23 episodes

Welcome To The Epic Entrepreneurs Show

What does it take to build a real and thriving business in today’s world? As entrepreneurs and business owners, we went into business to have more freedom of time and money. Yet, the path of growing a business isn’t always filled with sunshine and rainbows.

In this chart-topping show, host Bill Gilliland; author of the best-selling book “The Coach Approach” leverages his decades of experience coaching proven entrepreneurs to make more money, grow the right teams and find the freedom of EPIC Entrepreneurship.

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Welcome To The Epic Entrepreneurs Show

What does it take to build a real and thriving business in today’s world? As entrepreneurs and business owners, we went into business to have more freedom of time and money. Yet, the path of growing a business isn’t always filled with sunshine and rainbows.

In this chart-topping show, host Bill Gilliland; author of the best-selling book “The Coach Approach” leverages his decades of experience coaching proven entrepreneurs to make more money, grow the right teams and find the freedom of EPIC Entrepreneurship.

    22: Leah Wong Ashburn | Understanding the Dynamics of a Family-Owned Business with the CEO of Highland Brewing, Leah Wong Ashburn

    22: Leah Wong Ashburn | Understanding the Dynamics of a Family-Owned Business with the CEO of Highland Brewing, Leah Wong Ashburn

    On today’s show, we interview the incredible Leah Wong Ashburn of Highland Brewing who shares with us her wisdom on growth, passion, and entrepreneurship. 


    Back in 1994, when there were barely any breweries in Asheville, Leah’s dad started making craft beer from a cramped space in the basement. Fast forward to today, Highland Brewing is headquartered in a beautiful 40-acre space amidst the hills. 


    How did Highland Brewing achieve this dramatic transformation that enabled them to grow manifold since inception?


    One of the main themes for today’s show is passion and leadership. 


    A few years after graduating from college, Leah asked her father if she could work for him. And oddly enough, he refused because he thought that Leah needed to get more experience under her belt.


    Finally, in 2011, Leah officially became a part of the Highland family. She started off in a marketing position and slowly learned the different moving parts of the family business.


    On today’s show, we have a particularly interesting discussion on how to train your employees the right way so that you can help them develop their technical skills as well as soft skills. 


    You will also learn about the working relationship that Leah has with her father. While Leah is more of a marketing person, her father is the “engineer” in the family. Learn how their smooth working dynamic has been the driving force that has taken Highland to new heights over the past decade.


    If you are a family-owned business, today’s show will interest you greatly.


    Enjoy! 


    What You Will Learn In This Show


    My thoughts on growth and why you should aspire to be great rather than big

    How to manage a family-owned business

    Why you need passion and connectedness to take your business to greater heights

    Giving ownership to your employees 

    And so much more…


    Resources


    Highland Brewing


    Coach Approach – Five Principles to Build an E.P.I.C. Business


    Small Giants

    • 31 min
    21 | Lexi DiYeso | From a Mobile Boutique to Owning a Brick-and-Mortar Store

    21 | Lexi DiYeso | From a Mobile Boutique to Owning a Brick-and-Mortar Store

    On today’s show, we interview Lexi DiYeso, owner, Hazel Twenty who shares with us her distilled wisdom on entrepreneurship, business strategy, and user experience. 


    As a sportsperson (Lexi played soccer for her alma mater, USC), Lexi learned some important lessons in tenacity and teamwork. And these life lessons have helped Lexi navigate some big challenges as an entrepreneur.


    After graduating with a degree in fashion merchandising, Lexi took a brief sabbatical to focus on her family. But when she revived her career, she did so with panache as she set up a mobile boutique that offered a unique, fun-filled experience to her buyers.


    Back in 2018, Lexi set up her brick-and-mortar store in downtown Ashville.


    Last year, when covid struck, it was a “lonely, dark time” for Lexi. And while she furloughed all her employees back then, she admits that she panicked and would approach the situation differently today.


    Towards the end of the show, Lexi shares her plans for opening a men’s store in the near future.


    Enjoy!


    What You Will Learn In This Show


    How being a soccer player impacted Lexi’s mindset

    Some of the biggest lessons that the pandemic outbreak taught me

    Importance of surrounding yourself with the right people

    How to quick quickly in the face of massive uncertainty

    And so much more…


    Resources


    Hazel Twenty


    Get VIP Access to our 90-Day Business Planning Event


    Get in touch with Beth: bethlemmel@actioncoach.com


    Bill’s Facebook


    Bill’s Twitter


    Bill’s LinkedIn

    • 20 min
    20: Dan and Tyler Whisnant |How Father and Son Marines Found the Secret Weapon for Success - Asking for Help

    20: Dan and Tyler Whisnant |How Father and Son Marines Found the Secret Weapon for Success - Asking for Help

    On today’s show, we interview father-son duo, Dan and Tyler Whisnant from SDV Office Systems who share with us some expert tips on how to do business with the government. SDV Office Systems is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that designs, installs, and commissions furniture for the VA (Veteran Affairs).


