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Today we have Pete Spenuzza Founder of RiseBar. After acquiring a small operation in San Diego Pete turned around the healthy snack company. RiseBar can be found in select Whole Foods, Sprouts Farmer’s Market, Vitamin Shoppe and much more online and offline. Their facility is entirely free of wheat, cane sugar, GMO’s, meat, eggs and peanuts ensuring the products are gluten-free and soy-free.  

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:00] Jeremy introduces his guest, Peter Spenuzza.
  • [2:00] Peter talks about thrill seeking what he wanted to be when he was young.
  • [4:30] Lessons Peter learned from watching his father in business as a kid.
  • [5:30] Peter’s journey toward being an entrepreneur.
  • [8:00] A peek behind the packaged food industry.
  • [10:00] Peter speaks to the process of buying a business.
  • [13:50] How do you determine who to bring onto your team?
  • [16:00] What was it like at the beginning of the business?
  • [18:00] Once you clean housed what were your next steps?
  • [20:00] Why did Peter bring on a high-level executive team?
  • [22:00] Peter talks about getting into the big retailers.
  • [24:30] Peter and Jeremy talk about the Rise Bar.
  • [28:00] What does a successful product launch look like?
  • [30:00] What has been the lowest and highest moment on this journey?

In this episode…

What is it like to go “All in” with a business acquisition? Is it a difficult process? Is it worth it? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Peter Spenuzza sits down with Jeremy to discuss how he started Rise Bar by acquiring a small packaging factory in San Diego. Peter goes through all the good, the bad, and the ugly aspects of that process and how he eventually got Rise Bar off of the ground and into big retailers like Whole Foods. If you’ve ever wondered how the business acquisition process works, this is an episode you don’t want to miss!

As you can imagine, the process of buying a business is a difficult one. Think of when you purchased your home or your car but multiply that by a factor of ten! You want to check, double check, and then check again to make sure you aren’t missing any hidden obstacles or liabilities. On this episode, Peter Spenuzza walks Jeremy through the process of his business acquisition. Peter had a few highs and lows along the way that can provide helpful insights to anyone who is considering going through the process themselves. But this isn’t just for leaders who plan on buying a business, you can learn some great lessons from Peter’s journey - make sure to catch this episode!

Sometimes you don’t notice how much your influence impacts others. People often get so focused on what they are doing or trying to accomplish that they forget that others, especially children are watching. Who had a big influence on you as a child? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear from business leader Peter Spenuzza and how he was impacted greatly as a child watching the hardworking example of his father and grandfather. If you have children or you are trying to leave an impact on others you don’t want to miss this powerful and encouraging episode!

One of the most important decisions you can make as a business owner is bringing on the right team members. This was especially true for Peter Spenuzza when he acquired an already operational business. He had to decide who to keep on from the old business and who to let go. It wasn’t an easy process for Peter and he learned some tough lessons along the way. Because of that experience, he is convinced that leaders like you need to take extra care in selecting, training, and promoting key team members to work for your company. To hear more about Peter’s story, make sure to listen to this episode of Inspired Insider!

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Today we have Jake Kloberdanz coFounder and CEO of One Hope, a brand with a mission to serve the world. The company started with an award-winning wine brand OneHopeWine.com and has since expanded into gourmet coffee and other gifts. They have gone from 0 to selling over 750,000 bottles a year since its inception. On the serving the world side of things, One Hope has donated more than $2M to date, helping to provide over 1.1 million meals to people in need, plant 56,000 trees, and much more.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:00] Jeremy introduces today’s guest, Jake Kloberdanz.
  • [2:20] Jake talks about viaONEHOPE
  • [6:50] How to connect with Jake and One Hope Wine.
  • [9:00] Parting words from Jake.

