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Stitched for Success with Monica Allen

Stitched for Success with Monica Allen

By Monica Allen
Stitched for Success is dedicated to helping aspiring entrepreneurs, side hustlers, and newish business owners achieve the American Dream, while avoiding the pitfalls of owning your own business. Stitched for Success shares stories from successful entrepreneurs who overcame the odds, and have the battle scars to prove it. Our host, Monica Allen, has grown multi-million dollar apparel businesses from scratch, and helped other brands grow along the way. You'll learn from Monica and her guests, business and life lessons to help you grow, avoid mistakes, and help ensure your business' success.
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43 - Can't find the job you are looking for? Create your own!
Abigail White and Jason Rhoades join me to discuss how they organically started their company after Jason could not find a job offering him the type of work he longed to do. We chat about the challenges they have faced in their business and what they would change if they could send their younger selves a message.  Toolbox #9 is a web development agency that places a strong emphasis on user experience. With clients like The CDC Foundation, Lego, and Cartoon Network they are making websites and apps easier to use, more simple, more engaging and sometimes even more fun.  Quote for this episode: To me, a leader is a visionary that energizes others. This definition of leadership has two key dimensions: a) creating the vision of the future, and b) inspiring others to make the vision a reality. - Vince Lombardi  Takeaways for this episode: The difference between being the doer and then becoming the person managing the doers in your business is often a change we all fight. Save a minimum a percent of every dollar you make in your business Paying for time can get expensive especially when you are just starting out.  Recognize and be willing to pivot to remain relevant in your industry.  Check out Toolbox #9: https://www.toolbox9.com Helpful Entrepreneurial Resources from Stitched for Success:  - Join the Stitched for Success Facebook group today!  A community of entrepreneurial support because entrepreneurship can be lonely.  - Download your FREE ebook: The 10 Secrets to Small Business Success in 2021. Go to www.2021secrets.com  - DM me on IG @stitchedforsuccess - Follow me on Clubhouse   Thanks for Tuning In! Thanks so much for being with us this week. Have some feedback you'd like to share? Please message me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess.  Remember you can save 15% on any company swag www.zeuscloset.com. Just email us at shop@zeuscloset.com and mention the podcast. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcast or wherever you get your podcast to get automatic episode updates for "Stitched for Success!" And, finally, please take a minute to leave us an honest review and rating on iTunes. They really help us out when it comes to the ranking of the show, and I make it a point to read every single one of the reviews we get. Please leave a review right now. Other ways to reach out: Website: stitchedforsuccess.com Email: stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com Thanks for listening!
36:51
February 19, 2021
42 - “Let me get a coffee first”. A few more rules of engagement for working with your spouse.
Abigail White and Jason Rhoades join me to discuss working with each other in their business Toolbox #9. A web development agency with a strong emphasis on user experience. With clients like The CDC Foundation, Lego, and Cartoon Network they are making websites and apps easier to use, more simple, more engaging and sometimes even more fun. Quote for this episode: Relationships are the only thing that matter in business and in life. – Jerry Weintraub Helpful Entrepreneurial Resources from Stitched for Success: - Join the Stitched for Success Facebook group today!  A community of entrepreneurial support because entrepreneurship can be lonely. - Download your FREE ebook: The 10 Secrets to Small Business Success in 2021. Go to www.2021secrets.com - DM me on IG @stitchedforsuccess - Follow me on Clubhouse   Thanks for Tuning In! Thanks so much for being with us this week. Have some feedback you'd like to share? Please message me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess. Check out Toolbox #9: https://www.toolbox9.com If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcast or wherever you get your podcast to get automatic episode updates for "Stitched for Success!" And, finally, please take a minute to leave us an honest review and rating on iTunes. They really help us out when it comes to the ranking of the show, and I make it a point to read every single one of the reviews we get. Please leave a review right now. Other ways to reach out: Website: stitchedforsuccess.com Email: stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com Thanks for listening!
15:22
February 12, 2021
41 - 5 Practical tips for being in business with your spouse and staying in love with each other.
