Justin Grinnell

Podcast 0008: Justin Grinnell

Today on Business Machine is Justin Grinnell, owner and CEO of State Of Fitness training facility. Justin has been a trainer since he was 20 years old and decided to apply his expertise to small business with the help of his newly wed wife, six other trainers and a large room. He has now reached a place where he can work on his business instead of within his business, operating to support his team’s dreams and the unique network of …

Todd Uterstaedt

Podcast 0007: Todd Uterstaedt

  Today on Business Machine is Todd Uterstaedt, former army officer turned corporate VP turned entrepreneur of From Founder To CEO based in Cincinnati. Mission From Founder To CEO helps young creators enhance their capacity as business owners to create sustainability. In 10 years, Todd sees his initiative as a larger platform for communities to access resources in a timely and easily processed fashion. Founder vs. CEO  A founder does a lot for themselves to lead a team where a CEO …

Kate Snyder

Podcast 0006: Kate Snyder

Today on the Business Machine is Kate Snyder, principal strategist and owner of Piper & Gold Public Relations, a Lansing firm dedicated to helping governmental agencies and nonprofits. Kate began her journey by acting as a business consultant within her network after searching for a senior position that matched her experience. Mission Help small businesses tell their stories in a way that effects change and builds relationships within their communities. Notable Mistakes Kate explains the importance of transparency of operations, …

Mike Maddox

Podcast 0005: 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 0004: 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 0003: 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 0002: 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 0001: 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. …