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Helping solopreneurs grow their businesses with tips and resources from the experiences of our successful solopreneur guests. Learn, grow and laugh with us. The show is sponsored by the International Association of Solopreneurs http://www.solopreneurs.org

Latest Episodes

Productivity, Profit, and Prosperity

Friday, December 9th at Noon EST Dr. Kamran Akbarzadeh joins Donna Amos to discuss his book Leadership Soup and how you can achieve productivity, profit, and prosperity. Kamran Akbarzadeh, Ph.D., is a motivational and inspiring author, speaker, seminar leader, and coach. In 2009, with a vision to inspire others to live on purpose and lead on purpose, he founded Dream Achievers Academy. Kamran believes that the world in general and organizations in particular are in desperate need of authentic leaders who lead with their hearts and who empower people to soar to greatness no matter where they are or what they do. With this conviction, Kamran was inspired to author his Amazon best-selling book, Leadership Soup. Through his message of living and leading on purpose, Dr. Kamran Akbarzadeh helps individuals and organizations achieve productivity, profit, and prosperity. Kamran joins us to discuss why authentic leadership matters, how to build trust among people in the organization, and wha...

31 MIN2011 DEC 10
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Productivity, Profit, and Prosperity

Why the Economic Downturn is Not All Doom and Gloom

Victor Kwegyir is the founder and CEO of VIKE INVEST (UK) LTD, a growing International Business Consultancy firm in London, UK. He holds a Masters degree (MSc in International Financial Systems) along with other qualifications. The author of the recently released book The Business You Can Start—Spotting the Greatest Opportunities in the Economic Downturn, Victor speaks internationally at seminars, challenging and equipping people with the knowledge and practical tools in starting and growing a business. Victor is a regular guest speaker and contributor to entrepreneurial development and business growth and profitability radio shows. He also has his own blog and contributes to other blogs as well as business finance and management Web sites around the world. Connect with Victor: VIKE INVEST (UK) LTD Unit 2, Conduit Business Centre, 2 Conduit Mews Woolwich, London, UK (+44) 2081336706 (+44) 7401135576 victor@vikebusinessservices.com http://www.vikebusinessservices.com Twitter: @vikek...

29 MIN2011 DEC 3
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Why the Economic Downturn is Not All Doom and Gloom

Retire To--Not From

Friday November 11th at Noon EST: Author Phil Saylor joins host Donna Amos to discuss his newest book Retire To—Not From and how to properly prepare for retirement. Phil Saylor has worked for himself for over forty years. After studying Advertising at VCU, he started a painting and remodeling company. He moved to Atlanta in 1978 where he met his wife Anna. Phil and his wife built houses in the 90s and in 2002 Phil published his first fiction novel Dreamaire. In 2003 he founded Tuscan Stone Mantels, a cast stone company manufacturing stone mantels and kitchen hoods. In May of this year, Tate Publishing released his newest book Retire To – Not From which Phil promotes along with the publisher. You may or may not be ready to retire financially but chances are you are not ready psychologically. Retire To – Not From explores the fact that planning on what you are going to do with your time after retirement is just as important as having the money to retire. Phil will discuss what insp...

33 MIN2011 NOV 12
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Retire To--Not From

Selecting and Protecting Your Brand

Friday November 4th at Noon EST Attorney Mark L. Donahey joins Donna Amos to discuss trademark law and the importance of selecting and protecting a strong brand. Mark L. Donahey is an Associate Attorney with Erik M. Pelton & Associates, PLLC, an innovative intellectual property law firm in Falls Church, VA, serving small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the United States since 1999. Mark advises clients on Federal trademark law. He has helped numerous clients register their brands with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and he regularly represents clients in trademark disputes and appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Mark will discuss the fundamentals of intellectual property and trademark law, the importance of intellectual property protection to small businesses and entrepreneurs, and tips for selecting and protecting a strong brand. Mark will also discuss some of the challenges small businesses have traditionally faced when protecting their bran...

33 MIN2011 NOV 5
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Selecting and Protecting Your Brand

Unleaseh the Power of Your Focus!

Friday October 28th at Noon EST: Consultant and speaker Christine Giri joins Donna Amos to discuss Capturing Time More Effectively! Christine Giri founded Time Tamer Consulting with the belief that time spent effectively is not about Daytimers and Blackberries, but rather about combining focus with innovative systemsthat reflect the needs and direction of a business. Learn the strategies for managing your Inbox, social media, your clients, your schedule, and creating the processes in your business to help you use your time more effectively. When you eliminate wasted efforts, you are less constrained by time and more open to getting things done. The results will bring your attention back to what is important to move your business forward. Christine is the author of Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn: A Quick-Start Guide and provides custom social media and time management consulting and workshops for businesses of all sizes. Christine will share five steps to conquer your Inbox, how proces...

