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Hosts Jesse Torres and Sid Voorakkara, cofounders of Small Business Front Inc., have important and valuable conversations with guests such as policy makers, economic development agencies, CEO's, entrepreneurs, and more to provide resources and assistance to small businesses to hack their way to success.
 
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CharlotteBusinessResources.com

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The CBR B2U podcast brings business resources and tools in Charlotte directly to you. Tune in for exclusive interviews, informative roundtables and revealing conversations with experts from Charlotte’s business community.
 
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The SavVy Bitch Lifestyle

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An exclusive look into the lives of influencers, CEO's, artists, entrepreneurs, athletes, vagabonds and kickass empowering woman around the world. Bitchin Over Wine is a podcast created and hosted by the creator of The SavVy Bitch Lifestyle Robynne Eaton who is a single mom, serial Internetpreneur and actress/model who travels the world. After being a struggling artist tied to restaurants, door to sales and even the forsaken corporate desk, Robynne has stepped out to created her own online e ...
 
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As entrepreneurs passionate about creating things from scratch, we are constantly looking for better ways to innovate. Luckily, we’re joined today by Taylor McPartland, the CEO and creator of ScaleHealth. Taylor created ScaleHealth to provide innovators with strategic resources and partnerships that will help them succeed in their field. We’ll clue…
 
Ever wondered how to get your start as an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry? Well you’re in luck, today we are joined by entertainment expert, Bianca Quesada, the CEO and Founder of ARCUS Studios and Zone One Productions. The entertainment industry is teeming with small businesses and Bianca is here to inspire you to take your first steps …
 
We are joined today by Renee King the CEO of FundBLACKFounders, a Black owned crowdfunding platform for Black founders and entrepreneurs. Renee shares how to utilize online platforms and resources in order to obtain the funds your business needs to take off and succeed. She defines the difference between non-dilutive and diluted capital, and how im…
 
When it comes to planning a new business, prioritizing is key. Today we welcome onto the show a very special guest, Tony Whatley, a best selling author, creator, podcaster, and startup entrepreneur. Tony is best known as the co-founder of LS1Tech, an online automotive community with over 300,000 members that sold for millions! He has taken on the r…
 
Burnout is one of the largest challenges that small business owners face today. The amount of work and responsibilities that build up can feel like a landslide that quickly buries you. Anyone can experience burnout, but with the proper tools you can avoid getting too lost or overwhelmed in your work. Today we are joined by Christina Barsi, the prod…
 
When it comes to running a business, no matter how big or small, it’s all about consistently delivering an exceptional product. You have to keep your brand in mind every single time you engage with your customers. We are so excited to welcome back Mark Villalovos onto the show once again! Mark is the Senior Director of Operations Implementation at …
 
When you fall it is imperative to get back up and try again. You should never let failure stop you from something you are supposed to do, instead take it as a learning opportunity. We are joined today by the Founder of PodMatch and host of the Creating a Brand podcast, Alex Sanfilippo. He is here today to help us understand the best way to take cal…
 
How do you know when to take the leap to start or expand your business? Today we are joined by founder and CEO of Equilibria, Inc, Alicia Butler Pierre to help us answer these questions. She’s an organization expert as well as a podcast host, who encourages us to do our best by embracing our natural abilities. We dig into her journey and how she fo…
 
On today’s episode we’re excited to be joined by our attorney, Alex Bruno of the Bruno Group Inc. Alex works with small businesses and entrepreneurs alike to help them set up their own successful ventures by preventing any and all legal obstacles. He guides us through the proper steps and legal processes needed in order to bring our ideas to fruiti…
 
Why are you looking to entrepreneurship? What strengths will you leverage to be successful, and how will you create a strategy when things don’t go as planned? On today’s episode, we focus on how you can move forward in your entrepreneurial journey by bringing you the get-started checklist. We’ll share with you how to decide when to hire and trust …
 
According to Arlan Hamilton, the founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital and one of the most accomplished venture capitalists in the world, “striving for perfection in your business can be detrimental”. In this episode, we had the special opportunity to hear this advice directly from the record-breaking Arlan Hamilton herself. Arlan’s com…
 
We have a big announcement to share! We’re introducing our latest endeavor, Small Business Front, a start-up designed to create community, resources, and tools for the small business owner. Using our new platform, we will bring you various business experts, provide updated resources, and answer your burning questions. The journey is lonely and burn…
 
“I’d say that the most important thing going into 2021 is to try to not be too emotional about the past and remain optimistic about the future because you never know when Rudy Guliani is gonna call and show up in your parking lot.” A call, a deleted tweet, and a press conference changed everything for Four Seasons Total Landscaping. Suddenly the sc…
 
