Skip to main content
The Small Business Leadership Podcast

The Small Business Leadership Podcast

By Jason Johnson
Hear from Small Business Leaders that innovate, inspire, build, and lift the economy every day.
Listen on
Where to listen
Apple Podcasts Logo

Apple Podcasts

Breaker Logo


Google Podcasts Logo

Google Podcasts

Overcast Logo


Pocket Casts Logo

Pocket Casts

RadioPublic Logo


Spotify Logo


Stitcher Logo


Currently playing episode

From Big 4 to Bookkeeping with Pete Denholm

The Small Business Leadership Podcast

From swinging to hypnosis, a chat with Dr. Tracy Riley
Tracy obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Auburn University, while 4 months pregnant with her third child.  Six years later, she obtained her Master’s Degree from Florida State University.  In 2018 Tracy earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Initially unsure of where her passions lay, Tracy explored many career paths.  For four years, she taught psychology courses at the University of Phoenix.  She has conducted hundreds of parenting plans, including comprehensive child and family assessments for children placed in foster care.  She has been court-appointed to provide individual, group, and family counseling and has given expert witness testimony in numerous counties in both Georgia and Florida. In 2009, Tracy started her private practice, which today has grown to become Jacksonville's most trusted mental health counseling practices, employing multiple mental health clinicians.
September 29, 2020
From Fin Tech to EHR, Coletta Dorado, Founder & CEO of Azzly
Coletta is committed to creating the best behavior healthcare platform in the US. She has over 30 years of experience in executive management and workflow processes. She successfully led the initiative to convert a paper-based New York Member brokerage firm from paper to paperless in the 1990s that was sold to a major bank in 2001 for $100 million.  She applied the same management skills and processes to AZZLY to create a culture dedicated to customer service and success. Coletta believes in raising the skillset of every healthcare provider in behavioral healthcare to get their buy-in to embrace technology as a benefit.
September 11, 2020
Do you want to be a leader of the pack? Tom Patton Interviews Greg DiFranza from Kamp K-9
Greg started Kamp K-9 started as a fitness joke.  A group -- Dan, Margo, Sarah, and Greg --  walked their pack almost every morning on Jacksonville Beach and Dan suggested they start a fitness routine and call it "Kamp K-9".  You know, sprint with your dog, stop and do pushups, sprint some more, stop and do squats, etc. You can learn more about Greg by visiting his website here
September 2, 2020
From Agency Owner to Top Agency Advisor with Jason Swenk
This episode features Jason Swenk. Here is his story: Fresh out of college I was off to work for Arthur Anderson, one of the big 5 consulting firms. I quickly realized that I couldn’t work for anyone but myself, so I decided to change direction, quit my day job and launch a digital marketing agency that quickly grew to a multi-million dollar operation working with brands from AT&T, Hitachi, and Lotus Cars. After 12 years of steady growth, we caught the attention of bigger agencies and sold the agency in 2012. Now, he runs a unique consultancy helping marketing agency owners grow their agencies faster.
June 29, 2020
From Big 4 to Bookkeeping with Pete Denholm
In this episode, I am honored to have Pete Denholm from Supporting Strategies join me.  Pete Denholm is a business management consultant with over 20 years of experience in operations and financial management. While working for Big 4 accounting firms, Grant Thornton, and Fortune 50 companies, he specialized in helping organizations improve their financial and business operations. He found the work so rewarding that he launched Supporting Strategies | Northeast Florida in 2014 — a practice that has earned Top Accounting Firm kudos in the Jacksonville Business Journal. A member of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce and St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, Pete holds a Bachelor of Arts in Finance from the George Washington University and is proud to be a former Marine.
June 16, 2020
Jon Rimmer Fitness Guru and Author
Jon first started helping people with their programs in the mid-1990s and first became certified as a personal trainer in 1997. He went on to attain seven more advanced certifications and training and nutrition and received his Master's degree in exercise science in 2007. He's worked as an independent trainer, in small studios, big gyms, owned and operated a training business, owned and operated an online programming business. Clients have included high-level athletes and pageant winners, but the bulk of his work has been with busy adults who just want to look, feel and perform their best again. Get Jon's Books Here on Amazon
April 21, 2020
Story Telling and Your Business with Andrew Cardy from Siskey Productions
Andrew Cardy is a natural-born storyteller. After spending time as a child living overseas, he then graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic with honors. He launched headfirst into the content creation industry by working with a variety of companies and organizations. Since then, he’s had the opportunity to work with Academy, Tony, Grammy, Emmy, and Dove-award winners in a number of capacities both onscreen and off. He’s worked with international brands including the NFL and ABC, as well as local businesses and startups. His short films have played in cities across the USA and abroad. Whether preschoolers or CEOs of international companies, Andrew loves telling all types of stories to all kinds of audiences.  You can learn more by visiting 
