#FocusFridays – Bringing Out The CEO In You!

Welcome to #FocusFridays, brought to us by Juliann Nichols, CEO of Focus On You Strategy, Bringing Out The CEO In You!  Continue the discussion online by visiting her Facebook group Focus on You Strategy / Focus Fridays and be sure to tune in every other Friday to hear this discussion on leadership, time management, and moreIn today’s opening segment, Juliann joined me as co-host as we welcomed back Daniel Nyiri, owner and founder of 4u-Fitness. Daniel was joined by his wife Nina and is a professional fitness trainer and model focusing on helping others enjoy a more active lifestyle. His company is revolutionizing the fitness industry by utilizing a workout suit that tricks the body into thinking it has done more work than it actually has. This suit allows people to get results with workouts in as little as 20 minutes 2 times per week. Josh and I joke that the suit probably takes more time to put on then the workout takes itself. The product was launched in Europe and has 1,500 locations worldwide. Daniel is spearheading its development in the United States and you can learn more and see the product and suit at for yourself at http://www.4u-fitness.com or give them a call today 800-421-5850 and experience it for yourself.

In the second segment and remainder of the hour Juliann was joined in Studio by Angie Lusk, her Chief Strategist. Angie came to know Julieann when she needed help in her own business, a travel agency, and Juliann’s techniques and solutions and strategies helped increase Angie’s bottom line tremendously. We spoke on ways to build processes to reduce stress and increase time within the day of the CEO.  Since that time, Angie has become one of Julian’s go to people for helping other leaders develop. Juliann calls her the process queen and Angie shares with us some great tips on email management and how to develop processes to save you time in your work day.

With two locations in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Juliann also works with CEOs and leaders through CEO Exchanges. These round table discussions are ran several times each month around the Bay Area inside C1 Banks and you can register for an upcoming CEO Exchange at www.focusonyoustrategy.com. Get some great insight and feedback from Juliann and your peers and I attended one myself and can recommend. The next CEO Exchange is at C1 Bank on WestShore Blvd from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Give Juliann a call at 813-609-2223 today and bring out the CEO in you!

In the 8 a.m. hour I welcomed Tanya Cielo, Founder of Sky Strategic Marketing. Her company helps business owners squash their competition and get their unfair share of business in the market. She is a certified marketing facilitator with 18 years of marketing experience including many media companies such as iHeartRadio, Cox and Beasley Broadcasting. Her goal is to get clients to “bee seen” and to emphasize “bee seen” she wore a bee cap with antennas during the show. Her love of marketing came over very well in the segment and we even discussed her love for possums. Tanya is also a Tampa Bay Business Owner (TBBO) member and we encourage all listeners that are business owners to apply for membership at http://www.tbbo.org. Learn more about Tanya at http://www.skystrategicmarketing.com or give her a call today 813-337-0893

My final guest for the show was Nestor Ortiz, Chief Operations Officer for the University Area Community Development Corporation. This nonprofit works to enhance the life and community of residents around the University of South Florida area from housing to transportation to community blight. This nonprofit has been working in the area for many years now we discussed some of the ways the organization helps the area, the ways they raise money, and how residents can get involved. You can learn more about this at www.uacdc.org.

Have a great weekend everybody and be sure to tune in Weekdays 7am to 9am on Tampa Bay’s 1250WHNZ and follow us on all the social media platforms!

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Transforming Your Business in More ways Than One – #ThatBusinessShow Featuring Charlotte Fernee Kelly, Kelly Hamm, Nick Paras, and Ashby Green

Transforming Your Business in More ways Than One – #ThatBusinessShow Featuring Charlotte Fernee Kelly, Kelly Hamm, Nick Paras, and Ashby Green

Thank you to all the listeners and supporters of #ThatBusinessShow, airing weekday mornings at 7am to 9am on Tampa Bay’s #1250WHNZ.  The show has grown tremendously in popularity and the show is in partnership with The Tampa Bay Business Owners, aka TBBO, as a result of its growth, interest and demand.  We invite all business owners over to www.tbbo.org to learn more about TBBO and how to join.  This organization, founded 8 years by Chris and Katie Krimitsos, is Tampa Bay’s premier business society and is exclusive to business owners.  Focused on education and collaboration, many people in the organization consider it a family and a tremendous resource to their business.  It is also home to many of our past and future guests on the program, join today and get on the radio to promote your business!