32 MIN2011 OCT 29
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Unleaseh the Power of Your Focus!

Search Marketing

Friday October 21st at Noon EST: Allen Jordan, Managing Partner of The FarPoint Alliance and online marketing expert, joins host Donna Amos to discuss search marketing. Allen Jordan, Managing Partner of The FarPoint Alliance is an innovative, results-orientated marketing technology expert with more than twenty-five years of proven experience in creating and managing search marketing, social media marketing, and online reputation management strategies for clients wishing to increase their revenues, online traffic, and maintain a positive brand image. His passion and expertise for “everything Internet” has led to interviews by multiple media outlets such as CNET, MSNBC, New York Times, and New Jersey Star-Ledger. His educational credentials include graduate degrees and multiple specialized certifications. Allen will discuss the difference between SEM and SEO, the biggest challenge in search marketing, how search marketing has influenced the marketing process, the best way to market ...

32 MIN2011 OCT 22
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Search Marketing

Rags to Riches: An Entrepreneurial Story

Friday October 14th at Noon EST: Tony Hartl, founder of Planet Tan, joins Donna Amos to share his Rags to Riches entrepreneurial story. Tony Hartl graduated from Southern Illinois University and focused his business career goals in the fitness industry. Growing quickly, he became Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for a Health Club Chain. In 1995 he founded Planet Tan with three locations and a vision “to provide an affordable luxury where everybody can feel better about themselves." The company grew, and by 2008 it generated average per-unit sales of $1 million--the highest in the country. Tony has a passion for mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs. He sits on the board of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an organization dedicated to helping young people from low-income communities build skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. Tony's new book Selling Sunshine: 75 Tools, Tips, and Tactics for Becoming a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur is desig...

33 MIN2011 OCT 15
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Rags to Riches: An Entrepreneurial Story

Social Media for Businesses—Expert Tips and How To’s

Friday October 7th at Noon EST: Jube Dankworth, Founder of Net Media Consultants, joins Donna Amos to discuss social media and developing a following. Having a natural talent for promoting, Jube Dankworth started her business, Net Media Consultants, helping other businesses get free ink, air and buzz in 2001. Her clients have been on O'Reilly, Beck, Hannity, PBS, MSNBC, FOX News, Dr. Dobson, and Phyllis Schlafly's radio shows. They have also been featured on radio and in newspapers and magazines. She specializes in family-friendly, conservative, and Christian media. “My thrill in life is to find my client's story, to find what makes their business or product unique from the crowd, and then telling that story to the media. I love helping them see their potential, honing their processes and communications to further their company. Whether it's traditional media, Internet, or social media, getting attention for my client makes my day.” Jube joins us to share from her expertise on the...

33 MIN2011 OCT 8
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Social Media for Businesses—Expert Tips and How To’s

Grow Your Own Economy

Friday September 30th at Noon EST: Lee Wibberding joins Donna Amos to discuss his new book, Grow Your Own Economy—Seven Simple Principles to Create Extraordinary Value. While working as a pastor of two churches in Alaska, Lee Wibberding caught the entrepreneur bug—and hasn’t recovered. He currently works for a nonprofit in the Pittsburgh (PA) area, helping low-income earners start and run their own business. He is the author of the new book, Grow Your Own Economy – Seven Simple Principles to Create Extraordinary Value. Lee will discuss the importance of creating value for success in business and how that can be done. He will also touch on the seven principles he talks about in his new book: 1) Wealth comes from creating value. 2) Value is created in the human mind. 3) Add value by creating agreements. 4) Specialize to multiply value. 5) Technology creates exponential value. 6) Get the incentives right to maximize value. 7) The number one inhibitor of wealth creation is the blame...

32 MIN2011 OCT 1
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Grow Your Own Economy

Business Life Lessons

Friday September 23rd at Noon EST: David Klein, Founder of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, Joins Host Donna Amos to Share His Adventures and Lessons Learned in Life and Business David Klein, founder of Jelly Belly jelly beans, is featured in a new documentary titled Candyman. Candyman tells the amazing true story of Klein, an eccentric candy inventor from LA, who in 1976 had a once-in-a-lifetime epiphany and came up with the concept of Jelly Belly jelly beans. These colorful beans came in numerous shockingly realistic flavors and were a radical new product. They became a pop culture phenomenon and revolutionized the candy industry. It didn't hurt that President Ronald Reagan proclaimed Jelly Bellies as his favorite sweets. David's eccentric personality and peculiar sense of business led him to give up the business just as it was about to explode. He has struggled with regrets ever since. A positive, inspiring individual, David has learned many lessons in life and business through this proc...

