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Luck Reunion: Growing from a Party at Willie Nelson’s Ranch to a New Kind of Music and Content Company in Luck, Texas | Matt Bizer and Ellee Fletcher

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Did Bill Murray really climb through the window of Willie Nelson’s chapel during Luck Reunion? This is the 100th episode of Small Business War Stories, and this is the perfect way to celebrate, with an episode recorded at Willie Nelson’s ranch.

Jester King Brewery: Making Farmhouse Ales in the Heart of the Hill Country near Austin, Texas | Jeffrey Stuffings

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Jeffrey Stuffings left his job as an attorney to make farmhouse ales, a specialty form of beer in the Texas Hill Country right outside of Austin.

Two Hives Honey: Bees and The Business of Honey in Austin, Texas | Tara Dawn Chapman

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Tara Dawn Chapman went from being a CIA agent to cold-emailing a bee farm. The email included her squat and deadlift numbers (beekeeping is hard work!). The rest, as they say, is history. Tara launched Two Hives Honey by putting hives in people’s backyards. She then partnered with the hosts by harvesting the honey while teaching them beekeeping. Always wanted to know about bees? Are you interested in a badass female entrepreneur making her vision happen? Tune in!

Action Advertising Agency: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Small Business Facebook Advertising | Casey Carroll

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Casey Carroll is really, really good at Facebook ads. And it can be a complicated, overwhelming world. In this episode, we dissect how to figure out what is important for you to get started with Facebook ads for your small business.

Simplify Your Background Check and Compliance Process

Staying compliant in your hiring process starts with a rock-solid background check process. Having a consistent program that documents compliance policies and mitigates risk is a necessity in today’s fast-paced hiring landscape. Join Curt Schwall, Vice President of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at EBI, and learn what it takes to run a top-notch background check program that ensures you stay compliant.

Coco Coquette: More than a Wig Shop in Austin, Texas | Allyson Garro

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Today on Small Business War Stories we are joined by Allyson Garro of Coco Coquette, a wig and makeup shop in Austin, Texas. In 1999, Allyson lived in New Orleans, working at a wig shop and as a burlesque dancer.

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The 75+ Best Apps for Small Business: The Ultimate List (Updated for 2018)

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There are a ton of great apps out there that can help your business hire faster, communicate with your employees easier, and even generate more revenue for your business. But within this enormous sea of apps, as a small business, how do you even know where to start?

Three Questions to Ask Candidates This Hiring Season

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It’s almost March, and hiring is about to ramp up for the Spring! The Groundhog saw his shadow, or didn’t…and I am pretty sure one of those means that warmer climate, patio hangouts and sunlight are coming our way. A few weeks ago I asked people to submit their favorite interview question.

Merlin’s Hide Out: Sharing the Spirit of the Wild West Through Buffalo Hide in Thermopolis, Wyoming | Barb Heinze

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On today’s episode we are joined by Barb Heinze of Merlin’s Hide Out, a shop that specializes in customized, handmade, real buffalo hide products. Barb and her husband Merlin have been in this business for 17 years.

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Your Business UNStuck | Barry Moltz

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Barry Moltz has started three companies, written six books, and done innumerable articles and radio shows on small business. It’s fair to say he has learned a thing or two about how to help small businesses!

The New Recruiting Mindset: Stay Competitive in a Changing Talent Landscape

What were once strong pillars in your recruiting strategy are now likely falling short in effectiveness. Strong pillars in your recruiting strategy are likely now outdated and ineffective. This report gives actionable tactics to implement now from boosting your employer brand to the exact perks to offer that winning candidate.before your competitor does.

100+ Job Boards For Job Seekers and Recruiters (Updated for 2018)

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Welcome! We did a lot of work to find you the best job boards, and this is a long post. If you want the quick and dirty, here are our Top 10.

