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Mar 16, 2016

Today on the show we have Rebecca Tracey! Before Rebecca started her business “The Uncaged Life” she was going to nutrition school, doing some life coaching and then decided to sell everything she owned to go on a rock climbing trip. She started her business in a van on this trip! She believes that life is supposed to be lived! Her goal is to help everyone see how great it is to have your own business online. 

Rebecca shares with us in this broadcast:

  • The Uncaged Life
  • Steps taken to start her business
  • Freedom of flexibility
  • Rebecca’s goal
  • Her career highlight so far
  • No pants party!
  • Uncage your business
  • Her next big thing!
  • The 2 ugliest words in the world



Rebecca’s Tool Box:




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Mar 9, 2016

Today on the show we have a money rockstar! Ellen Rogin is a best-selling author of the book “Picture your Prosperities: Smart Money moves to Turn Your Vision into Reality”. She shows people how to be good with money. She is a certified financial planner and is hired by corporations and organizations to show how to make money easy. She really shows how the power of visualization can be really powerful and how to use it in everyday life. 

Ellen shares with us in this broadcast:

  • Steps to starting her businesses
  • Business plan?
  • Power of visualization
  • Prosperity picture
  • Budgets don’t work!
  • Don’t stop the learning
  • What is in Ellen’s toolbox?
  • What’s next?

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Mar 2, 2016

Need help planning a bachelorette party? Eliminate the stress and go to JoAnne Barken’s website for bachelorette planning made easy!  Joanne’s website is designed to help plan a classy bachelorette party where the fun doesn’t have to neccesarily  be a night out at a bar. Plan a getaway with the girls, take a dance class or painting class, anything that would be fun to do together. 

JoAnne Barken graduated from Cornell University’s of Hotel Administration with a BA and Brooklyn Law School with a JD. While in law school she attended several weddings and was continually asked for her planning expertise. That’s when she realized she had a passion for the hospitality in the bridal industry.

JoAnne Barken shares with us the following:

  • How her bachelorette parties are different
  • The average cost of a bachelorette party
  • Most popular destinations
  • How her business came about
  • What she would have done differently starting out
  • What she will stop and start doing this year
  • How her website works
  • Her Life hacks to making business easier
  • Her next big thing!


If you want to be featured on her website: #shareyourbach on Instagram



Feb 24, 2016

Dynamic duo Stephanie Abrams Cartin and Courtney Spritzer and their team run a full service social media agency with the focus on social PR and work with clients in developing campaigns to build brand awareness and build online presence.

Stephanie and Courtney went to school for two very different things. Stephanie went to college at Cornell University School of Hotel Administration for hospitality and business management. Courtney went to college at New York University for economics and business. When she and Stephanie met in 2011 they both realized the skill sets each other had and started working on the side with the idea of online presence. They both quit their jobs on the same day and made their business where it is today!

Stephanie and Courtney share the following in this broadcast:

  • Pro and cons of partnerships
  • Should you have a business plan?
  • Where to start to get an online presence
  • About their book “Life, Love, Follow”
  • How they went about writing their book
  • Advice for others when writing a book
  • Where to start online regardless of how old your business is
  • It’s never too late!
  • 2016 bucket list
  • Business hacks



Feb 17, 2016

Welcome Broads! Today’s guest is Danielle Watson! Danielle is a global provocateur, professional muse, choose your own adventurer, and the creator of The Purse Process®. As an anthropologist who doesn’t like digging in the dirt, Danielle was faced with either walking away from the field she loved, or rising to the challenge of uniting the seemingly irreconcilable.

In the process, she hatched something irresistible: The Purse Process®.

Danielle’s Purse Process® is a pioneering tool that applies tried and true principles of archeology in a fresh way, placing a decidedly modern and feminine spin on this dusty science. The Purse Process® is part of the unique tool kit Danielle uses as she guides women through restoring their core confidence, mentors them in achieving self-actualization, and teaches them how to turn their personal quirks into high-value professional assets. Danielle’s uncommon mix of enthusiasm, personal strength, femininity, and vulnerability has made this unlikely anthropologist a popular, pint-sized inspiration to women everywhere.