32 MIN2011 SEP 24
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Business Life Lessons

Latest Episodes

Productivity, Profit, and Prosperity

Friday, December 9th at Noon EST Dr. Kamran Akbarzadeh joins Donna Amos to discuss his book Leadership Soup and how you can achieve productivity, profit, and prosperity. Kamran Akbarzadeh, Ph.D., is a motivational and inspiring author, speaker, seminar leader, and coach. In 2009, with a vision to inspire others to live on purpose and lead on purpose, he founded Dream Achievers Academy. Kamran believes that the world in general and organizations in particular are in desperate need of authentic leaders who lead with their hearts and who empower people to soar to greatness no matter where they are or what they do. With this conviction, Kamran was inspired to author his Amazon best-selling book, Leadership Soup. Through his message of living and leading on purpose, Dr. Kamran Akbarzadeh helps individuals and organizations achieve productivity, profit, and prosperity. Kamran joins us to discuss why authentic leadership matters, how to build trust among people in the organization, and wha...

31 MIN2011 DEC 10
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Productivity, Profit, and Prosperity

Why the Economic Downturn is Not All Doom and Gloom

Victor Kwegyir is the founder and CEO of VIKE INVEST (UK) LTD, a growing International Business Consultancy firm in London, UK. He holds a Masters degree (MSc in International Financial Systems) along with other qualifications. The author of the recently released book The Business You Can Start—Spotting the Greatest Opportunities in the Economic Downturn, Victor speaks internationally at seminars, challenging and equipping people with the knowledge and practical tools in starting and growing a business. Victor is a regular guest speaker and contributor to entrepreneurial development and business growth and profitability radio shows. He also has his own blog and contributes to other blogs as well as business finance and management Web sites around the world. Connect with Victor: VIKE INVEST (UK) LTD Unit 2, Conduit Business Centre, 2 Conduit Mews Woolwich, London, UK (+44) 2081336706 (+44) 7401135576 victor@vikebusinessservices.com http://www.vikebusinessservices.com Twitter: @vikek...

29 MIN2011 DEC 3
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Why the Economic Downturn is Not All Doom and Gloom

Retire To--Not From

Friday November 11th at Noon EST: Author Phil Saylor joins host Donna Amos to discuss his newest book Retire To—Not From and how to properly prepare for retirement. Phil Saylor has worked for himself for over forty years. After studying Advertising at VCU, he started a painting and remodeling company. He moved to Atlanta in 1978 where he met his wife Anna. Phil and his wife built houses in the 90s and in 2002 Phil published his first fiction novel Dreamaire. In 2003 he founded Tuscan Stone Mantels, a cast stone company manufacturing stone mantels and kitchen hoods. In May of this year, Tate Publishing released his newest book Retire To – Not From which Phil promotes along with the publisher. You may or may not be ready to retire financially but chances are you are not ready psychologically. Retire To – Not From explores the fact that planning on what you are going to do with your time after retirement is just as important as having the money to retire. Phil will discuss what insp...

33 MIN2011 NOV 12
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Retire To--Not From

Selecting and Protecting Your Brand

Friday November 4th at Noon EST Attorney Mark L. Donahey joins Donna Amos to discuss trademark law and the importance of selecting and protecting a strong brand. Mark L. Donahey is an Associate Attorney with Erik M. Pelton & Associates, PLLC, an innovative intellectual property law firm in Falls Church, VA, serving small businesses and entrepreneurs throughout the United States since 1999. Mark advises clients on Federal trademark law. He has helped numerous clients register their brands with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and he regularly represents clients in trademark disputes and appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Mark will discuss the fundamentals of intellectual property and trademark law, the importance of intellectual property protection to small businesses and entrepreneurs, and tips for selecting and protecting a strong brand. Mark will also discuss some of the challenges small businesses have traditionally faced when protecting their bran...

33 MIN2011 NOV 5
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Selecting and Protecting Your Brand

Unleaseh the Power of Your Focus!

Friday October 28th at Noon EST: Consultant and speaker Christine Giri joins Donna Amos to discuss Capturing Time More Effectively! Christine Giri founded Time Tamer Consulting with the belief that time spent effectively is not about Daytimers and Blackberries, but rather about combining focus with innovative systemsthat reflect the needs and direction of a business. Learn the strategies for managing your Inbox, social media, your clients, your schedule, and creating the processes in your business to help you use your time more effectively. When you eliminate wasted efforts, you are less constrained by time and more open to getting things done. The results will bring your attention back to what is important to move your business forward. Christine is the author of Facebook, Twitter & LinkedIn: A Quick-Start Guide and provides custom social media and time management consulting and workshops for businesses of all sizes. Christine will share five steps to conquer your Inbox, how proces...