My first guest today was Attorney Charlotte Fernee Kelly, Employment Attorney and Founder of Fernee Kelly Law located at 602 E Twiggs St Tampa, FL 33602.  She was in studio today to discuss the Fair Labor Standards Act.  This law, enacted after the Great Depression, established the minimum wage and many of the other standards we see in the workplace today for workers.  Yesterday, the Dept. of Labor announced the final rules of this new law which will have a deep impact on business owners.  Some of the key provisions are that the minimum wage for an exempt employee from $455 to $913 per week and establishes a mechanism for automatically updating the salary and compensation level every 3 years to maintain the levels at the above percentiles to ensure they continue to provide useful tests for exemption.  We discussed the impact this will have on the business owner and also touched on the differences between exempt and non-exempt employees, including the mention of interstate commerce which is a key component in determine whether someone is exempt or non-exempt.  Charlotte touches on some of the basics of unemployment and recommends that employers not fight unemployment claims as the impact is negligible in many cases and also shared paths for people affected by employment issues to explore to learn more.  Reach out to Charlotte at 813-315-3981 or visit www.tampaemploymentlawattorney.com for more information!

My 2nd guest was Expert Contributor Kelly Hamm, Founder and Principal Consultant with Billmeyer Hamm Consulting.  With over 25 years of HR experience, Kelly works to educate businesses on the importance of workplace culture.  Services range from business consulting and employee guidance to establishing effective succession plans and having written operating procedures in place for your business.  She talked today about defining your path for success and not forgetting to look in your backseat.  She shares a story about driving across Country one summer with her children and uses the analogy of being prepared while on a journey is like being a prepared leader – Do you know where you are going?  Does the team know where you are going, and why?  Do you have the right people in your car?  Contact Kelly today for a conversation on how to better the culture inside your business and improve your bottom line.  Give her a call at 941-201-4650 or visit www.billmeyerhamm.com.

At 8am, we kicked off the 4th installment of Tech Thursdays with Nick Paras, President of Alpha Computing Solutions.  Nick spoke on how to save money for us business owners in the IT area of the business.  With a focus on desktop virtualization, a business owner can access their desktop from any location and never have to buy another computer again.  These “thin clients” as he mentions, are less expensive and can run your typical software titles without the usual risks of a home/work based desktop.  He touches on server virtualization as well and stresses that you can easily move between hardware and create additional servers if necessary.  We spoke on the benefits and disadvantages of using web based apps and also touched on the browsers and their benefits.  With a move towards cloud based computing, business owners need to be aware of the trends and prepare.  Visit www.alphacomputing.com or give him a call at 813-839-7671 X 100 for all of your IT needs!

My last guest for the day was G. Ashby Green, CFO of Kobie Marketing.  This 26 year old brand focuses on loyalty cards for business and the history of this trend.  Many retailers use this marketing technique today and Kobie touches on their effectiveness in this segment.  An accomplished entrepreneur and financial expert, Kobie and I also discuss some of the trends in Tampa Bay business including the strong input of entrepreneurs but lack of startup capital in the region.  We discussed some of the recent big successes in Tampa including Priatek and SavvyCard, both of which have appeared on That Business Show and then close it out with a brief discussion on preparing a business for sale.  Learn more about Kobie Marketing at www.kobie.com!

Also keep in mind we have marketing packages available for regular on air appearances which builds up a wealth of content for you and your business including video/audio/photos and more!  Visit www.tampabayradio.com and click on join now for more on the marketing packages.  Catch all past shows at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni or on iTunes and of course www.tampabayradio.com!

