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Savor the taste of Success as host Marcus Aurelius serves up only the freshest ingredients that flavor the "Special Sauce" of the most Inspiring Entrepreneurs.
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Keys to Kickstart Your Business After Crisis
MIKE SORKIN : CEO Immortal Seats -"Gets on the Sauce" and gives our listeners a little insight  to his Special Sauce.    Not every small business owner is able to adapt and overcome after a crisis.  Like owning a ticket sales company and every venue is forced to shut down because of a pandemic.  Now what?   Well... Tune in and listen, as the creator of "Jacksonville Jesus" opens up and shows us exactly  how he stood up,  tightened his belt and pivoted his business to come out on top! For more episodes like this... Don't forget to Subscribe to our channel and sign up at our website: If you'd like to connect with Mike, or one of his many endeavors, click any one of the links below. * IMMORTAL SEATS  "Making Memories One Ticket at a Time" ***************************************************************************************************** SPECIAL SAUCE FANS! Remember CODE : *** SAVE5 *** ***If you're purchasing tickets on IMMORTAL SEATS, don't forget to use Code : SAVE5 and get 5% off on ANY ticket orders.*** ***************************************************************************************************** "JACKSONVILLE JESUS" * Telegram:
July 20, 2021
ELENA CAPALDI : Actress, Model, Entrepreneur
Wait for it... Back from hiatus and kicking us off with a new session of episodes is our VERY SPECIAL guest...  ELENA CAPALDI : Actress/Model/Voiceover Artist and ENTREPRENEUR! Well why not?  Obviously she's a chip off the old block.  And yes, we're talking about our very own host Mr. Sauce himself a.k.a. MARCUS AURELIUS.   Finally sitting down to interview his own daughter.  As if being a triple threat within the film and television industry wasn't enough business for one person to handle.  This kid's got ideas and fire... And she's ready to capture the WORLD!!! Don't miss this episode and more @
June 08, 2021
Brian Mohika... CEO, Inventor, U.S. Air Force Veteran, Author... What else can we say?  Did we mention that he's a nurse, which is how and why this Entrepreneurial Journey is so unique! The message of an all in one medical underwear system for catheter leg bag users was heard and the quality of patients’ lives have been forever changed. In 2012, Brian had a vision of this medical underwear which would completely change the way the bag is managed now and improved patient experience when wearing a leg bag.  Hear what  inspired him to design this product and offer a solution to this very real problem. A serious problem in fact.  Due to the bag sliding up and down the leg, the plastic-to-skin contact points, over-tightening of the straps, rashes and skin irritations.  And one day, in the operating room, Brian had a vision and immediately started building the prototype.   And the rest as they say... well, you'll just have to listen to the episode to hear it! Don't forget to check out and sign up for more inspiring entrepreneurial episodes like Brian Mohika's CEO and Inventor of CATHWEAR. Episode is Live Published: Mar. 30, 2021 @ 7PM Edit Unpublish Add a Transcript Get episode better indexed by search engines. Add Chapter Markers Listeners can tap through & see what’s coming up.
