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Amazon Storefronts, Shop Exclusively from U.S. Small Businesses Interview with Gene Marks on Georgia Business Radio

Amazon Storefronts, Shop Exclusively from U.S. Small Businesses Interview with Gene Marks on Georgia Business Radio

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Amazon Storefronts, Shop Exclusively from U.S. Small Businesses Interview with Gene Marks on Georgia Business Radio

Today we have Gene Marks, Washington Post columnist author and financial expert joining us to talk about how supporting the U.S. small businesses online is an important concept for not just Americans and local business, but for the entire community and now it's even easier when shopping online to buy from us small businesses with a new store called Amazon Storefronts. Making life so easy these days, thank you to Amazon. This is a store to shop exclusively from U.S. small businesses, which is very passionate and close to our hearts at the Pro Business Channel, helping support those small and medium-sized businesses.

We certainly have a business expert joining us on today's show, Gene Marks writes daily for the Washington Post as I mentioned focusing on issues affecting the business community also writes weekly columns for Forbes, Inc. Magazine, Fox Business, The Huffington Post, Entrepreneur.com and if we can afford him on the Pro Business Channel. Gene this could be a regular series.

[00:01:12] Yeah, I'll have my agent call your agent. Well as soon as we get an agent will take that call. Yeah. All right. So, these columns are read by hundreds of thousands of small and medium-sized businesses owners around the country.

[00:01:25] So this is definitely in everyone's wheelhouse for this episode. Gene has written six books on business management specifically geared towards. Again, those small and medium-sized companies here to analyze and provide details about this new digital storefront that is author and as I mentioned business expert Gene Marks. Gene before we get into this, you’ve written six books.

[00:01:47] So what's your most popular and best known or of those six books? By the way these books are sold on Amazon.com.  My bestselling book is, “In God We Trust, Everyone Else Pays Cash” it’s a bunch of cash flow advice and tips, geared toward small business owners. Okay, and we may give a teaser at the end of this segment are about your next book maybe in the work.

[00:02:12] So let's jump into this topic, tell our listeners why it's important for shoppers to buy from us businesses, even when they're shopping online. I mean, well Rich, you know that she talked about this on your show as well. I mean there are hundreds of thousands of small businesses in in Georgia, you know, these are businesses that that provide many jobs to the state and nationally, you know, small businesses provide more than half of the jobs.

[00:02:40] We know that small businesses are a huge part of the US economy and there are a lot of people out there that want to support small businesses and you know their government programs that do that some companies are doing that as well and. You mentioned in your introduction. I mean Amazon stepped up this week as well and they're launching something called storefronts and you know, what the whole backstory to store funds riches that you know Amazon if you buy something from Amazon, it's more likely that it's coming from a small Merchant.

[00:03:12] I mean half of the products that sold on the site. Comes from a small business or a merchant and there's more than a million small businesses in the us alone that are selling their products on Amazon. So, Amazon sort of said, you know what let's bring some of these guys together. They're starting off at 20,000 small businesses selling more than a million products under storefronts and that way.

[00:03:36] You and I or anybody else that wants to you know, make sure that when we’re buying something the same stuff for buying as usual, but we want to make sure it's going to a US based small business. We can do that from their store front site and that's just an amazing concept so and equality, so these are digital storefront.

[00:03:57] So this is not bricks-and-mortar, right? Absolutely, correct. And you know what you do bring up a really good point Rich. I mean yes, this is a digital storefront, this is an e-commerce site on main street.

[00:04:22]  The country's largest retailers and the smartest business owners are learning to expand their channels and growing their business and know just relying on foot traffic is a very challenging thing and by selling some of their products online and by that way I mean if you sign up as an Amazon Merchant you're making your products available to Millions of prospective customers and if you get on Amazon store Front Site then you know, you're being highlighted even more as a small business and that has a very positive impact on your business. So, you know, if you're a merchant you really do need to be online today.

[00:05:15] It's much like as you know, the broadcasting how it's been disrupted and revolutionized and you have to jump on board with that right? So, it's great to have listeners down and around the corner and in your neighborhood, but with the technologies that we have as broadcasters, we can now reach audiences in all 50 states and around the world.

[00:05:37] It's much like the product at a retail store and not just selling during business hours, but opening those doors 24/7 to all 50 states and in our case, you know, we syndicate our content across 30 some-odd networks so in this day and age you really need to leverage not just technology but re-purpose whether it's in our case broadcasting or you're in case of retail, their products.

