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Million Dollar Monday

Greg Muzzillo

Million Dollar Monday features real successful people with real useful advice for entrepreneurs and people with big dreams. This series is hosted by Greg Muzzillo who many years ago started his own company called Proforma with a small investment of $200 and a lot of big dreams. Thanks to solid advice from some real successful people, Proforma is now a $500 million leader in the printing and promotional products industry with over 600 franchise offices throughout North America. Today, Muzzillo’s big dream is to help aspiring business owners and sales professionals reach their big dreams.

Success through Remote Leadership & Building a Thriving Team
Jun 6 2022
Success through Remote Leadership & Building a Thriving Team
Show Notes & ResourcesSarah Hawley is a serial entrepreneur who has founded eight companies since 2009. Hawley’s most recent endeavor is Growmotely, the world’s first platform to connect conscious companies with skilled professionals into long term remote roles. Some of the topics covered during this episode are navigating entrepreneurship, knowing when to cut your losses, and trusting yourself. Tune in here. Chapter Summaries:0:41 - Introducing Sarah Hawley1:44 - Stepping Up4:30 - Building & Scaling Three Businesses8:03 - Starting Growmotely11:26 - What is Growmotely14:21 - Recognizing Women Entrepreneurs17:06 - Lessons Learned21:18 - Big Wins & SuccessesKey Takeaways:I've always been the kind of person who needs to know why something is the way it is, what's the entire picture.And most people were telling me, you can't do that, people won't take you seriously, financial planning has to be done in an office. And I just, I mean, that's part of my personality if anyone ever tells me I can't do something, I think, well, I'll just go and do it and show you.Sometimes it's best to just cut and run. There's no shame in that. I think some people just hang in there too long. They pour too much time and energy into it and they lose the opportunity even to be able to start another business. I put that in there as a bit of an homage to all of the women who have juggled and continue to juggle being a mom and being an entrepreneur or a professional, whatever it is that you do and that it is work, but we also get to be both.I trusted myself and we increased our revenue. That was the year that we doubled our revenue by putting that strategy in place. And our people were super happy.Resource Links:Connect with SarahWebsite  |   LinkedIn  |   InstagramBookConscious Leadership: A Journey from Ego to HeartAbout GrowmotelyWebsite   |   LinkedIn    |   InstagramLeague of Extraordinary Women!!CONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY!!Follow us on Instagram | Follow us on " rel="nofollow">
The Power of High Quality Media in eCommerce
May 2 2022
The Power of High Quality Media in eCommerce
Liz Giorgi is a two-time media entrepreneur who challenges the norm. She is Co-Founder and CEO of Soona, a same-day photo and video studio designed to help brands get professional content for less than the price of stock. Previously, she started Mighteor, a production company that was one of the first in the country to provide online video strategy to brands as large as Facebook and U.S. Bank. Giorgi is an Emmy award winner, advocate for women in business, and recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30.  Chapter Summaries0:42 - Introducing Liz4:54 - Creating Soona8:14 - Solving a Problem12:01 - Virtual Photo Shoot Tour15:54 - Dream to IPO17:47 - Big Mistakes & Big DreamsResource LinksSoona.coLiz Giorgi Instagram |   Liz Giorgi LinkedIn Soona LinkedIn   |   Soona Instagram   CONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY!Follow us on Instagram | Follow us on YouTubeKey TakeawaysWe both just said to each other, there's something undeniable about how much more impact we could have, and we took the leap and started working on selling my first business. We applied to Techstars, which is a technology accelerator. We were accepted to Techstars Boulder. And as the ball kept rolling down the hill, we launched our product in the world. And you know, I'm incredibly proud of that decision, but boy, oh boy, it was scary.We've really decided to turn everything on its head and say, we want it to be as easy as anything else that you do online and take away all these extra decisions that distract businesses from being able to just focus on what matters the most, which is making their product look its best.And so I went about that process, very naive, but learned very quickly that it's very much about convincing people that your version of the future is going to be real.We believe we're building the fastest and most affordable way to create professional content online. We have seen data that says that as much as 97% of the purchase decision comes down to a picture. And so it is really the most important asset. I like to say, it's the equivalent of making a photographic first impression for every single one of your product.
