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Leveling the Playing Field in Employment with Ladan Davia from Beeya.com – Small Business Show 154

The very essence of business success is all about finding a solution to a problem. When Ladan Davia was searching for employment, she found the process of using online employment websites frustrating and the results less than useful. Like any good Entrepreneur, Ladan founded Beeya.com to make things right.

Recently, Dave and Shannon spoke with Ladan during a pre-sponsorship call for Beeya on the Small Business Show. During the call, they realized that Ladan would make a great guest and asked her to come on the show for an interview. Ladan joins us today to share her story.

Beeya was founded on the premise that employment sites should be easier to use, provide a better experience and use better algorithm’s to match up prospective employees with employers. Along the way, Ladan wanted to level the playing field and provide everyone the same job opportunities, regardless of connections and to help effect positive social change with her company.

Ladan speaks about raising capital to start the business, the importance of matching her company vision with prospective investors and working harder to protect other peoples money, and much more.

Join us today on the Small Business Show, then visit the Small Business Support Group to share your questions and comments.


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #154 for Wednesday, January 17, 2018
  • 00:01:32 Ladan Davia from Beeya.com
  • 00:02:24 From Hard News to Entertainment Industry to Business Owner
  • 00:04:54 “I had never applied for a job”
    • It’s hard to find a job
  • 00:06:54 Balancing everyone’s opportunities
  • 00:08:14 Beeya’s algorithm is different
  • 00:09:06 Starting a funded business
  • 00:12:13 The process of raising money.
  • 00:13:23 Matching visions with investors.
  • 00:15:40 Working harder for other people’s money.
  • 00:16:42 $50,000 is a very big loss
  • 00:18:26 Paperwork doesn’t mean anything
  • 00:19:41 Podcasts are better than Google AdWords
  • 00:22:49 An employment website that can make positive social change
  • 00:28:11 SBS Outtro


How will the 2018 Tax Reforms Impact Your Small Business? Small Business Show Episode 153

small business tax reformWe’re starting a brand new business year with a brand new tax reform act that will impact your Small Business. Get yourself ready by listening in to this episode of the Small Business Show!

On the Small Business Show, we believe that you are a better steward of your money than the government, especially when it comes to investing in your business, your employees and your community. So why not learn the details of the new tax laws and work with your accountant to minimize what you have to send away to the federal government?

Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean jump right in to discuss the details of the tax changes and how you may want to start thinking differently about the structure of your business to take advantage of the new laws. You’ll learn about Pass-through business entities and the new 20% deduction for those types of businesses, along with the restrictions put into place for service businesses such as accountants and attorneys. You’ll be encouraged to ask yourself the all-important question: Are you an employee, business owner or both? Why does it matter and how do you use this decision to minimize your tax burden?

We then spend some time talking about employee-driven businesses (manufacturing companies and restaurants for example) and how they are limited to a deductible that is no larger than 50% of their payroll amount in an effort to encourage Small Businesses to hire more awesome employees. Then it’s time to talk about capital investments and the fact that you now have a 5-year window to expense 100% of your short-lived capital investments within a calendar year. What’s a short-lived capital investment? We thought you’d never ask! Listen in to learn more.

We close out the show with some juicy details about Carry-forward losses and Carry-back losses and how the new tax reform laws impact both. You don’t want to miss this part.

Thanks for joining us today! After you listen, share your story by visiting the Small Business Support Group – we would love to hear from you!