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Preventing Tax Return Fraud on #ThatBusinessShow – Featuring Klara Cadieux, Michael McNelis, Morgan Watson, and Jodi Iacino

Preventing Tax Return Fraud on #ThatBusinessShow – Featuring Klara Cadieux, Michael McNelis, Morgan Watson, and Jodi Iacino

Happy #WorkingWomenWednesday #TampaBay! Today we celebrate the Working Women of Tampa Bay. With a better connected network, The Working Women of Tampa Bay fosters growth of Entrepreneurship here in Tampa Bay with women as their heads. #ThatBusinessShow is all about promoting the local community here in Tampa Bay, and we love to show case Entrepreneurs and individuals with vision, talent, and a good word! If you think you’d like to come on the #MorningAir to showcase your business and what you do to #HelpOurCity, then head to http://www.tampabayradio.com now and fill out the contact form to contact Jamie and get on the show! And remember, #ThatBusinessShow airs every weekday at 7AM through 9AM, with #TBBOTuesday, #WorkingWomenWednesday, #TechThursday, and #FocusFriday Specials! The Working Women of Tampa Bay Networking Group is certainly one of the Bay’s best groups to be a part of! Make sure to get more information on that at http://www.workingwomenoftampabay.com. Coming on the show today was Jodi Iacino and Morgan Watson. Joining the show at the 7AM Hour was Klara Cadieux and Michael McNelis. If you missed the #MorningDiscussion, then head to http://www.tampabayradio.com, or head to Jamie’s YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni to watch the show on demand, and leave a thumbs up!

Opening up today’s show was the team of Klara Cadieux (Owner) and Rick Engels (President) of Cadieux Fashion.  Launched by Klara in Europe, this fashion line is expanding into the US market beginning today here in Tampa.  Klara began developing her fashion line in 2012 and she describes the product line as upscale with moderate pricing.  The same materials that are used in all the name brand designs are the same used in the Cadieux brand.  Originally from Croatia, Klara studied and practiced fashion throughout Europe including Dubai, France and Switzerland.  Her products have been worn by many celebrities and dignitaries abroad and they hope to soon see their product on the Red Carpet in Hollywood, the pinnacle of a fashion designer’s success.

She was joined in studio by Rick Engels, long-time friend and President of the Cadieux brand.  With a strong background in Software Engineering, Rick successfully ran and sold his last company after developing an app for the iPad and has now moved onto the women’s fashion industry, a transition few can claim.  He jokes that he much rather enjoys the women’s fashion industry over the software sales business and does not miss the daily grind of the software industry.   The product is just launching in the US so keep the name in mind and look for it shortly in stores and online, Cadieux Fashion!

My 2nd guest on the program was Michael McNelis, Options Strategist with key2Options.  This online platform gives traders in the options market a tool that allows them to predict the ups and downs of the stock market to make effective decisions.  The algorithm, originally created by Ashok, Yarlagadda, the CEO, is based on Finite State Modeling and Michael discusses this briefly but we do not delve too deeply into it as it is a complicated discussion.  The application  helps stock and options investors determine whether a particular stock is bullish or bearish using a numbering system which he explains as well on the segment.  We discuss some of the similar products that have been on the market in recent years as well as some of the basics of put and call options but primarily focus on the system and how it benefits investors.  They have webinars and meet up groups to assist and you can learn more about this program at www.key2options.com or reach out to Michael directly for more information at 813-330-0900.

