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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.

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.

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?

Why All the AI Research You’re Reading is Dead Wrong

Speaker: Ben Eubanks, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Principal Analyst at Lighthouse Research & Advisory

While we may be “people” professionals, it is part of our job to understand AI and how this technology can enable us to make smarter decisions and develop more efficient processes. Join Lighthouse Research & Advisory Principal Analyst Ben Eubanks where he will discuss how AI can be used for HR and recruiting processes, including how to create more human interactions and engagement through the strategic application of technology.

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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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.

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.

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 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!

How to Create a Business Case for Recruitment CRM

Speaker: Jack Wei, Madeline Laurano, and Celinda Appleby

Learn how to build a robust business case for recruitment CRM with analyst Madeline Laurano. Celinda Appleby, Global Talent Attraction Director at VISA, joins her and shares her strategy for deploying a CRM in line with VISA’s talent acquisition strategy.

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.

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.

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.

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!

How to Hire a Rockstar Contract Recruiter

Looking to hire a rockstar contract recruiter? The process may seem daunting; fortunately, there’s a tried-and-true formula to interviewing a recruiter. This practical guide provides you with not only the questions you should ask before you hire a contract recruiter, but also the answers to expect.

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?

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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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.

How to Build a Competitive Benefits Package

An attractive benefits program can be a highly effective recruiting and retention tool. But to make benefits a competitive advantage, employers must get creative with their benefits strategy or risk losing out on the best talent. Learn how to build a benefits package that your employees will love.

Legal Job Boards: The 7 Flat Out Best Places to Hire Legal Talent

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Everyone knows about the bog job boards like Monster, LinkedIn, and Craigslist, but there are lots of alternatives to find and hire great talent.

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.

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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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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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.

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?

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.

Tibeb Leatherworks: Leather Goods with a Soul, from Ethiopia to Santa Fe, New Mexico | Joshua Gebreyes

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On today’s episode we are joined by Joshua Gebreyes of Tibeb Leatherworks. Joshua is an architecture student interning from Ethiopia, who is crafting beautiful leather-bound journals and wallets using Ethiopian fabrics and prints.

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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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.

18 Ways to Make Your Company The Best Place to Work

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We have all seen articles on the best places to work. What makes these the best places to work ? A common misconception is that the companies that offer the most money are the best places to work.

How Much It Costs to Post a Job Online (The Dirty Truth)

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There are plenty of excellent online job boards out there. Some of them boast millions and millions of job seekers searching for the perfect opportunity. While this is great news for an employer looking to hire, it can be just a little overwhelming and costly.

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.

The Small Business War Stories Podcast

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Subscribe to Small Business War Stories iTunes Stitcher YouTube RSS Feed Small businesses are the soul of America. This is where they tell their stories. We want to showcase how our stories bind us; how America is more united than it sometimes feels.

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.