How to Finish Strong

September 9, 2016

Fall sports may be early in their seasons, but entrepreneurs are three-quarters of the way through their "season." The question is: How do you finish strong?  Business advisor Tom Caprel, Breakthrough Results, has some ideas, applicable to whether your business is limping toward the finish line or roaring toward another successful year.  Monthly reviews. Long-term goals.  Short-term plans.  Talking to your team.  Your system for success.


How to Beat the Butterflies

July 20, 2016

Tips from Gail Sussman-Miller on ways to overcome the nerves when it's time to ask for the order -- or ask for an introduction to a potential customer.


Is There an MBA in Your Business’ Future?

June 21, 2016

An employee with an MBA comes with at least a small salary premium -- but, author Brian Precious says, can be of significant help for small businesses in changing industries. . .those ready for a big step forward. . .and start-ups.  Listen in to Brian's thoughts on how small businesses can use MBAs.


When ID Theft Gets Personal

May 22, 2016


·         A national survey of online households indicates that 45% of us are worried about credit card and banking fraud.  Here’s the kicker:  One-third of those households no longer purchase goods and services on the Internet.


·         Same survey:  63% of us are worried about identity theft – and by a loss of control over our personal data.


·         LinkedIn last week admitted that a 2012 data breach affected login data for more than 100 million users, not the 6.5 million originally noted.  According to the Los Angeles Times, a hacker is selling user data on the Dark Web.  LI now says users should change their passwords.


·         The same day, the Milwaukee Bucks (NBA team) reported that players’ W-2 information (Social Security numbers, names and addresses, birthdates and compensation) reported to the IRS has been stolen.


That makes our new Business Owners' Pod Talk, When ID Theft Gets Personal, especially timely.  Listen in at -- and share with friends and family.  The guest, who offers protection suggestions, is identity theft expert George Vroustouris.


How to Prevent Ransomware Attacks

April 13, 2016

There’s nothing positive about ransomware attacks that cripple your computers until you pay a ransom to the perpetrator.  Ransom demands generally must be paid in untraceable bitcoin.  Our new Business Owners’ Pod Talk. . .How to Prevent Ransomware Attacks. . .is a conversation with Dave Davenport, CEO of IT support provider MotherG.   Among the suggestions:  Good SPAM filter.  Strong firewall.  User training. 


The Economy and You

March 21, 2016

Economist and CFA Jason Thomas, CEO and chief investment officer of Savos Investments, discusses small businesses and the economy -- including the role of central banks and interest rates, investment strategies, and fundamental changes that will affect decisions made by business owners.


Workplace Safety: Perception vs. Reality

February 16, 2016

It’s a subject many of us are uncomfortable discussing, but workplace safety is an issue in today’s world.


·         Productivity tends to fall when workplace attacks are highlighted in the media.

·         Most attorneys say that providing a safe workplace is a management responsibility.

·         But what does a company do?  Police-led training?  Safety drills?  What-to-do-if lists?


Behavioral psychologist Russ Riendeau shares ideas in this Business Owners’ Pod Talk, Workplace Safety:  Perception vs. Reality.


How to Up Your Social Media Game

January 25, 2016

Ever wonder whether your social media efforts are good enough?  Whether Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn really are the platforms you need?  Whether there's a better way to score with social media?  Our "How to Up Your Social Media Game" conversation with Brand Strong Marketing's Sue Kirchner answers those questions -- and offers advice.


Growing Old in the ‘Burbs

January 5, 2016

How do you respond when an employee seeks time off to provide care for a loved one?  Gerontologist Colleen Ceh Becvar discusses how employers can help.


Workplace Cyber Security Training

December 1, 2015

Human error, often the result of too little (or no) workplace cyber security training, is behind most instances of ID theft-cyber fraud.  Even the smallest businesses are vulnerable.  Certified Identity Protection Advisor George Vroustouris, founder of Undo Identity Theft Inc., talks cyber solutions.


Why the 504 Loan May be Your Best Bet

November 3, 2015

Buying a building?  Rehabbing?  Purchasing new equipment?  Karen Lennon explains why the little known Section 504 loan may be your best option for low-cost, long-term funding.


How to Assure Your Client Pays

October 19, 2015

A well-drawn contract can help assure your client pays.


Is Your Business Prepped for Sale?

October 4, 2015

Time to think about selling your business?  M&A attorney Ray Horn says it could take three years to get your business ready for the market.  Listen to his thoughts during Jim Kendall's interview.


Negotiating the Sale

September 10, 2015

You think you have the sale wrapped up, but then your prospect starts worrying about price.  Stacia Skinner, a top sales trainer and president of Creative Training Solutions, suggests how to respond.