Listen to the episode to learn: 


  • How Danielle’s sarcasm created her new business
  • Personality Archetypes from the purse process
  • Meet Debbie Dumpster, Vanishing Veronica, Perfect Priscilla
  • Find out Jenny’s personality too
  • How Danielle connects with others using this tool
  • How you can find your connection tool too
  • What Danielle does besides looking in other women’s purses!
  • Danielle’s life hacks for business women
  • What Danielle has in the works for the coming months



Connect with Danielle: - email

Twitter/purseprocess - website


Feb 10, 2016

“Great teams are not built on similarities.” Sally Hogshead, a world class branding expert and international best-selling author created a test assessment that is based on branding rather than psychology. This test is not about how you see the world but how the world sees you at your best. Sally believes the world needs more you! Women who take this test are more confident in how to communicate with people because they know what they bring to the table.

Sally graduated from Duke University and then went into advertising. After working with world class brands she moved on to personal branding. In her research she has discovered that when people are fascinated with something then they are captivated by a product. So why not apply this to people and help them find what their captivating values are?

Sally will share in this broadcast:

  • What is fascination?
  • How her assessment works?
  • Great teams are not built on similarities
  • Difference between traditional testing and her test
  • When women are demoralized they leave their jobs!
  • Every time you communicate you are adding value or taking up space
  • Her book “Fascinate”
  • The starting of her book club!
  • Her book launch on April 26th
  • Other sources in her toolbox
  • One-hour personal brand
  • Creating codes for people to share
  • About her awesome business card!
  • Women want to be fascinating and men want to be fascinated


Feb 3, 2016

Ali Brown, an “accidental entrepreneur”, has made her success in giving advice and tips to women on how to make more money in their businesses. Ali’s aha moment happened when she was working for a small ad company in New York and one day she realized she wanted to work in a place where she could do what she wanted to do when she wanted to. In this broadcast, Ali shares her experiences in the risks she has taken, changes she has made and how to make the work load a little easier on you.

Ali Brown shares the following:

  • Keep it simple! 
  • How to design your work schedule
  • Take risks!
  • How to make the work load easier on you
  • Her upcoming project for2016! 



Jan 27, 2016

Who says you have to have your life figured out right out of high school? Not this “tough cookie.” In this broadcast Dr. O’Malley takes us through her incredible life journey to success and how you can do it too. She went from college dropout, secretary, getting rejected by every medical school in the country, single mother, to starting her own business at 50--Sonas Medical Spa in Madison, Connecticut. This broad really shows that you can do anything you put your mind to as long as you keep looking forward.

In this episode, Dr. Susan O’Malley shares the following:

  • You’re never too old!
  • Don’t look down, look forward
  • How to turn “ M’s to W’s”
  • The turning point when she decided to start her own business at 50
  • What is a medical spa?
  • The key to a successful business
  • Tools for your “toolbox” on
  • Her next big project (s) coming soon


Tough Cookie don’t Crumble                                                                                                        (email)

Jan 20, 2016

Welcome! Today’s broad is on a mission to inspire radical self-love. Nitika Chopra had to go through an immense amount of physical and emotional pain for this level of self-love to come forth. Today she is a certified life coach, a wellness entrepreneur, a beauty and lifestyle expert, and a go-to resource for young women around the globe. Let’s jump right in with Nitika!

Nitika covers the following in our conversation:

  • Nitika was diagnosed at age 10 with head-to-toe psoriasis and endured thick, white, itchy, scaly skin for 16 years!
  • Her condition worsened to psoriatic arthritis with severe pain, and a divorce soon followed.
  • Nitika thought, “Why do I look so different from everyone else?”
  • “I’ve always been more committed to my happiness more than to my suffering.”
  • Nitika started Bella Life magazine in 2010 as the best platform to share with the world the things she is passionate about.
  • Bella Life led her to having a talk show for awhile, and then transition to her website.
  • Nitika shares an inspiring story of how she first became a spokesperson on QVC for luxury skin care products.
  • Vision boards have played a huge role in Nikita’s life; she finds creating them to be a powerful practice that brings clarity to her life.
  • Several things from her vision board have come true, like having a talk show, having conversations with various magazines, and abundance in general in her life.
  • As a certified life coach, Nitika focuses more on coaching through blogs and Instagram posts instead of one-on-one coaching.
  • Nitika plans to start focusing more on effective email lists in her business.
  • She plans to continue to share from the most vulnerable, authentic place that she can.
  • When the going gets tough, Nitika focuses on her “Love Entourage,” which is the community of people that she can call on and always rely on.
  • “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Nitika lives by this mantra each day.
  • Nitika shares the items in her “Self-Love Toolkit.”
  • Nitika advises having a consistent, daily routine that makes you feel connected.
  • Nitika’s “Next Big Thing” is The Self-Love Celebration in NYC on Feb. 9. It’s a big event showcasing people and their brands. Visit her website for more info!