 [00:06:11] I agree, and you know by the way it's not an easy thing to do either.  I mean, it's not like you just flick a switch. I mean becoming an Amazon Merchant for example you’ve got to go through the requirements and you must be really have good with customer service and you have to respond to your customers and you have to be ready to fulfil products as well from potential customers around the world.

[00:06:34] So it's not an easy thing to do but it's absolutely worthwhile. Talk to us about how the store front that Amazon is launching, and it’s helping small businesses compete online. So, you know on storefronts there's offering some sort of unique advantages for the small business owners listing there.

[00:06:53] They can be part of curated collections. So, if they do something like they sell pet supplies or stuff related to holidays then the collections will be featured on Amazon. They’re featuring a store front of the week as well. So, you can be featured there? It's great and then plus they're doing some deep dives where you can meet the business owner and see more profiles on the business owner.

[00:07:18] So that's way more attention than you'd be getting if you're on the main Amazon site, right? So, it's different than just being a vendor or supplier, and putting your storefront in all 50 states.

[00:07:29] So any other unique features from a shopper’s perspective? Sure. I mean what's happening for the shoppers is that Amazon is providing the shoppers the ability to connect with these small business owners. They have the convenience of Amazon, but now they’ve got the choice of buying from small businesses.

[00:07:46] So they go to storefronts and they know their money is being spent here in the US. So, is there a different entry point within the Amazon normal shopping process? I mean how do shoppers know they landed on a storefront as opposed to ordering a widget through the normal shopping.

[00:08:04] Amazon.com/storefronts is where you can go and that way, you know when you're spending money you’re spending it with a US based small business. What's the timetable? It has been officially rolled out just this week and the look and feel is the same and you'll still get the same convenience that you're getting when you shop on amazon.com.

[00:08:34] But at the same time you'll be getting the choice now where you can be supporting U.S. small businesses. We need to have our regional director for the small business administration in our next conversation. We've had the US. Administrator for the entire SBA in the studio.

[00:08:52] So I'm sure they're very dialed into this and exciting news for the SBA as well, right? No doubt. I mean the SBA supports anything like this to highlight and raise awareness and support small businesses in the country. So once again, how would folks find out more information about this? Sure, if they go to amazon.com/storefronts, that's where they can go to make sure they're buying the same products that you and I were buying, but we're buying it from a U.S. based small business.