On this episode I hang with my husband and business partner Ethan King. We both share 3 tips that have helped us survive being in business with each other for over 20 years while staying in love and celebrating 18 years of marriage earlier this week. Quote for this episode: Loving is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction. ~Antoine de Saint Exupery   Helpful Entrepreneurial Resources from Stitched for Success:   - Join the Stitched for Success Facebook group today!  A community of entrepreneurial support because entrepreneurship can be lonely.   - Download your FREE ebook: The 10 Secrets to Small Business Success in 2021. Go to www.2021secrets.com - DM me on IG @stitchedforsuccess   - Follow me on Clubhouse   Thanks for Tuning In! Thanks so much for being with us this week. Have some feedback you'd like to share? Please message me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess.  Check out 6 Pack Dads: @sixpackdads; www.6packdads.com Don't miss the next session. Join the waitlist today! If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcast or wherever you get your podcast to get automatic episode updates for "Stitched for Success!" And, finally, please take a minute to leave us an honest review and rating on iTunes. They really help us out when it comes to the ranking of the show, and I make it a point to read every single one of the reviews we get. Please leave a review right now. Other ways to reach out: Website: stitchedforsuccess.com Email: stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com Thanks for listening!
23:59
February 5, 2021
40 - Are you still getting people's attention?
On this episode learn why continuing to market your business and brand is essential for the overall success of your business even during tough times when money is tight. Quote for this episode: Marketing is a contest for people’s attention. Seth Godin Zeus' Closet; Direct link to Logo Products. Save 15% just by mentioning this podcast. Helpful Entrepreneurial Resources from Stitched for Success:  - Join the Stitched for Success Facebook group today!  A community of entrepreneurial support because entrepreneurship can be lonely. - Download your FREE ebook: The 10 Secrets to Small Business Success in 2021. Go to www.stitchedforsuccess.com to download your copy. - DM me on IG @stitchedforsuccess - Follow me on Clubhouse  Thanks for Tuning In! Thanks so much for being with us this week. Have some feedback you'd like to share? Please message me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends by using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcast or wherever you get your podcast to get automatic episode updates for "Stitched for Success!" And, finally, please take a minute to leave us an honest review and rating on iTunes. They really help us out when it comes to the ranking of the show, and I make it a point to read every single one of the reviews we get. Please leave a review right now by clicking here. Other ways to reach out: Website: stitchedforsuccess.com Email: stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com Thanks for listening!
09:01
January 29, 2021
39 - The #1 action you must take to ensure business success in 2021
Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms are all great for reaching your community...you people,  but you don't own them. If they make changes, go away or suspend your account, your business will be in BIG trouble. You must own your community. How do you do this? Email addresses from your customers and prospects are key. Email is still #1.  Listen to this episode to see how important this continued step is in your business and how to do it successfully.   Quote for this episode: Taking the time to build your community, to get to know your people will have long-lasting benefits. ~Clifton Taulbert Helpful Entrepreneurial Resources from Stitched for Success: -Join the Stitched for Success Facebook group today!  A community of entrepreneurial support because entrepreneurship can be lonely.  -Download your FREE ebook: The 10 Secrets to Small Business Success in 2021. Go to www.stitchedforsuccess.com to download your copy. -DM me on IG @stitchedforsuccess -Follow me on Clubhouse Thanks for Tuning In! Thanks so much for being with us this week. Have some feedback you'd like to share? Please message me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends by using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcast or wherever you get your podcast to get automatic episode updates for "Stitched for Success!" And, finally, please take a minute to leave us an honest review and rating on iTunes. They really help us out when it comes to the ranking of the show, and I make it a point to read every single one of the reviews we get. Please leave a review right now by clicking here. Other ways to reach out: Website: stitchedforsuccess.com Email: stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com Thanks for listening!
08:34
January 22, 2021
38 - What would you tell your younger self?
We all learn so much through our experiences during our life. Have you ever thought about what you would tell a younger version of yourself if you had the chance. Especially as an entrepreneur, and I love asking entrepreneurs this question. Listen to the answers from the following entrepreneurs in this episode and find their common theme: Ethan King - An award-winning graphic designer.  His work has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and 60 Minutes. He served as Tyler Perry Studios' exclusive graphic designer for his plays and special projects for over 10 years. He is co-founder and CEO of our  multimillion-dollar brands stuff4GREEKS and Zeus’ Closet. He served as president of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) Atlanta 2018-2019. Full interview on episode 8. Deidre Bembry -  Owns and operates 2  successful State Farm locations and is the cofounder and chairperson of Keris Kares, Incorporated. a nonprofit that exists to support families impacted by Pediatric Cancer.  Full interview on episode 15 & 16 Korey Felder - Co-founder and CEO of Hittsquad Entertainment a 15 year old Strategic Event Planning, Marketing and Promotions company, He serves as Event Manager for the Ludicrous Foundation , Marketing Director of oAK Atlanta, and an Executive Member of Emerging 100 Atlanta.  Full interview on episode 24. Helpful Entrepreneurial Resources from Stitched for Success: -Join the Stitched for Success Facebook group today!  A community of entrepreneurial support.  -Download your FREE ebook: The 10 Secrets to Small Business Success in 2021. Go to www.stitchedforsuccess.com to download your copy. Thanks for Tuning In! Thanks so much for being with us this week. Have some feedback you'd like to share? Please message me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends by using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcast or wherever you get your podcast to get automatic episode updates for "Stitched for Success!" And, finally, please take a minute to leave us an honest review and rating on iTunes. They really help us out when it comes to the ranking of the show, and I make it a point to read every single one of the reviews we get. Please leave a review right now by clicking here. Other ways to reach out: Website: stitchedforsuccess.com Email: stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com Thanks for listening!