The Working Women of Tampa Bay Group has a mission, a mission to Motivate, Educate, and Inspire Women Entrepreneurs to become better business leaders, and to facilitate growth in our community! ” We are a savvy and supportive community of entrepreneurial women. Together we create the synergy that enables each of us to achieve more than we ever could alone. With stunning energy and focus, our goal is to help educate, motivate and inspire female professionals and women business owners.” –Jessica Rivelli, Founder and CEO

Morgan Gibbons Watson began working for the Florida Institute of CPAs as market development manager in 2014. With more than 20,000 members, the FICPA is the premier professional organization of Florida CPAs. Morgan is a licensed CPA who began her career as an auditor with Deloitte in Tampa. She then transitioned to corporate accounting, performing various functions including auditing and financial reporting, before starting her own consulting business.

Jodi Lynn Iacino of Once Bitten Creative Consulting is a freelance website designer who uses the power of Squarespace to provide small business owners with a workable website without breaking the bank. Jodi also provides consulting and training to business owners so they can leverage the power of social networking without feeling overwhelmed.

As always, thank you for tuning into #ThatBusinessShow with Jamie Meloni on #1250whnz, weekdays at 8am. If you missed today’s show, you can always visit Jamie’s website and see all of our shows on demand at http://www.tampabayradio.com or visit Jamie’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni.

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Pizza, the Cornerstone of Health? #ThatBusinessShow Featuring Cody Davis, Matt McClellan, and Tyler Sheff

Pizza, the Cornerstone of Health? #ThatBusinessShow Featuring Cody Davis, Matt McClellan, and Tyler Sheff

Good morning everyone and thank you for tuning into another great episode of #ThatBusinessShow, live only on #1250WHNZ! Of course we live streat at http://www.tampabayradio.com as well, so feel free to check out our home site for the many resources we offer, from real estate and our free home evaluation tool, all the way to our extensive guest networks full of professionals all over the Bay Area! So use that at your leisure, and tell them you found them from #ThatBusinessShow’s Network! And remember, the show airs every weekday at the new hours of 7AM though 9AM! Today we invited Cody Davis, Matt McClellan, and Tyler Sheff on the air. Cody Davis is The Founder of Cody Fowler Davis Law. Tyler Sheff is the Founder of The Cashflowguys. Matt McClellan is the Founder of the Pizza Diet, and is the Owner of Tour De Pizza!  If you missed the show on the #MorningAir this morning, then head to http://www.tampabayradio.comnow! And remember to check out the Tampa Bay Business Owners! You can find them at http://www.tbbo.org, and if you would like to watch the live stream of #ThatBusinessShow, then head to http://www.tampabayradio.com, and you can also check out Jamie’s YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni!

Jamie appeared on Tampa Bay Multi Media’s program, Nerd Talk, yesterday evening which is broadcast live on www.webeamtv.com twice a week and he opens up the segment with a brief discussion with Josh about the experience.  Nerd Talk which focuses on anything nerdy ranges in discussion from The Walking Dead and comic books to Star Wars and Pro Wrestling, just to name a few areas that they cover.  Jamie and Josh had a 30 minute discussion on Pro Wrestling and its history and some of their favorite matches and characters in the business.  Jamie then transitions into a brief discussion on a recent eviction issue that had illegal occupants inside the home trying to use the old law of adverse possession to take title to the property.  Jamie and other REO brokers have seen this scam attempted many times in the Tampa Bay region and is based on an old 18th Century law that was designed to give people property rights to land they legitimately took care of and paid for property taxes on for 7 years.  Today’s scammers are accessing vacant homes today illegally and attempting to use this law but to no avail.  Be cautious of anyone touting the benefits of adverse possession.  A good movie on the life of an REO broker is 99 Homes, loosely based on the realities of the industry with a lot of drama added though, so do not think all the REO brokers are like the central character if you see that movie.

In the 2nd segment through the remainder of the 7am hour, we welcomed Cody Fowler Davis in studio.  A Tampa native, and founder of Cody Fowler Davis Trial Attorneys, P.A., focuses on civil cases, primarily on the plaintiff side but does work defense as well.  With a strong background in insurance working for the major firms, Cody developed a passion for helping the average individual and transitioned into civil defense and away from insurance work.  He speaks of this transformation and his experience in the insurance industry briefly in this segment and we also touch on his book, “Green 61”, which is a fictional story that works to show some of the inner workings of the legal system.

