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The Atlanta Small Business Show on CBS46 and Peachtree TV: Episode 16 – [07.6.19]

On today’s show, we first take a look at the Atlanta Small Business Profile, where our host, Ted Jenkin, interviewed Jamie Bodner, Owner of Pinnacle Fitness. We then sat down with Hailley Griffis, Head of Public Relations for Buffer at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Series: Atlanta. We also caught up with Shep Hyken, customer experience expert and New York Times Best-Selling author of “The Amazement Revolution”. Rounding out the show is Mark Collier, Business Consultant at the UGA Small Business Development Center in Dekalb County…Check it out. ...

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Why Facebook and Instagram Will Make You Spend Money…And There Is Nothing You Can Do About It!

A few weeks ago, my family was walking through the food hall in Ponce City Market on a Saturday morning.  It was about 30 minutes before everything actually opened up, but the place was buzzing with walkers and talkers already.  What was most interesting more than the strollers, were the dozens of Instagrammer teams that were out and about with their snazzy outfits, portable lighting kits, and super high def digital cameras, snapping shots that were sure to hit Instagram with the latest and greatest of what you need to know. Our imagination is the most powerful thing that we all have in our possession.  Seventy-nine percent of smartphone users check their phone within 15 minutes of waking up, and the most popular time for using Facebook and Instagram is in the evening. About half the time we spend is on our news feed or checking the Instagram stories for the day. (source bizjournals.com).  Every time we look at these ...

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The Atlanta Small Business Show on Peachtree TV: Episode 15 – [6.29.19]

On today’s show, we take a look at our interview with Leslie Zinn, President, and CEO of Atlanta-based Arden’s Garden. We then sat down with Beau Shell, The Lil’ Ice Cream Dude, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Series: Atlanta. We also caught up with Melissa Davis, CEO and Founder Elev8 Hire Solutions. Rounding out the show is the Atlanta Small Business Profile, where our host, Ted Jenkin, interviewed Craig Riddle, Owner of North Atlanta Golf Carts…Check it out. ...

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Slip The Maître D a $50 Bill

What’s your worst nightmare on a Saturday night?  We live near a massive outdoor shopping and eating complex called Avalon.   Filled with 20 or so restaurants, it’s generally buzzing on the weekends with couples and families walking around, spending money in the stores and grabbing a bit of the cuisine of their choice.   My worst nightmare on a Saturday night is taking the family out or meeting some friends and stepping up to the hostess who tells me it is going to be an hour and a half wait to get a table, and puts our name into the software so we can track how far back we are in the line to eat.   Nightmare, nightmare, nightmare!! A few weeks ago, a friend of mine flew into town and we went to grab dinner at a hot spot in Buckhead, where they told us our wait was going to one hour and fifteen minutes.   When I heard the hostess shout ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Lara Hodgson, NOW Corporation

Lara Hodgson, President, and CEO of NOW Corporation joins our host, Ted Jenkin, on this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile. They discuss the importance of receivables for small businesses, and how they may play a bigger part in the growth of a business than you might think. Lara founded her business during the 2008 recession through a previous business she had, called Nourish. Lara says that it was through the challenges of transitioning businesses, that she was able to discover a better solution and help her start the NOW Corporation. Now having almost tripled the number of employees within her company, she says that the best way for a new entrepreneur to learn and grow their business is to get advice from other entrepreneurs. Lara says that being an entrepreneur is defined as pursuing a goal without regard for resources currently under your control. Despite the fact that we usually believe that that means using other people’s money, ...

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oXYGen Financial Opens New Location In Sarasota, FL – Micah Keel Will Be Managing Director

Atlanta based oXYGen Financial, one of the pioneers of Generation X and Y financial services, is opening another new location in Sarasota, FL. oXYGen Financial has four divisions and has more than 1.4 billion dollars under advisement. This new location, being managed by seasoned financial advisor Micah Keel is the second new location opened by oXYGen Financial this year. Keel discussed the impact oXYGen is going to have in the Sarasota area. “oXYGen’s new branch embraces an evolved concept that focuses on design, service, and people. The oXYGen Financial technology platform builds efficiency and productivity. This will allow our team in Sarasota to focus on our clients and move from a transaction drive culture to a more consultative, hands on approach with clients.”  “We are excited to have Micah and his team join oXYGen Financial,” said Ted Jenkin, CEO and Co-Founder of oXYGen Financial. “We continue to look for talented financial advisors who can help more clients breathe easier® about life. While ...

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Five Money Moves To Make When You Turn 50

Recently, I had the opportunity to experience something really special.  Several of my college roommates were turning 50 years old, and there was a multiple person birthday gathering in Washington, D.C. that I attended.  As we reminisced about the good old days in college and I watched their children run around (most of them six to eight years old), it occurred to me that my very own friends are going to be starting down the backstretch towards retirement.  It’s hard to imagine that for some of them they will be 65 years old when their kids either get into college or graduate college, so does this mean they will take a different path to retirement? Either way, there are smart money moves you should be making when you turn 50.  I know this first hand because the two co-founders of oXYGen Financial (Kile Lewis and myself) both turn the age of 50 this year.   While we started oXYGen Financial to ...

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The Best Financial Advice I Ever Got

“This is a reprint of an article from the Wall Street Journal, where Ted was featured as a national expert on the best advice he ever got.“ We asked financial experts to tell us the piece of guidance that has made the biggest difference in their lives. There’s no shortage of financial advice out there. But what advice has resonated most with the people in the business of doling out financial advice or teaching finance? What advice did they receive that has changed their lives for the better? Invest 2% of your income in you When we think about investments, we often direct our attention to categories such as stocks, bonds and real estate. What we often don’t think about is our most valuable asset: our ability to earn an income and to make that income grow faster. Almost 20 years ago, I met a successful business owner who gave me a simple lesson: Invest 2% of everything you earn ...

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