Mike Balsamo, the afternoon start with 95.9 The Palm, worked the crowd at Palm Beach SCORE's recent Show Me The Money financial symposium. With microphone in hand he decided to find out what drives entrepreneurs to invest their entire waking lives - and much of their family's financial resources - into building a small business.
Whether you started out from scratch, purchased a franchise, or are trying to grow an inherited business, every small business owner faces similar serious challenges. They differ only on the length of time they have been in business. For some, financing is no longer a challenge but
For a few, financing is no longer a challenge but growth is. For others, it is finding employees and still others it is about finding the money they need to grow their business. All 7 entrepreneurs agree that it's never easy, but it is always fun to be your own boss, especially when you make the right decisions at the right time.
Joining with the 7 entrepreneurs are 4 corporate representatives who focus their energies on helping small business owners find the resources they need to start or grow their business. Whether it is a small business friendly bank or an insurance agent that likes entrepreneurs or a payroll service - they all appreciate the efforts expended by small business owners every day to make their businesses successful.
FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE
Jason Emmett was appointed President of Duffy's Sports Grill following the sudden death of his father in early 2015 who was the patriarch of the firm. He lives in West Palm Beach and has worked in the hospitality industry since he was 15, starting in the maintenance department of the Dumont Plaza hotel in Manhattan. His goal is to continue the vision his father laid down in 2001 when he purchased a 4-location restaurant all located in Palm Beach County. That vision is to be the best casual dining, sports-themed concept in America by creating passionately local MVP's, one guest at a time.
Linda Presley had a great idea and the passion to see it through, but wasn't sure that was enough to truly launch her own creation - a delightful and healthy Edamole spread. As a former spa owner turned private chef she regularly works on private yachts or the mansions of Palm Beach. Her creation was a result of a "lightbulb" moment when she was working on a menu for luxury private party.
Lorinda Gonzalez is a graduate from FAU and holds a BA degree in English Writing & Rhetoric, with a minor in Health Care Technology & Business Communications. She is currently a graduate student at Southern New Hampshire University and working toward a Master's Degree in Mass Communications and Marketing. She belong to the National Education Writers Association, Professional Writers of America, certified by Grant Writing USA, Florida International University and a number of additional industry specific organizations.
Terry Redmond is experienced in developing a variety of marketing strategies, lowering a firms cost while increasing revenues, building brands, driving relevant traffic to a physical location and/or a firm’s website, recruiting, hiring, operations management, as well as team development. His current marketing expertise is online marketing (web design, SEO, paid advertising, and social media). I also have a high working knowledge with pharmaceutical, non-profit, print, radio, television, email, billboard, and grassroots marketing.
Palm Beach SCORE
Palm Beach SCORE is a non-profit who's mission is helping local small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs grow and thrive by offering mentoring, workshops, business consulting and counseling services, networking opportunities, events and partnerships within the Palm Beach / South Florida business corridor.
SCORE-ing Your Business' host Penny Pompei serves as Chapter Chair for our local Palm Beach SCORE Chapter #224, located in beautiful downtown West Palm Beach.