Find her on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter: @nitikachopra.

Jan 13, 2016

I love stomach aches! Said no one ever! Miki Agrawal sure doesn’t. She was tired of stomach aches from eating processed foods and this is what brought to life her restaurant “Wild” that has gluten free and farm to table pizza. Studies show that 66 percent of people are obese or overweight and 1 in 3 children are overweight or obese! Since opening her restaurant Miki has written a book called “Do Cool Sh*t”, started a panty line for periods, started a panty line for bladder leaks and invented an attachment for your toilet to clean your bum better after use. Miki definitely gets sh*t done!

In this broadcast Miki Agrawal shares the following:

  • Her book “Do Cool Sh*t”
  • 5 day business boot camp
  • Her panty lines called “Thinx” and “Iconundies”  and how she became passionate about creating these lines 
  • “Tushy” the attachable bidet for your toilet!
  • The cost/savings benefits to her products
  • The give backs and environmental impact using her products
  • What keeps her going
  • The 3 questions she asks herself when starting a new business
  • Shortcuts and hacks to making business life easier


Jan 6, 2016

Welcome! Today’s featured broad is Leanne Ely, who has the answer to the age-old question, “What’s for dinner?” Leanne has made it her mission to save dinner for families! In 2001, she launched Menu Mailer, a menu-planning subscription service that offers recipes, shopping lists, and nutritional information. She has been called “The Mother of Menu Planning.” If your idea of planning dinner is deciding on takeout, then we have great news for you!

My conversation with Leanne covers the following:

  • How Leanne drew security in her childhood from having “family dinner” at the table every night
  • How she started her catering business and noticed that families didn’t do dinner together anymore: “Is THIS the new norm?”
  • How Leanne’s story includes some very tough days, including being a divorced, single mom, homeschooling her kids and running her business
  • How the course of her life changed when she won a recipe contest in 1996 and then wrote her first book, which she sold out of the trunk of her car
  • Leanne thought, “I could do this for a living!” She has gone on to write over ten books now.
  • Leanne’s advice to others includes: be original, seek out expertise early, and hire people to help you ASAP—especially in customer service!
  • Leanne’s business is truly a family affair, with three generations: her mom, herself, and her daughter!
  • Menu Mailer includes a 7-day free trial that anyone can use, accessing their database to create a customized plan.
  •   Leanne shares her personal favorite recipe—and a phenomenal customer favorite: Garlic Lime Chicken!
  • Leanne’s mission plays perfectly into her partnership with Vanity Fair napkins, called “Take Back the Table.” Leanne says, “The table is where hearts are connected and tummies are fed.”
  • Leanne plans to hire some new people, stop doing too much, and continuing her “family first” mantra for her employees and business.
  • Leanne is most proud of the fact that she has never quit, the way her business has evolved, and the hard work, dedication, and loyalty of her team.
  • Leanne is a big fan of coaching, and recommends it to any new business owner.
  • Sign up for your free 7-day trial and Find Leanne at and on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest. 
Dec 30, 2015

Welcome! Today’s featured broad is an expert in modern-day etiquette. She is Myka Meier, the creator of Beaumont Etiquette. A recent study showed that success in the workplace is 85% based on social skills. How you greet and treat other people makes all the difference! Join in to hear more from Myka!

Myka shares the following about her journey:

  • Myka was living in London and working in marketing and communications. She wanted flexibility and happiness, but had no idea what kind of business she could start.
  • Her “Aha moment” came from an idea from a former client who was going to meet the queen and needed etiquette advice. 
  • Myka realized her passion for etiquette was the answer, but thought: “How on earth am I going to start a business out of this?”
  • She did research, found information, identified a target market and niche, and created a strategy and goals.
  • Myka firmly believes there shouldn’t be a “Plan B.” Don’t have a “fallback mentality.”
  • Myka’s advice for someone starting out in a new business is to seek counsel and don’t try to do it alone.
  • Myka’s favorite resource was the NYS Small Business Development Center, which gave free, one-to-one guidance from retired experts in various fields. 
  • Myka  took etiquette classes at the English Manor school in England, and thought, “I could bring this to the US.”
  • One of her unique services is “mock-dating.”
  • The most common social etiquette faux pas? Most involve cell phones out at dinner and not using eye contact and proper body language.
  • “Etiquette is being thoughtful, kind, and respectful to everyone around you and treating everyone the way you want to be treated.”
  • The most popular course is the finishing course called The Duchess Effect.
  • Most of her clients are women of various ages, but she conducts classes for children ages 5 and up.
  • Myka offers corporate and group training classes.
  • Myka shares what she will start, stop, and continue doing in her business. She will stop saying yes to too many opportunities, start beginning her day earlier, and continue holding brainstorming sessions.
  • Myka’s favorite hacks include Evernote and other organizational tools.
  • Myka’s NEXT BIG THING is to finish developing her etiquette app.


