The Resource Network! Will provide you with information to help launch your business and grow your business. Tune in every Saturday from 11am to 11:30am on WCVG 1320 AM The Voice, to learn more about the business resources in your area. The Resource Network! Helping you to scale!
Interested in being a guest? Contact Deborah Davis, Host of The Resource Network and the Director of the Minority Business Assistance Center at AACC.
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6-12-2021 Air Date
This week we visited with Perry Varnadoe in Meigs County. Perry is the Director of the Meigs County Economic Development Office and the Meigs County Community Improvement Corporation. The amount of support in a small, rural county is one of its most lucrative offerings. Join us as we discuss those opportunities available for small businesses and other resources to help your business scale!
Special Guest: Perry Varnadoe, Director of the Meigs County Economic Development Office and the Meigs County Community Improvement Corporation
5-22-2021 Air Date
Elaine Prince, CEO of Knowing Your Financial ABCs will wrap up our financial series with understanding the importance of budgeting and how they can help you achieve your financial goals.
Special Guest: Elaine Prince, Owner of Know Your Financial ABCs
5-08-2021 Air Date
Elaine Prince, Owner of Know Your Financial ABCs discussed the importance of establishing a banking account and the various fees banks charge with strategies on how to manage. She also talked about building your credit and touched upon the stock market.
Special Guest: Elaine Prince, Owner of Know Your Financial ABCs
5-01-2021 Air Date
U.S. Small Business Administration discusses the SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund program that will provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. Jerome walks us through the process and the eligibility requirements for registering and applying for the funds.
Special Guest: Jerome Jones, Lender Relations Specialist – Columbus District Office
4-24-2021 Air Date
Join me as I chat with Lisa Thamann, Membership Engagement Manager of the Mason-Deerfield Chamber of Commerce. Lisa shares with us the amazing things the MADE Chamber is making happen for their members and the community, how they handled COVID-19, programs they offer, and what some of the upcoming events are which you will not want to miss.
Special Guest: Lisa Thamann, Membership Engagement Manager of the Mason-Deerfield Chamber of Commerce
4-17-2021 Air Date
One of Scioto County and Shawnee State’s biggest cultivators of entrepreneurial spirits is the Kricker Innovation Hub. Join Director, David Kilroy, as we chat about the new Women’s Business Center which will be located at the Hub, and what that means for the women business owners in the area. We also talk about current renovations being made, programs they offer, and how they handled COVID-19.
Special Guest: David Kilroy, Director of Kricker Innovation Hub
4-10-2021 Air Date
The Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Dan Bates, gives an overview of what the chamber has to offer its members and the Hamilton business area. He is quick to give credit where it is due and emphasizes the importance of collaboration and teamwork. Dan reveals the new initiative the chamber and some of its partners have been designing in order to help balance the playing field for minority and women owned businesses. This is one show you do not want to miss!
Special Guest: Dan Bates, The Greater Hamilton Chamber of Commerce President and CEO
3-20-2021 Air Date
Bola Audena discussed the process of leveraging and managing Flexible Workforce and Staff Augmentation strategies. She discussed the New Norm and the impact of COVID on businesses as well as the urgency to rethink the business model.
Special Guest: Bola Audena, Managing Partner of MBA Growth Partners
2-27-2021 Air Date
COVID 19 and the “isms” That Were Amplified: Politics, Black Lives Matter. Dr. Thomas, explores how COVID 19 has exacerbated the problems of racial injustice, isolation, frustration, and economic disparities.
Special Guests: Dr. Shantel Thomas, President & CEO and Tomica Chitterson, MA, PCC-S, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC-S) of A Sound Mind Counseling Services, LLC
2-20-2021 Air Date
Conversation about the impact of the changing dynamics our relationships during COVID 19.
Special Guests: Kimberly Youngblood, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III & Dr. Miska Prater
2-13-2021 Air Date
Conversation with Kimberly Youngblood and Kendra Mapp about ways to help children handle isolation, anxiety, depression, and their fears about COVID 19. Ms. Youngblood and Ms. Mapp provide strategies on how to better help our youth and prepare them for the future in transitioning back to school.
