100 episodes

Cheers To Business is a casually serious business and entrepreneur podcast that discusses starting, running, refining and growing your company, or excelling at your current job over a glass of wine. Karen and Cadie are a mother-daughter dynamite duo that can collaborate and clash with the best of them. Join them as they candidly share their work experience, work & life balance tips, best business practices, career ups and downs and why always having fun in the process is a must. Cheers to you and your dreams and businesses.

Cheers To Business Cadie Gaut and Karen Simmons

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

Cheers To Business is a casually serious business and entrepreneur podcast that discusses starting, running, refining and growing your company, or excelling at your current job over a glass of wine. Karen and Cadie are a mother-daughter dynamite duo that can collaborate and clash with the best of them. Join them as they candidly share their work experience, work & life balance tips, best business practices, career ups and downs and why always having fun in the process is a must. Cheers to you and your dreams and businesses.

    Gamers, Geeks and Wrestlers with Tommy Wetjen

    Gamers, Geeks and Wrestlers with Tommy Wetjen

    In this episode, guest-host Johnny Gwin talks with Tommy Wetjen about how he built Gamers N Geeks, the Gulf Coast's largest gaming store specializing in card games, board games, dice games, miniatures, and video games. Tommy also shares how he has grown his business by creating an economic ecosystem with collaborators and like-minded merchants and vendors, making a unique experience that encourages all ages and types of gamers to feel welcome.
    Plus, Tommy spills the beans on purchasing, relaunching, and reinventing the CWL, the Combat Wrestling League, that will bring local wrestling back to the Gulf Coast.

    • 28 min
    Selling Childhood Memories with Scotty White

    Selling Childhood Memories with Scotty White

    In this episode, guest host Johnny Gwin talks with Scotty White about how he takes another step in building his business empire of Geekdom with his new Scotty's Toy Shop specializing in action figures and other pop culture collectibles. Scotty is not just an entrepreneur, podcaster, and comic book creator; he is now an action figure curator, doctor, and bounty hunter to find "that special toy that someone wants from their childhood memories and will bring them happiness."
    Cheers to Scotty White; he is creating revenue from doing something that he loves and is building a loyal and engaged community around his new toy shop, Scotty's Toy Shop.

    Check Out Gamers & Geeks

    Listen to EP107: Just Make The Thing with Scotty White



    Scotty's Jedi Lessons On Starting A Retail Business
    - Do your research. Know what you are getting into with a brick and mortar or online retail store and understand the market trends, opportunities, and challenges before you go "all in"
    - Build your network. Reach out to similar and successful business owners in the market that you want to start selling.
    - Start small. Before investing capital and time with a store, start selling from your collection to test the proof of concept for your store and products.

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    Learn More About Karen Simmons & CFO Consulting

    Karen C. Simmons, P.C.

    CFO Consulting Services

    • 17 min
    The 411 for 401(k) Plans with Crystal Sears

    The 411 for 401(k) Plans with Crystal Sears

    Business owners and employees leave money on the table year after year by not having the right retirement plan in place. In this episode, Karen talks with the Mobile, Alabama employer, employee, and personal retirement plan TPA specialist Crystal Sears of Azalea Administration. Crystal explains all the options employers and employees now have with 401(k) and other retirement plans and how to get started saving for your future. Plus, learn why setting up an employee plan is one of the best ways to hire, motivate, and keep your best team members and top producers.

    {Editor's Note: this is a rebroadcast of a past episode. Karen is taking the week off the show to spend time with her family for the Fourth of July holiday.}

    Learn more about Crystal Sears and Azalea Administration.

    Key Takeaways:
    1. A 401(k) plan is it's a way to save money, but you're saving it for yourself.
    2. Employee retirement plans for your help you find, motivate and keep your best employees.
    3. Hire a qualified third-party administrator to set up and manage your company's retirement plans.
    4. Cheap index funds won't cost you a lot of money, but they won't make you any money either.
    5. Start the retirement plan process with your CPA, Accounting Department, or your HR department.
    6. Find the right TPA specialist to administer your retirement plans.
     
    Learn More About Karen Simmons & CFO Consulting

    Karen C. Simmons, P.C.

    CFO Consulting Services

    • 22 min
    Learning A Trade and Giving Back with Trey Byrum

    Learning A Trade and Giving Back with Trey Byrum

    On this episode, Karen talks with Trey Byrum, owner of the Alabama Pipe Welders Academy and Scottsman Tools in Mobile, Alabama, about the importance of learning a trade, creating a product, having faith, and giving back to your community. Trey details how his welding school started from chaos and tragedy into something magical from very humble beginnings. Plus, he will tell us what it is like to share the TV screen with Billy Bones on the National Geographic Channel.