Cody is one of the few attorneys in Florida that has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Business Litigation Law. Cody was Board Certified in Business Litigation Law for the past 15 years (1997 to 2012) and has been Board Certified in Civil Trial Law for the past 18 years and remains Board Certified in Civil Trial Law.  Cody and Jamie enjoy a good discussion on the abuse of the legal system in the third segment resulting from unscrupulous attorneys using laws to their advantage to prey on unsuspecting business owners and Cody points out that his firm works primarily with personal injury and does not work in the areas that Jamie mentions on the airwaves that are susceptible to these types of practices.  Cody is a strong supporter of victims of personal injury and in the final segment, he shares some tips for people that are unfortunately affected by the negligence of others from auto accidents or DUIs, to name a few.  Cody and his team can be reached at 813-425-1518 or online at www.codydavislaw.com for all your personal injury needs!

“A Body Built by Pizza”, the motto of Matthew McClellan, Founder of the Pizza Diet, and the Owner of Tour De Pizza out in St. Petersburg. In America, pizza is a $35 billion a year industry. And, according to Matt McClellan, it’s a great punching bag for people who want to tell you how you should be eating. By 2009, he had gotten fed up with all the antagonism that rained on pizza like mozzarella, so he decided to go on a month-long, pizza-only diet. That was six slices a day with the healthiest toppings he could manage. After a month, he had not only lost almost 30 pounds (from 203 to 179), but his cholesterol went from 243 to 157 and his body fat dropped from 19 to 9%. And to celebrate, and to spread the pizza gospel, McClellan then spent a month biking from Florida to Times Square! He told us about his diet on the show, which if your’re interested in, you can head over to http://www.tampabayradio.com!

Tyler Sheff, Founder of CashFlowGuys.com is a Licensed Real Estate Problem Solver, Educator, Investor and Syndicator. Tyler has been involved in Real Estate for over 16 years and now maintains a 100% focus on investing for Cashflow and helping others do the same. As a Master Facilitator of Robert Kiyosaki’s CashFlow101 Game; Tyler hosts workshops to teach the busy people how to use what they have; to obtain what they need; in order to build passive income and escape the rat race!

As always, thank you for tuning into #ThatBusinessShow with Jamie Meloni on #1250whnz, weekdays at 8am. If you missed today’s show, you can always visit Jamie’s website and see all of our shows on demand at http://www.tampabayradio.com or visit Jamie’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni.

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Entering the Growing Tampa Bay Business Market – Featuring Tammy Modica, Francis Fernandez, Matt Becker, and Thiru Govender

Entering the Growing Tampa Bay Business Market – Featuring Tammy Modica, Francis Fernandez, Matt Becker, and Thiru Govender

#ThatBusinessShow is on the #MorningAir again! Airing every weekday  from 7am to 9am, #ThatBusinessShow seeks to promote the best in #TampaBay! The #Entrepreneurship in Tampa Bay is a booming scene, and here on #ThatBusinessShow, we love to showcase the community! Which, coincidentally coincides with the mission of The Tampa Bay Business Owners! Bringing together the professionals here in our community, TBBO is one Group you have to be a part of. #TBBOTuesdays are all about professionals from the Tampa Bay Business Owners networking group, showcasing several members every week to share what they do on the #MorningAir – So make sure to catch that weekly special tomorrow! And remember, the show airs every weekday at the new hours of 7AM though 9AM! We have awesome guests that you won’t want to miss tomorrow. Today we invited Tammy Modica, Francis Fernandez, Matt Becker, and Thiru Govender. On the 7AM Hour, we had Tammy Modica and Francis Fernandez. Tammy Modica is the President of Aeon Life Theater. Francis Robles-Fernandez is the Founder and Owner of Strong Courageous Women. On the 8AM Hour, Jamie welcomed Matt Becker and Thiru Govender! Matt Becker is a Franchise Owner and Strategic Partner of PrideStaff! Thiru Govender is an Assurance Partner and Office Managing Partner of BDO United States.  If you missed the show on the #MorningAir this morning, then head to http://www.tampabayradio.com now! And remember to check out the Tampa Bay Business Owners! You can find them at http://www.tbbo.org, and if you would like to watch the live stream of #ThatBusinessShow, then head to http://www.tampabayradio.com, and you can also check out Jamie’s YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni!

