Get Inspired and Network Fashionably on #WorkingWomenWednesday Featuring Michelle Bremer, Devony Scott and Dede Floyd!

Networks form a foundation of opportunity that business owners can use to build upon. Ranging in variety from leads groups and educational groups to like-minded and support groups, the power of networks stems from the synergy that is created from the creation of group master minds. These master minds work to catapult any one individual’s participation in the group to higher levels and thus results in increased efficiency in their life and / or business. Tampa is home to many impactful and dynamic networking groups and our community benefits because of the synergies that exist not only within the groups themselves, but also the synergies that exist between the networks. This synergy is on display each and every Wednesday for example on That Business Show where we host and work with the Working Women of Tampa Bay. This group of professional women is composed of over 800 members and hosts many events across the Tampa Bay region and works in conjunction with the Radio Show, Tampa Bay Business Owners and many other organizations and networking groups across Tampa Bay. Get involved with them today at www.workingwomenoftampabay.com!

After an introduction from the Founder, Jessica Rivelli, we spoke with Michelle Bremer on the opening segment. With over twenty years of experience in the fashion industry Fashion Expert Michelle Bremer of Runway Translator provides trusted expertise as a wardrobe consultant, retail advisor, and group speaker to personal and commercial clients alike. Michelle believes that fashion is both an art and a science, and she knows the formula to create eye-pleasing ensembles… “It’s all about the details”. Whether she is working one-on-one in the closet of a personal client, or acting as Creative Director for a retail partner’s e-commerce launch, or speaking to an audience about the trends and what’s appropriate to wear to work, Michelle delivers meticulous, results-driven service and award-winning leadership to ensure success for her clients. With degrees in fashion design, merchandising and business, Michelle’s combination of industry knowledge and passion for helping her clients succeed has made her a highly reputable resource in the Tampa Bay area and beyond.

Michelle shares with us current trends and predictions for the spring trends as well as what drives trends. Michelle also talks about her path through the fashion industry and how it began with her first big break as a buyer for Harley Davidson which today has led to her own business in Tampa. An active member with Working Women of Tampa Bay, Michelle believes strongly in community and also gives back through Dress for Success of which we touch on in the closing minutes of the segment. Whether you are a man or a woman, Michelle can help guide your look. Learn more about her at www.runwaytranslator.com or phone at 813-758-9587.

In the closing segment, we changed topic to Magazines and spoke with Devony Scott (Creator) and Dede Floyd (Publisher) of the Inspired Women’s Magazine. As best friends for the past 15 years, the duo shared many of life’s impactful events together and decided to collaborate on a magazine to inspire women in both life and business. Devony came out of the retail industry of 20 years and Dede out of business ownership and together they formed this brand launching in October 2016. This monthly publication is available online at www.inspiredwomensmag.com and is free, just put in an email and receive it electronically. Working to develop the brand and synergies, they are hosting an event on February 23rd at the Keel and Curley Winery in conjunction with Working Women of Tampa Bay. It is called Sip and Social Networking and look at for it on the events calendar at www.workingwomenoftampabay as well as www.inspiredwomensmag.com!

Learn more about our show at www.tampabayradio.com and also find the podcast at iTunes located here and live video replays at www.thatyoutubechannel.com. To come on the program, please visit http://www.tbsinterview.com!

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Treating Ankle Swelling Featuring Dr. Chris Pittman!

In this segment of That Business Show, our guest was Dr. Chris Pittman, Medical Director and CEO of Vein911. Dr. Pittman is triple board certified and one of only a few hundred physicians Board-Certified in Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.  Known for their minimally invasive non-surgical technique for the treatment of varicose veins, Dr. Pittman and Vein 911 is revolutionizing vein care.  Their mission is to help you look and feel your best and they have offices in Tampa and St. Petersburg and can easily be reached by calling 855-VEIN-911. Dr. Pittman is a trained radiologist and spoke in the opening segment about lymphedema.

Dr. Pittman explains how the lymphatic system is our third circulatory system with the veins and arteries acting as the primary other two. Due primarily to genetics, some people develop ankle swelling as they age and this swelling is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in their ankles. This is not a condition to ignore and Dr. Pittman advises seeking out a doctor such as himself that will actively treat the condition; stating that many doctors are less inclined to take the condition seriously.