13:40
January 8, 2021
37 - How to Create Your Own Stimulus Check
Over the past few weeks many Americans have been waiting for legislators to decide if they would be able to pay their rent or their mortgage...legislators to decide if they will be able to put food on the table for their families another week. Well on this episode, I tell you how to plan to create your own stimulus check so you don’t have to rely on someone else to make these decisions that impact YOUR life in the future. The fist steps: 1. Get your mind right. 2. Assess your skills 3. Be open and willing to learn. No longer depend on others to determine your future. Join the Stitched for Success Facebook group today!  A community of entrepreneurial support. Also go download your FREE ebook: The 10 Secrets to Small Business Success in 2021. Go to www.stitchedforsuccess.com to download your copy. Thanks for Tuning In! Thanks so much for being with us this week. Have some feedback you'd like to share? Please message me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends by using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcast or wherever you get your podcast to get automatic episode updates for "Stitched for Success!" And, finally, please take a minute to leave us an honest review and rating on iTunes. They really help us out when it comes to the ranking of the show, and I make it a point to read every single one of the reviews we get. Please leave a review right now by clicking here. Other ways to reach out: Website: stitchedforsuccess.com Email: stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com Thanks for listening!
06:28
January 1, 2021
36 - Setting goals...does it actually work or is it just a sham?
Happy Holidays! On this episode I talk about getting ready for 2021.  Do you set goals each year? How do you go about setting your goals? Do not be discourage by 2020 if you did not accomplish all of your goals. Come on over to the podcast’s Facebook Group: Stitched for Success and tell us about how you set goals each year. What works for you and what does not. Join the community today!  A community of entrepreneurial support. Also go download your FREE ebook: The 10 Secrets to Small Business Success in 2021. Go to www.stitchedforsuccess.com to download your copy. Thanks for Tuning In! Thanks so much for being with us this week. Have some feedback you'd like to share? Please message me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends by using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcast or wherever you get your podcast to get automatic episode updates for "Stitched for Success!" And, finally, please take a minute to leave us an honest review and rating on iTunes. They really help us out when it comes to the ranking of the show, and I make it a point to read every single one of the reviews we get. Please leave a review right now by clicking here. Other ways to reach out: Website: stitchedforsuccess.com Email: stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com Thanks for listening! Quotes for this episode: Setting Goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. - Tony Robbins - &  You should set goals beyond your reach so you always have something to live for. - Ted Turner -
05:38
December 25, 2020
35 - Why you MUST have your products on Amazon with Laura Buhl an Amazon products expert and consultant
On this episode I bring you an Amazon insider. She is the founder of eCommerce Boss Babes a thriving community for female entrepreneurs. Laura Buhl shares with us insights to being successful on Amazon’s platform. About Laura Buhl: Laura Buhl is an eCommerce Consultant who helps businesses build 7-Figure Businesses selling products successfully on Amazon. She is the founder of the eCommerce Boss Babes taking females founders from Zero to Launch on Amazon Laura is a former Amazon employee that used to support and coach Europe's Top100 Amazon Sellers. So if you want to learn how to be successful on Amazon...tune in now! In this episode, you'll discover: - The biggest secret to being successful on Amazon - Why every small business should use Amazon’s platform - How to find profitable products - Steps to finding the right products - Setting up your Amazon business properly Contact Info: Laura Buhl hello@laurabuhl.com Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/EcomBossBabe Quote for the episode: For any business large or small not to have an ecommerce strategy is a big mistake. William M. Daley Podcast’s Facebook Group: Stitched for Success. Join the community today! FREE ebook: The 10 Secrets to Small Business Success in 2021. Go to www.stitchedforsuccess.com to download your copy. Thanks for Tuning In! Thanks so much for being with us this week. Have some feedback you'd like to share? Please message me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess. If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends by using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Podcast or wherever you get your podcast to get automatic episode updates for "Stitched for Success!" And, finally, please take a minute to leave us an honest review and rating on iTunes. They really help us out when it comes to the ranking of the show, and I make it a point to read every single one of the reviews we get. Please leave a review right now by clicking here. Other ways to reach out: Website: stitchedforsuccess.com Email: stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com Thanks for listening!