Tapping into an Untapped Market with Josh Goodman
Apr 4 2022
Tapping into an Untapped Market with Josh Goodman
Show Notes & ResourcesJosh Goodman is Founder and CEO of PourMyBeer, a leading self-serve dispense technology company providing restaurant operators increased efficiencies and sales, while providing patrons with a better experience. Goodman has been recognized as an Inc. 5,000 award-winner, a two-time entrepreneur, 360-award winner, and a leader in his industry. PourMyBeer has over 10,000 taps in 23 countries, and most recently Coca-Cola European Partners chose to invest in the company. Goodman’s investment in his own technology and his people has provided a foundation for the company’s growth and success. Chapter Summaries:0:41 - Introducing Josh Goodman 1:25 - PourMyBeer3:51 - What Sparked the Idea7:40 - No Need to Panic14:10 - Measuring Sucess18:09 - Solving an Issue21:32 - Big Mistakes, Big LessonsKey Takeaways Learn how to solve problems without panicking. Until the business doesn't need you, you don't have a business, you have a job. So you know, where I've been focusing, a lot of my energy is building and getting the right people and the right processes in place.The universe keeps throwing the same problems at you until you learn how to figure them out.I'll never be the smartest person in the room. Uh, but I can tell you I don't make the same mistake twice. And I do believe that I've made more mistakes than anyone else out there. In fact, I would go as far as saying we've made more mistakes than all of our competitors combined. But we've never made the same mistake.Learn how to do your own bookkeeping, learn how to do your own finances, watch videos, talk to the smartest people, you know, um, it doesn't mean you have to do your own bookkeeping longterm, but be conscious of what your balance sheet looks like. But I guess my lesson there was don't sign contracts with expecting that the person on the other side sees a life the same way you do.That’s another lesson learned, do your due diligence on people that you're going to go into business with.I think it's always important to look at how the dots are connected. We may not get it right 100% of the time, but we will make it right 100% of the time.Resource Links:Website: PourMyBeer.comJosh Goodman: Linkedin | InstagramCompany: Linkedin | Instagram | Twitter | FacebookCONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY!Follow us on Instagram | Follow us on
Be Iconic. Live Iconic. Go Iconic.
Mar 7 2022
Be Iconic. Live Iconic. Go Iconic.
Show Notes & Resources Billy Bosch turned his vision for the perfect snack into reality through starting his own company, Iconic Protein. His products are now sold in over 8,000 retail stores and he has raised over $14 million in capital. Tune in to hear valuable advice on starting and scaling a company along with tips on working with business partners. Chapter Summaries0:42 - Introducing Billy Bosch1:56 - Entrepreneurship at a Young Age07:20 - How it all Started12:48 - Starting Iconic Protein17:37 - First Sales and Production22:42 - Approaching Investors27:38 - Recognized by Pepsi29:30 - The VisionKey Takeaways:  One of our pain points traveling around a lot for work was this nutrition on the go. And so thought it would be nice if there was a drink that filled you up without any sugar. So essentially a protein drink without sugar. If you're going to go into business with someone, plan for failure or at least plan for it to end because all business partnerships and all relationships end; people are going to die, businesses go under, or it just it's just the end of our time. If I'm going to produce something, I'll always stand behind it. And the failed pitches helped me a lot about how to pitch and win.So we really want to empower people through convenient, tasty, nutritious products to be the best version of themselves. There’s a huge lesson in that. And the lesson is get out and get involved in your industry, go to those trade shows, join those trade associations. That’s where the networking happens and you can learn things and meet people that can do things that you could have never dreamed possible. Don’t be afraid to make the leap. Resource LinksIconic Protein:Website  LinkedIn Instagram  FacebookTwitterBilly Bosch:InstagramLinkedIn‼️CONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY‼️ Follow us on Instagram | Follow us on YouTube→ → → LEAVE US A REVIEW! 📝#Entreprenuership #BillyBosch #Success
Rise Up with Shelly Tygielski
Feb 7 2022
Rise Up with Shelly Tygielski
Show Notes & Resources “One individual can really affect change and the best version of the world starts with the best version of ourselves,” shares Shelly Tygielski. As founder the global mutual aid organization called Pandemic of Love, she has connected more than 2 million individuals in need with people who can provide resources. Tygielski discusses the power of radical self-care and community with Host Greg Muzzillo. She also shares insights from her book, Sit Down to Rise Up, on ways to achieve our own mind, body, and emotional balance.Chapter Summaries0:40 - Introducing Shelly1:55 - Rise Up6:22 - Radical Self-Care10:45 - Toxic Positivity15:55 - Communities of Care19:30 - Mutual Aid23:10 - Rising Tide Lifts All Ships27:55 - Our Purpose is to LoveKey Takeaways: Sense of agency is really just the ability to be reflective and have awareness and be introspective about how our actions can actually affect other people and affect the world.The best version of the world starts with the best version of ourselves.When we look at what self-care is now on the internet, or we search up on Instagram, the hashtag self-care, the things that come up really don't qualify as self-care, because the term has been hijacked by the industrial wellness complex. So we associate self-care with things that cost money, right? Like, bath bombs or green juices or a Peloton. And it's not that those things can't contribute to your health, et cetera, but really that's not what self-care is. So when I talk about self-care, I'm really talking about communal care. I'm talking about how do we intricately weave these webs of safety nets for each other, and then in a radical way, take on the moral obligation to take care of one another. When a rising tide lifts all ships and that's the idea is that we all can contribute to that rising tide, all of our ships rise. Our purpose really is to love, to not only love, but to allow others to love us. The most powerful words a salesperson can say, although you never say it quite this way, is I have a problem and I need your help.Resource LinksBook: Sit Down to Rise Up: How Radical Self-Care Can Change the WorldLinked InInstagramTwitterShelly's Facebook‼️CONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY‼️ Follow us on Instagram | Follow us on YouTube→ → → LEAVE US A REVIEW! 📝
Make Shift Happen: Be More. Do More. Have More Success.