In this episode…

Imagine what it would be like to combine your entrepreneurial spirit with a vehicle to help those in need, better your community and make a difference. A brand with a mission, sounds too good to be true, right? It’s not! Jake Kloberdanz and One Hope Wine join a growing trend of cause entrepreneurs. These are individuals who want to marry their passion and drive in business with providing a societal good. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will hear from Jake and how he started this amazing program called “Via One Hope.” Jake’s energy and excitement over this project and the hope his company is bringing is infectious, you don’t want to miss it!

An old proverb says, “Do for one person what you wish you could do for everyone.” Jake and his team at One Hope Wine are living this ideal out. They don’t have the resources to help everyone in need or fund every cause that pulls on their heartstrings but they have devised a way to equip one person to be the change they want to see. Through the development of the “Via One Hope” program, Jake and his team are unleashing the potential in hundreds of entrepreneurs who want to make a difference and build a brand with a mission. They’ve built a merit-based marketing platform that allows passionate entrepreneurs to spread the One Hope mission and make an income while making an impact. If you’d like to learn more about Jake and One Hope Wine, make sure to catch this episode of Inspired Insider!

What is one of the first things you do when you get some good news? You share it! Jake Kloberdanz and his team at One Hope Wine are doing everything they can to spread the word about the great opportunities they’ve created for their brand. Jake is extremely gracious with his time sharing his passion for One Hope Wine and the amazing things they are involved with. Find out how you can learn from Jake’s approach, amplify his voice, get great wine deals and so much more on this episode of Inspired Insider!

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Today we have Brad Weimert, he started Easy Pay Direct in 2009 – It is an online credit card processing company for high-level e-commerce businesses. They especially help high volume businesses susceptible to consumer disputes.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:00] Jeremy’s introduction to today’s guest, Brad Weimert.
  • [1:50] Brad explains the risk that his company deals with.
  • [9:00] What size business should contract services from Easy Pay Direct?
  • [11:00] Worst case scenarios that Brad has dealt with.
  • [22:45] Minimizing risk on short notice.
  • [25:00] Industry types Brad can't’ or won’t deal with.
  • [32:00] How did Brad get into the credit card processing industry?
  • [35:00] Where did Brad get his work ethic?
  • [41:00] Who does Brad connect with?
  • [46:30] How Brad decided his next step after working with Vector Marketing.
  • [49:00] Brad talks about how he attracted early customers for Easy Pay Direct.
  • [52:00] What kind of staffing does Brad have at Easy Pay Direct?
  • [55:00] Brad’s first hire.
  • [56:30] Milestones for Easy Pay Direct.
  • [59:00] The most challenging moment for Brad in business.
  • [1:02:30] The proudest moment for Brad in business.
  • [1:04:00] What is one of the best pieces of advice Brad has received?
  • [1:06:00] Brad’s craziest moment as an adventurer.

In this episode…

What is it like to build a company around navigating business risk? Is your business operating at a high or low-risk factor? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll learn about navigating business risk from entrepreneur Brad Weimert. He built his company Easy Pay Direct around credit card processing and assessing risk. If you’ve ever wanted a peek behind the veil to see how all the in’s and out’s of business risk work, you’ve got to catch this episode. Brad also talks to Jeremy about the value of deep relationships, holding to high standards, creative marketing strategies and much more!

Business risk is one of those topics that people try to avoid. It’s like going to the dentist, everyone needs to go but you put it off for too long it can be dangerous! Every business carries with it a risk factor, some are higher than others. On this episode of Inspired Insider, business leader Brad Weimert walks through several examples of assessing and addressing business risk. If you are just starting out or if you’ve been in business for a while, you will find this episode with Brad very helpful. Set some time aside with pen and paper ready, this is an episode you don’t want to miss!

Are you as successful in building relationships as you are in building your business? If you want to experience lasting and healthy professional growth, you’ve got to have deep personal relationships to sustain you. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will hear from entrepreneur Brad Weimert. Brad is convinced that one of the most important factors to holistic success in life and business is connecting deeply with old and new friends. You’ll hear Brad talk about his elaborate dinners he hosts once or twice a month where he seeks to expand his circle of friends who align with his values and goals in life. You’ve got to hear Brad go in-depth about this wonderful way to connect with like-minded individuals.

