Podcast

MM71: Miko Branch on Miss Jessie’s, Her Empire State of Mind and Beyond (Replay)

Posted by site_master on September 25, 2017  /   Posted in Blog, Business, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized

Miko Branch, co-founder and CEO of Miss Jessie’s, started the company in the early 2000’s alongside her late sister, Titi Branch.

Miko and Titi Branch didn’t have to go far to get their business chops. Their father and Miss Jessie, their paternal grandmother who the business was named after, gave themMiko Branch, Miss Jessie's the push they needed to forge the road ahead. Miko, a 70’s, hip-hop baby like myself and the environment that holds in NYC, help to visualize, shape and launch their entrepreneurial spirit in addition to their family.

At one point, Miko says she wanted to go into fashion, but decided to go another route. On the day that she graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, she enrolled in beauty school. This is where we pick up her story.

Miko and I discuss;

 

Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM71: Miko Branch on Miss Jessie's, Her Empire State of Mind and Beyond (Replay)
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MM70: Building Beyond Your 9-5 with Side Hustler Nick Loper (Replay)

Posted by site_master on September 18, 2017  /   Posted in Affiliate Marketing, Blog, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized
Nick is an entrepreneur, author with several books on Amazon and lead Hustler at SideHustleNation.com, a growing community and resource for aspiring and part-time entrepreneurs.Nick worked full-time for a giant corporation, but spent his nights and weekends working on a comparison shopping website which eventually led him to stitching together other side projects ultimately launching out on his own and finding success.Nick starting getting more questions on how he created his side businesses and that’s where Side Hustle Nation was born. Side Hustle Nation is a growing community of aspiring and part-time entrepreneurs, where he also hosts the top-rated Side Hustle Show podcastNick Loper YouTubeNick and I discuss;
  • Why it was important to start his own business
  • How he made the transition from his side hustle to doing it full-time
  • What are some top niches others could look at starting now
  • Sites and apps to use to help you be a more effective side hustler
  • And much more!…
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM70: Building Beyond Your 9-5 with Side Hustler Nick Loper (Replay)
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MM69: Tyler Merrick on Making Sweet Deals, Building a Unique Snack Business and More!

Posted by site_master on September 10, 2017  /   Posted in Affiliate Marketing, Blog, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized
Tyler Merrick, founder and CEO of  Project 7 started 10yrs ago after learning about social entrepreneurship through a friend. He soon discovered, however, that social entrepreneurship works only when people want to buy the product you’re selling. After restart of the brand and  reformulated products, Project 7’s sales now exceed $10 million, and its gums and gummy bears are distributed at Target, Meijer, SuperValu, Starbucks and elsewhere. The company donatetyler merrick project 7s a minimum of 10% of its profits to seven areas of focus, including tree-planting, clean water and anti-bullying program.
  • Merrick talks about his pet care venture he worked in over 10yrs
  • Being a For Profit supporting non-profits
  • Why having good product should be the focus vs. the social mission
  • The seven areas of need across the globe that Project 7 helps fund
  • How he penetrated the gum and candy business
  • Failing in business
  • How others can create sustainable goods and create a business/products that they can have an impact on social good?
  • and much more!
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM69: Tyler Merrick on Making Sweet Deals, Building a Unique Snack Business and More!
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Sponsor/Partnership:TubeBuddy’s channel management browser plugin helps content creators, brands, and networks save time and grow their brands directly from within YouTube.Extra Links:How Project 7’s Tyler Merrick Channeled His Inner Willy Wonka To Turn Around His Gum Startup

MM68: Employee to Entrepreneur with Luisa Zhou

Posted by site_master on September 03, 2017  /   Posted in Blog, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized
Luisa Zhou is a serial entrepreneur and online educator who teaches people how to leave their day job and start their own six-figure plus business working for themselves. She’s helped hundreds of students, including health and business coaches, designers, copywriters, and consultants, and shown them how to launch businesses that generate anywhere from 10K to 100K in a matter of months. She has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Forbes, Inc, Entrepreneur, Success magazine, and more.Luisa Zhou YouTubeIn this episode , Luisa tells us how (and why) she generated $106k in sales in four months in business — while maintaining a full-time job that was 50+ hours a week. We also learn about Luisa; How she launched her coaching program? Does the fact that coaching is so huge (billion dollar industry) but unregulated cause concern and her approach and much more!
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM68: Employee to Entrepreneur with Luisa Zhou
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Sponsor/Partnership:Namecheap is a domain name registrar and web hosting company.Extra Links:Luisa’s Employee to Entrepreneur Coaching program How This 28-Year-Old Started A Side Hustle Which Now Makes Over $1M A Year (Nagina‘s Article for Forbes)