March 30, 2021
RYAN GAGNE : Venture X
Venture X is a shared workspace and community that is a blend of boutique hotel and modern office styles with a high level of design that feels professional and welcoming.  Catering to flexible office space with lounge areas, private offices, and many amenities for business to utilize. Ryan Gagne, the owner of Venture X Marlborough, sat down with the SAUCE to dish the secret ingredients to his Special Sauce!  Gagne went to college at Bridgewater State University with a degree in finance. Gagne also spent time in the Marines and felt that it taught him a lot about how to “take on any task or problem and solve it… you learn very quickly that there’s no challenge that can’t be accomplished.” After his time in the Marines, Gagne worked in global banking with currency trading for almost 20 years. Gagne has worked in “just about every type of office environment for small scale offices to large scale trading floors” and many more. Gagne even worked at home for a while, sometimes at his kitchen tables and sometimes in a closed-door office. All these experiences gave Gagne the ability to understand and connect with anyone who seeks office space at Venture X. He purchased his Venture X location because he wanted to get out of global banking and the strain it put on him with travel. Gagne felt that he just “needed a change.” A business broker told Gagne about Venture X and he knew if he could just find the right location to open his own and make the change for his life he’d been craving. Recently, Gagne was honored by the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce as its 2020 “Business Person of the Year.”  Continuously striving for better, Ryan has successfully created business opportunities in every climb and place. A constant problem solver with two decades of financial services and eight years of military experience, Ryan knows how to lead and how to find a solution, no matter the situation. Sign up for updates and more episodes like this at:
March 22, 2021
"Business experts and clients agree: Michelle Seiler Tucker is the preeminent authority on buying and selling businesses." The USA’s Top Closer: 90% of all listings + 98% of all offers Over 20 Years Experience – over a thousand Businesses Bought & Sold Two-time #1 Best-Selling Author, Speaker, TV & Radio Host Venture Capitalist & Business Owner Michelle is well known in the field of buying, fixing, and selling businesses. Her insights and opinions have been well recorded various formats. And she has been featured in TIME & FORBES Magazines to name a few. Michelle Seiler Tucker holds the following professional designations and certifications: The Merger & Acquisition Master Intermediary (M&AMI), Certified Senior Business Analyst (CSBA), Certified M&A Professional (CM&AP) And she visits the to help you... EXIT RICH!
March 09, 2021
BRITTANY DROZD : Coaching Entrepreneurs / Creating Leaders
Brittany Drozd is on a mission... Part mind shifter, part business builder, and all about the mission to help entrepreneurs succeed in their businesses by challenging them to do the work that  makes them be better. And Brittany takes that mission seriously.  Not only has she spent over a decade working intimately with people, she has held leadership positions in healthcare and business. Oh, and did we mention she holds degrees in psychology, management, and studied organizational behavior at Harvard. The best part is, she knows this place you're in, and she knows the way through. Knows how hard and scary it is to do this work and come out the other side. Brittany walks the talk, but she'll never ask you to do something that she has not done herself. Because she knows this is how you grow. After all, Brittany Drozd started her business from nothing and built it to 6-figures in 9 months. Need we say more? But, if you'd like to learn more of how Brittany can help you... Stop reading this and listen to  the episode! Then, either connect with Brittany through or schedule a  2-hour consultation with her and she'll help you create insights, solve problems, and make your overwhelm and lack of clarity a thing of the past.
March 04, 2021
Growing a Financial Service Business to 450M
In this episode our very own host Marcus Aurelius sits in as a special guest with our good friends over at The Philosophy of Small Business hosted by Rajan Taylor. Marcus takes the listeners on a ride from growing a financial service business, how to raise money, being a coach for disabled vets, to becoming a #1 Startup Podcast.  And as Rajan's curiosity continues, Marcus does not disappoint, talking about understanding contracts, firing your bottom percentage of customers, building teams, mentoring, sales vs leadership training and so much more.  Tune in here for this episode, or head to for more episodes from Rajan Taylor and The Philosophy of Small Business.
