SBCN Small Biz Podcast

The Small Business Community Network (SBCN) Small Biz Podcast. Featuring interviews with CEOs and other small business leaders, the latest new trends and tips for your successful business. Hosted by SBCN Co-Founder Linda Ockwell-Jenner, the SBCN Small Biz Podcast would be of interest to people thinking about starting a small business, or small business owners who want valuable insights for growth.

Listen below, or scroll to the bottom for how to subscribe to the SBCN Small Biz Podcast.

Interview with Gunther Kramer

In this episode, we continue to explore some valuable tips for small businesses. Gunther Kramer, CEO Gecko Websites, joins SBCN Co-Founder Linda Ockwell-Jenner to cover some of the tips that's helped Gunther's business recently celebrate 20 great years!

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Interview with Mike Diamond

SBCN Member Mike Diamond of Appcast joins Linda Ockwell-Jenner to discuss some simple IT tips that any small business can use. Since IT is so important to many of our businesses, we need to make sure it's reliable and effective, so these tips are invaluable to keep business rolling!

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Interview with Leena Thampan

Wagepoint CMO, Leena Thampan joins Linda Ockwell-Jenner to share a number of important tips for small business that keep her sane. These include Leena's tips for managing email, taking time to meditate and more. Wagepoint was founded in 2012 and has grown to over 1,000 customers.

You can find out more about Leena and Wagepoint on the SBCN website member directory

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Interview with Tim Elgar

Linda Ockwell-Jenner is joined by Tim Elgar, Director of Small Business Services, American Express Canada to discuss the latest Small Business Monitor. This ongoing study, of which this is the 17th report, looks at issues facing small businesses. It provides excellent insights into what motivates small business owners and it's perhaps not what you think!

The latest Small Business Monitor commissioned by American Express Small Business Services examined the change in SBOs attitude towards work-life balance, revealing how they’re reclaiming control by working to live, rather than living to work.  

Some key findings include:

55% of SBOs believe their work and personal lives blur because their business is their passion

64% of SBOs believe technology makes it nearly impossible to disconnect from work



To find out more check out the SBCN Small Biz Podcast.

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Content Marketing

SBCN Co-Founder Linda Ockwell-Jenner talks about Content Marketing and why it's a powerful way to help promote you, your expertise and your overall brand.

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Alliances & Partnerships

SBCN Co-Founder Linda Ockwell-Jenner discusses the importance of building alliances and partnerships with trusted connections.

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How's Your Follow-Up?

One of the most important aspects of networking, is also one of the most overlooked. SBCN Co-Founder, Linda Ockwell-Jenner shares some tips for successfully following up with your connections and making sure you maintain strong business relationships. Until someone says NO to you it's often a case of the person you are following up with is too busy to respond, has lost your contact information or they are not ready to move forward. If you don't follow up you could lose a sale to someone else.

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Influencing Your Network

Linda Ockwell-Jenner shares some tips on influencing your network. It's not all about selling; you may need your connections to partner with you, refer you, sponsor you, etc.

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Interview with Sevaun Palvetzian

Linda Ockwell-Jenner interviews the CEO of CivicAction, Sevaun Palvetzian. CivicAction lives and breathes leadership and knows the importance of growing strong civic leaders for today and tomorrow.

Sevaun Palvetzian is the Chief Executive Officer of CivicAction, based in the Greater Toronto area, a non-partisan organization tackling some of the city-region’s toughest social, economic and environmental challenges.


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The Small Business Mentor-in-Residence Open House

SBCN Co-Founder, Linda Ockwell-Jenner, invites you to join her at the Small Business Mentor-in-Residence Open House, at the TELUS store in the Festival Marketplace Mall, Stratford. The launch of the Mentor-in-Residence program enables small business owners to get free mentoring from Linda and her team of business experts.

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