Digital Marketer + Wizard Academy: Building Your Brand’s Character and Using Cutting Edge Small Business Digital Marketing Tactics | Ryan Deiss

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Today we are joined by Ryan Deiss of of Digital Marketer in Austin, Texas. Wow…I got to sit down with Ryan Deiss! Ryan is one of my personal influences and one of the foremost digital marketing experts in the world.

DIY Pete: Inspiring Others Through Do-It-Yourself Projects in Bozeman, Montana | Peter Sveen

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On this episode of Small Business War Stories, we are joined by Peter Sveen, founder of DIY Pete. His company creates content that helps others get inspired and learn to build projects.

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The Wizard Academy: Storytelling, Business, and Magic at The World’s Most Unique Business School | Daniel Whittington

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Today’s episode is nothing short of magical. I sat down with Daniel Whittington, the new Chancellor of The Wizard Academy. We talk storytelling, business, and what it means to run a business school that tackles business from the right side of the brain. What is The Tower?

Dice 2018 Recruitment Automation Report

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies are rapidly changing the way many recruit and hire talent. Read Dice's first-ever Recruitment Automation Report to discover how you can employ new, cutting-edge technologies to source and hire tech talent faster.

Santa Fe Stoneworks: Making Stone Inlay Knives as a Family Business in Santa Fe, New Mexico | Bill, Anna, & Miles Wirtel

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On today’s episode we are joined by Bill, Anna & Miles Wirtel of Santa Fe Stoneworks , a company that creates fine handcrafted stone inlay knives. Bill began working in this industry 40 years ago and over time Anna and Miles eventually found themselves working at their father’s business.

Nomad: Making Art out of Old Objects and Light Bulbs and Traveling the Country to Sell at Art Shows | Mick Whitcomb

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Mick Whitcomb takes old objects like typewriters and scales and makes funky awesome light fixtures out of them. His wife Paige makes beautiful tintype photography. Mick and Paige spend 300 days on the road with their dog, going to different art shows, setting up their booth, and making a living.

Jeremiah’s Photo Corner: Running an Analog Photography Store And Making Money As A Tintype Photographer in Santa Rosa, California | Jeremiah Flynn

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Film cameras? Who shoots film cameras? It turns out an increasing number of people are becoming interested in film as an art medium and as a way to slow down an appreciate photography.

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Durango Soda Company: Making an Impact with Craft Soda in Durango, Colorado | Dan Aggeler

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Today we are joined by Dan Aggeler, co-founder of Durango Soda Company, the makers of Zuberfizz. Dan Aggeler and Banden Zuber began home brewing in college and eventually became commercial brew masters.

Hard to Hire: Third-Party Recruiting & the State of Talent Acquisition Report

The talent acquisition challenges of today are unparalleled: 90% of survey respondents feel that the current hiring market is more challenging now than in the past! Recruiting as we’ve known it is evolving - how are you keeping ahead of the competition?

Calton Cases: Making Beautiful and Near-Indestructible Guitar Cases in Austin, Texas | Robert Steel

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What would happen to your guitar if it got run over by a truck? Nothing, as long as it was in Calton case. Robert Steel tells us exactly what happened and what the guitar and the case looked like after it was all said and done.

Company of One: How to Create a Business That Fits Your Life and Resist the Temptation of Constant Growth | Paul Jarvis

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Paul Jarvis just wrote a book called “Company of One” and sent me a copy. I read it cover to cover and found it really compelling, so we hosted him on the show. . Paul talks about a different kind of business philosophy, where more is not always better.

Recspec: Running a Design Studio and Art Gallery in Austin, TX | Laurel Barickman

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Today we are joined by Laurel Barickman of Recspec , a design studio and art gallery in Austin, Texas. Laurel began teaching herself Photoshop and editing techniques when she was fourteen years old. By the time she went to college, she felt she knew enough about design and decided to major in film.

