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Startup BizCast #81 – Hiring in a Weak Economy (Brad Smart)

It’s tough to hire new employees these days.  It may seem like a strange statement, and it’s not top on the list of concerns of most people, but it’s something to consider.  If you’re one of the small businesses that’s actually thriving in this weak economy, and you put an ad in the newspaper that announces an opening at your company, it’s very likely that you’ll get 100, 200, or even 500 resumes in response.  How do you sift through that kind of volume?  This week’s guest on Startup BizCast is Brad Smart from Topgrading, a firm that helps companies find and hire the best employees.  He has outstanding advice for not only sifting through the resumes, but also how to make sure you only get the top performers as applicants in the first place.

This episode is a good bit longer than most, but be sure to stick around to the end … not only for the great advice, but for information on a free e-book that has even more tips on this topic!

Links mentioned in this week’s episode:
Topgrading (www.smarttopgrading.com)

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Startup BizCast’s theme music is “Entranced” by Blake Emrys. The full version of the song, along with other music by the same artist, can be downloaded at Podsafe Music Network.

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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Startup BizCast #80 – Small Business Venture Funding (Robert Ochtel)

Back in the 1990s, all you needed to do if you wanted funding for your business was show up with an interesting company name and slogan … and you’d get all you wanted.  These days … not so much.  With the economy withering, so is the amount of funding available.  To gain venture or angel funding these days, you need a solid business plan.  This week’s guest on Startup BizCast is Robert Ochtel, who has written a book entitled Business Plans, Business Planning and Venture Funding.  He has tips on how to put your plan together.

Links from this week’s episode:
Buy Robert’s book here (www.carlsbadpublishing.com)
Also available at Amazon.com
Robert Ochtel’s Entrepreneur Blog (http://rochtel.wordpress.com/)

Also — don’t forget to join the Startup BizCast Group on Facebook!

Startup BizCast’s theme music is “Entranced” by Blake Emrys. The full version of the song, along with other music by the same artist, can be downloaded at Podsafe Music Network.

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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