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51: Podcast Show Update 3 – Pursuing Less but Better

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Sometimes less is more.

As a driven “type A” personality… this is hard for me to admit.  However, over time I am learning how to give myself time and space to think.  Every time I take time to evaluate my life I realize that there are ways I can do less, do it better and make a greater impact.
Our lives are constantly filled with new things.  Do you need to consider doing some “pruning” in your life and focus on less so that you can have a greater impact?
Simplicity is powerful!  Why are we so good at making things complex?  These are the questions I am asking myself as I “prune” my life.
In today’s show I share how this thought process is impacting the future of the Small Business Revival Podcast.  As a result of examining how, ” less could be more,”  I have come to the following conclusions.

  1. I will produce 1 show a week instead of 3.  I want to produce a show that is well done.  I am only able to do that if I produce less shows.
  2. I am going to launch a new show that focuses on a smaller audience…. Christians who want to build the Kingdom of God through entrepreneurship, social initiatives, and ministry.

These conclusions have led me to the decision to cease production of the Small Business Revival Podcast and launch a new show.  With that decision comes the need for a new title.  Here are 4 options I am considering.  What are your thoughts?

Potential New Podcast Show Titles

  1. The Brian Mininger Show
  2. Biblical Entrepreneurship Podcast
  3. The Word for World-changers Show
  4. The Solomon Effect Podcast

Share your thoughts or suggestions in the comments or on social media.
God Bless,
Brian
 

50: Podcast Show Update 2 & Our Saturday Small Business Journey

Good Morning!
On today’s podcast I give a little bit of an update on my thoughts for the podcast as we go forward.  And, I share with you about our Families Saturday journey through the small business landscape of Nelson County, Virginia.
We had an awesome day! It was so much fun and we saw some great places, and met some great people.  (I shared some videos along the way on Facebook)
Here are some of the places that we stopped.
The Batesville Market – Batesville, VA
Nelson Farmers Market – Nellysford, VA
North Garden Equestrian Center – North Garden, VA
Bonus 🙂
Sweet Streets Ice Cream Truck – Stuarts Draft, VA (My Friends New Business)
Family Businesses we purchased from…
Ula Tortilla – Nelson Co. VA
Double H Farm – Nelson Co. VA
Miller Bake Shoppe – Stuarts Draft, VA
I encourage you to take your own local small business journey… and let me know what great places that you find.
 
Brian
 

We found these at the farmers market


Entrance to the Nelson County Farmers Market on a beautiful day!


We had lunch at the Batesville Market in Batesville, VA


 

41: It's Never to Late in Life to Start a Business w/ Bob Fraser

EP. 41Today’s Guest is Bob Fraser of BusinessGrowthCoach.org
“When I was a teenager I wanted to be a teacher, that was my passion.  I didn’t follow my passion until I was 38 years old. From the age of 16-38 I had over 25 different jobs, not one of them was I passionate about.
I returned to my passion at the age of 38 after an encounter with God. I went back to school and started a teaching career at the age of 43. I retired from classroom teaching 2012 and now I help others pursue their passion as a Life & Business Coach.
It’s never too late to follow your dream, whether it be going back to school or starting your own business.  
In my free time I like to fish from my kayak, I’m also a Kayak fishing guide where I live in Southwest Florida.  My wife and I also like to travel to different places.” – Bob

Key Takeaways

  • It is never to late to re-start and pursue your calling.
  • Retirement is a great time to start a business
  • When you have a story that you just “have to tell” it is time to write your book.
  • Getting the right help can move you toward your goals.
  • You can create a life that you don’t have to escape from and therefore you do not have to “Dread Mondays”

Tweetable Quotes

[Tweet “Today is the first day of the rest of your life, what are you going to do with it? @bobmfraser”]
[Tweet “If you really want to do something, I believe you can do it! @bobmfraser”]
[Tweet “What a shame if you don’t have time to go fishing. @bobmfraser”]
[Tweet “If you do what you love you will never have to work another day in your life. @bobmfraser”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR41

The Faith in the Workplace Struggle…

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Photo Credit – Mays Business School