Special Guests: Kimberly Youngblood, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III & Kendra Mapp, LPC is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
2-06-2021 Air Date
Dr. Thomas and Ms. Youngblood talked about the stigma of mental health in the Black Community. They addressed why African Americans are reluctant to seek assistance from mental health providers. They also addressed the lack of trust African Americans have of doctors and the history that created the distrust.
Special Guests: Dr. Shantel Thomas, Ph.D. – President & CEO of A Sound Mind Counseling Ph.D. and Kimberly Youngblood, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III
1-23-2021 Air Date
Vinton County Development Department’s Director, Terri Fetherolf, provides an overview of the services they offer, such as capital assistance, to new and existing businesses throughout the county. Terri shares with us how, like many businesses, the Vinton County Development Department had to pivot in order to ensure all businesses in Vinton County had the resources they needed during Covid-19. Being a business owner in one of the smallest counties in Ohio has it’s advantages, including the one-on-one interactions Terri provides on a daily basis.
Special Guest: Terri Fetherolf, Vinton County Development Department’s Director
12-19-2020 Air Date
Adams Brown Community Action Partnership’s (ABCAP) Business Department Coordinator, Lisa Tumbleson-Davis, provides an overview of the multiple resources ABCAP has to offer small businesses located in Adams and the surrounding counties. The numerous resources offered provide small businesses with the tools they need to be successful and sustainable; and are free of charge. Resources offered include capital assistance, financial literacy, Microsoft training, and an abundant number of other training and development opportunities.
Special Guest: Lisa Tumbleson-Davis, Adams Brown Community Action Partnership’s (ABCAP) Business Department Coordinator
12-05-2020 Air Date
Kimberly Nicole Johnson, shares with us her business challenges, life challenges and health challenges and explains why she continues to P.U.S.H! She is a published author, mentor, empowerment life speaker, entrepreneur, and qualified life enrichment coach, encouraging and teaching others to keep going, face life head-on, so they can walk in their true assignment and purpose.
Kimberly coaches over 50 women through her life coaching programs and courses P.U.S.H & UnLeasHed. Being a published author, qualified life coach, and speaker she helps women unlock mental mindset barriers, persevere. P.U.S.H~ (persist until something happens) ultimately igniting and Unleashing their power of greatness. She also teaches through her Moment By Moment: The Pivotal P.U.S.H Workshop and has her podcast, Unleashing the Power of Greatness.
Kimberly is a Coach Council for She Wins Society which is a Women’s Empowerment Network. She sits on the Board of Directors for Black Women Widows Empowered.
Special Guest: Kimberly Nicole Johnson – Published author, mentor, empowerment life speaker, entrepreneur, and qualified life enrichment coach
11-21-2020 Air Date
U.S. Small Business Administration Michigan District Director, Constance Logan and Vickie Lewis, President & CEO of VMX International, LLC talked about the history & importance of Small Business Saturday, the role the SBA plays in promoting Small Business Saturday and how VMX International was able to pivot during COVID 19.
Special Guests: U.S. Small Business Administration Michigan District Director, Constance Logan and Vickie Lewis, President & CEO of VMX International, LLC
10-31-2020 Air Date
Deborah Davis talks about the importance of Branding and how it can make or break a company.
Special Guest: Deborah Davis, Host of The Resource Network!
10-24-2020 Air Date
Marvin Dejean is a leading business futurist, digital marketing strategist, best-selling author and the CEO of Gilead Sanders. DeJean, talks about how COVID 19 has expedited automation and how automation will impact the new business eco-system in the next five years.
Special Guest: Marvin DeJean, Sr. Managing Partner / Organizational Design Strategist
10-17-2020 Air Date
Crystal Moss, Owner of Crystallize Boutique talks about her path into owning an online boutique and shares her challenges and successes.
Special Guest: Crystal Moss, Owner of Crystallize Boutique
9-26-2020 Air Date
Arthur Davis III, Co-Founder of Syracuse Genesee Partners LLC – Private Real Estate Investment Firm. Is a former banker and stockbroker with 30 years of real estate experience talks about how to build wealth and explains the laws that govern wealth.