Do you have a set of standards that you filter your decisions through? The benefits of having high standards are knowing your values and goals ahead of time. You don’t have to act in a reactionary fashion, you can use your goals and standards to filter your decision-making process. Business leader Brad Weimert had a series of goals that he filtered his professional career decisions through. This led Brad to eventually start Easy Pay Direct. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you get the chance to hear how those high standards led Brad on the path to success. Make sure to catch this motivating episode!

When is the last time you did something way outside of the box to attract new business? After receiving many of the same types of marketing offers potential clients and customers tend to tune out overused mediums. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will get to hear a really interesting and creative method that Brad Weimert used early at the start of his business to attract a client. Brad also shares some helpful tips and insights that you can use to get the success you’ve been looking for. You don’t want to miss this fascinating episode!

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PJ Jonas is the founder of Goat Milk Stuff which she built in her kitchen into a multi-million dollar business. Her goat milk products business has been featured on The Today Show, The Doctors, and in Oprah Magazine. She runs a farm and is a mother of eight.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:00] Jeremy’s introduction to today’s guest, PJ Jonas.
  • [1:50] Software that PJ uses for her business.
  • [4:20] How PJ ended up on a farm.
  • [9:00] Balancing growth as a small business.
  • [12:50] The highest and lowest moment in business.
  • [15:15] What animals are on PJ’s farm?
  • [16:50] How to connect with PJ.
  • [17:40] Parting wisdom from PJ.

In this episode…

How would you handle business growth challenges? Do you have a plan in place? When you are starting out as a small business, you dream of success and rapid growth. But when it comes, it brings with it a whole host of new challenges. This was especially true for PJ Jonas and her family’s business. They had to decide what they were going to do to take their business to the next level. Because they deal with dairy products, they were caught in a tough situation. State regulations forced them to decide if they wanted to keep their business at a small scale level or quickly start putting the pieces together for a larger scale operation, there simply wasn’t any place in between. If you’d like to hear more of PJ’s story and how they were able to overcome this difficulty, make sure to catch this episode of Inspired Insider.

One of the best aspects of running a small business that you started from home is being able to raise your children in an entrepreneurial environment. The values and life lessons that you are able to pass on and instill in your children are priceless. When looking back at their decision to move to Indiana, build their life on a farm, and start a small business PJ Jonas relishes the fact that she built the business for her family as her proudest moment. You’ve got to hear her talk about how much her children are involved in the business, her pride and excitement are infectious! You’ll walk away from this episode with profound inspiration - you can’t miss it!

It’s often said that the best way to ruin a relationship is to get money involved. There are countless stories of business leaders who bring in a family member or even friends only to have it ruin their relationships. PJ Jonas and her family learned this lesson the hard way. One of her lowest moments in business was when she realized that she wouldn’t be able to continue employing some friends she had brought into the business. It wasn’t because they were bad people, it just wasn’t a good fit. Can you imagine that scenario? It was really difficult for PJ and it’s cemented in her mind as one of the most difficult moments she had starting her small business. Hear about how she dealt with that situation and what you can learn from it on this episode of Inspired Insider.

Is the American dream dead? There are many people who seem to think so. From high unemployment rates to stock market instability in recent years it’s fair to say that hope in building something from nothing can be hard to come by for many individuals. But there are those who see things in a different light, entrepreneur PJ Jonas is one of them. PJ and her family found their slice of the American dream through hard work and big goals. She will be the first person to tell you that it wasn’t all smooth sailing. They had setbacks and failures along the way but they persevered. What lesson can you learn from PJ and her family’s story? Hear more about their journey toward success on this episode of Inspired Insider.

