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These statistics are not only tragic....but wholly preventable. Business ownership should be a vehicle for better quality of life and open the doors to more opportunity. Never should it have the harming effect it all too often has. This is my calling. This is how I build my legacy in this life, by helping you identify and build yours. My vision is a small business success rate in excess of 90%. There is no need to do it alone.

North Texas Business Forecast Knucklehead Media Group

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These statistics are not only tragic....but wholly preventable. Business ownership should be a vehicle for better quality of life and open the doors to more opportunity. Never should it have the harming effect it all too often has. This is my calling. This is how I build my legacy in this life, by helping you identify and build yours. My vision is a small business success rate in excess of 90%. There is no need to do it alone.

    Finding purpose Inside the numbers with SMD Consulting & Accounting President, Sean Duncan

    Finding purpose Inside the numbers with SMD Consulting & Accounting President, Sean Duncan

    Seeing how small business owners seek advice and strategies to grow their businesses, Sean reinvented himself to teach and add more value to their lives and businesses. As important as it is to prepare tax returns and keep books, he believes that educating and giving them advice has the most impact on their success.
     
    In today’s episode of the North Texas Business Forecast, our guest, Sean Duncan will talk about how he finds his purpose in the accounting world. He will also discuss the strategies he uses to grow his business and how he handles stress to his advantage.
     
    Sean Duncan is the Founder and President of SMD Consulting & Accounting.
    They help build and preserve life-long wealth by focusing on tax reduction, financial planning, asset preservation, and investment management through the lens of strategic tax planning. SMD Consulting & Accounting combine tax, law, wealth management, and insurance services to provide a specialized family office experience.
     
    More importantly, Sean is a dad, a husband, a handyman, and a Star Wars fan. He wears a Storm Trooper suit of armor at a charity event, wrestles with his children, caters to his wife's needs, and basically grabs things off of high shelves for everyone.
     
    Enjoy!
     
    This episode is brought to you by Vouris –
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    In This Episode
    2:48 - The role of business in Sean's life
     
    5:15 - Sean's playful moments that his kids thought were their worst
     
    8:36 - How SMD Consulting and Accounting was born
     
    16:37 - Why CPAs are one of the most disruptive careers
     
    20:53 - How he retains talent within his organization
     
    23:11 - Why marketing is a valuable component of any business
     
    29:09 - The concept of a good business plan
     
    33:04 - Sean's view of stress
     
    34:58 - A common mistake among business owners
     
    Favorite Quotes
    "One of the things I say frequently there in individual consulting is nothing you spend money on should ever be an expense, nothing. Everything, when you look at a P and L, shouldn't be an investment. It should generate something of greater value than whatever that dollar amount is. It doesn't matter what it is." - Sean Duncan
     
    "CPAs are frequently at the top five suicide divorce rates because tax season is brutal and the appreciation is low." - Sean Duncan
     
    "When I've hired talented people that have choices, then it's my obligation to keep them filled. That's when the business pivoted, grew, and blossomed in a different way because you allow them the opportunity to be great." - Sean Duncan
     
    "Consulting is teaching. It's positioning yourself to be that person that adds value." - Sean Duncan
     
    "Growing is not always growing in sales. Sometimes growing is just growing in efficiency."  - Sean Duncan
     
    "Stress is always going to be there. But if you're taking on that stress and you're doing something better for yourself, your family, your clients, your business, whatever it is, it doesn't feel the same." - Sean Duncan
     
    "Clients are best served when all the professionals are working together on their behalf and building a comprehensive plan and not just their transaction in a silo." - Sean Duncan
     
     
    Connect with Sean Duncan
    SMD Consulting and Accounting Website   https://smdaccounting.com/
     
    Engage with Brad Clark
    LinkedIn                            https://www.linkedin.com/in/brad-clark-actioncoach/
    ActionCOACH Website   https://bradclark.actioncoach.com/
     
     
     

    • 39 min
    Perseverance in entrepreneurship with Greg Johnson.

    Perseverance in entrepreneurship with Greg Johnson.

    Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, Greg was used to the cycles of ups and downs of business. Having had his share of wins and failures in the numerous businesses he has started, Greg is a perfect example of what determination and perseverance means.
     
