75 episodes

We will interview owners in Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Startups. The goal of Business Machine is to tell stories about some of the mistakes owners made, how they recovered, and how those mistakes ultimately helped them get where they are today.

We also believe that you are the machine. You are the one that makes everything happen from day to day. You are working on building the machine, getting it to run on it’s own, part by part so that one day it is running by itself. Like a fine tuned machine. Because isn’t that what we are all working towards? Leaving a legacy? Retiring? Letting someone else take the business to the next level?

Business Machine Brian Town

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We will interview owners in Small Business, Entrepreneurship, and Startups. The goal of Business Machine is to tell stories about some of the mistakes owners made, how they recovered, and how those mistakes ultimately helped them get where they are today.

We also believe that you are the machine. You are the one that makes everything happen from day to day. You are working on building the machine, getting it to run on it’s own, part by part so that one day it is running by itself. Like a fine tuned machine. Because isn’t that what we are all working towards? Leaving a legacy? Retiring? Letting someone else take the business to the next level?

    Business Machine 0064 - Brittany Bullen

    Business Machine 0064 - Brittany Bullen

    Author of the book “Personality Marketing: Join Your Industry’s A-List by Embracing Your Inner Nerd” and the upcoming book, “The Crisis of the Ordinary: What to Do If You Secretly Wish for More Than What You’ve Got,” Brittany has a passion for helping people remember how to DREAM BIG (and then giving them the strategic marketing steps to turn those big dreams into realities.
    Mother of 4 and self-professed musical theatre and personal development nerd, she spends her days mashing her clients’ “inner potatoes” until they’re magically delicious.
    Mission: Brittany wants to make sure that people know to figure out what you want as an entrepreneur, and then help them form a plan to make it possible. She then helps you learn what the market wants and how it aligns with what you want.
    Mistake: Brittany struggled with remembering as a leader that this a business first, so hiring friends and family as employees sometimes made things more challenging, as it made it harder to say no to them. She also recommends to not tell your team everything that is on your mind because it may get confusing, and learn to filter your thoughts through a spouse or friend first before talking to your team.
    Quote: "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." -Ralph Waldo Emerson
    Book: Working with the Law
    Eat with: Tony Robbins
    Can't Live without: Asana, Slack and Google Calendar
    Facebook - The NerdSpace
    Facebook - Nerds for Life
    Legacy: People will learn how to mash their "inner potatoes", and that mashing potatoes will become a common practice in households across the world.

    • 41 min
    Business Machine 0063 - Mikael Dia

    Business Machine 0063 - Mikael Dia

    Mikael Dia is a digital marketing expert and founder of Funnelytics, a software company helping entrepreneurs and marketers convert traffic into more profit.
    Passionate about helping entrepreneurs scale their business in a faster and more efficient way, Mikael developed a simple, visual tool for entrepreneurs and marketers to understand the numbers in their marketing at a glance in order to easily fix the holes and optimize what’s working.
    Using this method, Mikael scaled one of his businesses form $2,500 / month to $5,000 dollars per day in revenue, and has helped countless clients grow at a similar quick rate as well.
    Mikael has grown his marketing agency, White Coat Digital to over a Million dollars in revenue in just 18 months.
    Originally from Montreal, Mikael lives with his wife and 18-month old daughter in Toronto, Canada.

    Mission: Mikael turns advertising to profit. He builds marketing funnels to help businesses find their dream customers and helps to convert them into paying customers. 
    Mistake: Even though he's made so many, Mikael tells people not to shy away from making mistakes. He says that the pain of making mistakes helps people grow and develop a thicker skin as an entrepreneur.
    Recommended:Quote: "You are the average of the five people you spend time with." -Jim Rohn
    Book: Ready, Fire, Aim
    Eat With: LeBron James
    Can't Live Without: Slack
    The Dia Project

