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Have you ever sat there and wondered "What am I doing here stuck in the concrete zoo of the corporate world?" Are you itching to get out? Chris Lalomia and his co-host Alan Wyatt traverse the jungle of entrepreneurship. Together they share their stories and help you explore the wild world of SCALING your business. With many years of owning their own small businesses, they love to give insight to the aspiring entrepreneur. So, are you ready to make the jump?

The Small Business Safari Chris Lalomia

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 24 Ratings

Have you ever sat there and wondered "What am I doing here stuck in the concrete zoo of the corporate world?" Are you itching to get out? Chris Lalomia and his co-host Alan Wyatt traverse the jungle of entrepreneurship. Together they share their stories and help you explore the wild world of SCALING your business. With many years of owning their own small businesses, they love to give insight to the aspiring entrepreneur. So, are you ready to make the jump?

    Turning 23 Years of McDonald's Franchise Ownership to an Entrepreneurial Lifestyle

    Turning 23 Years of McDonald's Franchise Ownership to an Entrepreneurial Lifestyle

    Chris and Alan welcome Phil Wilkins. Chris met him when he was running a gourmet burger multi-unit franchise, and we finally got him on the show to talk about Phil’s journey and learnings along the way. Phil impacts everyone in his life, as proven by the numerous requests for his time and wisdom around leadership, purpose, and the grit it takes to make it in the world, especially in the entrepreneurial jungle. Listen to his story. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!
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    GOLD NUGGETS:
    (00:00) - Small business Safari With Phil Wilkins
    (04:53) - Journey to Owning a McDonald’s Franchise
    (17:40) - Scaling and Transitioning to Small Businesses
    (23:54) - Lessons in Restaurant Business Expansion
    (37:13) - Customer Service and DIY Nightmare Stories
    (44:00) - Basement Flooding and Home Repair
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    Phil’s Links:
    Website | https://byaeveryday.com/ 
    LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/phil-wilkins-4290b66/ 
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    Books Mentioned: Quiet Strength by Tony Dungy (from Chris’s Hometown of Jackson, MI)
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    Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!
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    • 47 min
    Attracting High-Value Clients with Irresistible Marketing Messages | Daniel Den

    Attracting High-Value Clients with Irresistible Marketing Messages | Daniel Den

    Chris and Alan interview Daniel Den and discuss the principles that drove the writing of his book, "Ideas that Influence." This is not a normal book; it is an interactive book that unlocks creativity and helps you create your unique voice with your BEST clients. The Xfactor process promotes group creativity to refine the perfect marketing message to your most profitable audiences. This is a lively discussion full of EDUTAINMENT that promises to drop some gold nuggets your way. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!
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    GOLD NUGGETS:
    (08:23) - Creative Marketing Ideas and Stories
    (22:27) - Creative Ideas That Influence Success
    (32:38) - Focusing On a Single Marketing Idea
    (47:04) - Customer Service, Palm Trees, DIY
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    Daniel’s Links:
    Website | https://www.bigideasbox.com/free-box-ideas-that-influence 
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012955322478 
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    Books Mentioned: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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    Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!
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    If You Loved This Episode Try These!
    • Attracting the RIGHT Clients to Your Offering | Lisa McGuire
    • Bark to Business! How Brady Foulk is Starting a Dog Training Business
    • The Fighter for Truth and Finding the Good in Companies - Dale Cardwell
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    • 56 min
    Attracting the RIGHT Clients to Your Offering | Lisa McGuire

    Attracting the RIGHT Clients to Your Offering | Lisa McGuire

    Get your story down by focusing on WHO you want to attract, WHAT you are offering them and HOW they work with you. From a lifetime in the education field, Lisa pivoted and became a coach focused on helping YOU get your message dialed in and pushed out to attract the right clients to your offering. Lisa is a thoughtful business coach who works with you to develop your passionate message and personal story brand that will bring out YOUR UNIQUENESS! Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!
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    GOLD NUGGETS:
    (00:00) - Small Business Safari and Italian Adventures
    (07:53) - Entrepreneurship and Education Journey
    (18:19) - Lessons in Networking and Purpose
    (39:08) - Investing in StoryBrand and Coaching
    (47:21) - Transforming Business With Story Branding
    (57:00) - Customer Service and DIY Nightmares
    (01:04:18) - Building Your Brand Through Networking
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    Lisa’s Links:
    Website | https://lisamcguire.com/ 
    Newsletter | https://www.thediyframework.com/so-much-more-subscribe 
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    Books Mentioned: Unreasonable Hospitality | Will Guidara
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    Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!
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    • The Fighter for Truth and Finding the Good in Companies - Dale Cardwell
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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Reviving an Americana Brand: Stephanie Stuckey Talks About the Renaissance of the Stuckey Brand

    Reviving an Americana Brand: Stephanie Stuckey Talks About the Renaissance of the Stuckey Brand

