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#Millennial podcast is a weekly roundtable about our Generation Y experience. From news to politics and pop culture, a panel of friends digs in on why these stories matter and how they affect millennials. If you’ve ever wondered how to maneuver student loan debt, voting, relationships, careers, or just life in general, we feel that SO. HARD. And we’re here to share our stories, along with our greatest challenges and wins, along the way. Put simply, #Millennial is about journeying through you ...
 
This is Small Business Conversations from Profits Plus Solutions. A program where we visit with expert individuals who provide awesome insight and new ideas of how to increase your profits plus build your business for the future. We find experts on small business accounting, marketing, ownership transition, leases, sales skills, merchandising, and most every aspect of ownership in your small business. Your host is Tom Shay, principal of Profits Plus.
 
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Scott Wagman may not be someone you know, but within the community of the west coast of Florida, Scott is known as a brilliant small business owner and a generous contributor to enhancing the quality of life. Scott visits our program to tell the story of a small business his father started and how it was grown to a multi-million dollar operation wi…
 
Warning: The age of the Millennial Lifestyle Subsidy is over. Will we continue using Uber, Airbnb, and other convenience apps now that rates are going up? In some good news, the G7 nations have pledged to donate over 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses for the rest of the world. Ellie Kemper of "The Office" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" fame is the …
 
HAPPY PRIDE FROM #MILLENNIAL!!! The brands are at it again - how do we know when a brand is sincere in their allyship? Former government employee Donald Trump has given up on his blog after realizing no one reads blogs anymore. Andrew needs a laugh, but Laura is doomsday prepping because she doesn't believe we've seen the end of Trumpism. How are w…
 
Post-pandemic to-go cocktails may be a new normal in a number of states! While we don't have answers or solutions, we address the latest news related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Listener of the show Natalie made amazing custom Funko pops for each of the #Millennial hosts! Check her out on Etsy and Instagram! The White House is teaming up w…
 
This week we're joined by Andrew and Pam's friend Karen, who has successfully become a full-time freelance editor and author through the wonders of the internet. Does the "Karen" meme annoy a real life, extremely-kind Karen? The CDC has announced that masks are no longer required in most indoor situations, setting off all kinds of reactions. Are th…
 
With all the changes in the way people act and shop, what do you need to do differently with your point of sale system? What is the number one concern you should have for your business? What opportunities are there for you to take advantage of in your business? Can you easily handle cashless transactions? Dick Calio, POS expert, spent the hour with…
 
Can Andrew finish this week's show preview before the music stops? Laura recounts her first weekend of semi-normality post vaccination. Are we notable enough to be listed in the notable alumni lists for our high schools? Facebook's oversight board has upheld its ban on former President Trump... for the next 6 months. Do we think he'll ever be allow…
 
Andrew sat in a dark room with a giant glowing screen for the first time in over a year! A vaccine confessional reminds us that some people need to consult with their doctors before getting the COVID vaccine, and that's okay! Pam nearly dies for her art this Mother's Day. The Number: how many misleading claims has Biden made in his first 100 days c…
 
2020's US Census data has been published, and they specifically noted that Andrew of #Millennial is responsible for Illinois losing a House seat. How rude! With confirmation that Captain America 4 is on the way, it's a perfect time for our thoughts on the conclusion of 'The Falcon and The Winter Soldier.' After a short pause, Johnson&Johnson's COVI…
 
Motivation or burnout - What has been the reaction of your business and yourself during the corona pandemic? Dr. Frank Wood visits Small Business Conversations and Tom Shay to share methods of adapting to your individual situation. With the anticipated strong economic recovery, we want everyone and their business to be prepared mentally as physical…
 
Andrew and Laura are two for two on Moderna. Laura recommends taking advantage of Office Depot's free copy and lamination of your COVID-19 vaccine card. Dogecoin has been going insane, giving Andrew some serious FOMO. Happy 4/20 to all who celebrate! Facebook is adding a video speed dating feature, which forces us to examine the history of online d…
 
According to the CDC, all the wiping down of surfaces we've been doing for the last year may not have had much of an impact on the pandemic. But when Laura reminds everyone that feces is everywhere, the panel is down to keep it up. Pam's got some small town poultry drama. YouTube is testing hiding the 'dislike' count on videos, prompting the questi…
 
The oldest millennials are turning 40 this year, and we say BRING. IT. ON. BABY. (But maybe keep your shitty hot-take headlines to yourself.) The CDC says vaccinated individuals can travel at 'low risk' to themselves - meaning that travel is going to be absolutely bonkers this summer. Pam and Laura are already planning a coordinated cringe watching…
 
