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Small Biz FL was designed to highlight issues and promote business assistance resources available throughout the state of Florida.
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Wendy Norfleet has extensive experience and success at assisting individuals and corporate partners in accessing and developing talent that may go unrecognized and unseen. She also has had numerous training and team-building events for corporate and non-profit clients. Wendy published work in several journals, which titles include a Standard Methodology for Return on Investment for Software Improvement Projects, and Measuring Progress: A Realistic Approach to Implementing Level Three CMM.  Her business, Norfleet Integrated Solutions provides strategic planning,  corporate training, leadership development, and career coaching to their clients  
Taco Lover and Entrepreneur at heart. We interviewed Jonathan at the JMI Small Business Leadership Conference in Orlando and he talked to us Select Shades, he co-owns with his business partner Jason Pittenger.  With Select Shades you are in for a journey of fashion, choice, style, protection, color, and texture. Select Shades delivers a positive experience centered around one simple category: Sunglasses. We help people see the world through 50 iconic sunglass brands: available in-store, digitally, and at your event!
In ‘Have Fun, Fight Back and Keep the Party Going’, Jeff O’Hara entertains readers, entrepreneurs, and industry experts with brutally honest “war stories” showing exactly how he navigated the chaos and destruction left in Hurricane Katrina’s wake while building the foundation for AlliedPRA - his destination management company. Since purchasing the AlliedPRA New Orleans franchise in 2002, he has made the New Orleans destination experience his focus, winning numerous awards and accolades in the process. In 2016 and 2017 AlliedPRA was named to the Inc.5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America.  Along the way he has started and developed 7 other hospitality businesses and 2 real estate companies. He has also backed several start ups as an Angel Investor, including firms in the fields of technology, biotech, consumer staples and alternative energy.
Vicky Zelen founded Zelen Risk Solutions, Inc. in 2003 after 17 years of industry experience. She started working in the industry when she was still in high school. She has used all her combined experience to give her clients an unmatched experience versus her competitors. Listen to her interview now to hear all about what makes her insurance firm stand out from the others.
In today's episode Regional Director and Podcast Show Host Tom Kindred has an insightful conversation with MC of the JMI Small Business Leadership Conference from our Center's trip there back in June. Ramon is a leading expert on small business success. He inspires and educates thousands of business owners a year through his articles, podcasts, and in-demand media interviews. Ramon is the founder of and Entrepreneur In Residence at Oracle NetSuite ​Ramon is a contributor to and a host of Breakfast with Champions on Clubhouse He is a successful entrepreneur, in-demand, motivational speaker and event host. Connect with Ramon Ray -  Follow Ramon on Instagram : Visit Smart Hustle Website Visit Ramon's Page: Join the Smart Hustle Nation :
Join host Tom Kindred as he interviews the new CEO of the Florida SBDC Network on this special episode of Small Biz Florida.  Get to know Greg Britton and how his path crossed with the Florida SBDC. In this episode he talks all about his upbringing in Indiana, his Aerospace Engineering education and what brought him to Florida in the first place... You will not want to miss as Greg talks about his vision for the FSBDC and his goals as he starts his work with the network.  If you enjoyed this episode and want to stay up to date on more of Small Biz Florida check your podcast platforms every Monday and Thursday for new episodes or Follow us on our new Instagram @Smallbizflorida to stay in the loop.     
On this episode of Small Biz Florida we are bringing yet another interview with a super knowledgable guest DeLisa Clift. She is a full service coach and consultant out of Georgia and she was a speaker at the JMI Small Business Development Center in Orlando.  She sits down with host of the show and our centers Regional Director Tom Kindred to talk about how she has been able to educate, inspire, and empower corporations to scale their business to the next level.     
After spending more than 17 years in diverse industries nationally & internally as a head of finance advising owners, executives and companies, Agile CFOs’ founder, Javier Ramirez, decided to embark in building a new kind of remote financial consulting company rooted in outstanding client service, agile processes & systems, and high quality deliverables. In this episode you will hear him talk about his dream to build a strong network of businesses that will benefit from supporting each other and that can be a stepping stone for new entrepreneurs & innovation.
Natsuyo Lipschutz is an award winning speaker, TEDx speaker, 5-time Toastmasters district 46 finalist and 2-time runner up in New York district final, World Class Speaking certified coach, strategy consultant, author, competitive ballroom Latin dancer, mother, and cancer survivor. On this episode of Small Biz Florida Natsuyo joins Tom live from the Small Business Leadership Conference hosted by the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship,to talk about her career as a business consultant and what inspired her to change the way she conducts business and builds business strategies.  Natsuyo also covers the importance of story telling to successfully market your products or services as a small business owner and how you can change that story today to build strong relationships with your customers.  
This episode of Small Biz Florida features another interview from the JMI Small Business Leadership Conference in Orlando Florida, Timothy Raines is interviewed by Tom our Regional Director of the Small Business Development Center at Indian River State College  Timothy Raines is an experienced tax partner with a  demonstrated history of working in the tax and accounting industry. Timothy Raines talks about the importance of developing a relationship with your accountant as a business owner. He stresses how important this connection is for the growth of your business.     
Joining Tom on the podcast this week is Gibran Jones, owner of Krimson Square a company designed to provide high level online public relations and digital marketing to businesses of all sizes and industries. Gibran Jones is a military veteran assigned to the historic 1/10 Calvary ‘Buffalo Soldiers’ in Fort Hood, Texas.  On this episode of the podcast Tom and Gibran discuss his journey to starting his digital marketing company ‘Krimson Square’. He covers everything from what inspired him to start his business to talking about his top 5 tips for business owners starting to build an online presence.
