The Alimond Show

Alimond Studio

Welcome to The Alimond Show --join us as we share our entrepreneurial guests' stories, uncover their secrets to success, and explore the unique paths they've taken to build thriving businesses in our community.

In each episode, our host, Aliyah Dastour, sits down with a diverse group of local business owners, from the corner cafe to the boutique shop, from tech startups to family-run enterprises. We peel back the curtain to reveal the trials, triumphs, and transformational moments that have shaped their entrepreneurial journey.

Discover the passion, perseverance, and innovative thinking that fuels these businesses, as well as the challenges they've overcome along the way. Whether you're a budding entrepreneur seeking inspiration or simply a curious listener interested in the stories behind your favorite local spots, The Alimond Show has something for everyone.

Our guests share their experiences, insights, and valuable advice that can empower you to turn your own dreams into reality. We discuss topics like marketing strategies, customer relationships, community engagement, and much more, offering practical takeaways you can apply to your own business or career.

Join us every week as we celebrate the unsung heroes of our local business community and explore the vibrant tapestry of entrepreneurship in our area. Tune in to The Alimond Show and get ready to be inspired, informed, and motivated to support and nurture the businesses that make our community thrive.


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Episodes

Curt Peterson Owner of Zero Limit Lifestyle
Feb 22 2024
Curt Peterson Owner of Zero Limit Lifestyle
Ever dreamt about starting a promotional business from scratch? Well, our esteemed guest from Sterling has done just that! We delve into their compelling journey of establishing a thriving screen printing and embroidery venture. From its humble beginnings under Potomac River Running in 2008 to its current state, with a dedicated team operating from a warehouse, it's a tale filled with ups and downs. Get ready to see how the magic happens behind the scenes and learn about the significant role networking and local events play in collecting customers.What if the key to exponential business growth was hiding within your community? Our guest, a local business owner from Northern Virginia, swears by it. The power of word-of-mouth referrals, strategic social media use, and being a good person in the community has led to their business flourishing. Despite juggling the roles of a single dad and youth hockey coach, their commitment to the community never wavers. Hear about their plans for future business expansion and how they plan to give back even more to the community.And what about the person behind the business? We often forget that personal growth plays a pivotal role in business success. Our guest shares their valuable insights into managing stress and cultivating a positive mindset through practices like breathwork and meditation. Their story stands as proof that being in tune with oneself can significantly transform business trajectories. So, strap in, get inspired, and discover how you too can apply these insights to your entrepreneurial journey.
Rishita Jaju of Smile Wonders Pediatric Dentistry
Feb 15 2024
Rishita Jaju of Smile Wonders Pediatric Dentistry
Ever wondered what the world of pediatric dentistry entails? Strap yourselves in as we take you on a whirlwind tour, complete with a special guest who wears many hats - a mom, dentist, business owner, and soon, a TED Talk speaker. She'll be sharing her unique journey and her mission to change the landscape of pediatric dentistry. We'll delve into her practice that's steeped in growth and education, catering particularly to moms and special needs patients. And if you've ever wondered about the birth of a business, she'll walk us through how the necessity for a different approach to pediatric dentistry led her to set up her own practice.Shift your attention now to the fascinating world of pediatric laser dentistry. Our expert guest is all set to illuminate us on how she provides comprehensive care for patients as young as two weeks, special needs patients, and toddlers. You'll get a lowdown on how laser dentistry offers a less invasive and more comfortable experience for children in need of fillings. And for all the parents out there, you surely want to hear about how she creates a non-threatening environment that puts young patients at ease. And now, for the final act - we're shining a spotlight on the issue of lip and tongue ties in infants and children. We've roped in Dr. Rashida Jhaju who brings a wealth of personal experiences and expert knowledge to the table as she discusses how these ties can affect feeding, speech, and sleep. She'll hammer home the importance of early detection and treatment and the vital need for increased awareness among doctors and families. But that's not all - we'll also touch on the often overlooked issue of feeding difficulties in infants, and how weight gain is not the only symptom. As we wrap up, our guest reveals her love for travel and shares her inspiring message to liberate mothers from guilt and empower them to make a positive impact on their baby's life. You don't want to miss this!
Janet Brinck Co-Founder/Growth Leader of Dwellus
Feb 8 2024
Janet Brinck Co-Founder/Growth Leader of Dwellus