34:59
December 18, 2020
34 - Are you ready for 2021...is your business ready?
In this episode I bring you the 2nd part of my conversation with our business coach Wayne Kurzen.    Wayne Kurzen is an expert award winning business advisor and successful entrepreneur with over 18 years experience in helping hundreds of business leaders create organizations that become market leaders and highly valued companies.  His  accomplishments include:  - A decorated Air Force pilot and commander of a unit of 500, who was promoted in the top 1% of his peers.   - A sought-after keynote speaker, multi-time national  - Grew a startup to become a Home Depot supplier in less than two years.   - Help leadership teams implement the business operating system called EOS ® -- the Entrepreneurial Operating System ®   So if you want learn the keys to success in 2021...tune in now!  In this episode, you'll discover:  - The one thing that all successful business leaders have in common - How to go about asking someone to be your mentor - What to do if you are afraid to take the leap. Contact Info: Wayne Kurzen - Certified EOS Implementer The Kurzen Group Phone: 678-362-7734 Web: www.kurzengroup.com  Quote for the episode: Continuous learning is the minimum requirement for success in any field. Brian Tracy New Facebook Group: Stitched for Success. Join today. Go to www.stitchedforsuccess.com to download your FREE ebook: The 10 Secrets to Small Business Success in 2021. Thanks for Tuning In! Thanks so much for being with us this week. Have some feedback you'd like to share? Please message me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends by using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher , Google Podcast or wherever you get your podcast to get automatic episode updates for "Stitched for Success!" And, finally, please take a minute to leave us an honest review and rating on iTunes. They really help us out when it comes to the ranking of the show and I make it a point to read every single one of the reviews we get. Please leave a review right now by clicking here. Other ways to reach out: Website: stitchedforsuccess.com Email: stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com Thanks for listening!
17:04
December 11, 2020
33 - Secrets to business growth and success with Wayne Kurzen
In this episode I bring you the first part of my conversation with our business coach Wayne Kurzen.   Wayne Kurzen is an expert award winning business advisor and successful entrepreneur with over 18 years experience in helping hundreds of business leaders create organizations that become market leaders and highly valued companies. His  accomplishments include: - A decorated Air Force pilot and commander of a unit of 500, who was promoted in the top 1% of his peers.  - A sought-after keynote speaker, multi-time national - Grew a startup to become a Home Depot supplier in less than two years.  - Help leadership teams implement the business operating system called EOS ® -- the Entrepreneurial Operating System ®  So if you want to be a successful business owner, set up your company for success and grow your business so you can succeed, tune in now! In this episode, you'll discover: - The common challenges of business owners - The 5 frustrations in business - The importance of a good operating system Contact Info: Wayne Kurzen - Certified EOS Implementer The Kurzen Group Phone: 678-362-7734 Web: www.kurzengroup.com Quote for the episode: Treat yourself like your best client Thanks for Tuning In! Thanks so much for being with us this week. Have some feedback you'd like to share? Please message me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess If you enjoyed this episode, please share it with your friends by using the social media buttons you see at the bottom of the post. Don't forget to subscribe to the show on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher , Google Podcast or wherever you get your podcast to get automatic episode updates for "Stitched for Success!" And, finally, please take a minute to leave us an honest review and rating on iTunes. They really help us out when it comes to the ranking of the show and I make it a point to read every single one of the reviews we get. Please leave a review right now by clicking here. Other ways to reach out: Website: stitchedforsuccess.com Email: stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com Thanks for listening!
19:03
December 4, 2020
32 - 3 questions to ask yourself as a business owner during this season of thanks.