    • 58 min
    Business Machine 0062 - Richard Chapo

    Business Machine 0062 - Richard Chapo

    Richard Chapo is a business lawyer in San Diego who has been practicing for 25 years. Richard advises small and large online businesses on how best to comply with laws such as copyright and FTC regulations. Richard is a massive hockey fan and avid traveler having lived in such exotic locations as Siberia. Richard can be reached through his website SoCalInternetLawyer.com.
    Mission: Richard is dedicated to helping businesses grow by helping them minimize the risk of doing business online. This way, they can then focus on the aspects of the business that they originally started it for.
    Mistake: He wishes he hadn't waited so long to take the risk and do what he liked rather than dealing with the higher stresses of a job he didn't love for a decade. He also warns business owners against starting multiple projects at the same time before seeing if their first one will pan out.
    Recommendations:Quote: "Never promise to do the possible. Anyone could do the possible. You should promise to do the impossible, because sometimes the impossible was possible, if you could find the right way, and at least you could often extend the limits of the possible. And if you failed, well, it was always impossible to start with." - Terry Pratchett
    Book: Will It Fly?
    Eat With: Elon Musk
    Contact: SoCalInternetLawyer.com LinkedIn
    Legacy: He hopes to be remembered as someone who helped his clients grow and kept them out of trouble. He also hopes to be remembered by his family and friends as someone who, when bad times hit, he was able to be counted on.

    • 56 min
    Business Machine 0061 - Camille Jamerson

    Business Machine 0061 - Camille Jamerson

    Known as the “Olivia Pope of the Midwest”, Camille D. Jamerson is the Senior Principal Consultant as well as President and CEO of CDJ &Associates. CDJA is a boutique business management consulting firm that specializes in Strategy, Branding, PR & Content. She is also the Founder of a new lifestyle brand, The Camille Company which features a behind the scenes look at balancing your personal life and entrepreneurial ventures. Its tagline is #LetsDoLifeTogether.
    Camille has been quoted nationally in the New York Post, USA Today, Yahoo Travel, Costco Connection, CEO Blog Nation, NCR and Successful Meetings. Locally, she has been featured in Crain’s Detroit Business, Hour Magazine & Metro Times.
    Eventually leaving behind a 6-figure salary and longtime career, Ms. Jamerson formalized CDJ & Associates with nothing but faith, her confidence in her skill sets and her hand-picked team. The firm formally announced its opening at their 300-person black tie formal launch event and within 30 days of launch CDJA landed two major contracts and was sought after for proposals on numerous others. The company has experienced exponential growth ever since.
    Additionally, Ms. Jamerson is an award-winning author of two books and a freelance writer of numerous published articles and white papers. She is a former international beauty pageant Queen and a nationally featured public speaker. Camille is also the founder of The Mogul Makers Entrepreneur & Leadership Symposium which is held in August.
    Camille is certified through Harvard University, graduating with honors and receiving executive certifications in business, leadership, and management. She is also trained and certified through the Federal Emergency Management Agency [FEMA] for crisis and disaster management.
    Camille loves the theater. She enjoys traveling both domestically and internationally as well as reading. Most importantly, she is a wife and mom and lives in Oakland County Michigan with her family.
    Mission: She hopes to use her business management consulting firm to fill the holes of your business's needs, and to be the answer to your business's issues. In other words, she hopes to be known as "The Answer Woman."
    Mistake: Camille wishes she hadn't traded her time for money. She wishes she had handled billing and invoicing better, and restructured how she billed people, as there were times she looked at her packages and realized it was too much offered for too little return financially.
    Recommendations:Quote: "In all thy getting, get a book.""What you want is on the other side of what you won't do."
    Book: Finish 
    Eat With: Richard Branson
    Contact: Rima - Info@CDJAndAssociates.com www.CDJAndAssociates.com (401) 402-0754
    Legacy: She hopes her kids and grandkids will look at what she did and know the price she had to pay to get there, and will respect the process and the risks it took to get there. They will then be able to respect and honor their own processes to accomplish what they set out to do as well.
    Conference Event Details:
    Mogul Makers Entrepreneurial & Leadership SymposiumAugust 2nd-3rdDetroit Metro AreaCDJAndAssociates.com/MMELS-Symposium