Have you ever pondered the intersection of faith and business? Today, we unravel this intriguing concept with Janet, the co-founder of the Faithful Agent conference. Janet graciously walks us through her faith-infused journey in the real estate industry, from working behind the scenes to standing in front of the camera. She sheds light on her role in the Dwellas team and the unique dimension her faith-based approach brings to the table. We also delve into the creation of the Faithful Agent conference and the transformative impact it's had in the world of real estate.In today's episode, we also welcome a seasoned real estate agent and supermom of four. Listen as she shares her career progression, the ups and downs of starting her own team, and the secret to maintaining a work-life balance. With real estate being a dynamic and sometimes tumultuous market, she highlights how crucial coaching and training have been in her journey and how they can assist other agents facing challenges in today's market. So whether you're a newbie or a veteran in the industry, be ready to glean pearls of wisdom that could potentially shape your career success.Finally, we turn the spotlight back to Janet as she shares her vision and personal development journey. From her passion for coaching to her upcoming book and the desire to leave a lasting impact, Janet opens up about it all. We discuss the façade of perfection often portrayed on social media, and the importance of living authentically. As we wrap up, we touch on the transformative power of honesty and authenticity, a message that's much-needed in our world today. So, join us in this thought-provoking episode as we explore faith, business, and the freedom found in embracing authenticity.
Dr. Mona Dentist/Owner of Purcellville Pediatric Dentistry - The Tooth Fairy Dentist
Feb 6 2024
Dr. Mona Dentist/Owner of Purcellville Pediatric Dentistry - The Tooth Fairy Dentist
Ready to peek behind the operatory doors and discover the life of a pediatric dentist? Promising an enriching journey filled with trials, triumphs, and valuable lessons, we invite you to join us for an inspiring conversation with Dr. Mona, a seasoned pediatric dentist. Having navigated the murky waters of entrepreneurship in the healthcare industry, she shares her firsthand experiences chasing her passion, from working as an associate to starting her own practice. Hear her speak candidly about the challenges she faced in the process, and the critical role played by intuition in assembling a supportive team.How does one successfully market in the dental industry and grow their patient base? Dr. Mona offers invaluable insights, underscoring the power of community involvement and word-of-mouth. Hear her recount her experiences with school visits and community fairs, as she leveraged these platforms to promote her services. And as we traverse the intriguing path of pediatric dentistry, we also touch on some essential dental education takeaways. Dr. Mona shares the three things she wishes every parent knew about their child's dental hygiene. As we wrap up, she brings the focus on essential lifestyle habits, stressing on the importance of cutting down sugar intake and maintaining proper dental hygiene. Hear her enlightening message, as she underscores the role parents play in shaping these habits. Don't miss the chance to glean insights from Dr. Mona's wealth of knowledge on pediatric dentistry.
Atif Khan - Real Estate Agent at Deluxive Homes
Feb 1 2024
Atif Khan - Real Estate Agent at Deluxive Homes
Strap yourself in for a thrilling conversation with our special guest who has made his mark in the real estate world in the most unexpected way. He shares an interesting tale of a chance encounter with Eric Pearson, CEO of Pearson Smith Realty, and how that led him to bag his real estate license and join the Pearson Smith team. The past half a decade has seen him close deals worth approximately 54 million, a testament to his skill and determination. Our guest’s story is not just about numbers though, it's about the people he's worked with along the way. He stresses the importance of communication and personalized service in ensuring clients' satisfaction, a skill honed from his days at Ritz Carlton.On the menu of this episode, we also have a few secret sauces for success in the real estate industry. How does one maximize efficiency and increase success rates? Our guest sheds light on these strategies, sharing his extraordinary feat of closing seven deals from a mere ten open houses. Honesty and transparency are key ingredients here, even if it means losing out on a potential sale. The episode also introduces YouTube as a powerful marketing tool for real estate agents that's yet to be fully realized. We’ll explore the significance of focus, consistency, and honesty in achieving success in the industry. Ready for some inspiration, tips, and advice that could potentially revolutionize your real estate journey? Tune in now!
Holly Chapple - Floral Designer/Owner of Hope Flower Farm and Winery
Jan 30 2024
Holly Chapple - Floral Designer/Owner of Hope Flower Farm and Winery
Have you ever wondered how one stays afloat while juggling a 25-acre farm, a full-service retail flower shop, and a bustling calendar of events and weddings? Today, we walk the tightrope with our guest, an exceptional floral designer, educator, and resilient businesswoman. She takes us through her unexpected journey from being a stay-at-home mother to becoming a sought-after name in the floral design industry, and everything in between - her unique approach to airy floral designs, the birth of her educational conferences and workshops, and the commitment to teaching collaboration over competition.Embrace the story of how she and her husband stumbled upon a farm in Waterford, Virginia after a series of fortuitous events, and how this transition transformed their lives. The couple's shift from their traditional roles to achieve their dream of owning a farm will leave you inspired, and the tale of a tattoo gotten in honor of service is a testament to their devotion. This journey wasn't just about carving out a successful business, but about honoring the service they had committed to and the miracles that led them to their dream location. In the face of adversity, our guest has shown determination and resilience. After losing her husband, she continues to strive to maintain her dream and make it flourish. Her plans for the farm involve not just floral design classes and charity events, but also guiding other entrepreneurs on their journey. The episode concludes with a tribute to the Hope family, the previous owners of the farm, and a powerful reminder that fear should never stand in the way of pursuing your heart's desires. This episode is a testament to the power of perseverance and the rewards of following one's passion. So, join us to uncover how one woman turned the challenges of her life into a thriving business, and how you could do the same.