Find Myka on Instagram and Twitter @mykameier!

Dec 23, 2015

Welcome! Today’s featured broad came into the entertainment industry as a backup singer, but was burned, and not credited or compensated for her work. Jo-Na’ Williams decided to start a business to ensure that this didn’t happen to others. She began the Artist Empowerment Firm. Listen in to Jo-Na’s story!

She covers the following aspects of her journey:

  • Jo-Na’ was a senior in high school when her work was used illegally. She grew up in the music business and has been performing since age 5.
  • She later went to law school and decided to use her talents to help people understand how to protect their creativity and their rights.
  • She launched her business with a marketing plan, but not with a business plan. She faced a lot of uphill battles in establishing her business.
  • She shares the first three things you should do to protect yourself in starting a business, and they involve protecting your money, your intellectual property, and your ideas.
  • Jo-Na’ advises seeing a lawyer(and an accountant!) for a consultation even BEFORE launching your business; don’t wait until you have a problem!
  • Jo-Na’s inspiration comes from two apps that she CANNOT function without: Evernote for (organization), and Teamwork (for project management software).
  • Most of her clients are entrepreneurs, authors, speakers, and others in creative and innovative businesses.
  • What will Jo-Na’ stop doing, start doing, and continue doing? She will STOP checking email, and use an assistant and folders to organize. She will CONTINUE actively and consistently marketing. She will START working as an advisor to others launching their businesses.
  • Dance breaks during the day are what keeps Jo-Na’ going! Her favorite quote is from Henry David Thoreau: “Our truest life is when we are living in our dreams awake.”


Find her on Twitter, Facebook and more @jwilliamsesq!

Dec 16, 2015

Welcome! Today’s broad is Rachel Hofstetter, who is a food editor at O magazine, a writer, and an entrepreneur. Her favorite part of being a food editor was talking to up-and-coming food entrepreneurs, which led her to write a bestselling book about the world of food startups. She co-founded Guesterly, which is a software platform that allows anyone to create a custom directory for events and groups. She also helped develop PR School. Her life revolves around food, events, and PR. Join us for more from this exciting broad!

Rachel shares the following about her journey:

  • Her inspiration came three years ago when her chosen word for the year was “open.” It reminded her to be open to all that was “out there.”
  • One Lesson Learned: If someone wants to buy something that you do for fun, then you should probably pay attention!
  • She and her husband made a guest booklet at their wedding, and people started asking for them. “Guesterly” was born!
  • Guesterly started as a custom design firm and grew into a software company. It focuses on pre-event planning and is basically a cheat sheet for events. It helps accelerate and enhance real relationships.
  • Rachel became good at PR on an almost zero budget, so she began helping people learn to do it themselves.
  • Rachel’s word for 2015 is HUSTLE, and it embodies her entrepreneurial attitude.
  • Rachel discusses her favorite parts of being a food editor, and how interviewing guests for O magazine led to her writing her book, Cooking Up A Business.
  • Rachel explains the concept of “chiseling,” where you start with one thing and chisel down to another.
  • Her rules for eating as a food editor? “Try anything, but if it’s not great, then don’t keep eating it.  Eat only the best, the really amazing food.”
  • Her PR School teaches the “Give, Give, Get” mindset. Give good story, give like it’s a friend, and get coverage. Listen in to hear Rachel explain.
  • Rachel shares what she will stop, start, and continue doing, and what she’s most proud of accomplishing in 2015.
  • Her favorite items in her “toolbox” for productivity?  Daily Action Planner, Inbox Zero, and HIT exercise. 


Cooking Up A Business by Rachel Hofstetter


Dec 9, 2015

Welcome! Today I’m talking to a cuddly broad from Portland, Oregon, who is the owner of Cuddle Up To Me, a professional cuddling service. She is Samantha Hess and has become an expert on the subject of cuddling. In the past two years, Samantha has done over 300 interviews, written a book, opened a 3500 sq. ft. retail space, and hired her first three employees. She recently designed and ran the world’s first cuddling convention and directs the only hands-on certification program to standardize and legitimize the profession. Let’s cuddle up to Samantha and learn more about her interesting profession!

