John Sonnhalter, Founder of Ohio Industrial Advertising (dba Sonnhalter)

We are joined in studio by John Sonnhalter, the Founder of Ohio Industrial Advertising dba Sonnhalter, a B2T marketing firm specializing in helping companies who target professional trances men in the construction, industrial and MRO markets.

Business Plans – What Are They and Do You Need One (Part 1)?

We hear all the time from frustrated small business owners who say all they need is a business plan.  When we ask them why, it’s usually based on them hearing that from a bunch of people who ask them what their plan is for the business.  What does this even mean?

Family Business Issues – When Is It Time To Leave? (Part 1)

Family can be a blessing and a curse.  That’s true whether you are talking about real life or your business.  At times we can become too “familiar” with each other.  Usually when that happens with family in the business we will overlook things that we wouldn’t otherwise overlook in our employees or business partners who aren’t family.  Too often, it comes to the point where someone needs to leave.  So what do you do?

Alex Gertsburg Owner of The Gertsburg Law Firm

We are joined in studio by Alex Gertsburg, owner of The Gertsburg Law Firm), a law firm that is quite unlike other law firms you’ve encountered.  In fact, The Gertsburg Law Firm is the result of lessons Alex learned earlier in his career working for a combination of big law firms and then going in house where he had to hire outside counsel.  In short, Alex couldn’t find the right firm to work for or hire so he created it

Bill Streb Owner of Streb Electric – Second Generation Business

In this episode we were joined in studio by Bill Streb, owner of Streb Electric a second generation electrical services company.  During the show Bill shared several stories about how he got into the family business and eventually purchased it, including breaking the news to his wife!

How Do I Get Money For My Business?

Most owners start and fund the initial growth of their business through a combination of their own personal savings, borrowing from family and friends, and maxing out their credit cards.  As those sources of money dwindle or become tapped out, the growth of the business can often be stifled by this lack of capital.  It’s at this point that many business owners approach alternative money sources (e.g. bankers or investors)

Family Business Issues – What’s Best For The Organization?

Small business can be emotional.  This isn’t a good or bad thing.  It’s just a thing.  It can be a great thing if you can get your team emotionally connected to the business where they start to take ownership of their decisions and activities.