Scott & Chris Miller of Foundation Home Inspection Services, LLC
Jan 25 2024
Scott & Chris Miller of Foundation Home Inspection Services, LLC
Ever wonder how a family-run business thrives amidst sibling dynamics and everyday challenges? Join us as we take you on a journey through our personal story of managing a successful home inspection venture. We'll introduce you to the unique roles that each member of our family plays, from handyman tasks to minor upgrades and even marketing strategies like attending open houses and presenting ourselves to real estate agents. We'll also share the exciting idea of filming our next home inspection - a venture to get our work more visibility.Think home inspection is just about looking at a house? Think again! We'll take you into the heart of the home inspection process, emphasizing the crucial role of education. Learn about the importance of providing suitable physical space for inspections, the necessity of easily accessible major systems like furnaces and water heaters, and the need to prevent potential fire hazards. And it doesn't stop there - we'll also provide useful tips for sellers and buyers, highlighting the value of the maintenance checklist we provide at the end of every inspection for a seamless journey.We're not just business-people, we're a family with a shared passion for sports, home renovation, and constant growth. Listen in as we share the riveting mix of our stepchildren's sports pursuits, our home renovation adventures, and the importance of safety during roof inspections. However, our journey is not without challenges - from trusting others in business to providing rigorous training, we have our work cut out for us. As we wrap up, we'll share how you can get in touch with us and play a part in our exciting journey. Expect an episode filled with engaging stories, practical strategies, and meaningful insights from our thriving family-run home inspection business.
Gift & Glenn Hughes of Twenty-Three Homes with Glenn And Gift
Jan 18 2024
Gift & Glenn Hughes of Twenty-Three Homes with Glenn And Gift
Are you ready to take a deep dive into the world of real estate, while getting a rare peek into the life dynamics of a couple working together? Welcome to this enlightening episode, where we, as a real estate couple, unravel our journey from agents to empire builders. With our combined expertise of a general contractor, PMP license holder, and a risk-taking approach, we have leveraged unique market opportunities to build a prosperous real estate business. But it's not just about real estate. This episode also takes you through the profound life lessons and business advice that have shaped our outlook over the years. Discover how a transformative class taught us to see life from a different perspective, the secrets of successful sales calls, the importance of self-belief, and more. We also touch upon the vitality of authenticity, positive energy, and passion projects to increase your network and life satisfaction. As we round up the episode, we delve into the significance of sharing success stories and the power of learning from each other's experiences. We stress the importance of avoiding comparison, focusing on personal growth, and the profound impact of spreading love on the journey to success. So, gear up for an episode filled with valuable insights and practical advice to inspire professional and personal growth. Are you ready? Let's get started! Note: This text is written as if the hosts are speaking in the first person, based on the given podcast episode overview.
Rex Petrey - Realtor
Jan 9 2024
Rex Petrey - Realtor
Have you ever wondered how successful real estate agents find their footing? This episode brings you an in-depth conversation with a top real estate agent, sharing his incredible journey from acquiring his license to closing his first deal. The inside scoop on his lead generation strategies will surely offer you new perspectives on the future roles of real estate agents.Starting a career in real estate can be a daunting task. Our guest discusses the challenges he faced and the secret weapon that propelled him forward - his background in sales and marketing. He opens up about his wife's unwavering support, and the strategic decision to onboard two transaction coordinators, a game-changer for his career. You'll be intrigued by how his background in sales and marketing became a valuable tool to navigate the competitive real estate market. The episode further delves into the balancing act of running a successful business while juggling the responsibilities of parenthood. How do you build a team that's just the right fit? Our guest stresses the importance of passion and skills when selecting team members and the necessity of a competitive compensation package or a big vision to entice them to join. He shares his experiences of maintaining a level head in emotionally charged scenarios, and the vital lessons he's learned over the years. Tune in for an inspiring and truthful discussion about managing client expectations, realities of real estate, and harmonizing work and family life.
Luis Lugo of LLUGO LLC General Contracting
Jan 4 2024
Luis Lugo of LLUGO LLC General Contracting