This episode of Small Biz Florida features another brilliant guest from our trip to the JMI Small Business Leadership Conference, Chuck Dinsmore. Chuck is the Co-Founder of Data Clique Market Intelligence. Data Clique is a company created to help business owners research and apply consumer lifestyle segmentation data into their marketing strategies. Data Clique understands the relationships between businesses, marketing, and data. and take lots and lots of data and turn it into actionable intelligence, meaning. They help identify new prospects for businesses, and then track them as they turn into new customers. Join us for this interview and learn about data collection and how to leverage it to see growth in your business.   
On this segment of Small Biz Florida, Regional Director Tom Kindred sits down with Bernie Dandridge, 2018 North Florida District Small Business Advocate of the Year and Loan Specialist at FLC Bank. Bernie Dandridge sits down to talk all you need to know about finances and loans that you may be able to receive through SBA programs. Bernie is a Sales/Sales Management and Operations Professional with commercial SBA/USDA lending, residential wholesale, correspondent, and retail mortgage experience. A proven builder of individual employees creating a strong team environment. Successful B2B business developer while uniquely focused on the importance of the individual consumer. Experienced speaker and visionary leader. Bernie is a firm believer in developing long term profitable relationships, both internally and externally, by maximizing communication, education and integrity. You don't want to miss this episode! 
On this episode of Small Biz Florida: Host Tom Kindred Interviews Gregory "Greg" Buschman on his work in Intergenerational Management.  Greg Buschman is the founder of Strategic Leadership Development. Greg is also a keynote speaker, top-ranked business management author, and organizational trainer specializing in inter-generational leadership skills, creative leadership, and high-performing team dynamics. His newest #1 publication “I Think, You Think, We All Think Differently: Leadership Skills for Millennials & Gen Z”, is available on Amazon Kindle.     
On this episode of Small Biz Florida: Tom sits down with Charles Render, a consultant who has worked with companies as small as single-person start-ups and as large as Fortune 500 corporations and knows the ins and outs of maximizing business performance using data. They discuss Charles's new venture Analytics Box a tool that will help generate automated, meaningful insights at the click of a button for small-business decision making.  He started Render Analytics with the vision of leveraging knowledge gained from these experiences to help businesses grow to the next level.
United States Military Academy graduate Matthew “Griff” Griffin joined Small Biz Florida host Tom Kindred and Indian River State College Business School Professor Dr. Herbert Ricardo to discuss Combat Flip Flops and his mission of Doing Well to Do Good. After graduating from the United States Military Academy in 2001, Griff accepted a commission into Field Artillery. Between 2003-2005, he deployed four times to Iraq and Afghanistan with 2d Ranger Battalion as a Company Fire Support Officer. After departing the military in 2006, he worked in the defense sector which eventually led him back to Afghanistan to assist with medical infrastructure development. After witnessing the positive effects of economic growth in conflict areas, Griff co-founded Combat Flip Flops with a fellow Ranger and began the mission to manufacture peace through trade. He was recognized in 2017 as one of the top 100 Most Influential Veterans in America and in 2018 as a top 100 Global Visionary.        
Amanda Brinkman, Chief Brand Officer, Deluxe and creator, producer, and host of the hit series "Small Business Revolution" sat down with Small Biz Florida Host Tom Kindred and executive producer Katie Muldoon at the recent JMI Small Business Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida to talk entrepreneurship.  Amanda is a sought-after public speaker, sharing her “Do Well By Doing Good” philosophy on stages around the country. She demonstrates how both companies and individuals can make a meaningful and positive difference in people’s lives, while fostering their own success in the process. She believes that companies must not only identify their brand purpose, but put that purpose into action. Through her work, Amanda has defined what it looks like for brands to truly act “as publishers” creating movements through their content strategy Amanda is a nationally renowned brand expert, Forbes contributor, and frequent on-camera personality for national news outlets and celebrity interviews, ranging from LL Cool J to Peyton Manning. She has appeared on CNBC’s “Cleveland Hustles,” in addition to hosting the online “Small Talks” series that features successful entrepreneurs across the country.  
As Florida's small business community begins a slow and steady return to normal business operations, Small Biz Florida host Tom Kindred speaks to business consultant Brian Dapelo about a "Post COVID Playbook. Managing Director with Monarch Point Consulting Group, Brian speaks to strategies for moving the business beyond the pandemic.  Monarch Point Consulting Group is a business management consulting firm that helps mid-market to Fortune 500 enterprises plan & execute their corporate strategy, improve operation processes, transform business models, and outsource program management initiatives.   "Truly Forward Thinking" (772) 212-1031 /  
Small Biz Florida host Tom Kindred speaks with Caleb Orr, Senior Policy Advisor for Senator Rubio’s office and Dr. Cheryl Kirby, Chief Operating Officer for the Florida SBDC Network, regarding the upcoming Sustain the Pivot Virtual Small Business Resiliency Conference. The event will be held May 18th from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. and May 19th 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST. Seating is limited so register now. The Virtual Small Business Resiliency Conference is a unique learning and networking opportunity for Florida’s small businesses and entrepreneurs. A Small Business Owner/Operator will learn: Innovative business development in the new normal Implement a COVID-19 resiliency business action plan to safeguard your business Understand the 5 C’s of credit and financial pitfalls to make your business bankable Plus, enjoy two powerful keynotes, a marketing power hour, and a panel on client success featuring Florida SBDC Network consultants.
Small Biz Florida host Tom Kindred discusses small business banking issues with Doug Sherman - Treasure Coast Market President Bank of America. Whether the business owner is seeking working capital, an equipment loan, or financing to purchase property to expand, having a relationship with an experienced professional banker is important. Doug explains how the business owner can leverage their bank to grow and succeed in business. He also discusses how being resilient will help your company survive during economic challenges. 
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