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How to Boost Revenue

August 24, 2015

Do your clients actually know what your business does?  Are they using your competitors to provide services you should be providing?  A client loyalty assessment may help you answer those questions.  Value Drivers’ Lee Eisenstaedt discusses in our newest Business Owners’ Pod Talk, How to Boost Revenue.


10 Questions to Ask Before You’re Hacked

August 3, 2015

Because any business can be hacked, Jeff Jensen's 10 Questions to Ask Before You're Hacked is must listening.  Jensen, former FBI special agent, then a federal prosecutor and now a partner in the St. Louis law firm Husch Blackwell, suggests questions business owners, Board members and senior staff should ask about their company's cyber attack readiness.


The 7(a) Loan

July 21, 2015

The SBA's 7(a) loan is one of the most versatile financing options around.  There are rules, of course, and you'll want a bank comfortable in the SBA environment.  Bridgeview Banking Group's Tom Meyer shares the details.


Loans for Small Businesses

July 6, 2015

Need a business loan?  Too small to interest the bank?  Listen in as Amy Clinton talks about loan options at Accion Chicago -- in the city, suburbs, throughout Illinois.  Indiana as well.


Adapting Success

June 21, 2015

.  Targeting.  Networking.  Collaborating.  How to find new customers, how to keep them once you get them.


Where to Find New Employees

May 31, 2015

From utilizing community bulletin boards at places like Starbucks and Jimmy Johns to connecting with local college career centers and establishing employee referral programs, career consultant Bob Podgorski discusses where small businesses can find new employees.


Reaching Customers on the Web

May 13, 2015

Google search algorithms now favor websites that show well on mobile devices, but there are many methods that will help small businesses connect with customers on the Internet.  Mark Goodman shares his ideas.


How to Link In on LinkedIn

April 29, 2015

Building business via LinkedIn a problem?  Too many connections you don't know? Uncertain about posting an article, joining groups or advertising?  LinkedIn expert Michael Yublosky helps


Why Your Business Might Need an Attorney

April 15, 2015

Small business attorney Charles Wentworth explains why those corporate minutes are important -- and covers other legal topics entrepreneurs should know


Turning Social Media Connections into Customers

March 31, 2015

Can a smart social media strategy help build your small business?  Sue Kirchner offers suggestions.


The Reshoring of Manufacturing

March 17, 2015

From the training of a new generation of skilled workers to the quality issues that eventually mattered, and succession, we can learn something from this Business Owners’ Pod Talk interview with Paul Heinze. 


SBA Lending Explained

March 3, 2015

SBA loans can be a good small business option, if you understand the process.  Banker Javier Placencia helps.


Windows 10, Clouds & Small Businesses

February 16, 2015

Windows 10 software for small businesses.  Cloud storage.


Factors: Financing When the Bank Says ‘No’

February 2, 2015

Small business financing:  Factors are an option to the bank


What to Do Before Your Marketing Plan Begins

January 21, 2015

Try guidepost meetings, where you think, plan and share thoughts with respected peers


Selling your business: The day after

January 6, 2015

What will you do the day after you give the keys to the new owner?  Barry Goodman has some planning suggestions.


Selling your business: The process

January 6, 2015

There's lots to think about -- everything from contracts to intellectual property to your management team -- when you think about selling your business.  Barry Goodman talks us through the process.


Why ‘Real’ is Better than Virtual Networking

December 7, 2014

Networking guru Lillian Bjorseth explains why face-to-face networking has big advantages


Small Business and the Law

November 18, 2014

Partnerships.  Protecting the company checkbook.  Getting paid.  Buy-sell agreements


How to Mix Business & Creativity

November 5, 2014

Music.  Writing.  Painting.  Sculpting.  There's no end to the typical entrepreneur's creativity -- or how to use it.


Hacking: Is Your Small Business Vulnerable?

October 20, 2014

Small businesses get hacked, too, but there are steps you can take to take to help protect your business.


How to Read a Job Applicant’s Resume

October 20, 2014

Where to find potential employees. . .how to screen their job histories


Great Game: Removing the Mysteries from Company Financials

September 10, 2014

Expenses are down, profits up.  Advantax CEO Dave LeVan explains why.


SBA 504 Loans: Why They Matter

August 19, 2014

Karen Lennon explains the advantages of the SBA 504 loan program, a Jim Kendall interview


Social Media: Who Is Your Audience?

August 19, 2014

Jim Kendall discusses small business social media strategy with guest Brian Basilico


Status Quo is Your Number 1 Competitor

August 18, 2014

Guest:  Stacia Skinner

Interviewed By: Jim Kendall