Mike Maddox

Podcast #005: Mike Maddox

Today on Business Machine is Mike Maddox, president and CEO of ASK, a Lansing-based Information Technology company. He made the jump to small business from his career in sales where the further he moved up in his corporate work, the more internal and impersonal his work became. Mission Take the hassle out of technology so that you can focus on your business. Past Notable Mistakes When he took over as president, he sat everyone in a room and they decided …

Amanda Washburn

Podcast #004: Amanda Washburn

Today on Business Machine is Amanda Washburn, owner of Rough Draft Solutions, which specializes in creating and articulating content for businesses to bring customer relations to the next level. This includes blogs, proposals and grant writing and website content. Mission To help businesses realize the investment of marketing to create meaningful communication with their audience. Notable Past Mistakes Rough Draft started in March of 2014, so one mistake Amanda notes as a young owner was a lack of an actual …

Amanda Stitt

Podcast #003: Amanda Stitt

Today on Business Machine is Amanda Stitt, CEO of Change Media Group (CMG), started by her husband who saw a market full of saturated services. Amanda always admired small business owners in her own family while never seeing herself as an entrepreneur. Now, she excels in the business of helping people connect. She envisions the company as space for young talent to enjoy their work. Mission A full-service creative agency providing targeted media services including direct mail, print, and digital advertising …

Tom Stewart

Podcast #002: Tom Stewart

Today on Business Machine is Tom Stewart, who first had thoughts of entrepreneurship with a group of high school friends. Over the last decade, he has provided consultation to 44 organizations in a wide range of industries – the majority of which were new or small companies. Tom has also worked on transition teams for larger organizations, including the State of Michigan, and his efforts have resulted in nearly $7M in new client revenues and 60 new jobs in the Capitol Region. …

Chad Jordan

Podcast #001: Chad Jordan

Today on Business Machine is Chad Jordan, owner of Craving’s Gourmet Popcorn in Old Town Lansing and Okemos, who started with nothing but debt and a willingness to learn from others. Mission Craving’s Gourmet provides world-class popcorn to making people happy. In 10 years, Chad imagines a more robust brand that acts as a staple of Michigan and reaches more urban areas. Notable Past Mistakes Chad believes that his biggest mistake was not strategically thinking about worst-case scenarios, substituting confidence with money. …