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To showcase its new sound identity and engage music fans, the company has created a unique Sensory Lab—a one-of-a-kind space filled with interactive experiences and exclusive merchandise that will engage visitors’ senses—open to the public February 8 & 9 at Fred Segal Sunset in West Hollywood.Special interview with Mastercard’s Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, Raja Rajamannar, to showcase and explain how the brand is evolving to meet the demands of multisensory commerce and a rapidly changing consumer landscape.WHAT YOU’LL LEARN DURING THIS PRICELESS PREVIEW:Learn about how Camila Cabello is bringing a new sonic brand to lifeSee music fans engage with interactive experiences at the Sensory LabPreview the latest brand transformation and for the first time, hear the new transaction sound made with every purchaseSPOKESPERSON BACKGROUND: Rajamannar is Chief Marketing & Communications Officer at Mastercard. He has been named one of the “World’s Most Influential CMOs” by Forbes magazine twice, and has been globally recognized for the innovative thinking and leadership in business transformation that he has brought to executive roles across industries. AdWeek has named him as one of the “Top 50 Most Tech Savvy CMOs in the World” and one of the “Top 50 CMOs Leading Charge to Transformation”. Recently, he was named one of the “World’s Most Innovation CMOs” by Business Insider. In addition, Rajamannar has been a featured speaker several times at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.Mr. Rajamannar joined Mastercard in 2013, bringing with him more than 25 years of extensive experience as a global executive managing large P&Ls, as well as business transformation and innovation for companies in multiple industries including consumer products, financial services and healthcare. Since joining the company, he has overseen the successful rebranding of Mastercard in 2016 – the organization’s first major rebrand effort in 20 years. Furthermore, Mr. Rajamannar led the integration of both Marketing and Communications to create one global integrated function. He is passionate about evolving both contemporary and classical marketing and communications skillsets to future proof the workforce.Prior to Mastercard, Mr. Rajamannar served as Chief Transformation Officer of the health insurance firm Anthem (formerly WellPoint). He helped craft the company’s new business direction and strategy, managed its $11 billion Medicare Advantage business and led its $5 billion acquisition of Amerigroup. He had also served as Chief Executive, international and Chief Innovation & Marketing Officer at Humana.Earlier, Mr. Rajamannar held a number of leadership roles during 15 years with Citigroup including Global Chief Marketing Officer, Cards and Payments and Chairman and CEO, Diners Club North America. He has held senior executive leadership positions all over the globe – in North America, Europe, Asia and MEA. Before that, he spent seven years with Unilever in sales and product management roles. He began his career with Asian Paints in India.Mr. Rajamannar has been globally recognized for the innovative thinking and leadership in business transformation he has brought to executive roles across industries. He has been named one of the “World’s Most Influential CMOs” by Forbes magazine twice, ranking #9 on the publication’s list in 2017. He has also been included in the Top 25 of iMedia’s Top Digital Innovators in the world and has been featured numerous times in the Billboard Power 100, an annual ranking of executive excellence and influence in the music industry. AdWeek has named him as one of the “Top 50 Most Tech Savvy CMOs in the World” and one of the “Top 50 CMOs Leading Charge to Transformation”. Recently he was also named one of the “World’s Most Innovation CMOs” by Business Insider. In addition, Mr. Rajamannar has been a featured speaker several times at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He also holds a patent in the consumer packaged goods space.He is a member of the Board of Directors of PPL Corporation, a Fortune 500 power generation and utilities company and Cintrifuse, a Cincinnati-based public/private startup catalyst organization. He serves on the boards of the Ad Council, the Association of National Advertisers and the New York City Ballet.Mr. Rajamannar received a Master of Business Administration degree from the Indian Institute of Management, in Bangalore, India, and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India.EACH YEAR, THE GRAMMY AWARDS CELEBRATE THE BEST IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.IN THE LEAD UP TO THE 61ST GRAMMY AWARDS, MASTERCARD WILL SHOWCASE ITS NEW SONIC BRAND. TODAY, WE’RE LIVE FROM WEST HOLLYWOOD WHERE THEY HAVE SET UP A UNIQUE SENSORY LAB THAT IS PROVIDING FANS A PRICELESS INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE.HERE TO TELL US ABOUT THE SONIC BRAND DEBUT AND THEIR PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GRAMMYS IS RAJA RAJAMANNAR THE CHIEF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER FOR MASTERCARD.RAJA IS AMONG THE TOP 5 “WORLD’S MOST INFLUENTIAL C-M-O’S” BY FORBES MAGAZINE, AND BUSINESS INSIDER HAS NAMED HIM AS ONE OF THE “TOP 25 MOST INNOVATIVE C-M-O’S IN THE WORLD.” IN ADDITION, RAJA WAS FIRST RUNNER UP AS THE WFA GLOBAL MARKETER OF THE YEAR 2017 AND CURRENT NOMINEE FOR 2018.Q & A:WHY DO PEOPLE GET SO EXCITED ABOUT THE GRAMMY AWARDS?PLEASE TELL US ABOUT THE NEW SONIC BRAND AND HOW IT WAS DESIGNED TO BUILD EXCITEMENT FOR THE GRAMMY AWARDS?WHERE ARE YOU TODAY AND WHAT IS THE SENSORY LAB? WHY IS MUSIC INTEGRAL TO YOUR COMPANY’S BRAND? PLEASE TELL US ABOUT HOW THIS WILL HELP CONSUMERS AND CHANGE THE WAY WE SHOP? DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITES COMPETING FOR AWARDS?WHERE CAN WE GO FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE SOUND OF MASTERCARD?VISIT: http://www.MasterCard.comGeorgia Business Radio Interviewing industry and thought leaders with compelling stories. Relevant content on current business trends live from the Pro Business Channel studios