That Business Show Recap 05-29-2015 Featuring Ann Spire and John Duffy and Steve Howerton

#ThatBusinessShow wraps up week 17 today and was featured in The Business Observer in an article written by Michael Hinman.  Thanks to Michael Hinman for taking an interest in the show and helping to spread its message across the Bay Area.  Started in 1997 as the Gulf Coast Business Review, the newspaper is the leading provider of business information in our area and highlights trends, business leaders and regional/local government actions affecting businesses and the economy and gives a voice to entrepreneurs just as #ThatBusinessShow does each morning at 8am on 1250WHNZ.  A link to the article can be found here –

Opening up the show today was Ann Spire, President/Founder of CMIT Solutions of Brandon.  CMIT is an On Demand IT Solutions company that assists business owners with a wide array of IT services from cloud computing and disaster recovery to network administration and MAC support as well as much more.  Prior to opening her CMIT Solutions office in Brandon, Spire held key roles at several large corporations, where she accumulated more than 26 years of experience in the fields of accounting, business development and information technology.   Ann shared with us tips business owners need to be aware of starting with the Microsoft Tech Support Scam which targets small businesses and their unsuspecting employees by advising them of a problem within their network and gaining access to it through the employee’s misplaced trust.  Once inside, the hacker can hijack information or hold hostage the information and the cost to the company can be catastrophic.  On top of that, the average business does not learn of the breach for months after the occurrence which adds to the damage.  Ann and I also discussed many other common computer threats including the crypto-locker viruses and common email scams.  CMIT Solutions is the leading provider of IT services for SMBs, particularly those that employ between five and 99 employees. CMIT Solutions operates on a managed services model that offers proactive outsourced IT services and management services at affordable, consistent monthly rates.  Ann invites all people interested in learning more to contact her for a free assessment – she can be reached at   813-574-2900 or email at and learn more at!

On the 2nd half of the show, I was joined in studio by Steve Howerton and John Duffy, Co-Owners of City Wide Maintenance, a building management solutions company that does everything inside your commercial building except roofs and elevators they joke about.  Steve and John spent years working inside corporate America and decided to join the entrepreneurial movement a few years back after stumbling across the City Wide business model online.  More than a year later Steve Howerton and partner John Duffy pulled together most of their life savings and did it  by opening the 25th City Wide location.  Since then, the company has grown to near 2.5 million in annual revenue with a loyal customer base servicing more than 150 customers in the Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota area. Steve and John love City Wide’s 20+ Services Approach and the fact that 3 parties win with the City Wide model.  The customer no longer has to manage their outsourced vendors, the crew gets training and a clear scope of work, and City Wide gets a customer for life.  Contact them today if your building is in need of management solutions – phone is 727-940-5873 or email them at / and learn more at!

Ann Spire Steve Howerton and John Duffy

That Business Show Recap 05-28-2015 Featuring John Hobbs with #AmericanPlumber

#ThatBusinessShow treks on with another informative and inspirational broadcast this morning at 8am on 1250WHNZ.  Each and every weekday morning, I bring attention to the people leading and making a difference in our community by highlighting what is right with Tampa Bay.  If you are a business owner or someone with a great story to share and interested in an appearance on the show, please email me directly at!

John Hobbs joined me on the show today. John is a published author, marathon runner and inventory of an extremely beneficial multi-functional hydration system for runners and walkers and Founder of Athletes Performance Gear, Inc.  This creative and beneficial device was launched after John continually experienced hitting the wall during his runs at 7 miles and realizing he needed proper hydration throughout the run to make the long distance runs he was looking for.  He built the prototype of iHydro Run and found that he was able to carry his runs much further and eventually began running marathons.  John and I discuss this and he touches on the steps he took to get the idea out of his head and into the marketplace.  Through extensive research and ingenuity he has been able to bring this product to the marketplace and has raised a good bit of money from investors for its expansion.  John is about to launch thousands of TV commercials to promote the product and is still looking for more investors.  The company is setup properly to allow for accredited investors to get involved and he invites you to contact him for more information at 239-404-2871 or email at jhobbs@apg.rock and learn more at!

#AmericanPlumber joined me in studio today as well as part of #TheRemodelersCorner brought to us by Jim Yeager of Yeager and Company, a third generation flooring and remodeling company based in Odessa, Florida. Charlie and I touched on gun rights and he adds some flare and color commentary to the discussion with John.  Be sure to visit and mention the radio show for a great deal on your next flooring or remodeling job!