Varicose veins are another avenue that Dr. Pittman and his staff treat daily at Vein911 where they perform pain free outpatient procedures without the use of invasive surgical techniques.  Many doctors practicing vein treatment still utilize a surgical procedure for this treatment and Dr. Pittman is adamant that is no longer necessary.  His techniques using Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy can have your legs looking as good as new in just a few procedures and without the pain of other procedures.  He routinely sees patients treated by other procedures and has near 100% patient satisfaction in this group.  Dr. Pittman also elaborates on some of the other conditions of the legs that may be related to undiagnosed vein disorders such as restless leg syndrome and night cramps and we also touch on treatment of hand veins too.  Using the same technique to treat varicose veins, many patients report significant improvement in these conditions when treated by Dr. Pittman.  If you are experiencing these issues and have not had success with traditional techniques, get in touch with Vein911 today by calling 855-VEIN-911 (855-834-6911).  Catch this discussion and many more at www.thatyoutubechannel.com and find us on iTunes here.

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Salary Requirement Changes for Exempt Employees – Need to Know Information Featuring Bill Smoak!

Small business owners face a variety of challenges in their business. The task of creating a successful sales funnel to effectively market and sale the product or service is challenging enough. The typical business owner goes into business to help others with their product or service only to be met with a variety of obstacles designed to hinder this simple mission. Our guest today was William (Bill) Smoak who is an Attorney with the law firm of Smoak, Chistolini, and Barnett where they specialize in assisting business owners with regulatory and legal challenges that arise in the daily course of their business.

The entrepreneurial spirit of the American culture coupled with the lack of business training in our public educational system has created a Catch 22 in our economy. America has been built on the backs of small business owners and many strive to run their own business, but our culture has provided a playing field devoid of basic training at the youth level and those who invest in training are oftentimes left riddled with debt that encumbers their ability to launch a business. Add to this mix regulatory issues that are constantly being added, changed and evolved and you have a culture of determined entrepreneurs set up to fail.

On this segment of That Business Show, Bill shared with our audience information on one of the regulatory issues that is working against the small business owner’s ability to succeed. The Fair Labor Standards Act works to protect the rights of the employee but leaves open opportunity for abuse of the system. Lawyers are able to file suits without an administrative filter such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

From the Department of Labor’s Website:

The Overtime Rule

In 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to update the overtime regulations to reflect the original intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and to simplify and modernize the rules so they’re easier for workers and businesses to understand and apply. The department has issued a final rule that will put more money in the pockets of middle class workers – or give them more free time.

The final rule will:

  • Raise the salary threshold indicating eligibility from $455/week to $913 ($47,476 per year), ensuring protections to 4.2 million workers.
  • Automatically update the salary threshold every three years, based on wage growth over time, increasing predictability.
  • Strengthen overtime protections for salaried workers already entitled to overtime.
  • Provide greater clarity for workers and employers.Fortunately for business owners at this time, the law is on hold due to a successful lawsuit that has provided a preliminary injunction enjoining the Department of Labor from implementing and enforcing the Final Rule which was set to go into effect December 1st 2016.

While this ruling works to raise the salaries of the white collar administrative worker, it creates a tremendous burden on the small business owner who now is having an expense doubled! That is per employee too so the impact is magnified by the number of exempt workers a business has. In short, exempt workers are not entitled to overtime and non-exempt employees are entitled to overtime pay. There are strict tests to apply to accurately determine the proper category of a worker too and this gray area creates opportunity for litigation in business employment matters.

Fortunately for business owners at this time, the law is on hold due to a successful lawsuit that has provided a preliminary injunction enjoining the Department of Labor from implementing and enforcing the Final Rule which was set to go into effect December 1st 2016. As Bill explains in this segment though, the issue remains unresolved and could end up at the Supreme Court Level. In the meantime, small business owners are left with uncertainty and will be slower to hire new staff until this law is ironed out.

Bill and his firm work to protect business owners from issues that arise in this area and other areas involving the Fair Labor Standards Act and also touches on issues relating to Title VII which deals with discrimination in the workplace. They also work on issues relating to abuse of the regulation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This is another law that was issued with good intentions but is easily abused by attorneys who shake down business owners on every minute detail and by using disabled individuals they hire to bring these lawsuits out.

 

To counteract these challenges that business owners face, Bill and their firm offers to business owners an HR wellness checkup. It is a questionnaire found at www.flatrialcounsel.com that will gauge your exposure to issues surrounding the FLSA, Title VII, the ADA and other issues and is used as a tool to help protect you and your business by their firm should you choose to engage their services. With Florida being ground zero for business litigation, it is imperative that you educate and protect yourself as a business owner. You are in business for much more than just producing a product or service and today must have knowledge in regulatory issues to stay afloat. Find this complete interview at www.thatyoutubechannel.com or www.thatbusinessshow.com and please subscribe to us on YouTube to help grow the channel and show!

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