice.
    5. Client-focused approach: Sierra's emphasis on prioritizing the well-being and success of clients sets Touché Financial Solutions apart, highlighting the significance of a client-centered approach in financial services.
    6. Continuous learning: The podcast emphasizes the importance of ongoing education and professional development in staying ahead of industry trends and providing innovative solutions to clients.
    7. Financial planning misconceptions: Addressing misconceptions such as the idea that financial planning is only for the wealthy or nearing retirement, Sierra stresses the importance of financial planning at every stage of life.
    8. Building for impact: Sierra's aspirations for the future of Touché Financial Solutions reflect a desire to remain a smaller firm to maintain a personalized approach while looking to expand services and community partnerships for greater impact.
    9. Financial reporting and QuickBooks expertise: Sierra's enthusiasm for utilizing QuickBooks to streamline financial reporting reinforces the pivotal role of technology in facilitating strategic decision-making and business guidance.
    Memorable Moments
    00:00 College struggle led to mentor, accounting career.
    05:48 Building legacy, started freelancing, took leap, successful.
    07:38 Touché Financial Solutions offers range of services.
    14:09 Prefers small size, aims for greater impact.
    15:42 Promoting financial education and collaboration with community.
    To run a successful business, you need resources, valuable connections, and community recognition. Business Inspires will provide you with the tools, resources, and examples to inspire you to create the business you envision.
    With more than 60 years as an integral part of the Grandview, Upper Arlington, and Marble Cliff communities, the Tri-Village Chamber Partnership is dedicated to a singular purpose - the success of the business community.
    Thank you for downloading, listening, and following Business Inspires, a...

    • 23 min
    Starburst Media: From Journalism to Web Solutions

    Starburst Media: From Journalism to Web Solutions

    In this episode of Business Inspires, our hosts Katie Ellis and Brett Johnson are joined by Laura Oldham, the founder of Starburst Media, a web design company.
    Laura shares her journey from aspiring journalist to becoming a successful entrepreneur, navigating the dynamic world of digital marketing and web design.
    From bartending in Chicago to learning about monetizing social media, Laura's unconventional path has led her to work with a diverse range of clients, all the while infusing her storytelling and problem-solving skills into her work.
    Laura also discusses the challenges of balancing entrepreneurship with personal life, emphasizing the importance of staying flexible and recognizing that not every day is perfectly balanced.
    Additionally, she offers valuable advice for aspiring entrepreneurs, highlighting the significance of getting involved in things you're passionate about and staying organized from the start.
    Entrepreneurial Wellness: "I started a second business to help me be mentally well for Starburst Media, and that's helped too because I found that I needed to be training more with my hands and staring less at computer screens." — Laura OldhamLaura sheds light on her goals and aspirations for Starburst Media, emphasizing her focus on finding fulfillment and joy outside of work as well.
    Top Takeaways
    1. Volunteering and participating in activities related to your passion can lead to valuable connections and potential clients. Consider engaging in events, committees, or boards to meet like-minded individuals and expand your network.
    2. Staying organized and setting up a strong foundation for your business, including managing finances, invoicing, and expenses, is crucial from the very beginning. Starting with solid systems in place ensures smooth operations as your business grows.
    3. Flexibility and adaptability are essential for entrepreneurs. Being willing to pivot and flow with changing trends and demands can lead to greater success and resilience in a competitive marketplace.
    4. Balancing work and personal life as an entrepreneur, particularly when juggling parenthood, involves recognizing that not every day will be evenly split. It's about doing your best each day and realizing that many people are facing similar challenges.
    5. Seeking fulfillment and motivation outside of work is important for a well-rounded life. Engaging in separate, personally fulfilling projects can provide a sense of purpose and personal growth beyond the daily responsibilities of entrepreneurship.
    6. Recognizing the need for mental well-being and taking steps to address burnout are essential for maintaining long-term success. Implementing strategies to balance your workload and pursuing activities that bring joy and satisfaction are crucial in avoiding burnout.
    7. For entrepreneurs who may struggle with self-promotion, consider alternative methods of networking, such as volunteering within your community. By aligning your passions with volunteer opportunities, you can connect with potential clients and expand your clientele base.
    8. Demonstrating patience and resilience in handling the daily demands of entrepreneurship, particularly while managing tasks such as invoicing and financial management, are key attributes that contribute to long-term success.
    9. Embracing personal interests and hobbies outside of work is vital for personal growth and maintaining a dynamic and interesting life.
    10. Prioritizing flexibility and ongoing learning allows entrepreneurs to evolve with the changing landscape of technology, business, and market demands. Being willing to learn new tools and trends can give you a competitive edge and provide added value to your clients.
    Memorable...

    • 27 min

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Great Podcast!

Well done Michelle!

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Great interviews to get to know local small business owners

I recently discovered this podcast and have really enjoyed the stories. Michelle is a great interviewer and asks great questions so we are not only inspired by the story of the business but also the people behind the business. After listening to an episode I either want to visit the business now or ask the owner to lunch to hear more of their story. Well done and fun podcast.

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