MM67: Boss Life: Surviving a Small Business with Paul Downs

Posted by site_master on August 28, 2017  /   Posted in Blog, Business, Corporate, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized
Paul Downs started making custom furniture in 1986, shortly after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in engineering. Downs has only one line on his résumé but has a wide variety of skills gained in thirty years of running his business. His clients range from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, all branches of the military, and foreign governments. Downs lives with his wife and three sons outside of Philadelphia.Paul Downs YouTube In addition to running the business, Paul is a prolific writer. If you felt like your business was about to shut down, could you imagine reaching out to the New York Times with an offer to share the experience with thousands of people? Paul Downs thought it would make for a good story and he wrote for the NYTimes.com for 4-years before writing a “year in the life of my business” book: Boss Life.You’ve never read a business book like Boss Life. The book quickly joined our list of “must reads” for all current and potential business owners. The work is the most honest and transparent business book that we have ever read and we encourage all of you to read it. If you felt like your business was about to shut down, could you imagine reaching out to the New York Times with an offer to share the experience with thousands of people? Paul Downs thought it would make for a good story and he wrote for the NYTimes.com for 4-years before writing a “year in the life of my business” book: Boss Life.
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM67: Boss Life: Surviving a Small Business with Paul Downs
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Sponsor/Partnership:TubeBuddy’s channel management browser plugin helps content creators, brands, and networks save time and grow their brands directly from within YouTube.Extra Links:Paul Downs Forbes articles

MM66: Entrepreneurship, Detroit and Generation StartUp with Cheryl Miller Houser

Posted by site_master on August 20, 2017  /   Posted in Blog, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized
As a longtime film and TV producer, Cheryl Miller Houser has become used to the fact that each production becomes its own business enterprise and creating her own company Creative Breed made it a natural investment to follow 6 (8 total including partners) young entrepreneurs in Detroit trying to find their footing in the documentary that I found on Netflix called ‘Generation StartUp‘.daymond JohnGeneration Startup takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing these entreprenuer’s stories. This film that Cheryl and Co-Directed with Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action—with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country’s economic future is at stake. startup generation Cheryl also tells her story of stepping out and creating her own company  which was designed to create emotionally engaging content that inspires people to think, feel and take action like this. The goal is to share masterful story-telling across all media/multi-platforms.
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM66: Entrepreneurship, Detroit and Generation StartUp with Cheryl Miller Houser
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MM65: Boxing in a Healthy Subscription Box Business with Paul Jarrett (Replay)

Posted by site_master on August 13, 2017  /   Posted in Blog, Business, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized
Paul Jarrett Co-Founded Bulu, Inc. also known by the subscription box name Bulu Box and Bulu Marketplace in 2012. Paul was running in a marathon with his wife and as the volunteers were handing out sample products for them to use along the run, they later realized that there was an opportunity and a market for sending out health products and vitamins to others in a more curated process and collect essential data along the way.paul jarrett subscription box businessPaul’s work experience spans the country. From NYC to San Francisco, he has launched million dollar brands such as Neebo and executed multi-facted campaigns for Lowe’s and Nike so he understood what it meant to take this subscription box idea to market and quickly began to see success. It also helped that he was Vice President and Board Member of Complete Nutrition which also provided a little insight into the space. He built the Marketing Department, trained dozens of franchises and positioned Complete Nutrition and its products for success in a saturated market.I enjoyed my conversation with Paul and I hope you do as well and helps you along your journey. In this episode we cover;
  • From going to school for journalism to becoming the CEO of an online business
  • How Bulu Box works
  • How businesses like his is changing the way we shop
  • How hard is it for a subscription box company to be backed by VCs (venture capitalist)
  • What have been great marketing and business strategies
  • Ideas from Birch Box
  • And Much More!
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM65: Boxing in a Healthy Subscription Box Business with Paul Jarrett (Replay)
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Extra Resources:Beginner’s Guide To Starting & Growing A Subscription Box Business: Unbox Your Success Today! (ebook)