    His advice to anybody wanting to be an entrepreneur:
    Get in some type of sales job  
    In today’s episode of the North Texas Business Forecast, our guest, Greg Johnson will talk about his entrepreneurial journey and how he landedwhere he is now. He will also provide helpful tips for managing a business in times of crisis and the benefits of marketing for your business.
     
    Greg Johnson is the owner of healthcare lab testing facility in Plano and Frisco, Texas. It is a facility providing the Dallas area with thousands of medical lab tests direct to consumers and employers in a professional, convenient and cost-effective way.
     
    Enjoy!
     
    This episode is brought to you by Vouris –
     We’re Vouris – we’ve developed a powerful framework that allows early-stage startup companies to build stronger sales teams and hit their revenue targets.
     We call it the 5 Components of Sales Effectiveness:
    People Process Message Technology & Leadership  Let us tell you exactly what to focus on to dramatically improve your results. We help early-stage startups hit their revenue goals and you are only one click away from more revenue.
    https://hubs.ly/H0NK23j0
     
    In This Episode
    1:26 - Backstory of Greg Johnson
     
    9:45 - How he dealt with challenges in both his professional and personal life
     
    19:08 - The most effective business strategy during times of crisis
     
    21:49 - How COVID 19 has demonstrated the value of marketing in business
     
    26:55 - His mentality in the hiring process
     
    30:24 - What makes Any Lab Test Now stand out from other laboratories
     
     Favorite Quotes
    "At some point, there's nothing you can do. You can hire salespeople all day long. If you don't change your business plan to adjust to the market, you'll become obsolete. Once you've tasted failure you never want that again." - Greg Johnson
     
    "The one thing I learned is that you're not going to have a business where everybody's happy. And so you have to be able to accept that." - Greg Johnson
     
    "I would advise anybody that's wanting to be an entrepreneur, get in some type of sales job. There's tons of opportunity. You're gonna make tons of money. You're gonna learn skills that you're going to use no matter what you do." - Greg Johnson
     
    "I wanted a business that wasn't a job. Everything takes effort. But at some point, if you grow, you should be able to hire a manager to run your business." - Greg Johnson
     
    "I would advise anyone who wants to start their own business, do franchising." - Greg Johnson
     
    "The things you don't do in a crisis when sales are bad is to minimize your hours. You don't shorten the amount of time that you're going to open." - Greg Johnson
     
     
    Engage with Brad Clark
    LinkedIn                            https://www.linkedin.com/in/brad-clark-actioncoach/
    ActionCOACH Website   https://bradclark.actioncoach.com/
     

    • 33 min
    The foundation for success with the President of Apricot Rocket, Lee Thurburn.

    The foundation for success with the President of Apricot Rocket, Lee Thurburn.

    Passionate about imparting his knowledge and experiences to young entrepreneurs, Lee recognizes that education is the key to starting a business. While having a valuable skill provides an opportunity for revenue, challenging the status quo and finding a different angle of doing things can absolutely result in endless opportunities.
     
    His advice to young generation of business owners:
    Finish your education and get a valuable skill  
    In today’s episode of the North Texas Business Forecast, our guest, Lee Thurburn will talk about how to build the foundation for successful entrepreneurship. As a serial entrepreneur and educator himself, he will also share valuable advice to young and aspiring business owners.
     
    Lee Thurburn is the President and Founder of Apricot Rocket. With a vision to help small businesses accelerate their growth, they provide small businesses with a powerful, affordable, and effective customer relationship management and marketing automation capability.
     
    Enjoy!
     
    This episode is brought to you by Vouris –
     
    We’re Vouris – we’ve developed a powerful framework that allows early-stage startup companies to build stronger sales teams and hit their revenue targets.
     