In this episode I talk about gratitude as a business owner. Giving you a practical and doable exercise to help you lift your spirit and mind as we enter this holiday period. I don’t know if your business is extremely busy during this season, but this exercise will help you get your mind right and ready for the challenges this seasons holds if it is. Quote: Gratitude is the best medicine. It heals your mind, your body and your spirit And attracts more things to be grateful for. Connect with me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess; Email: stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com
07:49
November 27, 2020
31 - Don’t make this $200K mistake
On this episode I bring another portion of my interview with Steven Yates a business consultant and business owner with over 20 years of marketing experience. In this episode Steven speaks of a huge mistake he made in his business that he doesn’t want you to make. Not only did it cost him $200,000 but it could have cost him much more. Steven enjoys helping small and medium sized businesses market their products and services domestically and abroad. His areas of expertise include marketing, import/export and professional services.  He is a veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm and life-time member of the US. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds.  Steven's Contact info:  steven.yates@theedgeconnection.com or heros_intl_tr@yahoo.com Please feel free to email me stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com IG: @stitchedforsuccess
13:12
November 20, 2020
30 - Serial Entrepreneur, Business Consultant and Veteran Steven Yates talks business lessons
On this episode I interview Steven Yates a business consultant and business owner with over 20 years of marketing experience. Steven enjoys helping small and medium sized businesses market their products and services domestically and abroad. His areas of expertise include marketing, import/export and professional services.  He is a veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm and life-time member of the US. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron Thunderbirds.  Steven's Contact info:  steven.yates@theedgeconnection.com or heros_intl_tr@yahoo.com Please feel free to email me stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com IG: @stitchedforsuccess
28:10
November 13, 2020
29 - Step-by-Step guide to setting up your business
In this episode I discuss a few of the things I wish we would have known when we started our first business. Much of the legalese that I did not understand or even know to expect at the time, I share in this episode.  If you are thinking about starting a business or you just started a side hustle, I want to help you get things set up correctly from the start. I am not a lawyer,  though I do recommend having a good attorney. If you can't afford one at this time, this episode will at least help you get off to the right start and put you in the fast lane to launching your business.   Quote: "Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit." -- Conrad Hilton Email: stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com IG: @stitchedforsuccess
12:29
November 6, 2020
28 - 7 essential tips for an aspiring or new entrepreneur to avoid failure.
In this episode I share the last part of my interview with Jennifer Grayer of Lolli Bop Sweet Shop. Jennifer shares tips for aspiring and new entrepreneurs. I always ask for 1 tip or piece of advise for newish entrepreneurs from all of my interviewees, but Jennifer had several that she felt all new business owners should think about and consider as they start their business. Jennifer is taking a hiatus from entrepreneurship, but I know she will be back, and I will be excited to have her on a future episode to learn all about her new venture.  National Women's Small Business Month is in October and the progress of women business owners should be celebrated. Listen to hear some of the wonderful statistics regarding female owned businesses. Quote: "You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." — Maya Angelou Article referenced in this episode: https://www.business.com/articles/womens-small-business-month/ IG: @stitchedforsuccess Email: stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com Sign up for complimentary coaching at stitchedforsuccess.com
09:04
October 30, 2020
27 - The 2 business MUST haves that no one talks about.
I continue my conversation with Jennifer Grayer from the formally Atlanta based Lolli Bop Sweet Shop.  In part 3 of this series Jennifer discusses the one regret that she has and how that may have possibly saved her business. I go on to give insight as to why the 2 things that are typically not discussed prior to starting your business is so essential.  If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before. ~ J Loren Norris IG: @stitchedforsuccess Email me: stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com
19:04
October 23, 2020
26 -The 2 keys to unlocking a successful business.
On this episode I bring you part 2 of my series with Jennifer Grayer, owner and operator of Lolli Bop Sweet Shop in Atlanta. After being in business for 5 years, Jennifer decided to close her doors this year. She has been gracious enough to share her lessons learned with the Stitched for Success podcast family. We discuss hiring employees and catering to customers. These are lessons that every business owner/entrepreneur can learn from and mistakes to avoid to help your business be successful.  IG: @stitchedforsuccess Email: stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com Sign up for your complimentary coaching session with Monica and learn more about the Imprinted Apparel Academy at the Stitched for Success website. www.stitchedforsuccess.com
15:10
October 16, 2020
25 - A New Series: Lessons Learned from Failure - My interview with Jennifer Grayer. Yes! Success is sweet, but Failure does not mean defeat.
On this episode I begin my first series. Jennifer Grayer, owner and operator of Lolli Bop Sweet Shop in Atlanta decided to close her sweet shop after being in business for 5 years. Over those years, Jennifer learned so many lessons about business from hiring to diversifying your offering and so much more.  She has been gracious enough to share her lessons learned with the Stitched for Success podcast family. These are lessons that every business owner/entrepreneur can learn from and avoid to help your business be successful.  IG: @stitchedforsuccess Email: stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com Sign up for your complimentary coaching session with Monica click here.  For more information on the Imprinted Apparel Academy click here.
