30 episodes

It's Just Business is the podcast for the small business owner. Co-hosted by entrepreneurs Russ Harlow and Dana Dowdell, It's Just Business interviews local, regional, and national business owners and experts. We cover all aspects of small business start-up and growth to help motivate and inspire you to level up your business. As we grow our businesses, we want to help you grow yours.

It's Just Business Dana Dowdell and Russ Harlow

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 5 Ratings

It's Just Business is the podcast for the small business owner. Co-hosted by entrepreneurs Russ Harlow and Dana Dowdell, It's Just Business interviews local, regional, and national business owners and experts. We cover all aspects of small business start-up and growth to help motivate and inspire you to level up your business. As we grow our businesses, we want to help you grow yours.

    30. From Sailor to Surgeon with Dr. Robert McAllister

    30. From Sailor to Surgeon with Dr. Robert McAllister

    What is the business side of medicine?   Why is understanding business important?  Why doing good is good for business?   Medicine is a profession and we talk with Robert McAllister, MD about the business of healthcare.  We learn about his beginnings as a corpsman in the Navy right out of high school which gave him a love of medicine.  We even followed his journey through the Army reserves and being deployed to Afghanistan with the Special Forces.  His life experience brought him into private practice where he and his partners grew from three physicians into five offices, three urgent care facilities, and seventeen practitioners.  Along the way he learned a lot about business, company culture, leadership, strengths and weaknesses and he shares it with us (and YOU our listeners).

    You can find Dr. McAllister at:
    Web: Hartford Orthopedic Surgeons
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HartfordOrthopedicSurgeons

    Follow the podcast at @itsjustbusinesspodcast on all the major podcasting platforms.

    To get in touch with us, email the podcast at itsjustbusinesspodcast@gmail.com
    www.itsjustbusinesspodcast.com

    You can find Russ @advantaclean.of.windham
    Russ Harlow – AdvantaClean of Windham – Disaster Restoration
    Google: https://tinyurl.com/yavz9zv3
    You can find Dana @adashofboss, @dana.dowdell and @hrfanatic
     Dana Dowdell – Boss Consulting – HR Consulting
    Google -  https://tinyurl.com/y4wxnavx

    • 48 min
    29. Delegating Administrative Tasks w/ Tonya Thomas

    29. Delegating Administrative Tasks w/ Tonya Thomas

    What can a Virtual Assistant do for my small business?  What tasks can small businesses outsource?  Can outsourcing administrative tasks help me grow my business?  We talk with Tonya Thomas about organization, utilizing virtual assistants to free up time and energy in business, and how outsourcing can help you concentrate on growing your business and make it more profitable.  

    Tonya has been featured in national media including Entrepreneur and Black Enterprise.  Her company Team Delegate has provided executive virtual assistant support to entrepreneurs and small business owners for over 20 years, helping CEOs grow their teams from 1 employee to 50, lead multi-million-dollar revenue growth, and freeing up their time to oversee major expansion projects.

    Places you can connect with Tonya:
    Team Delegate Website: https://teamdelegate.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tonyabthomas/
    Podcast: Unbottleneck Your Business

    Follow the podcast at @itsjustbusinesspodcast on all the major podcasting platforms.

    To get in touch with us, email the podcast at itsjustbusinesspodcast@gmail.com
    www.itsjustbusinesspodcast.com

    You can find Russ @advantaclean.of.windham
    Russ Harlow – AdvantaClean of Windham – Disaster Restoration
    Google: https://tinyurl.com/yavz9zv3
    You can find Dana @adashofboss, @dana.dowdell and @hrfanatic
     Dana Dowdell – Boss Consulting – HR Consulting
    Google -  https://tinyurl.com/y4wxnavx

    • 39 min
    28. Grow Your Business on LinkedIn w/ Marc Halpert

    28. Grow Your Business on LinkedIn w/ Marc Halpert

    Why should I be on LinkedIn?  How do I use LinkedIn to promote my business?  How do I use LinkedIn to find employees?  We talk with "multi-preneur" and LinkedIn expert Marc Halpert about how business owners have the opportunity to better explain their brand and positioning on their LinkedIn profile pages: who they really are and why them vs. the competition.

    As a LinkedIn trainer, Marc has been recognized as a high-energy speaker at national and regional conferences and instructor to sales/marketing and HR/training departments at large and small professional service firms and businesses. His specialty in customized personal coaching has helped individuals in all walks of life and industries to use LinkedIn to better achieve their professional goals.

    Connect with Marc in all of these places
    LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/marchalpert
    Email: marchalpert@connect2collaborate.com
    Website: Connect2Collaborate
    LinkedIn Blog: LinkedIn Nuggets
    Books:
    >LinkedIn(R) Marketing Techniques for Law and Professional Practices, Second Edition
    >You, Us, Them: LinkedIn Marketing Concepts for Nonprofit Professionals Who Really Want to Make a Difference

    ***Conference - PodKnow 2021 - Saturday June 26, 2021 - CLICK HERE***
    Follow the podcast at @itsjustbusinesspodcast on all the major podcasting platforms.

    To get in touch with us, email the podcast at itsjustbusinesspodcast@gmail.com
    www.itsjustbusinesspodcast.com

    You can find Dana @adashofboss, @dana.dowdell and @hrfanatic
    Dana Dowdell – Boss Consulting – HR Consulting
    Google -  https://tinyurl.com/y4wxnavx

    You can find Russ @advantaclean.of.windham
    Russ Harlow – AdvantaClean of Windham – Disaster Restoration
    Google: https://tinyurl.com/yavz9zv3

    • 43 min
    27. Creating a Profitable Niche w/ Anthony Spiratos

    27. Creating a Profitable Niche w/ Anthony Spiratos

    How do I find a profitable niche for my business?  Can a specialized business still be profitable?  What are some steps you can take to find your niche?  We talk with Anthony Spiratos who has become an expert in seeing market trends at the ground floor and building businesses that capture market share and make people’s lives easier, safer, and more affordable.

