Local First

Rob Kochanski

Local First Podcast where you will hear interviews of local businesses, authors, and entrepreneurs—connecting local businesses to their communities. Behind every local business is a story to share. What I learned is behind every local business is a great story. My mission continues to share the stories of local businesses. I especially enjoy meeting with local business owners and interviewing them and learning their stories. It took off from there. The more interviews I produced with local businesses, entrepreneurs, and community leaders, the more I uncovered. I needed to share their stories. Local First Podcast connects local businesses to their community. I invite you to check out some of these stories for yourself. Check out my website at localfirstpodcast.com where you can: Sign up for the Local First Podcast Newsletter to stay updated on upcoming episodes and events. Connect with host Rob to become a guest. Find out more and how to become a sponsor. Stream the Dream read less
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The Ultimate Platform to Business Resource with Scott Le Beau
Nov 7 2021
The Ultimate Platform to Business Resource with Scott Le Beau
A small business platform in the making for the past six years is here. Scott Le Buea the mastermind behind One Source Direct created a platform for small businesses to request and promote their services. At the bottom of the show note is a special offer for the Local First community. Scott Le Beau has long considered himself something of an innovation outlier in both the big bank and small business world, based on his drive to ask questions that are unpopular, but necessary. Scott's goal is to make things that appear complicated, simple, by meeting the core needs of small business demands with a combination of out-of-the-box thinking, technical expertise, and past experience. Designing simple solutions to meet the marketing command of such extreme B2B lead generation settings has led to game-changing innovation and Scott's online portal, One Source Direct holds the key to future technological breakthroughs, which can make the world for small businesses a better place and permeate every part of everyday life. Connect with Scott Le Beau Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/One-Source-Direct-209804284410949 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/onesourcedirect Twitter: https://twitter.com/1_source_direct YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUli_ZSVBlgNhgzZsuoi0bg Local First Free 7-day trial sign up today at:https://onesourcedirect.net/product/local-first-podcast-7-day-free-trial/ It’s that simple! See you there. Watch our quick  Demo tutorial at: onesourcedirect.net/demo/ Never miss an episode Subscribe and share with one other person. Would you like to be a guest on Local First Podcast? Get started by going to ScheduleMyPodcast.com Produce by Local First Media Production Services
Progress Over Perfection with John Beaman
Oct 5 2021
Progress Over Perfection with John Beaman
If you are like most entrepreneurs you strive for perfection that what we do. But how does striving for perfection hold you bad from making progress? I know from personal experience that I have run into this wall many times throughout my life. John Beaman and I go deep on issues that small businesses run into every day. As you listen to this episode you will hear how I run into many issues recording this interview. This was the first interview using my new Rodecaster mixer and new Rode Podmic and my new software Logic. I could have edited the hell our this episode and made it perfect but I wanted to use this as an example of how shit happens every day that we have to deal with and we will get through it. Enjoy the conversation. Make sure to leave your comments and share. Meet John Beaman John grew up in southeast Wisconsin and moved to Texas as a young adult where he currently serves as President of The McGraw Council Membership, Inc., also known as The McGraw Council. Beaman attended Liberty University for his undergraduate degree in Business Administration: Economics where he graduated summa cum laude and dually enrolled in Liberty’s Master of Business Administration: Leadership program where he graduated with high distinction. During his MBA, John also attended Leadership Rockwall and joined the Class of 2018 in their community project of building computer resource stations for three nonprofits in Rockwall County. During his time in college, John helped start, build, and sell a small landscaping business based in Rockwall County and upon graduating from the MBA program at Liberty University, he began working in the merchant services industry with Merchant Masters, a family-owned business, because of his passion for helping others, especially in an industry where there is much promised yet little provided. John played a pivotal role in the organization’s success and presence in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex as the company continues to expand across the country. After a successful two years in DFW, John was asked to serve as President of The McGraw Council, a nonprofit organization built to educate, serve, and unite small businesses across the United States. The McGraw Council seeks to provide education with actionable content, serve the small business community through various aspects, and unite the small business community to a level that has never been seen before so that all small businesses across the United States may be