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #153 for Wednesday, January 10, 2018
  • 00:01:39 How Will the Tax Law Impact Small Businesses?
  • 00:02:37 Do your homework!
  • 00:03:18 The New Pass-through 20% Deduction
  • 00:07:28 Limitations for highly-profitable service-based businesses
  • 00:10:17 Are you an employee, business owner, or both?
  • 00:12:11 Learn the new laws as they apply to your business
  • 00:13:03 Employee-driven businesses are limited to 50% of payroll
  • 00:13:48 Find your own path
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  • 00:20:09 A note about the way we handle our sponsorships
  • 00:21:08 You are a better steward with your own money
  • 00:22:04 Expensing 100% your short-lived capital investments
    • Like Section 179 deductions for your business
  • 00:24:16 Changes to Carry-forward Losses and Elimination of Carry-Back Losses
  • 00:27:02 Strategically Using Losses
  • 00:28:22 Corporate tax reductions to rates and foreign earnings
  • 00:29:59 Tax extensions are your friend!
  • 00:31:58 “One Time” doesn’t always mean one-time
  • 00:33:01 SBS 153 Outtro

Consulting as a Small Business – What you need to know – Small Business Show 152

Everyone is an expert…at something. Listen to this episode of the Small Business Show for tips about using your expertise to start a consulting Small Business that can help you transition from an employee to an employer.

Listener James B. asks some great questions about starting his technical support consultant business and Dave and Shannon are happy to spend the entire show discussing consulting as a Small Business. You’ll learn about the importance of getting paid immediately for your work and options for how to make billing your clients simple and efficient. We then discuss accounting software options and service contracts to make your billing happen automagically each month.

Dave focuses in on how to respond when problems recur and how to avoid any confusion on repeat work before you leave the worksite. Shannon offers up his theory that communication before, during and after is the critical piece of the consulting puzzle, with tips for each type of communication and how to make it effective. You’ll also learn about effective marketing of your consultant business using Google Local Ads, Yelp, word of mouth and other options as well as the importance of branding your business beyond just your name.

We wrap up the show with a discussion about removing obstacles that might keep you from getting started. Just start and then adjust. Don’t worry about things like certifications that may help with future marketing, but are not necessary to get your first clients.

Listen in for these tips and more, then join us in the Small Business Support Group to share your stories and ask questions!


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #152 for Thursday, January 4, 2018
  • 00:01:42 James-Advice to get started consulting
  • 00:03:59 Figure out how to get paid immediately when services are rendered
  • 00:05:50 Service contract model with subscription billing
  • 00:07:52 What to leave behind?
  • 00:08:35 What happens if the problem recurs?
  • 00:10:01 Prioritize effective communication
  • 00:12:25 Don’t be afraid to talk money
  • 00:18:02 Marketing Your Business
  • 00:19:30 SPONSOR: Create a FREE Beeya.com account today to find jobs AND find employees.
    • Beeya.com’s algorithm is the first of its kind to match employees with employers based on each party’s specific requirements.
  • 00:22:34 Don’t over-prioritize certifications
  • 00:24:15 Just start your business
  • 00:25:21 Communicating during the consultation
  • 00:27:08 Talk through it actively
  • 00:34:55 Don’t obsess over the hours
  • 00:36:02 What happens after you do the work?
  • 00:38:21 Get those referrals!
    • Always Following Up!
    • Define the “end”
  • 00:38:32 SBS 152 Outtro

The Small Business 2017 Year in Review – Small Business Show 151

2017 Small Business Year in ReviewJoin us for our last episode of 2017 where we share Small Business tips from our favorite shows of the past year. Dave and Shannon both have their favorite guests, topics and advice from episodes of the Small Business Show that aired during the year.

We hope you’ve been able to live a Charmed Life during 2017 and we wish you the best for 2018!


First Year Small Business End of Year Checklist – Small Business Show 150

first year small business end of year tasksIt’s your first year in business and with just a couple of weeks left in the year, what tasks should you be working on? Join Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean for this episode of the Small Business show that is dedicated to helping new Small Business owners close out their first year of business.

Listen in and learn about making sure you select the right type of entity for your business – should you choose an LLC, S corp or something different? Dave spends some time discussing how Pass-through business entities work and ways to protect yourself while saving on taxes with the entity type you select. We also spend time discussing multi-member LLC companies vs. single member and why you might select one over another.