Since the pandemic hit the country in March, over 100,000 restaurants have closed their doors. Lilly Rocha, CEO of the Latino Restaurant Association, recognizes the struggle of restaurant owners and workers and is here to provide resources, advocacy, and education. Today she shares her insights into the culinary industry as well as her newest initi…
 
Small businesses are struggling more than ever. And the time for emergency solutions is over. It is now an inflection point, where these businesses either get through or close down. It is time for survival solutions. Mark Herbert, Vice President of Small Business Majority, is back on the podcast to discuss the priorities, programs, and resources th…
 
In this season 3 premiere episode, Mark Villalovos, marketing guru and Principal of Zenon Consulting, is back on the show! He is here to share his top 5 small business trends for next year. Taking into account the changes brought about by the pandemic, Mark has predicted what small businesses should lean into in order to thrive in 2021. Tune in to …
 
Look forward to Season 3 premiering on November 30th! In the interim, Jesse is here to provide some quick tips to accelerate you and your business. This week he is sharing how he defines an entrepreneur and what it means to have an entrepreneurial mindset. How do entrepreneurs approach barriers and what sets them apart from the average? Check out s…
 
From all of us at Hack My Business, thank you for listening to Season 2! We hope you enjoyed the season and look forward to what we have to share in Season 3, premiering on November 30th. In the interim, Jesse is here to provide some quick tips for you and your business during this planning time. Tune in to learn about Jesse’s three quick recommend…
 
It's has been six long days since Election Day 2020 and hosts Jesse & Sid have some updates to discuss around the coming Covid-19 Vaccine, electoral votes, what we might expect of the coming winter and our new president announced: Joe Biden. Today's hack: Have a plan. " Figure out exactly what kind of resources you're gonna need to pull together in…
 
Last week was election week for 2020 and we may now know a lot about the outcomes but what about the nuances that effect HOW people vote, who it impacts and how one proposition's vote may affect another? Jesse & Sid hash out the details that will influence the effect of how we voted will have on ourselves, our communities, our small businesses, the…
 
What does it mean to be innovative in a rural county tucked into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada? How does a county stand out, attract new businesses, and support their own unique economy? Cole Przybyla, the Director of InnovatIon and Business Assistance for the County of Tuolumne, is here to discuss his role in fostering new businesses and new …
 
No one can deny it is an incredible success to get a burgeoning business off the ground. But what is to be done when 2 to 3 years in, that small business begins to stagnate...or even worse, is faced with a disaster? How can a business grow and innovate well enough to weather unpredicted future storms? Pat Nye is executive director at the small busi…
 
What are the essential traits of a good manager? And what creates a motivated employee? Today, Jesse and Sid share their own personal experiences on what makes a manager and their team successful. They reveal how they have both hired excellent employees and what they strive to do to foster the best and most successful performance from their team. I…
 
What we touch on today speaks to the entrepreneurial mindset, the idea of just doing it, just getting started, and that it's okay to rely on your instincts to get going. We bring on Emily Lau of The Little Bra Company and discuss practical lessons about what it means to run a business. You're going to make a lot of mistakes. And that's all part of …
 
Podcasts are designed to create a relationship with your hoped for or existing audience i.e your customer, your new demographic, your industry stake holders, etc. Hosts Jesse and Sid bring on their producer of Hack My Business and podcast production and consulting firm founder, Christina Barsi to talk about how podcasting can be used and leveraged …
 
Covid has changed the way companies market. There have been some clear failures and some fantastic standouts. And while many of the fundamentals of marketing remain the same, the dive into social media, new technology, and furious fact checking made evident during this pandemic have shifted priorities. Where do you find your customers and how can y…
 
In the midst of this global pandemic, outsmarting disaster has never been more important. Preparation, resources, and support are necessary to protect those small businesses that are the most vulnerable. Gurbax Sahota, President and CEO of the California Association of Local Economic Development, is here to share the part she has to play in disaste…
 
The concept or idea of resiliency is thrown around a lot, especially during times of disaster, but what does it really mean to be resilient? How do you develop the right mindset and what practical actions can you take to become resilient? Or can you? We dive into these questions and arrive at answers with our good friend Clare Briglio, Communicatio…
 
In this Season 2 premiere episode we are talking about the number one most requested area of support for small businesses – access to capital. This episode is meant to give you some great insights to help you make the right financing decision for your business. Capital is made of up cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities and it is the lif…
 