    Key Takeaways
    - Learning a trade is transformative for the individual and plays a vital role in all communities.
    - Sometimes moving forward in life starts with stepping back and having to overcome big obstacles.
    - Making "giving back to your community" a part of your business model is rewarding and can be a big asset in motivating yourself and your team.
     
    See Trey on National Geographic's Breaking Bobby Bones

    Alabama Pipe Welders Academy
    Learn more here.

    Scottsman Tools
    Learn more here.
     
     
     

    • 23 min
    Close The Backdoor and Keep Your Customers with Bradley Flowers

    Close The Backdoor and Keep Your Customers with Bradley Flowers

    The most valuable resource for any business is their customers, and while new customers are essential, acquiring new ones can cost as much as 7 times more than retaining a customer you already have. On this episode, guest host Johnny Gwin talks with the co-host of The Insurance Guys podcast and owner of Portal Insurance, the incomparable Bradley Flowers. Bradley delivers real-world stories, insights and essential tools for keeping your best customers to make sure your business survives and thrives.

    Check out Bradley on The Insurance Guys Podcast


    Bradley Flowers Steps For Customer Retention
    Evaluate your clients and identify your VIP customers. Calculate the lifetime value of your customers. Determine what keeps your customers coming back. Find and use essential CMR tools, automation, and processes. Automate but keep the human touch.
    Train your team to buy into the "love your customer" mindset. Manage customer expectations and overdeliver. Keep listening to your clients. Communicate with your clients in the way that they prefer. Satisfy, surprise & connect with your customers.
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    Learn More About DocRX

    DocRx is a family-oriented company dedicated to tailor operational solutions for patient health and compliance programs that increases the quality and efficiency of patient-centered care and always with the mission of the patient's health 1st. With over ten years of experience helping doctors and their patients with diagnostic testing, patient monitoring, medical supplies, compliance, wholesale pharmacy, physician dispensing billing, and more.
    DocRx is your patient and health compliance solution, both under one roof. To find out how DocRx can help your hospital, pharmacy, or physicians office see all their services at DocRx.com.

    • 33 min
    Reckless Abandon and Wild Dreaming with Musician Eric Erdman

    Reckless Abandon and Wild Dreaming with Musician Eric Erdman

    On this episode, guest host Johnny Gwin talks with singer/songwriter, music producer, session guitarist, and professional music businessman Eric Erdman about creating a career where he is the brand, product, factory, and the skilled labor. Eric demystifies the rock star mythos with tales of hard work, serious practicing, endless touring, and power networking to be able to travel the world entertaining thousands as his songs and talent. Plus, Eric shares his love of the talented musicians and unique musical sound of his hometown of Mobile, Alabama.

    Get To Know Eric Erdman Music 
    Follow Eric on Spotify
    Hear Eric on Youtube

    Key Takeaways
    The music business is ever-changing with changing audience tastes to disruptive technology and isn't always glamourous.
    Practice, practice, practice, and learn to be multifaceted and flexible with your skills and abilities.
    Succeeding in the music business is not just practicing your craft but also putting sound business fundamentals into practice.
    Be yourself, but don't ignore the trends and realities of your market, industry, and business environment.
    Grow your industry network to increase your employment and learning opportunities.


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    Learn More About DocRX

    DocRx is a family-oriented company dedicated to tailor operational solutions for patient health and compliance programs that increases the quality and efficiency of patient-centered care and always with the mission of the patient's health 1st. With over ten years of experience helping doctors and their patients with diagnostic testing, patient monitoring, medical supplies, compliance, wholesale pharmacy, physician dispensing billing, and more.
    DocRx is your patient and health compliance solution, both under one roof. To find out how DocRx can help your hospital, pharmacy, or physicians office see all their services at DocRx.com.

    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

SteelMagnolaFairhope ,

Love the guest diversity!

Great show about Serda Brewing today! I actually enjoyed some of their original beers, though :)

wareaglefearthethumb ,

Amazing

This is an amazing podcast if you are into business....or even life! Karen and Cadie are super authentic and don’t hold anything back!

AlinaN88 ,

Exceptional!

Karen and Cadie are the best! Listen for amazing business advice. 🧡

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