14:08
October 9, 2020
24 - Tech companies are not the only successful firms started in dorm rooms; My interview with Korey Felder of HittSquad Entertainment and oAK Atlanta
On this episode listen to my interview with serial entrepreneur, brand ambassador, and marketing guru Korey Felder.  Korey provides lessons learned having started his entrepreneurial journey with 8 friends out of their college dorm room at Clark Atlanta University.  Learn from his mistakes and challenges. Korey serves as Marketing Director of oAK Atlanta, Co-founder & CEO of HittSquad Entertainment, Event Manager for The Ludacris Foundation, Associate Director of U.S. Member Engagement of the Golden Key International Honour Society, and Executive Board Member of the Emerging 100 of Atlanta. Korey also does much more to benefit his community.  Quote: Logic over Emotion  ~ Korey Felder (IG; @koreywitak) IG: @stitchedforsuccess Email Stitched for Success at stitchedforsuccess@gmail.com Sign up for your complimentary coaching session with Monica click here.  For more information on the Imprinted Apparel Academy click here.
19:34
October 2, 2020
23 - Entrepreneurs: Find possibilities during times of change and crisis.
Is everyone exhausted or is it just me? On this podcast I discuss my past 2 weeks of exhaustion, excitement and how we can all aim to find positivity and excellence in this year of change, confusion, political drama, and crisis. Quote: Entrepreneurs have a mindset that sees the possibilities rather than the problems created by change. J. Gregory Dees. Follow me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess for daily inspiration and tips.
08:24
September 25, 2020
22 - BUSINESS MASTERCLASS - 5 ways to get the money you need to START or GROW your business.
You know what product or service you want to offer. You have determined your demographic and your target market or markets within that demographic. You are aware of your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. You know what differentiates you from your competition. Now where do you get the money to start or grow your business. What are the funding options and where do you begin? Also being an entrepreneur can be lonely, lets connect on Instagram or lets talk via my complimentary strategy session. I would love to be one of your biggest cheerleaders in your business.  Quote: An entrepreneur without funding is a musician without an instrument. Robert A. Rice, Jr. https://articles.bplans.com/number-ways-fund-small-business/ IG: @stitchedforsuccess Website: www.stitchedforsuccess.com Link to complimentary strategy session form: https://form.jotform.com/202445426514046
12:21
September 18, 2020
21 - Money, Money, Money....4 Lessons to make your money work for you long term.
In this episode I discuss 4 lessons that I have learned through a variety of mistakes made. Mistakes that if avoided will ensure your money is working for you and your business for the long term. Quote: Beware of expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship. Benjamin Franklin. Following me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess
12:23
September 11, 2020
20 - 14 Years Old and Already on The Journey: My interview with Armaan Damani, Entrepreneur & Artist
Join me on this podcast as I talk to Armaan Damani who wrote, played the violin and piano and musically engineered his first single at age 13. Learning the ropes of navigating school, basketball, networking, and marketing his tracks, Armaan is well on his way to making his own entrepreneurial mark. With four songs available on over 80 different streaming platforms, Armaan is set to release a new single in November and an EP this year. This young man is destined for greatness whether it is music or not. Find his music on Spotify, iTunes, SoundCloud and many more streaming platforms. Quote for the week: Reaching out to the right people and getting connected to influential and intelligent people has helped us do more than we ever could have done alone. — Alex White, co-founder of Next Big Sound My IG: @stitchedforsuccess
19:00
September 4, 2020
19 - One skill you must embrace in 2020.
This year has thrown us some doozies. I discuss how I have had to bob and weave to adjust to all that 2020 has entailed. This episode is here to help you embrace the pivots that you may have had to make this year or will eventually have to make in your business over time. Even just the different pivots in life in general. They are inevitable.  Quote for this episode: A pivot is a change in strategy without a change in vision. — Eric Ries. IG: @stitchedforsuccess DM me with any questions, thoughts or comments.
12:26
August 28, 2020
18 - BUSINESS MASTERCLASS - The one thing you DO NOT want to compete on.
This week I discuss determining your differentiating factors and how this will help you better market your products and/or services clearly. I also tell you about the ONE factor you don’t want to make your key differentiator because it can put you out of business...FAST.  Quote for the week: Every business is successful exactly to the extent that it does something others cannot.  - - Peter Thiel My IG:@stitchedforsuccess
13:16
August 21, 2020
17 - BUSINESS MASTERCLASS - One mistake you don't want to make in your business.
