Every Business Needs a Contract Lawyer – #FocusFriday on #ThatBusinessShow – Featuring Juliann Nichols, Lisa Wilcox, Madison Miller, and Dr. Ron Eccles

Every Business Needs a Contract Lawyer – #FocusFriday on #ThatBusinessShow – Featuring Juliann Nichols, Lisa Wilcox, Madison Miller, and Dr. Ron Eccles

Happy Friday and welcome to another #FocusFriday on #ThatBusinessShow where we work to help you #Focus on key areas within your business.  This week’s focus was on the importance of involving an attorney in your contracts with guest Lisa Wilcox.  She is the founder of Wilcox Law and an expert in contract law and international law too and her focus is on helping consumers for the last eight years through bad debt collections, foreclosure defense and faulty robo-dialing issues.  She also incorporates advising businesses on how to prevent them from getting into consumer debt issues.  “Every business needs a contract lawyer” states Lisa who advises that as a business you are not a consumer, you are a business and have less protection under the law.  A great tip in the #MorningDiscussion is to ensure your contracts have a provision to avoid a Telephone Consumer Protection Act Lawsuit which deals with robo-dialing issues centered on advertising or collections.  We hear about a recent lawsuit that affected Papa Johns in this area and it was the fault of their advertising agency too.  For businesses that are large, be sure you are familiar with skip tracing and are accurately dialing numbers so as to not end up on the line with a person to whom the debtors number was transferred also.  Lisa reminds us too that just because you are a new entity or a small company, that does not mean you cannot negotiate better terms in your contract and shares with us some examples of David vs Goliath in this segment.  A large portion of the discussion centered on upcoming changes to labor laws and we began with a discussion on what is a 1099 contractor’s definition and what is a w-2 employees definition.  The IRS estimates that 80% of workers classified as independent contractors are actually employees and the IRS has launched a massive new “misclassification initiative” that will target small business owners so it is imperative you have your agreements outlined in contracts and reviewed by an attorney such as Lisa to ensure compliance and avoid fines!!  As part of this crackdown, the Department of Labor has hired 100 new auditors solely to investigate misclassifications and state investigators are turning up the heat on employers too.  In closing, we touched on the question of the week which is up in the Facebook group, Focus Friday and asks – Does your business have a will?  Get involved in the discussion here https://www.facebook.com/groups/FocusFridays/ and reach out to Lisa at 888-945-2695 or online at http://www.wilcoxlawpa.com!  And a reminder Each Friday at 7am, we speak with Juliann Nichols, CEO of Focus on You Strategy and another guest about their challenges, successes and failures and how working with Juliann and utilizing her strategies helped get them over the humps in their business.  Check out www.focusonyoustrategy.com and take advantage of one of her many CEO Exchanges to get a preview of how she can help Bring Out the CEO in You!  The next CEO Exchange is being held October 4th from 11am to 1pm at the C1 Bank in Hyde Park and you can register by clicking here!

Our 8am guest was Madison Miller, Cancer survivor and Founder of Spark the Way, a 501c3 that works to bring financial resources, and support to young victims battling Cancer.  Madison was diagnosed with cancer when she was 20 years old and that same month, cancer also  took  her grandfather’s life.  Not too soon after that her Grandmother was diagnosed with Cancer and still fighting to this day. In 2013, she was questioning God as to why she was afflicted so young and found solace in the Bible and his trustworthiness and her faith gave her the powerful ability not to fear cancer. She launched Spark the Way 2015 became an official 501(c)(3)!! In time, she hopes to accomplish a legacy that is about the people who Spark the Way impacts – the first generation of light-bearing, fearless fighters. Not in shining our own light, but in reflecting God’s. John 1:1-5.  She is hosting her Ignite the Light Gala on November 5th from 6pm to 9pm to raise funds and grants and awareness for young adult cancer and you can register online at www.sparktheway.org/events Missed this inspirational story?  Find it online here and learn more about Spark the Way at www.sparktheway.org!