heard, have a voice, and achieve their American Dream. John resides in the City of Heath, a small city in the DFW metroplex with a history dating back to 1840, where he also serves on the City Council. John was first elected to the city council in 2018 and is the youngest recorded member of the city council in the city’s rich history. Additionally, John volunteers in his spare time with various nonprofits in the North Texas area, especially Rockwall County, and is very active in the Rockwall, Rowlett, and Royse City Chambers of Commerce (where he sits on their board of directors) as well as other business groups in the Lake Ray Hubbard area. John is also a member of Lake Pointe Church in Rockwall and can be found attending the weekly church gatherings in-person or online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Connect with John Beaman Website: www.themcgrawcouncil.com Facebook  The McGraw Council, Inc. | Facebook LinkedIn
Change Your Circle Change Your Life – Jamar Jones
Jul 28 2021
Change Your Circle Change Your Life – Jamar Jones
Wow! One of the best interviews of 2021 with Jamar Jones. We talk about everything from the Milwaukee Bucks, Fear, keys to success, and yes we go deep on his new book Change Your Circle Change Your Life. Jamar's key takeaways: You can't do it all by yourself.Prioritize every day. It's ok to leave a circle.3 ingredients of self-awareness. A bit more about Jamar Jones: My path has been nothing but easy. From my decision-making and the search of finding myself, I've had many hardships in my life that I've overcome. I've created many things from just a thought and once I put my mind to something there's nothing that can stop me. Anything's possible. Looking back I've learned that there were elements to my success, one of the main ones was the circle I was in and how to get into other circles. I've applied this methodology play my personal life and in business. Also, I am the owner of a communications agency that focuses on branding sales and marketing. I have built this company from the ground up and want to share my tactics philosophies and business growth with organizations leaders and decision-makers. Why do I do it? Because when I needed a helping hand others were there for me and the circle that I was able to create molded the very success that I have today. Holding in this knowledge and life experiences would be selfish. I want to give you the keys to walk through the door to change your life and your business. Get your copy now: Change your Circle, Change your Life: The How To Guide to Change Anyone's Life Connect with Jamar Jones Tel: +262-872-3004 jjones@fourevamedia.com Facebook Instagram LinkedIn https://www.iamjamarjones.com/ https://www.fourevamedia.com/ Never miss an episode Subscribe and share with one other person. Would you like to be a guest on Local First Podcast? Get started by going to ScheduleMyPodcast.com Produce by Local First Podcast Production Services This episode is brought to you by: EXACTA Corporation Family Organizer Plus The first app designed for the ultimate social network. The Family.
Strategic Ways To Outsource with Mandeep Kaur
Jun 22 2021
Strategic Ways To Outsource with Mandeep Kaur
To outsource or not to outsource your business. This has been a big question of mine and a question I have encountered from other entrepreneurs and small business owners. Mandeep Kaur owner of Beyond Outsourcing explains how she is helping small businesses level the playing field with outsourcing and giving owners more profits and more time. Key takeaways from Mandeep You don't have to work your business 24/7Passion for helping women around the world find their voiceFreelancing vs outsourcingOutsourcing is not just for large companies. Mandeep Kaur, the owner of Beyond Outsourcing, has more than 15 years of corporate and entrepreneurial infotech experience. She engages and supports C-suite executives, directors, and managers to translate business ideas into business opportunities. ‍Mandeep has worked as a dynamic IT Portfolio Manager in the US, supporting global implementations. She's built a strong foundation in her India-based organization, Beyond Outsourcing, where she along with her business partner, provides virtual services to US-based organizations. Their social goal is to bridge the financial gap between societies, lower operating costs for entrepreneurs in the US, and empower women in the corporate sector of India. She leads, coaches, and trains offshore resources in India while being in the US. At every step, she fosters community, giving opportunities to those in need and empowering young women. During COVID19 her organization focuses on providing employment opportunities for the unemployed in India and providing cost-reducing options for business owners and entrepreneurs in the US. She volunteered with organizations like KhalsaAid to provide support by delivering essentials to the elders when the country was on lockdown. Connect with Mandeep Kuar Website: www.bydoutsourcing.com FB: bydoutsourcing Instagram: beyondoutsourcing Linked: company/beyond-outsourcing-inc Twitter: BeyondOutsourc1 Never miss an episode Subscribe and share with one other person. Would you like to be a guest on Local First Podcast? Get started by going to ScheduleMyPodcast.com Listen to all the episodes randomly at LocalFirstRadio.stream Produce by Local First Podcast Production Services This episode is brought to you by: EXACTA Corporation Family Organizer Plus The first app designed for the ultimate social network. The Family.
