53: 5 Benefits of Community for the Entrepreneur

Podcast – Show Notes

53: 5 Benefits of Community for the EntrepreneurHave you ever felt alone in the fight?  As Entrepreneurs, it is easy to get so busy and focused on our goals that we don’t cultivate relationship.
The result is a lonely, vulnerable place.  If you choose to stay in that place, you will find your success and impact limited.
[Tweet “”You find your calling when you find your family” – @caleb_campbell“]
However, you have a choice.  You can take action, invest in relationships and change your destiny.
Here is what Solomon had to say about community.
“This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all so meaningless and depressing. Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.”

5 Benefits of Community to the Entrepreneur

  1. Someone to share success with
  2. Help when you fall
  3. Keep your hope in face of opposition
  4. Conquer the enemy
  5. Makes you stronger

Complete Show Notes with Clickable Links at www.BrianMininger.com/sbr53

38: Building a Business as a Married Team w/ LaShonda Delivuk

EP. 38Today’s guest is LaShonda Delivuk of Life Focus Pictures.
“Life Focus Pictures specializes in television commercials, educational DVDs (in both English & Spanish), and web videos for YouTube & website homepages.
From the very beginning, the mission of Life Focus was to provide its clients with exceptional customer service while producing video content with a high-end cinematic aesthetic.  Our goal is to bring national-quality material to businesses both small and large.  In 2013, Life Focus Pictures received a nomination for the 2013 Emerging Small Business Award through the Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce as well as a nomination for a Small Business Award through the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce.  Since 2011, LFP has served over 70 businesses nationwide producing video content for all needs ranging from broadcast commercials to vision videos for non-profits.
Life Focus Pictures strives to not only produce quality work but have a positive impact on the community in which they live. They are active members of the Lynchburg Morning Rotary Club & the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of Commerce (CHAT Team & Minority/Women Owned Task Force). They volunteer their time helping non-profits and also speak to young entrepreneurs, middle & high school students.”

Biblical Entrepreneurship

“When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing. But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it.” ~ Hebrews 6:7-8

Key Takeaways

  • It’s a great ideas to have a Financial Adviser when first starting off.
  • When you are forced to make something work, you tend to become more creative.
  • Don’t make assumptions about your community. Get to know your community and how it works. 
  • Make sure that you are constantly giving back to your community; thanking them for supporting you.
  • Sometimes we have a scarcity mindset instead of an abundance mindset.
  • Different is scary, but different can be a good thing.
  • Never get too attached to your own ideas.
  • John 15:5

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Don’t make assumptions about your community. Get to know your community and how it works. “]
  • [Tweet “When you are forced to make something work, you tend to become more creative.”]
  • [Tweet “Make sure that you are constantly giving back to your community; thanking them for supporting you.”]
  • [Tweet “Sometimes we have a scarcity mindset instead of an abundance mindset.”]
  • [Tweet “Different is scary, but different can be a good thing.”]
  • [Tweet “Never get too attached to your own ideas.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR38

36: Employing the Unemployable w/ John Rush

EP. 36Today’s Guest is John Rush, CEO of Cleanturn.
John is a social entrepreneur with a distinct focus on leveraging business as means for creating training and employment opportunities for individuals with significant obstacles to employment, including prior incarceration.
After serving as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps, John focused his career on empowering those impacted by poverty and incarceration. John served as Managing Director of nationally recognized Cleanslate and President of 180 Properties in Chicago. In 2011, John partnered with several socially conscious investors to launch CleanTurn, a social enterprise that has leveraged its business to provide nearly 300 training and employment opportunities for men and women returning from incarceration in its first three years. CleanTurn was awarded the 2012 Honda Empowerment Award by the Columbus Urban League and has been recognized by Mayor Coleman’s Restoration Academy in Columbus Ohio as the first private company partner for hiring Restoration Academy participants. John has been awarded Columbus’ BusinessFirst’s Forty Under 40 Award highlighting his work as a social entrepreneur in Central Ohio.
John is married with eight children and currently resides on the southwest side of Columbus.”

