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Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean, two long-time small-business owners, come to you each week to talk through the trials, success, pitfalls and tips it takes to successfully run a small business in today's world. Hear real-world folks talk about real-world problems, letting you know not only what it takes to get it done but that you're not alone in doing it!

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    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean, two long-time small-business owners, come to you each week to talk through the trials, success, pitfalls and tips it takes to successfully run a small business in today's world. Hear real-world folks talk about real-world problems, letting you know not only what it takes to get it done but that you're not alone in doing it!

    Free Speech or Just a Bad Business Decision?

    Free Speech or Just a Bad Business Decision?

    Does the Parler App and business have a free speech problem or just a Small Business problem? Join your hosts Shannon Jean and Dave Hamilton as they discuss what happens when you rely too much on a single supplier or customer for your success. Hear why Dave thinks "If you rely on one source, you don't really own the business - your source does."



    00:00:00 Small Business Show #310 for Wednesday, January 13, 2021

    00:01:24 If one company can make or break your business, it wasn’t your business to begin with.

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    00:10:47 Who does your business rely on?



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    The Small Business Support Group

    • 18 min
    Our 2020 Small Business Report + 2021 Trends

    Our 2020 Small Business Report + 2021 Trends

    Welcome to the first Small Business Show experience of 2021! We hope you had a great holiday, all things considered, and we’re excited to be with you for what will surely be a terrific year with some tremendous success for all of us.

    Join us as your hosts Shannon Jean and Dave Hamilton talk about how their various businesses performed in 2020 with insights into why they did better or worse during the Pandemic and what they expect to do in 2021.



    00:00:00 Small Business Show #309 for Wednesday, January 6, 2021

    00:01:38 How was your year?

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    00:12:19 Why was your year like that?



    Be Ready for The Rebound





    00:27:53 Predictions for 2021



    Prediction: US reopening truly begins April

    Prediction: Q4 next year will be ROCKIN’

    Prediction: 2022 will begin the “Roaring Twenties” for us

    Prediction: Bitcoin will double this year, ending north of $60K





    00:39:14 Plans for 2021



    Book Publishing

    New Hires

    More exposure





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    • 48 min
    Time to Shake the SBS Box, Questions instead of statements, Sunk Costs and more

    Time to Shake the SBS Box, Questions instead of statements, Sunk Costs and more

    Welcome to another Small Business Show experience. This is the show that is by, for, and about Small Business owners. Today’s episode is a grab bag of topics that your hosts Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean have gathered throughout the year. Small yet important topics that we want to spend some time today discussing.



    First, you will get a chance to provide input on what we feature on the show each week for 2021 and beyond. Changes are afoot and we want to hear from you! Connect with us and share your thoughts to make the Small Business Show more useful for you. Then it's on to a discussion about asking questions instead of making statements, the fallacy of sunk costs, and the importance of action for you and your team.



    00:00:00 Small Business Show #308 for Wednesday, December 23, 2020

    00:01:52 What do you want from the show?



    Experimenting with Different Formats in 2021

    feedback@businessshow.co





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    00:21:33 Asking questions for better responses



    “I think I understand...is this what you mean?”





    00:31:57 Sunk Costs



    Employees who say they’re partners

    Shannon Jean’s Books

    REI’s Sunk Cost

    Would You Buy It Today?





    00:41:03 Today’s action: ask yourself and your team:



    What do you want?

    What help would you like to have?

    What action would you take to make your job more enjoyable?





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    • 47 min
    Jack Tompkins Founder of Pineapple Consulting

    Jack Tompkins Founder of Pineapple Consulting

    We talk about decision making frequently on The Small Business Show. One of our oft-repeated bits of advice that came from a previous guest was to never make fear-based decisions for your business. Today on the show we have a guest that is all about making Data-Driven Decisions and how using and visualizing your company data can dramatically impact your success. Jack Tompkins is Managing Partner and Founder of Pineapple Consulting and we are super interested in hearing how they use Small Businesses existing data to help them succeed.