Here’s what Samantha has to say about her journey as a professional cuddler:

  • She married her high school sweetheart and then became single again at age 28. “I would pay someone for a good hug,” she thought.
  • Her first steps to making her dream a reality were to purchase a web domain and create a website. She hired a lawyer and then passed out business cards and flyers. Within one month, she was featured in a magazine article.
  • Samantha views her business as a therapy and not something sexual or romantic. “We all go through moments in life when we feel unloved, unappreciated, and invisible; we have to have somewhere to go.”
  • There is sneakiness between the very few competitors in the snuggling business! Samantha explains!
  • Samantha says if she had to do something differently, she would have gone more with her gut instinct and intuition rather than listen to business experts.
  • Samantha shares her personal story of growing up in an abusive household with a drug and alcohol-addicted parent. She freely gave affection but then married someone who felt the opposite. Listen to her story!
  • In addition to Samantha’s family issues, she went through a time of obesity, then lost significant weight, obtained her degree in fitness, and then became a personal trainer.
  • She has also been in eight car accidents and suffers from chronic back pain.
  • When she posted job openings for employees for her new retail location, she received over 6000 applications! She narrowed the list to 30 people whom she interviewed. It was a tedious process to make sure she hired the right people.
  • Her certification program costs less than $1000 and reveals her secrets and techniques. It teaches anyone how they can open and operate their own cuddling business.
  • Samantha’s career highlight is her work with a special ALS-diagnosed client who has become a regular. She knows she makes a positive difference in Adam’s life.
  • Samantha also shares what keeps her going each day, her favorite business hack, and what she has on her professional bucket list before 2016 rolls around.
  • Samantha says, “I’m not in this to make a billion dollars. I don’t care about the money. I care about changing peoples’ lives and making a difference for someone.”


Dec 2, 2015

Welcome!Today’s featured broad is Shiva Kashalkar, who took the monthly subscription model (like Netflix) and launched a service that rents educational and safe children’s toys. She is the founder and CEO of Green Pinata Toy Share. Listen in for more of Shiva’s story!  

Shiva shares the following about her journey:

  • Shiva was inspired to launch her company after noticing how bored her 8-month old daughter became with new toys after a short time. She thought, “There HAS to be a better way!”
  • Last March, the idea of a toy subscription service consumed her, and she launched the very next month! She didn’t use a business plan but had lots of experience in the business world.
  • She tried to understand her target market and be “out there” talking with potential customers. She started small, with the realization that success would be an ongoing process.
  • Green Pinata’s most popular plan is $24.99/monthly, and toys are exchanged every six weeks. Every box has 4-5 toys valued at around $100. The toys are high-quality, engaging and educational toys. 
  • Shiva’s company takes the guesswork out of finding appropriate toys and makes a great gift idea for birthdays, holidays, baby showers, etc.
  • Shiva is concerned about the harmful chemicals used in the manufacture of many toys. She tells you why you should throw out those rubber ducks in the bathtub!
  • Green Pinata Toys maintains strict guidelines for cleaning and sanitizing toys between uses.
  • Shiva realizes that she spent marketing dollars in the wrong places in the beginning, and has learned lessons the hard way!
  • When the going gets tough for Shiva, she remembers why she started her business in the first place, and talks to her mom for extra support and encouragement.
  • Shiva isn’t looking for “the next big thing,” but is focusing on the small things that contribute to her success.


The discount coupon code for $10 OFF of first month is GP89928, and this is the registration link The coupon code expires January 31, 2016.

Find Green Pinata Toys on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, too!

Shiva has a special discount offer for Broadcast listeners!

Nov 25, 2015

Welcome! Today’s broad is a serial entrepreneur whose success skyrocketed when she created The Butler Bag, the world’s first compartmentalized handbag. Jen Groover was just getting started and hasn’t stopped since. Success magazine called her “A One-Woman Brand.” Jen’s entrepreneurial journey began in the fitness industry when she taught step aerobics during college and experienced that euphoric feeling of “living in a place of purpose.” Join me for more inspiration from Jen!