We then jump into a discussion about meeting with or finding a good accountant, identifying and tracking expenses and if you work out of your home, what type of deductions you may be able to take. All decisions that are important to discuss with your accountant, before they get busy with tax season.

It’s also a good time to start thinking about what types of insurance you might need for your new Small Business. You’ll hear some tips on selecting an insurance broker and why you will want to add them to your Board of Advisors.

We wrap of today’s show with a discussion about reviewing and negotiating supplier contracts and being sure to give yourself some credit for everything you’ve achieved and learned during the past year.

Join us today for episode 150 of the Small Business Show and then visit the Support Group to share your story, get your questions answered or help another Small Business Owner.


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #150 for Wednesday, December 20, 2017
  • 00:02:24 Welcome to your first year in business
  • 00:02:53 What type of entity should your business be?
  • 00:06:03 What is a Pass-through business like an LLC or an S-Corp
  • 00:06:58 Multi-member vs. Single-member LLCs
  • 00:09:01 Meet with – or find – your accountant
  • 00:10:00 What are profits and losses and expenses?
  • 00:12:42 Expenses for working out of your home?
    • Internet Access
    • Home office deduction
    • Insurance
    • Maintenance
  • 00:13:36 Managing Freelancers
  • 00:16:15 Administrative Fees are Fair Game
  • 00:18:38 Find your deductions!
  • 00:21:09 SPONSOR: Storyblocks.com/sbs gets you their Triple Bundle for just $149
  • 00:24:05 Insurance
    • Find a good insurance agent!
  • 00:29:00 Negotiating any existing suppliercontracts
  • 00:30:03 Pay all bills with your credit card
  • 00:30:40 Inland Marine Insurance
  • 00:31:25 Give yourself some credit
  • 00:32:18 Don’t be afraid
  • 00:34:59 SBS 150 Outtro

The Entrepreneur Ethos – Interview with Jarie Bolander and Mihir Shah – Small Business Show 149

Jarie Bolander & Mihir Shah interviewed on The Small Business Show Podcast 149

Timing plays a critical role in the success of your business. When you launch your products, when you hire new employees, and in the case of Jarie Bolander, when you publish your book. Join us this week on the Small Business Show as we meet Jarie to discuss his new book,The Entrepreneur Ethos along with his good friend, Mihir Shah CEO of Drobo.

Listen in and hear why Jarie felt compelled to create a roadmap for entrepreneurial success by building more ethical, inclusive and resilient companies.

We also have a bonus today with Mihir Shah adding his comments to the discussion about the “why” of being an entrepreneur and how stepping in to solve problems can be rewarding far beyond any financial gains.

Listen to the show, then join us on the Small Business Support Group to ask more questions and to add your voice to the discussion!


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #149 for Wednesday, December 13, 2017
  • 00:02:17 Mihir Shah – from VC to CEO… always turning things around
  • 00:03:32 It’s fun to strategize, but more fun to be hands-on
  • 00:04:25 Jarie Bolander – the classic, patently-unemployable entrepreneur
  • 00:06:17 The Entrepreneur Ethos
  • 00:07:45 What’s the “why?” behind being an entrepreneur – Speak your truth
  • 00:09:33 “If you want to be the best entrepreneur in the world, you need to aspire to the ethos”
  • 00:10:44 The importance of timing – Patience vs. Procrastination
  • 00:12:18 “I’ve always wanted to run my own business”
  • 00:13:24 Failure is an option, but never the end result
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  • 00:17:28 SPONSOR: Storyblocks.com/sbs gets you their Triple Bundle for just $149
  • 00:19:36 Always stepping on landmines and learning how to diffuse them
  • 00:22:39 The Drobo 5C – first USB-C product of its kind in the marketplace
  • 00:23:56 The meeting of two minds, focusing on the positive
  • 00:27:21 Unacceptable behavior is (finally) being called out
  • 00:29:36 Stay away from the hardware business
  • 00:32:23 Self-awareness matters!
  • 00:35:33 Focusing on how to grow “You”
  • 00:39:34 SBS149 Outtro

End of Year Small Business Tasks to Complete – Small Business Show 148

It’s that time of year! With just a few weeks left before the end of the year, there are some important tasks to take care of for your Small Business. Join us on episode 148 of the Small Business Show to hear our take on what you should be doing before the New Year starts!

