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Do you remember the first time you started your journey into entrepreneurship?

Sarah Tourville is the Communications Board Chair of the Atlanta Chapter Entrepreneur's Organization. Join her for this weekly show where Sarah talks with guests from EO Atlanta as they share what got them started in entrepreneurship and the first time they spread their wings and took flight.
This show is sponsored by EO Atlanta.

Taking Flight: The Entrepreneurs Journey Podcast Taking Flight

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Do you remember the first time you started your journey into entrepreneurship?

Sarah Tourville is the Communications Board Chair of the Atlanta Chapter Entrepreneur's Organization. Join her for this weekly show where Sarah talks with guests from EO Atlanta as they share what got them started in entrepreneurship and the first time they spread their wings and took flight.
This show is sponsored by EO Atlanta.

    Creating Opportunities - Brandon Powell - Taking Flight: The Entrepreneur Journey Podcast - Episode # 011

    Creating Opportunities - Brandon Powell - Taking Flight: The Entrepreneur Journey Podcast - Episode # 011

    Having trouble climbing out of a tough situation? Well, we have just the episode for you! Today’s guest is Brandon Powell, CEO at Hatchworks. Brandon shares with Sarah the challenges he faced and how he was able to rise up every time. Brandon explains how important it is to protect your equity in your company. Brandon gives tips on how to figure out where you want your company to be in three years. Please tune in to this episode! We learned so much!

    Takeaways:


    The thing that Brandon got right did not have a co-founder. It was more challenging to get the business off the ground by himself but it taught him many lessons about growing a business.
    Another thing that Brandon got right was he already knew who his ideal customers were. With Brandon already knowing who he wanted to sell to, it helped grow the business's numbers as soon as his company was launched.
    Brandon’s co-pilot was his mom. When he was younger, his mother taught him a valuable lesson. His mother couldn't give him everything that he wanted, even though she wanted to. So he had to earn it and figure out a way to get it. She taught him that not everything gets handed to you and so you have to work for it.
    Brandon realized that hiring a CFO helps keep the business on track. His CFO helped him through a lot of challenges and was always there to help steer him back on the company's plans.
    A book Brandon recommends is Making Big Happen by Mark Moses. Brandon loved the book so much that he is implementing it into his business.

    Quote of the Show:


    “We are creating opportunities for people and that excites me.” (14:04)

    Links:


    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brandonchristopherpowell/
    Website: https://hatchworks.com/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/brandon_cpowell
    Organization: https://www.eoatlanta.com/

    Ways To Tune In:


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    YouTube
    Apple Podcast
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    Taking Flight: EO Atlanta is produced and sponsored by Ringmaster, on a mission to create connections through B2B podcasts. Learn more at https://ringmaster.com/

    • 27 min
    The Power Of Persuasion - Shani Godwin - Taking Flight: The Entrepreneur Journey Podcast - Episode # 010

    The Power Of Persuasion - Shani Godwin - Taking Flight: The Entrepreneur Journey Podcast - Episode # 010

    Want to know how to follow your passions and pursue your dreams? Well, we have just the episode for you! Today’s guest is Shani Godwin, Chief Executive Officer at Communiqué USA Inc. Shani shares with Sarah what she got right on her entrepreneurial journey. Shani explains that being clear on what she was passionate about led to her pursuing her passions. Shani gives tips on how to better your work life and how to ignore the people who negatively impact you. Please tune in to this episode! We learned so much!

