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Author: Elyce Billany

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The amazing Helen Keller once said  “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision”. 

Welcome to the What's Your Vision Podcast (formerly Fortify Your Finances), where you will hear from "The Best of the Midwest" innovators and entrepreneurs. 

Join Elyce Billany; a bank and finance marketer with a side hustle small business that was featured on ABC's Shark Tank. Each episode you'll hear the real life journeys of Midwestern entrepreneurs and how they turned their visions into reality.  

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23 Episodes
In this edition of Big Vision we will be chatting with Andrea Belk-Olson, owner of Pragmadik. Managing 10 business units across 12 countries garnered Andrea the opportunity to study customer behavior across varying cultures. Now let's find out how she used her vision to become not a consultant, but a Change Expert.
In this edition of Big Vision we will be chatting with Scott Ocel, franchise owner of Domino's. Scott started out slinging pizzas and now owns several Domino's franchises. His journey is one of grit, determination, and dough. Now let's find out how Scott put all the right toppings on his vision.
In this edition of Big Vision we will be chatting with Jake Gervase of Stay Tiny Texas. Jake's NFL career may have led him to the Superbowl and his brother Sam may have led him into a real estate adventure, but a sweet little boy named Reed led him into a rally. With a family business, a football team, and a philanthropic goal on his plate he has a lot to share about the ups and downs along the way. Now let's find out how Jake, Sam and Hailey have created a big vision out of tiny homes....
In this edition of Big Vision we will be chatting with Lisa Wertzbaugher of Wertzbaugher Consulting and Wertzbaugher Services. Juggling a successful consulting business of over 15 years and a welding and fabrication business with her husband, all while raising a young family is not for the faint of heart, but Lisa handles it like a professional. Now let's find out how she melts it all together to create a truly special vision.
We will be chatting with Kristel Whitty-Ersan of Happy Joes. The franchise of Happy Joes Pizza and Ice Cream Parlor comes with a unique family history that ends up creating a history making business. Now let's find out how Joe became Happy and how Kristel works to keep that memory alive with every slice.
In this episode of Vision in Review we will be chatting with Calisse McPherson of J+M Civil Design and RTM Engineering Consultants. Calisse and her business partner started a Civil Design firm to fill a need in the industry and ended up in a direction they didn't expect. Now let's find out how they engineered their way into a merger.
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In this episode we will be chatting with Troy and Jamie Lewis, owners of Heritage Landscape Design. Troy and Jamie started their company so that they could provide the best service possible to their customers and now they are known for their above and beyond experience. Now let's find out how Troy and Jamie dig up opportunities and build a good reputation.
In this episode we will be chatting with Mike Gudat and Brad Stegall, owners of Acceleration Ventures. Mike and Brad partnered up so that they could expand their real estate footprint. They not only increased their portfolio, but together are making a difference in the lives of other real estate investors and those hoping to be. Now let's find out how Mike and Brad invest in their future.
In this edition of Success in Review we will be chatting with Matt Solis of Smith Filter. Matt came onboard at Smith Filter as the 5th generation. He not only brought new ideas to support growth, but designed and implemented a game changing product. Now let's find out how Matt filters out challenges and seizes opportunities.
Dr. Larsen started his practice in 1989 and now owns multiple locations in Illinois. In addition to his dental practice Dr. Larsen has recently taken on a new venture and is putting the final touches on a unique winery and vineyard in Oak Grove, IL. Now let's find out how Dr. Larsen grows his practice and his vines.
We will be chatting with Drew Allen, President and CEO of Grace Technologies. Grace makes maintenance safer, smarter, and more productive with innovative electrical safety products and predictive maintenance solutions. In addition to his role at Grace, Drew led a technology acquisition that developed and expanded into new markets and applications. Now let's find out how Drew powers his company.
We will be chatting with Kevin Nolan, founder and owner of Ecogistics, an eco-friendly logistics company. Kevin and his wife Wendi have grown their business to a network of more than 17,000 carriers and was recognized as Inc. Magazine's Top 100 Fastest Growing Privately Held Companies in the US. Now let's find out how Kevin provides an experience that carries excellence.
Katie Castillo- Wilson is the Founder and CEO of TapOnIt, a technology company most commonly known for TapOnIt Deals. In 2014, she left her career to launch her company, with a goal of helping brands connect with consumers in the most direct way possible, a text message. Katie has raised over $5M since inception and now TapOnIt's technology is used all over the country to connect brands with consumers. Now let's find out how she put the tech into text messages.
Join us in learning how Tiphanie took Oh So Sweet by Tiphanie from a small town cupcake shop to a nationally recognized bakery by getting featured on Food Network's - The Christmas Cookie Challenge! Her marketing and creative flair is evident not only with her baking but with her business acumen. Now let's find out how Tiphanie bakes success into every bite.
In this special edition of Chairmen Magic Moments I will be chatting with Lee Garlach, Brian Kardell and Sean McGuire, who all have at least two things in common - they work at Fortress Bank and have all been the Chairman for The John Deere Classic. The John Deere Classic is a professional golf tournament in the PGA Tour that is hosted in the Quad Cities and has raised over 133 million dollars for over 500 local charities. Come with me as we take a deep dive into what it is really like to be ...
Eric Langan, owner of Carpetland, started working in the family business the day after he graduated from college in 2001. In 2004 he bought the business from his father, opened new locations and now owns 9 franchises across Iowa and Illinois. Now let's find out how Eric took his competitive drive and applied it to flooring.
Kent Pilcher, owner of Estes Construction, has grown his company to nearly 300 employees, including a location in Des Moines as well as its home office in downtown Davenport. In addition to Estes, Kent has ownership in multiple affiliate companies across Iowa. Now let's find out how Kent took his challenges and built not only buildings, but opportunities.