This week I discuss one of the biggest and most expensive mistakes we made in our business. We were young, excited and very optimistic about almost everything in our early years. However losing focus of our core competency was a painful and costly lesson. I discuss 3 questions to ask yourself to determine your core competencies and ways to avoid this type of mistake by staying focused on yours. Quote for the week: Know your core competencies and focus on being great at them.  - - Mark Cuban My IG:@stitchedforsuccess
12:34
August 14, 2020
16 - When the unexpected happens; My continued conversation with Deidre Bembry
This episode is part 2 of my discussion with Deidre Bembry, The Insurance Lady. Starting her business during the recession of 2008 Deidre learned some life long lessons that has helped her grow personally and grow her business over the years. In the midst of growing her business, Deidre's family receives some earth shattering news when their 4 year old is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor after weeks of her gut telling her something just wasn't right. They began the fight of their lives exhausting many resources to give their daughter more time. Deidre discusses she and her husband's non-profit, Keris Kares Inc. A nonprofit that exists to support families impacted by Pediatric Cancer. Deidre Bembry is a mother, wife, entrepreneur, change agent, and philanthropist. She believes that we all have been placed in this world with a designed purpose to fulfill and that your best is still unwritten.  You can get help with your insurance needs by visiting Deidre's website: https://www.asktheinsurancelady.com/  Quote for this episode: “Unexpected events can set you back or set you up. It’s all a matter of – perspective.”— Mary Anne Radmacher Follow me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess. Check out this episode and others on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Breaker, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic and Anchor.
18:50
August 7, 2020
15 - From employee to owning 2 agencies & starring in a national commercial: How Deidre Bembry became The Insurance Lady
On this episode I speak with Deidre Bembry, The Insurance Lady. Starting her business during the recession of 2008 Deidre learned some life long lessons that has helped her grow personally and grow her business over the years. A rock star in the insurance and financial services industry, Deidre has starred in a national ad for State Farm Insurance. She has owned and operated Deidre K Bembry Insurance Agency Inc for 11 years and recently opened her second location. In this episode, I bring you part one of my interview with Deidre. It is full of important financial lessons that many of us have learned the hard way in business and in life. We discuss the entrepreneurial itch that is impossible to shake once you have it, and the steps she took to scratch that itch.   Deidre Bembry is a mother, wife, entrepreneur, change agent, and philanthropist. She believes that we all have been placed in this world with a designed purpose to fulfill. Deidre also co-founded and acts as Chairperson for Keris Kares Inc, a nonprofit that exists to support families impacted by Pediatric Cancer. You can get help with your insurance needs by visiting Deidre's website: https://www.asktheinsurancelady.com/ Quote for this episode: For better or worse, cash is the oxygen of your business, and you can't last long in any environment without it. - Neil Blumenthal Check out this episode and others on Apple Podcast, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Breaker, Overcast, Pocket Casts, RadioPublic and Anchor.
27:55
July 31, 2020
14 - BUSINESS MASTERCLASS - 9 simple questions to ask to determine your company’s strengths and weaknesses.
Whether you are starting a business or you're already in business, on this episode we discuss the questions you need to ask yourself from the perspective of one of my favorite exercises in my marketing classes. We talk about your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Also known as your SWOT analysis. I walk you through completing one of these for your company and leave you with a question that I would love for you to answer.  You can direct message me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess or leave me a voice mail message by visiting stitchedforsuccess.com. Question: How has Covid-19 impacted your business and what will you change going forward to mitigate or minimize a threat like this in the future?
11:04
July 24, 2020
13- BUSINESS MASTERCLASS: Your Competitors; Who are they and what do you need to know about them?
On this episode I take you through an analysis of your competitors before starting your business as well as when you are growing and scaling your business. What questions do you need to ask yourself and what can you do about competition? Direct message me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess if you have any questions or want to discuss this topic further.
12:17
July 17, 2020
12 - BUSINESS MASTERCLASS: The 3 simple questions that will help you nail your target market every time.
On this episode we talk about determining the target market for your products and/or services and how vital this is to the success of your business. Asking just 3 simple questions will help you determine the best way to market to your customers and help you save time and money. Also drilling down into the different segments within your customer demographic will help you better market and reach your customers. Lastly, I discuss how important knowing that your target market is large enough to sustain your business for the long haul is imperative to success.  Follow me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess. If you have any business related questions or want to know more about getting started in a new business, feel free to DM me via Instagram. 
12:39
July 10, 2020
BONUS - From my Journal - It’s my Anniversary!!!
Happy Anniversary to me! Reading an excerpt from my journal from 2005, I celebrate 15 years of being a full-time entrepreneur this summer. I share with you my thoughts and feelings the day prior to my last day of being an employee and just a few of my ups and downs since. 
05:30
July 7, 2020
11- BONUS - Additional wisdom from McBride that can help you create a successful business.
My unintentional conversation with McBride, CEO of Vitalysys Technologies, after the interview gives alot more insight into mistakes made, lessons learned and long-term strategies for creating and growing a successful business.
