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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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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…
 
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