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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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Atlanta Small Business Profile – “Southside Steve” Rickman, SSquared Brands

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, Ted Jenkin sits down with “Southside Steve” Rickman, radio personality, serial entrepreneur, and owner of SSquared Brands. After transferring to Georgia State University, Steve was talking to a friend who worked at “Album 88”, a 100,000-watt radio station which at the time was one of the top biggest college station signals in the country. Steve decided to join the radio station in an effort to become a stand-up comedian; little did Steve know that he would continue to do radio for years after he left school. This was where he developed his radio persona of “Southside Steve”. Later Steve would take his radio success and use it to start his own bar on the southside of Atlanta, and he shares some of the most important things that he says he learned through this business. He then goes on to describe how he used these important lessons in creating his current business, ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Jamie Bodner, Pinnacle Fitness

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, our host, Ted Jenkin, caught up with Jamie Bodner, fitness design expert, and owner of Pinnacle Fitness. Born and raised in New York, Jamie was working at the World Trade Center during the time of the 9/11 attack, however, he just so happened to not be at work that day. He says this gave him a feeling of a second chance, and this is when he asked himself what he really wanted to do with his life. He stopped what he was doing and he moved down to Southern Florida around the age of 24. It’s also around this time that he discovered his love for fitness. He began to think about how he could combine his love for fitness and his love for helping people into a career. He began to work at a very large gym in South Florida. Jamie said this was very helpful when it finally ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Monte Joiner, Dent Science Auto Body Repair

On this episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile our host, Ted Jenkin, sits down with Monte Joiner, CEO of Dent Science. After working as an insurance adjuster for approximately 11 years, Monte was promoted and became the manager at Mercedes Jackson Collision Center for almost five years before creating his own business, Dent Science. At Dent Science, Monte works to remove dings, dents, and creases from cars by going to the customer rather than having the customer visit him in a conventional body shop. This also allows him to work more efficiently and cut costs, due to the skills that he acquired through his many years of sculpting and working with cars. To learn more about Monte and the work he does at Dent Science, watch our full interview above and check out his website. ...

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Atlanta Small Business Profile – Jane Reid, Can You Imagine? Residential Gift Solutions

On this week’s episode of the Atlanta Small Business Profile, Ted Jenkin sits down with CEO of Can You Imagine? Residential Gift Solutions, Jane Reid. Can You Imagine? has been partnering with property management companies in the multi-family industry for over 20 years. They help property managers build and strengthen their relationships with residents from day one. From prospect to renewal, Can You Imagine? strives to assist properties in boosting their annual renewal rates. According to Jane, gifts are an amenity at any property. Welcoming residents properly, and starting that relationship off strong, sets the tone for the entire living experience. Jane believes that the value of a gift can go a long way. Not just a branded swag bag, but a nice blend of gifts that say thank you, and express your appreciation can initiate a strong connection between resident and manager. To find out more about Jane and Can You Imagine?, be sure to watch our full interview ...

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Why Lyft Has Won My Heart

During the Labor Day holiday I was in San Francisco visiting some friends who live in the city (Market and 8th if you’re familiar). I typically like to drive everywhere but, if you’ve ever been to San Francisco a parking spot is a rarity. So, I decided to try something new and download the Lyft app. I’ve heard a lot about ride share programs before online and have seen the ads, but I had no idea how they worked until now. Here’s how you can get a ‘Lyft’: You download the Lyft app on your iPhone or Google Android Set Up your Lyft Profile with your name, a picture of your choosing, and credit card info After you’ve set up your profile you’re ready to request a ‘Lyft’. When you’re ready you can do so by simply clicking a button on your phone. In the app, it’ll show you how far your nearest Lyft driver is. After you push the button to ...

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