Key Takeaway’s

  • You have to be smart and work hard, but you also have to enjoy the risk.
  • Make it more about the challenge and the opportunity, not about whether it’s going to work or not.
  • Managing your family and your business requires a lot of discipline and time management.
  • “The political and economic are always at the service of the social.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Make it more about the challenge and the opportunity, not about whether it’s going to work or not. @john_c_rush”]
  • [Tweet “You have to be smart and work hard, but you also have to enjoy the risk. @john_c_rush”]
  • [Tweet “”The political and economic are always at the service of the social.” @john_c_rush”]

 Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR35

34: Town Hall – Finding Great Team Members

EP. 34We’re gonna talk about finding good help and some strategies you can use to inspire your great help to greatness.
Managing and finding employees is at the heart of loving well. It is not impossible to find good employees.
If it’s impossible than how come other businesses do it? How do they grow? It’s not about the employees its not yourself. It’s about you and who you will you become.
Will you be the kind of leader others will want to work for?
If you don’t lead them well they will not perform well. 
Leadership is influence nothing less. You can’t empower somebody, people empower themselves. Create an environment for them to empower themselves. You need to look for people who have that drive and motivation.

5 Strategies You Can Use to Build Your Team:

  1. Clearly define the position and what you need.
  2. Utilize your network to source your potential team members.
  3. Always be open to hiring quality people when they come along.
  4. Clearly write out the advantages of working for your company.
  5. Grow yourself as a leader. People follow leaders that are ahead of them.

It IS possible to find great team members.

You either have to modify your dreams or increase your skills.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Grow yourself as a leader. People follow leaders that are ahead of them.”]
  • [Tweet “Always be open to hiring quality people when they come along.”]
  • [Tweet “If you don’t lead them well they will not perform well.”]
  • [Tweet “It is not impossible to find good employees.”]
  • [Tweet “You can’t empower somebody, people empower themselves.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR34

30: Leading Your Business Through a Changing Marketplace w/ Tom Clifton

EP. 30Today’s guest is Tom Clifton, a cofounder of Animoto. 

“Animoto makes it easy to create professional-quality videos on your computer and mobile device. At our core, we believe that video is the most powerful way to communicate what you care most deeply about—whether that’s your family, business, or a cause—and that making videos shouldn’t be limited to only those with technical know-how and expensive production equipment.
That’s why our team is committed to building products that make it cost-effective, fun, and effortless for anyone to create exceptional videos. We’re about helping you share your story with the world.”

Key Takeaways

  • Have at least one technical founder that you can trust to do the work well.
  • You have to see things coming and be willing to change. You must be able to adapt.
  • Change is the norm. It’s safe and okay.
  • When hiring you must look to see whether the individual is susceptible to change. That is a good quality to have in an employee.
  • Make sure you stay true to your core principles while pursuing excellence. Without that mindset you are going to head downhill.
  • “You can’t have your cake and eat it too.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “When hiring you must look to see whether the individual is susceptible to change. @tomclifton”]
  • [Tweet “Change is the norm. It’s safe and okay. @tomclifton”]
  • [Tweet “You have to see things coming and be willing to change. You must be able to adapt. @tomclifton”]
  • [Tweet “Make sure you stay true to your core principles while pursuing excellence. @tomclifton”]
  • [Tweet “”You can’t have your cake and eat it too.” @tomclifton”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR30

26: Building a Full-Time Network Marketing Business w/ Amy Davenport

EP. 26Today’s Guest is Amy Davenport, an independent distributor built off of 31 Gifts.
“Amy Davenport began  her career with Thirty-One Gifts in March of 2010.  She was honored by Thirty-One Gifts with 2 of the top five categories for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 fiscal year. She was recognized for being in the top 25 dream building (recruiting) for 2011, as well as top in consistency of sales for 2012. As a result of her success, Amy was a member of the 2012 Leadership Council.
 Since joining the company in 2010, Amy has built a team of over 185 consultants nationwide. She enjoys coaching and mentoring the women on her team  to reach their goals and change their lives. She has also earned the Leadership Incentive Trip two years running, and enjoyed taking her husband, Tony, to an all-inclusive resort in Cancun, Mexico twice!
Amy is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in History and holds a Masters in Education from George Mason University as well. She worked as middle and high school teacher for 6 years before moving into grant management for 3 years. Thirty-One has allowed Amy to work from home since 2011.  She resides in Waynesboro, VA with her husband Tony, son, Anthony, and  identical twin daughters, Brooke and Brittany.”