    We call it the 5 Components of Sales Effectiveness:
    People Process Message Technology & Leadership  
    Let us tell you exactly what to focus on to dramatically improve your results. We help early-stage startups hit their revenue goals and you are only one click away from more revenue.
    https://hubs.ly/H0NK23j0
     
     
    In This Episode
    1:17 - Backstory of Lee Thurburn
     
    3:20 - How he transitioned from being a serial entrepreneur to starting up Apricot Rocket
     
    9:21 - His perspective on negative self-talk
     
    11:52 - Lee's advice before getting into the business world
     
    17:05 - The rate at which students perform in class
     
    23:08 - His advice to young entrepreneurs
     
    24:34 - About Apricot Rockets
     
    Favorite Quotes
    "Opportunity abounds for those that are prepared to see it and seek it. But to see it and seek it, you have to constantly be asking yourself, why do we do things the way we do? Is there a better way to do it? And you have to be questioning and searching for new thoughts and new ways of doing things." - Lee Thurburn
     
    "I've had my share of successes and failures. The failures probably taught me at least as much, if not more, than the successes." - Lee Thurburn
     
    "I firmly believe that we are not only our biggest asset, but our biggest liability. The negative self-talk that goes on, I think everybody has at least some of it. The vulnerability of admitting it is one of the things that keep us grounded." - Lee Thurburn
     
    "If you believe in your own hype, the fake it till you make it stuff, you end up getting a huge ego. And that's a much bigger danger than having a little bit of self-doubt." - Lee Thurburn
     
    "Luck typically comes to those that plan for it while the surest ways to make sure you get luck is to lay a solid foundation." - Lee Thurburn
     
    "As far as business education goes, I personally believe that about 95% of your education quality comes from what you put into it as a student." - Lee Thurburn
     
    "Our perspective changes as we mature. And I think most people go through a variety of predictable cycles. Some people hit the cycle sooner than others. But I think most people reach a point in their life where they suddenly wanted to make things happen." - Lee Thurburn
     
     
    Engage with Lee Thurburn
    LinkedIn                            https://www.linkedin.com/in/leethurburn/
    Apricot Rocket Website  https://apricotrocket.com/
     
     
    Engage with Brad Clark
    LinkedIn                            https://www.linkedin.com/in/brad-clark-actioncoach/
    ActionCOACH Website   https://bradclark.actioncoach.com/
     
     

    • 28 min
    To the stars and back; an exclusive interview with NASA's Director of Flight, Ed Van Cise.

    To the stars and back; an exclusive interview with NASA's Director of Flight, Ed Van Cise.

    Inspired by his fascination with human space flight and genetic predisposition to engineering, Ed’s career goals have always been to work for NASA and the US manned spaceflight program. With the tragedy of the space shuttle Challenger ingrained into his young mind, his desire to leverage space shuttles sparked even more and has now become a part of the grand adventure.
     
    His primary job:
    Keep our people safe at all times Keep the vehicle safe Accomplish the mission  
    Today's episode of North Texas Business Forecast features an exclusive interview with NASA's Director of Flight, Ed Van Cise. He will share some exciting and fascinating insider knowledge about what NASA is doing next. As an aspiring or established entrepreneur or small business in North Texas, you'll also be thrilled to hear about NASA’s collaboration with the private sector in space exploration.
     
    In This Episode
    2:21 - What inspired Ed to pursue a career at NASA
     
    5:09 - What motivated him to continue advancing his career at NASA
     
    8:13 - An in-depth look at the roles he played at NASA
     
    11:54 - What's next for NASA in terms of setting foot on a new ground
     
    15:27 - His perspective on public-private partnerships
     
    20:07 - How budding and established entrepreneurs can get involved in the public-private partnership of lunar exploration
     
    22:48 - Ed's most memorable event at NASA
     
    25:49 - The private company NASA directly engaged with
     
    Favorite Quotes
    "Elon absolutely wants to go to Mars and so does NASA. And that is a partnership that we should exploit. We should help any private company take people beyond earth orbit. And those private companies should definitely engage with NASA and the heritage and legacy that we have of doing that with humans safely. And I think working together, we can do amazing things." - Ed
     
    "I'm still a fan boy. It's still the same thing as how many years ago, that was 35 years ago of going on this grand adventure." - Ed
     
    "The government is there to do research and development and investment in things that are incredibly hard. And no company in their right mind would want to invest in because there's no profit. But doing those things is the right thing to do." - Ed
     
