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You’ve worked hard to build your business and now it’s time to grow. Join Tom DuFore, CEO of Big Sky Franchise Team, each week as he interviews leading entrepreneurs, executives, and experts who share their misses, makes, and multipliers. If you are a growth-minded entrepreneur, investor, or franchise company, then this is the podcast for you. Big Sky Franchise Team is an award-winning consulting firm and its consultants have advised more than 600 clients, including some of the largest companies in the world. Tom has the unique perspective of the “franchise trifecta,” by being a franchisor, a franchisee, and a franchise supplier.

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You’ve worked hard to build your business and now it’s time to grow. Join Tom DuFore, CEO of Big Sky Franchise Team, each week as he interviews leading entrepreneurs, executives, and experts who share their misses, makes, and multipliers. If you are a growth-minded entrepreneur, investor, or franchise company, then this is the podcast for you. Big Sky Franchise Team is an award-winning consulting firm and its consultants have advised more than 600 clients, including some of the largest companies in the world. Tom has the unique perspective of the “franchise trifecta,” by being a franchisor, a franchisee, and a franchise supplier.

    67. Building a StoryBrand—Dr. J.J. Peterson, Chief of Teaching and Facilitation at StoryBand

    67. Building a StoryBrand—Dr. J.J. Peterson, Chief of Teaching and Facilitation at StoryBand

    Have you ever watched a great movie and weren’t quite sure why it was so great? Or have you ever seen some great advertising or marketing and bought something not even realizing you were doing it?

    Well, today’s guest, Dr. J.J. Peterson, shares with us about how YOU can build a story brand to share your story with your customers.

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    LINKS:
    **Connect with J.J. at: www.StoryBrand.com 
    **Get the free marketing makeover at: https://www.5minutemarketingmakeover.com/
    **Get a copy of J.J.'s book, Marketing Made Simple: CLICK HERE.
    **Listen to the Marketing Made Simple Podcast: CLICK HERE.

    ABOUT OUR GUEST:
    Since 2013, Dr. J.J. Peterson has used the StoryBrand Framework to help thousands of organizations clarify their message in order to grow their business. He holds a PhD in Communication and has spent the last 20 years practicing and teaching communication theory. J.J. has studied C.S. Lewis in Oxford, debated theology with filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival, directed a documentary, served in marketing and PR for two multinational non-profit organizations, served as a communication professor, and has spoken to thousands of people about creating a clear message. As the Sr. Director of StoryBrand, J.J. travels around the world facilitating StoryBrand workshops and keynotes, helping people grow their business.

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    This episode is powered by Big Sky Franchise Team. If you are ready to talk about franchising your business you can schedule your free, no-obligation, franchise consultation online at: https://bigskyfranchiseteam.com/ or by calling Big Sky Franchise Team at: 855-824-4759.         

    • 35 min
    66. Should You Build Profit or Build Wealth?—Ruth King, CEO, Business Ventures Corporation

    66. Should You Build Profit or Build Wealth?—Ruth King, CEO, Business Ventures Corporation

    We’re sure you have heard people talk about building a profitable business and you have probably also heard about building wealth. But, when have you heard about these topics combined to make sure you are building a profitable and wealth-building company?
    Our guest today, Ruth King, is a profitability and wealth-building expert! I have had the good fortune of being a guest on Ruth’s Profitability show about five years ago and I am so grateful she was willing to give some of her time to be a guest for us. The video link is included in the show notes.


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    LINKS:
    **Check out Ruth's website for more information: www.RuthKing.info
    **Watch Tom DuFore be interviewed by Ruth:  CLICK HERE

    ABOUT OUR GUEST:
    Ruth has written five books-two have become #1 bestsellers. One of her biggest achievements was helping a client with $750,000 in annual revenues. Sixteen years later, they sold the business for $9 million in cash.

    After twelve years on the road and, doing 200 flights per year, Ruth knew there had to be a better way to reach business people who wanted to build their businesses and train their employees. She began virtual training on the Internet in 1998 and then launched the first television online broadcasting in 2002. Ribbon, the first online broadcasting network, began operations in January 2007. Ribbon channels currently include HVACchannel.tv and TheCouragetobeProfitable.com.

