Small Biz Tips with My Connections

Small Biz Tips with My Connections

By Julbert Abraham
In this podcast, Julbert Abraham interview small business owners and entrepreneurs, who have been in the trenches.

They share their journey, their lessons and tips that can help other up and coming small business owners.

If you are an Entrepreneur or small business owner, this podcast provide tactical tips and examples to help you reach your goals.
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How to make advertising work for you with Chelsey Pendock
In this episode, we had an opportunity to chat with Chelsey Pendock on the power of Advertising and why potential clients or customers need to see your ads at least 7 times for them to start paying attention. A little bit about our guest: Chelsey Pendock is an award winning media planner and the co-founder of Innovision Advertising, a certified Woman Owned Business Enterprise. With a background in local and national advertising sales, Chelsey has an insider's perspective of the media industry and uses her expertise to maximize her client's advertising exposure. Chelsey is also the Founder of the NYC Marketing Resource Group, a network of highly skilled, vetted entrepreneurs covering a wide array of marketing capabilities. She serves on the board of directors for the Childhood Cancer Society and she’s a mentor for undergraduates studying communications at her alma mater, Clarion University.
August 24, 2019
From concept to execution in your business with Donna Miller
 In this episode, we go in details on developing a business from concept to execution. Our guest Donna Miller shared some great tips on her different processes and how she has been able to grow her business for the past 20+ years.  A little bit about our guest: Donna is the founder of C3Workplace, Donna is a pioneer in the shared office arena. Combine that with a portfolio of services to help you with almost any administrative aspect of your business, we help you leverage your time so that you can focus on generating revenue.   Donna has inspired, coached and supported countless business owners, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. Her strategy for differentiating the business from its competition includes providing consistently superior service, creating win-win relationships between clients and colleagues, and going above & beyond the expectations of both clients and her staff.    
July 31, 2019
Raising Capital for your Business with Sid
In this episode, we go in details on different form of financing for your small business. Our guest Sid shared some golden nuggets on how to raise capital for your business. A little bit about our guest:  Sid Vaidya is a commercial lending professional with over 10 years of experience working with middle market businesses on growth and efficiency strategies.  Prior to that he helped run a family food business for 6 years. Sid is also an active networker and dedicates time to the business and social community. He runs a networking event called Switch, co-chairs the Corporate Growth and Awards committee for the Association of Corporate Growth of New Jersey (ACG) along with being a Board Member with the Boys and Girls Club of Union County.  Sid holds an MBA from Quinnipiac University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Berkeley College. 
June 28, 2019
How to ask for Referrals with Chris Lipper
Small Business Owners, do you always ask for referrals? In this episode, I had a chance to interview Chris Lipper, an Entrepreneur with 3 companies who works primarily with business owners to help them reach greater success.  Chris has coached hundreds of business owners over the years in sales and marketing, and has experience creating brand identity and corporate image as well as product development and marketing worldwide. Chris developed several multi-million-dollar revenue streams and understand firsthand the challenges today’s business owners and executives face in terms of sales, marketing and operational efficiencies. 
June 4, 2019
Do you have a Sell-able business with Albert Hakim?
Have you ever thought about selling your business?  In this episode, we have the Merger & Acquisition expert in New York City sharing his trade secrets on business acquisition.  Albert Hakim is a Certified Merger & Acquisition Advisor with The Kensington Company where he helps business owners sell their companies as well as helping buyers looking to get into a new business or Franchise.  He is an Entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience across many diverse business segments; as an owner of retail businesses, wholesale and distribution, a web-based business as well as having spent time in the corporate world as head of corporate sales at a publicly traded company. He is uniquely qualified to assist in all aspects of business transactions and brings his talent to the Kensington Company.
April 30, 2019
How to Find the right Networking Group as a small business owner?
Small Biz Tips from My Connections - Episode 1 In this episode, I had the chance to interview my friend George Costello from Costello Creative Group.  George and I go into details on his story, how he started with his agency and how design and creative add value to a company's overall branding. We then went into details in term of identifying the right networking group for a small business owners or Entrepreneur who is just starting out their journey.  If you are looking to learn more about Networking, Branding and Design, this is definitely an episode for you to listen to. A little bit about our guest: George Costello is the Founder/CEO of CCG. His company was founded in May of 2012 after he spent nearly eight years with Firmenich, a leading global flavor & fragrance manufacturer. During that time, he functioned as the Art Director supporting global business segments cross-category with their vast communication needs. This opportunity allowed him to develop a deep industry understanding of their client's needs which ultimately led to the birth of his studio and their unique industry focus. George always had a strong passion for creative arts. After receiving a BFA in Graphic Design & Visual Communications from Kean University in 2002, where he was part of the Art Honor Society, he began his career as a junior designer for a commercial printer. From there, he spent a brief stint designing packaging for an automotive company before landing his dream job in the flavor and fragrance space. Since the inception of CCG, his business has grown from one to five employees and has won multiple awards for creative excellence from GDUSA, NJCAMMA, Jspraa, and the NJ Ad Club. One of his proudest achievements is the 2017 'Jersey’s Best MarkComm Professionals Under 40' Award which is a welcome addition to his collection of accolades. In addition to NJ Ad Club, George is also part of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), The NY Marketing Resources Group, Hudson Business Exchange, and Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce (WFFC). George grew up in Union, NJ, is 39 years old, and currently, resides in Sayreville, NJ. He lives with his lovely wife Janine of six years and their three-year-old son, Deklin. When George is not focused on creativity or spending time with his family, he enjoys reading, working on his business, and playing drums. A little bit about our host: Julbert is widely known as “The LinkedIn Guy”. He is the CEO and Founder of AGM, a B2B agency that specialize on LinkedIn marketing based out of New Jersey. He has been featured and mentioned on Social Media Examiner, Entrepreneur, BBC, Huffington Post, ROI-NJ and NJ Business.   Julbert and his team has been working with small and mid-size companies in the US, CA, UK the Caribbeans, helping them maximize LinkedIn for branding, marketing, advertising and staffing. Originally from Haiti, Julbert speaks 3 languages and has an MBA from Northeastern University and he is a Professor at Baruch College in New York City.
April 2, 2019
How to generate leads from posting on LinkedIn?
In this episode, my colleague Mike Doyle and I discuss tactical strategies on how to generate leads from posting on LinkedIn. He shared his story on how he was able to generate 4 sales calls within 2 weeks from posting great content on LinkedIn. This a great strategy for a small business who is just starting out and wants to build a brand and develop new relationships. 
April 1, 2019
How to Predict Cash Flow as you scale your small business
In this episode, we had a chance to have an in-depth conversation with Tricia Taitt, President and Founder of the Art Money Matters, an outsourced CFO firm that help companies project, predict and raise working capital. She provided some real life examples on how a small business can build cash flow and raise capital. 
March 31, 2019
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