Our next guest was Dr. Ron Eccles, Speaker, Coach and Business Trainer.  Dr. Ron is an accomplished entrepreneur having worked in many industries including Chiropractic, Real Estate Investments and Sales and was in studio today to talk about the 3 Principles in Business.  These were noted as do not limit yourself by your own personal health – meaning the stronger your personal health, the stronger your business will.  Second was a discussion on the Law of Sowing and Reaping and lastly a discussion of Spending vs. Investing.  Check out this discussion here and take advantage of Ron’s offer for serious entrepreneurs only – a free consultation by calling him at 484-515-4040 and learn more at www.conquermyeverest.com!

Are you a business owner in the Tampa Bay area?  If you are, we invite you to apply for membership in Tampa Bay’s Premier Business Society, TBBO, the Tampa Bay Business Owners.  You can apply via this link http://www.tbbo.org/member-application and the investment is just $595 for the year or $59/monthly (one-time $250 startup fee) and includes many benefits outlined here .   Also as a promotion to prior radio show guests, if you join our business organization, you will be re-booked onto the program with the right to bring a guest of your choice to join alongside you.  This is a great perk for an existing client or you can use it to get your foot in the door with someone you are trying to establish business with by offering them something of value.  Many other benefits included on top of this so act today!!


Show Recap – Get Fashionable with STYLEdge and Alternative Addiction Treatments with BoardPrepTampa

#ThatBusinessShow wraps up week 25 on 1250WHNZ – the show airs daily at 8am and can be heard On Demand all over the web including my YouTube channel where we put all the videos which are streamed live in studio https://www.youtube.com/user/jamiemeloni and you can find audios on iTunes by searching That Business Show and on http://www.tampabayradio.com!

Today’s show got fashionable as I, along with co-Host Stella Giudicelli, welcomed Patty Soltis and Elaine Sweeney to studio.  Both are Managing Directors of STYLEdge Fashion, a consulting company they launched in January of this year that offers services including Executive Consultancy, wardrobe setup, closet transformation and many others centering around fashion.  Patty has many years of experience in fashion, bringing with her years of experience with the likes of Neiman Marcus, Lord & Taylor and Marshall Fields.  Her partner, Elaine, is a recognized fashion icon in the Tampa community and former news anchor appearing on Fox, NBC and ABC affiliates.  Their goal is to help women of all sizes and styles feel confident in their appearance which equates to success.  They also assist men in wardrobe guidance as well and speak on this during the show also.

Patty and Elaine share some tips on making first impressions and the importance of always being presentable on this segment as well as touch on some of the trends in fashion, both from a female and male perspective.  They have also started the STYLEdge Syndicate, a local fashion club that will hold eight meetings a year but they stress they will not be “meetings” but rather fun events to share ideas and get advice on clothing, alterations, styles and much more.  The cost is $200 to get involved in the group and to learn more, contact Patty and Elaine directly.  You can learn more about them at http://www.styledgefashion.com and they are available via email at patty.soltis@styledgefashion.com / Elaine.sweeney@styledgefashion.com phone numbers are 813-362-9061 / 813-468-0424 as well.

My guest on the 2nd half of the show as John Harden, Principal Investor and Clinical Director of BoardPrep.   BoardPrep is a behavioral health company specializing in safe and effective alternative treatments to addiction.  John, who himself is a recovering addict, feels that addiction is the most vexing public health problem of our time and elaborates on this and the how his treatment therapies differ from traditional methods often used inside hospital and big box treatment facilities on this segment. John opens the segment with his personal story of addiction to alcohol and cocaine, becoming afflicted with the disease in his teenage years.  After going through recovery at such as young age, John dedicated his life to its treatment and today has a stellar resume which includes being the first Executive Director of the UF Health Florida Recovery Center as well as serving as the Executive Director of the Florida Society of Addiction Medicine.

One of BoardPrep’s alternative therapies include outpatient services where patients can be treated at their homes and John discusses this approach to treatment on the segment as well as delves into some of the basics of addiction disease such as why some drugs cause addiction more rapidly and why some people are affected by addiction whereas others are not.  John also touches on how the brain reacts to addictive substances and we discuss how food addiction affects the brain in the same ways as alcohol and drug addiction.  BoardPrep’s facility is located at 2522 W Kennedy Blvd Tampa and you can call them at 813-600-7929 or 1-800-520-8475 to schedule a consultation which takes about 2 hours to discuss treatment if you or a loved one has the need.  Learn more at http://www.boardpreptampa.com!

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