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That Business Show Recap 05-27-2015 Featuring Deborah Neff

Today marked another #WorkingWomenWednesdays feature brought to us by the Working Women of Tampa Bay Networking Group and Founder/CEO Jessica Rivelli.  Jessica checked in at the top of the hour with an announcement on the expansion of the networking group into Dallas.  Currently at over 700 members in the Bay Area and Orlando, this is a group to get involved with in the area.  Jessica and I also touched on the shows popularity amongst female audiences and she points out that many women want a positive message in the morning, something #ThatBusinessShow brings to the airwaves each and every weekday morning at 8am on 1250 WHNZ!  Learn more at!

Deborah Neff, Director of Operations with Tampa Bay Wave, joined me in studio as the guest for the rest of the show.  Tampa Bay Wave is a business accelerator that assists entrepreneurs in the tech industry with growth and support in their business endeavors.  Through a National grant, Tampa Bay Wave has been able to grow substantially over the past 6 years and assist many budding entrepreneurs through this program.  Deborah shares with me some of the success stories of people in the area that have benefited from Tampa Bay Wave including a local skateboarder who has designed a skateboard that runs off of an app on your smartphone and known as a Marbel board.  I was very curious about this invention and look forward to an introduction to the founder in the near future.  Deborah also touches on her role and involvement with Startup Week that goes on in Tampa at the start of the year and about Tampa Bay Wave’s upcoming move highlighting their growth and expansion.  If you’re a tech company in need of guidance in your business, reach out to Deborah Neff today.  She can be reached at 866-Wave066 or email at and learn more at!

Deborah Neff

That Business Show Recap 05-26-2015 Featuring Ron Klein and Jamie Harden

I hope everyone had a great long weekend this past Memorial Day Weekend.  As always, be sure to start your workdays with #ThatBusinessShow airing weekdays at 8am on 1250WHNZ and you can watch us live in studio via the live stream link at and also listen anywhere in the world on your smartphone via the iHeart Media app.

On the first half of the show, I welcomed back in studio Ron Klein.  Ron Klein was my guest on the inaugural #ThatBusinessShow and was such an impressive guest that I wanted to speak with him again on the show.  He is responsible for a number of revolutionary inventions including the Magnetic Strip on the back of credit cards as well as developed the first Multiple Listing Services for Realtors.  In addition, he developed the Bond Quotation and Trade Information Systems that the New York Stock Exchange use.  He is a true entrepreneur with only one failure he admitted to today – Retirement.  Still at the age of 80 he is going strong and just can’t keep away from innovative ideas that the market needs.  Today he talked about his latest invention that is just about to hit the market which is designed to assist the visually impaired by labeling items around their homes that can be ready via an app on a smartphone.  The invention is a simple label maker that encodes the name of the item and your smartphone reads the name that is on the item.  This is an excellent resource for things such as medicines and spices and other commonly used items around the home that come in similar containers.  Check out the site for a demonstration of this product and learn more about Ron at his website!

On the 2nd half of the show, I welcomed Jamie Harden in studio.  Jamie is the President and CEO of Creative Sign Designs which is now one of the fastest growing architectural sign companies in the United States.  Today the company employs more than 140 peoples throughout Florida and is based here in Tampa.  Jamie explains on this segment about his path to entrepreneurship that arose following a successful career in the banking industry but one that left him wanting more challenge, freedom and opportunity and led to Creative Sign Designs.  He also operates Creative Mailbox & Sign Designs and  is the largest turnkey residential streetscape company in the Southeastern United States. CMSD provides mailboxes, street signage and monument signage to builders, property management firms and homeowner’s associations.  Jamie speaks about their commitment to quality and the environment on this segment as well as takes us through the design and installation process that clients can expect when utilizing their services.  Specializing in large scale and challenging sign products, Jamie invites you to contact him today to discuss your next sign project.  He can be reached at 813-818-7100 or email at and learn more at!

Ron Klein Jamie Harden

That Business Show Recap 05-22-2015 Featuring Carissa Giblin and Clint Babcock

#ThatBusinessShow ends its 16th week on 1250WHNZ, airing weekdays at 8am.  I and my guests got an added bonus post-show as we ran into Tito and Jackie Jackson who are in town to play a post-game show after the Rays game at the Trop tomorrow night 5/23.  Friendly guys and took the time to take a photo with myself and my guests.