    Takeaways:


    The thing that Shani got right on her entrepreneurial journey was being clear on what she was passionate about led to her pursuing her passions.
    Shani believes that if it had not been for her mother, who steered her toward figuring out a structured sensible way to write, she would've been left to her own devices with no guidance. Her mom greatly impacted her and encouraged her to follow her dreams.
    Shani ran into a lot of negative outlooks on her when she began on starting her own company. She realized that not everyone will have your back and not everyone will believe in you. As long as you believe in yourself and focus on your goals, you can accomplish anything.
    Her co-pilot when she started her company was her ex-husband. He was the person cheering her on and in a lot of ways believed in Shani’s ability to build her company more than she did at the time. His encouragement pushed her to continue.
    Shani's book she is currently reading is, The Light We Carry by Michelle Obama and The Four Obsessions of an Extraordinary Executive by Patrick Lencioni. Her company’s team will gather together and read books together as a way to grow a closer bond with her team.
    Shani finds comfort in living her life according to the values and principles that matter to her. Around her friends and family, she doesn’t want to be seen as Shani the leader, she wants to be seen as Shani the person. It is always important to remove your work personality away from your home life. It gives your brain a break and helps you destress any issues away.

    Quote of the Show:


    “I could not believe that I could make money doing the thing I loved. ” (07:20)

    Links:


    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shani-godwin-976b6/
    Website: http://communique-usa.com/
    Podcast: http://audiblevoices.com/
    Organization: https://www.eoatlanta.com/

    Ways To Tune In:


    Stitcher
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    Anchor
    YouTube
    Apple Podcast
    Amazon Music

    Taking Flight: EO Atlanta is produced and sponsored by Ringmaster, on a mission to create connections through B2B podcasts. Learn more at https://ringmaster.com/

    • 42 min
    Setting Up For Success - Esther Vayman - Taking Flight: The Entrepreneur Journey Podcast - Episode # 009

    Setting Up For Success - Esther Vayman - Taking Flight: The Entrepreneur Journey Podcast - Episode # 009

    Do you know what you need to do in order to have a successful company? What are the first steps to take? Well, we have just the episode for you! Today’s guest is Esther Vayman, Family Lawyer at Vayman & Teitelbaum, P.C. Esther shares with Sarah how she started out by helping her dad’s real estate company in a shared building. She believes that this helped her by having everyday discussions about where it was going, what they were doing, and what was their strategy. Esther explains how she was able to keep her costs low when she first made her company. Please tune in to this episode! We learned so much!

    Takeaways:


    The first thing that Esther believes she got right when starting was “going for it”. She says that they started the company without clients or knowing who their ideal customers are. She went with her gut and made the best decision of her life.
    Another thing that Esther got right on her flight was having her husband by her side. Having her husband by her side as a partner, he complimented her strength and helped her with any challenges along the way. Having a trusted partner helps brush out any tangles in the business.
    When starting her company, Esther kept her costs low. By keeping her costs low, her company didn’t need to spend any money that they didn’t have which made it easier to advance her business.
    Esther started out by helping her dad’s real estate company in a shared building. She believes that this helped her by having everyday discussions about where it was going, what they were doing, and what was their strategy. Having that support and dialogue was the push she needed to start her company.
    A challenge that Esther had to face within her company was staffing. She had to let go of some team members who were not a good fit for their business, and even though it was hard to hire teammates at the time, now her company is better than ever. Sometimes you have to take those risks in order to succeed.
    Being surrounded by her family who immigrated from the Soviet Union, and seeing how hard they worked to provide Esther and her family with a better life, inspired Esther to work hard and become successful.

    Quote of the Show:


    “The ignorance of failure is a good thing because you don't really fear it and so you go for it.” (03:53)

    Links:


    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/esther-vayman-7aaa1723/
    Website: https://www.vandtlaw.com/
    Organization: https://www.eoatlanta.com/

    Ways to Tune In:


    Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/1035225
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4e67LgZSZ0Vc2anrFzN8A1
    YouTube: https://youtu.be/ZJ0isB5od_M
    Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/taking-flight-eo-atlanta-podcast/id1652695640
    Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/82088400-c5a3-413c-9692-4719c8f1fd67/taking-flight-eo-atlanta-podcast

    Taking Flight: EO Atlanta is produced and sponsored by Ringmaster, on a mission to create connections through B2B podcasts. Learn more at https://ringmaster.com/