    She was the founder of the Decatur, Georgia branch of the Small Business Development Center in 1982. She also started the Women’s Entrepreneurial Center and developed and facilitated a year-long course for women who wanted to start their own businesses. This course was the foundation for one of the classes at the Women’s Economic Development Authority in Atlanta, Georgia.
    More recently Ruth was the instructor for ICE, the Inner City Entrepreneur program in conjunction with the Small Business Administration. This 16-week course taught business owners with at least $400,000 in revenues (and many had over $1,000,000 in revenues) how to grow their businesses to the next level. A large part of the curriculum was aimed at improving and understanding the financial knowledge.
    Ruth holds a Masters in Business Administration in Finance from Georgia State University. She also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Chemical Engineering from Tufts University and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively.
    Ruth is passionate about helping adults learn to read, photography, and running marathon races. She helped start an adult literacy organization in 1986 that currently serves over 1,000 adults per year, and she’s run the Boston Marathon and 9 other marathons so far…

    ABOUT BIG SKY FRANCHISE TEAM:
    This episode is powered by Big Sky Franchise Team. If you are ready to talk about franchising your business you can schedule your free, no-obligation, franchise consultation online at: https://bigskyfranchiseteam.com/ or by calling Big Sky Franchise Team at: 855-824-4759.         

    • 25 min
    65. How to Make a Personal Connection with Your Customers—Patrick Stewart, CEO, Apricot Lane Boutique

    65. How to Make a Personal Connection with Your Customers—Patrick Stewart, CEO, Apricot Lane Boutique

    You have probably heard about creating a customer experience and creating a relationship with your customer, but what does it actually mean? And, what does it look like in practice?  

    Well our guest today, Patrick Stewart, is the CEO of Apricot Lane Boutique, which is a national women's retail franchise with over 80 locations and soon to have well over 100 locations! He shares with us how his company creates a personal connection with their brand and how you can too for yours!

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    LINKS:
    **Find an Apricot Lane Boutique location near you: https://apricotlaneboutique.com/
    **Learn more about Apricot Lane Boutique Franchise at: https://apricotlanefranchise.com/


    ABOUT OUR GUEST:
    Patrick Stewart is CEO of Apricot Lane Boutique – the most popular women's fashion franchise with over 80 locations. BeforeApricot Lane, Patrick was CMO of Sears Holdings, and he was responsible for driving record revenue of $1.2B and a 35%increase in profitability.

    Numbers-wise, there are currently 80 Apricot Lane franchises with a soon-to-be 100. The brand also first opened its doors in 2007and in 2008 received the prestigious International Council of Shopping Centers Association (ICSC) as the Hot Retail Concept for Fashion – getting over 70000 votes in favor.


    ABOUT BIG SKY FRANCHISE TEAM:
    This episode is powered by Big Sky Franchise Team. If you are ready to talk about franchising your business you can schedule your free, no-obligation, franchise consultation online at: https://bigskyfranchiseteam.com/ or by calling Big Sky Franchise Team at: 855-824-4759.        

    • 31 min
    64. How a Failed Musician Created Two International Music Holidays—Vincent James, Keep Music Alive, Co-Founder

    64. How a Failed Musician Created Two International Music Holidays—Vincent James, Keep Music Alive, Co-Founder

    Have you ever failed at something only to shortly thereafter have a breakthrough moment? Or maybe you keep trying to do accomplish a goal and finally, you have that “AHA” moment?
    Today’s guest, Vincent James, shares how he went from a failed music teacher to building a national franchise brand, and then to build a national non-profit business. He has an incredible story. Let’s jump right into it.

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    LINKS:
    **Learn more about Keep Music Alive at: https://www.keepmusicalive.org/


    ABOUT OUR GUEST:
    Vincent James along with his wife Joann is on a mission to help more children (and adults) reap the educational, therapeutic, and social benefits of playing music. They founded the national non-profit Keep Music Alive and two international music holidays: Teach Music Week (March) & Kids Music Day (October) and now partner with 1,000+ music schools and stores every year to offer free lessons to new students and to hold special events that benefit kids playing music. Over two dozen celebrities and music brands support Keep Music Alive ranging from Casio to Remo and Jack Black to Julie Andrews. This musical couple is also the author of the “88 Ways Music” book series, featuring inspirational stories of how music impacted people’s lives, sometimes dramatically. 80% of all “88 Ways Music” proceeds are donated to music education and service non-profits. For more information on Keep Music Alive and “88 Ways Music” please visit www.KeepMusicAlive.org and www.88WaysMusic.com.

    ABOUT BIG SKY FRANCHISE TEAM:
    This episode is powered by Big Sky Franchise Team. If you are ready to talk about franchising your business you can schedule your free, no-obligation, franchise consultation online at: https://bigskyfranchiseteam.com/ or by calling Big Sky Franchise Team at: 855-824-4759.       