15:27
July 3, 2020
10 - Unexpectedly fired CEO Of Vitalysys Technologies tells his life changing story.
After passionately stating that he could never see himself being an entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Vitalysys Technologies, McBride, sits down with me to discuss what brought him to the point of owning his own business and what he has learned after 10 years of being on his entrepreneurial journey. Vitalysys Technologies ®. #entrepreneur #sidehustle #startup #entrepreneurjourney
28:05
June 26, 2020
9 - BUSINESS MASTERCLASS: Know your Demographic - Rachel Hollis of "Girl Wash Your Face" fame gets it right whether critics agree or not.
On this episode I discuss the importance of knowing your customer demographic. Discussing some of the controversy and critiques surrounding Rachel Hollis and her book Girl Wash Your Face, we learn more about demographics and how important knowing yours is to the success of your business.   Follow me on Instagram @stitchedforsuccess I would love to know more about your business and its demographic. Please DM me on Instagram.  Sources: BuzzFeed News - https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/lauraturner/rachel-hollis-girl-wash-your-face-self-help-book
11:11
June 19, 2020
8 - From Strip Club to Co-Founder of Two Successful Niche Brands: CEO Ethan King talks about the challenges faced in the early years of business.
On this episode I have the pleasure of speaking with my life partner and business partner, Ethan King. Ethan and I began our business almost 20 years ago, and we have had our fair share of challenges over the years. In this episode Ethan specifically give his perspective of challenges we faced in the early years and what we did to overcome them. He also discusses his new side hustle and passion project, Wealthy Starving Artist. Check out his YouTube Channel for more information. www.ethanking.com Ethan King is co-founder and CEO of the multimillion-dollar brands stuff4GREEKS and Zeus’ Closet. Last year he was president of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) Atlanta. Ethan is also an award-winning graphic designer with over 20 years experience. His work has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and 60 Minutes. If you have any questions or comments, please message me @stitchedforsuccess on Instagram or visit www.stitchedforsuccess.com to leave a voice mail message. 
22:38
June 12, 2020
7 - Traits of a Great Leader
On this episode I discuss what traits it takes to be a great leader. We all want our business to succeed and as leaders it all starts and ends with us leading our team to greatness. Discussing the current lack of true leadership in our country, we can draw parallels between what is happening in our country today and what our companies will look like tomorrow if we are on the wrong path of leadership. #leadership #smallbusinesssuccess #entrepreneurship
12:24
June 5, 2020
6 - Beautiful Destinations
I give a brief commencement address to the Class of 2020. Whether high school, undergrad, a Master’s or Doctoral program, I want you to be encourage during this time when nothing has gone as planned or as envisioned. Follow me on Instagram: @stitchedforsuccess. Feel free to direct message me with questions, thoughts, or comments. Mentioned in this episode: This Morning with Gordon Deal, The Road to Hana.
06:06
May 29, 2020
5 - Iron Sharpens Iron
Monica discusses the importance of surrounding yourself with people and organizations that sharpen you, lift you and help you be a better business owner and entrepreneur.
09:59
May 22, 2020
Bonus - From Monica’s Journal
On this episode Monica delves into what they have been up to in their business over the past couple of months during the Corona virus pandemic.
06:11
May 18, 2020
4 - Is the Price Right?
On this episode, I discuss determining the price you should charge for your product or service and the importance of making sure you always add in profit. Are you actually making money or simply creating cash flow? There is a difference.
12:19
May 15, 2020
3 - Don't Get Pebbles in Your Shoes
Discussing some business basics, Monica gives 3 basic tips on financial statements that every entrepreneur should be familiar with and review on a regular basis. Getting these right from the beginning will give you an excellent start and help you know the true story of your business weekly, monthly, and annually.
11:02
May 8, 2020
2 - Is it time to magnify your skills or modify your dreams?
In this episode Monica discusses 2 tips to help you grow during tough times and deal with unexpecting events like the pandemic in your business and in life in general. These 2 tips are vital for every business owner or aspiring entrepreneur and will be needed throughout the life of your business.  Episode Quote: You must either modify your dreams or magnify your skills - Jim Rohn IG: @stitchedforsuccess
08:11
May 4, 2020
1 - Take the Leap?
This episode introduces you to the host of Stitched for Success, Monica Allen. Monica provides you with 3 things she learned early on in her journey to owning her businesses.
09:38
April 23, 2020
Welcome to Stitched for Success
A podcast focused on entrepreneurship, this trailer gives you a brief introduction to the goals of Stitched for Success. 
01:08
April 22, 2020