A Podcast to help small businesses think creatively so they can grow better. Every one of our business started with an idea and a dream. To create a better life for yourself and for the people you love. So we launch our business and start providing value to our community and somehow things start to work and we’re off to races to building our dream. But every day we run into roadblocks that try to keep us from reaching our goals and sometimes we get stuck not knowing what to do and how to grow. Welcome to the Small Businesses, Big Growth Podcast. A podcast to help small business entrepreneurs to think creatively so you can grow better. I’m Sam Beiler Co-founder and CEO of Boostpoint and your host. Each week I’ll be bringing you interviews with leaders who have built successful businesses and actionable business and marketing advice that you can steal for your business. In a world of noise and heavy competition, This show can be the one-stop-shop for the information and inspiration you need to grow your businesses in 2020 and beyond.
Asking the Right Questions with Jen Reiner, President of Align
Jen Reiner is a business development strategist that has spent the last 20+ years in marketing, service design, and program management. She currently owns her own business management consulting firm, Align, that enables organizations to adapt and grow by enhancing customer experiences, launching new services, creating strategic plans, and innovating business models.
In this episode, Sam and Jen discuss what holds businesses back from innovation, the value of diversity of thought, and letting go of perfection and accepting ambiguity in your career and in life. Jen knows how to ask the right questions and provides valuable insight into how you can too.
Professional & entrepreneurial background [1:11-8:47]
Finding your niche [8:47-11:50]
Transitioning into starting your own business [11:50-15:12]
Letting go of perfection & accepting ambiguity [15:12-20:23]
The value of diversity of thought [20:23-23:52]
Advice to your younger self [23:52-28:06]
Intentionally looking for feedback [28:06-30:21]
What holds businesses back from innovation [30:21-34:28]
Important questions to ask yourself [34:28-37:11]
The Power of Brand Communication With Ryan Martin & Ryan Smoker of Infantree
In our first episode with two guests, Sam sits down with the founding partners of Infantree, Ryan Martin and Ryan Smoker. The Infantree is a creative agency focused on the power of brand communication that has done impressive rebranding, marketing, and design work with many local businesses here in Lancaster, PA. Ryan & Ryan discuss their approach to brand building as well as their experiences starting their business and transitioning as it, and they, have grown in the last 11 years.
Entrepreneurial background [0:52-5:38]
Finding experiences before starting a business [5:38-10:42]
Infantree’s humble beginnings [10:42-13:22]
The dream behind Infantree [13:22-18:45]
Growing & business partners [18:45-23:58]
Branding is more than a logo [23:58-27:27]
From a partnership to a team [27:27-31:19]
Intentional company culture [31:19-38:56]
Keeping motivation to run your business [38:56-44:37]
What Infantree does for their clients [44:37-48:18]
“Brand” is a feeling [48:18-51:58]
Understanding How Angel Investors Think with Ellen Weber, Executive Director of Robinhood Ventures
In this episode, Ellen Weber provides insight into the mind of an angel investor. Ellen is the Executive Director of Robinhood Ventures, an angel investment group that has been investing in early-stage, high growth startups since 1999. As a founding member of Robinhood Ventures, she has over twenty years of entrepreneurial experience from starting her own businesses to helping almost 90 companies get started themselves. Sam and Ellen’s conversation highlights how to stand out to angel investors, when to raise capital, and the successful traits and common mistakes of entrepreneurs.
The motivation behind Robinhood Ventures [1:50-5:42]
Understanding how angel investors think [5:42-9:55]
How to stand out to investors [9:55-12:06]
Making monetary assumptions when starting a venture [12:06-17:08]
Finding balance between doing it yourself and getting support [17:08-18:59]
When to raise capital [18:59-21:36]
Mistakes entrepreneurs make [21:36-22:40]
Milestones to set when starting a venture [22:40-25:45]
Why hiring your first salesperson is difficult [25:45-27:01]
Final advice for entrepreneurs from an investor perspective [27:01-27:48]
Being a Courageous Leader and Finding Your Purpose with Vinny Sakore
In this episode, Sam talks with Vinny Sakore about the value of being courageous as a leader and entrepreneur while laying out the questions you should ask yourself if you’re struggling to find your purpose. Vinny is a business owner with a range of experience as well as a professor at Messiah College. Throughout his career, he has learned the ins and outs of being a leader in business and in his own personal life as a parent, making sure to include his children in the entrepreneurial experience as much as he can.
Today's CEO is the modern day pastor [8:17-12:28]
Preparing to have courage [12:28-18:21]
Finding your purpose with your business [18:21-23:51]
Being a strong leader [23:51-28:28]
Advice for entrepreneur parents [28:28-33:45]
Finding Mental Health Support as an Entrepreneur with Jon Mercer, Founder of Stacks Co and Startup Bucks
Jon Mercer is the founder of Stacks Co, a member first, coworking community and Startup Bucks, an organization created by and for entrepreneurs to support new and existing startups in Bucks County Pennsylvania. He had his start in the corporate world working in IT and digital marketing in Australia, but after dealing with his own mental health struggles, the lack of support in his corporate job made him change his entire career and life path. In this episode, Jon and Sam discuss Jon’s various entrepreneurial projects and how crucial mental health support is to succeed as an entrepreneur. Jon’s transparent insight into his own struggles is inspiring and optimistic.
Jon’s entrepreneurial story [1:15-15:11]
Leaving the corporate world [15:11-23:09]
Advice for feeling stuck in business and mental health struggles [23:09-30:55]
Dealing with the ups and downs of entrepreneurship [30:55-36:02]
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Why Leadership Development is Personal Development with Jason Hollinger, President & CEO of Four Seasons Produce
In this episode, Sam sits down with Jason Hollinger, president & CEO of Four Seasons Produce, Inc. Four Seasons is a family-owned, full-service produce wholesale distributor with over 800 employees, founded by Jason’s father. Jason and Sam speak on the dynamics of a family business and why personal development is the key to leadership success. Jason also provides insight into his own career path-- from working at Four Seasons part-time as a teenager to becoming the president and CEO of the company.
Intro & background [0:17-8:48]
Stepping outside of what you know [8:48-13:26]
Advice for taking over a family business [13:26-15:50]
Personal development strategies [15:50-22:05]
Transitioning into a new leadership role [22:05-24:37]
Maintaining & changing company culture as a new leader [24:37-26:36]
Learning from leaders but being yourself [26:36-29:30]
Promoting leadership within your business [29:30-32:30]
What being a CEO means to Jason Hollinger [32:30-34:50]
I recently listened to the episode with guests Ryan Martin and Ryan Smoker and I enjoyed listening to their experiences and how it relates to mine in terms of running a small business. It feels great to listen to podcasts that are not only enjoyable but also relatable.
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Love this podcast. Sam has great insights and is a fantastic interviewer
This podcast is super informative and real! If you are trying to grow your business and want real world advice, definitely tune in to this!