    • 26 min
    63. Importance of the Corporate Veil—Nellie Akalp, CEO, CorpNet.com

    63. Importance of the Corporate Veil—Nellie Akalp, CEO, CorpNet.com

    Do you know what piercing the corporate veil means? I’m sure you have heard this term, but what does it mean? How do you create the corporate veil and how do you protect it?
    Our guest today, Nellie Akalp, is a business compliance expert with her company CorpNet and she will be sharing her knowledge on the corporate veil subject. She is also a serial entrepreneur and has built several companies.  I am fortunate to have been a long-time customer of CorpNet and I love the work they do. 
    **Subscribe to our NEWEST Podcast called: Franchise Your Business. CLICK HERE

    LINKS:
    **Learn more about CorpNet.com: https://www.corpnet.com/
    **Read Nellie's blog post about the Corporate Viel: https://www.corpnet.com/blog/do-you-need-a-corporate-veil/
    **Connect with Amanda Beren at CorpNet.com: 888-449-2638 x105 | aberen@corpnet.com
    **Learn more about Big Sky Franchise Team: https://bigskyfranchiseteam.com/


    ABOUT OUR GUEST:
    Nellie Akalp is a passionate entrepreneur, business expert, and mother of four. She is the CEO of CorpNet.com, a trusted resource and service provider for business incorporation, LLC filings, and corporate compliance services in all 50 states. Nellie and her team recently launched a partner program for accountants, lawyers, and business professionals to help them streamline the business incorporation and compliance process for their clients.


    ABOUT BIG SKY FRANCHISE TEAM:
    This episode is powered by Big Sky Franchise Team. If you are ready to talk about franchising your business you can schedule your free, no-obligation, franchise consultation online at: https://bigskyfranchiseteam.com/ or by calling Big Sky Franchise Team at: 855-824-4759.      

    • 39 min
    62. Who is Your Most Important Employee?—John Briggs, President, Incite Tax

    62. Who is Your Most Important Employee?—John Briggs, President, Incite Tax

    Do you know who the most important employee is in your company? I bet I know who it is… If you guessed you, then you are correct!  You are the most important employee at your company and today’s guest, John Briggs, shares his thoughts on this subject and more.
    John is an author and owner of Incite Tax, a company built to support growing entrepreneurs. He is a Profit First expert. If you recall, we had Mike Micholowicz on the show on episode 23, and we have it included in the show notes if you want to listen to that episode too. John shares how every decision you need to make should be making your future better than your past, how an expense of just 3.33% can cripple your business, and why you need to continue to grow as a leader.
    Let’s go ahead and jump into my interview with John Briggs.
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    LINKS:
    **Learn more about Incite Tax:   https://incitetax.com/
    **Listen to the podcast on your favorite Podcast Service by Clicking here: https://www.multiplyyoursuccesspodcast.com/1001167/6391270-23-mike-michalowicz-why-you-should-pay-your-profit-first
    **Read the transcript to the Multiply Your Success with Mike Michalowicz :  https://bigskyfranchiseteam.com/why-you-should-pay-your-profit-first/
    **Learn more about Big Sky Franchise Team: https://bigskyfranchiseteam.com/

    ABOUT OUR GUEST:
    Achieving a highly lucrative financial position can be draining, especially with all the options out there that PROMISE they will grow your wealth.
    Which leads taxpayers feeling overwhelmed and often confused with which path will get them the level of income they’ve always wanted. Or not taking the practical steps to reaching their growth potential.
    Incite Tax saves people from the inevitable burnout they will reach without having a consistent strategy of wealth creation and provide them the steps to attaining true cash flow. So they can enjoy a bigger bank account, their life can THRIVE, and still have the freedom to focus on their passions.
    John Briggs is the Owner of Incite Tax and is on a quest to protect unfairly treated taxpayers from massively overspending on taxes. His model and strategies that he’s taught for over a decade have given the practical steps to reach people’s financial goals much quicker.

    ABOUT BIG SKY FRANCHISE TEAM:
    This episode is powered by Big Sky Franchise Team. If you are ready to talk about franchising your business you can schedule your free, no-obligation, franchise consultation online at: https://bigskyfranchiseteam.com/ or by calling Big Sky Franchise Team at: 855-824-4759.      

    • 32 min

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ChrisLalomia ,

Great format and insight

Tom does a great job interviewing and getting a unique perspective on their insights and thoughts, and he does a great job summarizing the points and takeaways.

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Must listen for aspiring entrepreneurs and franchisors

Tom Dufore’s podcast is succinct, entertaining, informative, and inspiring. The guests are always so interesting and experienced with lots of wisdom to offer. It is also refreshing to take a break from our daily “Elon, Bezos, Zuckerberg” news and learn about successful people who are not as public of figures.

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A Thought Leader

Tom is a thought-leader in the franchise world. Thanks for sharing your talent with the world!

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