Carissa Giblin joined me at the top of the hour.  Carissa is the Co-Founder of Voyager Leadership Training and a former engineer at Cargill/Mosaic where I worked as a lab analyst.  She and I shared some memories of the facility on this segment and she touches on a trip abroad that inspired her to take the entrepreneurial plunge.   Carissa earned her Bachelors in Chemical Engineering and Masters in Business Administration and is a certified Process Master and Six Sigma Green Belt turned entrepreneur.  Voyager Leadership Training works with organizations in an effort to grow confident, well rounded leaders using proven, yet simple techniques.  Carissa uses her 20 years of experience in management and inside production facilities to help guide other leaders by sharing her experiences and mistakes with other leaders with her new venture at Voyager Leadership Training.  Through their interactive format, the Voyager program will enable you to understand key tools and techniques instantly and participants are asked to step out of their comfort zone to try out new ways of interacting with others and handling situations.  There is a wealth of information available at their website and you can reach out to Carissa directly at 813-563-1990 or email at and be sure to ask her about her Radio show offer!

The 2nd half of the show was a focus on salesmanship with some great information and tips shared by Clint Babcock, Partner with Sandler Training.  Sandler is an Internationally recognized sales and business growth/management leader and their reach encompasses over 250 local offices in over 25 countries.  Sandler trains professionals in all areas and levels of business from the start-up entrepreneur to the top producing salesman looking to up their game even more.  Talking points on this segment included a discussion of what are some of the biggest issues facing business owners today and how to separate the good sales professionals from the “not so good” salesman.  We touched on the importance of differentiation, which I’ve stated many times is the key to success and Clint elaborates on some of the mistakes that managers make when leading a sales team and how the sales profession has changed over the past 10 years.  If you are looking to take your business to the next level, Clint invites you to contact him today to discuss.  He can be reached at 813-361-8706 or email at and learn more at!

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That Business Show Recap 05-21-2015 Featuring Aakash Patel and Yeager and Company with Charlie the Plumber

That Business Show, weekdays at 8am on 1250WHNZ and always informative and entertaining.  Catch the show On Demand on iTunes or and all shows are streamed live in studio, click on the live stream button on the home page of to see us in studio.

Aakash Patel opened the show today and is the President/Founder of Elevate, Inc., a public relations company he founded in 2012.  Aakash is considered to be one of the most connected people in Tampa and he and Elevate work with business owners to help them Learn, Connect and Grow.  Through his extensive network of contacts, Aakash is able to help get  your company in front of people that help grow your business.  Aakash also shared with us why #TampaHasSwagger, and spoke of the importance of hashtag campaigns such as #TampaHasSwagger and how they can help business owners grow their online presence.  Aakash is an active member of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Vistage Tampa Downtown Partnership, Seminole Torchbearers and Washington Leadership Program as well as involved in many other organizations.  He stays very connected to the University of Tampa and is a graduate of Florida State University.  Aakash is available to sit down and discuss ways he can help your business Learn, Connect and Grow and can be reached at 850-591-0208 or email at and learn more at!

On the 2nd half of the show, Charlie the Plumber took center stage as part of the Remodeler’s Corner, a weekly feature brought to us by Yeager and Company, a third generation flooring and remodeling company based in Odessa, Florida.  Learn more about them at  Charlie. Aakash and I discussed how to brand Charlie online and gave him the Hashtag campaign of #AmericanPlumber with the hope that in a year’s time Charlie will have a brand that will resonate across Tampa and be involved in some of the Military Events around the community as he is a Marine and very committed to the American way of life.  Charlie also touches on some stories from his days as a professional wrestler and does not offend too many people on this segment.  Be sure to tweet and tag #AmericanPlumber when following the show and also use #ThatBusinessShow to help grow and promote the show!

Aakash Patel Charlie Paleveda Jim Yeager

That Business Show Recap 05-20-2015 Featuring Carole Sanek and Lisa Emmons

That Business Show grows more and more each day and today was no different.  The show and myself will be featured in an upcoming article in The Business Observer as I was interviewed by the Paper after today’s show.  Look for it in the Business Observer which comes out on Fridays in the next 1-2 weeks and be sure to listen live weekdays at 8am on 1250 WHNZ or anywhere in the country on the iHeart Media app or at!

Today was Working Women Wednesdays brought to us by the influential Tampa Bay based networking group, Working Women of Tampa Bay.  Jessica Rivelli, CEO and Founder, opened up the show with a promotion for the upcoming Fashion Show Birthday Brunch being held May 29th at  Ruth Eckerd Hall from 9 to 11 am.  This is in celebration of the group’s 6 year anniversary.  Space is still available and for more information, visit and click on events.  There you will see the event and many more to get involved with!

