The Best Small Business Owner Interviews of 2016 –  Small Business Show 99

2016 Best Small Business Owner InterviewsAs we wrap up 2016 with our last Small Business Show episode of the year, Dave and Shannon take a look back at some of the highlights of their favorite interviews from the past 12-months. Join us today we we revisit some of these moments that stuck with us!


Politics and Your Small Business – Should you mix them? – Small Business Show episode 98

can you successfully mix politics and small business?What would happen if a favorite business that you visit often suddenly began introducing political comments in the mix of their marketing or posting political signs in their store. Would you respect their right to do so, even if you disagreed with their politics? Join Dave and Shannon on episode 98 of the Small Business Show as they discuss the pros and cons of mixing politics with your Small Business.

The discussion begins with Shannon discussing one of his favorite, daily news sites that has recently begun introducing political links and commentary into their daily content. Can you successfully mix your political beliefs and your business? Maybe that attracts customers to you or maybe it’s a disaster? Your hosts try to look at all angles of this topic as well as throwing in a few tips about creating your Charmed Life along with your Small Business.

Listen in and then share your thoughts on our Facebook Small Business Support page!


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #98 December 21, 2016
  • 00:01:05 Should politics be mixed with your business?
  • 00:03:37 Daring Fireball … adds politics?
  • 00:05:30 Curating your business’s audience
  • 00:10:22 Politically agnostic or simply politically quiet
  • 00:13:01 Contract of Respect
  • 00:14:15 Priorities and Respect
  • 00:18:43 Don’t be distracted from creating your OWN reality – your Charmed Life
  • 00:21:05 When lodging a complaint, know your audience
  • 00:24:12 What’s your business do with politics? Is it part of your niche?

What happens when a small business owner doesn’t solve problems and lets employees down? – Small Business Show 97

business ethicsAs Small Business owners, we have a duty to uphold. That duty, to our employees, partners, suppliers and service providers is to communicate in a timely manner and pay our bills on time, among other things. What happens when we fail at this? Well, that depends on how you handle the situation. Join Dave and Shannon on episode 97 of the Small Business Show to discuss a real world example of how NOT to handle things when they go wrong. We also discuss the impact of employees, suppliers and customers having their own audiences to share their experiences with – are you OK with word getting out about how you treat your employees? We hope you are, because that is just a few clicks away for every Small Business.

Listen in to the show and then join the conversation on the Small Business Support Group!


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #97 December 14th, 2016
  • 00:02:44 What happens when the boss goes sideways?
  • 00:08:18 Communication and Transparency is key
  • 00:11:52 What to do when you can’t pay
  • 00:16:11 Creating your own reality #charmedlife
  • 00:17:36 The Dark-Side of being overly optimistic
  • 00:20:53 Running a business when employees/vendors/customers have their own audiences
  • 00:24:57 It comes back to transparency

Do Your Employees Job to Gain Some Valuable Insight – Small Business Show 96

boss doing the workThink you can do it better? The jobs at your company, that is.

Do you remember when you did every job at your business? If it’s been awhile since that time, join us today on the Small Business Show as we discuss how this “job swap” can energize you, allow you to reconnect with employees and provide some valuable insight into what’s really happening behind the scenes each day.

On Episode 96 of the Small Business Show, Dave and Shannon discuss how they have both benefitted over the years when they had to jump in to do an employees job. Wether it’s due to a vacation or unexpected vacancy, getting your hands dirty by working in the warehouse, or making sales calls again can be a very positive thing.

We also touch on using humor in the workplace, realizing we need to do an entire show on that topic! Finally, if you enjoy the show, please give us a quick click and a review on the iTunes store. It really helps!


Chapters & Timestamps

  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #96 December 7th, 2016
  • 00:00:57 Coming up: Best Of!
  • 00:02:07 Stepping in to do your employees jobs
  • 00:07:12 Finding the inefficiencies and improving processes
  • 00:09:12 Reconnecting with the nuts and bolts of your business
  • 00:10:28 Your employees will solve problems, but maybe not in the best way
  • 00:11:00 Sweep the dust out of the corners
  • 00:13:58 It’s all about showing your employees that you’re all on the same team
  • 00:18:57 Modeling – setting the workflow pace
  • 00:21:19 Proving the pudding.
  • 00:22:19 Getting back to basics is exciting
  • 00:24:40 Humor in the workplace?
  • 00:25:37 We need your reviews – As Jerry Maguire said “Help us help you..”