Small Business with Steve Strauss powered by Microsoft

In this episode of Small Business with Steve Strauss powered by Microsoft, we cover one of the most iconic brands in history. When a company's own name becomes eponymous with a product that others try to copy, you know it's a success. With a rich history and incredible progress, Xerox is now looking to change the way we do business, again. Today we'll give you some tips to use for your business and see if you can copy the innovation magic of Xerox!

In our feature today, Steve will go over the humble beginnings of Xerox. From a great idea from founder Chester Carlson in 1906, to being a Fortune 500 company, there were many lessons along the way. We all want to come up with the next big idea, or product and you may have it!

Steve is then joined by Steve Hoover and Dragana Pavlovic. Steve is the Chief Technology Officer of Xerox and Dragana is the Senior VP of Engineering. They will be sharing the exciting development of a new line of products called ConnectKey devices. Innovation has always been the key to success in the business world and Xerox wants to help take your success to the next level.

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Direct download: 157_Xerox.mp3
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In this episode of Small Business with Steve Strauss powered by Microsoft, we cover an issue that every one of us has dealt with at some point. Memory retention. How many times have you had trouble remembering something that you know you shouldn't have any problems with? It happens to all of us! Today we'll turn to one of the true experts in memory retention....Ken Jennings!

Before getting into some great tips on how to maintain knowledge, Steve has some advice on the best ways to learn. Starting off with an example from a legendary entrepreneur, Benjamin Franklin, you'll be walked a through a few ways to incorporate lifelong learning into your business.

Our star guest today, Ken Jennings, won Jeopardy 74 times in a row! Ken has teamed up with Bridge by Infrastructure to provide a free course to help you learn and retain knowledge. In the interview, Ken relays some great insight from his run on Jeopardy and some wonderful tips on how you can better yourself as an entrepreneur!

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Direct download: 156_KenJennings.mp3
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This episode of Small Business with Steve Strauss powered by Microsoft, is all about how to maintain productivity. As the line blurs between home and the office, it becomes hard to figure out when to take time off and when to put in those extra hours. There is a balance somewhere between procrastination and working yourself sick and today Steve will provide some guidance to help you manage it.

In Ask An Expert (almost) Live, Steve takes a question from (someone) who has a problem maintaining momentum once summer arrives. It's something we can all relate to; How do we fight procrastination? Steve has some great tips on how to win the battle!

The guest this week is Laura Stack! Laura is a Speaker Hall of Fame inductee and known world-wide as the Productivity Pro. She has great advice for any Entrepreneur, no matter what level you're at! From learning how to set boundaries like turning off email reminders, to maximizing the time you do spend working, to hiring someone to help you out, you will not want to miss her interview. Laura also has some great tips on behalf of a  Fellowes Brands survey. 

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Direct download: 154_ProductivityPro.mp3
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This episode of Small Business with Steve Strauss powered by Microsoft, is a recap of National Entrepreneurship Week. There was one question that was asked all week; What is the secret ingredient that makes someone a great entrepreneur? Steve tells you what he thinks it is and outlines a great path for you to achieve your goals.

Our guest for today is Melanie Gass, Senior Partner/Channel Marketing Manager at Microsoft. Steve caught up with Melanie at the Creative Live Studio in Seattle to discuss National Entrepreneurship Week origins and the goal of creating a community with a wide variety of companies. Celebrating and supporting entrepreneurs has become a focus at Microsoft and they've done a great job of it. From Office 365, to Skype for Business, you'll receive some extremely valuable information on how to improve your company!

Don't forget, you can submit your question for an "Ask An Expert Live" segment by sending an email to theselfemployed@yahoo.com.

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Direct download: 154_NationalEntrepreneurshipWeekRecap.mp3
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This episode of Small Business with Steve Strauss powered by Microsoft, is about Millennials and your small business. Millennials are now demographically the largest generation and great number of them are also small business owners. How can you attract them to your business, for both sales and as employees? Steve went to the source and came away with some amazing tips that you can use to energize your business.