    After his 2006 deployment in Iraq, Dan found his love for manufacturing while working for Stryker Corporation. Because of his background, he was appointed as the go-to person for all government contracts. Building on this experience, eventually David branched out on his own by forming SDV Office Systems in 2017.


    On today’s show, you will learn about the massive business opportunities available with the government. However, there are many pitfalls that you need to be aware of, or you and your organization could be in serious trouble.


    On the back of their extensive experience, Dan and Tyler share how they have managed to significantly scale up their business by procuring contracts from the VA (Veterans Administration). 


    Recently, SDV Office Systems managed to snag a 10-year long-term contract from the VA. And while, during covid, the central VA office released many contracts, Dan and Tyler share how many contracts are floated from the local offices as well.


    You will also learn the importance of procuring the right financing and maintaining your cash flow for a low-margin and competitive business.


    Enjoy!


    What You Will Learn In This Show


    How to finance your business when you are supplying to the government

    Overcoming compliance issues when dealing with the government

    Being humble, exercising your ego, and asking the right questions

    Building the right systems and processes for a diversified team

    Scaling up a low-margin business

    And so much more…


    Resources


    SDV Office Systems, LLC


    Get VIP Access to our 90-Day Business Planning Event


    Get in touch with Beth: bethlemmel@actioncoach.com


    Bill’s Facebook


    Bill’s Twitter


    Bill’s LinkedIn

    • 38 min
    19: What's Your Manifesto?

    19: What's Your Manifesto?

    On today’s show, you will learn the importance of coming up with your own manifesto. If your inability to shed your negative mindset is holding you back, listening to today’s show will particularly help you out.


    In this short but information-packed show, Bill shares WHY you should be creating a manifesto in the first place. You will learn HOW your manifesto can be your anchor that helps you keep your eye on your biggest goals even in the most trying times.


    Additionally, Bill shares the manifesto for his new Facebook group to help you out. Bill’s Facebook tribe is meant for those who wish to build better teams and make more money. And in the process, evolve into truly epic entrepreneurs.


    Enjoy!   


    What You Will Learn In This Show


    What is a manifesto?

    How can a manifesto help you out?

    How to shed negativity and overcome the biggest things that are holding you back

    And so much more…


    Resources


    ActionCoach Website


    Get VIP Access to our 90-Day Business Planning Event


    Get in touch with Beth: bethlemmel@actioncoach.com


    Bill’s Facebook


    Bill’s Twitter


    Bill’s LinkedIn


    Want to evolve into a truly epic entrepreneur? Join our Facebook group NOW!

    • 8 min
    18: True Communication is the Response You Get

    18: True Communication is the Response You Get

    Ever wondered why we falter in our communication time and again? And, what is the ONE thing that can help you get your point across clearly?


    Contrary to popular thought, it is NOT your choice of words – though your words matter, there is something else that has an even greater bearing on clear communication.


    And no, it is NOT your tonality either.


    On today’s show, you will learn that your body language is the single most important thing when it comes to precise and clear communication. 


    Additionally, Bill shares why the response that you elicit is the only true gauge of the level of communication.


    Enjoy! 


    What You Will Learn In This Show


    What is the one thing that can help you communicate clearly?

    Why most of us falter in our communication and fail to elicit the desired response

    Why your choice of words and tonality does not have the expected impact on the outcome of your communication 

    And so much more…


    Resources


    ActionCoach Website


    Get VIP Access to our 90-Day Business Planning Event


    Get in touch with Beth: bethlemmel@actioncoach.com


    Bill’s Facebook


    Bill’s Twitter


    Bill’s LinkedIn

    • 8 min
    17: Greg Hardy | Turning My Passion Into Profit

    17: Greg Hardy | Turning My Passion Into Profit

    On today’s show, Bill interviews Greg Hardy, Owner of RockGeist who has successfully managed to turn his passion and profit. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, RockGeist manufactures waterproof and custom bike-packing bags.


    Greg’s entrepreneurial journey started in grad school. While on a bike-packing trip in Switzerland, Greg lost his way. This experience made him realize that there was a pressing need for custom, well-designed bike-packing bags that could carry some reasonable weight.


    Greg started off by designing and sewing bags for himself and his friends in his 300 square foot apartment. Over time, he has managed to build a team of 7. Recently RockGeist moved to a large 3,000 square foot workshop. 


    So, what are some of the biggest lessons that Greg has learned after his foray into this niche space?


    On today’s show, you will learn the importance of great customer service and company culture. Additionally, Greg shares why you need to step away from the nitty-gritty of your business every once in a while so that you can spend time working “on your business”.


    Enjoy!


    What You Will Learn In This Show


    How to turn your passion into profit

    Building a sustainable business in a niche space

    The many advantages of running a small business

    Managing growth and ensuring a great company culture

    And so much more…


    Resources


    Get VIP Access to our 90-Day Business Planning Event


    Get in touch with Beth: bethlemmel@actioncoach.com

    • 33 min

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