Happy Monday and a great start to my week on the 8th week of That Business Show with Jamie Meloni – Where Business Becomes Show Business. I had the pleasure of speaking with 4 guests today, the first of which was Todd Quinzi, Area Director for Jersey Mike’s Subs. Todd was on air today talking about the history and upcoming “Day of Giving” that will be on March 25th. On this day, all proceeds from the sales at Jersey Mike’s Subs will be donated to Camp Hopetake in this area. Camp Hopetake is a critical and nurturing resource for children who have suffered through the physical and emotion pain of a burn injury and the Tampa-St. Pete Jersey Mike’s Subs locations have selected this organization to donate their sales proceeds to on March 25th. Be sure to support this great cause and have a sub at Jersey Mike’s on March 25th!
Next up on the show was Andrew Meyer, owner of Continental Wholesale Diamonds which is located at 1715 N Westshore Blvd in Tampa on the 1st floor of the Westshore Centre Building. Andrew is a third generation jewelry designer / wholesaler and spoke of the company’s history as well as his deep educational background in gemology. Continental Wholesale Diamonds is truly a wholesale location and their pricing is much more competitive than the national brands we see on TV everyday. Andrew and his company manufacture jewelry and are diamond importers sourcing directly from the cutters all over the world. When someone comes into Continental Wholesale Diamonds, Andrew and his staff want to make it an experience and all guests are treated like friends and family. They enjoy being able to be part of the life events that jewelry is so much a part of whether it be an anniversary or engagement. For more information, contact Andrew Meyer at 813-282-7375 or email at Andrew@continentalwholesalediamonds.com and visit their website at http://www.contintentalwholesalediamonds.com!
Also on the 2nd half of the show, I spoke with Ali and Sarah Kader of Planet Smoothie. They are Tampa Bay Area Directors and started their franchise operations in 2011. They presently have 4 stores in and around the Tampa Bay region and two more coming soon. Ali and Sarah spoke of their journey to entrepreneurship from a background in engineering and education. At Planet Smoothie, they take the time to source the finest and most natural ingredients for a healthy and satisfying smoothie experience and are always looking to expand. They encouraged anyone looking to invest in a location to contact them for more information. You can reach out to Ali Kader directly at 813-842-9858 or email at email@example.com and learn more at http://www.tastidlite.com!
Happy Friday as we wrap up the 7th week of That Business Show. Today I featured two influential guests the first of which was Colleen Wormsley, the PR and Talent Relations Manager with DoSomething.Org. This organization is geared towards people ages 13 to 25 and centers around campaigns that they can get involved with. The organization now has over 3.5 Million members and is involved in many great community causes from water conversation campaigns to recycling worn out clothing as well as anti-bullying campaigns and social media assistance. Many of the campaigns have scholarships and prizes associated with them and membership is free to anyone ages 13 to 25. Just text the word “join” to 38383 and you’re a member! Learn more about this organization and their fun and influential campaigns at http://www.dosomething.org!
On the 2nd part of the show, I spoke with Dr. Raj Ambay who is a double board certified plastic surgeon and owner of Ambay Plastic Surgery as well as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve. On the show, Dr. Ambay speaks of his military service and about being a field surgeon in the military. His experiences have put him on the front lines of many battles and he has dealt with many trauma patients in battle and tells some of those stories on the show. He himself was affected by an IED attack and shares his experience about that event on the show as well. Dr. Ambay speaks about his journey in medicine from Dentistry to Plastic Surgery and then discusses his local business Ambay Plastic Surgery and the services they offer all of which can be found at the website http://www.ambayplasticsurgery.com. Dr. Ambay is also available via phone for consultations about your plastic surgery needs and questions at 813-406-4448.
Today on That Business Show, I spoke with Jason Ashton, President of CallPass, a privately owned company founded in 2006 in Clearwater and specializing in providing GPS tracking solutions to the sub-prime auto lending industry. This device allows sub-prime dealers to know exactly where there vehicles are in the event of a loan default making for easy recovery. This application has a variety of other uses including fleet tracking and mileage tracking for the self-employed needing to deduct their miles every year. Jason was brought on as President in 2008 and Jason has helped grow the company from a startup to 35 full time employees, 6,000 customers across 42 states and 5 countries and they ship on average 10,000 to 12,000 devices every month.