Key Takeaways

  • Share your story with others. Your story can inspire and influence others.
  • Building relationships and customer service are extremely important.
  • Everyone has the ability to build a relationship with a client.
  • You have to identify the WHY. You must know why you are pursuing something to motivate you.
  • It is okay to take a break from your work.
  • Proverbs 31:16-18

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Share your story with others.”]
  • [Tweet “Everyone has the ability to build a relationship with a client.”]
  • [Tweet “You have to identify the WHY. You must know why you are pursuing something to motivate you.”]
  • [Tweet “It is okay to take a break from your work.”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR26

24: Success in a Multi-Generational Business w/ Jessica Hall

EP. 24Today’s Guest is Jessica Hall of Harmony Harvest Farm.
“I am a stay at home mom working hard to make our family farm business successful. I select the flowers we grow, determine planting dates, plant the beds, harvest the flowers, arrange the flowers, invoice the flowers…. since it’s a small family business, we all wear a lot of hats around here!
     I have always had a love and interest in horticulture even as a child. In high school, I was a member of the FFA’s horticulture club and participated in horticulture design events (landscape design on a state level, and floral design on a national level). As a teenager, I worked for a landscape company and also a florist. I attended Virginia Tech and graduated with a degree in Horticulture and then spent the next six years working in horticulture distribution, designing greenhouses, consulting with growers, and providing technical assistance on greenhouses and chemical recommendations on crops. Due to that job, I served one year as chair on the North American Horticultural Suppliers Association (NAHSA). 
         Since we decided for me to become a stay at home mom in 2010, I began to devote more time to developing our dream of owning a farm. Due to the relationships I formed within the horticulture industry, I learned invaluable lessons from my former customers’ experiences and I applied this knowledge when formulating our business plan for Harmony Harvest.” 

Key Takeaways

  • “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.” ~ Ephesians 5:15
  • Meet with other people who specialize in your field to ask questions and get ideas from.
  • Maintain what you are aspiring to do. Make sure you AND your customers, walk away satisfied.
  • You want to make sure your customers come away from the service with what they came looking for. Whether it’s with your business or not.
  • “Communicating and educating go hand and hand with the marketing of your business.”
  • We have to stay educated and caught up with what the public is needing and wanting.
  • Let people feel that they are apart of your story strengthens your connections and relationships with your customers and partners.
  • Passion. You have to have a passion for what you are doing.
  • Social Media is a great way to publicize your business in this world today.
  • “Happiness is held in the seed, but happiness is shared in the flower” ~ John Hagreen
  • “Flower farmers just smell better.”

 

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise.” ~ Ephesians 5:15″]
  • [Tweet “Meet with other people who specialize in your field to ask questions and get ideas from. @harmonyhrvst”]
  • [Tweet “”Communicating and educating go hand and hand with the marketing of your business.” @harmonyhrvst”]
  • [Tweet “Let people feel that they are apart of your story. @harmonyhrvst”]
  • [Tweet “Passion. You have to have a passion for what you are doing. @harmonyhrvst”]
  • [Tweet “”Happiness is held in the seed, but happiness is shared in the flower” ~ John Hagreen”]
  • [Tweet “”Flower farmers just smell better.” @harmonyhrvst”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR24

06: Lessons From the Landscape Business w/ Chip D. Thompson

PODCAST EP. 06Today’s guest is Chip D. Thompson the Host of the ‘Out of the Box Local’ podcast.  Through the years he has built a portfolio of business experience that includes, landscaping, real estate, handyman and computer sales.

Today my focus is about getting more business for my clients. It is interesting to look back over my life and find what pieces have come together from each one of my experiences to give me the perspective I have today.
I enjoy the fact that now I work with businesses or B2B, in truth I’m working with the owners of those businesses. If you want to see me in my prime, meet me at the next networking event when surrounded by happy energetic business owners! – Chip D Thompson

Key Takeaways

  • You need to understand why you excelled at what you did, because it may not be what you were supposed to do. Then you are able to move on to something else.
  • If your gonna be an entrepreneur, why not take the initial ‘out of comfort zone’ approach?
  • Take time to slow down and listen to your family when they want to talk.
  • Focus on one thing, set your mind to those tasks for the day, and get them done.
  • Social Media is a great networking tool. It is a great way to connect with others and get to know many different people.
  • Start with networking and find someone that challenges you and get referrals from them.
  • Try to get tools that will work on your computer and your phone. This will give you easy access when you need it.

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “”The two things that will change a life is the people you meet and the books you read.” @ChipDThompson”]
  • [Tweet “”It’s not about the money, it’s about their experience. The money will flow afterward.” @ChipDThompson”]
  • [Tweet “”Make one solid connection today, instead of following fifteen people today.” @ChipDThompson”]
  •  [Tweet “”If you happen to help other people get what you want then you’ll get what you want.” (paraphrase of Matthew 7:12) ~Zig Ziggler @ChipDThomas”]

 Resources

Complete show notes with clickable links at www.BrianMininger.com/SBR06

3 Gifts Everyone Needs (They don't cost any money!)

Gifts

Photo Credit – Jimmie


It seems like every year we move into the holiday shopping season earlier and earlier.  I was seeing Christmas decorations in stores back in October.  So I realize, I may be a little late to the party (even though it is before Thanksgiving), but I wanted to share with you 3 gifts to consider giving to everyone on your list this year.
These gifts won’t cost you any money, but they will take intentional effort.  I personally am committing to give more of these gifts year round than I ever have before.

