Are you Focusing on the Right Things for your Small Business? Small Business Show 180 for July 18, 2018

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Keeping focused while dealing with multiple tasks can be a challenge for any Small Business owner. Join Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean as they discuss how they keep focused on the critical parts of their businesses each day.

You’ll also learn about the power of taking a break, how to measure productivity and how keeping simple lists can keep you on track each day. Shannon offers up a powerful question to ask yourself when trying to refocus you or your team on a task and we discuss the System vs. Goals approach to be sure you are focusing on the right tasks to fuel your success.

It’s then on to a discussion about how to get help to keep your focus with resources like the Small Business Support Group being a great place to get started.

Listen in for all this and more on this episode of the Small Business Show!


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #180 for Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • 00:01:54 Focusing on Focus
  • 00:03:49 Value in Play Time
  • 00:05:56 Feeling productive
  • 00:08:09 The immense power of simple lists
  • 00:10:24 What could we be doing to generate more cash?
  • 00:13:28 What is my system?
  • Systems vs. Goals on the Small Business Show
  • 00:16:08 What is the why?
  • 00:17:45 Talk about efficiency and focus with your peers
  • 00:21:00 Small Business Support Group
  • 00:21:29 Focus on why you did this?
  • 00:24:52 Focus on successes
  • 00:26:36 SBS 180

Small Business News Roundup for July 2018- Small Business Show episode 179

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Join us this week on the Small Business Show for a discussion about current news that could impact your Small Business.

Listen in and hear our thoughts about the new Supreme Court ruling regarding online sales tax rules, Amazon’s new Prime delivery business opportunity and our thoughts about mixing your politics with your business.






Interview with Winemaker Tony Biagi – Small Business Show 178

Tony Biagi small business interviewJoin us this week on the Small Business Show for an insightful interview with Winemaker Tony Biagi to hear his story of moving from being employed by wineries to starting his own consulting business and eventually creating his own wine label, Patria.

During this episode, you’ll learn about how Tony built his own brand equity with his consulting business and how Tony learned early on to “not chase money, let it chase you”. Shannon Jean and Dave Hamilton discuss with Tony the challenges of stepping into situations where you are there to solve problems and how he works through the “because we’ve always done it this way” mentality.

Tony talks about how nature plays a huge role in his business and how he has adapted to take advantage of the good and downplay when things don’t go right. We ask Tony about his favorite mistake and we were not surprised to hear a common answer of “apprehension” and not taking the jump early enough to go out on his own.

Listen in for all this and more before you join us over on the Small Business Support Group with your questions and comments.

  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #178 for Wednesday, July 4, 2018
  • 00:01:42 Tony Biagi Winemaker, Consultant, Entrepreneur
    • Patria Wines
  • 00:02:43 Winemaking: a marine biologists dream
  • 00:04:38 Formulating a plan… and seeing it through to fruition
  • Don’t chase money, let it chase you
  • 00:07:28 Building your own brand equity while consulting
  • 00:09:30 Trust your gut, own your decisions.
  • 00:11:17 Think critically, be proactive
  • 00:12:07 Blossom yourself and your business by empowering others to do the job
  • 00:14:49 Every decision needs a purpose
    • “Because we did it before” is not a good answer
  • 00:17:00 Stop and recognize the charmed life
  • 00:18:44 When nature plays a role in your business
  • 00:20:55 Protect your reputation
  • 00:21:40 Weather patterns, “Global Weirding”, and Risk Management
  • 00:23:31 Tony’s favorite mistake: Apprehension
  • 00:24:51 Believe in yourself and take the jump!
  • 00:25:06 Stop chasing your competitors and start working on your business
  • 00:26:26 Accept your role
    • Chase what you love, money will find you
  • 00:28:22 Focus on what’s next
    • Relationships and people
  • 00:30:38 Find Tony Biagi:
  • 00:36:00 You’re buying the person and the product
  • 00:36:57 SBS Outtro

Hiring for your Small Business – Small Business Show episode 177

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Hiring the right person for your Small Business is critically important. Hire wrong and you could be making a very expensive mistake. Join us today on the Small Business Show as we discuss the where, when and how of hiring.

Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean have hired hundreds of employees for their businesses during their careers. Listen in to hear tips on where to find qualified candidates, how to make sure you actually need to hire in the first place and what steps to take during the hiring process to insure you get the right person for the job.