MM64: Mentally Breaking Down Hustle with Evan Carmichael

Posted by site_master on August 06, 2017  /   Posted in Affiliate Marketing, Blog, Business, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized
Author of ‘Your One Word’ The Powerful Secret to Creating a Business and Life That MatterEvan Carmichael is an entrepreneur who started doing what he loves at the early age of 19. At 22, he was a VC helping companies to raise $500,000 to $15 million. He soon found that he had a true passion for helping others, and used that drive to help others. Evan has a website called evancarmichael.com where he works hand in hand with entrepreneurs to help them accomplish their hopes and dreams. He stated that is goal is to help 1 billion entrepreneurs in his life. The only thing stronger than his friendly personality is his drive to help others meet the success that he achieved.Evan and I discuss;
  • What it means to have “One Word”
  • Understanding his idea of hustle and passion
  • Almost quitting as an entrepreneur
  • Facing depression
  • How he works on modeling himself after entrepreneurs
  • Why A.P. Giannini , founder of Bank of America is the entrepreneur he appreciates most
  • and much more!!
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM64: Mentally Breaking Down Hustle with Evan Carmichael
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Sponsor/PartnershipNamecheap is a domain name registrar and web hosting company.Extra Links:The Big Why And The Little Why With Evan Carmichael (Forbes)Your One Word– Evan’s BookMy appearance on the Evan Carmichael LIVE Show

MM63: Using YouTube to Inspire Individuals and Businesses to Create Awesome Brands with Roberto Blake

Posted by site_master on July 30, 2017  /   Posted in Affiliate Marketing, Blog, Design, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized
The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul ~ Dieter Uchtdorf
That fully embodies Roberto Blake.”Create something awesome today.” Roberto Blake is the CEO and Creative Director of Create Awesome Media, LLC., where he develops and produces digital content and online media properties. Currently he is the host of a popular Creative Education Channel on YouTube, “Always Be Creating”. Roberto also host and co-produces the “Create Something Awesome Today Podcast”Roberto Blake uses this tagline at the beginning of every video he creates, edits, and uploads on YouTube. He has a real passion for creative entrepreneurship and empowering others, and the community he’s built around his creative philosophy is a reflection of his commitment to his following.roberto blake youtube awesomeThis is one of the longer podcasts that I’ve recorded (1hr 10min) but it’s well worth listening to someone with the discipline to put out finely crafted, unique content and frankly speaking directly to the heart of an entrepreneur.Roberto and I discuss;
  • How Roberto got his start in design and focus on being a “creative”
  • How others can start in YouTube today and why it’s not saturated?
  • What’s the future YouTube
  • The next social media “thing” people and businesses should turn their attention to
  • Tips for a budding vlogger to develop a strong relationship with followers?
  • How to engage with followers in all three (Twitter / Instagram / YouTube) channels and platform he uses the most?
  • The YouTubers and Bloggers that inspired him when he started and today
  • and much more!
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM63: Using YouTube to Inspire Individuals and Businesses to Create Awesome Brands with Roberto Blake
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Sponsor/Partnership:TubeBuddy’s channel management browser plugin helps content creators, brands, and networks save time and grow their brands directly from within YouTube.

MM62: Adam Klein on American Underground and Changing the Face of Startup Hubs (Replay)

Posted by site_master on July 23, 2017  /   Posted in Affiliate Marketing, Blog, Business, Marketing, Podcast, Uncategorized
The Affiliate Mission team spent over a year in American Underground, a startup (co-working) hub in Raleigh-Durham and our experience was awesome and one I would recommend to any new business looking to connect and build with other entrepreneurs.American Underground is setting trends to become the most diverse startup hub around and that effort is led by Chief Strategist and all around good guy, Adam Klein. Adam Klein of American UndergroundCompanies like Google has seen something special in this hub and sponsored them in their efforts. CNBC even visited AU late last year to cover how it’s sparking a business revival in what once known as ‘Black Wall Street.Adam and I sat down and discussed;
  • Why co-working space is important for a startup business
  • What Silicon Valley is missing with diversity in the startup community
  • How to get involved with a local incubator
  • Business resurgence in NC
  • And more….
Missions & Marketplace Podcast by Priest Willis, Sr MM62: Adam Klein on American Underground and Changing the Face of Startup Hubs (Replay)
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Useful links:American Underground Is a Different Kind of Silicon Valley Possible? By The Atlantic 
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