    You can connect with Anthony here:
    Newport Dine Out - Facebook, Website
    No Contact Valet - Facebook, Website
    LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/anthonyspiratos/

    Follow the podcast at @itsjustbusinesspodcast on all the major podcasting platforms.

    To get in touch with us, email the podcast at itsjustbusinesspodcast@gmail.com
    www.itsjustbusinesspodcast.com

    You can find Russ @advantaclean.of.windham
    Russ Harlow – AdvantaClean of Windham – Disaster Restoration
    Google: https://tinyurl.com/yavz9zv3


    You can find Dana @adashofboss, @dana.dowdell and @hrfanatic
     Dana Dowdell – Boss Consulting – HR Consulting
    Google -  https://tinyurl.com/y4wxnavx

    • 37 min
    26. Family Business and Beyond w/ Pam & Tyler Gracey

    26. Family Business and Beyond w/ Pam & Tyler Gracey

    Should you mix family and business? How does starting a business affect my family?  How do I incorporate my family into my business?  We sit with mother and son Pamela Gracey and Tyler Gracey.  Tyler started working in Pamela's insurance business as a teenager and we hear the story about them growing the business and Tyler's eventual move to real estate.

    Gracey Benefit Solutions (GBS) offers Health Insurance, Life, Income Protection, Dental & Vision, Critical Illness & Cancer, Hospitalization, and Accident coverage for their clients.  As part of their suite of services - GBS provides access to benefit administration platforms, additional value-added services, technology-driven enrollment, various benefit education tools, and more. Their primary focus is becoming a trusted partner with their clients helping them continue to grow their business in all functional areas.  Implementing their strategies can be done utilizing employer-funded options or employee-funded options for their clients. 
    You can connect with Pam:
    Website:  Gracey Benefit Solutions
    Email: pamela@graceybenefitsolutions.com
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pamelagracey/
    Facebook: - https://www.facebook.com/GraceyBenefitSolutionsLLC
    Check out her art and jewelry - ColourDeCanvas Information:
    Email - colourdecanvas@gmail.com
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColourDeCanvas
    Etsy:  www.etsy.com/shop/ColourDeCanvas
    Tyler’s client-centric philosophy and passion to guide others help drive his business on a daily basis. As a highly motivated young professional, he runs the gamut across all aspects of the real estate industry. Whether commercial or residential real estate, Tyler brings tremendous value every step of the way. His analytical, due diligence and risk-based mindset allow him to please even the most astute investor.  Tyler is here to help clients make informed decisions and create opportunities through both the acquisitions and dispositions of real estate. His local knowledge, global marketing abilities, off-market database of buyers & sellers, and having CoStar analytics at his team’s disposal can be the edge to maximizing clients financial return within the real estate market.
    You can connect with Tyler:
    Website: Seaport Real Estate Services
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tylergraceyRE
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tylerjgracey
    Instagram: @tylergracey / @caseyandgracey
    Follow the podcast at @itsjustbusinesspodcast on all the major podcasting platforms.

    To get in touch with us, email the podcast at itsjustbusinesspodcast@gmail.com
    www.itsjustbusinesspodcast.com

    You can find Russ @advantaclean.of.windham
    Russ Harlow – AdvantaClean of Windham – Disaster Restoration
    Google: https://tinyurl.com/yavz9zv3


    You can find Dana @adashofboss, @dana.dowdell and @hrfanatic
     Dana Dowdell – Boss Consulting – HR Consulting
    Google -  https://tinyurl.com/y4wxnavx

    • 42 min
    25. Getting Started Early with Chris Billias

    25. Getting Started Early with Chris Billias

    How old do you need to be to start a business?  Do you need a degree before becoming an entrepreneur?  How to become a successful entrepreneur and business owner?  We talk with Chris Billias about his early journey into business ownership. Chris is currently a Staff Accountant with DiSanto, Priest & Co. in Warwick, Rhode Island. Aside from the accounting industry, Chris has extensive knowledge of commercial/residential real estate and owns and manages two residential buildings located in Norwich and Groton, CT (10 apartments between the two), and a nine-suite commercial business center located in Pawcatuck, CT. Chris’s hard work, dedication, and entrepreneurial drive allow him to accomplish what others his age have yet to accomplish.

    You can connect with Chris on LinkedIn
    His website: https://westbroadbusinesscenter.com/

    Follow the podcast at @itsjustbusinesspodcast on all the major podcasting platforms.

    To get in touch with us, email the podcast at itsjustbusinesspodcast@gmail.com
    www.itsjustbusinesspodcast.com

    You can find Russ @advantaclean.of.windham
    Russ Harlow – AdvantaClean of Windham – Disaster Restoration
    Google: https://tinyurl.com/yavz9zv3


    You can find Dana @adashofboss, @dana.dowdell and @hrfanatic
     Dana Dowdell – Boss Consulting – HR Consulting
    Google -  https://tinyurl.com/y4wxnavx

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

SamanthaMary P ,

So Relatable!!

I love hearing the different perspectives of a female vs make on being a business owner. It definitely makes me feel more understood as a female business owner. The topics are so on point!

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