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Celebrating our 15th anniversary

If you will permit me, today I would like to talk about a couple of milestones of which we’re kind of proud.

On November 17, 1997, I began broadcasting The Small Business Advocate Show for two hours Monday through Friday, and ever since that first day the program has been nationally syndicated. This week we will celebrate our 15th anniversary and the beginning of our 16th year on the air.

In January 1998, we began simulcasting our show on the Internet, which makes us one of the pioneers of Internet streaming. Since 1999, we’ve offered multiple on-demand streaming options and in 2007 added the ability to podcast all current and archived interviews.

Next Monday will be my 3,901st live broadcast since we began - including all the holidays (next week I’ll broadcast my 16th consecutive live Thanksgiving Day show). Since that first broadcast, I’ve conducted over 15,500 live interviews with small business experts and entrepreneurs. When you hear me talking about making sure that you’re passionate about the business you start, if you didn’t already, now you know I practice what I preach.

From the beginning, my primary programming goal was to focus on the fundamentals that are important to successfully starting, operating and growing a small business, and to make all of the things we do available to you for free. On that last note - the free one - I must say thanks to our outstanding corporate partners, without whom the free part would not be possible, especially our Presenting Sponsor, Insperity.

Over the years I have received a number of national awards from organizations such as: the U.S. Small Business Administration, FORTUNE Small Business magazine, TALKERS magazine, the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, the American Small Business Development Centers, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, and New York Enterprise Report. Plus, for many years now, Google has ranked me as the #1 small business expert.

Also this week, we’re celebrating the 13th anniversary of our e-zine, The Small Business Advocate NEWSLETTER. This week’s edition, Volume XIII, Issue 52, represents 676 consecutive weekly issues since 1999. Thanks for being a loyal subscriber.

In 2012 we added a number of new small business resources, including our mobile site. If you haven’t tried it yet, just go to SmallBusinessAdvocate.com on your smart phone and the mobile version will appear automatically. We’re also very excited about the video library we’re building with our Three Minutes To Success series. Please take advantage of this resource, which as the title says, are each only about 3 minutes long. And like all of our other resources, these are free, too. Thanks again, sponsors.

Finally, thank you for your support, comments, many words of encouragement and especially the honor and privilege of being your Advocate. I’m already looking forward to the rest of our journey together. More than anything else, I want you to know how proud I am of you as a small business owner and what you have accomplished.

Nothing I do as The Small Business Advocate is about me - it’s all about you, my heroes, small business owners, regardless of where you live on planet Earth.

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This week I talked more about this milestone for my show and how you should also celebrate the important milestones of your small business. Click here to download or listen.

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Small Business Advocate Poll:Small business owners will make tough decisions

Twentieth century promises made by our government are coming due in 21st century reality and there is a problem: These entitlements are not sustainable financially long-term. That means adjustments will be made in one of two ways: 1) Proactively and soon, in a planned way that attempts to make the programs sustainable; or 2) In default, several years from now, when they run out of money.

We wanted to know how our audience felt about this scenario, so last week, we asked this question:

“Should we start making entitlements - Social Security, Medicare, etc. - self-sustaining now, even if it adjusts your own expectations?” Here’s what we learned.

Two percent said “No, the government should fulfill its promises, and four percent were undecided. But 94% said, “Yes, better to manage the inevitable than wait for the collapse.

See?! This is what happens when you ask small business owners about a problem. They evaluate it, get to the problem, take the steps necessary to fix it and move on to the next issue.

Yet another example of why I say if you want to fix America ask a small business owner how to do it.

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Click here to download or listen to more of what I have to say on how small businesses would solve the entitlement issues.

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Take this week’s poll HERE!

Celebrating 14 years

If you will allow me, I would like to talk about a couple of milestones, of which we’re kind of proud: the 14th anniversary of The Small Business Advocate Show and the 12th anniversary of this publication.

On Monday, November 17, 1997, I began broadcasting the Small Business Advocate Show for two hours, Monday through Friday. Since the first day, the program has been nationally syndicated on terrestrial radio. In January 1998 we began simulcasting on the Internet, and in 1999 began offering multiple Internet on-demand streaming options. If you were streaming content before Microsoft had a media player that makes you a pioneer.

This Thursday will be my 3,641st live broadcast since we began - including all the holidays - even when I was on the road. I’ve conducted almost 14,500 live interviews with small business experts and entrepreneurs, and next week I’ll broadcast my 15th consecutive live Thanksgiving Day show. When you hear me talking about making sure that you’re passionate about the business you start, now you know that I practice what I preach.

From the beginning, my primary programming goal was to focus on the fundamentals that are important to successfully starting, operating and growing a small business, and to make all of the things we do available to you for free. On that last note - the free one - I must say thanks to our outstanding corporate partners, without whom the free part would not be possible.

Along the way, we’ve received a number of awards and recognition forour work on behalf of small business. All were accepted in honor of our heroes, small business owners.

Also, this week we celebrate the 12th anniversary of The Small Business Advocate NEWSLETTER. This week’s edition, Volume XII, Issue 1, represents the 625th consecutive weekly issue, all delivered compliments of my small business, Small Business Network, Inc. and our sponsors. Thanks for being a loyal subscriber.

Finally, thank you for your support, comments, critiques, many words of encouragement and especially the honor and privilege of being your advocate. I’m already looking forward to our next year together.

Nothing I do as The Small Business Advocate is about me - it’s all about you, my heroes: small business owners, regardless of where you live on planet Earth.

I talked more this week about my 14 years on The Small Business Advocate Show - Jeff Zbar even turned the tables on me today and interviewed me! Click on one of these links to listen or download:

Celebrating 14 years of The Small Business Advocate Show with Jim Blasingame

What does it take to survive as a small business owner? with Jim Blasingame

The 14th anniversary of The Small Business Advocate with Jeff Zbar

For more great SBA content, click HERE!

How are moms finding your business?

How are moms finding your small business? Stacy DeBroff joins Jim Blasingame to talk about why more moms are looking for your business in the online communities they hang out in, not necessarily your website.

Stacy DeBroff is founder and CEO of Mom Central Consulting.

Listen to or download the interview here

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