32 MIN2011 OCT 29
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Unleaseh the Power of Your Focus!

Search Marketing

Friday October 21st at Noon EST: Allen Jordan, Managing Partner of The FarPoint Alliance and online marketing expert, joins host Donna Amos to discuss search marketing. Allen Jordan, Managing Partner of The FarPoint Alliance is an innovative, results-orientated marketing technology expert with more than twenty-five years of proven experience in creating and managing search marketing, social media marketing, and online reputation management strategies for clients wishing to increase their revenues, online traffic, and maintain a positive brand image. His passion and expertise for “everything Internet” has led to interviews by multiple media outlets such as CNET, MSNBC, New York Times, and New Jersey Star-Ledger. His educational credentials include graduate degrees and multiple specialized certifications. Allen will discuss the difference between SEM and SEO, the biggest challenge in search marketing, how search marketing has influenced the marketing process, the best way to market ...

32 MIN2011 OCT 22
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Search Marketing

Rags to Riches: An Entrepreneurial Story

Friday October 14th at Noon EST: Tony Hartl, founder of Planet Tan, joins Donna Amos to share his Rags to Riches entrepreneurial story. Tony Hartl graduated from Southern Illinois University and focused his business career goals in the fitness industry. Growing quickly, he became Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for a Health Club Chain. In 1995 he founded Planet Tan with three locations and a vision “to provide an affordable luxury where everybody can feel better about themselves." The company grew, and by 2008 it generated average per-unit sales of $1 million--the highest in the country. Tony has a passion for mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs. He sits on the board of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), an organization dedicated to helping young people from low-income communities build skills and unlock their entrepreneurial creativity. Tony's new book Selling Sunshine: 75 Tools, Tips, and Tactics for Becoming a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur is desig...

33 MIN2011 OCT 15
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Rags to Riches: An Entrepreneurial Story

Social Media for Businesses—Expert Tips and How To’s

Friday October 7th at Noon EST: Jube Dankworth, Founder of Net Media Consultants, joins Donna Amos to discuss social media and developing a following. Having a natural talent for promoting, Jube Dankworth started her business, Net Media Consultants, helping other businesses get free ink, air and buzz in 2001. Her clients have been on O'Reilly, Beck, Hannity, PBS, MSNBC, FOX News, Dr. Dobson, and Phyllis Schlafly's radio shows. They have also been featured on radio and in newspapers and magazines. She specializes in family-friendly, conservative, and Christian media. “My thrill in life is to find my client's story, to find what makes their business or product unique from the crowd, and then telling that story to the media. I love helping them see their potential, honing their processes and communications to further their company. Whether it's traditional media, Internet, or social media, getting attention for my client makes my day.” Jube joins us to share from her expertise on the...

33 MIN2011 OCT 8
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Social Media for Businesses—Expert Tips and How To’s

Grow Your Own Economy

Friday September 30th at Noon EST: Lee Wibberding joins Donna Amos to discuss his new book, Grow Your Own Economy—Seven Simple Principles to Create Extraordinary Value. While working as a pastor of two churches in Alaska, Lee Wibberding caught the entrepreneur bug—and hasn’t recovered. He currently works for a nonprofit in the Pittsburgh (PA) area, helping low-income earners start and run their own business. He is the author of the new book, Grow Your Own Economy – Seven Simple Principles to Create Extraordinary Value. Lee will discuss the importance of creating value for success in business and how that can be done. He will also touch on the seven principles he talks about in his new book: 1) Wealth comes from creating value. 2) Value is created in the human mind. 3) Add value by creating agreements. 4) Specialize to multiply value. 5) Technology creates exponential value. 6) Get the incentives right to maximize value. 7) The number one inhibitor of wealth creation is the blame...

32 MIN2011 OCT 1
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Grow Your Own Economy

Business Life Lessons

Friday September 23rd at Noon EST: David Klein, Founder of Jelly Belly Jelly Beans, Joins Host Donna Amos to Share His Adventures and Lessons Learned in Life and Business David Klein, founder of Jelly Belly jelly beans, is featured in a new documentary titled Candyman. Candyman tells the amazing true story of Klein, an eccentric candy inventor from LA, who in 1976 had a once-in-a-lifetime epiphany and came up with the concept of Jelly Belly jelly beans. These colorful beans came in numerous shockingly realistic flavors and were a radical new product. They became a pop culture phenomenon and revolutionized the candy industry. It didn't hurt that President Ronald Reagan proclaimed Jelly Bellies as his favorite sweets. David's eccentric personality and peculiar sense of business led him to give up the business just as it was about to explode. He has struggled with regrets ever since. A positive, inspiring individual, David has learned many lessons in life and business through this proc...

32 MIN2011 SEP 24
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Business Life Lessons

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