We wanted to share our three best practices when it comes to advocacy and provide some thoughts and insights into this fascinating and complicated arena. At its simplest form advocacy is the act of speaking in support of a person, place or cause. Advocacy can take many forms – it can be meeting with a local elected official to educate them on your …
 
Hack My Business hosts Sid and Jesse both own and manage business consulting firms and have been spending a lot of time lately talking about best practices around business development, which is an important activity, especially during uncertain times like this COVID-19 pandemic. During one of their business development meetings, we were talking abo…
 
As we gear up for our Season 2 coming your way on August 31st we wanted to share with you an interview Jesse Torres did with a podcast called The Future of Work. It’s hosted by Salvatrice Cummo, Executive Director of Economic and Workforce Development at Pasadena City College. Salvatrice and Jesse talk about his journey as an entrepreneur, the valu…
 
All of us at Hack My Business want to give you a big THANK YOU for listening to our very first season of Hack My Business! We worked hard to bring you really down-to-earth conversations with a myriad of business owners who have different perspectives and types of businesses and we are so grateful for the voices that came on the show and shared thei…
 
A very special guest joins hosts Jesse & Sid in this episode: Jennifer Wang of Jwang Consulting, who also happens to be the wife of Jesse Torres. They jump right into a high-level conversation of what it’s like to live in a household with dual entrepreneurs, the inspiration and support that comes from that, what It means To “Wangle”, the drive for …
 
As hosts Jesse & Sid talk with Joel, they notice the positive nature that CEO’s share and the willingness to not only embrace failure but thrive from it in each next venture. Bigger Dot is a global print project management company based in Signal Hill, CA that provides custom, specialized and strategic print project solutions to industries such as …
 
For a lot of people, when they think of Charlotte businesses, they think of Uptown. On today's episode, we are hoping to expand their perspective and talk about how neighboring counties can help fuel business growth in the Charlotte region. Today we will be speaking with Terry Cox of TechWorks Gaston on how they are fostering entrepreneurship in Ga…
 
When is the right time to jump into entrepreneurship? The journey can look different for everyone and for Angela her path was made up of one of intention, integrity and the desire to have an experience embedded with risk. Jesse and Sid talk with Angela about starting a business at a moment of life change, how to best evaluate business partners, ent…
 
The Hack My Business team have a real conversation together about the value and power of creativity, producing this podcast and entrepreneurship with invited guest, Christina Barsi founder of Avant Haüs Media and executive producer of this podcast. More from Christina Barsi: Visit the website: https://www.avanthausmedia.com Contact Barsi Listen to …
 
Understanding the importance of creating a safe experience for her clients and community is an understatement for Sherry Younge. Not only has she kept up with the Covid-19 protocols, and created online spaces for her clients to learn how to cut their own hair through one-on-one coaching sessions but Sherry has made a conscious effort prior to Covid…
 
What does it really mean to pivot and stay connected and relevant to your existing customers while developing strategies to market to new ones? Jake Smith, Entertainment Sales Lead at Olson Visual boldly states that the reason they’ve been successful over the years has been by placing huge value in the quality of the product. And during this challe…
 
Mark Herbert talks with hosts Jesse & Sid about what it means to advocate for policies that are important to entrepreneurs as well as making sure they have access to all the funds and tools they might need during their small business journey. About The Guest: Mark Herbert directs Small Business Majority’s operations throughout California. (Small Bu…
 
“People who advocate always advocate”. How can one continue to put the issues that are most important forward and to motivate and mobilize, while your business’ current status is unsure of whether it will sink or swim? Gail expresses how leadership in advocacy starts with communication and finding ways to express the message and connect with those …
 
Mark Villalovos guides us through the details of what it means to minimize the friction of a guest or customer returning to your business. How do we begin to prioritize safety, not only from the perspective of health but from a perspective of a new customer experience that breeds trust and care. About The Guest: Mark Villalovos has designed and imp…
 
Hosts Jesse Torres & Sid Voorakkara sit down to have an intimate conversation about the current civil unrest in this country, the black lives matter movement and what it means to be a person of color in the United States. Resources: -Black Lives Matter -Reading about the Black Lives Matter Movement (articles are free to access until August 31, 2020…
 
Hosts Jesse Torres & Sid Voorakkara talk with Rachel on how she approaches effective policy and stakeholder development and her insights on how the COVID-19 has impacted retail in California and what the future holds for the industry. About The Guest: Rachel Michelin is the President of the California Retailers Association. The California Retailers…
 
Hosts Jesse Torres and Sid Voorakkara quickly partnered on developing and launching a website in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the effect it is having on small businesses and entrepreneurs. As the site develops more traction and integration from you, the small business owner, it’s shape and content continues to better reflect the resources …
 
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