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New Show Open – What do you think?

Now that a lot of folks have downloaded episode 50, I’m looking for some feedback. I wanted to experiment for the landmark show, so I actually hired an outside voice talent to do that little “announce” at the beginning before I started talking. I obviously also changed the intro music. Those who have been over to the BizPodz Podcast Production page and checked out my client shows may notice that it’s actually the same music I used for a single episode pro bono show I produced. I liked it so much I decided to re-use it for SB.

So, what did you think?

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Startup BizCast on SBTV.com

I’ve been talking with online small business television network SBTV.com for some time now about the possibility of partnering with them in the podcasting world. The first steps have been taken, with Startup BizCast being added to the SBTV site!

You’ll find the banner to the left on the front page (and I think just about every page) of SBTV.com. When you click on it, it leads to a page that features every episode of Startup BizCast! Pretty cool to have access to all of the SBTV visitors. Be sure to head on over there and check out their content. They have a wealth of small business news and other information.

Click here to listen to my interview with SBTV co-founder and CEO Susan Wilson Solovic in SB #31.

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Startup BizCast #50 – The Best of the First Year

I’m celebrating! Startup BizCast is not only celebrating its 50th episode this week, it’s also turning one year old! The premier of the small business advice podcast was on May 30, 2007. To mark this dual occasion, I’m doing the following:

1) I’m introducing the new Startup BizCast theme music and produced open. The music comes from Blake Emrys. The song is called “Entranced”, and the full version can be found on Blake’s website or on the Podsafe Music Network. I also splurged, and hired a professional voice to do the open for me. I neglected to get into details about this in the show because it was running long already. I’ll talk more about it next week, but please let me know if you like it!

2) I’m devoting this episode to the best advice from the first 50 episodes of the show. I picked out a handful (with some help from Ben from San Diego on one) and pieced them together to make a “clip show”. It turned out nicely, if I may say so myself … and I just did. If you like one of the clips and want to listen to the entire episode, you can find every Startup BizCast ever recorded in the episode archive section of this website.

If YOU have a favorite show that I didn’t include, please let me know! I’ll talk about any suggestions in the next episode!

Startup BizCast is produced by BizPodz, the corporate podcast production service from EndGame Public Relations, LLC. For more information on how your business can take advantage of the social media revolution, please visit www.endgamepr.com/podcasts.


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Do You Have a Favorite Startup BizCast?

This week is the one year anniversary of the launch of Startup Bizcast, and it’s also the 50th episode! To honor the occasion, I’ll have new production elements and I’m also doing a “Best of the first 50″ episode! I’m going to pick out what I think is the best advice of the first 50 episodes. The show is sure to be a wealth of great advice. If you’ve listened to every show, maybe it will jog your memory. If you haven’t, maybe you’ll hear some tips you missed!

Do you have a favorite episode of Startup BizCast? If so, let me know and I’ll include a clip from that show! Let me know via comments in this post, or by sending me an email.

A note for those of you who have actually been interviewed on Startup BizCast — please don’t recommend your own show :)

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Startup BizCast #49 – Facebook for Small Businesses (John Blown)

The idea of using social networking to promote your small business has come up a number of times on this podcast, and in this episode we’ll get some specific tips on using one of the most popular sites for business — Facebook. John Blown of 6s Marketing, an Internet marketing firm, is this week’s guest on Startup BizCast. He’ll talk about how to use Facebook and why you would want to. He also discusses social networking sites MySpace and LinkedIn, and how they can be used.

In this week’s BizCast Brief, we have stories about an increase in Microsoft Small Business Server prices, a tax fight in Texas, and small business owners taking their vacations.

Links mentioned in this week’s episode:
6s Marketing (www.6smarketing.com)
6s Marketing Blog (www.6smarketing.com/blog)
Facebook (www.facebook.com)
MySpace (www.myspace.com)
LinkedIn (www.linkedin.com)

Startup BizCast is produced by BizPodz, the corporate podcast production service from EndGame Public Relations, LLC. For more information on how your business can take advantage of the social media revolution, please visit www.endgamepr.com/podcasts.

Startup BizCast’s theme music is “Dangerous Toys” by George Fletcher’s Bourbon Renewal. The full version of the song, along with other music by the same artist, can be downloaded at Podsafe Music Network.


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Small Business Recommended Reading (5-20-08)

Here’s this week’s recommended reading from Startup BizCast!

Texas’ small-business owners gather to fight new tax
Dallas Morning News

Microsoft to raise Windows Small Business Server price 80 percent
ZDNet Blogs

More Entrepreneurs Taking Time off to Relieve Stress
PR-inside (press release)

Going green as a small business
Newsday

Do kids have a place in small business?
MySmallBusiness (Australia)

5 things your business can outsource
bytestart.co.uk (Great Britain)

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Looking for a Few Good Reviewers

If you’re a Startup BizCast listener, why not help others find the show? Please take a few minutes to leave a review on iTunes.  If you don’t have time for that, a vote on Podcast Alley would be great, or just give the show and/or individual episodes a Digg.

It would really help me out, and the more the word gets out about this show, the more people will benefit from the great advice my guests provide each week!

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Startup BizCast #48 – Great Depression Millionaires (Laura Posey)

During the Great Depression of the 1930s a large portion of the world’s population suffered as inflation ran wild and unemployment reached epidemic proportions. But, there was a group of people and companies that actually flourished during the depression, thanks to smart and innovative thinking. With the weak economy nowadays, we can learn a great deal from these Great Depression Millionaires. This week’s guest on Startup BizCast is Laura Posey from sales training firm Dancing Elephants Achievement Group. She’s holding teleseminars on this topic and has agreed to talk with us and give us the high points.

If you’re interested in learning more on this topic, Dancing Elephants is making a great offer to Startup BizCast listeners. Laura says she will waive the $47 registration fee, allowing you to participate at no charge! To reserve your spot, email your contact information to Laura@DancingElephants.net and put “Steve” in the subject line.

Links mentioned in this week’s episode:
Dancing Elephants Achievement Group (www.dancingelephants.net)

Startup BizCast is produced by BizPodz, the corporate podcast production service from EndGame Public Relations, LLC. For more information on how your business can take advantage of the social media revolution, please visit www.endgamepr.com/podcasts.

Startup BizCast’s theme music is “Dangerous Toys” by George Fletcher’s Bourbon Renewal. The full version of the song, along with other music by the same artist, can be downloaded at Podsafe Music Network.


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Small Business Recommended Reading (5-13-08)

Here’s this week’s recommended reading from Startup BizCast!

Survey: Most small business owners optimistic
BizJournals

One Small Business Just Handed a Customer to Target
Wall Street Journal – Independent Street

Four-Hour Week Works Great for ‘Mompreneurs’
TheStreet.com

Small business: Avoiding advertising mistakes
Newsday.com

Email Marketing For The Small Business
emailInsider

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New “Sound” for Startup BizCast

A production note for those of you who might be interested:

The latest episode of Startup BizCast, show 47, was recorded with a new microphone. I’ve been meaning for a while to swap out the mic I had, an AKG, because it seemed to have a bit too much high end. I’ve never been able to properly lower that high end without making the sound too “muddy”. My new microphone, an MXL 990, seems to be a big improvement the first time out. It sounds great and, much less importantly, it looks pretty cool! I can definitely tell the difference in the sound of the show, but I’m hyper-critical about these things.  I’ll probably continue to tweak the low end slightly, but I’m pretty happy with the purchase.

Let me know what you think!

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