Andrew has a bone to pick with SDCC over their decision to hold their convention over Thanksgiving weekend this year. Pam's neighbor drama made her an unwitting peeping Tom. Disney has announced that 'Black Widow' and 'Cruella' will debut on Disney+ the same day as their theatrical release. Will any of us pay the $30 premier access fee on top of ou…
 
We kick this week's show off with some good news - our panel is beginning to get vaccinated! Laura provides her review of the first Moderna shot mere hours after receiving it. Spring breakers are ruining March again. What about "global pandemic" do these beachgoers not understand? Pam got stitches (but don't worry, she's no snitch!). It's a big wee…
 
PSA / Rage from Andrew: No one wants to hear your music out in public, especially in peaceful settings. A couple of members of our panel have successfully signed up for vaccine appointments! Check your state's eligibility requirements or sign up for a waitlist here! President Biden gave a primetime speech marking the anniversary of when COVID got r…
 
America's Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) has many advisors who provide assistance to small business owners in areas of marketing, business strategy, financial service, personnel, social media, Internet presence and from our observation, every component of small business ownership and management. As an organization funded by the Small Bus…
 
We recorded this latest installment on International Women's Day, and we kick off the show with a reminder of the importance of intersectional feminism. #Millennial has new artwork, courtesy of Emily Kardamis! What's that thing on the table?? We're (finally) going to be seeing an additional round of stimulus checks, but fewer people will receive th…
 
This week we discovered each of us has a catch-phrase?! Listen to find out what they are! Is tipping culture out of control? How do we handle situations where it's unclear whether tipping is appropriate? Andrew shares a recent story. With Johnson & Johnson's vaccine receiving emergency FDA approval, conversations abound about vaccine preferences. D…
 
What's a phrase people say all the time that you hate? We "did a thing" and got feedback LIVE on air! And friend of the show Shane brings some Los Angeles sunshine to the panel this week! It's happening again: people continue to cause destruction by celebrating their unborn babies' genitals via explosion. Do we wish ill on anyone? No. Do we care th…
 
Ken Banks has an extensive background in the area of marketing and advertising. During this visit we asked Ken to dispel some of the common "rules" of advertising. We also reviewed the television commercials from Christmas 2020 and the Super Bowl 2021. We are providing links to the commercials. Links were functional as of February 2021. Those comme…
 
A polar vortex has struck the southern United States and skinny jeans are out. The gang reacts to the fashion trends Gen Z says make us "old." 😂 Pam is thankful to all the fast food joints for reminding her it's almost Lent with their fish alternatives. We ask our Discord community: what is something you've done that you recommend everyone add to t…
 
Did we all watch the Super Bowl? You know we didn't. But did we have some thirsty moments with those commercials? You know we did. 👀 Laura prepares to ask Elon Musk if she can pay for a trip to Mars with Dogecoin. COVID cases have been steadily trending down - what do we make of this development? Trump's second impeachment trial begins TODAY. Are w…
 
We're back-to-back with Micah appearances on #Millennial - he had more to say, so we're here to listen! Kicking off Black History Month right, Stacey Abrams has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize! Who thought we'd ever regret not investing in GameStop? Professor Micah oversees our bastardized explanation of what happened with the stock market l…
 
Welcome back, Micah! Last time you were on, the pandemic was bad. This time... it's still really bad. Biden week 1 scandals: wears a rolex, has a Peloton, didn't wear a mask at a family-only event... when will the tan suit scandal hit? PSA: Don't feed your dog grain-free food. Andrew laments the parental advice that got him here, and recommends fur…
 
Our favorite accountant, Mike McCormick does an encore performance as he comes to introduce his latest book, "Why didn't my CPA tell me that? Small Business Write offs conventional tax advisors miss'." As always, Mike provides a lot of ideas that small business owners can use to keep more of that profit in their checking account while reducing thei…
 
Phillip M. Perry has written over 3,000 columns for a wide variety of small business magazines. This conversation had us asking the writing expert about the experts he quotes in his many columns. We discussed the future of print magazines as well as what the experts are telling Phil are the biggest concerns among small business owners.…
 
Karl Stearns is an expert on digital engagement. During our hour, we discussed Mail Chimp, Constant Contact, email marketing, social media and how to have all of them work together so that your business can engage your existing customers to do more business with you. We talked about how this would also allow your business to gain new customers.…
 
Don Schwerzler, founder of the Family Business Institute, and the Internet organization, Family Business Experts, joined Tom to discuss issues with businesses that have multi-generations, siblings, cousins, partners, or other situations where there is room for "challenging discussions". We talked about getting out of the business as well as how to …
 
Dr. Frank Wood, psychologist, came to the program with this concept; there is always going to be stress in your life. For some, the stress can be painful and challenging. Others may be able to have stress become a tool to help you achieve your goals. We posed many interesting questions to Dr. Frank as we work to understand how stress is present in …
 
Christine Corelli, author of Wake Up and Smell the Competition, brought an interesting topic to tonight's program. The discussion centered on her comment, "shoppers are good but buyers are better". This is a recording you will want all of your staff to hear - probably several times.
 