We begin the show by discussing the importance of getting your financials (PL, BS, Cashflow) in order so you can review the data that will guide you in making end-of-year decisions that can impact your profitability, tax liability and much more. Without good data, you’ll have a much tougher time making decisions.

If your Small Business carries inventory, now is the time to get your counts straight. You may want to write-down slow moving or old stock that can help to lower your tax liability – but you need to know what is actually on your shelves before you can see what you’re working with.

Dave and Shannon then spend time talking about collecting on any overdue Accounts Receivables and making any last minute purchases that you may have been putting off. Both can impact your financials and taxes. If you’ve had a great year, is it smart to let some customers defer paying their bills? Listen and find out what we think of that tactic!

It’s also time to do an HR review and think about bonuses and other rewards for your employees. But, how do you handle it if things have not been that great and you don’t have the funds to hand out this year? You guessed it, we have some tips on dealing with this situation that is sure to come up during your Small Business’ lifetime.

We wrap up the show with a discussion about maxing out retirement accounts for both you and your employees, holding your annual LLC or Corp meeting and working on your annual Executive Summary. But wait, there’s more! Don’t forget to relax, reflect and recharge during this time of year with family and friends!

We hope you enjoy this episode of the Small Business Show that is brought to you by Storyblocks! After the show, visit our Small Business Support Group to let us know what you think and to join the conversation.


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #148 for Wednesday, December 6, 2017
  • 00:01:39 In two weeks, SBS 150 is specifically for first-year business owners
  • 00:03:11 Your financials – P&L, Balance Sheet, Cash Flow Reports
  • 00:04:22 Inventory
  • 00:08:26 Recapturing Profits
  • 00:10:35 Patching up mistakes later
  • 00:11:30 Matching your risk aversion with your accountant
  • 00:12:49 SPONSOR: Storyblocks.com/sbs gets you their Triple Bundle for just $149
  • 00:15:55 Accounts receivable
  • 00:17:33 Cash vs. Accruals
  • 00:20:20 Review your team – to Bonus or not to Bonus!
  • 00:23:44 Executive Summary – Accomplishments, Mistakes, Expenditures, Income changes
    • Make sure to have your Annual Meeting
  • 00:26:39 Finding great ways to share revenue with your employees
    • Pension, profit sharing, 401k
  • 00:30:24 Just relax!

Finding the Best Location for your Small Business – Small Business Show 147

Location, location, location. You’ve heard it before – but there’s much more to picking the right spot for your Small Business than just the location. Join Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean on this episode of the Small Business Show to hear their experiences and tips for choosing the right place.

Listen and and hear about Retail, Office, Industrial and Flex spaces – what’s the difference and what to watch out for when considering moving your Small Business into one type of property or another. We discuss hidden costs, competition, being sure you get just the right amount of square footage and much more.

It’s then time to learn about leases! The lease is the critical part of any rental contract and can save you, or bury you – depending on what’s in it. Learn about Gross vs. NNN leases, zoning issues, CAM, tenant improvements and more.

We wrap up the show by discussing the benefits of owning vs. leasing a space along with a quick survey of other leasing issues you should be aware of.

Join us today and then visit the Small Business Support Group to share your story or ask specific questions about where to locate your Small Business.


Small Business Employee Benefits – Maximize Impact and Minimize Cost – Small Business Show 146

small business employee benefitsHow important are the benefits that you offer to your employees? Are they valued more than cash? And how do you keep your benefit expenses down while maximizing the impact to your employees? Join us on episode 146 of the Small Business Show for all this and more!