    For many older people, the road trip wasn't complete without a stop at a Stuckey's Roadside store, which was a site used by the company. An essential part of this experience was enjoying their namesake pecan log and exploring a wholesale pecan candy business built around the iconic brand. The business continues to grow, focusing on its people, heritage, and delivering exceptional products. If you're seeking to offer a fantastic product or run a fundraiser, visit stuckeys.com and explore what they can do for you. It's a great story, sparking fascinating conversations about a remarkable turnaround. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!
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    GOLD NUGGETS:
    (00:00) - Small Business Safari
    (04:19) - Entrepreneurial Journey
    (14:56) - The Journey of Stuckey’s Revival
    (21:47) - Entrepreneurial Pivot to Success
    (28:09) - Seasonal Business Marketing Strategies
    (38:01) - Brand Revival Marketing Success Stories
    (46:02) - Building Your Brand Tribe and Strategy
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    Stephanie’s Links:
    Website | https://stuckeys.com/ 
    LinkedIn | https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephaniestuckey/ 
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    Books Mentioned: Unstuck: Rebirth of an American Icon - Stephanie Stuckey
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    Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!
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    If You Loved This Episode Try These!
    • Bark to Business! How Brady Foulk is Starting a Dog Training Business
    • The Fighter for Truth and Finding the Good in Companies - Dale Cardwell
    • AI Can Handle Your “Karen” Customer - Uzair Ahmed Is Transforming HVAC Customer Interaction
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    • 55 min
    Bark to Business! How Brady Foulk is Starting a Dog Training Business

    Bark to Business! How Brady Foulk is Starting a Dog Training Business

    Value Ladder? – What is it? It involves offering something at a low cost to get the customer into your ecosystem, and then continually offering value and new offers that will increase their spend with you, as well as their perceived value. Brady turned his skill set of training animals into a business and is determining the right way to scale and provide a lifestyle and business that will work for him and the right customers. Brady gives great tips on how to train dogs, potbelly pigs, guinea pigs… you name it, he can train it. But what you really get out of this episode is learning from others how to scale your business and pivot offerings to see what will stick. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!
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    GOLD NUGGETS:
    (00:00) - Small Business Safari With Dog Expert
    (05:30) - Transitioning to Small Business Ownership
    (11:11) - Pivoting to Dog Trainer Entrepreneurship
    (17:29) - Entrepreneurial Growth and Coaching Strategies
    (25:48) - Types of Leadership in Dog Training
    (38:43) - Entrepreneurship and Dog Training Business
    (47:21) - Guinea Pig Fun
    (51:18) - Training, Hot Tubs, & DIY Nightmares
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    Brady’s Links:
    Instagram | @nddogtraining
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    Books Mentioned: Don’t Shoot the Dog – Karyn Pryor
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    Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!
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    If You Loved This Episode Try These!
    • The Fighter for Truth and Finding the Good in Companies - Dale Cardwell
    • AI Can Handle Your “Karen” Customer - Uzair Ahmed Is Transforming HVAC Customer Interactions
    • From Wantrepreneur to Entrepreneur through Franchising Steve Miller
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    The Fighter for Truth and Finding the Good in Companies - Dale Cardwell

    The Fighter for Truth and Finding the Good in Companies - Dale Cardwell

    Dale always wanted to be in the media, and his career is one that would make many jealous. Little did he know that his career of finding the 'truth' and reporting the bad things people did would lead him to pivot and find the GOOD in companies and contractors. He shines the light on reliable and reputable companies that can help consumers with their home and service needs. His network, called TrustDale.com, is built on his investigative journalistic background and creates a platform for consumers to find contractors in a marketplace with a guarantee of performance. Did you know our amazing voices can go beyond just the microphone? Yes, we have video! Subscribe to our YouTube channel here!
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    GOLD NUGGETS:
    (00:00) - Small Business Safari with Dale Cardwell
    (12:34) - Truth in Journalism
    (21:16) - Turning Point in Dale Cardwell’s Career
    (31:17) - Lessons Learned From Entrepreneurship and Politics
    (44:47) - Business Ethics and Consumer Protection
    (55:40) - Entrepreneurship, Family, and Success
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    Dale’s Links:
    Website | https://trustdale.com/ 
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/TrustDALE/ 
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    Books Mentioned: Don't Get Scammed: Get Smart! - Dale Cardwell
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    Previous guests on The Small Business Safari include Dale Cardwell, Amy Lyle, Ben Alexander, Joseph Sission, Jonathan Ellis, Brad Dell, Chris Hanks, C.T. Emerson, Chad Brown, Tracy Moore, Wayne Sherger, David Raymond, Paul Redman, Gabby Meteor, Ryan Dement, Barbara Heil Sonneck, Bryan John, Tom Defore, Rusty Clifton, Duane Johns, Jason Sleeman, Andy Suggs, Chris Michel, Jon Ostenson, Tommy Breedlove, Rocky Lalvani, Amanda Griffey, Spencer Powell, Joe Perrone, David Lupberger, Duane C. Barney, Dave Moerman, Jim Ryerson, Al Mishkoff, Scott Specker, Mike Claudio and more!
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    If You Loved This Episode Try These!
    • AI Can Handle Your “Karen” Customer - Uzair Ahmed Is Transforming HVAC Customer Interactions
    • From Wantrepreneur to Entrepreneur through Franchising Steve Miller
    • The Social Media OG Tells Us How to Maximize Your Social Media Exposure – Corey Perlman
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    Have any questions or comments? Connect with me here!

    • 1 hr 4 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Jpulkrabek ,

Entertaining and educating

I always look forward to this podcast. Chris and crew bring the humor while teaching us a few things each episode. I’m so thankful to learn about this podcast after seeing Chris speak at a conference last year. I love the book suggestions and grabbed the one from last week’s episode and can’t wait to dive in.

Jodihume ,

SUCH great energy

Energy, humor AND wisdom. Love this show…

LoveToListen710 ,

Good Information AND Fun!

I listen to a lot of podcasts and this one is definitely in my regular feed! Chris and Alan ask good questions, have a great rapport with their guests, and love to crack themselves up! Which, of course, makes me laugh too. I’ve picked up great tips and tricks from every podcast.

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