Hire Your Clone: Breaking Down Your Business Podcast


In last week’s episode our hosts Jill and Brad discuss the top 5 alternatives to cloning yourself to make your business better. If you can’t clone yourself, you can always hire administrative help — a virtual assistant, an assistant, even your favorite cousin or 6-year old intern. Relieve the burden of tedious admin tasks and get back hours of your week. Create a “don’t do” list so that instead of adding things to your to-do list, make a list of things you should just hand off instead and force yourself to get help. Set clear goals, do less and really focus on the things that only you can do. It will make you a better business person. They’re joined by Coco Meers, founder of Pretty Quick, an app that makes it insanely easy to book your beauty appointments. It’s the Uber plus OpenTable of beauty and Malik Turley, founder of Hip Circle Studio that helps women (and the people who love them) throughout every stage of life. Providing a blend of dance and fitness classes (Belly dancing! Yeah!), services, resources, and community events, Hip Circle Studio is the place to be for you and your family.


The Founding Moms on WGN.FM

jillsalzmanLast month our founder, Jill Salzman, stopped by the studio of WGN.FM to talk shop about The Founding Moms with hosts Rachel Bellow and Suzanne Muchin. Click the link to hear it! Teaser: Hear how The Founding Moms combat the mommy guilt that many would-be entrepreneurs feel. Bonus: Check out those leggings! We have one stylish founder! 

Top 5 Things You Wish Were True About Your Business (But Aren’t): Breaking Down Your Business Podcast


In this installment of the podcast that’s taking the world by storm your hosts Jill and Brad talk about what wishes they’d want granted in the small businesses they run. Jill wishes more than anything that she could hire a staff to help her out, and more sponsors for this podcast, and way more time. (If you grant wishes for a living, please get in touch.) Brad wishes he had words — in a certain order — and a magic wand for SEO purposes. And a driver. And they both most definitely want to make sure that you’ve gotten your copy of their incredible e-book! Get it here. They’re joined by Brian Burkhart, founder of SquarePlanet Presentations where he helps business owners sound better by making all things communication more fun and effective and Katie Krimitsos, founder of the Business Women Rock! podcast where she interviews the world’s most incredible business women. Tune in below!

Talking Is Hard: Breaking Down Your Business Podcast


In this week’s installment of the hit podcast Breaking Down Your Business, hosts Jill and Brad discuss the top 5 awkward conversations that business owners often have and more importantly, why they’re awkward and what folks can do about them. From those performance reviews (too formal, all about a raise, who’s really listening and not sitting there awkwardly?) to the coffee date (often aimless, often lengthy, often a giant waste of both people’s time) to that scary “you’re not getting hired” conversation (awkward, often avoided, and usually, awkward), to Donald Trump’s favorite, “You’re fired!”, there are many awkward conversations that don’t have to be so awkward. Just do it. Nip it in the bud. Take charge. Figure out a better way to say it. Take that awkwardness out of the picture and you won’t have to have so many awkward conversations. Promise. They’re joined for a non-awkward conversation by Jonny Andrews, best-selling author, publishing expert, entrepreneur, international speaker, business strategist and founder of AudienceHacker.com and Natalie Eckdahl, founder of BizChixPodcast where she shares the journey of amazing female entrepreneurs (and a few cool dudes) 5 days a week. Tune in below! 

Get More Out of Events from Crain’s Chicago Business

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 11.24.05 AMYou’ve probably attended an event recently – be it a conference, happy hour or launch party. Was it worth your time? Our founder, Jill Salzman, recently provided some ways to get the most out of an event for chicagobusiness.com. One suggestion: “Meet efficiently. If you see people who look interesting to you, walk right up and introduce yourself. Don’t think twice. You’re wasting time skipping an intro because you’re shy or nervous or embarrassed.” Check out the article to learn more and then maximize attendance at the next event on your calendar.