  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #177 for Wednesday, June 27, 2018
  • 00:02:41 Cory asks: Where, When, and How to Hire?
    • Hire slowly, fire quickly
  • 00:03:53 Where to hire?
  • 00:09:09 Communicate your culture to attract the right people
  • 00:10:26 What’s the value add?
  • 00:13:19 Do you need to hire?
  • 00:15:02 SPONSOR: Simple Contacts – Get $30 off at or enter SBS at checkout
  • 00:16:58 SPONSOR: Visit for 20% off your first year.
  • 00:18:20 How to Hire?
    • Test to see how people handle situations
  • 00:20:56 Use the litmus test to sell your company to candidates
  • 00:22:30 Salary history… if you can!
  • 00:24:13 Test communication through the entire process
  • 00:27:00 Double-team interviewing
  • 00:28:37 What’s one thing I should remember about you?
  • 00:30:20 The power of silence
  • 00:31:50 The offer: your time to sell!
  • 00:33:51 Don’t skip new-hire orientation!
  • 00:35:43 Contact us!
  • 00:36:15 SBS Outtro

Building Trust and Using Referrals to Grow Your Small Business – Bjorn Burnett Interview– Small Business Show 176

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As Small Business owners, building and keeping trust with potential and existing customers is critical to our success. Join us today on the Small Business Show for an interview with Bjorn Burnett, a Small Business owner in the insurance and financial planning field.

Bjorn has transitioned to a 2nd career in the insurance and finance field and shares how he came up with a system to add value to clients to gain referrals and then convert those referrals to future clients.

Listen into the show, then ask questions and comment in the Small Business Support Group. We look forward to seeing you there!


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #176 for Wednesday, June 20, 2018
  • 00:00:42 Second (or third!) career
  • 00:01:17 Interview: Bjorn Burnett
  • 00:02:30 Putting out fires… and not the business kind!
  • 00:03:00 What else can I do with my life?
  • 00:05:06 Made my own stupid financial decisions… and then took a class
  • 00:06:12 What does it take to be an advisor?
  • 00:06:37 The reality of not making any money right away
  • 00:08:43  Preparing for the Cash Flow Shift
  • 00:12:00 The Referral Key
    • “Bring us 300 People to Call”
  • 00:13:22 Discipline and Consistency: Be Prepared to Ask for the Referral
  • 00:15:34 Add Value First
  • 00:17:42 Become a therapist – Get used to heavy conversations
  • 00:18:56 How do you build trust?
  • 00:22:10 Consistency in approach across multiple clients
  • 00:23:07 Identify the idea client
  • 00:24:46 Favorite mistake?
  • 00:27:45 Expanding to the non-local solopreneur
  • 00:29:03 SBS Outtro

Finding and Keeping Initiative for Your Small Business – Small Business Show 175

small business initiativeGetting started with your Small Business can be challenging. Finding the initiative to power through obstacles is a critically important step on your path towards Small Business world domination. Join us today to hear our tips on startup initiative as well as steps to keep initiative going when you get in a slump and how to keep the fire of initiative lit with your employees’ and partners.

We have talked about creating your own reality and “tricking” your brain to turn it into a machine that will propel you to success when you’re just getting started, but what about when you hit the inevitable “rut” of running your Small Business? We can help you with that, as well.

And then there’s the people around you, your employees’ and partners that you may have to re-charge their initiative from time to time. Listen in and hear how your hosts Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean have kept that fire lit over the years.

How about you? Share your experience, your tips and ask questions in the Small Business Support Group. Join 300+ Small Business owners, get and give help and find ways to rekindle that initiative we’re all looking for.


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #175 for Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • 00:02:22 Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know
  • 00:03:42 Shannon’s Get-Started List
    • Pretend there are no barriers
    • Unlimited Resources
  • Don’t let “common sense” to get in your way
  • 00:06:00 Share carefully
    • Share your ideas with Shannon and Dave –
  • 00:07:53 Getting out of a rut
    • Make a Task List
    • Manage Yourself
  • 00:11:31 Use Calculus every day
  • 00:12:00 When The River of Momentum Dries up
    • Write it down!
  • 00:13:33 Create a success list
  • 00:14:30 Look at your system
  • 00:15:43 The time to talk
  • 00:18:03 Be comfortable being vulnerable
  • 00:19:33 SPONSOR: Simple Contacts – Get $30 off at or enter SBS at checkout
  • 00:21:18 SPONSOR: Visit for 20% off your first year.
  • 00:22:58 Creating initiative in others
  • 00:26:15 Changing/Breaking Habits
  • 00:29:11 Have the freedom to talk freely with your partners
  • 00:31:13 What is your passion project?
    • Fuel sideways thinking
    • Employee success lists
  • 00:34:49 Give people autonomy
  • TextExpander for Controlled Autonomy
  • 00:37:43 SBS 175 Outtro

How to End a Small Business Partnership – Small Business Show 174

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What happens if your Small Business partnership fails? What is the best way to handle ending a partnership to avoid a major battle and to keep your focus on the continued success of your company? Join us today on the Small Business Show to hear how Shannon Jean and Dave Hamilton have ended partnerships without destroying friendships, finances and entire businesses.