Jan 10 2022
Make Shift Happen: Be More. Do More. Have More Success.
“You are just one shift away from unleashing the unlimited success that awaits,” shares Anthony Trucks. After many adversities including being placed in foster care at a young age and losing his NFL career to an injury, Trucks learned the power of “shifting your identity” to reach your full potential.  Tune in to this NEW episode of Million Dollar Monday to hear more.  Chapter Summaries00:41 Introducing Anthony Trucks  03:12 Playing Professional Football05:51 Find Your Identity08:53 The Common Denominator12:47 GPS Planner14:43 Identity Shift16:44 Key Advice20:38 Example of a Big Shift24:06 See, Shift, SustainKey Takeaways: “A smooth sea makes not a skilled sailor.”It has to do with this desire for us to have easy lives. And when we miss out on the actual aspects of the strength, we need to have a great life because life doesn't get easier, we just get stronger.And what happens is the apple falls off the tree and we feel horrible, like the apple off the tree. And eventually that apple rots and we feel rotten. And that's how we operate our life. But we don't realize we were never the apple. You were always the tree. And when you only focus on the piece of fruit, you lose sight of the tree, which means you don't give it the nutrients. You don't get it in the sun. You don't take it. You don't prune the branches. So all of a sudden the fruit dies.It's all about the goal, the plan and the start.Well a big thing for me is to understand how identity and mindset differ.In the book, I explain how to shift into the identity that has the things you want most in life. Because if you were of that identity, you already have those things.Resource LinksIdentity Shift Book  Anthony Trucks Website LinkedInAnthony's TwitterInstagram Trucks Training TwitterAww Shift Podcast CONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY!Follow us on Instagram | Follow us on YouTube→ → → LEAVE US A REVIEW! 📝#Entreprenuership #AnthonyTrucks #Success
One Uncommon Way to Start or Acquire a Business
Dec 20 2021
One Uncommon Way to Start or Acquire a Business
Did you know that there are ways to turn your retirement funds into a more active investment to empower your dreams? Tune in as David Nilssen shares how he has helped 25,000 entrepreneurs to access over $5 billion to start or buy a business. He also discusses with Host Greg Muzzillo the importance about being intentional in your relationships and creating the life you want. Key TakeawaysThere are ways to turn retirement funds into a more active, rather than a passive investment, an active investment, helping empower dreams to own a business or buy a businessThat was the day where we realized that we could move outside of this localized, regional business opportunity and do something that could be much more impactful across the nation. Incredible how sometimes just a moment in time can give us an inflection point. That makes a huge difference in the business. And so I just learned early on to just be open to everything that is happening around me and just be curious, and that, that ended up working out well.For entrepreneurs, being intentional in your relationships is probably one of the most important things you can do. It can be very lonely because the people that you work with day in day out, don't want to hear about your problems or challenges. And sometimes you need somebody to talk to about those before you could even externalize that with your own team. And so Entrepreneur’s Organization and Young Presidents Organization serve as great places to connect you with like-minded individuals in non-competitive industries who can help you think through some of the challenges and opportunities that inevitably come.What we've started to do is evolve financial guidance, to move away from just financing to not only helping entrepreneurs find capital, but then provide them with important business services that they need.Create the life you want. Chapter Summaries 03:43 -  From an Idea to a Business05:44 -  Building Guidant Financial08:08 -  Using Retirement Funds to Start a Business12:17 - Resources to Grow Your Business17:02 - Create the Life you Want19:15  - Dreams for the FutureResource Links Guidant Financial Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO)  | Young Presidents Organization (YPO)LinkedIn Guidant Financial |  Twitter Guidant Financial | FacebookTwitter David Nilssen | LinkedIn David NilssenCONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY!Follow us on Instagram | Follow us on YouTube
For the Love of Bacon & Innovation
Dec 13 2021
For the Love of Bacon & Innovation
Matthew Rooda solved a major issue for hog farmers through starting SwineTech. He raised more than $6 million in venture capital and has been recognized by Forbes 30 Under 30. Tune in to hear valuable advice from an entrepreneur who knows what it takes to grow a business and stay ahead of the competition. Chapter Summaries 00:40 Introducing Matthew Rooda02:46 In the Swine Industry06:14 Accelerator Program08:59 Pitch Competitions11:27 Earning Patents15:55 Starting & Growing the Business19:10 Finding First Paying Customer22:30 The SAS Model24:02 International Exposure28:02 Big Dreams for Pig FlowKey TakeawaysWe knew what our roadmap was going to be our core value proposition. So I just started to Google business plan competitions, and I applied for them all.An accelerator is a group of individuals that have created a curriculum for entrepreneurs that have recently started a business or at