    • 21 min
    The Opportunities For Improvement - Andy Chopra - Taking Flight: The Entrepreneur Journey Podcast - Episode # 008

    The Opportunities For Improvement - Andy Chopra - Taking Flight: The Entrepreneur Journey Podcast - Episode # 008

    Want to build your business to its fullest potential? We have just the episode for you! Today’s guest is Andy Chopra, the Managing Partner at Banyan Investment Group. Andy shares with Sarah how his family started in the realtor business and the hills he went through to continue their business. Andy explains the challenges he faced along the way with hiring the right teammates, building his business, and the importance of communicating. Andy also talks about how he learned about the value of his associates and what they mean to his company. Please tune in to this episode! We learned so much!

    Takeaways:


    Andy’s first lesson he learned when starting out as an entrepreneur was getting himself into the field he was already familiar with. Growing up, Andy was surrounded by family businesses. He believes that this helped influence him on becoming a great entrepreneur.
    When Andy was going into his business, he gathered partners that had a similar background of experience so he can depend on accurate and relatable help.
    Another thing Andy feels that he got right when starting was having a supportive wife and a great network of connections in the entrepreneurial field. Andy believes that having the support network around him was in hindsight incredibly valuable.
    Andy learned the importance of owning, not only a business but owning his name. He learned that by owning your name, you can build up the kind of person you want to be.
    Andy sees all of his associates as co-pilots on his journey. They were a big part of his business and without them, the business would not succeed.
    A challenge that Andy had to face in his company was finding the right people to make it worthwhile for them to continue to work for his business. He values his associates and wants them to feel valued by the company.

    Quote of the Show:


    “I don't want my name on the back of the check. I want it on the front of the check.” (09:25)

    Links:


    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andy-chopra-a912b3/
    Website: https://banyan-ig.com/
    Organization: https://www.eoatlanta.com/

    Ways to Tune In:


    Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/1035225
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4e67LgZSZ0Vc2anrFzN8A1
    YouTube: https://youtu.be/gW1yGjUm7L8
    Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/taking-flight-eo-atlanta-podcast/id1652695640
    Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/82088400-c5a3-413c-9692-4719c8f1fd67/taking-flight-eo-atlanta-podcast

    Taking Flight: EO Atlanta is produced and sponsored by Ringmaster, on a mission to create connections through B2B podcasts. Learn more at https://ringmaster.com/

    • 51 min
    Solving Unrealistic Expectations - Josh Sweeney - Taking Flight: The Entrepreneur Journey Podcast - Episode # 007

    Solving Unrealistic Expectations - Josh Sweeney - Taking Flight: The Entrepreneur Journey Podcast - Episode # 007

    Today’s guest is Josh Sweeney, President of FounderScale and Founder of Epic Culture. Josh shares with Sarah what he got right on his entrepreneur journey and who influenced him to become the entrepreneur he is today. Josh explains what his company does and how it helps founders become better founders of their businesses. He dives into the extreme challenges that he faced when starting his company and how he was able to pull himself out of it with the help of others. Josh also talks about the misconceptions about how sales and marketing work. Please tune in to this episode! We learned so much!

    Takeaways:


    One thing that Josh got right is focusing on continuing his education. His belief is that there is already someone who's done it well, so he feels as though he doesn’t have to learn these lessons the hard way. He looked outward for solutions and in return learned from others that had been there before him.
    Josh’s number one co-pilot that stayed by his side through his whole entrepreneurial journey is his wife. His wife grew up around an entrepreneurial family and with her help, Josh was able to accomplish his life goals.
    Another co-pilot that made a big imprint on Josh’s journey was the EO Organization. Having mentors and advisors involved in EO helped influence him during the start of his business.
    Josh’s last co-pilot is his business partner. Having business partners, taught him many valuable lessons about building his company and what it takes to be successful.
    The biggest challenge that Josh has encountered is marketing and sales, specifically, clients having unrealistic expectations. Josh explains that clients will look to them for guidance, but they have a certain understanding of their own belief system. That belief system may or may not be accurate. In order to fix this, his team gets a lot of unrealistic expectations and looked at how can we solve that.
    Josh makes himself a self-goal every year. By setting yourself your own goal, it will be easier to accomplish the list of things you've been meaning to get to.

