Connecting Business is what we do every day. We peel back the technical complexities and dig into emerging trends and some amazing solutions in business technologies. We’ll visit with experts who know how to talk with business people, and we will explore how your business can better connect with your customers and with the right solutions that fit your needs as well as the unique demands of your business. Connecting Business is our mission.
Episode 7: The Cost-Effectiveness of Employee Assistance Programs
Join host Christina Munoz for her conversation with Maggie Young, President of Southwest EAP about helping employees manage their mental health and work stresses. Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) are one of the most cost-effective benefits a business can provide, with a 10 to 1 return on investment for the business. Businesses who offer EAPs, with counseling, self-care resources, and training, to their workers see improvements to business productivity, morale, and company culture.
Episode 6: The Keys to Mentorship and Professional Development in Building Successful Sales Teams
Join host Christina Munoz for her interview of Jennifer Lindsey, Director of Sales for Kinetic Business Kentucky. Jennifer discusses the importance of mentors and professional development as keys to being a successful sales leader. Ms. Lindsey shares how strong women and great mentors shaped her sales leadership career. She explains how the values her mentors instilled--work-life balance, continuous learning, coaching and teaching, being a good listener, and accountability--helped her achieve success in her career and let her prioritize nurturing her team members’ professional growth
Episode 5: The Importance of Community Involvement and Relationship Building for Black Entrepreneurs
Join host Christina Munoz as she interviews Dr. Fitz Hill, Executive Director of the Scott Ford Center for Entrepreneurship. Dr. Hill discusses the importance of relationship building between African American owned businesses, banks, lending institutions, government, and businesses in the community. Dr. Hill emphasizes the importance of supporting black entrepreneurship, which empowers the community through investment in local businesses.
Episode 4: Business Networking and Relationship Building in a Pandemic
Join host Christina Munoz as she interviews Jesse Purcell, director of the Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance in Kenton, Ohio. Munoz and Purcell talk about how small businesses need to pivot to be successful without the benefit of face-to-face networking and in-person events that come with participation in Chamber-sponsored activities. With businesses concerned about return on investment, it’s important that an organization gets value from professional associations and Purcell shows how the Chamber has developed new programs to support businesses, including virtual networking and collaboration events. By advocating for all businesses in the community, Purcell discusses how the Chamber supports the business community regardless of membership status. At a time when businesses need help the most, the Chamber offers programs to encourage businesses to join, engage, and thrive, despite the restrictions on in-person events and gatherings.
Starting and Growing a Business: How One Tech Entrepreneur Beat the Pandemic
Join host Christina Munoz as she interviews entrepreneur Renee Sobotka for insights on how True North Technology of Lincoln, Nebraska, grew despite the pandemic. Hear Sobotka share her journey from financial analyst and banker to technology business owner. She explains how in the hectic and dynamic pace of a start-up she leveraged communications technologies and learned how to “fail fast” by recovering quickly from mistakes to put her business on solid ground.
The Importance of Building Professional Networks
Join host Christina Munoz as she interviews Alana Muller about the importance of professional networking and how connecting with others is a critical part of building a business. Muller shares how she became an entrepreneur and author of the book “Coffee Lunch Coffee” which details how to be successful in professional networking and why it is critical for developing business relationships.