    Jack Tompkins, Managing Partner and Founder of Pineapple Consulting

    Brian Friss on Small Business Show: “Don’t Make Fear-Based Decisions”

    “There’s never a wrong risk, there’s only a wrong price”

    Demystifying Data for the Average Small Business Owner

    Excel and Tableau

    Gut Instinct vs. Data Science

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    Mistakes and Actions time

    A data company makes a data mistake = “I made a formula mistake”

    Try to break what you’re making

    Small Businessing Action: Have a process to digest your numbers

    Engage with your Data

    Find Jack Tompkins at Pineapple Consulting

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    • 43 min
    End of Year Small Business Tasks and Opportunities

    End of Year Small Business Tasks and Opportunities

    As we wrap up a very interesting and often challenging Small Business year, it’s time to revisit those tasks and opportunities to take advantage of before we close out December. On this episode of the Small Business Show, your hosts Shannon Jean and Dave Hamilton share their strategies for closing out the year on a high note. Taking care of things that need to be dated for this calendar year and not missing out on ways to save money, pay fewer taxes, and complete the Executive Summary to keep an ongoing journal of what happened with your Small Business in 2020.



    Listen in and then join us at the Small Business Support Group to share your stories, ask questions, and connect with your hosts Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean.



    * 00:00:00 Small Business Show #306 for Wednesday, December 9, 2020

    * 00:01:50 Shannon and Dave Share their reflections on the year

    * 00:07:15 2020 EOY Decisions

    * 00:08:41 Let’s start with the financials

    * 00:09:42 Action Item: Call (or email) Your Accountant Today



    * We Love Mistakes





    * 00:11:30 Get your collections together: Who Owes You Money?

    * 00:14:02 Take Big Juicy Write-offs THIS year

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    * 00:20:10 Would You Rather Pay the Money to the Government Or Give it To Your Employees?

    * If your spouse is your employee, pay your spouse, have them pay for your health insurance



    * SEP IRA

    * Solo-401k

    * Getting a 401k in place for your employees





    * 00:27:56 Look for End-of-Year deals



    * Consider shifting your fiscal EOY to a different month





    * 00:29:07 Create your Executive Summary for 2020



    * Start with a monologue

    * What happened this year?

    * What are the opportunities for next year?

    * Start the draft





    * 00:33:29 Action Item: Write Your Future Story



    * eBay Up & Running Grants





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    • 38 min
    Andrew Millar - Franchising Success uBreakiFix

    Andrew Millar - Franchising Success uBreakiFix

    We have spoken to hundreds of Small Business owners over the past 6-years here on the show. A small batch of those folks were franchise owners that have had success with various franchise opportunities. Today on the show, we get a chance to talk to Andrew Millar, a Franchise Sales Specialist with UBreakIFix. We’re going to dig deep into the franchise business model to see what makes it work for some people who want to run their own business but have some back office and marketing support via a franchise. We’ll also learn more about UBreakIFix and their specific franchise.



    00:00:00 Small Business Show #305 for Wednesday, December 2, 2020

    When you don’t know how to do something, do the wrong thing. Someone will guide you. 

    Andrew Millar, Franchise Sales Specialist with uBreakiFix

    When Franchising:



    Find a proven business model

    Find a company with support

    Find a built-in, loyal customer base

    Controlled competition from the same brand

    A team dedicated to your success





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    * Hiring within a Franchise



    Corporate Refugees

    Homogenizing the repair

    IFE Website for Different Franchise Opportunities

    We Love Mistakes

    “If you don’t run your business, your business runs you.”

    Genuine Apple Parts!





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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

biz newbie ,

I truly love the show!

I’m in the process of starting a business and this podcast has been invaluable.Thank you Shannon and Jean for the wonderful insight, discussion, tips, and guests that are helping me in this new and exciting phase of my life. As you can tell by the title, I very much love the show!

JoshCrist ,

Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🙌

Whether you’re well established as a small business owner, or just getting started carving out a profitable niche that’s ready to grow - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Shannon and Dave do an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving organization, and life you can be proud of - with leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

tommye w-c ,

Awesome

Incredible and actionable business information!

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