#ThatBusinessShow Awards Dinner is January 23rd at the new Bryan Glazer Family JCC. It will run from 6pm to 9pm and will highlight many of the guests from 2016. Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are now on sale at www.tbbo.org/awards! Last year’s event sold out so be sure to get this on your calendar and a ticket today!!
Our guest in this segment was Gabor Karolyi, aka Gabi. He is the President and founder of ProData Managed Services and has worked in the Office Equipment Industry since 1982 and started his first company ProData Micrographics in 1994, which he still owns and operates today under the name of ProData Managed Services and markets ink and toner. His company motto is “Saving our landfills one cartridge at the time”. His personal Motto is “You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream”! He believes in the American way of great products at an affordable price and his company reflects that belief. He is proud that you will understand and purchase from that philosophy.
Many business owners are not away of the tremendous cost savings available to them by using non-branded ink and toner products. The costs are roughly half of traditional branded products and this is where Gabi and his business comes in to help your business! They offer ink and toner supplies for all printers and copies and require no upfront investment to get started. Meaning you can pick up or have your supplies dropped off (no minimum) and then be billed each month for what you use. Gabi also breaks down the costs associated with printing and when to consider a large office model and can advise you on this via a consultation. Gabi is also a US Marine and works each and every day to model the values of honesty and integrity in his life and business. Reach out to him today at 813-837-8536 or online at www.prodataink.com and find the complete interview at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni or audio at www.thatbusinessshow.com. All shows are on iTunes, Stitcher and GooglePlay too!
This week on What’s Trending, we learn of a new challenge on social media. The Mannequin Challenge which thrilled so many of us has passed and we are on to the Chuck E Cheese Challenge now. I’m not really able to describe this challenge but you can view an example of this here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOQPtXma8KQ – Matt Ashwood, who handles in studio social media for #ThatBusinessShow filled us in on this new trending topic and reminds business owners on the important in incorporating these trends into social media posts and activity to enhance their own businesses.
Matt also touches on Facebook advertising tips which his becoming a growing area of digital advertising for many business owners. Many people prefer this form of advertising because of the defined audience that you can reach for a fraction of the cost over traditional advertising. Matt cautions against the use of text in a graphic which is also regulated by Facebook and advises on how to use resources to help defined your audience.
Matt is available to help you with social media. Reach out to him at www.mattashwood.me and be sure to check out his Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/687704671386010/ to keep up with the latest trends!
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The craft brewing scene in Tampa Bay has been developing rapidly over the past several years. With many new establishments opening up and beers being developed, our area is becoming known for this Nationwide. One of my friends Joe Malinowski used this opportunity to have a beer developed for him and sold in craft breweries. That beer and his brand is Tampa Bay Is Awesome and is found at many pubs around Tampa Bay now and has worked to increase that brand which works in other areas of business from website design to social media management. The beer is AWESOME too and can be found at Yeoman’s for instance.
Our guests in this segment were Alexis Pettinato and Kasia Lavigne. Alexis serves as Director of Sales and Marketing at the Brew Bus, a recently opened local brewery, and Kasia is the newly hired Chef in charge of designing the restaurant which they just opened to accompany the brewery.
The Brew Bus Terminal houses a microbrewery and tasting room, and serves as a hub for bus tours to local breweries. Fans of locally brewed beer and brewery tours have made The Brew Bus Terminal based in Seminole Heights a popular place to enjoy the facility’s signature beers as well as the place to park and embark on bus tours of Tampa Bay’s craft beer community. With the opening of the new casual dining concept The Eatery, the brewery joins the ranks of leading microbreweries across the country that successfully enhanced customer satisfaction and built business by adding food service to complement their beer sales, said Anthony Derby, president and founder of The Brew Bus which launched in 2011. Some of their house brews include You’re my Boy, Blue! Blueberry Wheat Ale and Last Stop IPA along with sandwiches and flatbreads that now accompany the brewery!
Located at 4101 N Florida Ave in Tampa, they feature Tacos and Trivia on Tuesday and brewery tours on Saturdays. Get on their Brew Bus today too and take the tour around Seminole Heights local breweries and you’re allowed to drink beer on the bus too! Find the complete interview at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni and learn more on the program at www.tampabayradio.com. To get on the program, visit http://www.tbsinterview.com!
