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Drop and Give Me 20

The military community is full of successful business owners, managers, and leaders across all industries, military and civilian. Time to show them off and learn from their experiences! Hear stories of active duty members, military spouses, and veterans as host Lindsey Germono shines a spotlight on their challenges, triumphs, and the insights learned through determination and best business practices. Join Lindsey and guests in insightful discussions of what it takes to be a leading military entrepreneur.
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Dec 27, 2016

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20, Lindsey Germono speaks with Brian Richardson, the Founder of The Company Project. He works with small businesses in the firearms industry to define strategies for their products and services so that they can find, motivate, and keep profitable customers.

Important topics they discuss:

  • [1:14] All about Brian and The Company Project
  • [3:07] Niche, niche, niche: Brian goes from small business to focusing on the firearms industry
  • [7:17] Obstacles in the transition from military to entrepreneur
  • [8:23] Understanding how business partnerships work
  • [11:25] How to find, motivate, and keep profitable customers
  • [15:58] Does your website measure up?

Quote:

“Passion will get you through some lean times but it won’t necessarily make you have a successful business..the good stuff happens at the intersection of passion and ability.” - Brian Richardson

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Dec 10, 2016

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20, Lindsey Germono speaks with Bill Lockard. Bill is the Founder of 227 Financial Coaching. He helps military families reduce debt and build wealth.

 Important topics they discuss:

  • [1:03] All About Bill
  • [3:19] Year One - The hardest year most business owners ever face
  • [5:20] Don’t go into battle without a plan: Bill’s financial tips for entrepreneurs in 2017
  • [10:18] Christmas ideas for the military entrepreneur who has everything

 Quote:

“Going into business without a budget it like going into battle without a plan.” - William Lockard

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Dec 10, 2016

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20, Lindsey Germono speaks with Kathy Stoddard Torrey founder of Tapfer Consulting. Kathy is a life and relationship coach with an MBA who trains, assesses, facilitates, builds teams and coaches.

Important topics they discuss:

  • [2:00] All About Kathy and the history of Tapfer Consulting
  • [4:24] Why did Kathy launch her consulting business
  • [6:23] Baby steps get you moving: Advice for new entrepreneurs on how to start
  • [11:52] How Kathy handled changes and challenges as an entrepreneur
  • [16:43] Perfection is the enemy
Quote:

“Perfection...It is an entrepreneur’s worst enemy. We want it to be perfect so we never end up sending it out the door...80% out the door is better than 100% sitting on your desk!” - Kathy Stoddard Torrey

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Dec 4, 2016

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20, Lindsey Germono speaks with Jeremy Paris, ten year Army veteran and podcaster. Jeremy hosts the Veteran Resource Podcast and co-founded the only kid-focused podcast network, Podcast Playground.

Important topics they discuss:

  • [1:02] All About Jeremy
  • [5:00] The Veteran Resource Podcast
  • [5:40] Jeremy’s Tips for 2017 - Networking & Processes
  • [8:42] Advice Jeremy offers to Non-Profits - Niche, Niche, Niche

Quote:

“There’s not way we could accomplish all we do if we didn’t have the processes in place to automate, outsource and batch.” - Jeremy Paris

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Dec 4, 2016

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20, Lindsey Germono speaks with Laura Petersen, co-founder of Podtent Marketing, Podcast Teachers, host of Copy that Pops and author of the Amazon Best Seller, Copywriting for Podcasters. 

Important topics they discuss:

  • [1:28] The Power of Podcasting
  • [3:07] How to DIY Your Podcast
  • [5:25] How to Get Help Starting Your Podcast

Quote:

“Podcasts are the only type of content that an audience can consume while multitasking. Jogging the park? You can’t watch a video and you can’t read a blog article. You can really get in someone’s head with a podcast though.” - Laura Petersen

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Dec 1, 2016

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20, Lindsey Germono speaks with Lt. Colonel Matt Butler, founder of Rollors, a unique and fun outdoor game featured in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fox and Friends, and The Today Show.

 

Important topics they discuss:

  • [2:00] What is Rollors and where did it come from?
  • [4:10] Advantages of working with specialty retailers
  • [5:40] Focusing on veterans and military spouses
  • [10:30] Making the jump from retailing to wholesaling
  • [16:15] Marketing, Marketing, Marketing

 

Quote:

“I had my first retail buyer ask me about wholesaling. I had no idea and had to research what price point to use where everyone comes out ahead.” - Matt Butler

 

Social:

https://rollors.com/

https://www.youtube.com/user/rollors1

https://twitter.com/rollors

https://www.instagram.com/rollorsgame/

Nov 29, 2016

In this special four part mini-series of Drop and Give Me 20, Lindsey Germono focuses on closing out 2016 with a bang! Join the discussion as Lindsey invites experts to share actionable tips to help you prepare for a successful 2017.

In this mini-series episode, Lindsey Germono speaks with Katie Christy, Founder and CEO of Activate Your Talent and Empower Military Spouses, two companies helping individuals and businesses leverage their natural talents to improve effectiveness.