Top 5 Things Business Owners Do Wrong : Breaking Down Your Business Podcast


In last week’s episode of the only podcast endorsed by both President Obama and President Putin (ok we may have made that up) our hosts Jill and Brad discuss their top 5 ways that business owners are doing it wrong. Among others, they discuss things like: Introducing Brad to your colleague who he just has to talk to because they’d be great together? SUCK IT. (If your time is valuable, isn’t Brad’s, too?) Asking Jill to help promote your business or do something beneficial to you very generally? SUCK IT. (If you want her to tweet or put it on the socials, send prepped info and don’t waste her time sorting out the what/who/why/where of your information that she doesn’t know otherwise.) Want Brad and Jill to call someone on your behalf by asking them generally if they “know anyone?” SUCK IT. They are joined by Lola Wright, the Executive Director of Bodhi Spiritual Center, an inclusive and welcoming community that  knows that giving is receiving and that the more we give the more we are abundantly blessed in return and Elise Jaffe, the founder of Big Teeth Productions, a small but loyal consortium of overgrown kids with highly active imaginations – It’s a good thing we got into this line of work. Listen below or subscribe on itunes to never miss a podcast. 

Inc Magazine Features The Founding Moms

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 10.18.51 PMInc Magazine, a publication focused on growing companies, recently profiled what we all already know, that “Moms Make The Fiercest Entrepreneurs”. From the article:

Another subset of entrepreneurs that fascinates me is mommy entrepreneurs, or “mompreneurs.” The research I have done has lead me to a couple of conclusions. First, the women business owners who succeed are sensational multitaskers, as all moms are. They have a keen ability to balance being both the CEO of the household and the owner of a business. Second, more than many entrepreneurs, their business ideas identify and provide solutions to many of life’s problems. Or should I say opportunities? They have great stories, a passion for their work, and unrivaled drive.” 

And the best part? At the end they name us as a fantastic resources for mom’s looking to enter or expand their entrepreneurial game! Thanks Inc! Read the full story here.

Prepare For Your Vacation: Breaking Down Your Business Podcast


Vacations are proven to be one of the best ways to increase your productivity and reduce burnout. But the stress of planning for a vacation can almost make you not want to take one! This week Jill & Brad explore their top 5 ways that they prep for vacation. You’ve gotta clear your calendar. Inform your clients. Prepare your staff. Turn off your tech (what???) and make sure to reduce your workload as much as possible so that you survive the before, during and after of your vacation. They’re joined by Jeannie Walters, founder of 360Connext, a consulting firm specializing in the cornerstones of customer experience and host Brad’s wife Karen also makes a guest appearance. Tune in below. 

The Founding Moms Take Over The Airwaves on WBEZ Chicago

avatars-000089596426-9dxnwq-t200x200Chicago Public Radio WBEZ invited our founder, Jill Salzman, onto their tech segment to review what’s new on the scene. Wanna learn more about Amazon’s new Fire Phone? Need to know more about why investing in Chicago startups is so important? Jill talks with Niala Boodhoo on these topics and more. Check it out!

5 Ways To Use Humor At Work: Breaking Down Your Business Podcast


Last week, our hosts Jill and Brad discuss the top ways to laugh a little more in, around and far away from the water cooler. You can always hire by horoscope, although the long-term implications have not yet been analyzed by the FDA. You can try some improvisational brainstorming, wear more party hats, get more ridiculous in your emails or laugh more out loud. Really: Try it. Right now. Start by giggling…and then when you feel really stupid, giggle a little louder. When you get to full belly laugh, stare at your colleagues real hard between the eyes. Point at them and then shout-laugh so they get scared. Works every time. In between laughs they’re joined by Ashwin Chugh, a strategist, storyteller and former political campaigner who is working on a health tracker app for the mental health space and Patrice Turner, the beautiful founder of Book Coach 101, a service where she helps business professionals become authors and publish for themselves, not by themselves, and offers Writer’s Cohorts to bring budding and professional authors together. Humor is the best medicine – so tune in today.