January 21, 2021
How to transform the way your organization works... Is your business ready for Augmented Intelligence?  Well, just in time for the holiday season, CEO Steve Stark  stops by the SAUCE to promote his  newest business startup CerteVerus AI, a business navigation system that makes every decision your best decision. Marcus extracts why this will be one of the most viable and necessary future startups for all businesses looking to Stop Guessing and Start Growing. Steve has been an executive sales leader with over 20 years of sales and sales leadership accomplishments in the high tech industry. With a proven track record of solution based revenue and profitability growth. Steve has honed a unique ability to recognize market changes as well as develop and execute strategic plans to take advantage of the opportunity these changes represent. Focussed on providing value to drive optimum outcomes for customers, partners and the company. To connect with Steve Stark or to sign up for episode updates, go to
December 19, 2020
GIOVANNI FEROCE : Giovanni Feroce Strategic Consulting
GFSC Senior Consultant, Giovanni Feroce gets on "The Sauce" with Marcus Aurelius and discusses... How to scale your business to Rockstar status! Giovanni Feroce is a highly successful and experienced business executive.  As a world-renowned marketing and management leader, he now advises individuals, entrepreneurs and executives interested in using his proprietary marketing, management and leadership training to incorporate highly effective systems and standards to generate explosive growth with his exclusively curated network. Giovanni’s extreme successes and failures provide unprecedented guidance in navigating inevitable crisis.  His “battlefield speed and expectations” will put everything in a manageable perspective and build confidence and focus on achieving the vision and objectives you and your team set out do. Giovanni graduated with a BA from the University of Rhode Island, the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School's Advanced Management Program; and from the United States John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School’s Civil Affairs Officer Advance Course. He was also awarded Honorary Doctorates in Business from URI and Rhode Island College. His political background includes being elected and serving as the country’s youngest state senator; he also served as a Commissioner of the Rhode Island State Lottery taking it from $58 million to $456 million in two short years. A retired U.S. Army field grade officer, he is an Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom combat veteran and was at one time a Ground Operations Officer and Interagency Operations Officer at US Central Command. He also served as the first-ever Liaison for USCENTCOM to the U.S. Government for all six core agencies, CIA, FBI, DEA, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of State and the Dept of the Treasury. His most well-known corporate accomplishment was as CEO/CMO of Alex and Ani where he managed hyper growth, increasing sales from $2.2M to over $350M in a 48-month period and an overall enterprise value of well over U.S. $1 billion. For more information go to :
November 24, 2020
DAVE BANISTER - The Market Analysts Group
Dave Banister gets back on the Sauce to give our listeners some Special Sauce ingredients to spice up your stock portfolio during this election season.  Chief Strategist, Dave Banister,  has been a featured writer and guest on regarding Gold forecasting with Alix Steele. David is widely followed and known as “Stockreversals” on with 60,000 followers David was a regular contributor on with Thom Calandra in the early 2000’s covering small cap stocks. David also has written extensively about Gold on, been quoted on Bloomberg, and is a Seeking Alpha certified contributor as well as an author of articles at multiple investor websites. To listen to previous episodes or to connect with Dave Banister, check out   
November 07, 2020
DEE DAVIDSON - Living Nontoxic With DEE
Special guest, Dee Davidson, Zoom's with us and gives us the lowdown on living nontoxic! As the #1 top selling Pure Haven Independent Consultant, Dee's  genuine care for the success of others and her 100% commitment to training and mentoring her team with the same passion she has in making a difference, opens our eyes and opportunities to the clean life! From teaching classes on how to read and decode labels, using essential oils safely, providing families with a variety of safe and effective health care products to raising awareness of common health-threatening toxins in the home and changing chemical policies in the U.S. Dee is truly a woman on a mission! "Your success is my success!" - Dee Davidson
October 17, 2020
Dave Banister joins us for the Special Sauce Podcast debut and simmers his business experience by focussing the importance of seeking help from others, goal setting and continued growth. Dave is a Stock Market Analyst and Chief Strategist that has been a featured writer and guest on regarding Gold forecasting with Alix Steele. Also on with Thom Calandra in the early 2000’s covering small cap stocks.  Specializing in Elliott Wave based Market and sector forecasting. Advises subscribers daily on low risk high upside Stock and ETF Swing Trades with dramatic results. Top 50 in the country at Investors Capital out of 800 Advisors within 2 years of joining the firm and #2 at Navy Federal Financial Group within the first 12 months of joining out of 18 Advisors.  He also has contributed to, been quoted on Bloomberg, and is a Seeking Alpha certified contributor as well as an author of articles at multiple investor advisory websites. Specialties: SP500 Futures Trading, Market Forecasting, ETF and Stock trading methodologies centering around human behavioral patterns, fundamental research, & technical analysis. Opt in free at
October 17, 2020
MATT LEONARD : CEO Military Talent Source
MATT LEONARD navigates us through the uncharted territory of creating a unique business, the employment space and emphasises what it means to believe in yourself. Matt is a former U.S.Navy veteran *SCPO (Ret), Founder and CEO of Military Talent Source, a specialized recruitment process outsourcing firm that conducts military recruiting and veteran employment consulting. *Senior Chief Petty Officer - Retired
October 17, 2020
JOSH GORRA : Destination Driven
JOSH GORRA opens up and reveals what it takes to become the best version of ourselves by creating the right mindset and drive in order to get to our destination. Josh is CEO of Destination Driven @ A business formed from overcoming his own obstacles.  Having earned an AS in Entrepreneurship and a BS in Financial Service Management, Josh has now focussed his passion of teaching and utilizes his “time value of life” mindset merging both personal & professional lives, while tailoring it to the individual person. And continues his specialization in coaching individual sales people & sales teams through his 10 principle mindset & helping them find “the drive within”. "It's about Progress, not Perfection!' -Josh Gorra ***Also, Josh gives away a limited time Special Gift to our listeners!***
October 17, 2020
CHEF BILLY MANZO : Federal Hill Pizza Co.