UN, or are preparing for an inflection point in their business. And so you go in, they helped me meet with mentors. They help you refine your pitch and really take that next step within your business.One lesson learned is after we raised that seed funding, because we are already on a venture path, we probably paid ourselves too late. And so that's definitely a discussion founders need to have it's all good to, to bootstrap, but once you do accept that funding, making sure that you're not wasting time compensating for too low of an income.And so the question shouldn't be, can somebody copy you? Because they're most likely going to copy you different because they don't understand your core vision. The real question should be is your vision right? Because if your vision is right, the ability for other people to compete or catch up or keep up is tough.Resource Links Swine TechnologiesLinkedIn Matthew Rooda |SwineTech LinkedInBlog | Podcast| Facebook | Twitter | InstagramUnited States Patent and Trademark OfficeCONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY!Follow us on Instagram | Follow us on YouTube
The Anti-Diet Diet: Goodbye Diet Culture, Hello Sustainable Health
Dec 6 2021
The Anti-Diet Diet: Goodbye Diet Culture, Hello Sustainable Health
“We know 83% of dieters end up gaining more weight than they've lost within the first two years. And so how do we actually help people build sustainable change?” Emily Hochman has redefined “dieting” through Wellory, an app that helps people make healthier eating choices rather than crash diets. Tune in to hear valuable advice about starting and growing a business and learn some health tips along the way. Chapter Summaries 00:41 Introducing Emily Hochman01:52 Problem Solving03:30 Health Starts With What You Eat05:35 Misconceptions about Dieting08:15 Starting Wellory13:03 Leveraging Your Network15:45 Raising Capitol17:40 Growing the Future of WelloryKey Takeaways I  became what's called a certified health coach and actually learned all about food and diet and was able to cure myself of every single potential chronic illness utilizing the power of healthy food as medicine Our society has gotten to a place where we have so much processed chemical products that are filled with things that are not good for our bodies or our systems. And if we can just help people eat more whole real foods, we'll be in a much healthier place.We know 83% of dieters end up gaining more weight than they've lost within the first two years. And so how do we actually help people build sustainable change? How do we change lives with food?One of the strengths of our platform is just simply that accountability. Diet and nutrition has been one of the things that has been missing accountability, missing support, missing partnership. We have that so much in family dynamics in work and in sports, but when it comes to our health so much of the time we're just left on our own. So yeah, so much of what we do is, is accountability and support.The key to growing a business is very simple. All you need to know is awareness, trial, and commitment.Use Code BFF for 50% off your first Month (Wellory.com) Resource Links Wellory.comEmily Hochman LinkedIn   |   Emily's Instagram Wellory LinkedIn   |   Wellory Instagram   |   Wellory FacebookCONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY!Follow us on Instagram | Follow us on YouTube
How to Avoid Four Common Mistakes: Franchising Advice from Rick Del Sontro
Nov 29 2021
How to Avoid Four Common Mistakes: Franchising Advice from Rick Del Sontro
Rick Del Sontro offers expert advice on franchising, including what investors are seeking and common struggles to avoid in starting up a business. As founder of a company that was named to the Fortune 500 List of the Fastest-Growing private companies for six consecutive years, Del Sontro knows what it takes to drive success. Chapter Summaries:00:41 Introducing Rick Del Sontro02:02 Conversion Franchising04:31 Starting and Growing Zippy Shell09:07 Competitive Advantages14:37 ZGrowth Partners17:47 Key Advice19:55 Big Dreams Key Takeaways My advice would be to make sure you have one to three locations where you’re getting it right.  I've always had that entrepreneurial urge in itch. I'd always tell people if you have it, it's not going to go away. So you better deal with it.On your own and all alone is a recipe for disaster. I figured out what was going wrong was that I was spending too much time working in the business and not enough time working on the business.Inherently young franchise concepts all struggle from the same things:Number one, they're typically under capitalized. They don't understand how expensive it is to really scale the business.Number two, they know everything about that operating business that they built, but they know very little or nothing about franchising, completely different industry. Number three, They struggle with franchise sales. Number four, is they're put in this situation where they have to hire certain roles in their business to support their franchise community, no matter how small that might be. But the economics of doing that don't make any sense. We felt like if we could go in and, and eliminate those barriers, we could find really good concepts and help scale them and grow them. Life's all about learning from previous mistakes. That's franchising is genius because you build a system based not only upon successes, but the elimination of things that didn't work.Resource Links  About Rick Del Sontro ZGrowth Partners Website Rick Del Sontro LinkedInZGrowth Partners LinkedInIFAThe E Myth Revisited  CONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY!Follow us on Instagram | Follow us on YouTube