in Atlanta. In addition to the live broadcast, content is distributed across multiple syndicated platforms with more than 500,000 downloads.Show Host:Rich Casanova, Chief Visionary OfficerPro Business ChannelRich Casanova began his broadcasting career in California’s central valley at KSKS-FM. While in California he also ran a successful entertainment company whose staff and crew entertained over 100,000 people. After moving to Atlanta and selling his entertainment company, Casanova ventured into publishing as the Publisher and Franchise Owner of Coffee News, headquartered in Bangor, ME.Later became the Founder and CCO, Chief Connection Officer, of an online platform where local business professionals register to receive a free list of the top 100 networking events in metro Atlanta.With a name like Casanova and his gregarious personality, Rich was a natural as a music radio DJ. "I got the radio bug early in my career and often thought how great it would be if there was an opportunity to participate in a talk radio format with a pro-business perspective interviewing thought leaders from the local business community." Thus was born the Pro Business Channel where Rich is the CoFounder and Chief Visionary Officer.http://www.ProBusinessChannel.comhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/richcasanovahttps://twitter.com/RichCasanovaComCheck out more episodes at: http://www.GeorgiaBusinessRadio.comSubmit a guest request at: http://www.OnAirGuest.comView guest photos at: http://www.ProBusinessPictures.com
Marian Sangalang: From True Grit in South Carolina to Professional Success in Chicago
Marian Sangalang:  From True Grit in South Carolina to Professional Success in ChicagoMarian Sangalang Vice President at The Bureaus, Inc. RMA International Board of DirectorsPlease join Michael Flock of FLOCK Specialty Finance as he interviews Marian Sangalang. Marian is Vice President of The Bureaus, Inc., a debt buyer and master servicer for accounts receivables portfolios located in Chicago, is a Certified Receivables Compliance Professional (CRCP).She is currently the President of RMA International, Chair of the RMA International State Legislative Committee, and serves on several other RMA International Task Forces. Marian discusses how true grit, hard work, setting goals and her desire to help people solve their problems has led her down a successful career path. She also discusses her biggest goal as the RMA International president is to unite, as one community, all associations within the debt buying industry.While at The Bureaus, Marian has pioneered many software suites popular in the ARM industry. She has responsibility for the management of data analysis and information technology systems for The Bureaus. She has assisted in the development of proprietary tools, including account level net present value modeling and data management systems. Marian received the Ambassadors Award for her work with Interactive Intelligence on the Latitude Software Suites.Connect with Marian Sangalang: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marian-sangalang-38b0b011Capital Club RadioHosted by: Michael FlockSponsored by: Flock Specialty FinanceProviding a forum for leaders in the middle market segment which has typically been undeserved by traditional banking.Listeners gain valuable business insights and perspectives to deal with market uncertainty. Topics include: key success factors, both personal and professional, dealing with adversity, outlook for the industry and your business.For more info about Michael Flock and Flock Specialty Finance visit:http://www.FlockFinance.comTo listen to more episodes visit:http://www.CapitalClubRadio.comTo nominate or submit a guest request visit:https://www.OnAirGuest.comTo view more photos visit:http://www.ProBusinessPictures.com
Marian Sangalang: From True Grit in South Carolina to Professional Success in Chicago
Marian Sangalang: From True Grit in South Carolina to Professional Success in ChicagoMarian Sangalang Vice President at The Bureaus, Inc. RMA International Board of DirectorsPlease join Michael Flock of FLOCK Specialty Finance as he interviews Marian Sangalang. Marian is Vice President of The Bureaus, Inc., a debt buyer and master servicer for accounts receivables portfolios located in Chicago, is a Certified Receivables Compliance Professional (CRCP).She is currently the President of RMA International, Chair of the RMA International State Legislative Committee, and serves on several other RMA International Task Forces. Marian discusses how true grit, hard work, setting goals and her desire to help people solve their problems has led her down a successful career path. She also discusses her biggest goal as the RMA International president is to unite, as one community, all associations within the debt buying industry. While at The Bureaus, Marian has pioneered many software suites popular in the ARM industry. She has responsibility for the management of data analysis and information technology systems for The Bureaus. She has assisted in the development of proprietary tools, including account level net present value modeling and data management systems. Marian received the Ambassadors Award for her work with Interactive Intelligence on the Latitude Software Suites.Connect with Marian Sangalang: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marian-sangalang-38b0b011Capital Club RadioHosted by: Michael FlockSponsored by: Flock Specialty FinanceProviding a forum for leaders in the middle market segment which has typically been undeserved by traditional banking.Listeners gain valuable business insights and perspectives to deal with market uncertainty. Topics include: key success factors, both personal and professional, dealing with adversity, outlook for the industry and your business.For more info about Michael Flock and Flock Specialty Finance visit:http://www.FlockFinance.comTo listen to more episodes visit:http://www.CapitalClubRadio.comTo nominate or submit a guest request visit:https://www.OnAirGuest.comTo view more photos visit:http://www.ProBusinessPictures.com
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