So, you’re a regular listener to the Small Business Show, followed our advice and created your own reality with a thriving business and have started to live a Charmed Life when out nowhere, your business partner begins to lose interest and stops managing their part of the business. Despite your best attempts to fix the problem, you’ve come to the conclusion that ending the partnership is the only way to save your Small Business. How do you proceed?

On this episode of the Small Business Show, we discuss some creative ways to end a partnership while respecting all parties involved.

Listen in and then visit the Small Business Support Group to comment and share your own tips!


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #174 for Wednesday, June 6, 2018
  • 00:01:43 “Almost halfway there”
  • 00:04:35 Creating your own reality
  • 00:05:01 “You’re almost finished!”
  • 00:05:36 About our sponsorships, and benchmarks of success
  • 00:07:33 SPONSOR: Simple Contacts – Get $30 off at or enter SBS at checkout
  • 00:09:22 SPONSOR: – SBS50
  • 00:10:54 end sponsor block
  • 00:10:54 Ending a partnership
  • 00:12:43 Don’t skip the Working Agreement
  • 00:14:03 Approach is everything
  • 00:15:06 Make the business and the end of it real
  • 00:18:25 Side business can suffer lack of attention
  • 00:20:00 Find an internal mediator
  • 00:20:34 Separate personal loyalty from business loyalty
  • 00:23:34 Don’t carry animosity
  • 00:25:15 Work on it together – “Same side of the table”
  • 00:27:30 Before hiring an attorney, talk through an earn out
  • 00:31:28 The value of walking away for $1
  • 00:33:41 Communication is key
  • 00:36:14 SBS 174 Outtro –

Small Business Systems vs. Goals and Complying with GDPR – Small Business Show 173

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Why are systems more important for your Small Business than goals? Join us today for episode 173 of the Small Business Show to learn more about this awesome technique to accelerate your success.

After the systems discussion, we jump into details of the recently enacted GDPR privacy and data management laws enacted by the EU. Does your Small Business need to worry about the GDPR? You’ll want to listen in to find out if you do and how to comply.

Listen in for all this and more, then join us on the Small Business Support Group to share your thoughts!

  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #173 for Wednesday, May 30, 2018
  • 00:01:30 Goals vs. Systems
  • 00:07:12 Breakthroughs come from Systems
  • 00:07:58 Treat the carrot as the byproduct
  • 00:12:00 Your business is not THAT business, it’s YOUR business
  • 00:13:40 Contact Shannon and Dave: or Small Business Support Group
  • 00:13:52 The GDPR Talk
  • 00:18:38 The burden of GDPR
  • 00:21:02 The eventual poster child
  • 00:26:27 Act in Good Faith, Follow the Instructions
  • 00:28:06 Passwords are insufficient
  • 00:30:00 Protecting Customer Data and Privacy
  • 00:32:53 On the internet, we need speed limits, stop signs, and maybe even speed bumps
  • 00:35:58 SBS 173 Outtro

Essential Tools for Small Business Owners – Small Business Show 172

essential small business toolsWhat essential Small Business Tools can you not live without? Join us today on the Small Business Show to hear from Shannon Jean and Dave Hamilton about the hardware, software and more they use to make their businesses run smoothly each day.

Check the show notes below for a list of tools we discuss and join us to hear in detail why we believe these are essential for our success.


Forging Small Business Relationships with Vendors and Suppliers – Small Business Show 171

forging small business vendor relationshipsThe strength of your relationships with vendors and suppliers is critically important for the success of your Small Business. What’s the best method and when is the right time for you to start these relationships? Join us on episode 171 of the Small Business Show to hear our tips about this topic and more!

Listen in and you’ll hear why timing is important and ways to make a human connection with all your vendors. Learn why Shannon Jean and Dave Hamilton believe that a good personality fit is important and why you should not be looking for professional help when you really need it (like in an emergency). Taking the time to find the right vendors and support partners for your Small Business can make all the difference.

You’ll also hear how good communication can keep vendor relationships strong, how to leverage one good vendor to find another and the story behind why Shannon’s accountant fired him as a client!

Join us today for the Small Business Show and then share your comments on the Small Business Support Group!


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #171 for Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • 00:01:00 We want you to come on the show:
  • 00:01:53 Forge Relationships with your Vendors
  • 00:03:11 Get on their radar
    • Use your affinity credit cards
  • 00:07:29 When shipping: Beware the fees!
  • 00:09:58 Find your vendors before you need them
  • 00:12:30 Find the right vendors that fit your business
  • 00:14:00 Create a litmus test
  • 00:17:03 Find a good graphics person
  • 00:17:50 SPONSOR: – SBS50
  • 00:20:34 Keep your vendors up-to-date
  • 00:23:15 Shannon Got Fired! (by his accountant)
  • 00:24:43 Using Slack with your clients
  • 00:27:07 Don’t forget the humanity
  • 00:30:10 SBS 171 Outtro