Revolutionizing Mental Health With CEO of MyWellbeing
Nov 22 2021
Revolutionizing Mental Health With CEO of MyWellbeing
“I cannot count the amount of times where a successful business outcome hinges on the emotional health of the individuals involved as well as their ability to communicate with each other,” explains Alyssa Petersel. As Founder and CEO of MyWellbeing, Petersel is committed to creating mental health awareness and connecting people to therapists. Tune in to Million Dollar Monday to hear more about the importance of mental wellness to maximize success. Chapter Summaries 00:41 Introducing Alyssa Petersel04:53 Somehow I am Different09:54 Studying Buddhism in India12:54 Creating MyWellbeing15:32 Growing MyWellbeing20:29 The Economic Model21:59 Making Emotional Wellness PopularKey Takeaways We really make a point to try to be as accessible as possible. People who are thinking about starting therapy may be at different parts of their journey. Some people are hearing about mental health for the first time, and they may want to do a whole lot of reading or learning or dipping their toe in the water before getting started.Other people have been actively trying to find a therapist for eight months and they are ready. All they want is for someone to say, hey, here's who you should call, they’re available, have the expertise that you need, and they understand your Identity background. We've created a platform that can really support people in each step of that journey.I cannot count the amount of times where a successful business outcome or an unsuccessful business outcome really hinges on the health, emotional health of the individuals involved as well as their ability to communicate with each other and a lot of that is learned in therapy.ResourcesMyWellbeing.comAlyssa's InstagramMyWellbeing InstagramGrounding Groups: free mental health support groups for people of color, facilitated by mental health providers of colorQuiz: Do you need therapy? Find out!Mental health at work: bring MyWellbeing to your team mental health support for you and your co-workers.CONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY!Follow us on Instagram | Follow us on YouTube
Mind, Body & Brownies: The Relentless Pursuit for Success Featuring CEO Josh York
Nov 15 2021
Mind, Body & Brownies: The Relentless Pursuit for Success Featuring CEO Josh York
“When you build a growth mindset, a resilient mindset, it allows you to literally just push through every challenge in life,” shares Josh York, CEO of GYMGUYZ. He also discusses the power of visualization and how having the end in mind can result in massive success. York’s energy is contagious. Tune in to Million Dollar Monday and get ready to be motivated. Chapter Summaries 00:40 Introducing Josh York04:00 The Start of GYMGUYZ08:00 Franchising13:30 Two Words - Cash Flow17:46 F.E.A.R20:15 Getting into Costco23:31 Leaders Create Other LeadersKey Takeaways:I never quit no matter how bad things get. And I have trained myself over the years, doing very uncomfortable things, to be able to become this strong because you know, you have two types of mindsets, you have a fixed mindset and you have a growth mindset.When you build that growth mindset, that resilient mindset, it allows you to literally just push through every challenge in life. Growing up, I just had to figure things out. I had that entrepreneurial bug in me.In the times you are scared and nervous. There's one thing you do. You just do it.  But if you have a plan B, I will tell you right now, plan B is for losers. You will die. You will crash. You will burn. That's number one, number two, if you don't believe in yourself, and if you are not your biggest fan, you will also die and burn in that same situation.At GYMGUYZ we pride ourselves in our three C’s: convenient, customized and creative. You know, it’s not a service it’s a customer experience.Stay in your lane, focus on your strengths and delegate your weaknesses. But when you surround yourself with other intelligent individuals, you grow faster and grow stronger.Leaders always create other leaders.Resource LinksPersonal Website Personal Linked InInstagramGYM GUYZ Website GYM GUYZ Linked In Podcast: Fuel Your Drive Book:  FUEL: What it Takes to Survive as an EntrepreneurCONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY!Follow us on Instagram | Follow us on YouTube
How The Chive Founders Built an Empire & Started a Business with Bill Murray
Nov 8 2021
How The Chive Founders Built an Empire & Started a Business with Bill Murray
Do you live your life with blinders on or off? Are you aware of the opportunities that surround you? Leo Resig is Co-Founder of the well-known lifestyle and comedy website The Chive and creates popular apparel such as “Keep Calm and CHIVE on.” He is also Co-Founder of Atmosphere TV, the world’s largest audio-optional streaming TV service for businesses.Chapter Summaries00:41 - Introducing Leo Resig03:55 - Creating CHIVE.com07:37 - The Bill Murray Story11:14 - Atmosphere TV17:04 - Don’t Lose Focus21:28 - Chive On26:07 - Two Types of EntrepreneursKey Takeaways “Enjoy” is a word that is thrown around our household a lot. If you're not “enjoying” it now, when are you going to? I think right now, we're moving so fast and we live in a very stressful world that, you know, there's no more appropriate time to stop and smell the roses.Yeah. It's