Important topics they discuss:

  • [1:02] All about Katie
  • [3:05] Katie’s tips as your planning for 2017
  • [4:30] How to build your Personal Leadership Philosophy (PLP)
  • [11:58] How a PLP benefits your business

Quote:

“If you’re involved in an organization or team, it’s important that you take the organization's mission and make sure it meshes with your leadership philosophy. If they are going in two different directions, not only will you be confused, but so will those around you.” - Katie Christy

Giveaway!

http://germono.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Developing-a-PLP.pdf

Social:

katie@activateyourtalent.com

https://www.facebook.com/activateyourtalentllc/

http://empowermilitaryspouses.com/

http://activateyourtalent.com/

Nov 15, 2016

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20, Lindsey Germono speaks with Rocky Harrigan, co-founder of Unbranded AR, an internet-based provider of firearms focusing specifically on high-quality parts for the AR15.

Important topics they discuss:

  • [2:28] Women really do have everything they need to succeed
  • [4:20] How Rocky works with people who have a different perspective around guns
  • [5:20] Rocky's personal story about safety and security because of her training with firearms
  • [7:42] Challenges Rocky faced starting her company
  • [12:22] Bootstrapping and readjusting
  • [15:00] What to look at before starting your business
  • [15:35] Retail challenges, guidelines, and regulations


Quote:
“We look at the numbers every day. What actually sells? Not what you think will sell. What do my numbers show me?” - Rocky Harrigan

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Nov 1, 2016

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20, Lindsey Germono speaks with Marc Bethel, the founder  of Commonwealth Creative Marketing. CCM is an ad agency that helps companies and entrepreneurs with both digital media and offline advertising. From web design, SEO, and hosting to graphic design, business cards, and vehicle wraps, CCM delivers big league creative and interactive solutions to small-midsize businesses looking for quality at a fair price.

 

Important topics they discuss:

  • 4:02 - How ad agencies make money
  • 5:02 - How Search Engine Optimization (SEO) can help your business
  • 7:36 - Packaged websites versus organic design for small businesses
  • 9:25 - How much should solopreneurs or small businesses spend on a custom designed website?
  • 12:30 - Hot website features and plugins
  • 15:15 - Entrepreneurial advice
  • 18:00 - All about Marc
 

Quote:

“Buckle Up! It takes the right kind of person but...military entrepreneurs are more prepared for this than a lot of other people.”

Marc Bethel

 

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Facebook

Twitter

 

Oct 15, 2016

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20, Lindsey Germono speaks with Kristen Smith, the Owner of Barks and Bows. Barks and Bows creates all natural dog treats, hand-crafted collars, and other pet accessories.

Important topics they discuss:

  •  Kristen’s biggest challenge right now [3:22]
  •  Kristen’s approach to staying positive during the workday [5:35]
  •  What Kristen would tell someone moving into entrepreneurship [7:04]
  •  How Kristen balances being a parent, being a military spouse, and building a business [8:09]
  •  Kristen’s thoughts on working with Etsy [10:57]

Quote:

“Etsy is a great starting point for small businesses before jumping into your own site.” - Kristen Smith

Connect:

https://www.instagram.com/barksandbows/

https://www.etsy.com/shop/barksandbowsllc

barksandbows.etsy@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/TheBarksandBows/

Oct 1, 2016

In this episode, of Drop and Give Me 20, Lindsey Germono speaks with Jonathan Hudgins, the Co-founder and President of Flying Scarfs.  Flying Scarfs is a social business creating intelligent solutions for peace, stability, and economic freedom in developing countries.

Important topics they discuss:

  • Jonathan’s background and his role in Flying Scarfs [2:07]
  • How the idea developed between the founding team [4:47]
  • The biggest challenges they’ve faced [8:38]
  • His approach to combating the “education” challenge [10:46]
  • How he navigates the balance between building his business and being active duty [15:35]

Quote:

“You only have so much time to capture the consumer’s attention and their willingness to support you.” - Jonathan Hudgins

Social + Connect:

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Twitter

Website

Sep 15, 2016

In this episode of Drop and Give Me 20, Lindsey Germono speaks with Elizabeth Boardman, the Co-founder and Executive Director of The Milspo Project. The Milspo Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps military spouses start and grow businesses through programs like events, meetups, and workbooks.

 

Important topics they discuss:

  •     Elizabeth’s background and what The Milspo Project does
  •     How far The Milspo Project has come in two years since its founding
  •     Her biggest challenge as a military spouse entrepreneur
  •     Her views on self-doubt and how it affects other entrepreneurs and creatives
  •     Her approach to dealing with challenges as a military spouse entrepreneur
  •     Her advice for military spouse entrepreneurs

 

Quote:

“The growth we’ve seen has been very humbling and so wonderful to be a part of.” - Elizabeth Boardman

Sep 3, 2016

Here we go! Welcome to Drop and Give Me 20! As you might expect or know personally, the military community is full of successful business owners, managers, and leaders across all industries, military and civilian. Time to show them off and learn from their experiences! Hear stories of active duty members, military spouses, and veterans as host Lindsey Germono shines a spotlight on their challenges, triumphs, and the insights learned through determination and best business practices.

 

In this, the debut episode of Drop and Give Me 20, Lindsey Germono talks about:

  • Why she started the show
  • Who should be listening
  • How long she plans to podcast for
  • What problem she is trying to solve
  • How she’s finding her guests


“Drop and Give Me 20 was created to highlight the real life of a military entrepreneur.” - Lindsey Germono

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