Special Guest: Arthur Davis III, Co-Founder of Syracuse Genesee Partners LLC
9-19-2020 Air Date
Jamal Maxsam, Owner of Fill the Call of Leadership With Passion explains the journey leaders take to become authentic leaders.
Special Guest: Jamal Maxsam, Owner of Fill the Call of Leadership With Passion
9-12-2020 Air Date
Dr. Charles Matthews, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy & Founder, UC Center for Entrepreneurship program. Dr. Matthews discusses the University of Cincinnati’s entrepreneur program and the services available to business owners.
Special Guest: Dr. Charles Matthews, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy & Founder, UC Center for Entrepreneurship program
8-22-2020 Air Date
Jamal Maxsam discusses how leadership is a journey, not a destination, as part of our series on Leadership. We discussed the different paths a leader can take to reach their ultimate place of influence, and shared tips on how to navigate through the different stages of the leadership journey.
Special Guest: Jamal Maxsam, Strategic Leadership Champion
8-15-2020 Air Date
As part of our series on Leadership, Jamal Maxsam discusses the importance of being an Adaptive Leader, especially during a crisis. Mr. Maxsam gives examples of what an Adaptive Leader is and is not.
Special Guest: Jamal Maxsam, Strategic Leadership Champion
8-08-2020 Air Date
Jamal Maxsam, Strategic Leadership Champion kicks off our 5 part Leadership series with defining what is leadership? And, what makes a good leader? Jamal will share tips on how to determine which style of leadership is best suited for you and the situation.
Special Guest: Jamal Maxsam, Strategic Leadership Champion
8-01-2020 Air Date
Today we spoke with Paul Fisher, Innovative Services Director – HCDC Economic Development. Paul talked about the HCDC Office of Innovation + Creativity (OIC) Program for growing companies. He outlined the various benefits of affordable access to world class resources, strategic information and connectivity, and the network of market research.
Special Guest: Paul Fisher, Innovative Services Director – HCDC Economic Development
7-10-2020 Air Date
Deborah Davis and Eric Kearney were interviewed by Oscar Lopez, Journalist with Thomson Reuters Foundation an international media outlet, to speak about the impacts of COVID 19 on African American Businesses; as well as the impact of racial, health, and economic disparities in America.
Special Guests: Deborah Davis, Regional Director of the Cincinnati MBAC, Eric Kearney, President/CEO of the African American Chamber of Cincinnati, and Oscar Lopez, Journalist with Thomson Reuters Foundation
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7-11-2020 Air Date
Jamal Maxsam, President & CEO of Strategic Leadership Champion provided insight into the four pillars of an holistic approach to leadership. Jamal, also spoke about the importance of the vision of an organization and being strategic while providing service to your internal and external customers.
Special Guest: Jamal Maxsam, President & CEO of Strategic Leadership Champion
7-04-2020 Air Date
We spoke with CPA, Michael Porter about the importance of business owners having an Accountant. Mr. Porter, also talked about using the tax codes to benefit your bottom line, the different business entities including Family Limited Liability and gave real life examples of how not having an Accountant can put your business in jeopardy and cost you a lot of money.
Special Guest: Michael Porter, CPA
6-20-2020 Air Date
Ivy Lawson, Founder & CEO of Ivyees “Everything Honey” shares her story of how she gave up a successful career as an Advisory Software Engineer to start her business. Ivy talks about how she lost everything and eventually through hard work, perseverance and sheer determination she found her way back and as a result, has built a multi-million dollar company.
Special Guest: Ivy Lawson, Founder & CEO of Ivyees.
6-13-2020 Air Date
Troy Parker, President/CEO of Innovative Labor & Cleaning Services gives an authentic account of his journey as a returning citizen from prison to owning a $2.5 Million dollar business. Mr. Parker shares the lessons he learned and why he continues to make a way for those who have been incarcerated and denied access to a better life.
Special Guest: Troy Parker, President/CEO of Innovative Labor & Cleaning Services.
5-23-2020 Air Date
Lawrence Cain, financial coach, author and CEO of Abundance University. Abundance University is a financial literacy company specializing in personal finance and entrepreneurship programs. Shares his challenges during COVID19 and strategies with Dr. J.C. Baker on how to leverage his lessons learned to continue to scale his business.