funny. You say, have your antennas up. I say, live life with your blinders off. And some people just go through life like that.And we were just getting good at selling t-shirts with “Keep calm and Chive on” when we launched our Bill Murray shirt, it flew off the shelves.So the commercial model is that we sell advertising on our website, the minority of the traffic comes through our website. Now it's mostly native iOS and Android apps on your phone is where we get the most of our traffic.There are TVs everywhere. There are people with dwell time, they're stuck somewhere. They want to be you know, at a bar or restaurant. And for us, we curate a bunch of owned and operated channels on the platform with CHIVE TV. We built happy TV which is softer, cute puppies and kittens and, and fails, and baking and cooking and everything that is popular on YouTube. Resource LinksAtmosphere TV LinkedInAtmosphere LinkedInTwitter TheCHIVE.comCONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY!Follow us on Instagram | Follow us on YouTube
Why You Should Ignore the Naysayers: Taking Risks with Junk King CEO
Nov 1 2021
Why You Should Ignore the Naysayers: Taking Risks with Junk King CEO
“Start TODAY because in two years you’ll be saying that you should have done it sooner,” shares CEO of Junk King. Michael Andreacchi started the eco-friendly junk removal company and grew it to 100+ franchises. Tune in to this week’s Million Dollar Monday to hear how having the confidence to take risks can lead to achieving your dreams. Chapter Summaries 00:41 - Introducing Michael Andreacchi02:24 - Starting Junk King06:37 - How to Get Customers08:31 - Early Stages of the Business09:46 - Starting to Franchise the Business 12:11 - The Naysayers14:51 - Advice about Partnership & Taking Risks18:00 - Empowering Dreams21:59 - Big Plans for Junk KingKey Takeaways It was about shaking hands and boots on the ground. And if you agree to something with somebody, a handshake means everything. So we went out and met a lot of B2B customers that we felt like would align with our business.And then at one point my business partner gotten a little bit of an accident on the truck. So he couldn't go out on the truck. And he stayed in and answer phones from an office perspective because the labor was too hard for him at the time. We saw so much value in having somebody answering the phones. And that was kind of the beginning of the Junk King call center in customer service. I think we have a huge emphasis on our recycling efforts.Recognition is super important. You know when you're doing something well, you like to hear that you're doing something while you're on the right pathIf your story empowers other people, as long as you're confident in yourself, there's always room for one more great company. In two years you'll be saying I should have done that two years ago when I thought of it for the second timeResource LinksLinkedInJunk King LinkedInJunk King WebsiteCONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY!Follow us on Instagram | Follow us on YouTube
Redefining Wellness: Startup Transforms the Fitness Industry
Oct 25 2021
Redefining Wellness: Startup Transforms the Fitness Industry
“Passion is key. Be obsessed with the solution you’re offering,” shares Ed Buckley, who transformed the fitness industry through creating a flexible corporate wellness program. Tune in to Million Dollar Monday to hear the story of Peerfit and key advice to growing a company through networking and fundraising.Chapter Summaries 00:01:00 - Introducing Ed Buckley and Peerfit00:04:57 - Turning an Idea into a Business00:07:56 - Support from Florida Blue00:12:38 - Creating Wealth00:13:51 - Investment from Florida Funders00:15:42 - Advice for Aspiring EntrepreneursKey takeaway'sAt Peerfit we help employers and health insurance plans pay for their members to go to fitness experiences. It's really about being physically active and going with your peers, right? The mental, emotional, social health. It's not just about the physical activity.We always assume that corporate wellness or works at wellness dollars would be a piece of the business, but it turns out that it was the business. That was the piece, you know, you can't be all things to all people. You got to find one lane and run it. And especially when you're getting that early traction. Once you get the first person in your network that is somehow connected to investors, then almost everyone is now connected to investors. So it took me three degrees to get there. And then from there, it's just literally talking to them about your idea, talking to them about your passion.A mentor of mine always said, nobody can tell the business better than you. You're the founder. You're the CEO. You got where it was going. And you get where it's going now. No one should be able to pitch this business better than you.I think passion is the key. You've got to be passionate. If you're doing this because you have a degree in entrepreneurship or you think startups are cool, you are doomed to fail. If you're really passionate and you're fairly competitive, when you take a loss, it almost energizes you more than those high highs. Embrace the lows and see them as opportunities to get galvanized, to get excited and to figure out whatever it is that gets you back to growing and going. Mentioned Episode: Marc Blumenthal Resource Links:Ed Buckley's Website Peerfit.comLinkedIn        InstagramTwitter  CONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY!!Follow us on Instagram! |  Follow us on YouTube!
