Season 2: Episode 2 Leaner, Faster and Ready For Big Growth

For Episode 2 of Season 2 – I checked in with Texas business owners to find out how the pivots they made to become leaner and more agile in the roughest points of the pandemic have come back to HELP them in the recovery! In an episode I’m calling: Leaner, Faster, and ready for Big Growth. So let’s find out what the recovery looks like for 3 different business owners, Laura Del Villaggio of Milli Starr, a Master Milliner; Jayce McQuerter of the multi-city pet service company, My Dog Butler; and Dick Monday & Tiffany Riley of The Laughter League that provide hospital clowning to children’s hospitals in the North Texas area.

Season 2: Episode 1 Boom Time

We’re back with Season 2 and we’re ready to tackle this next phase of the economic boom time and recovery as we emerge from the weight of the year long pandemic that cooled so many sectors of the economy and super-charged others.

But there’s no doubt that in physics and the economy any action has an opposite but equal reaction and we’re seeing that now. 

Season 1: Episode 10 Silver Linings

This is the final episode of Season 1 and truly, it’s such perfect timing because as we complete this season we are quickly seeing the twinkle of a strong economic recovery. 

Today we wrap up with a peek at the Silver Linings. And the thing about silver linings is that it truly is the sun peeking out from behind the dark clouds, as a promise that it won’t always be this way, and that there is beauty to be found even now in the dark times.

Season 1: Episode 9 Should I Stay or Should I Go? Pt 3

In Episode 9, the finale of our 3 part series “Should I Stay or Should I Go?” – We complete the circle, and find out how getting everything in place that you would need to attract a good buyer – is actually the single best thing you can do refresh your business and get ready to be leaner, faster, and ready for big growth in the economic recovery.

Season 1: Episode 8 Should I Stay or Should I Go? Pt 2

We answer the question that keeps you up at night – What would it look like if I did sell my business? So we talk to guest, Tanya Posavatz, formerly of CLINK Events, to get some inside information on what it takes to sell a business.

Season 1: Episode 7 Should I Stay or Should I Go? Pt 1

I’m going to ask you the elephant in the room question right now; do you still love running your business? And if not, do you have an Exit Strategy?

Exit Strategy is one of those things we small & medium size business owners may not have thought about before. But life happens. It could be a Pandemic, a shift in life-goals, a health issue, or just a good old-fashioned retirement – but it at some point you’ll need to ask, “What do I do with what I’ve built? Does it have a cash-out value? And does that value match the price tag someone else is be willing to pay for it?

Season 1: Episode 6 Groundhog Day

As it is now officially the 1 year anniversary of Covid changing our lives, we get arm-chair philosophical in an episode I’m calling “Groundhog Day” after the 1993 movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. This episode is a practical guide to a philosophers dilemma. How do we find meaning in chaos – and how do we find the footing to stay actively present and continue to take on challenges in the face of the unknown. Bios and business information for all the guests featured in Season 1 can be found on Find out how you can work with them and support your Texas small businesses.
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Season 1: Episode 5 Hotels, Hospitality & Survival Pt 2

In Episode 5 we explore the other side of Hotels, Hospitality and Survival – but in Part 2 we go “micro” and look at the topic through the real life stories of Texas business owners and CEOs.

Season 1: Episode 4 Hotels, Hospitality & Survival Pt 1

We’re taking a macro look at the state of hospitality and tourism in Texas. Out-of-town tourism brings a City money that is paid in food, rented rooms, goods, services and taxes. That money generates more wealth for the City, and it requires thousands of invisible hands to put together a conference or make a flawless visit to any city. In this episode we look at the ripple effect that Covid-19 has had on the Texas tourism industry, what DMO’s are doing to pivot and what’s in store for the future of Texas travel the fate of the hospitality industry as we carry on.

Season 1: Episode 3 Skills For Making Tough Decisions

On Emerging Texas Strong Episode 3, we’ve devoted an entire show to the powerful advice gathered from our TX business owners on the skills they’ve needed to make “The Tough Decisions” and we’ll introduce Executive and Entrepreneurship Coaches, Dr. Stephie Althouse of Top Notch CEO and Marcel Brunel of The Brunel Group, who will help break down the skills we all need to become better leaders in our current reality and beyond. This episode is chock full of ideas that you’ll use both now and throughout your professional career, so get ready for some gold nuggets to be dropped in your lap.