Special Guests: Lawrence Cain, financial coach, author and CEO of Abundance University with Dr. J.C. Baker, President of J.C. Baker & Associates.
5-16-2020 Air Date
During COVID19 The Resource Network! is having strategy sessions with Dr. J.C. Baker, President of J.C. Baker & Associates. Dr. Baker, has yet another information packed conversation with local business owner – Ebow Vroom, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Qey Capital Partners and Private Equity firm.
Special Guests: Dr. J.C. Baker, President of J.C. Baker & Associates and Ebow Vroom, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Qey Capital Partners.
5-09-2020 Air Date
Dr. J.C. Baker speaks with Amber Twitty, President & CEO Dorothy Grace Consulting, LLC regarding contract and funding opportunities for small businesses amid COVID 19.
Special Guests: Dr. J.C. Baker, President of J.C. Baker & Associates and Amber Twitty, President & CEO of Dorothy Grace Consulting, LLC
4-25-2020 Air Date
Dr. J.C. Baker, Founder and President of J.C. Baker & Associates talks COVID19 strategies for financial institutions with Chuck Futel, Owner of Chuck Futel & Associates.
Special Guests: Dr. J.C. Baker, President of J.C. Baker & Associates and Chuck Futel, Owner of Chuck Futel & Associates.
4-18-2020 Air Date
Dr. J.C. Baker, President of J.C. Baker & Associates talks with Joshua Reid, Founder & CEO of Inphlu about ways to scale a tech business in the midst of COVID19.
Special Guests: Dr. J.C. Baker, President of J.C. Baker & Associates and Joshua Reid, Founder & CEO of Inphlu
4-11-2020 Air Date
Dr. J.C. Baker, Founder & Owner of J.C. Baker & Associates – shares business strategies on coping during COVID 19 and the effects of doing business in the midst of a pandemic.
Special Guest: Dr. J.C. Baker, President of J.C. Baker & Associates
3-28-2020 Air Date
Courtney Lawrence, Owner & President of Minor Obsessions shares her journey from Chemist to the owner of a home essentials brand that makes eco-conscious products for truly healthier skin. https://minorobsession.co/
Manny Addo, CEO of Cincinnati based Natural Shea Care shares how he was able to get his product in over 300+ Kroger stores and Jungle Jim’s. Manny Addo, walks you through the procurement process and provides inside tips on what you need to know to get your products in these two retail anchor stores. https://www.naturalsheacare.com/
Special Guests: Courtney Lawrence, Owner & President of Minor Obsessions and Manny Addo, CEO of Natural Shea Care
3-21-2020 Air Date
Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted and Ohio Development Services Agency Director Lydia Mihalik recently announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has qualified the State of Ohio for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program. Everett Woodel District Director of the SBA’s Columbus District Office joins us to explain what the Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program is and how businesses can qualify.
Special Guest: Everett Woodel District Director of the SBA’s Columbus District Office
3-7-2020 Air Date
Pastor Robert Shropshire, Owner and Operator of Longevity Entertainment a Los Angeles independent Entertainment Company shares inside tips about the music industry.
Special Guest: Pastor Robert Shropshire, Owner and Operator of Longevity Entertainment
2-29-2020 Air Date
Lawanda Anderson, Financial Advisor talks about the three reasons why people don’t succeed financially; how to building your financial house; provides realistic action steps on how you can become financially stable; and talks about the difference between term life insurance and whole life insurance.
Special Guest: Lawanda Anderson, Financial Advisor
2-15-2020 Air Date
Tia Rochelle, Founder & CEO of JahniSpot Concierge helps business owners free up time in order to focus on strategic planning for their business. Tia will walk you through the various services she offers and share with you how she can solve your problems.
Special Guest: Tia Rochelle, Founder & CEO of JahniSpot
2-8-2020 Air Date
Deborah Davis, Regional Director of the Cincinnati MBAC, walks you through the development of a start-up business plan and shares with you why it is important to have a plan.
Special Guest: Deborah Davis, Regional Director of the Cincinnati MBAC
2-1-2020 Air Date
Jacqueline Neal, President & CEO of The Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council talks about the services offered and the benefits of being certified with OMSDC.