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Adam Witty is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Advantage Media Group. What began in the spare bedroom of his home is now an international publishing company. Advantage has been named to the prestigious Inc. 500/5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies and as one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina multiple years in a row. Adam is the author of five books and he is a chairman for both Nonprofit Youth Entrepreneurship S.C. and Clemson Entrepreneurship Institute.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [0:55] Jeremy’s introduction to this episode.
  • [1:50] Adam talks about his company’s partnership with Forbes Media.
  • [3:30] How did Adam connect with Forbes Media?
  • [7:30] Adam talks about entrepreneurs become thought leaders by authoring a book.
  • [11:50] How to make a big deal.
  • [18:20] How will Adam and his team differentiate between publishing authors through Advantage or Forbes?
  • [20:30] Adam talks about how he got his start with book publishing.
  • [29:50] Who are some of Advantage’s best sellers?
  • [32:00] Adam talks about his dream of owning a professional basketball team.
  • [35:30] Challenges along the way.
  • [38:50] Successful traits in entrepreneurs.
  • [41:40] How to connect with Adam.
  • [42:40] Adam talks about his company’s growth over the years.
  • [47:00] Creating a healthy work environment.

In this episode…

Everyone wants to know the secret to business expansion. What will it take to see exponential growth and success? The secret to growth and expansion is typically sold as something that can happen overnight - don’t listen to that! Those are the exception, not the rule. Most growth comes with patience over time. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will hear from business leader Adam Witty. Adam started young with a big dream, to someday own a professional basketball team. Step by step Adam is getting closer to that dream with his dedicated path toward success in business. You have a chance to learn from one of the most successful business leaders in his industry - make sure to listen to this episode!

Have you ever wondered how you would respond in a high-stakes business situation? If you had the chance to pitch your great idea or product to a high-level investor or go into a meeting with a potential strategic partner, how would you respond? Adam Witty recently had the opportunity to pitch a strategic partnership that would expand his business with one of the most recognizable names out there, Forbes. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will hear Adam’s key insights and lessons that he took away from that experience and how you can implement them on your journey toward success. You don’t want to miss this episode!

How can you get an advantage over your competition? What will it take to get you and your business over the top on your journey toward success? It might be time for you to consider writing a book! On this episode of Inspired Insider, Adam Witty makes an excellent case explaining how business leaders can become thought leaders by taking the step to author a book. This is a huge way entrepreneurs can work toward expanding their business. It might sound daunting and impossible but you’ve got to check out Adam’s great case study that will convince you to consider writing a book today!

What keeps you up at night? What is your big audacious dream for life? What steps are you taking to achieve your dream? Entrepreneur Adam Witty knew his dream from a very young age, he wanted to own or manage a professional basketball team. That dream led him to contact Pat Williams, the owner of the NBA team, the Orlando Magic. This set Adam on the path of a lifelong friendship with Pat. Over the years they have worked together and at a crucial point in Adam’s life, Pat gave Adam some key advice. Find out more about Adam’s friendship with Pat and the lessons you can learn on this episode of Inspired Insider.

Do you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur? Do have grit? In order to succeed as a business leader, you have to cultivate a mental toughness that refuses to let anything keep you down. Challenges will arise and you have to be ready to face them. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will hear from business leader Adam Witty. He knows what it takes to be successful and he knows what it's like to fail. Make sure to listen to this episode to hear Adams insights and lessons so you can learn from his mistakes as well as his success!

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Megan Reamer is the founder of the potato chip company Jackson's Honest. She sells them all over the US and in eight countries in places like Whole Foods, Bed Bath and Beyond, Woodman's to name a few. Early on they were even selected by the Academy Awards to be an exclusive snack food for the green room, executive suites, and backstage. Megan is a mother of four and the company was inspired by their son Jackson's illness.

 

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:10] Jeremy’s introduction to this episode.
  • [2:05] Megan talks about hiring and building a team.
  • [7:20] How do Megan and her team decide to launch a new flavor?
  • [10:30] Responding to customer feedback.
  • [11:30] What does a product launch look like?
  • [13:15] Challenges that come with quick growth.
  • [15:30] The lowest business moment.
  • [21:00] How to connect with Jackson’s Honest
  • [23:25] Parting words from Megan.