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Karacotta Ceramics: How to Manifest Your Business Outcome and get to $100k Income in One Year in Austin, Texas | Kara Pendl

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Kara is amazing. Do you want to learn how you can take your art and turn it into a business that makes $100k annually within one year? Kara has the blueprint! She is also writing a book about it, and we get a bit of a preview.

How Recruiters Can Create a Predictable Candidate Pipeline

Even the most experienced recruiting professionals face challenges filling critical roles in their organizations from an inability to establish, nurture and grow a sustainable talent pipeline. Download this eBook to get a jump on sourcing and learn how to build a high performance recruiting pipeline.

40+ Companies Share Their Secrets to Remote Work Success

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Remote work has many advantages over a traditional office-work environment. There’s less distractions, everyone can setup their work environment to suit their needs, and for young companies, it’s a great way to keep operating costs low.

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Luck Reunion: Growing from a Party a Willie Nelson’s Ranch to a New Kind of Music and Content Company in Luck, Texas | Matt Bizer and Ellee Fletcher

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Did Bill Murray really climb through the window of Willie Nelson’s chapel during Luck Reunion? This is the 100th episode of Small Business War Stories, and this is the perfect way to celebrate, with an episode recorded at Willie Nelson’s ranch.

GoRuck: Building an Iconic Brand Based on Community | Jason McCarthy

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On today’s episode we are joined by Jason McCarthy of GoRuck , an American brand with Special Forces roots that is aiming to change the world. As a former Special Forces Operator, Jason originally began GoRuck to create go bags, bags prepped with essential items to prepare for emergencies.

Meow Wolf: Creating an Immersive Art Experience in Santa Fe, New Mexico | John Feins

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Today we are joined by John Feins of Meow Wolf , a New Mexico based arts and entertainment group that established in 2008 as an art collective. In 2011, they put together a larger installation at the Center for Contemporary Arts that gained much more attention than expected.

Newton’s Guide to OFCCP Compliance

For federal contractors, keeping up with OFCCP regulations can be a major challenge when recruiting and hiring. Download our guide to OFCCP compliance and learn the major regulations that you must adhere to.

MeasurementMarketing.io: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Digital Marketing for Small Businesses | Chris Mercer

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Mercer is the man! You’ll be really impressed by his story of constant reinvention and learning, but that’s not all. Mercer will help you understand how to start demystifying online marketing, so you can start really making your marketing work for you. We had a fun talk, but more importantly, I learned a lot, and so will you. Listen to the podcast: Subscribe to Small Business War Stories. iTunes. Stitcher. RSS Feed.

How to Stay Awake at Work: 45+ Ways to Stay Alert All Day

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It’s 2:30pm and your eyelids are very, very heavy. You swore hours passed since the last time you glanced at the clock at 2:15pm. How are you ever going to stay awake at work?

The Very Best 75+ HR Blogs To Follow in 2018

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Download the FREE PDF of all 75+ HR Blogs No, I’m ok for now, thanks. Often misunderstood as meddlers or curmudgeons (see poor Toby from The Office), HR professionals are an essential part of a business.

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Gold Rush Vinyl: Innovating the Record Industry in Austin, Texas | Caren Kelleher

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Today on Small Business War Stories we are joined by Caren Kelleher, owner of Gold Rush Vinyl in Austin, Texas. Caren began working in the technology side of music, starting at Songkick and moving to Google to help launch Google Music and Google Play.

Fall in Love with Your Hiring Process

In order to make sure candidates fall in love with your company, you need a simple, structured process. Learn the steps you can take to hire the perfect candidates for your open roles and avoid making a toxic hire.

Black Dog Traders: Restoring and Building Vintage-Styled Toyota FJs in Dallas, TX | Austin Peterson

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Today I sat down with Austin Peterson of Black Dog Traders , a land cruiser and 4×4 restoration company in Dallas, Texas. We dug into the refurbishment and custom fabrication of vintage-styled Toyota FJs, as well as talked quite a bit about marketing.