Our guest interview this week is with Emerson Spartz! Emerson is an amazing millennial entrepreneur, whose websites receive more than 45 million monthly users.  He is the creator of OMG Facts and Dose.com and his unique story and advice is incredibly inspiring.

Direct download: 153_MillennialsAndYourSmallBusiness.mp3
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This episode of Small Business with Steve Strauss powered by Microsoft, is about how to create a great team for your small business. Fostering creativity and an environment of cooperation can be a challenge for businesses of any size. We have some great suggestions, using a new tool from Microsoft, called Teams. When you have a staff of employees who have fun together, it almost always tends to translate into more money for you.

Teams is a new remote virtual tool for Microsoft Office 365 that allows employees to interact and collaborate from anywhere. Barbie Stafford is Director of Product Marketing for Microsoft Teams and joins Steve to discuss all of the amazing ways you can use this product to foster an incredible work environment in your business.

Direct download: 152_HowToCreateAGreatTeam.mp3
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This episode of Small Business with Steve Strauss powered by Microsoft, is about the future of your Small Business. Microsoft is known for their innovative solutions to many issues that face small business Owners. Steve recently visited the Microsoft campus and came away with some fantastic advice and tips on the changing nature of work and trends that you can incorporate into your business!

Steve's guest this week is David Smith, the Worldwide Vice President of Small Business for Microsoft. Technology has enabled all small business to appear "large" and David shares some of the fantastic tools they are working on to help entrepreneurs of any level. You don't want to miss this!

Direct download: 151_Microsoft.mp3
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This episode of Small Business with Steve Strauss powered by Microsoft, is about the concept of Intrapreneurship. It's using that entrepreneurial skill that all we have and turning it inward to your own organization. Discovering new ways to streamline your processes, developing new product lines and inventing original concepts are all possibilities, when you allow yourself and your employees to utilize their entrepreneurial spirit. Steve gives a great example in An Ask Expert (Almost Live), with 3M and the amazing things they have created from within!

In the interview, Steve caught up with Andy Taylor at the EY Strategic Growth Forum and EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. Andy is the Executive Chairman of Enterprise Holdings. With Enterprise, Alamo and National car rental services under one umbrella, he has a lot of advice on how to foster the entrepreneur spirit, in your employees.

Direct download: 150_Intrapreneurship.mp3
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This episode of Small Business with Steve Strauss powered by Microsoft, is all about learning that we can't do it all by ourselves. As determined as we are, as Entrepreneurs, we have to remember to take advantage of the resources available to us. In the Ask An Expert (Almost) Live segment, Steve talks about those worries that we have and why it's not beneficial to take on too much. There is some wonderful advice and the best part is that you'll learn that getting the help you need doesn't cost, it pays!

In this week's interview, Steve is joined by Rob Biederman and Patrick Petitti! Rob and Patrick are the co-founders of Catalant (formerly known as Hourly Nerd). Their company builds technology that enables the world’s best companies to work with top experts for on-demand needs. They give a fantastic interview explaining how their company got started and how they can help you grow yours.

 
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This episode of Small Business with Steve Strauss powered by Microsoft, is about learning the secrets of Social Media Marketing from the Masters! In the Ask An Expert (Almost) Live segment, Steve tackles a question about Facebook Live. This new tool can be extremely valuable to entrepreneurs, if used correctly. Steve relays some fantastic advice and tips he received from his friend Joel Comm, on how you can take advantage of it.

Then, Steve brings on an incredible guest, in Brian O'Grady. Brian is the former Search Engine Marketing Manager for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012! He is now a Principal at Clarify Agency and his 14+ years of experience has lead to an amazing insight into how to adequately use SEM. In addition to a great "behind-the-scenes" look at Presidential Campaigns, his interview is also a must listen for any Small Business Owner.

Direct download: Ep.149.mp3
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