Benefits, beyond salaries and wages can have a dramatic impact on your employees and your bottom line. Dave and Shannon spend time today discussing how to best manage the increasing costs of health care and dealing with the impact of the Affordable Care Act. We also discuss outsourcing health care management before jumping into a discussion of benefits beyond health care.

Paid time off – whether in the form of vacation, sick or personal time can be a powerful benefit to offer to your employees. We discuss using flex time and the idea of unlimited vacation and how they both impact your business.

Shannon discusses the power of food as a benefit to your employees (and yourself!) – keeping your employees well fed can be a powerful performance incentive. We wrap up the show with a discussion of Checks vs. Cash vs. giving gifts to your employees – which has the biggest impact?

Listen in for all this and more! When you’re done with this episode, join us at the Small Business Support Group on Facebook to share your stories and thoughts on employee benefits.


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #146 for Wednesday, November 22, 2017
  • 00:01:30 Renting an apartment in NYC
  • 00:02:04 The Benefit of Benefits
  • 00:03:03 Healthcare Benefits
  • 00:06:11 Managing Healthcare Costs
    • Handling the HR requirements for your employees – time consuming and expensive
  • 00:09:41 What is the impact of ACA?
  • 00:11:38 PTO = Paid Time Off
  • 00:12:53 Offering your employees flexibility and empowerment
  • 00:14:22 Unlimited Vacation Time
  • 00:20:02 Research the laws
  • 00:21:09 USPS Informed Delivery/Insights Can be… your friend?
  • 00:23:04 Comp Time/Flex Time
  • 00:25:38 Aim for the bellies
  • 00:30:41 Empty the trash
  • 00:31:45 Bonuses – Checks vs. Cash vs. Gifts
  • 00:37:58 SBS 146 Outtro

What to do When Your Small Business gets Sued – Small Business Show 145

small business lawsuitMany Small Business owners would agree, it’s not “if” but “when”. Will you have someone file a frivolous lawsuit against your company, or perhaps have a disagreement with a supplier that winds up in court. Or maybe a disgruntled employee feels like they were mistreated and they want to be compensated. No matter how it comes about, lawsuits can be a tricky minefield that can cause you to take your eye off your business.

Join us on episode 145 of the Small Business Show to hear how to avoid getting sued in the first place, how to respond if you are sued and where to turn for help.

Dave and Shannon discuss both sides of the courtroom – suing or getting sued and offer some sage advice about leaving your ego at home and not bringing your sense of justice when trying to settle a case. But first, learn about the mechanics and timing of a lawsuit – the more you know the more you can avoid pitfalls that can sink your chances of winning a case.

Once you know how things will unfold, we jump into the Demand Letter and what to do if you receive one. Along with how to work with your attorney, insurance company and banker to be sure you and your business are protected during the entire process.

Listen in and then visit the Small Business Support Group to offer YOUR advice and comment on our stories!

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  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #145 for Wednesday, November 15, 2017
  • 00:01:43 What to do when you’ve been sued
  • 00:04:38 Lawsuits are like spiders
  • 00:07:12 Opportunity Cost of lawsuits
  • 00:08:43 Learn judgment
  • 00:10:47 Demand Letter
  • 00:11:14 SPONSOR: Storyblocks.com/sbs gets you their Triple Bundle for just $149
  • 00:12:51 Shannon’s story about being sued because he didn’t license his images
  • 00:15:19 End sponsor slot
  • 00:15:25 Avoid ego with lawsuits, leave your sense of Justice at home
  • 00:17:00 Watch your cashflow during a lawsuit
  • 00:18:23 The process
  • 00:22:24 Meet your attorney before the lawsuit arrives
  • 00:24:40 Check your insurance
  • 00:26:03 Talk to your employees, your banker…
  • 00:29:53 …and your spouse!
  • 00:31:38 SBS Outtro