    Quote of the Show:


    “I want to help founders grow and understand by the connections we make.” (10:31)

    Links:


    Twitter: https://twitter.com/joshsweeney
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sweeneyjosh/
    Website: https://founderscale.com/ and https://www.linkedin.com/company/epicculture/about/

    Ways to Tune In:


    Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/1035225
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4e67LgZSZ0Vc2anrFzN8A1
    YouTube:
    Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/taking-flight-eo-atlanta-podcast/id1652695640
    Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/82088400-c5a3-413c-9692-4719c8f1fd67/taking-flight-eo-atlanta-podcast

    Taking Flight: EO Atlanta is produced and sponsored by Ringmaster, on a mission to create connections through B2B podcasts. Learn more at https://ringmaster.com/

    • 24 min
    The Value of Customers and Community - Andrea Tarrell - Taking Flight: The Entrepreneur Journey Podcast - Episode # 006

    The Value of Customers and Community - Andrea Tarrell - Taking Flight: The Entrepreneur Journey Podcast - Episode # 006

    What does it take to value your customers? What steps can you take to improve your business? Get out your notepad to write down some great advice in this episode. Today’s guest is Andrea Tarrell, CEO & Founder of Sercante and Founder and Blogger at The Spot For Pardot. Andrea shares with Sarah that allowing her customers and community to submit articles to her blog posts, grew their reader numbers. Andrea has learned a lot from building a business. She feels as though it mentally and professionally fulfilled her life for the better. Andrea also talks about how her family made another impact on her start by always staying by her side. Please tune in to this episode! We learned so much!



    Takeaways:


    The two things Andrea got right on her entrepreneurial journey were hiring talented hard-working people and launching a blog at the same time she launched her business.
    Andrea learned that allowing her customers and community to submit articles to her blog posts, grew their reader numbers.
    Andrea’s co-pilots were her family and the EO Organization. The EO Organization made a huge impact on her because of the wide variety of business owners that she could bounce ideas. Her family made another impact on her start by always staying by her side.
    Andrea split her customer service up into smaller groups to help certain customers. She made one group focus on new customers and another group that's focused on helping people optimize when they've already been on the systems for a while. This made it easier to prioritize their customers.
    Andrea has learned a lot from building a business. She feels as though it mentally and professionally fulfilled her life for the better.
    Andrea’s company helps other businesses that are seeking to make the leap from where they're now to where they could be with technology.



    Quote of the Show:


    “There is something really powerful about knowing that you own your own destiny.” (20:50)



    Links:


    Twitter: https://twitter.com/andreatarrell
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andreatarrell/
    Website: https://www.sercante.com/ and https://thespotforpardot.com/



    Ways to Tune In:


    Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/show/1035225
    Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/4e67LgZSZ0Vc2anrFzN8A1
    YouTube: https://youtu.be/O0WDBRjd0cM
    Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/taking-flight-eo-atlanta-podcast/id1652695640
    Amazon Music: https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/82088400-c5a3-413c-9692-4719c8f1fd67/taking-flight-eo-atlanta-podcast



    Taking Flight: EO Atlanta is produced and sponsored by Ringmaster, on a mission to create connections through B2B podcasts. Learn more at https://ringmaster.com/

    • 27 min

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Great Resource for Entrepreneurs!

Sarah is an amazing host! The conversations she’s having with guests about their development and experiences as entrepreneurs are overflowing with fantastic advice not only for business, but for life. The show is already off to a great start and I can’t wait to see the soaring heights that Sarah and EO Atlanta take this up to!

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