The reach of #ThatBusinessShow has grown through the years. With its inception on February 2nd, 2015, the show carried 7,000 viewers via the live video stream that month. Moving forward to now, the program just hit 70,000 viewers in the month of November and has been growing consistently since that day. The program is the Tampa Bay area’s only resource for the community to talk about their business or organization with ample on air time. Benefits not only include the physical interview live on the radio, but afterwards you get a copy of the audio and video and photography to use for your website, podcast or social media. To get on the program, visit www.tbsinterview.com – many people get business just from the appearance alone!!
Our guest this segment was Chris Meyer who is a 27 year Verizon retiree who held various accounting and financial positions including the finance liaison to IT, revenue accounting supervisor, and manager of the Verizon global product hierarchy. Chris is now the Director of Client Services for Unbehagen Advisors in the Tampa area. The firm was originally only a tax and accounting firm and was launched in 1992 on a few basic principles –
- Entrepreneurs/business owners should spend time marketing and managing their operations—not doing accounting and keeping up with the latest tax laws
- People should pay the lowest amount of tax legally possible
- Everyone should expect excellence in customer service from the professionals whom they pay to advise them
They are located in Tarpon Springs (main office) and Tampa and specialize in tax preparation, accounting, investment and insurance services. They have dedicated, professional, expert advisors in each of our four separate divisions working together as one team.
In this segment, Chris talks about the history and founding of the organization and touches briefly on some business tips such as what to do if you find yourself owing back taxes and digresses into a discussion on podcasting. He has produced 7 episodes that will air soon on iTunes and on the Unbehagen Advisors website and talks about the ease and advantage of using this medium to enhance business reach. Chris also has a “side hustle” as a voiceover artist and singer and touches on that topic in this segment too! For more on the financial services at Unbehagen Advisors, reach out to Chris at 813-892-1200 or online at www.unbehagenadvisors.com and learn more about his voice over services at www.talkandsingproductions.com! Find the complete interview at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni and audios are all On Demand at www.thatbusinessshow.com! Connect with us on Facebook too at www.facebook.com/thatbusinessshow and follow us on Twitter @thatbizshow
Owning and operating a business is a challenge that is amplified by the lack of education afforded to people in our educational system. Our public education system teaches us the ins and outs of English and History and Math but little to nothing on payroll, human resources or business accounting. I’ve often wondered if this is by design whereby citizens were guided along the traditional career path of public education, college and then 40 year career working for someone else. But as our culture develops, more of us are catching the entrepreneurial spirit and developing our own businesses, more so than other times in American history. With that comes the need for earlier educational opportunities and we must demand that our children are taught more about business at a younger age.
But for many, that is a moot point because we are past the educational years. So where do we turn for guidance on regulations? In this segment, we meet David Siracusa who owns Siracusa Staffing and Leasing and advises on human resource policy, workers compensation insurance, staffing and leasing to name a few of their service areas. They are a PEO (professional employer organization) brokerage and guide their clients in these services. Launched in January of 2016, Siracusa Staffing & Leasing’s goal is to become a Property & Casualty Agent’s best resource for workers’ compensation. He implemented submission, enrollment and commission platforms tailored specifically to P&C Agents to provide significant commissions with minimal effort on the part of the agent. David’s innovative spirit was recognized by Ernst & Young when they selected him as a finalist for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2015.
We hear in this segment about the changes in worker’s compensation premiums in Florida, with adjustments rising at 14.6%. After years of continual decreases, this spike in premiums will come as a surprise to many, and hurt contractors deeply who employ their staff. David touches on some workers’ comp basics such as who is required to have this coverage in Florida and how fraud and the number of insurers in the market impact the rates. Their mission is to relieve the burden and high cost of workers’ comp, payroll, tax administration and employee management for small to medium sized companies. David invites you to contact them today to help you better manage these services! Learn more at www.ssandlnow.com or give them a call at 844-377-2635 Ext 801! Find the entire interview at www.youtube.com/jamiemeloni and this and all audios available On Demand at www.thatbusinessshow.com! Get your business on air today too, visit www.tbsinterview.com for more information!