Gift #1 – Appreciation

Most of us work hard each day to serve somebody.  It may be our clients, our employees, our neighbors, or even our family.  We put effort into helping others (even if we are “just doing our job”).  Unfortunately, most people do not show appreciation or say thank you.  They may appreciate what we do, but they get to busy to say it.  However, when someone does say “Thank You” it makes us feel so good.  One gift of appreciation can have us living on “cloud 9”  all day.
Therefore, as you go through life, particularly this holiday season, make sure you are showing appreciation.  You will encounter sleep deprived UPS drivers, frazzled waitresses, overworked retail workers, and stressed family members.  In those moments take action and show appreciation.  I am sure you will make someone’s day.

Gift # 2 – Encouragement

Life can be discouraging.  Unexpected things happen… the car won’t start, we loose our best client, an employee quits, the equipment breaks down, or we get a tax audit.  These things can leave us feeling defeated.  On top of that, running a business is hard work.  Therefore, we all know how much we need encouragement.
The reality is, that everyone needs encouragement.  Everyone faces difficult things that wear them down.  Encouragement is like a “shot in the arm.”  So make the intentional effort to encourage someone today.  Let them know that you believe in them and are supporting them.

Gift # 3 – Love

I know that people define “love” a lot of different ways.  But for this gift I want to define love as, value.  When we love someone, they have a high value to us.  We care about them and understand their worth as a person.  What often times gets lost, particularly in a busy season, is telling someone how valuable they are to us.
As you go through this busy Holiday season, make sure you slow down enough to let your friends and family know how important they are to you.  Spend time with them,  share a cup of coffee, give a hug, and say “I love you!”  This unconditional love could be just the gift that someone is longing for today.
So there it is.  I have given you a foolproof way to to give great gifts this Christmas without breaking your budget.  Today I want to start the gift giving with a gift of encouragement to you.  Below is the first in what will be a series of Small Business Revival Quote videos to encourage you each and every day.  I hope you enjoy it.

 
Have a Great “Gift Giving” Day!

  • Brian

6 Keys to Getting Buy-In From Your Team

Teamwork

Photo Credit – Kevin Dooley


Every business and organization involves a team.  That team may include employees, vendors, independent contractors, etc.  These are the people that have to work together to run your business and deliver your products and services.  When you have buy-in from your team for the mission and vision of your company, everyone works together with passion and energy.  Your team wants to contribute and will give their best if they are bought in to the mission and vision of the team.
When you don’t have buy-in, the opposite is true. Team members are disgruntled and share those feelings with others.  Energy and productivity go down…  People pull in different directions and compete for resources…  The whole business suffers and no one wants to come to work anymore.

Here are some signs that you don’t have buy-in from the team.

  • Team members seem distracted and disengaged from their work.
  • Team members don’t follow what you have asked them to do.
  • Team members grumble and complain.
  • Team members leave.
  • Team members only “fulfill their requirements.”
  • The team lacks energy and momentum.

As the leader of your business, you are responsible for setting the culture and getting buy-in from your team.  No one else can do this for you.  Don’t worry, even if you don’t feel like you are a great leader, there are simple things you can do to get buy-in from your team.  As you learn these steps your leadership and influence will grow.

6 Keys to Getting Buy-In From Your Team

  1. Be Aware of the Culture of your Business – Watch and listen so that you are aware when the team is out of alignment.
  2. Pay attention to the effects of Business Changes on Team Members – Many times business owners make changes without considering the consequences for their team.
  3. Ask for Input – Create a culture where people can share differing opinions and ideas for the good of the team.
  4. Listen, Listen, Listen – Give opportunities for you team to discuss ideas, contribute to decisions, and share their feelings.  Then, truly take what they have shared into consideration
  5. Acknowledge Differences – When someone want something different than the decision you make, let them know that you appreciate their position and gave serious consideration to it.
  6. Ask for Alignment – Once a decision is made, ask each team member if they can align themselves with the decision.

How do you get buy-in from your team?

Share your thoughts in the comments below

  • Brian