You are not a content creator, or are you? with Lisa Raebel
May 27 2021
You are not a content creator, or are you? with Lisa Raebel
Whether you own a small business, an entrepreneur, or starting a new business marking and sales are crucial to survival. Lisa dives deep into what it takes to be strategic in your business with your marketing. Key takeaways from Lisa You don't have to do everything in marketing.You don't need to do tens of thousands of dollars.You need to become a subject matter expert.It's OK not to work with everybody that you meet with. More about Lisa Raebel & Rebel Girl Marketing, LLC I have been in the sales and marketing game for over 25 years and it has been a wild ride! Marketing strategies today can get shaky if you do not start with a solid foundation of understanding of your primary audience, what resonates with them, and knowing where they hang out. Taking the sales perspective into consideration when developing marketing strategies is key to successful campaigns. It comes down to the basics: KNOW | LIKE | TRUST Rebel Girl Marketing was created to help business owners who know they need marketing yet have no idea where to start. Helping others get out of their own way to see how great they are and then finding a way to tell their world is what I love to do each day. First of all, I love talking about marketing... almost as much as my husband likes to talk about golf! :-) My goal is to get the audience to step back and look at their business, asking themselves if their message today matches their current goals and offerings. Contact Lisa for more information. www.rebelgirlmarketing.com Connect with Lisa today Facebook Personal: Lisa Barden Raebel | FacebookCompany: Rebel Girl Marketing | Facebook LinkedIn Personal: Lisa (Barden) Raebel | LinkedInCompany: https://www.linkedin.com/company/rebelgirlmarketing/ Never miss an episode Subscribe and share with one other person. Would you like to be a guest on Local First Podcast? Get started by going to ScheduleMyPodcast.com Listen to all the episodes randomly at LocalFirstRadio.stream Produce by Local First Podcast Production Services This episode is brought to you by: EXACTA Corporation Family Organizer Plus The first app designed for the ultimate social network. The Family.
One Stop Site For All Your Family Fun with Erin Guenterberg
Jan 5 2021
One Stop Site For All Your Family Fun with Erin Guenterberg
Lake Country Family Fun has it all for your family. If you are looking for fun activities to do any time of the year with your family look no further.Erin and I have a conversation on what it takes to take over a new business and her passion for the local community and local businesses.Erin's key takeaways:Get a business mentor soonerConnect with local businessesIt's never too late to start a businessMeet Erin GuenterbergBorn and raised in Southeastern Wisconsin, Erin Guenterberg is the owner and manager of Lake Country Family Fun (LCFF, LLC), an online resource for all things family fun. She went from being a new mom and active follower, to sales manager, to owner in 2016. Since taking over, Erin has grown a team of women and created a community both on and offline, connecting families to their community through their website and local events, Hartland Kids Day.From a social work background, Erin and her team saw a need for community for online creatives, bloggers, and entrepreneurs to learn and grow together on the local level, and in 2019 Lake Country Currents was born, bringing over 50 budding and established entrepreneurs together.In her free time, you'll find Erin and her family spending most of their free time in the summer enjoying lake activities and all that this area has to offer - boating, swimming, and paddleboarding; and as long as there is snow on the ground, they will be found sledding and snowmobiling throughout the winter.Connect with Erin Guenterberg and Lake Country Family FunExpert Fun Finder Owner Lake Country Family FunFounder Lake Country CurrentsWebsite | Instagram | YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | PinterestNever miss an episode Subscribe and share with one other person.Would you like to be a guest on Local First Podcast?Get started by going to ScheduleMyPodcast.comListen to all the episodes randomly at LocalFirstRadio.streamProduce by Local First Podcast Production ServicesThis episode is brought to you by:EXACTA CorporationFamily Organizer PlusThe first app designed for the ultimate social network. The Family.
Do You Have A Wealth Mindset with Axel Meierhoefer PhD
Dec 17 2020
Do You Have A Wealth Mindset with Axel Meierhoefer PhD
Do you have the mindest to build wealth? I dive deep with Axel Meierhofer, PhD on what it takes to grow your wealth and leave a legacy for your family by leveraging real estate.Key takeaways from AxelHow the right mindset gets you on the track to become a successful real estate investor?Why residential real estate investing is more than a good plan for your money?How can we build a legacy through real estate investing that serves your family and generations to come?Get over your analysis paralysis, following a plan you create a path to financial independence.More about Axel As a retired Air Force officer, I started my first company in 2005, focusing on consulting, employee skill development and program management. These areas remain in place these days and have grown internationally. I have always had a love for education and helping people help themselves become successful. As a business owner, I began thinking about applying profits towards retirement and research clearly indicated that owning real assets would be the best way. It’s also the path that the government supports the most.This has led to the development of a residential real estate investment portfolio currently worth about $1.5 Million. It’s still growing, and many lessons I learned are now available for me to teach, coach and mentor people.On my journey, I havemademany relationships, learned about the pitfalls of purchases, andmadegood and bad decisions that ultimately resulted in reaching economic independence. I would love to share my expertise with your audience so they can do the same.Connect with AxelWebsite: https://idealwealthgrower.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/idealwealthgrower/LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/ideal-wealth-grower/Twitter: https://twitter.com/IdealGrowerInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/idealwealthgrower/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvZRy6092XyFWW9bhCbIt4QNever miss an episode Subscribe and share with one other person.Would you like to be a guest on Local First Podcast?Get started by going to ScheduleMyPodcast.comListen to all the episodes randomly at LocalFirstRadio.streamProduce by Local First Podcast Production ServicesThis episode is brought to you by:EXACTA CorporationFamily Organizer PlusThe first app designed for the ultimate social network. The Family.