Special Guest: Jacqueline Neal, President & CEO of The Ohio Minority Supplier Development Council
1-18-2019 Air Date
Jourdan Ivory, President of Kengdom Digital Media Services talks about marketing and branding and how he has been able to elevate business to the next level.
Jameel Zion, Local Music Producer, Songwriter and Mix Engineer shares his journey of becoming an Artist and managing up & coming artists across the U.S. and gives us a behind the scenes look at the music industry.
Special Guests: Jourdan Ivory, President of Kengdom Digital Media Services and Jameel Zion, Local Music Producer, Songwriter and Mix Engineer
1-11-2020 Air Date
The Resource Network! talks with attorney Tracy Vroom on human resource strategies and legal compliance for small businesses.
Special Guest: Tracy Vroom, President & CEO of Tracy Vroom Consulting shares her insight on workplace culture, diversity & inclusion and explains the concept of “covering” and how it can negatively impact the workplace. Tracy Vroom Consulting is a Cincinnati-based lean, professional, and customer-oriented company that provides thorough, neutral, and timely investigations to public and private sector clients. Vroom is driven by her mission to improve workplace culture so that people can develop their talents and interests in positive work environments.
1-4-2020 Air Date
Simone Charles owner of The Confetti Room takes us on a journey of how she overcame her fears to become a leader in the Bridal industry.
Special Guest: Simone Charles, Owner of The Confetti Room
12-21-2019 Air Date
A personal conversation with founder, chemist and entrepreneur – Carmella Marie Williams. Carmella turned her passion of helping women realize their true self into a business by hosting “Let’s Talk Hair” Sessions and eventually creating Carmella Marie, a full natural hair care line offering 14 products. Listen as Carmella shares her secrets to starting a consumer-packaged goods company.
Special Guest: Carmella Marie Williams, Founder, Chemist and Entrepreneur
12-7-2019 Air Date
Overview of the Cincinnati Economic & Community Development Institute (ECDI) services offered. Discussed their loan programs for small business, veterans and construction; educational programming and their Women’s Business Center.
Special Guest: Ella Frye, Cincinnati ECDI Director
11-16-2019 Air Date
Joshua Reid, Founder & President of Inphlu an automated social media app. Shares his story and why he created Inphlu.
Special Guest: Joshua Reid, Founder & President of Inphlu
11-2-2019 Air Date
Overview of the Ohio Department Administrative Services Equal Opportunity Division.
Special Guest: Eric M. Seabrook, Deputy Director and State EEO Coordinator
10-26-2019 Air Date
Overview of the Procurement Technical Assistant Center (PTAC).
Special Guest: Richard Delisio, Ohio University Director of the Procurement Technical Assistant Center.
10-19-2019 Air Date
Overview of SCORE and the Queen City Mobile Food Truck Association.
Special Guests: Mary Jane Good, Outreach Chairman for SCORE and Tony Lange, President and Founder for Queen City Food Truck Association.
10-12-2019 Air Date
Overview of the the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council and Women’s Business Enterprise Council Ohio River Valley.
Special Guests: Charlotte Harris, Director of the Greater Cincinnati Hamilton County Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and Sheila Mixon, Executive Director – Women’s Business Enterprise Ohio River Valley & Senior Vice President Business Development & Entrepreneurship with the Urban League of Cincinnati.
10-5-2019 Air Date
Overview of the services the City of Cincinnati offers business owners and how to get contracts with the City.
Special Guest: Markiea Carter, Director of the Department of Economic Inclusion with the City of Cincinnati
9-28-2019 Air Date
Overview of the Hamilton County Development Center and how HCDC assists businesses in leveling up as well as an overview of the company Go2Girl which helps companies navigate the certification process.
Special Guests: Pat Longo, President of HCDCs Business Center and Vanessa Pennoyer, President & CEO of Go2Girl!
9-21-2019 Air Date
Overview of the U.S. Small Business Administration services offered to businesses across the country as well as contracting opportunities and disaster relief for business owners.
9-14-2019 Air Date
Overview of the African American Chamber services offered to business owners and why those services are important for minority business owners.
9-7-2019 Air Date
Overview of the Minority Business Assistance Center services offered to business owners and the challenges businesses encounter.