Jen shares the following about her story and her success:

  • After getting her degree in education and teaching kindergarten, Jen came to the point where she said, “I’m not happy. I CANNOT do this for the rest of my life.”
  • While in the fitness industry, Jen overtrained and deteriorated her health—a condition now known as “oxidative stress.” She had to ask, “What is my purpose? What ignites me?”
  • What she loved most was inspiring people, so she transitioned to life coaching, and then began helping women start their own businesses.
  • “As an entrepreneur, we probably have no idea what the next step, and that’s ok. If you’re following your passion and living with a sense of integrity, and you stay clearly connected to your purpose, then the next step will appear. Passion fuels the next step.”
  • Success, or lack of success, boils down to what you believe.
  • Jen doesn’t believe in having a “Plan B;” if you do, then you are committed to being uncommitted.
  • Jen’s “Eureka Moment” came while standing in line at a grocery store digging in her purse for her credit card. She thought, “Seriously? As far as innovation has come in our society, and we accept a bucket for a handbag?”
  • Her Mom taught her to be a solution-driven person by not allowing complaints without a solution.
  • The silverware basket in her dishwasher became the inspiration for The Butler Bag.
  • Today, Butler Bag is licensed and sold by Avon.
  • Jen’s jewelry line, Empowered by Jen Groover, features her quotes, known as “Grooverisms.”
  • Leader Girls is Jen’s brand of dolls and accessories to teach empowerment through play in fostering girls’ entrepreneurship.
  • Her Emotional Intelligence curriculum teaches enlightened leadership and has seen a huge growth recently.
  • Jen’s book, What If? And Why Not? addresses the fears that hold us back from being successful.
  • One of Jen’s current obsessions is neuroscience and learning how our brains can help our success. She does brain games multiple times each day via apps.

As you can see, Jen as many irons in the fire. You won’t fall short on inspiration by listening to Jen’s story. Join us!


Find her as JenGroover on social media. for her bags


Nov 18, 2015

Welcome! Today’s Broad is Emma Johnson, who is a single mom who saw the need for herself and others for an inspirational and informational community of professional single moms. In 2012, she launched her blog and website, which is the only one devoted to professional single moms. Women flocked to her site, and she knew she had found a niche. Professional single moms don’t always feel like they fit in, so they can turn to what Emma has created to find support and community.

Emma shares the following about her journey:

  • Emma was raised by a professional single mom, and that experience has impacted who she is.
  • Even before 2012, she felt drawn and connected to professional single moms and their needs.
  • When Emma got divorced, she looked for resources for professional single moms but found nothing that spoke to her. She was inspired to start her blog and website.
  • “If you aren’t bumping into cool women on the playground, at the PTA meetings, or at the office, then it’s very hard to get the support you need, and you end up feeling ostracized.”
  • Emma began the Single Mom Society, which is a directory to connect single professional women who live in the same areas and have similar lifestyle interests.
  • When Emma began her blog, she wrote personal stories about money, dating, relationships, and sex. Her writing became her therapy, art, and business because, “Authenticity resonates with others.”
  • Emma is excited about her new video course that will allow her to better serve her audience.  It’s called How NOT to be a Broke Single Mom and is full of Emma’s inspirational story and practical advice.
  • Her career highlights have been the ability to “pull it all together” to be the primary breadwinner to support her two children and the ability to be personal and vulnerable in her blog.
  • What keeps her going? “Dumber people have been more successful than me!”
  • One of Emma’s favorite hacks is, which is a personal finance app.
  • Emma is launching a podcast called Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. Look for it on iTunes!


Find Emma on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook, too!

Nov 11, 2015

Welcome!  Our featured broad for today’s show is Lynn Perkins, an internet startup veteran who is the CEO and co-founder of Urban Sitter. Urban Sitter is a mobile and online service that connects parents and babysitters. In this age of technology, Lynn’s business has met a need and found a niche—and it can be accessed directly from your phone! To date, the service employs 50,000 sitters in 60 cities across the US.

Lynn shares the following about her business journey:

  • The biggest risk, as she sees it, was to market the business via Facebook.
  • The Urban Sitter process is easy, whether you are a sitter looking for work or a parent looking for reliable sitters. Parents enroll and purchase a subscription for a low monthly rate.
  • The success stories are many, but Lynn wishes they could have expanded into additional markets faster than they did.
  • Urban Sitter focuses on connections, affiliations, partnerships, and networking to match up sitters and families when expanding into a new market.
  • Lynn and her co-founders launched with a business plan, which has helped them prioritize.
  • One of her career highlights was reaching her 100,000th booking in the US.
  • The song that keeps her going when the going gets tough? Walking on Sunshine

Lynn talks about what lies ahead for Urban Sitter. She shares her personal goals and goals for the company. She also shares her career highlights, her sources of inspiration, and favorite tools and tips for staying organized. Join us to hear more from an amazing broad!

