DIGITAL WORKS RADIO

Meet Nick Choat, author of the international best-seller “Online or Flatline” and the host of Digital Works Radio. Nick is passionate about helping small business owners understand and utilize digital marketing strategies to help grow their businesses. He applies insights gained while working for Disney, Boeing and other large corporations to marketing his own franchise businesses, and he realizes that many busy small business owners feel overwhelmed at the mere thought of digital marketing. He will be sharing his own tips and insights and will be interviewing exciting and knowledgeable guests who will talk about topics ranging from Digital Innovators to Digital Nuts and Bolts.

Social Media Challenges for Small Businesses: Norm Dempsey, Tech MacGyver, is a left- and right-brain professional. He is skilled in digital analytics but also understands how to apply creativity to marketing through websites and social media channels. Norm has a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and an MBA in Information Technology & Finance. A small business owner himself, he enjoys helping other small business owners solve Digital Media dilemmas.

Websites for Small Businesses: David Grace, owner of Abacus Web Services, shares information and advice on “How to Make Your Website Work for You.” Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, David has a passion for technology. He has been working for over 18 years helping businesses build their brand and improve their bottom line through their websites. In this interview, David talks about why a website is so important for a business and how to build a website that works well online, on phones and on tablets.

IT Security: Kevin Baylor, partner in Suncoast Business Technologies, addresses IT Security in this interview. SBT works with clients on information technology planning, helpdesk management, enterprise network design and implementation, enterprise level server deployment and ERP deployment. Kevin knows the workings of the IT world and how to help his clients achieve IT security.

Business Disaster Preparedness: Bruno Kapacinskas shares information on business disaster preparedness. Bruno works as a Business Resource Manager for the Manatee County Redevelopment and Economic Development department. He delivers information to help businesses succeed and is an advocate for disaster preparedness, especially during hurricane season in Florida. Bruno has a bachelor’s degree from Ashford University and a master’s degree from the University of Illinois.

Business Alchemy – SCORE Chapter Growth and Leadership Development: Dennis Zink is Chairman of Manasota SCORE, rated as the number one mid-size market chapter in the USA.  He facilitates a CEO Roundtable, helping business owners transform their companies. A weekly columnist for Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Dennis writes Business SCORE Card, with information about business and addressing business owners’ concerns.  His nationally syndicated podcast series, Been There, Done That! with Dennis Zink, is the official podcast series for national SCORE’s 10,000 mentors and clients.

Chamber of Commerce Membership Benefits: Michael Gallen is the Vice President of Public Policy & Small Business at the Manatee Chamber of Commerce. Michael also served as a Manatee County Commissioner and Manatee Port Authority Member. He has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia and a Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University College of Law. Listen in as we discuss “How to Get Value from Your Local Chamber of Commerce.” [Transcript coming soon.]

The Benefits of Being a Local Business with a National Brand: Justin Phillips is a trusted retail professional with over 25 years of experience building highly engaged work teams, loyal customers, and significant sales and profit growth. He’s currently the owner and operator of Minuteman Press of Bradenton that specializes in Graphic Design, Printing and bulk mailing services.

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David Norris is a board member, investor, advisor, and 6-time entrepreneur and CEO with extensive experience across a broad set of industries. David is recognized as an expert and thought leader in the areas of advertising, healthcare, technology, international business, and entrepreneurism.

Evaluating the Digital Capacity of a Franchise: Nick Choat, author of the international best-seller “Online or Flatline” and the host of Digital Works Radio. Nick is passionate about helping small business owners understand and utilize digital marketing strategies to help grow their businesses. He applies insights gained while working for Disney, Boeing and other large corporations to marketing his own franchise businesses, and he realizes that many busy small business owners feel overwhelmed at the mere thought of digital marketing. In this episode, h is sharing tips and insights on assessing the digital marketing opportunities when considering purchasing a franchise.

Did You Ever Wonder How to Publish a Book? David Choat is a sales management professional with over 25 years of professional experience. He has held positions with highly respected companies such as Coker Tire, Lowes, Siskin Steel, and currently the largest tire distributor in North America. He is a self-proclaimed Health & Fitness enthusiast and Sunday School Director for his church. David and his family live in the small town of Etowah, Tennessee, nestled at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains.

Lucas is the Director of Business Intelligence for the University of Tennessee Foundation, where he oversees the data management and analytics strategy for the Foundation. In this role, he is responsible for building predictive models to identify major gift prospects, annual fund donors, and engaged alumni. He oversees fundraising reporting and forecasting numbers, including the implementation of dashboards to better visualize the data, and he also manages many of the processes involved with acquiring and cleaning data obtained about alumni and donors from both internal and external sources.

Prior to moving into this position in September 2016, Lucas worked as a development officer for the UT Athletics Department for seven years. During this time, he served in several roles, including as the coordinator of the grassroots volunteer fundraiser network, a major gift officer, and the director the department’s $31 million annual fund.

Since the fall of 2015, Lucas has been taking part-time Master’s of Business Analytics classes through the University of Tennessee Knoxville Haslam College of Business and will graduate this upcoming May. He also holds an MBA from the University of Tennessee, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Tennessee Tech University.

Digital Marketing in the Franchise Industry: Chad Jordan has worked in the multi-unit and franchise industry for the past decade. He oversaw the launch and growth of a restaurant concept in California and introduced it internationally. He is currently the Director of Marketing for Digital Services at Sport Clips Haircuts leading initiatives across 1700+ websites, social media pages and more. Educating franchisees on the tools available to them is critical for success.