How to Win Big with Clients like Daymond John from Shark Tank
Oct 18 2021
How to Win Big with Clients like Daymond John from Shark Tank
“The biggest risk in life is not taking risks in life” are words of wisdom from Mike Watts, an entrepreneurial expert with three startups and over $60 million in sales. Watts discusses with Host Greg Muzzillo how he was able to successfully strike a deal with Daymond John from Shark Tank, but not in the typical way that you might think. Tune in to Million Dollar Monday to hear an important strategy to achieve massive success.Chapter Summaries01:48 - Introducing Mike Watts05:05 - First Patent &Tradeshow07:57 - Exiting the Company for $6 Million09:54 - New Business - LoveHandle12:44 - The Love Handle Competitive Advantage15:55 - Daymond John as an InvestorKey TakeawaysI always say a presentation without a demonstration is nothing more than a conversationWhat I'm hearing the most, the number one thing is, I think you believed in yourself mightily, but more importantly, you just weren't afraid to hustle  My dad always said, son, you can't lean on a shovel and pray for a holeI feel like this is going to be that, that mark, that we leave in the world, that brand, that everybody is eventually going to knowSo I picked up the phone and to many people hearing that it might sound obvious, but there are a lot of entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs listening to this right now that may even have those moments, like, should I call, uh, wouldn't that be amazing if this happened, but because of call reluctance or fear of rejection or whatever, they don't pick up the phone and make that call. And I think if you're an aspiring entrepreneur, you need to listen to the wisdom of what Mike just said. So I picked up the phone. The worst thing that could happen is they don't answer. Next thing you know, about two months later, the phone rings and it's Daymond John saying Mike Watts, I've heard so much about you. I had to talk to you. Um, I don't do this, but you know, everybody loves your product here. I love your product. My wife loves your product. Let's see what we can do. Let's see we can work out a deal.The biggest risk in life is to not take risks in life.Resource LinksLinkedInLoveHandle.com Company LinkedInMike Watts InstagramLoveHandle InstagramMillion Dollar Mindset Blog - One Simple Step That Earned an Investment From Daymond John  CONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY!!Follow us on Instagram! |  Follow us on YouTube!
Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset
Oct 11 2021
Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset
Do you have a growth mindset or fixed mindset when it comes to approaching a problem? Co-Founder and CEO of Lucid Drone Technologies saw an opportunity to use drones to create a safer and more efficient cleaning method. Andrew Ashur has been recognized on Forbes’ 2021 list of 30 Under 30 and discusses with Host Greg Muzzillo how failure is a springboard for growth.    Chapter Summaries:01:10 - Introducing Andrew02:21 - Using Drones to Solve a Problem04:29 - Developing a Business Plan07:44 - Love for Entrepreneurship11:08 - Failure is a Springboard for Growth13:27 - Growing Lucid17:11 - Plans for Next Phases of Lucid18:58 - Fundraising & NetworkingKey Takeaways: We went into that pitch competition with an idea, which was a drone cleaning building, but we really came out of it with a business idea and how we plan on monetize on how we wanted to monetize it and scale. It really got a good foundation for the company because of it.So when we have the ability to introduce technology that could relocate those workers to the ground, that they can go home happy and healthy to their families after each day at work, that's really, really powerful and meaningful technology.Only way to really thrive and survive through a lot of those early years, especially is having "can do attitude"I think there are two types of people in this world. And it usually comes down to people that have either a fixed mindset or a growth mindset and those fixed mindset.The growth mindset people are like, I just have to seek out the opportunities and access to that, learning to that education. And I never knew flying a drone inside an NFL stadium was a dream of mine until I was there flying a drone in between the SBC football championship and then the Falcons game the next day. At Lucid, we think of these industrial sized drones that are capable of performing a meaningful, productive task, and basically affecting the world around them, plight cleaning.The important thing for any startup company to consider is fundraising is what does fundraising do for you as a company? So I can tell you for us being young founders, one of the most obvious things is it gave us access to knowledge and experience. Resource Links: Lucid Drone Technologies Website LinkedIn | Twitter | Lucid InstagramCONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY!!Follow us on Instagram! |  Follow us on YouTube!
One Clear Sign it's Time to Sell Your Business
Oct 4 2021
One Clear Sign it's Time to Sell Your Business
Frank Fiume successfully started i9 Sports, the nation’s first and leading franchisor of youth sports leagues and camps. Fiume discusses with Host Greg Muzzillo the importance of going against the grain and pursuing your passion and also understanding when it’s time to call it quits and exit the business. Tune in to this week’s Million Dollar Monday to hear more.Chapter Summaries:01:16 - Introducing Frank Fiume02:38 - Pursuing Your Passion08:07 - Creating a Softball League10:29 - NFL & Flag Football14:47 - Scaling the Business & Franchising18:33 -  Advice from Tony RobbinsKey Takeaways:Even if you know where you think you are going to go, sometimes the path takes you in a different direction.It was also a lesson to realize at a very young age that although it was good money and I had no passion for it, there was a tremendous conflict there.If they can't see themselves doing what you aspire and they don't want to encourage it because it's almost like they don't see the roadmap that you see. And that's what makes us as entrepreneurs so different. We have this vision, we might not have the roadmap completely drawn out, but we have a very succinct vision. We know where we want to end up. The key message here where we definitely want to share with the viewers is that I was a student of the industry. I went to any conference I can get my hands on everything from, private sports, complex owners, conferences, business conferences, college, intramural sports conferences, anything. I just wanted to soak everything up and truly be a student of the amateur sports industry. Even though I had my system it was not refined at all. We were learning as we go. One of the keys to success that I share with people all the time is the ability to pivot. Don't be afraid to make a mistake, but, when you make a mistake, fix it and move on. Don't make the same mistake. 2, 3, 4 times."Success without fulfillment is ultimate failure." - Tony RobbinsResource Links:Frank Fiume Website |Running With My Head DownTwitter |Facebook |LinkedIn |Instagram | i9 sports websiteCONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY!!Follow us on Instagram! |  Follow us on YouTube!