Links and Resources: (Lynn’s website)

Nov 4, 2015

Welcome!  My guest today is Debra Cohen, who is president of Home Remedies of NY, Inc. and the Homeowner Referral Network.  She prescreens home improvement contractors and has helped over 300 women launch successful homeowner referral networks of their own.  She has been featured in several news and magazine publications.  She is here to tell her story of how a squirrel  led to a $4million business!  Listen in for more!

Debra shares the following about her journey:

  • She started her business with only $5000 after she became frustrated trying to fix up a 75-year old house and not being able to find a reliable home improvement contractor.
  • A contractor found a pesky squirrel in her attic and Debra offered to promote his business in return for a commission.  A partnership was born.
  • Debra took the franchise model and began teaching people in neighboring communities how to run their own businesses.
  • Her franchise is a great opportunity for stay at home moms, dads, and retired contractors.
  • Debra prescreens the professionals in her network by checking for licenses, insurance, references, and a clean business record of 15-20 years or more.
  • One of Debra’s newest ventures includes improvements and modifications for seniors who wish to “age in place.”  They want to stay in their homes but need work done to be able to do that.
  • Debra’s advice is, “Don’t try to do it yourself!  Hire professionals to do things that save you time and money.”
  • Debra discusses her favorite apps and hacks that save her time and money, how she keeps going, and what’s next for her business.

Links and Resources:

The Complete Guide to Owning and Operating a Successful Home Owner Referral Network-12th Edition, by Debra Cohen

Oct 28, 2015

Welcome!  Today’s guest is Marni Battista, who is a master at helping women pinpoint why they are, or are not, dateable.  She figures out the types of messages we unconsciously broadcast to men based on our thoughts, feelings, actions, and attitudes.  She is a professional dating coach and the founder of Dating with Dignity.

Marni shares the following about her business journey:

  • It was the end of a 17-year marriage that prompted Marni to start her business.
  • After experiencing the ups and downs of dating again, Marni thought, “If I don’t fix this, I’m going to be unhappy, alone, and miserable for the rest of my life, and I’m going to teach this and pass it on to my daughters.”
  • Marni wanted to start her business to write a book about her experiences in learning to love herself, dating, and meeting her current husband.
  • After six years of business, Marni’s company helps women figure out why they are still single, fall in love with themselves, create a life they love and find someone amazing to love.
  • Marni’s business became a reality as she got professional advice, identified her target market, and took one step at a time.
  • Marni shares the benefits of her vision board that stays in constant sight at her bathroom sink!
  • Marni is qualified as a dating expert because she has dated successfully and unsuccessfully through several decades!
  • Marni shares The D Factor: Your Date-ability Factor.  Are you dateable to the men you WANT or the men you GET?
  • One of Marni’s career highlights was being asked to be on Dr. Drew’s radio show, Loveline.
  • Marni shares what keeps her going, and what she’ll stop, start, and continue in her business.
  • Her “one big thing” for 2015 is her work on creating a TV show about dating.  
  • She shares tips for those facing dating dilemmas:  “If you don’t like the results you’re getting, then stop playing the blame game and take responsibility.  You have all the power, so date like that!”

Resources:  (Marni’s website and her 60-seconds to Love quiz)  Find her on Twitter, Instagram, and Periscope.

Scaling Up by Verne Harnish  (One of Marni’s favorite books)

Oct 21, 2015

Today's featured Broad is Dana Ostomel, and she's here to teach anyone about raising money and crowdfunding through her company, Deposit A Gift.

Dana’s company has been an active internet company for over five years, even though the planning stage began 1-1/2 years earlier.  Her background is in advertising and marketing.  It was when she was laid off in 2007 as a result of the recession that the idea for the company began to grow.  Her husband is her business partner for this family investment project that has become her full-time job.

Dana shares the following about her entrepreneurial experience:

  • Deposit A Gift started as a cash gift registry service for people who wanted a “nice” way to ask for cash gifts for their weddings.
  • Her first customer was acquired through Twitter on New Year’s Eve, 2009!
  • Initially, Dana merged a department store registry and a wedding website so donors could fund hotel, airfare, romantic dinners, massages, and specific home goods.
  • Her company taps into the idea of sharing and telling your story with honesty about what kinds of gifts are most needed.
  • Deposit A Gift has now become the only site that serves both the wedding/baby shower registry market and the fundraising market.
  • Customers create an account, choose their preferred avenue of raising money, then have a small (starting at 5-7%) fee taken out of funds raised. 