Carole Sanek was the next guest on the program.  Carole is the CEO of Social Butterfly Media Marketing LLC and the creator of the podcast The Crazy Marketing Ladies Show.  She has a background in Real Estate which led her to blogging and from blogging to the use of social media as a tool to promote her blogs.  She is an award winning blogger having written blogs on breast cancer awareness/prevention and now focuses on social media through her Butterfly Blog located at  We discussed her business and she shares with us tips on proper social media use for businesses.  She stressed the importance of blogging and email marketing for business owners because they are pieces of “real estate” that they own essentially.  Social media platforms while effective can be taken away from a user if the platform deems inappropriate content or usage of the site and you, the business owner, could lose years of work and many followers.  Blogging and email campaigns are your own property and an effective tool for business owners to grow and promote their businesses.  Carole is also a podcaster and her podcast, The Crazy Marketing Lady, can be found on iTunes as well.  Carole can be reached at 352-540-0177 or email at for more information and be sure to visit her website for more tips on social media and to follow her blog!

On the 2nd half of the show, Lisa Emmons, Image Consultant and Founder of Posh Image Consulting was in studio.  Lisa’s training and certifications come from the Fashion Stylist Institute in San Francisco and she is certified as an Image Consultant, Color Consultant, Wardrobe Stylist and Elite Personal Shopper. She also serves as the Vice President of Marketing & Communications for AICI (Association of Image Consultants International) and just recently became an Ambassador for Working Women of Tampa Bay.  Lisa and I talk about ways to present yourself in an interview or in the dating scene and we share some good laughs as this is an area I am lacking in, with regard to image and style.  Posh Image Consulting services help with job opportunities, promotions, presentations, gain more clients, dating, improve social status, gain self-confidence, feel empowered, and feel magnificent.  Lisa is actively engaged with the Fashion Show Birthday Brunch on May 29th as part of the Working Women of Tampa Bay’s Birthday celebration and is available to assist you, both men and women, in enhancing your image.  Learn more at and reach out to Lisa directly at 813-579-8840 or email at!

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That Business Show Recap 05-19-2015 Featuring Lynn Wise and Michelle Turman

Start your morning off on a positive note each weekday morning at 8am on 1250WHNZ by tuning in to That Business Show with Jamie Meloni which promotes the entrepreneurial spirit and supports our local business owners by giving them a voice on the air each day.  You can watch or listen to the show live at or anywhere in the world on the iHeart Media app on your smartphone.

Lynn Wise, Expert Contributor to That Business Show and Founder of Wise Business Advisors, called in at the top of the hour on today’s show to discuss one of her many services she offers to Contractors.  Lead generation is an that confounds many contractors as they focus on doing the job each and every day in the field but neglect the back end of their businesses which include the marketing among many others.  Lynn assists Contractors in lead generation through the use of social media and will work with Contractors to generate a lead funnel to your Facebook fan page utilizing some techniques and tips she has picked up through experience and study.  This along with assistance in the areas of customer service, marketing plans, and website design and consultations are just a few of the many areas that Lynn and Wise Business Advisors are available to assist you in as a Contractor hard at work in the Tampa Bay Region.  Lynn offers Contractors who mention that you heard her on the radio a free consultation on ways she can help grow and support your business.  Reach our to her today at 772-834-8513 or email at Lynn@WiseBA.Com and visit for more information!

On the 2nd half of the show, I welcomed Michelle Turman, Principal Consultant and Founder of Catalyst Consulting Services.  Michelle’s company assists non-profit companies in growth and planning and every organization, whether large or small, requires change at some point to continue its growth. Day to day operations can make it difficult for an organization to undertake the tasks of stimulating, facilitating and coordinating the change effort and that is where Michelle and Catalyst Consulting Services comes in.  They offer assistance in many areas from organizational review and assessment to operations management and she noted that the typical consultation takes about 6-8 months of involvement to effect change.  Michelle also spent 13 years in museum management and curated many exhibits and worked with the company that found the RMS Titanic.  She personally handled many of the artifacts brought up and we discuss this as well as how to involve more women in leadership roles through the mentoring process and she touches on a program at USF that is geared towards assisting young women through mentoring programs.  Michelle is available to assist you with non-profit guidance and can be reached at 813-839-2282 or email at and learn more at!

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