In this episode…

It’s that moment that many entrepreneurs live for, hearing that your product has connected with customers. Megan Remer experienced this delightful moment when she started to receive initial feedback on her company’s products, they were connecting with customers. She was overjoyed at the fact that there was a wider audience for her product and that it tapped into a need in the marketplace. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear Megan discuss difficulties with rapid growth, lessons learned from a logistics nightmare, how she keeps things positive, and much more! This is an episode you don’t want to miss!

Every business leader dreams of having their product take off with instant success and rapid growth. Unless you’ve been there, it’s hard to understand why this can be a dangerous desire. Megan Reamer saw her company’s product skyrocket in sales and popularity in a short time frame. She connected with an untapped need in the marketplace and the customer feedback was overwhelmingly positive. It was great! But it was also very difficult. Especially as a new company that didn't have the experience and infrastructure to handle such rapid growth. But Megan and her team at Jackson’s Honest got a handle on what they needed to do to respond to their quick success. Find out what you can learn from Megan’s experience on this episode of Inspired Insider!

It's always difficult when things don’t go your way. You can react to these frustrations in three ways - fight it, give up, or learn from it. Business leader, Megan Reamer explains how she chose to learn from a frustrating experience. In what would turn out to be a logistics nightmare, Megan had to decide how she would react. She, of course, did everything she could to solve the dilemma she had with shipping her product to a store but more importantly, she looks back as a moment she learned from. Reacting in this way can set leaders up for great success. Don’t give up, don’t get bitter, learn from low moments! Find out more from Megan’s story on this episode of Inspired Insider.

What is your response when things get really difficult in life? Are you more prone to fight or flight? On this episode of Inspired Insider, Jeremy talks with Megan Reamer. She found that her response to difficult situations is to keep things positive. Megan encourages business leaders to take a look at the adversity they are facing in life and business and push through it. It’s like that old saying, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Megan did just that when she started her company, Jackson’s Honest. Hear more of Megan’s success story on this episode!

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Briana Borten has built three spas into an eight figure business encompassing a variety of wellness products, including nutritional supplements and the life planner called the Dream Book. She is also the cofounder of DragonTree.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:10] Jeremy’s introduction to this episode.
  • [2:00] Briana joins the podcast.
  • [3:20] What is Briana’s favorite story from her book?
  • [5:20] Briana talks about their hiring process.
  • [8:20] Why did Briana write her book?
  • [11:50] Briana talks about some of her 8 steps to quality of life.
  • [14:40] How does Briana structure her day?
  • [19:10] Briana talks about managing five business.
  • [22:50] Best selling and popular products.
  • [28:10] Briana talks about two stories that involved her breaking her bones.
  • [34:10] Starting the first spa.
  • [38:40] What worked and didn’t work building the business?
  • [42:00] Briana talks about opening her spa in the Portland airport.
  • [46:40] How to connect with Briana.
  • [48:00] Parting advice from Briana.

In this episode…

Don’t you hate it when you can’t solve a problem or finish a puzzle? That incomplete feeling can be very frustrating. Now, imagine if you felt that about your physical health. What would it look like to have someone help you discover holistic health? Briana Borten has built a business around helping people find physical, emotional, and lifestyle health. She has devoted her creative pursuits to treating the whole person. This passion led her to open her spa and apothecary, write her book, and publish a journal. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will hear Brian tell her story of success, personal struggles, and much more!

One of the hardest aspects of starting a small business can be finding the right people to bring on your team. Do you know what qualities to look for in a new candidate? How do you set them up for success from day one? Briana Borten has honed a great hiring process over her years in business. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will hear some helpful tips from Briana that you can put into place today in your business. Briana’s concepts aren’t just theoretical, she gives real life examples of mistakes she has learned from and how it’s helped her discover the best practices to hiring employees. You don’t want to miss this great episode!