What if you could elevate your business by prioritizing service over profits? Our esteemed guest, a successful entrepreneur and a visionary, has made this a reality. Starting his journey as an optician, he climbed the ladder of success, exploring different paths, including real estate and construction, before establishing Sherlington Kitchen and Bath, a well-known kitchen and bath design studio. Learn how his unwavering commitment to customer service and understanding their unique needs drove him to success.As we journey through the process of building a business, we gather invaluable advice on service excellence and the role of integrity. Find out how to surpass customer expectations, why being authentic and doing what's right is vital, and how this mindset can revolutionize your business. Moreover, we explore the art of finding and retaining the right people, emphasizing the significance of surrounding yourself with a competent team that complements your skill set.In a riveting reflection, we delve into the importance of nurturing relationships in our personal and professional life, the value of faith, and the lessons learned from not seeking advice. Our guest illustrates how he overcame his challenges by relying on his support system, including his faith and family. This episode is indeed a goldmine of insights, particularly for those interested in building a successful business with service and integrity at its core. You'll be inspired to challenge the norm, reconsider your priorities, and embrace the satisfaction derived from service excellence.
Jonathan Lahey of The Lahey Group
Jan 2 2024
Jonathan Lahey of The Lahey Group
Have you ever wondered how some folks accidentally stumble upon a gold mine while others sweat out daily, barely making it by? Our guest today is a prime example of the former, who ventured into real estate purely by chance and has since turned it into a flourishing venture. Tune in to learn how he managed to strike a balance between life, health, relationships, and business. One pro-tip - he swears by the power of mentorship and how a mentor can save you time, energy and a heap of stress!Keeping your eyes on the prize isn’t always easy; our guest makes it look effortless. We discuss the significance of staying focused, maintaining a morning routine, and consistently working towards your goals. But it isn't just about working hard; it's about working smart! Discover how a mentor who isn’t afraid to call you out and guide you can make all the difference. Plus, we get into the nitty-gritty of crafting compelling marketing strategies, maximizing video content, and effectively using different social media platforms.Success can be contagious! Surrounding yourself with successful individuals could be your ticket to personal growth and success. You'll get to hear first-hand how our guest identifies and addresses potential client fears and objections and creates effective marketing campaigns. We all have different definitions of ‘fine living,’ and our guest proves that he genuinely cares about helping others achieve their version, be it owning a yacht or just being able to pay off your mortgage. So sit back, relax, and let us guide you through this journey to find your own version of success.
David Pena - Realtor
Dec 28 2023
David Pena - Realtor
Imagine you're a 21-year-old working at a restaurant when a customer tells you, "You'd be great in real estate!" Would you listen? Our guest did, which served as a launching pad for his extraordinary journey into the realm of real estate. From grappling with the early struggles to closing big deals, our guest has seen it all and is here to recount his fascinating tale. He shares his lessons on perseverance and patience, his thrilling experience of closing deals, and how he started placing value over money in the marketplace.Have you ever dreamed of building a team, mentoring others, and investing in real estate to the tune of $10 million? Our guest did, and he's well on his path to achieving this. He opens up about how he's preparing to share his story of overcoming adversity and finding success, and the therapeutic effect it has had on him. He also shares his plans for the future and the ways he wants to assist others on their real estate journeys.Lastly, we converse about the importance of investing in yourself and real estate. Likening it to planting a tree, our guest puts forth a compelling argument on why the best time is now. We delve into the art of identifying profitable and enjoyable pursuits, ensuring your investments are worth your time and energy, and keeping the process enjoyable. Tune in to unravel a treasure trove of insights, all wrapped in a fun and lively conversation, which is sure to motivate you to take the first step towards your real estate dream.
Christy Cowell of Harmony Dental Center of Leesburg
Dec 21 2023
Christy Cowell of Harmony Dental Center of Leesburg
Ready to uncover a captivating story of taking bold strides in the face of a global crisis? We're thrilled to welcome the owner of Harmony Dental Center of Leesburg to the show, who gives us a first-hand account of rebranding and expansion during a pandemic. They share the intricacies of their journey, from purchasing land to build a new practice, to the pivotal role of their supportive spouse, to the concerns surrounding the SEO impact of a new name. This real-life narrative is a testament to strategic planning, trust in your instincts, and the strength of a supportive partner.As we steer the conversation towards the realm of open communication and feedback in the world of dentistry, our guest emphasizes their significance in delivering exceptional patient services. Through tales of grappling with labor shortages and assembling a cohesive team, we delve into the importance of constructive criticism and staff training. Trust us, you'll want to hear our guest's insightful take on these challenges and how they foster a culture of excellence in their practice.Finally, we navigate the intersection of technology and dentistry. Our guest enlightens us on how tools such as photography and 3D scanning can revolutionize patient engagement in discussions about potential procedures. We also touch upon the conundrum of balancing work with leisure activities, underscoring the need for personal hobbies for overall wellness. Packed with invaluable advice for success, this episode is a must-listen. So, tune in and immerse yourself in this engaging and inspiring conversation.