    "We're seeing more and more commercial partners doing science research for their own, not just for national interests, but for their own interest on the space station." - Ed
     
    "The big mission that we want to do is we want to go put boots on Mars and the leap to go from what we can do today to putting people on Mars is just enormous." - Ed
     
    "I guess the definition of entrepreneurs, you figured out what the thing is, you figure out how it's gonna be hard, and then you find a path to get there. And I think low-earth orbit is really starting to open up to enable that." - Ed
     
    "NASA became more agile and more tolerant and more willing to listen to new ideas." -  Ed
     
    To learn more about NASA
    Website
    Twitter
    Instagram
    Social Media
     
    Go to Spot the Station | NASA for an opportunity to spot the space station over your backyard
     
    Engage with Brad Clark
    LinkedIn                            https://www.linkedin.com/in/brad-clark-actioncoach/
    ActionCOACH Website   https://bradclark.actioncoach.com/
     
     

    • 30 min
    Bucking the Trend; Growth during the pandemic with Kurt Naumann of Eldorado Fine Cigars.

    Bucking the Trend; Growth during the pandemic with Kurt Naumann of Eldorado Fine Cigars.

    Building a strong business during a pandemic is indeed possible. Having the right people in the business, loyalty, and good customer relation, Eldorado Fine Cigars has everything it needs to achieve its vision - to build a third store.
     
    Seeing the gap where cigar stores in McKinney have no more than a retail store, Kurt has taken the opportunity to create a shop where people can sit down, engage in a conversation, and enjoy a good cigar.
     
    In today’s episode of The North Texas Business Forecast Podcast, our guest, Kurt Naumann will share his journey from being a corporate employee into becoming the owner of a million dollar cigar business. He will also talk about how Eldorado Fine Cigars continuously grow despite the challenges brought about by COVID 19.
     
    Kurt Naumann is the owner of Eldorado Fine Cigars. His brick and mortar stores located at McKinney and Rockwall are the homes of the wide variety of cigar selections and very friendly people.
     
     Enjoy!
     
    Favorite Quote
     
    "What we found and what came about was we realized how loyal our customers were. We created this loyalty to our store that they did whatever they could to come support us."
     
                                                                                                  - Kurt Naumann
     
    In This Episode
    00:59 - Backstory of Kurt Naumann
     
    2:16 - His turning point why he shift from corporate to entrepreneurial world
     
    3:13 - The evolution of Eldorado Fine Cigars
     
    5:25 - How Kurt developed and created an environment culture of Eldorado Fine Cigars
     
    7:33 - The impact of COVID 19 to his cigar business
     
    9:49 - How Kurt established loyalty among his customers
     
    11:21 - What's next for Eldorado Fine Cigars in terms of next level membership
     
    13:55 - What makes his cigar store stand out from the rest of the stores in the locality
     
    16:53 - His vision to how he wants his business going forward
     
    18:13 - How his previous role in sales helped in running a $30 million dollar
     
    20:00 - The difference between his leadership roles in corporate vs entrepreneurship
     
    21:39 - The most important thing Kurt can offer his team to make them successful
     
     
    Engage with Brad Clark
    LinkedIn                            https://www.linkedin.com/in/brad-clark-actioncoach/
    ActionCOACH Website   https://bradclark.actioncoach.com/
     
    Connect with Eldorado Fine Cigars
    Website       https://www.eldoradofinecigars.com/
    Facebook    https://www.facebook.com/eldoradofinecigars
    Instagram   https://www.instagram.com/eldoradofinecigars/
     
    Visit their shop at McKinney or Rockwall store to learn about their exclusive discounts and events!
     
     

    • 24 min
    Interview with Barbara Wilks of Travel Directions Heath

    Interview with Barbara Wilks of Travel Directions Heath

    Listen in on how Barbara has weathered the COVID-19 shutdown and how she continues to help her travel clients. Barbara tells us about the good bargains in traveling and how she has grown as a business. Check them out! @ 214-676-3076

    • 13 min

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Fun Podcast - Now I need a Cigar

Very cool podcast with Kurt at El Dorado!

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