63 episodes

I have a passion to work with small businesses and I love baseball - I thought, “Let’s blend them together”. So, Every episode I sit down with local entrepreneurs, business builders and small business owners to talk about their wins and whiffs, their “tools of the trade” and to give actionable tips - you could call them “business signs” to other business-builders.We’ll cover business stats such as Entrepreneurship, Operations, Sales, Digital Marketing, Innovation - Plus a little fun baseball talk.

Running the Bases with Small Businesses Randy Rohde

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 31 Ratings

I have a passion to work with small businesses and I love baseball - I thought, “Let’s blend them together”. So, Every episode I sit down with local entrepreneurs, business builders and small business owners to talk about their wins and whiffs, their “tools of the trade” and to give actionable tips - you could call them “business signs” to other business-builders.We’ll cover business stats such as Entrepreneurship, Operations, Sales, Digital Marketing, Innovation - Plus a little fun baseball talk.

    Molly Gebler - The Inn of Chagrin

    Molly Gebler - The Inn of Chagrin

    Running the Bases today with Molly Gebler, Managing Partner of The Inn of Chagrin. The Inn of Chagrin is a 15-room historic inn located in downtown Chagrin Falls.  Recently, the Inn celebrated the renovated rooms designed by ‘Project Runway’ star Chrisitan Siriano.
    Molly is a LOVER of all things LOCAL - if there was a NATIONAL SMALL BUSINESS Award for promoting one’s LOCAL COMMUNITY - our guest would be at the top of the Podium. As the - former Executive Director for the Chagrin Valley Chamber of Commerce - our guest promoted, celebrated, marketed, and worked 80 hours a week championing over 600 local businesses.
    In addition to her day job she is an entrepreneur herself, co-owner of a cooking school business offering cooking classes for children,  She is an  Author of 5 Children’s Books celebrating local traditions. She is also An Award Winning Local Documentary Film Maker.  For 5 Years, She co-hosted a local Pod-Cast, She is known for her fun take on almost everything with her youtube channel videos she makes with friends and family.  
    She is currently a Managing Partner for the Inn of Chagrin and when she isn’t giving 80 hours a week to the community she is doing her most FAVORITE JOB  hanging with her 2 adorable Grandkids - Twins Mary and John.


    To learn more about Molly and the Inn of Chagrin visit: https://www.innofchagrin.com/
    Grove Hill: A True Story (Molly’s Documentary Film)
    Get Molly’s Children's Books - Here


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    • 1 hr 5 min
    REPOST: Traderman Wines

    REPOST: Traderman Wines

    Running the Bases today with Luke Taylor the CEO & Founder of Traderman Wines - a unique Ohio based wine distributor.  Traderman is a privately owned Akron, OH based “boutique” distributor dedicated to selling an excellent variety of wines to restaurants, country clubs and wine shops throughout the state of Ohio. Luke Taylor started Traderman by recognizing the need for a small, focused boutique wine service that bridges the gap between vineyard and consumer.
    Luke shares his story from Tennis Club owner to a complete pivot to Wine Distribution.  His perspective on business and start-up is raw and refreshing.  It gets real.  “Just because you're selling more, doesn't mean you're making more.” “We sell on potential now, potential doesn't pay the bills, but potential keeps your mood positive. And I, and I think a lot of people look at numbers a little bit too much. You know, we're down 10%, 20% what's happening next month.  And I always feel with it. It's not where you're at, where you're going.”
    Luke has an engaging style and infectious humor - you’ll love his comments and quick quips.  I think you’ll love the show!
    Learn more about Traderman Wines and Wine Distribution in Ohio at http://www.tradermanwines.com/
    Learn more about Cork & Fork: A Northeastern Ohio Food and Beverage Experience Podcast.
    Learn more about Cork & Taylor Podcast
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    • 41 min
    REPOST: Aiko StevenSon - Mika & Milo

    REPOST: Aiko StevenSon - Mika & Milo

    Running the Bases today with Aiko Stevenson the Founder at Mika & Milo - a luxurious children's apparel brand located in Hong Kong.  Award-winning cashmere for kids, Mika & Milo was born out of a rich history in textiles: Aiko's family has been working with natural fibers for well over a century.

