Our friends at Big Fish Presentations recently shared an interesting clip… a behind the scenes look from an interns perspective. It’s a short clip and well worth the time. It’s bound to put a smile on your face.
Grace Hatton is nineteen and has started two companies. Wow! Moxie International LLC published Miss Moxie magazine. Since its formation in 2010 they have had a year of online success and in July 2011 they launched the full length digital issue. Readership for Miss Moxie magazine has grown to over 5,000 young women which for a small magazine is impressive. They have established multiple strategic alliances with other women’s organizations that are helping to grow our readership.
Grace Hatton Books has recently completed a new young adult fantasy, supernatural series that will be pitched to publishers soon. Did we mention that Grace runs both of these companies while working on her double-major in college?
MO: Grace, tell us about your interest in writing and how this passion turned into two businesses at such a young age.
Shmuel Hoffman creates videos that stand out and give his clients a branding advantage over their competition. His clients include larger nonprofits, businesses, bands, books, production companies and ad agencies. He produces every part of the video-making process, from concept and preproduction, to filming, direction, editing, graphics and color-grading.
Hoffman Productions is a video & media production company operating in New York, Jerusalem and Berlin. They specialize in viral online and advertising videos produced with an artistic and creative heart and eye.
MO: Where did your love of video and film come from? What were your early influences?
Franchisees Funding Businesses Debt Free
Investors may have more financing options available for buying a franchise than they realize. More than $16.4 trillion is held in retirement plans nationwide, according to the Investment Company Institute’s latest research. This is 55 percent higher than five years ago. Franchising also experienced monumental growth during this time period. In 2006, many franchisors and franchise consulting firms achieved record levels as interest in entrepreneurship continued to rise. The growth within both retirement assets and franchising may not be a coincidence.
Trend watchers speculate that the baby boomer generation is leaning increasingly toward self-employment. Nearing the age of retirement, many realize they’re not adequately prepared to live comfortably in their golden years. Since 1999, surveys conducted by the AARP have regularly shown that as many as 80 percent of baby boomers wish to work during their retirement years.
If you’re not familiar with Gary Vaynerchuk, you’re missing out on one of the most energetic, enthusiastic, and memorable personalities on the Internet. Gary, made famous by his WineLibrary TV, is not only a wine expert but also a social media and Internet enthusiast. He knows what it takes to take a small business and make it a success.
I’ve read Gary’s energetic and inspiring books, and have had the opportunity to speak with him in the past. I just recently caught up with him to find out what he’s been up to since the release of his book, The Thank You Economy.
Mike: Almost every business starts out as a small business, and anyone that wants to know your background can read and be totally energized by your book, Crush It! but can you kind of give a little bit of background on how you got your start and what you were able to do for your family business?
Jolie Glassman has been the owner of South Florida Boxing, Miami Beach’s oldest gym, since 1997 and has been a part of the education industry for over 22 years. Jolie started as a math and English teacher in schools, prisons and lock-down facilities. Her love for health and fitness began at an early age when she began instructing fitness classes. She didn’t stop there. In 1997, Jolie and her x-husband created South Florida Boxing – A Real Gym For Real People. Jolie always says “there are people who say they belong to a gym and then there are people who really go and workout. The people who really go and workout come here to South Florida Boxing where they get insane, intense training and get super strong and fit.”
South Florida Boxing (SFB), located in the heart of South Beach, is the oldest standing gym in Miami Beach (over 14 years). SFB is an all-inclusive gym offering over 55 classes per week. Classes include Boxing, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, R.I.T.E. Fitness, Jiu Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts and Boot Camp. South Florida Boxing is a “Real Gym” and family style. Everything is all about the vibe and energy. South Florida Boxing is truly Fitness for Everyone and performance training for athletes.
MO: What was your inspiration for starting South Florida Boxing? Did you feel that there was a gap in the market?
Born and raised in the Dallas area, Cory Jones gained his competitive edge as a power lifter while completing his degree in Entrepreneurship at the University of North Texas, shortly thereafter achieving his greatest personal claim to fame thus far – the title of Texas Strongest Man. Cory cut his professional teeth as a citizen of the free standing country that is Accenture; learning to travel and spend per diems, and a work hard/work hard mentality that has stuck with him ever since.
After 12 years of diverse business consulting, marketing and business strategy roles, Cory and fiancé Katelyn Watson launched DINKlife.com BETA in May 2011 as a tool to help couples – DINKs (Dual Income No Kids) – meet others like them and make the most of life. DINKlife is the only lifestyle brand and social and services platform for this group, the second fastest growing life-stage demographic in the US.
MO: What was your inspiration for creating a site dedicated to couples with no children?
Mark Quinn is the Vice President of Marketing for the Residential Segment at Leggett and Platt. This section of the company accounts for just over $1.3 billion in sales. Because Leggett and Platt has been in business for over a century, Mark works to evolve it within the very dynamic space occupied by their customers. Mark has an extensive background in the field of marketing. He spent 18 years providing both marketing and sales work for Sealy and Serta mattress companies all over the U.S., in Brazil, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
In addition to the traditional marketing experiences, Mark has also written, performed, directed and produced commercials, infomercials, web series and live television shopping channel shows setting sales records along the way. Mark also blogs about his experiences on his blog Q’s Views.
As a founding partner of 3Seventy and Blinx, Carrie has been a serial entrepreneur in many sales, marketing and technology ventures. Carrie brings the pragmatic experience of working for the Big 5 Consulting Firms and the vision of a forward thinking, “out of the box” entrepreneur. She is known by her peers as a mobile and social thought leader to many enterprise clients, partners and advertising agencies.
3Seventy is a leading provider of mobile customer relationship management (mCRM) Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions. 3Seventy’s award-winning solutions allow clients to interact with their consumers by mobile channel of choice all within one easy-to-use platform. With an advanced platform, mobile campaigns can be quickly designed, customized and changed, while effectiveness can be instantly measured with detailed real-time reporting.
MO: During a depressed economy and in an increasingly competitive market, how has 3Seventy managed to attract and secure investment of over 2.5 million?
Mike: Hey everyone, this is Mike Sullivan. Thanks for joining me today on MO.com. With me today is Russ Mann of Covario. Covario is a search marketing agency in San Diego. Russ is here to talk to us today about the evolution of Internet marketing. Russ, thanks for joining me today. Can you tell us a little bit about Covario before we get started?
Russ: Sure. So, Covario is six years old. We are the premier provider of search engine marketing and search engine optimization software and services to global 2000 companies. We provide both SCO and SCM to help large companies like Intel, Procter & Gamble, Lenovo and many others, bring qualified consumers to their websites, and to increase their e-commerce, their lead generation and their brand awareness, on Google, Bing, Yahoo as well as on Facebook, Twitter and on the global search engines like Baidu, Yandex in Russia and Naver in Korea and others.
Mike: Hey, everyone. I’m Mike Sullivan. This is MO.com. Thanks for joining me. With me today is Chris Babel. He’s the CEO of TRUSTe. TRUSTe is the largest online privacy solution provider. Chris is with us today to talk a bit about privacy. Chris, can you tell us a little bit about yourself to start things off?
Chris: We originally joined TRUSTe, where I’ve been for the last two years, from VeriSign. At VeriSign, I had a number of different roles that started as an M&A guy, helped them do their first 20 to 25 acquisitions, went through a bunch of different business roles. I eventually managed the whole security part of the business. Prior to that, I was an investment banker. I’m kind of seeing… I’m doing deals, running businesses, both big, at VeriSign the team was about 800, to small. At TRUSTe, we started with about 60 employees, and today we’re at a little bit over 100.