My first guest on the program was Tammy Modica, Founder and President of Aeon Life Theater.  Tammy, a lifelong theater fan since the 5th grade, founded the company and acts as a Director for the performances they put on.  She is a trained mechanical engineer and former High School Physics teacher whose love for the arts won her over.  I joke that I’ve not ran into many engineers who share her same level of passion for the arts as she does.  She was in studio today to promote her upcoming Broadway Musical, Big Fish, based off of the movie.  She briefly explains how the movie business turns musical on Broadway and how companies such as hers then get involved with them performing them in our communities.  Her production launches May 28th through June 4th at The Cuban Club which is located at 2010 Avenida Republica De Cuba in Tampa and tickets are on sale now.  Performances are Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 3pm and adult tickets are $22 and children under 12 are $12.  Pick up tickets and learn more at www.cubanclubybor.com and also at her website http://www.aeonlifetheater.com!

In the 7:30 spot, I spoke with Francis Robles-Fernandez, Founder of Strong Courageous Women Magazine.  With a background in hospitality, this mother of 5 has taken the entrepreneurial dive into the magazine business with no background or experience in print or publishing.  This courageous attitude is just another reason we host these programs, we hope to inspire others to step outside their comfort zone and do what they really want to do.  She began work on this in January and will be launching in just over a month.  The magazine will cater towards Christian Women with regular pieces on areas such as beauty, career and family life as well as religion.  Her motto comes from Joshua 1:9 which inspired her to launch the magazine along with a trip to a writing conference, all of which she shares in this segment.  The magazine will focus primarily on print with some online articles and she is currently looking for advertisers and article writers so reach out to her today, francis@strongandcourageouswomen.com or give her a call at 954-588-0937 and be sure to visit her website www.strongandcourageouswomen.com to subscribe today!

Hey Business Owners! Ever wondered how much Influence you have in your field, and want to know how to make a difference in your business and relations? Take a short test on http://bit.ly/InfluenceScorecardJMeloni and get a detailed report on #HowToMakeADifference!

Matt Becker is a franchise owner/Strategic-Partner with the national staffing firm PrideStaff. His franchise is located in Clearwater and focuses its efforts in the Pinellas County market. Prior to starting his business, Matt was the Chief Operating Officer for the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee for the Republican National Convention. His responsibilities included the oversight of the day-to-day operations of the Host Committee including all program and organizational development. Head over to http://www.pridestaff.com to learn more on how they find the talent needed to make or break a business!

Thiru Govender is an Assurance Partner and serves as the Office Managing Partner in BDO’s Tampa office. He has over 20 years of public accounting experience and has assisted clients in traditional initial Public Offers and most recently, under regulations of the new JOBS Act. He primarily provides assurance services to privately held and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)-reporting companies in the retail, technology and manufacturing and distribution industries. He is very passionate about Tampa Bay’s upcoming developments, and this morning he expressed his belief that BDO United States can help your business get an edge over the competition. After all, a business can only run as good as its interior can! Call Thiru at 813-269-6734 and have a conversation today on how to bring your business to the next – safe and organized – level with BDO!

As always, thank you for tuning into #ThatBusinessShow with Jamie Meloni on #1250whnz, weekdays at 8am. If you missed today’s show, you can always visit Jamie’s website and see all of our shows on demand at http://www.tampabayradio.com or visit Jamie’s YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni.

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