Have you ever struggled with how to live out your Christian faith in the workplace as a business owner?
You want to make a positive difference for the Kingdom of God. You desire to share the wonderful good news of the freedom that Jesus has brought to your life, but how do you do that in an effective way.
In today’s world it seems like there is more and more opposition to living our faith openly in the workplace.  And yet… we know that Jesus did most of his miracles and ministry outside of the temple.
Jesus said that we are the light of the world. He also said that a city on a hill cannot be hidden. So how are we to be that light in the marketplace, in our daily lives, out jobs,our work,  our businesses, or as entrepreneurs. How do we become that light everywhere we go?
We have a choice.  We can keep quiet and hold the wonderful good news of Jesus in, letting the people around us continue to suffer in darkness or we can find a way to communicate clearly and effectively.
[Tweet “we strive to speak in a way that is heard, received, and understood. “]
Now I am not talking about “preaching at” people.  Effective communication is defined by what the listener hears, not what we say.  Therefore, we strive to speak in a way that is heard, received, and understood.
This struggle is not unique to us.  The Apostle Paul spoke about it in 2 Corinthians 4.  He said, “we have this treasure (The good news of Jesus) in jars of Clay to show that this all surpassing power is from God and not from us.”
Sometimes I think we forget this. We think that to show God’s glory, we have to be all cleaned up, pretty, look nice and always have it together. But Paul says were jars of clay.  Clay jars are lowly vessels and the glory comes from God.
[Tweet “Be that earthen vessel so that God’s glory can be revealed”]
So this is my challenge to you today… if you want to shine the light of Jesus everywhere you go, then be real.  Be that earthen vessel so that God’s glory can be revealed.
Otherwise, it’s our own glory that were showing. When we are humble, real, authentic earthen vessels, then people are drawn to us and the power and the light of Jesus can be fulfilled in our lives.
In the same way that we couldn’t pay the price for our sins, we can’t clean up our act and show His glory. We have to throw ourselves at the mercy of the cross and allow Jesus’ power and glory to shine through us.


This above all:
To thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

 – Hamlet, Shakespeare


People are crying out for authenticity and it’s time that we gave it to them.  Have a great week.  Let the light of God’s glory shine though you. Make the difficult choice to be real and authentic with someone today.  It is ok to not be perfect.

  • Brian

[Tweet “It is ok to not be perfect. “]

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

35: Saving Children Through Social Entrepreneurship w/ Sam Caster & Jon Copper

EP. 35Today’s guest is Sam Caster of EM Squared and Jon Copper of Nutrition on Mission.

Sam Caster

“In 1998, founders Sam and Linda Caster donated to an orphanage organization based in Romania. When the directors of that organization thanked the Casters for their contribution, they expressed their growing concerns for the children in their care. Malnutrition was taking its ruthless toll on their lives. In desperation, the directors said, “If you know anyone that can help us with this problem, please let us know.” With the world’s most advanced nutritional and wellness technology at their fingertips, Sam and Linda donated a one year supply of nutrient support. One year later, the directors came back wanting more and out of the direct need, MannaRelief was born. A little over a decade later with thousands of people around the world joining together, we’re addressing the problem of malnutrition for children everywhere.”

Jon Copper

“I am a Social Entrepreneur. I started Nutrition On Mission with the intent of creating a sustainable business model to nourish children with malnutrition, as well as create micro-enterprise opportunities in those same communities we nourish children.”

 Biblical Entrepreneurship

“Upright citizens are good for a city and make it prosper, but the talk of the wicked tears it apart.”  ~ Proverbs 11:11

Key Takeaways

  • If you offer your customers something of value they will be more receptive to your services.
  • You have to be competitive in the marketplace. Especially if you are a non-profit.
  • “Concern with building platforms that enable more people of every age to think and behave like change makers, to help them work together powerfully in teams of teams to facilitate rapid circulation and sharing solutions on a global scale.”

  • Utilize the technology around you.
  • Would you rather invest your life to make a difference?

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “You have to be competitive in the marketplace. @JonCopper @TheSamCaster”]
  • [Tweet “If you offer your customers something of value they will be more receptive to your services. @JonCopper @TheSamCaster”]
  • [Tweet “Utilize the technology around you. @JonCopper @TheSamCaster”]
  • [Tweet “Would you rather invest your life to make a difference? @JonCopper @TheSamCaster”]

Resources

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

27: How to Transition From Employee to Business Owner w/ Mark Henson

EP. 27Today’s guest is Mark Henson. He is an entrepreneur with 20+ years of experience creating unusual and rare customer service experiences. Mark is the founder of Sparkspace, the most inspirational team retreat center on the planet.
Mark is the visionary leader of sparkspace, creating workshops, videos, and writing with an unusually creative approach and always focused on practical application.
His blog, www.sparknewthinking.com is read by thousands of people each week. You can also find Mark’s writing and videos clips on his site at www.markbhenson.com

Key Takeaways

  • Create a life that is simple, not busy.
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is a good idea to take a break. It’s okay to put everything aside for awhile so that you can reevaluate your priorities.
  • Embrace and cherish the moments you have with your children; younger or older, because they will be gone soon. You want to spend as much time as you can with them.
  • Focus on what your really good at. Your unique ability. Embrace the things your good at and let go of the things your not.
  • Events are a great way to get your product/ service out. Bring the people through the door.
  • “Think big, act fast, delegate first.”

