Amazon is killing small businesses all over America because of their monopolistic practices forcing small businesses to compete on an unfair playing field. Tony explains how they do it and what you can do to avoid being one of Amazon's small business victims.
Merger/Acquisition and valuation specialist, Alan Pawlowski, partner at Nextpoint LLC discusses current market conditions, the increase in distressed businesses, how to determine if your business is in a death spiral or positioned for a turn around, the importance of accurate timely accounting, how to value your business and much more. Also, we are looking for a volunteer to be in a future episode where we value your business live.
There are 400,000,000 guns in circulation in the USA and only 330,000,000 people in America. During 2020, gun sales are on a record pace with over 19 million sold in the first six months of the year. Many people who have never considered having a gun in the past are now asking "should I buy a gun?" Jeff Benty, owner of Just Holster It, answers that question and also talks to us about the changing demographic in customer base, how the CEL CORE program helped him increase sales $350,000 and how his hobby became a full time business.
Brian Grunert, Grammy winner, six time nominee and owner of White Bicycle shares with us why branding and marketing during the post covid recession is more important than ever, how to get brand recognition and "cut through all the noise", how he uses his Grammy winning design skills to improve his clients branding, he shares his new album cover design which features Jimmy Sweeney, who was an early influence on Elvis Presley (sounds just like him). Brian also discusses his idea for a Gen X haircut truck and promises to share the hilarious (and somewhat embarrassing) story about his encounters with Weird Al Yankovic only if you ask him.
In an Era when a Can of Beans is a Divisive Topic, it’s Time to Understand Both Sides of Every Issue
Fireside Chat: In this episode, Tony talks about the divisiveness culture we live in and what you can do to avoid it. He also shares the latest on the economy and what his clients are experiencing post quarantine as well as what they are seeing (or not seeing) in 2021.
With 50% capacity restrictions and fall coming, the restaurant model is broken. Nick Pitillo, owner of Osteria 166, Villaggio, Stock the Freezer and the new venture Chalet Valet will explain how he continues to innovate as he "kicks the can" in order to avoid becoming part of the wake of upcoming restaurant failures. In this very entertaining episode, we discuss how all restaurant business models need to change, the struggles in the town of Ellicottville, predictions on state restrictions for restaurants, and how Nick upset his mom so much she refused to make him sauce for 2 years. Also, Nick gives a shout out to the CEL, Erin McGee and the Ravioli Ride with Danielle Nyhart at Danifit. Enjoy!!
Fireside chat: If Covid-19 accumulates in the nose, why aren’t we using the neti-pot daily? (and a small business update)
In this fireside chat, Tony discusses the logic behind using a neti pot daily to defend against Covid, his daily covid fighting health regiment, the death of malls, struggling Starbucks, increasing sales with your current customer base, the struggle to find new clients and how to outlast your competitors!
Sleep specialist, Soda Kuczkowski, owner of Start with Sleep will convince you that getting the proper amount of deep sleep can improve your health, stress levels, weight, mood and your business. In this episode, we discuss a shortcut to better sleep, define sleep success, share the ideal daily routine to maximize sleep, statistics on why sleep matters and much more.
Erin McGee, Managing Director of the University at Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) shares the secret to why the program has been successful for over 30 years, filling the big shoes of her predecessor, Tom Ulbrich, changes needed to keep the programs going during the quarantine, the power of the CEL community, recruiting for class this fall and working from home.
If you are interested in signing up for the CEL's CORE program discussed in this episode, click here! There are limited seats available!
StaffBuffalo partner, Lauren Lewis discusses why women have been hit the hardest by job losses during the pandemic, unemployment at the macro and regional level, how to handle the $600 unemployment supplement, how much easier it will get to find great candidates with higher unemployment, working remote and much more.