In 2013 CallPass Tech opened a subsidiary company CallPass Tech M2M Solutions Inc, this subsidiary also operates within the GPS Tracking Device space while providing Mobile to Mobile Solutions for Fleet, Container, Trailer and other Asset tracking needs. With a wide array of GPS Tracking devices for Motor Vehicles, Heavy Machinery and Non Powered Assets combined with proprietary software applications CallPass M2M Solutions is fast becoming a real player in the ever growing market segment of Mobile to Mobile device solutions, GPS Tracking and Internet of Things where millions of devices are being connected daily. To learn more about this amazing technology, visit http://www.callpasstech.com or contact via phone at 877-324-0999 X 1440. Jason is available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2nd half of the show was The Remodeler’s Corner with Jim Yeager of Yeager and Company along with his friend and sub-contractor partner, Charlie Paleveda. Jim was also joined in studio with his windows treatment sub contractor, Pat Woodrich. Yeager and Company is a 3rd generation general contracting firm that specializes in flooring installations and re-models but can handle any and all of your building needs. Charlie the Plumber adds plenty of flare and commentary around the latest political stories in the news as well. Tune into this great show and reach out to Jim Yeager of Yeager and Company for all your contractor needs from flooring to remodeling. Learn more at www.yeagerflooring.com or contact them directly at 727-375-7813 or email at email@example.com!
Thanks to Jessica Rivelli, the Founder and CEO of Working Women of Tampa Bay for the weekly feature on That Business Show – Working Women Wednesdays! Today I featured two more amazing professional women from our community as well as heard from Jessica at the top of the hour.
Yvonne Fry was on the first half of the show. Yvonne chairs the Florida and Hillsborough Commissions on the Status of Women as well as CEO of Fry Entertainment where she manages talent and produces a variety of projects including commercials, PSAs, TV series and stage shows. Yvonne also serves as President of Lines of Communication which services medium and large corporations as well as many non-profit and government agencies with audits, design, and management of communication and network services. Yvonne was in studio today to discuss the upcoming Women’s Day at the Capital and the 2015 Florida Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony being held March 24th in Tallahassee. Yvonne also spoke to us about the involvement of the commissions in our community as well as touched on equal pay for women in the workplace. Learn more about these events and about Yvonne by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 813-478-0494. Visit her website at http://www.yvonnefry.com!
On the 2nd half of the show, I had the pleasure of speaking with Roshni Hannon. Roshni is a young professional that was most recently the Executive Producer of the Emmy Award winning and #1 rated morning news show in Tampa Bay on Fox 13. Roshni spoke of her transition from journalism into entrepreneurship as she works now as a story-architect with Mad Bear Productions, a company designed to help businesses create a brand via story telling on video. In addition to working with Mad Bear Productions, Roshni also serves as the VP of Communications with the Indo-US Chamber which is a free to join networking group that is actively involved in helping the community and connecting professionals from across the bay. Learn more about Mad Bear productions at http://www.madbearproductions.com and how to get involved in the US-Indo Chamber at http://www.indo-us.org. You can also reach Roshni for more information at 813-476-2340 or email at email@example.com!
Today on That Business Show, I welcomed Eric Salvarezza, President of ArrowCon Events. Eric has over 20 years of conference, marketing and business development experience. Through various positions he has managed and planned hundreds of domestic and international events including business and financial conferences, corporate events, training programs and non-profit fund raisers. In 2014, Eric formed ArrowCon Events, a financial conference company focused on producing high quality finance conferences covering unique topics in emerging and growth markets. His knowledge of the conference business as well as an extensive network of contacts around the world, enables ArrowCon to host industry specific events focused on education and networking.
Eric was on the show today to discuss his latest event, The Florida Small Business and Entrepreneur Forum that will be going on March 24th and 25th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tampa, Florida. This two day event will feature a range of accomplished speakers and networking events as well as highly informative classes that every business owner and entrepreneur can and will benefit from. Registration is cheap at only $145 and he offered a promo code for $50 off registration by using the code Tampa50. To register for the event and to learn more about this event, visit http://www.floridasmallbusinessforum.com or contact Eric directly at 631-664-1311. He is also available via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and learn more about ArrowCon Events at http://www.arrowconevents.com!
Happy Monday and I got off to a great weekly start featuring two accomplished business professionals from our community today. First on the show was Heidi Honea, owner of the Great Hope Preschool located in Wesley Chapel, FL. Heidi has recently taken over ownership of this school and is focused on re-branding and development at this time. Her mission is to provide quality preschool while supporting and working side by side with families. Great Hope Preschool was established for the working families in the Wesley Chapel community and has been in operation since 2002. Heidi spoke to us about the curriculum and her inspiration in transitioning her career to a life in education. Learn more about their programs at http://www.greathopepreschool.com or contact Heidi direct at 813-323-8030 or email at email@example.com.
Our 2nd guest on the show today was David Osterweil, Founder of Fitlife Foods, a Tampa based restaurant focused on healthy living with 7 locations in the Bay area. David brought in a number of delicious healthy food samples and spoke of his journey to entrepreneurship and the challenges he faced. We got a lot of great information on healthy eating and learned of a local connection between Fitlife Foods and The Amazing Race television program whereby one of the contestants has only been eating Fitlife Foods for months in preparation for the challenge. Fitlife Foods offers a free meal consultation for people interested in losing weight or just being healthier eaters and the program is only 23.00/month plus meals. You can pick up meals for the week and be prepared to eat healthy while living a busy on the go lifestyle with Fitlife Foods. Learn more about David and this amazing business at http://www.eatfitlifefoods.com or email David for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org!