March 17, 2020
From success to failure and back again with Michael Michalowicz
This episode features Michael Michalowicz he is an American author, entrepreneur, and lecturer. He is the author of six business books including Clockwork, Profit First Revised & Expanded, Surge, Fix This Next, The Pumpkin Plan & The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. Personally I love his books and I own all of them. You can learn more about Mike here: Mike's Entrepreneurship made Simple philosophy is definitely worth your time and attention. 
October 23, 2019
It's About More Than Customers with Kelly Harris
From the day Village Bread Cafe opened its door at its first cafe on Philips Highway in Jacksonville, FL the goal has been to offer diners something extra special…and what could be more special than using home-made bread from its own bakery! Village Bread Cafe’s menu is described as “classic” but with a twist. To Learn More Visit:
October 8, 2019
From keeping the books clean to dry cleaning, Steve Thompson from Sand Dollar Cleaners
Established in 1995 and recently online, their goal is to provide their clients with garment care services which are second to none in a friendly and professional manner.  Steve shares the story of his ups and downs as well as working through the recession.  You can learn more about his company: Interesting fact, unlike many dry cleaners, they charge the same price for ladies and men’s like garments.
September 30, 2019
Mike Zaffaroni: From Pharma to Farming and Landscaping
When Mike Zaffaroni acquired the landscaping business on North Main Street now known as Liberty Landscape Supply, there was one employee and about $500,000 in annual revenue.  Liberty Landscape Supply is a supplier of landscape materials for homeowners and contractors with two locations (soon to be three) in Northeast Florida and an online store. Mike purchased the business, formerly Fernandina Mulch & Stone, in 2007. Initially offering just 20 products, the business has grown to more than 1,800 items in their inventory and 50 employees. In 2018 eleven Northeast Florida business leaders were selected as Small Business Leaders of the Year by the Jacksonville Chamber Councils, the Beaches Division and the Entrepreneurial Growth Division. Each of these business leaders then competed for the overall JAX Chamber Small Business Leader of the Year. In addition to Mike, who represented the North Council, the Small Business Leaders of the Year are: Lisa DiFranza, DiFranza Law, P.A., Beaches Division Clyde Yandell, Intelligent Office of Jacksonville, Downtown Council Kimberly Deas, Murphy Business & Financial Services, Entrepreneurial Growth Division Kathryn Murphy, Comfort Keepers, Health Council Chad Russell, Intuitive Reason, Jacksonville IT Council Kelly Harris, Village Bread Café Mandarin, Mandarin Council Jamie Glavich, Almost Home Senior Services, Inc., Professional Women’s Council Jason Johnson, Marlin Consulting Solutions, South Council Frank Brewer, Alpha Omega Global LLC, Transportation & Logistics Council Anne Stanford, The Blind Rabbit, A Burger & Whiskey Bar, West Council You can learn more about Mike Zaffaroni and Liberty Landscape Supply at:
September 11, 2019
A little history and JAX Chamber Small Business Leader of the Year Program
On this first episode I am happy to have John Bryan and Doug Wilder join me to talk about the Jax Chamber Small Business Leader of the Year program. Host  Jason Johnson Chief Marlin and Creative Internet Agency Owner, Entrepreneur & Dive Instructor Guests John Bryan, Director, Chamber Councils  Doug Wilder  What makes Doug a great coach? Clients say Doug is particularly adept at listening, and working with people to find focus, develop strategies, and make and keep commitments to themselves. He also has a rather distinct way of working with people to come up with magical answers and strategies. He is extremely careful to not be judgmental, nor be too harsh, nor too soft with each client. Even though Doug has designed a time-tested program contained in his notebook, he custom designs the program to fit each clients particular needs, desires, philosophy, and personality. Each year the JAX Chamber salutes the entrepreneurial spirit of Jacksonville’s small businesses with the Small Business Leader of the Year Award.  Criteria A nominee must: Be a member of the JAX Chamber in good standing  Be an owner, partner or shareholder of at least 25 percent of the business Be active in the day-to-day management of the company Be established locally in the same business for at least three years Demonstrate professional business acumen and leadership Have gross revenues of less than 5 million dollars per year for the previous three years Jax SBLY Nomination Form
July 1, 2019
Coming Soon The Small Business Leader Podcast
There is nothing bigger than a small business Small businesses are engines of not only local economies but the global economy. This is where you will hear from Small business Leaders that lead, innovate, inspire,  build and lift the economy every day. 
June 14, 2019