Chef Manzo serves up quite a tasty treat with ALL the toppings!   From flea markets to pizza shells to Chefs Feeding Kids... Owner of Federal Hill Pizza Co. and Co-Founder (with his wife Christine) of the non-profit Chefs Feeding Kids; Chef Manzo gives us an in-depth look at focussing your attention to the scope of your business's analytics, continuing his legacy and channeling his success to give back to his community.  Only 1 of 2 certified Master Pizzaioli in the United States, his cooking has taken him across the globe, he's been featured on the Food Network, the Phantom Gourmet and as a contestant of The World Pizza Champions.  But his skills as a chef and business owner, passed down through the generations, brings an energy and joy for food that transcends the audio space.  For Chef Billy, Food = Happy! “Keep it simple, only use the best ingredients, and always strive for perfection.”                                                                                                 - Chef Billy Manzo
October 17, 2020
BLADIMIR MERCEDES : American Capital Express
Bladimir Mercedes, Executive Director of American Capital Express, reveals "They want to be found!" and they're ready to help entrepreneurs and small business owners acquire capital ranging from $30,000 to $5,000,000 dollars. "Often times business owners face challenges in qualifying for their best business loan options, they may not have their finances in order, taxes or might even have credit issues. That can limit their ability to secure the capital they need to operate and grow. My company has services to get them working capital and we have the ability to get them in a position to qualify for the most appropriate loan. By acquiring capital we help businesses scale, grow and seize opportunities that can take them to the next level."                                              -Bladimir Mercedes
October 17, 2020
In this Special episode, Marcus heads back to one of his small business mentorships... LARKIN MOTORS, owned and operated by two exceptional gentlemen, bothVeterans and First Responders. Josh and Jeff express their beliefs in family as an important part of their business as well as being committed to their mission in giving their customers a positive experience every time.  Striving for integrity through hard work and honesty, they've created ​Larkin Motors as your one stop shop for truck/auto performance and maintenance repair. Help us spread the word for our friends at Larkin Motors and their Special project... #VeteransHelpingVeterans  As they continue to give back by picking a 'veteran in need' and fixing their vehicle for FREE!  If you are a veteran or you know a veteran who may be in need, you can contact either us at or message them directly at Thank you to all our listeners, those who serve and those who give back to their communities!
October 17, 2020
ADAM DeCICCIO : Veterans Inc.
Mr. DeCiccio joins the Special Sauce Podcast straight from Providence VA Medical Center as a Research Health Science Specialist. Prior to joining PVAMC, Adam served 6 years in the U.S. Army with the 10th Mountain Division Infantry and deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. He received his BA, from Johnson & Wales University focusing on Hospitality and Event Planning. He then went on to pursue a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health & Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from Salve Regina University and graduated in May 2019. Mr. DeCiccio was nominated and selected as the keynote speaker at Salve’s graduate Commencement Ceremony. Currently, Adam’s research interests include the use of non-invasive & non-medicated therapies for treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors. ADDITIONAL CONTACT INFO: About Veterans Inc. New England's leading provider of support services to veterans and their families, with locations in MA, VT, CT, ME, NH, and RI. Their MIssion: To provide safe housing, hot meals, and a variety of services that address the causes of homelessness. We help veterans regain control of their lives and, ultimately, we save lives.