Do you struggle to fit into the traditional mold of an entrepreneur or business leader? Do you find it difficult to adopt the habits and best practices of some of the most successful business icons? You aren’t alone! Successful business leader Briana Borten has found the key to less stress and personal freedom, just be yourself! Sure getting tips and insights on what the most successful leaders do is helpful but just as helpful is finding the right rhythms that allow YOU to thrive. If getting up at 5 am is constantly draining and sucking your productivity, don’t do just because “Successful people” do it. Find out what you can learn from Briana’s personal journey on this episode of Inspired Insider.

Can you imagine what it would be like to work in an industry that changes people’s lives? Briana Borten has the great fortune to see that life-changing impact on her clients on a regular basis. Briana’s products through her apothecary and the healing benefits of her spa’s sessions bring a huge increase in quality of life for many people. She takes great pride in the fact that she is helping people discover holistic health. Not only focusing on the physical, Briana helps people understand other aspects that impact their health. To hear more about Briana’s work and the passion behind her success, make sure to check out this episode of Inspired Insider!

What’s your worst case scenario? What determines your perspective on life? Are you always shooting for the impossible without considering the reality of your dreams? Maybe you need to take a page from Briana Borten’s book. She encourages people to get a healthy perspective on life. Pause, take a look at the good things you have going for you in your life. Would it be the worst thing if you never accomplished more than what you already have? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you’ll hear helpful insights from Briana on how she gained a healthy perspective. Don’t miss it!

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Ashley Drummonds is the founder of ABS Protein Pancakes. She has been featured on Shark Tank, the Home Shopping Network, Forbes.com, and much more. In over two years she has sold more than $500,000 worth of pancake mix.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:00] Jeremy’s introduction to today’s episode.
  • [1:40] Ashley talks about what sets her company apart.
  • [9:00] What software does Ashley use?
  • [12:00] What happened after Shark Tank?
  • [13:40] What advice did Ashley get from Daymond?
  • [14:40] The highest and lowest moment for Ashley.

In this episode…

Can you really build success off of social media engagement? Is your business just a few hashtags away from unlocking it’s potential? Jeremy’s guest, Ashley Drummonds found success with her product ABS Pancakes by leveraging social media engagement before she learned all the tricks and tips of online marketing. Ashley applied common sense to her strategy and it paid off! She used the same carefully selected hashtags and constantly posted about her product on the same platforms at the same time each day. Soon she saw her product gain a following. Ashley has since grown that following and has seen her company take off with exponential growth. Learn more about Ashley’s experience on this episode of Inspired Insider!

What are the ingredients necessary for success? What tools do successful business leaders use on a regular basis? Ashley Drummonds launched her brand in a very public setting with her appearance on Shark Tank. Since that launch and the subsequent success, Ashley has had to find tools and resources to help her keep up with the momentum that she gained. On this episode of Inspired Insider, Ashley shares what tools she uses to stay on top of her personal and professional brand promotion. Don’t miss these tools and other lessons from Ashley’s success!

What is one of the most important things to remember when you rise to the top? It’s a kind of unspoken rule in our society - don’t forget where you came from. Help out the little guy. It’s one of those cultural values that we like to think that we can hold celebrities and successful business leaders to. The truth of the matter is, no one can hold anyone to that ideal. It has to be something that the successful individual values for themselves. Ashley Drummonds learned this crucial lesson from her experience on Shark Tank. She makes every effort to encourage and support entrepreneurs who align with the values of her company. To hear more about Ashley’s story, make sure to catch this episode of Inspired Insider!

At one point in her journey, Ashley Drummonds had to move out to California for her business. She describes this as being one of the most difficult moments she has faced. She went out there with nothing. No support, no family, she was alone. Ashley talks about this time being very influential for her. This was the moment where she had a HUGE gut check and decided if she really had what it took to start a business and be successful. For Ashley, it worked out. Her hard work paid off. What lessons can you learn from her story? Find out on this episode of Inspired Insider!