Michael Kalscheur of Castle Wealth Advisors spoke to a packed phone line that had more questions than we could cover in our hour. We talked about planning for the time you want to sell your business. We also talked about maximizing the price for the business. Surely, all small business owners will come to that point in time where they sell the busi…
 
Ron Friedman made his second visit to the e-ret@iler conversation to tell us about a book is writing. The subject of the book is the selling and using of gift cards in your business. We talked about the accounting aspect of the transaction as well as how you can use gift cards to promote your business. Ron said a gift card can be the best selling i…
 
The saying may be, 'April showers may bring you flowers'. With this call, we think it is, 'April taxes bring you May accountants'. Are you one of those who have gathered all of your tax information in the first quarter of the year and given it to your accountant? Did you also sit with your accountant during that time and discuss your taxes? Our gue…
 
Joyce Weiss, an expert on conflict in the workplace is the guest for the June conversation. We are discussing conflicts between employees and customers; employees with each other; partners; siblings; and parent/child; all within the workplace. If you have experienced any of these, you will want to listen to the wise advice that Joyce shares with li…
 
July is Independent Retailer Month. Our guest for the e-ret@iler conversation was Kerry Bannigan, co-founder of the event as well as the individual who is the driving force of the event. The big question of the night; 'What are the advantages an independent retailer has over a box store, chain store or mass merchant?'…
 
Kathy Walsh of Coast to Coast Insurance in Tampa, Florida visited as an expert on small business insurance needs. We discussed how to determine what types of insurance you and your business needs as well as how to determine how much insurance you should purchase.
 
Did you know that how a person sees your blog, email or website makes a big difference as to whether or not your message is even read? With an increasing number of people using their smart phone to 'showroom', "webroom", read emails, view websites, and maybe even talk, any message you have needs to be mobile friendly. Karl Stearns returns to the co…
 
Randy Dean, the e-mail sanity expert, joined Tom Shay to discuss how you can get more control of your time by managing all of those things that intrude into your day - phone calls, emails, tasks, calendars, and people. There was a lot to be learned and implemented from the ideas Randy shared with us.…
 
Every small business owner comes to that point in time when they are thinking about getting out of the business. You may think of selling the business, closing the business, or transferring the business to a family member. There are a lot of considerations in your transitioning out of the business; from both a personal and financial standpoint. Tha…
 
Deb Brown, the expert on small town business and communities joins us for the final program of the year. We talk about small towns, communities, Main Street programs and neighborhoods which allow a group of businesses and citizens to work together. We talk about the advantages and disadvantages of being small.…
 
The Small Business Book; 10 Ways to Improve Your Small Business written by Dave Fellman. Yes, that is our guest for this e-retailer conversation. We discussed all 10 ways (you'll want to listen to this recording) of things you can do in your business to make a difference in your bottom line.
 
Scott Newberger, vice-president of Regions Bank brought valuable information with regard to the relationship between a small business and the bank. We discussed borrowing money, processing credit cards, using a banker as an advisor and other aspects of your business that a bank can help with.
 
Christopher Dicenso, of Growth Strategy Partners, joins Tom as we discuss the value of a business coach. Could you handle the relationship and the expectations the coach will have of you as well as your expectation of the coach. Taking advantage of our conversation with Christoper, we also discussed how to differentiate your business.…
 
The second week of 2021 wasn't... as bad? Maybe? The Bumble scandal: Andrew believes his photo was stolen to make an imposter account. (Little does he know...) CELEBRATE: your federal student loans will not go into repayment at the end of the month! What's in Biden's $1.9 trillion covid relief package? We go over the deets, and Laura complains abou…
 
Ann Baldwin of Baldwin Media Marketing joined Tom to discuss how a small business can utilize the media so that the business is seen as an expert within their industry. Ann also talked about crisis management; when the media is in your face and you are looking to do damage control. Ann has some great ideas. She speaks from experience as she was a p…
 
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