    • 45 min
    Business Machine 0060 - Josh Elledge

    Business Machine 0060 - Josh Elledge

    A decade ago, Josh embarked on a one-man quest to stop spending so much freaking money on groceries-- and so transformed himself into America’s coupon-crusading “Savings Angel.” With a little bit of his own PR fairy dust (thanks to his U.S. Navy journalist experience), he became an influencer with his digital consumer advocacy and lifestyle brand SavingsAngel.com which has grossed more than $6 million in sales with less than $500 spent in advertising. Yes, he literally dropped more $$ on toner for the office printer!Today he's:· A well-known influencer in the Startup PR space· The host of an iTunes chart-topping podcast· A syndicated newspaper columnist with a reach of over 1.1 million readers· A sought-after keynote & workshop speaker · Media guest clocking over 2000 TV, radio, and podcast appearances.And NOW, he takes all the PR magic tricks, ancient wisdom and special sauce recipes that got him here - and sets them all free!
    Mission: Josh is passionate about turning thoughtful entrepreneurs into media celebrities, increasing their authority, their influences, and their revenue.
    Mistake: When he switched from solo practitioner to having multiple leaders under him, he had to learn quickly to take a step back and let his leaders make some decisions instead of making all of the final decisions in the company without listening to them first. He also learned to attract people who could fill-in areas of expertise, and also learned from his fear of selling and overcoming the lies he believed about selling to people.
    Recommendation:Quote: "A person is just about as happy as he or she makes up their mind to be." Abraham LincolnBook: The Miracle MorningEat With: Napoleon Hill
    Legacy: Josh hopes to help everyone realize that they are the person that the world has been waiting for, and to help them take advantage of the resources they have to make it happen.

    • 1 hr
    Business Machine 0059 - Jeffrey Sass

    Business Machine 0059 - Jeffrey Sass

    While early in his career, Jeff Sass was making B-movies. He has spent more recent years in the C-suite as a COO, CEO, and currently as CMO for .CLUB Domains. With a career spanning the entertainment, computer-game, mobile, and Internet worlds, he has written and produced for film and TV, and he has been a tech start-up entrepreneur. A graduate of Cornell University, Jeff is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, mobile marketing, domain names, and social media, and has had articles appear in FORBES, ENTREPRENEUR, AdAge, and many other publications. As the father of three, he has also been a prolific “dad blogger,” participating in influencer campaigns for brands including Intel, Sony, Ford, LG, Asus, and others. Despite this seemingly successful career, Jeff Sass is happy to admit that everything he knows about business and marketing, he learned from The Toxic Avenger.
    Mission: Jeff is a passionate marketing guy who hopes to help businesses gain traffic to their sites by supplying them the best domain name extension for their business's individual purposes.
    Mistake: He stresses the importance of having a backup plan for when Plan A doesn't end up working out. He also tells others not to wait and to trust their guts when it comes to certain decisions.
    Recommendations:Quote: "If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough." -Mario AndrettiBook: Good to GreatEat With: Guillermo del Toro and Greg Glassman
    Contact:Get.Club or Names.ClubToxicAvenger.Marketing For BookEverythingIKnowAbout.MarketingJeffreySass.com or JeffreySass.ClubTwitter
    Legacy: Jeff hopes to inspire and help as many people as possible, including his children. He also wants his children to become good, happy people and good citizens. Mostly, though, he wants them to be happy.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Interview Valet ,

Interesting discussion with Tom Lindsay

A friend recently was interviewed on the Business Machine Podcast by Brian Town. It got me to listen to the show for the first time. So glad I did. Brian asked great questions that allowed me to know even more about the guest. He talked about the real business issues and made sure everyone got actionable business tips. Best of all it's a MI based show. Love the Mitten! Tom Schwab - Interview Valet - Kalamazoo, MI

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No BS great business advice

I really like this podcast. Not a lot of chatter and fluff...it serves up the goods with a lot of value. Great business advice!

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Love it!

This podcast is packed with motivation and awesomeness!! It's all about turning that dream into a machine!

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