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Create a life that is simple, not busy. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “If you are feeling overwhelmed, it is a good idea to take a break. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “Embrace and cherish the moments you have with your children; younger or older. @markbhenson”]
  • [Tweet “”Think big, act fast, delegate first.” @markbhenson”]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR27

25: Town Hall – You Were Created for More!

EP. 25On today’s Town Hall meeting I share some of my story as I learned to step out of my box and pursue my true calling. I will be sharing with you six steps to help you find your own personal calling. Whether you are living your calling or aren’t quite there yet, I believe that you were created for more.
“The revitalization of small business is also a revitalization of the family.  The integration of biblical principles in today’s business as well as today’s family is much needed.  Thanks for sharing, keep up the good work.”  ~ Anthony Witt

 Biblical Entrepreneurship

 “Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you do not know if profit will come from one activity or another – or maybe both.”  ~Ecclesiastes 11:6

 In order for a business to be successful it is a good idea to have a business plan, but before that you need a life plan.  You need to understand what you were created to do.
  • Do you know what your life is to be about?
  • Do you know what you want your life to look like?
  • Do you know what your purpose and your calling is?
You need to build your business to serve the purposes and plans for your life, not the other way around. 

Six Steps to Finding Your Calling

  1. Understand what a “calling” is – It is the unique place in God’s purpose and plan of redeeming the world and showing His glory that your were created to fill.
  2. Embrace the Journey, not the destination.
  3. Take a deep look inside.
  4. Lean into the resistance. 
  5. Let go of something you are holding onto.
  6. Take action to move forward. If we aren’t moving forward, God can’t direct our steps.

Tweetable Quotes

  •  [Tweet “You need to build your business to serve the purposes and plans for your life, not the other way around. “]
  • [Tweet “Before you have a business plan you need to have a life plan.”]
  • [Tweet “Even if you are living your calling, you were created for more.”]
  • [Tweet “Embrace the Journey, not the destination.”]
  • [Tweet “Lean into the resistance.”]
  • [Tweet “If we aren’t moving forward God can’t direct our steps.”]

 Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR25

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

21: Success Through Collaboration w/ Lynne Breeden

EP. 21Today’s guest is Lynne Breeden of LTD 7 from Staunton, VA.
“Lynne Breeden’s Stunton, Va., based store has the feel of a well-executed painting brought to life by the hard work and experience of a creative visionary. Breeden opened LTD 7 on May 30, 2013, but indeed her retail history is storied and reaches back into her college days, working retail for the likes of The Limited, Lord and Taylor, and Casual Corner.
Although Breeden briefly tried her hand at banking, she soon returned to retail, helping other stores run their businesses and honing her skills in the process. In 2002 Breeden launched her first store, which specialized in dance apparel and gifts.
By 2008 she sold the store, which had gone through significant change in that time, and became a consultant for retailers seeking to enter the industry. But Breeden proved she couldn’t stay away from first-hand experience for too long as a self-describe “retail junkie” when she opened her latest and greatest concept in early 2013 to “live the dream,” as LTD stands for (“7” is a reference to the Breedens’ faith, as well as number of vendors they represent).”

Key Takeaways

  • When you start your business, to you as an owner it means the world to you. But to the world your a speck. They don’t know your there. So you must constantly remind them that your there. Make yourself known.
  • Social Media has a great influence in this day and age.
  • Consistency of Social Media. You have to be consistent.
  • Give your customers something of value. Such as a Relationship.
  • “You’ve got to give to get”
  • “Do what you do so well that they’ll want you to do it again and bring their friends.” ~ Walt Disney 

Tweetable Quotes

  • [Tweet “Social Media has a great influence in this day and age. @shopltd7”]
  • [Tweet “”You’ve got to give to get” @shopltd7″]
  • [Tweet “”Do what you do so well that they’ll want you to do it again and bring their friends.” ~ Walt Disney @shopltd7″]

Resources

For complete show notes and clickable links go to www.BrianMininger.com/SBR21