Dana also shares her career highlights, some of her favorite fundraising success stories, and what she plans to stop, start, and continue doing.  She has keen insight into how to handle requests for meetings and other obligations, and is working on business expansion partnerships.  Hear how Dana is using her YouTube channel to educate people about fundraising.  Join me for this exciting conversation!

Links and Resources:

Be Quick but Don’t Hurry by Andrew Hill with John Wooden  

Find Dana on social media by searching for depositagift.

Email Dana:

Oct 14, 2015

Welcome!  Today’s broad is Kimra Luna, who is a self-made, self-taught, (almost) millionaire with her online business coaching and strategy.  Believe it or not, Kimra grew up living on government assistance, but she became inspired to do something better with her life.  She started her company in May, 2014, and has already made almost a million dollars in sales.  Her program, “Be True, Brand You” has almost 500 students, and her Facebook group boasts over 13,000 members.  She is also a wife and mother of three young sons.  She lives with her family  in Riverside, CA.  Join me to hear more about Kimra’s exciting story!

Kimra touches on the following aspects of her amazing journey:

  • Kimra’s husband was a FedEx driver and their family was barely making it when she spent their entire tax return on an iMac computer so she could blog.
  • She found work with a network marketing company and found that she loved teaching, training, and coaching people.
  • She started doing webinars and building her Facebook community to gain an audience.
  • She soon asked her husband to leave his job because she had made $10K in only six weeks and needed to devote more time to her business.
  • She literally spent hours each day listening to podcasts and free online content to educate herself about the world of online entrepreneurship.
  • She used Pinterest to drive traffic to her website.
  • Her program is actionable and she teaches people how to launch and maintain their online businesses.
  • Kimra was raised with a “victim mindset” by her family but she decided to be nothing like her family.  She determined to leave the past behind and be confident in who she is.

Kimra also shares her favorite toolbox resources, including Danielle Laporte’s book, The Desire Map.  She tells what she hopes to accomplish before the end of 2015.  You can find Kimra and other resources at or on Facebook at Freedom Hackers Mastermind Group.  You don’t want to miss Kimra’s story, so join us!

Oct 7, 2015

Welcome Broads!  Today we have an old friend of mine, Jennifer Maanavi, with us.  Jennifer is the Physique 57 founder and CEO.  She has businesses in several locations all over the world.  After working on wall street for 11 years, Jennifer found that she had only one hobby.  It was a very specific fitness program (the Lotte Berk Method) and she found that it was the only exercise that worked for her.  


One day she saw a notice on the door that the studio was going out of business.  For 2 days, she thought about the ways she could keep this workout method alive.  The owner didn’t want to sell the business; she just wanted to shut it down.  She ended up taking the #1 instructor and starting something on her own.  They decided to modernize the method and create a program that was completely new.  



You will learn in this episode:


  • What Jennifer learned from her business plan
  • The mistakes she made that she learned from
  • How to properly use your “hunches” in your business
  • When you should quit your job to go with your business plan
  • Ways to get buy in from key employees to get buy in for your business
  • When to say “no” to new opportunities
  • How she diversified her revenue stream
  • The 2 highlights of her business career
  • The role her co-founder makes her business  better
  • How to create value where clients see the value
  • When to stop offering a product or service
  • The most valuable business tool that Jennifer has
  • Her next big thing for her business



Resources to connect with Jennifer: - Jennifer’s website



Sep 30, 2015

Welcome!  Today I’m here with a Mother/daughter Broad Duo - Erin and Lyla of Lyla Tov Monsters.  The company started when a 3 year old Lyla wanted to bring her drawing of a monster to life and give to her Father as a present.  Years later, Lyla Tov Monsters help children sleep better at night, and the company just keeps growing.


Erin Black is an Emmy award winning costume designer, so she had the skills to make Lyla’s monster come to life.  They never intended to start a toy company, but once they got addicted to bringing the monsters to life. 


In this episodes you will learn:


  • The humble beginnings of Lyla Tov Monsters
  • What the name Lyla Tov means and where it came from
  • How a classroom project launched their website
  • The tipping point for moving the company from the kitchen table to real production
  • How they ran a successful Kickstarter Campaign
  • Their proof of concept and how that changed their plans
  • How Lyla names the monsters and gets engagement from their customers in the process
  • What keeps Lyla and Erin moving forward in their business
  • How the monsters keep tigers out of the bathroom!
  • What they will continue doing to grow their business



Get in Touch with Lyla Tov:

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