Are You Afraid To Feel with Deb Kahler
Dec 10 2020
Are You Afraid To Feel with Deb Kahler
This is an episode you will want to listen to twice. Deb and I dive deep into how you can be the Best Something Ever. We discuss fear, self-care, and how amazing is possible.EnjoyKey takeaways from Deb KahlerWhat is self-loveAre you afraid to feel?Turning your light back onAre you willing to be helped?Deb Kahler is a licensed massage therapist, a certified constitutional and holistic iridologist, a certified raindrop harmonics specialist, a certified RTT practitioner, and a young living essential oil enthusiast.Deb is the owner of Best Something Ever, LLC where she helps you find the something you have been looking for to help yourself be your best.Deb has been in the practice of the healing arts for the past 12 years and is now practicing at her new office in Oconomowoc, WI.Deb enjoys spending time with her family and friends, and always learning new ways of self-help and self-love, and then sharing what works.Every person experiences challenges in their own unique path in life. I can help each other through life experiences, knowing we have made it through them ourselves. I believe everyone has an amazing purpose on this earth if they are willing to take ownership of their feeling and their life and get in touch with their deepest emotions. I am here to help with the process, unique in every individual. Come and experience new techniques, iridology, hypnosis, and hypnotherapy, biofeedback, metabody electronics, massage.Connect with Deb KahlerWebsite www.bestsomethingever.comFacebook @bestsomethingeverLinkedin www.linkedin.com/in/bestsomethingeverNever miss an episode Subscribe and share with one other person.Would you like to be a guest on Local First Podcast?Get started by going to ScheduleMyPodcast.comListen to all the episodes randomly at LocalFirstRadio.streamProduce by Local First Podcast Production ServicesThis episode is brought to you by:EXACTA CorporationFamily Organizer PlusThe first app designed for the ultimate social network. The Family.
Local First Podcast 100th Episode with Martin Moore
Nov 17 2020
Local First Podcast 100th Episode with Martin Moore
WOW! 100 episodes. I invited Martin Moore to come into the studio and take a look back and the evolution that took place with Local First Podcast.I want to thank every guest and all the listeners that make Local First Podcast possible.Local First Podcast Celebrates 100th Episode, Announces New Platforms for ListeningLocal First Podcast founder and host Rob Kochanski will welcome back Martin Moore, a regular guest on Local First Podcast whose main gig is a content developer for Milwaukee’s iconic Koss Corporation, for the 100th episode. Sharing the mic, Moore and Kochanski will reflect on Local First Podcast’s first 99 episodes, analyze the impact of 2020’s bizarre twists on Milwaukee’s business scene, and perhaps insert some humor in their 40-minute conversation.“I’m also thrilled to announce the launch of Local First Radio, continuous streaming online, 24/7 on Alexa and the Local First web sites,” Kochanski said. Listeners from Milwaukee to Macau can hear compelling stories that highlight companies, leaders, artists, authors and entrepreneurs.“Local First programming connects businesses with their communities,” Kochanski continued. “Local First Radio has new apps available on both iPhone and Android devices, enabling access anytime and anywhere in the world.”“Everyone has a story to tell and, as a globally-recognized tech hub for the past century, full of entrepreneurs, I wanted to help raise Milwaukee’s profile,” he added. “I give my guests credit for opening up on-air and being honest and vulnerable about their businesses and related decisions, especially about why they are located in the region. The podcast is not commercial – it’s deeply personal.”Anyone interested in sharing a story of their business, passion or another pursuit can apply at www.schedulemypodcast.com.Guests appearing on Local First Podcast can avail themselves of several proactive marketing programs. The recording session and first month of broadcasting is free. Afterward, for as little as $9.99 per month, guests promote their episode on a continuing basis via web ads, audiograms, e-mail, social media, and other channels to an ever-increasing audience, locally and around the world.Kochanski, a Milwaukee-born U.S. Army sergeant veteran who lives in the city’s Avenues West neighborhood, started Local First Podcast in June 2018.Local First Podcast is supported by area businesses, with studios located on the campus of the Milwaukee County Research Park. More information about Local First Podcast and Local First Radio is available at https://www.localfirstpodcast.com and at https://www.localfirstradio.stream.Never miss an episode Subscribe and share with one other person.Would you like to be a guest on Local First Podcast?Get started by going to ScheduleMyPodcast.comListen to all the episodes randomly at LocalFirstRadio.streamProduce by Local First Podcast Production ServicesThis episode is brought to you by:
Do You Know The Monsters Lurking In Your Business? With Maggie Mongan
Nov 11 2020
Do You Know The Monsters Lurking In Your Business? With Maggie Mongan
In this episode with Maggie Mongan, we go deep in understanding and recognizing the Monster that lurks within your business. She also provides six great steps on marketing and sales.EnjoyKey takeaways from Maggie:Show up every dayCelebrate small successes every dayNot time management but self-managementSimplify your business by setting up routinesMaggie Mongan, of Brilliant Breakthroughs, Inc., introduces a new way of conducting business!Her clients learn how to tame the business monster they created.Then, she gets busy helping them build a simplified business model for success, by implementing her proprietary framework of The 4 Performance Pillars for Small BusinessTM (Profitability, People, Productivity, and Peace). Bottom line: Maggie swiftly helps Small Business Owners succeed by simplifying strategies and aligning actions to build their profitable and peaceful business.Maggie is a Master Business Coach, Strategist, & Trainer, and recognized as a Thought Leader of Small Business.In 2003 she founded a Premier Business Coaching Practice, specializing in Leadership & Enterprise-wide Small Business Coaching known as Brilliant Breakthroughs, Inc.She founded a #1 Annual Bestselling Business Book Series for Small Businesses, including its dedicated app, weekly podcast, and annual online summit. She is an avid blogger, international speaker, course creator, and community builder.Maggie is seriously committed to bolstering Business Excellence. Her passion has been with bolstering the Small Business Sector for almost 20 years. She says, “After all, all business begins small”. Being a serial entrepreneur, she should know!She is known for working with clients, who are committed to creating what she calls a “Brilliant Business”. Together, they intentionally build a simplified business of profitability and peace, while releasing the old under-performing business. And this, is precisely why Maggie is in high demand!Maggie is a Wisconsinite, who appreciates stargazing and Harley cruising. She is still madly in love with the US Marine she married in the early 80s and toured with him. Her adult sons are highly accomplished in their respective musical careers. Above all, Maggie is a Possibilitarian.Connect with Maggie today:https://BrilliantBreakthroughs.comBrilliantBizBook.comSOCIAL:Website: https://BrilliantBreakthroughs.comConnect with Maggie on these social accounts:LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/MaggieMonganTwitter: https://twitter.com/BrilliantBlogrFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrilliantBreakthroughsInc/Mobile App: Brilliance Biz Book  http://onelink.to/brilliantbizbookAuthor Profile: https://amazon.com/author/maggiemongan Never miss an episode Subscribe and share with one other person.Would you like to be a guest on Local First Podcast?Get started by going to ScheduleMyPodcast.comProduce by Local First Podcast Production...
The Biggest Failure In Life Is Doing Nothing With Asim Khan
Nov 3 2020
The Biggest Failure In Life Is Doing Nothing With Asim Khan
Asim Khan has a story that is full of challenges but he chooses to make a life-changing transformation by starting a new business in a very competitive market of healthy drinks he created Zyn.Key takeaways from Asim Khan:Start now don't wait.The biggest failure in life is doing nothing.Overcoming fear.Taking the jump to become an entrepreneur.Asim Khan is co-founder of ZYN. Previously he spent nearly 20 years in finance industry (investment banking & private equity). He received a B.S. in Accounting & Finance from Marquette University. Asim is married with 2 boys and a girl.ZYN comes from the word “zyndagi,” which means LIFE for over 1 billion people in South Asia.The ZYN “aha” moment happened during a family trip to Pakistan in November 2016 with our parents. After the long plane ride over, our father who is diabetic, suffered from sudden and severe diabetic nerve pain in his foot, to the point where he couldn’t walk. Our aunt made a paste with Turmeric powder and olive oil and applied it to our father’s foot. Within an hour, his pain was completely gone. Natural healing has been a part of our Eastern culture for over 5000 years. Our family has used ancient, natural remedies for everything from colds, to indigestion, to reducing inflammation. We decided Turmeric was something that we wanted to share with others.Upon our return to the US, we began to further research Turmeric and discovered its immunity-boosting and inflammation-reducing healing power comes from a tiny compound called CURCUMIN. We began crafting drinks in our kitchens with CURCUMIN, combining it with PIPERINE to boost absorption. We tested the recipes on ourselves and noticed our everyday aches and pains went away and we felt rejuvenated. We were onto something we felt needed to be shared with the world. So we kept crafting ZYN and introduced the recipes to our family and friends, then to local grocery stores and hospitals, and from there our amaZYN journey has led to nationwide expansion of ZYN.In the end, health is not just about outward appearances, but rather it’s the holistic package. We are all about promoting balanced health and wellness lifestyles that incorporate the endless goodness that nature provides in a socially, ethically and environmentally responsible manner.Shake Well, Be WellConnect with Asim KhanZYNAmazon#drinkZYNNever miss an episode Subscribe and share with one other person.Would you like to be a guest on Local First Podcast?Get started by going to ScheduleMyPodcast.comProduce by Local First Podcast Production ServicesThis episode is brought to you by:EXACTA CorporationFamily Organizer
