Start Your Mornings with #ThatBusinessShow and ABS Protein Pancakes – Featuring Ashley and Ron Drummonds, Aakash Patel and Rachid Zahidi

Welcome to the start of another week of #ThatBusinessShow where we turn business into show business! Find us online at www.tampabayradio.com and the show, both audio and video, are available on iTunes as a podcast – subscribe to us here – https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/that-business-show-videocast/id1118769215?mt=2 for the videocast and here https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/that-business-show-jamie-meloni/id967290698?mt=2 for the audiocast. Want to know how to get your audios and videos on iTunes without charge? Attend one of the Florida Podcaster Association meetings where we discuss these items. Find the group on Facebook, we meet monthly at McCallister’s Deli near the International Mall and it is a great group of fellow podcasters to share and learn with.

Opening up the show today was Ashley Drummonds and her father Ron Drummonds. Ashley is the creator of ABS Protein Pancakes and was featured on this season’s Shark Tank for the product. Her pitch and product were enough to get a deal with Daymond John too. The pancakes, which are loaded with protein, are a healthy, gluten free option for breakfast. They come in a bag that has 10 servings and are comparable to protein shakes and powders but they look, feel and prepare like pancakes. Ashley created the recipe herself from scratch and was her own personal creation for years until she began to imagine the possibility of marketing the product to the marketplace. This led to her spot on Shark Tank and now the product has taken off due to her exposure on Shark Tank, as well as many other media outlets and the product itself which has strong demand from the marketplace. Ashley goes on to explain that the pancakes are just an extension of her overall brand which focuses on health, wellness and fitness for the everyday women. Through coaching and consulting, Ashley works with women on a variety of areas to help them realize that they are beautiful no matter their physical appearance. She assists women with health, relationships and fitness through her YouTube channel which can be found here https://www.youtube.com/user/AshleyDrummondsTV as well as private consulting. You can find the pancakes available for sale online at http://abspancakes.com/ and more about Ashley at www.ashleydrummonds.com

IN the 7:30 spot, Ashley’s father, Ron, joined the discussion. Ron is an entrepreneur that turned a career in the meat cutting business into a career building homes and even entire developments. He is a self-made Millionaire and has seen several Real Estate market cycles, of which he discusses some in this segment. He and Ashley share with us her experience in the construction business before moving on to health and fitness and how she has helped her father with social media in business and how he helped her define her business goals through proper planning. After many successful flips and developments in the Tampa Bay area, Ron now practices Real Estates with Coldwell Banker in Lake County. This hour is a great story of family and entrepreneurism and can be found online at www.tampabayradio.com or on our YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni – learn more about Ron and his business at www.rkdconstruction.net!

At 8am, Aakash Patel, Founder of Elevate, Inc. was in studio. Aakash is the quintessential Where’s Waldo of Tampa Bay. He is frequently seen at events all over Tampa Bay and was named one of the most connected people in Tampa. From politicians to entrepreneurs, if you need some key connections in Tampa, you need a relationship with Aakash Patel and Elevate, Inc. Aakash shares with us how he used his role in public relations with a Hotel to network with people throughout Tampa Bay. He logged and followed up on those connections and it paid off. His business centers on making key connections for others in the area. AS he notes, one introduction can lead to millions of dollars in business/investment. Elevate works now with 20 clients and has a goal to reach 30 this year. The services also include key introductions at events, social media management and consulting. Aakash also shares with us the recent firestorm that was set off by a photo he posted with Donald Trump and elaborates on the power that social media has these days. Learn more about his services at www.elevate-inc.com!

Rounding out the 8am hour was Rachid Zahidi, CEO of Sentinel Background Checks. Rachid brings a wealth of expert experience spanning across multiple industries including risk management, background checks, International Business and Anti-Money laundering investigations. He is also the Author of the ground breaking book “The Business Immunity System: The Pitfalls & Side Effects of Data Handling, Privacy Issues, & Background Checks. Rachid and Jamie discuss the background check process for business owners and touch on the vast network of different sources and databases that house all of this critical information. Rachid touches on the importance of conducting proper background checks as well as how a proper check is done. We also learn about the various types of background checks and the advantages and weaknesses of them. Obviously privacy is a key area of concern in this business and we touch on that too and Rachid shares with the audience some general tips on how to hire the right people to fit your organization. Rachid and Sentinel Background Checks works with companies on tenant screening and consulting for HR in addition to general background checks and more can be learned about them at www.sbchecks.com!

Thanks again to all of our listeners and show supporters as well as all the guests who have contributed content to the program. Find us daily on Tampa Bay’s 1250WHNZ or audio/video online at www.tampabayradio.com

Ashley Drummonds (Small)Ron Drummonds (Small)Aakash Patel (Small)Rachid Zahidi (Small)

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