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Jay Steinfeld is Founder of Blinds.com. He set up the original eCommerce site NoBrainerBlinds for $3000 in 1996 and has since grown the eCommerce company to over $200 million in annual revenue. It is the world’s top retailer for blinds and shades and provides blinds for over a million windows every year. The company was acquired in 2014 by Home Depot.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [0:55] Jeremy’s introduction to this episode.
  • [2:00] Jay talks about starting his first business out of his home.
  • [6:00] Starting an eCommerce business at the beginning of online sales.
  • [11:50] What did Jay want to be when he was a kid?
  • [13:15] Was is a good decision for Jay to go into accounting?
  • [15:15] What did Jay learn from working at Meineke?
  • [17:50] Jay talks about getting feedback from his employees.
  • [19:10] Core values.
  • [21:00] Experiments and risks in business.
  • [24:20] Work and family life.
  • [33:00] Training salespeople.
  • [38:00] Shaping the buying experience.
  • [43:00] Gathering investors.
  • [47:00] Acquiring competitors.
  • [51:15] Wowing the customer.
  • [52:30] Marketing with videos.
  • [57:00] Marketing on radio and TV.
  • [58:30] Home Depot acquires Jay’s company.
  • [1:04:30] Lessons learned from acquisition.
  • [1:07:30] Why did Jay stay on when Home Depot acquired Blinds.com?
  • [1:09:00] What skills has Jay had to develop as a CEO that were different from an entrenpuer?
  • [1:11:40] Lowest moment and highest moment in business.

In this episode…

It isn’t sexy but most businesses would LOVE to be known for quality customer service. The problem is that is costs money and resources to build that kind of culture in your company. But those costs can end up paying HUGE rewards. Jay Steinfeld and his company have built a reputation of providing quality customer service. On this episode, Jay and Jeremy discuss taking risks, enjoying work, providing the best product to customers, and so much more. This is an episode that any business leader would be wise to listen to, there are so many applications! Don’t miss this episode of Inspired Insider.

Taking risks in business can be scary. What if you fail? What if it all comes crashing down around you? However, taking risks is necessary! It's been said that if you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done. Are you taking risks? Jay Steinfeld will be the first to tell you that he is risk averse. But he has forced himself and his organization to push through the uncomfortable and take risks. They don’t take HUGE risks, rather they have committed themselves to constant experimentation. They regularly take small risks in the hope that one pays off and becomes the next great idea. Jay thinks of this process as an investment in his company’s future. Learn more from Jay and the lessons he has learned in business on this episode of Inspired Insider.

Do you LOVE your job? Does getting up for work each morning fire you up? Meet someone who loves what he does, Jay Steinfeld. Jay is the CEO of Blinds.com and he considers his job FUN. He has spent years building up his team and his business from a small operation out of his home to an industry leading multimillion dollar company. The joy and excitement Jay has for his job have spread throughout his organization. In fact, having fun is one of their core values. If you’d like to hear Jay expand on his core values and catch why he is so fired up about his job, make sure to listen to this episode of Inspired Insider!

In many sales circles, the emphasis is on the features that a product provides. But this approach doesn’t take into consideration the prospective customer's perspective. It doesn’t anticipate the customer's needs. A good salesperson listens to their customer and matches them to the product that will provide them the most benefit. This approach is central to Jay Steinfeld and his team at Blinds.com. Jay’s many years of experience in sales and specifically dealing with the sale of blinds has shaped his perspective. He wants his salespeople to give outstanding service to their customers. Learn more about Jay’s insights and how you can apply them to your industry on this episode of Inspired Insider.