Wealth Creation Through Real Estate with Scott Choppin
Oct 27 2020
Wealth Creation Through Real Estate with Scott Choppin
In this episode, Scott Choppin dives deep into Wealth Creation Through Real Estate. He has created a plan for anyone to participate in creating wealth creation through real estate.Key takeaways from Scott's conversation:The need for greater challenges.Being the conductor.Having a detailed plan.Complete in uncommon ways.Families are underserved.Meet Scott:Scott Choppin is the CEO and Founder of The Urban Pacific Group of Companies, a Long Beach, CA-based real estate development company, founded in 2000, that focuses exclusively on workforce rental housing communities throughout California and the western US. Urban Pacific has created a new housing innovation called Urban Town House (UTH), which pairs private capital with middle income multi-generational rental housing, while producing market superior yields on invested equity. Historically, Urban Pacific’s UTH projects have delivered 22.66% programmatic IRR yields on equity.With over 35 years in the development business, Scott is a leader in the field, and is a regular contributor to major media outlets throughout the nation. Scott has been published in Forbes Magazine, GlobeSt.com, Los Angeles Times, Builder Magazine, Affordable Housing Finance, Affordable Housing News, and most recently, the cover and feature article about the UTH housing model in Multi-Family Executive magazine.Scott and his wife Becky have been happily married and together for 27 years, and are raising their 3 kids in Long Beach, CA - Sean Patrick 19, Dylan 16, and Jenna 13. Scott and Becky’s three kids are the 4th generation of the Choppin family in Long Beach.For over 50 years, Urban Pacific and it's founding family have been developers of premier residential and commercial projects. Including development of the Long Beach World Trade Center, and the Axis at Westminster project, Urban Pacific and the Choppin family have built superior identities of trust, value, authority, and leadership in the real estate development domain throughout the nation.Connect with ScottLinkedInFacebookInstagramWebsiteNever miss an episode Subscribe and share with one other person.Would you like to be a guest on Local First Podcast?Get started by going to ScheduleMyPodcast.comProduce by Local First Podcast Production ServicesThis episode is brought to you by:EXACTA CorporationFamily Organizer PlusThe first app designed for the ultimate social network. The Family.
How to Manage Crisis During COVID-19
Oct 19 2020
How to Manage Crisis During COVID-19
My conversation with Dr. Jim Taylor is right on time. We go deep on what you need to do during this time of crisis. Dr. Jim Taylor covers the different types of crisis and as a bonus, he gives us 5 life hacks you can start using today during COVID.Ket Takeaways from Dr. Jim TaylorWhat makes COVID-19 such a significant crisis?Our natural reactions not suited for modern-day crises.What is an opportunity mindset and why is it important?What are some ways that we can grow from a crisis?More about Dr. Jim TaylorDr. Jim Taylor is an internationally recognized authority on the psychology of sport and parenting. His professional expertise encompasses sport psychology, child development and parenting, and coaches education.Dr. Taylor has worked with professional, world-class, collegiate, and junior-elite athletes in tennis, skiing, cycling, triathlon, track and field, swimming, football, golf, baseball, car racing, and many other sports. He is the author of 15 books and has been an invited speaker throughout North and South America, Europe, and the Middle East.A former alpine ski racer who competed internationally, Dr. Taylor is also a 2nd degree black belt and certified instructor in karate, a marathon runner, and an Ironman triathlete.Dr. Jim Taylor's PhilosophyINSPIRE, INFORM, TRANSFORM, PERFORMDr. Jim Taylor's podcastHow to Survive & Thrive When Bad Things HappenNever miss an episode Subscribe and share with one other person.Would you like to be a guest on Local First Podcast?Get started by going to ScheduleMyPodcast.comProduce by Local First Podcast Production ServicesThis episode is brought to you by:EXACTA CorporationFamily Organizer PlusThe first app designed for the ultimate social network. The Family.