October 17, 2020
Rich Coelho, owner of RIGHTbuilt, gets "On da Sauce" to share his passion in making dream homes a reality for his clients. By delivering the highest quality product and services that help shape new homes from start to finish. Right Built Homes brings together all the working parts of focused, energy efficient and cost effective custom home design and building.  Primarily a home builder that also takes on additions by thinking through the best way to make it look like it's always been a part of your existing home. "Custom homes require attention to detail and responsive integration with homeowners.  Our culture revolves around customer service and customer satisfaction. We want to make our clients happy and receive the greatest compliment of all...  A referral! - Rich Coelho To learn more, sign up at, get access to our Special Resources like Rich Coelho & RIGHTbuilt.
October 17, 2020
JIM MULLOWNEY : Pharma Cycle
Founder and CEO of Pharma-Cycle, Jim Mullowney joins the Sauce. Jim is a well-known leader and scientist in the hazardous waste industry and a pioneer in the field of cytotoxic sanitary waste. He has devoted many years to developing the Pharma-Cycle™ Solution, receiving five patents that place the company front and center in the global fight to make cancer therapy safer. He has successfully advocated for federal and state legislation that mandates control of certain cytotoxic chemotherapy drugs from the time they arrive at the pharmacy all the way through excretion by the patient. When Jim began his career, it was just becoming unacceptable for manufacturers to pour chlorinated solvents down the drain. Through the years, Jim witnessed the industrial environmental transformation first-hand and the dramatic impact of workplace public awareness, personal health and safety. With over 30 years of experience in the hazardous waste industry, Jim is a pioneer in the field of cytotoxic sanitary waste. Once he expanding his work into hazardous waste generated by hospitals and universities, Jim recognized an opportunity in the safe collection, destruction, transportation and disposal of cytotoxic chemotherapy. So he developed and patented Pharma-Cycle Solution for the safe disposal of human waste excreted by chemotherapy patients. And continues to be a passionate advocate for the protection of caregivers, families and our water supply. Jim holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a concentration in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. He did additional coursework in the Suffolk University M.B.A. program. Professional affiliations include the American Chemical Society, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. If you'd like to help donate to the continued development of the Pharma-Cycle Solution, you may do so
October 17, 2020
TONY FIELDS : Cleartech Group
Cleartech Group Founder & President, Tony Fields... Zooms with us at the Sauce to give us the Clear skinny on today's IT Business Solutions.   Beginning his career in computers in 1992 when Tony enlisted and proudly served in the United States Air Force.  After serving in the military as a Computer Operator he started his civilian career working as a Network Administrator, eventually advancing to an IT Project Lead and a Senior Network Engineer.  In 2004, looking to make a positive impact on his community and support local business, Tony decided to become an entrepreneur.  And began with a simple goal... "Support businesses with technology that will allow them to grow and prosper." Cleartech provides consulting and managed IT business solutions for small and mid-sized firms and recently earned the recognition for tremendous growth in revenue and outstanding community service.  The Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Cleartech Group the 2020 Minority Owned Small Business of the Year.
October 14, 2020
NICK PACHECO - Independent Benefit Solutions Nick brings his advanced knowledge of how true wealth works to our #SauceBoss fans and gives us a glimpse on how to create your own financial success with InsureMeNowDirect.  Nick Pacheco, CLTC is a Financial Services Representative with over eighteen years of experience in the financial services and insurance industry. He began serving his clients out of a sincere desire to help individuals and families plan for and attain their financial goals. Focussing his practice on efficient retirement income and legacy planning, with an emphasis on building and using tax-free wealth. Fully licensed in seven states and currently running his agency, Independent Benefit Solutions, LLC out of North Providence, Rhode Island. "I enjoy coaching individuals on how wealth really works by challenging traditional wealth accumulation and wealth distribution models, because what we were taught about how wealth works simply isn’t true." - Nicholas H. Pacheco, CLTC To connect with Nick, head to
September 18, 2020