    Aiko had a distinguished career in Broadcast Journalism before setting her sights on being an entrepreneur and small business owner.   Aiko, who was educated in the United Kingdom, went on to study at Columbia University, The University of Hong Kong and the University of Edinburgh.  She then went onto the world of Broadcast Journalism working for the BBC, CNN, CNBC Europe.  After a distinguished career in Journalism - she decided to join the family business of sorts - Creating Her Current Passion - the Award Winning Luxury Children’s Clothing Company, named for her own children - Mika & Milo.
    Aiko is joined by her partner and husband Henry as they share their experiences of starting a children’s luxury brand - cashmere for kids.  We talk through the pains of finding the right materials and partners, plus how difficult it is engaging Buyers in a world firmly in the pandemic grasp.
    We explore the challenges and controversies of operating a textile company with a passion for sustainability and commitment to the environment.  The cornerstone of any textile business is the materials that it uses. And at Mika & Milo they believe in using Sustainable Natural materials which do not put any further strain on the planet.
    It’s an informative show as we explore the process of producing quality wool from goats and creating a durable and luxurious product in cashmere.  Come along for the journey!
    Learn more about cashmere for kids and Mika & Milo at https://mika-milo.com/
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    • 44 min
    REPOST: Stephen Wible - Credit Suite

    REPOST: Stephen Wible - Credit Suite

    Running the Bases today with Stephen Wible.  Stephen is the Director of Business Development for Credit Suite, Inc. – The recognized leader in teaching business owners how to “Build Business Credit” that is NOT tied to your social security number.
    Stephen is a Marine Corps veteran with a deep background in real estate sales, flipping and property management, print manufacturing, building and obtaining business credit. He has founded and led multiple successful companies and has had as many as 300+ rental properties in his portfolio.
    Stephen is a public speaker, author of “Business Credit – The Complete Step-By-Step Guide”, trainer, and avid learner. He passionately combines his high energy and business credit knowledge and is a recognized expert in the field. He provides impactful insight into building business credit and obtaining loans for business - teaching and presenting to thousands.
    We have a great time talking about building your business credit profile, how to build that credit, and look favorable for lenders, creditors, and potential clients.
    Stephen is a “HUGE” baseball fan and we have some fun talking about the Phillies and their ups and downs.  Did you know they started out as “The Quakers”?
    Get Stephens Book: “Business Credit – The Complete Step-By-Step Guide”
    Contact Stephen for a FREE Business Credit Consultation
    You can get a free business credit report at: https://creditsuite.com/report
    Learn more about Credit Suite and Building Business Credit at https://www.creditsuite.com/contact-us/
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    • 57 min
    Resolute PR - Brand Partner

    Resolute PR - Brand Partner

    Running the Bases today with Nicole Morgan, CEO and Founder of Resolute PR.  Resolute PR is an integrated PR and marketing agency with a mix of public relations consultants, digital marketing strategists, graphic designers, and media buyers. 
    Nicole has over 14 years of public relations and branding experience.  She shares how she started from the ground up with one employee in a coworking office space, to a thriving PR agency helping hundreds of clients build their brands.  Nicole reflects on the challenges, successes, and learnings of growing a company over the last eight years.
    This busy mom of two, became an “accidental entrepreneur” when the Public Relations company she had been working with from College Internship to Becoming COO and Partner - hit some big stumbling blocks.  She is known as an expert at keeping complex projects on task and within budget while clearly communicating her clients' brands.  With more than 14 years of public relations and marketing experience, she has advised various industries, including social services, healthcare, transportation, retail, technology, and finance. Furthermore, she leverages her experience and skills in public service and marketing in the academe, serving as an Adjunct Professor at Oklahoma State University since 2018.  
    We also learn that she has made 28 trips to Holland!
    To learn more about Nicole and Resolute PR visit: https://www.resolutepr.com/

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    • 49 min
    REPOST: Arjun Rai - HelloWoofy

    REPOST: Arjun Rai - HelloWoofy

    Running the Bases today with Arjun Rai - the Founder and CEO of HelloWoofy.  HelloWoofy is a cloud-based social media management platform for businesses across all industries. Arjun shares how he took an idea and passion to help small businesses to launch a successful SaaS operation providing artificial intelligence for digital marketing.
    Arjun Rai is a NYC-based entrepreneur who is on a mission to support small businesses with the power of visualized data science and artificial intelligence for digital marketing at HelloWoofy.com. A firm believer that every SMB should have an unfair advantage to compete against unlimited marketing budgets. He has raised from professional investors and personally invested nearly $500,000 in pre-seed VC funding as well as obtained corporate partners (including Fortune 500 companies, such as Microsoft and Google) resulting in over $135,000 in strategic resources.
    Arjun pursued his career opportunities and came to New York City where he enrolled at the New York Institute of Technology in 2011 with scholarships and grants. Following a few weeks into college, Arjun launched his second startup, fuelbrite.com, a social media agency focused on small businesses and startups, and a student-focused organization, TheBizDen. Arjun currently lives in New York City with his girlfriend, two cats and a dog. You can find him working from home, doing carpentry, pitching his startup at a meetup or driving around town on his e-scooter.
    Learn more about HelloWoofy at https://hellowoofy.com
    Books Discussed:
    The 10X Rule - Grant Cardone
    The Closers Survival Guide - Grant Cardone


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    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

jhony639 ,

Wow!!

This is terrific. Love listening to small business owners and how they tackle every day challenges.

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It’s a Hit

A grand slam!!

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WOW!!!!

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