Smart Water Club with Gordon Nameni
Oct 5 2020
Smart Water Club with Gordon Nameni
Do you know whether or not the water coming out of your faucet is full of chemicals? Gordon Nameni founder of the Smart Water Club and I discuss how the water is different depending on where you live. He explains how you can have an affordable solution for clean water. Key takeaways from GordonIs soup coming out of your facet?Be true to your heartIt's my passion, it's all about helping people having access to clean waterSome people don't take showersMore about Gordon NameniGordon is one of the founders of the Smart Water Club, a data-driven platform that provides custom water tech solutions based on the specific water type of consumers.Gordon Nameni is the Managing Director of August Brown, a Midwest-based strategy and technology management consulting firm. August Brown works with Fortune 200 and companies down to small engineering firms on the commercialization of emerging technologies, business models, and strategy development for market placement of advanced materials-based technologies in the energy, power, sensor, and environmental market.Gordon's professional experience spans semiconductor engineering, product development, and R&D in industrial goods, water treatment, and chemical-induced sensors. He has worked as a process engineer in a semiconductor bunny suit within a wafer fab and has also led board meetings in the C-suite.As the COO of Platypus Technologies, Gordon developed the strategic growth plan which enabled the company to expand its product portfolio by 45%, increase sales for its flagship liquid crystal sensor products by 2.8x and maintain a positive EBITDA Y/Y during his tenure.He earned a patent when he developed the concept that produced a new technology and product platform from 100% post-industrial recycled waste material for PPG Industries, IncGordon earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Brown University in Materials Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, respectively. After earning his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, he completed a Fulbright Fellowship and an NSF Post-Doctoral Fellowship with AO Smith Corp. in 2011. For leisure, Gordon enjoys recreational activities with his family including ultimate frisbee, golf, and slam poetry.Connect with GordonAugust BrownSmart Water ClubLinkedInTwitterFacebookNever miss an episode Subscribe and share with one other person.Would you like to be a guest on Local First Podcast?Get started by going to ScheduleMyPodcast.comProduce by Local First Podcast Production SerivcesThis episode is brought to you by:EXACTA CorporationFamily Organizer PlusThe first app designed for the ultimate social network. The Family.RARE LeadersWhere leaders come to thrive and growConversation Series - Connect, Collaborate, and Contribute
Are People Finding Your Business Online? with John Vuong
Sep 22 2020
Are People Finding Your Business Online? with John Vuong
This is Local First Podcast's first international interview with John Vuong out of Toronto, CA. We take a deep dive into how to get your business is searched for online.As the owner of Local SEO Search since 2013, my mission is to equip local business owners with the right products (websites), services (SEO) and knowledge to grow and expand to position these business owners as the industry thought leaders by being honest, transparent and having a strong will to succeed in business.>> Contact me now: 416-888-8756 >> Learn more and secure a free audit: https://calendly.com/seofree/auditRequest A FREE SEO Analysis — Valued At $999 Local SEO Search is a full-service search engine optimization (SEO) company. Founder John Vuong started in SEO near the beginning. Back in 2010, he was working with Yellow Pages and the company was offering SEO strategy.However, he found that the supposed experts at that time didn’t understand why some companies ranked above others. In fact, he felt that the offers were damaging his relationships with small businesses because they weren’t getting the results they paid for.John cares a lot about the small businesses he works with, especially family businesses. That’s why he began to focus on understanding search engines, their rankings, and how companies can benefit from a variety of digital marketing platforms.This episode is brought to you by:EXACTA CorporationFamily Organizer PlusThe first app designed for the ultimate social network. The Family.RARE LeadersWhere leaders come to thrive and growConversation Series - Connect, Collaborate, and ContributeProduced by Local First Podcast Production Serives
Family Organizer Plus – It’s Your Data. Own It!
Sep 16 2020
Family Organizer Plus – It’s Your Data. Own It!
Over 30 years ago, Dr. Dennis Hill predicted that the only way we would make a change regarding our privacy would take a significant world event.After having several conversations, I would have to agree that Dr. Hill was right.Dennis Hill profiled in 1987 Business Journal Magazine (Cover Story)Published in 1987 (8/24/1987), the magazine profiled the rise of cyber-security and several of its pioneers. A computer prodigy at 14 (pre-PC era) and a computer engineering professor at 23, Dennis Hill of MSOE University, was highlighted with other computer experts in this article. Hill predicted the rise of cyber-terrorism and the lack of security investment by businesses and consumers, citing awareness and change only in response to breaches and data violation catastrophes.This past month Netflix released the documentary /the social dilemma_ This documentary from Jeff Orlowski explores how addiction and privacy breaches are features, not bugs, of social media platforms.EXACTA engineered and supports Family Organizer Plus. This software platform powers the most important social network in history, the Family. Individuals and families reclaim their digital privacy and regain control of digital records under new and emerging laws worldwide, including the U.S. FamOrg+ promises to be a leading disruptive technology with a positive impact on the modern digitized family.What is Family Organizer Plus or FamOrg+?FamOrg+ is EXACTA's first software platform for end-users and specifically families and individuals who care about privacy and security. FamOrg+ includes a robust contact manager, private and secure "in-family" chatting, an aggregated family calendar derived from individual member calendars, and complete management of records, photos, and AV files.What technology makes FamOrg+ game-changing?FamOrg+ is an entirely new concept in the consumer software market because it leverages current and emerging technologies, including 5G security protocols and cloud-based decentralized data storage known as a blockchain. Blockchain is the same lock-tight technology underlying cryptocurrencies.Be one of the first to have access to the Family Organizer Plus community. Head over to Indiegogo to pre-register before FamOrg+ hits the market. By pre-registering for