Top Secrets of Successful People featuring Jennifer Kushell
Sep 27 2021
Top Secrets of Successful People featuring Jennifer Kushell
Are you reaching your full potential or trapped in a bubble? Jennifer Kushell, Founder of Explore Your Potential, discusses with Host Greg Muzzillo the importance of exposure to resources, information and networks. Understanding what’s on the ‘menu of life’ is a game changer. Chapter Summaries 01:08 - Introducing Jennifer Kushell02:12 - Five Businesses by the Age of 1906:49 - Exploring your Potential09:39 - Universal Truths12:55 - Self- Efficacy – Believe in What’s Possible16:11 - The Law of Attraction18:24 - Living a Life of Significance21:28 - Advice to Young Entrepreneurs26:00 - Big Dreams to Continue to Inspire Young EntrepreneursKey Takeaways Acknowledge you live in a bubble, we all do. Recognize where you comfort zone is and where you exposure stops. When you help young people connect with things that are exciting to them in the real world, they self efficate. They take control and ownership of their own path instead of us telling them go to school, take tests and get a job. We tried to build a process that was far more organic, exciting, and interesting, so they can dream big and so they can discover anything that they want, that they're interested in and find tangible next steps to do the things they love. A conference is like going to a planet, filled with people, doing the things that you love.People through their positivity, their sense of gratitude, their sense of energetic belief can attract opportunities.There are universal truths. Every young person wants to find their own path. Every young person wants to find a way to be recognized, to be acknowledged for who they are and what's special about them. Young people in particular want to do something of significance in the worldWhat we're trying to do is give young people their own view perspective on the world and show them the biggest broadest possible view, and then helping them very surgically connect what they're interested in and what they like and what they're talented in with what opportunity exists. And that might be local. It might be global. It might be something that they're aware of. And most times they discover things. They never had any idea existed. Resource LinksLinkedIn |  Facebook  |  Twitter WebsiteExploring Your PotentialIFA CONNECT WITH M$M  Instagram!  YouTube!
How Trade Associations and Strong PR can Grow Your Business
Sep 20 2021
How Trade Associations and Strong PR can Grow Your Business
David McKinnon, one of the most accomplished franchise builders in the world, discusses his passion for franchising and key advice to grow your business. As Co-Founder of Service Brands International, he talks about how he built Molly Maid, Mr. Handyman and other companies to represent nine brands with nearly 2000 franchises in eight countries. He discusses the importance of trade associations and his involvement with the International Franchise Association. Tune in to this week’s episode of Million Dollar Monday to hear more. Chapter Summaries 00:40 - Introducing David McKinnon02:02 - Growing up in the Caribbean03:35 - Starting the Molly Maid Franchise System06:39 - Front Page of USA Today09:02 - Automated Business10:00 - Investing in PR10:43 - Investing in PR13:49 - International Franchise Association17:52 - Investing in the next Generation21:36 - Franchising AgainKey Takeaways Don't go grow in an area that you don't know anything about. Try to take your expertise, the contacts, and the synergy you have around you and look at what other businesses might be interested in. PR is one of the many arsenals you need to have working on your side, today everything is so different with social media and the internet, but you still need PR no doubt about it. The International Franchise Association (IFA) was trying to figure out how to involve younger people and businesses in the association and how they could stimulate the excitement in the youth about franchising. We ran an international global competition, we had 3000 applicants last for the last one. There were 20 winners, we bring them to the IFA convention. Ultimately we narrow it down to three winners out of the 20. And the three of the 20 are finalists very much like shark tank, the final day go in front of 5,000 people we'd have special judges, I actually had Daymond judge a couple of years ago. The finalists pitch to the audience, and then the audience votes on their phones which idea they think is worthy of the winner. And it's been a tremendous, I've got all these friends now all over the world telling me about their newest milestones they reached in their business. Resource links: David's Website LinkedInInternational Franchise Association  Next Gen Franchising CONNECT WITH MILLION DOLLAR MONDAY!!Follow us on Instagram!Follow us on Youtube!