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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Scott Monge, Monge & Associates

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, our host Ted Jenkin speaks with the Founder and CEO of Monge & Associates, Scott Monge. If you’ve ever wondered who to call if you get hurt on the job or injured in a car accident, then look no further than Monge & Associates. This personal injury firm has been in business for over 25 years, and now has a dozen offices across the country. Today, we find out how Scott got started in this industry and how he continues to grow and expand the firm. To find out more about Scott and Monge & Associates, be sure to watch the entire interview above. ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Josh Zimmer, Jersey Mike’s Subs

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, our host Ted Jenkin sits down with Josh Zimmer, COO of Two Bucks, Inc. which owns nine Jersey Mike’s Subs locations. Originally, Josh wanted to start his career in the restaurant industry by opening up a fast-casual concept of his own creation. Unfortunately, nine to ten years ago, the economy wasn’t very strong and Josh could not come up with all the means to make that concept a reality. This forced him to explore other opportunities, like franchised businesses. That’s when he found the owners of Two Bucks, Inc. Two Bucks already had four Jersey Mike’s franchise locations up and running, but they needed someone to come aboard and help them manage operations and grow their stores. Josh knew he would be a good fit for the business given his 15 years of hospitality experience and 10 years of corporate marketing experience. He had the drive to go in this ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Rhonda & Frank Duffy, DUFFY Realty

ByAtlanta Small Business Network -September 11, 2019 On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, our host Ted Jenkin catches up with Rhonda and Frank Duffy, founders of DUFFY Realty. DUFFY Realty has been for over 17 years, and their success and longevity stems from their ability to continually disrupt the real estate industry. Rhonda says that they approach the industry from a different angle, and look to the values of people that they serve. Frank too realized that there seemed to be a lot of waste and unnecessary costs associated with buying and selling property. According to Frank, the business didn’t require a huge leap of faith, it was very calculated and he was confident they would succeed. Rhonda and Frank decided to adopt a flat-fee pricing structure and a smaller commission when buyers close. This is significantly different than the traditional models that people are familiar with. However, neither Frank nor Rhonda were fearful that their ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Brandon Lewis, Strategic Claim Consultants

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, our host and small business expert Ted Jenkin sits down with CEO of Strategic Claim Consultants, Brandon Lewis. ’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, our host and small business expert Ted Jenkin sits down with CEO of Strategic Claim Consultants, Brandon Lewis. During his college years, Brandon had always been fascinated by commercial real estate, and through a friend, started his career in claims advocacy. Strategic Claim Consultants is Atlanta’s most comprehensive public adjuster, and they know that suffering a catastrophic loss of property is overwhelming and difficult, even under the best circumstances. Brandon’s team at Strategic Claim Consultants specializes in claims from hurricanes, fires, and other environmental disasters. So, clients can rely on their knowledge and expertise to make the claims process run as smoothly as possible. To find out more about Brandon and Strategic Claim Consultants, be sure to watch out our entire interview above. ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Dave Walens, Exploring Inc.

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, small business expert Ted Jenkin speaks with Dave Walens, President and CEO of Exploring Inc. Back in 1983, when Dave first started the business, he never thought he would one day be building large installation pieces like giant baseballs for the Atlanta Braves stadium or larger than life props for the traveling Hamilton Exhibition, but that is precisely what Exploring Inc. specializes in today. As a scenic development company from the construction side of things, Exploring Inc. works on intricately designed projects like the Great Wolf Lodge Locations to create immersive environments and experiences. So, next time you’re out and about in Atlanta, look for Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty figures around the CNN Center or the friendly African penguin statues near the aquarium. To find out more about Dave and Exploring Inc., be sure to check out our entire interview above. ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Alan Mishkoff, Granite Garage Floors

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, small business expert Ted Jenkin speaks with Alan Mishkoff, Founder and Franchisor of Granite Garage Floors. Alan tells Ted that after 23 years in corporate America he felt that he had lost his passion for his work and decided to take a leap of faith in beginning his own business. It was in 2009 that Alan had a granite floor installed in his own garage and he says it was a fantastic upgrade that always caught people’s attention. So, as he was transitioning out of his corporate job he realized that this was an industry that had a lot of opportunities. He thought that if more people knew that an option like this existed they would pay to install these premium industrial quality garage floor. And as the success of his business goes to show, Alan was right. As he describes how his business has grown he tells about how ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Randy Kessler, Starsona Personalized Celebrity Videos

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, small business expert Ted Jenkin speaks with Randy Kessler, popular celebrity divorce attorney and Founder of Starsona. Starsona is an app where people can gift personalized video shout-outs from celebrities to their friends and family. Notable celebrities include hip-hop artist Da Brat, entertainment blogger Perez Hilton, and NBA star Paul George. And the video messages can range from words of encouragement, to birthdays, to holiday greetings. By Atlanta Small Business Network ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Amanda Wilbanks, Southern Baked Pie Company

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, our host, Ted Jenkin, caught up with Amanda Wilbanks, CEO of Southern Baked Pie Company. Amanda talks about how she began her pie baking business and how it all started by baking pies out of her home for her neighbors. After learning to make her first pie from her mother-in-law and moving to a new neighborhood she thought the best way to meet her neighbors was by bringing them homemade pies. Not only was she right but her husband suggested that she begin to sell them at an upcoming festival in the area. After beginning to sell her pies at the festival on a Tuesday she had set up a tent and begun to design business cards and a logo by Thursday. Amanda also shares with us some of her strategies for social media, attracting new customers, and the best way to attract the right talent to her business. She ...

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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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