The reputation of customer service in our society isn’t always positive. You hear horror stories of people calling in and having to spend hours on hold and then get someone who isn’t interested in taking care of their problem. On the other side, you hear stories that speak of customer service employees having a terrible working experience. When a business gets customer service right, they stand out. Jay Steinfeld’s company, Blinds.com holds to high customer service standards. In fact, it was their excellent reputation for customer service that factored into Home Depot decision to acquire them. Their reputation in this area is not by accident. Jay Steinfeld talks about how this is something he has carried with him through all his years in business. To hear more about Jay’s lessons in customer service, make sure to catch this episode of Inspired Insider!

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Today we have Charlie Moyer who went from an unemployed military veteran with no eCommerce or online marketing experience to growing his men’s grooming company, Badass Beardcare from $3000 per month to $375,000 in monthly sales. It all started with a simple $20 investment, and now he employs over 12 people in their El Dorado Hills facility.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [1:00] Jeremy’s introduction to today’s episode.
  • [2:00] Charles shares a funny military story.
  • [3:30] Charles shares two serious military stories.
  • [6:00] How did Charles scale his product for a larger production?
  • [7:00] What is the most challenging aspect for Charles and his team?
  • [8:15] The lowest point so far for Charles and Badass Beardcare.
  • [10:40] The proudest moment so far for Charles and Badass Beardcare.
  • [11:30] Charles talks about his wife’s role in the business.
  • [14:00] The most memorable part of the journey for Charles’ wife, Ashley.
  • [16:50] How does the business stay organized and on schedule?

In this episode…

What causes small business growth? Is the right product, the right timing, or the right team? Sometimes it can seem like a bit of all three and a dash of good luck. On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will hear from small business owner Charles Moyer. He and his wife started Badass Beardcare out of their home and have grown it into a thriving company. Charles shares about the difficult lessons learned, proudest moments, the partnership with his wife, and tools that have helped them succeed. This is a helpful episode filled with powerful lessons that you can benefit from, don’t miss out!

Have you ever had a difficult and challenging moment in business? What about dealing with a difficult personnel problem? One of the low points from Charles Moyer and his company Badass Beardcare came when they had a team member who started to perform poorly. Removing a once productive team member is always a difficult and unpleasant process but it's necessary for healthy businesses to thrive. The good news is that these difficult and uncomfortable situations often lead to greater understanding and lessons learned. What can you take away from Charles’ story? Find out on this episode of Inspired Insider.

Have you ever had one of those moments when you thought either personally or professionally that you “Arrived?” Entrepreneur Charles Moyer had one of those moments last December when his company Badass Beardcare hit over $15,000 in sales for a single day! He pulls that day out as a shining moment of success. As a small business owner, it’s important to hold onto and reflect upon those successful and proud moments, because they don’t happen everyday. Charles is also quick to add that he is filled with pride when he hears from his customers. On a regular basis, he hears from satisfied customers who are raving fans of his product. Charles shares more great insights from his journey as a small business owner on this episode of Inspired Insider.

Sometimes a small business needs a little push to help take it to the next level of growth. Charles Moyer tells a story about how his wife helped to literally push their small business out of the house and toward greater success. Charles started his company Badass Bearcare out of their home. As he worked to get their fledgling business off the ground, Charles’ wife Ashley helped between her shifts as a nurse. She would print all the orders while Charles slept and he would pick up where she left off in the morning. Soon after Ashley became pregnant the odor from the product because too much for her to handle so she “Encouraged” Charles to move the operation outside of their home. This ended up being a huge help on their journey toward success. Don’t miss out on more of their story on this episode of Inspired Insider!

Do you struggle with organization? Are you looking for tips on how top business leaders stay focused and keep things clear? On this episode of Inspired Insider, you will hear from entrepreneur Charles Moyer. He and his wife Ashley run Badass Beardcare. Ashley says that one of the best tools they’ve implemented on their journey from small startup to a thriving business is Google Calendar. This simple online and app featured tool helps Ashley and Charles keep their schedules synchronized and their business organized. To hear more - make sure to listen to this episode!

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