Mama said It’s the small victories that count! with Bonnie Edwards
Aug 13 2020
Mama said It’s the small victories that count! with Bonnie Edwards
Mama said... Do you remember when your mother gave you advice or shared her wisdom with you? Did you listen? Can you hear her voice in the back of your head?Bonnie shares in her interview how her mother of 7 influenced her so much that she wrote a book about it.Bonnie's key take-aways:Never give upCelebrate your motherCelebrate small victoriesHow her mother influenced her Bonnie J. Edwards received her Master’s Degree in Education, Professional Development from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.She pursued Advanced Doctoral Studies in Adult Education at Walden University in Minneapolis, MN.Bonnie added two additional licenses, one in Administrator Leadership and Director of Instruction certified through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI).Inspired by the power of raising awareness, Bonnie designed, implemented, and instructed a graduate course in Interpersonal Communication for educators to renew their licenses through McPherson College, Milwaukee Campus.She is recognized by her colleagues for her personable and reflective leadership style. After 14 years of teaching middle school and participating in educational community outreach, Bonnie retired in 2015.Bonnie is founder of B.J. Edwards Professional Development & Communication, owner and co-publisher with her husband, Cary Edwards. They are proud parents of Danny, Lisa and Mildred.Subscribe and share with one other person.Would you like to be a guest on Local First Podcast? Get started by going to ScheduleMyPodcast.comThis episode is brought to you by:EXACTA CorporationFamily Organizer PlusThe first app designed for the ultimate social network. The Family.RARE LeadersWhere leaders come to thrive and growConversation Series - Connect, Collaborate, and Contribute
How to Sell BIG Ticket Items with Celia Meisel
Jul 16 2020
How to Sell BIG Ticket Items with Celia Meisel
Hey local listeners, are you in sales? I think the answer is yes. Everyone is selling something to someone. Celia and I dig deep on what it takes to sell big-ticket items.Celia's key takeaways:Fear is a source of opportunity and growthStorytelling vs. Just the Facts, pleaseHow has the selling process changed?Strategies - Skill - TacticsConnect with Celia:Website: Ceila Fay MeiselLinkedIn Hi! My Name is Celia Faye MeiselIt’s my mission to guide heart-centered entrepreneurs to hit their sales goals and reach for their dreams.My clients come to me when they are:Ready to stop spinning their wheels and get on track to set and accomplish all of their sales goals.Betting on themselves by pursuing entrepreneurship full-time.Looking for a trusted sales mentor and guide to help them level-up and feel at ease with the process.Aware that it’s time to get support to get out of the income plateau and sales rut they’ve been in for years.Meet Celia:As a kid, I can recall the stress my mom endured when unexpected expenses came up.She, and many others like her, didn’t know how to generate income outside of a 9-5 job. She was a smart and savvy businesswoman who was sought out by many for guidance and answers.A University education helped her to gain confidence and climb the corporate ladder. There were always limitations around how far she could climb and the rate at which she could grow.From a young age, I demonstrated entrepreneurial qualities and a sense of intuitiveness. My parents did what they could to give me entrepreneurial experiences.There were parts of my personality that didn’t fit a picture of conventional living. As a result, I experienced years of emotional discomfort because I felt like I never fit inDeep inside, I always had a sense of knowing that gave me hope to move forward and find my own unique path.In my late-twenties I discovered that my entrepreneurial spirit was one of my gifts. For the first time in my life, I felt free.Celia Faye Meisel is a Business Strategist & Sales Trainer. As a career entrepreneur, she has enrolled over 200 clients to work with her in a group format and 1-1.She has supported her clients to celebrate milestones that include: $15K in online launch profits. Going from $0-70K (cash) in one-year of business. Five-figure months in cash and sales. Making the shift from selling low-ticket single sessions to selling transformational high-ticket packages. Blasting through upper limits for group enrollment numbers. The launches of dozens of new service-based businesses. Since the pandemic, she has provided sales team support to teams generating $1.1 Million in high-ticket program sales.Celia finds joy and meaning in developing & writing training content for her clients. She loves networking, meeting new people, and making heart-centered connections with fellow entrepreneurs.If you would like to share your story on Local First Podcast get started by going to ScheduleMyPodcast.comLocal First Podcast is brought to you by:EXACTA CorpFamily Organizer Plus - Never before has there been an app designed to bring your family closer while restoring your privacy.Local First Podcast Production Services