Author - Dick O'Hare

Ariel Hyatt: From Publicity Director to Cyber PR Founder
Marissa Bracke, An Expert in Small Business Architecture
Female Entrepreneur Success Story: Jules Taggart
Entrepreneurship: The More You Learn The More You Earn
Self-Investment and Ongoing Learning Is Key to Entrepreneurial Success
How “Side Hustle” Can Lead To New Business Opportunities
Is Donald Trump Really Good for Small Business?
Annette Tonti: A Pioneer in Online and Mobile Advertising
A Day With Deepak Chopra [Part 1 and 2]
“Jiggly Boy”…A Truly Innovative Entrepreneur

Ariel Hyatt: From Publicity Director to Cyber PR Founder

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Ariel Hyatt has been a fierce entrepreneur for 20 years and runs Cyber PR, a dynamic social media and content strategy company based in New York City. She has spoken in 12 countries and is the author of four books on social media, two of which have hit number one on Amazon. Her newest book Crowdstart: The Ultimate Guide to a Powerful and Profitable Crowdfunding Campaign comes out on October 25th and is available on Amazon. I recently caught up with Ariel to get her perspective on her own entrepreneurial journey…

Your career has spanned more than 20 years from a publicity director at a live music venue in Colorado to founding Cyber PR and specializing in working with creative entrepreneurs.  Please tell us how this evolution came about in getting to where you are now?

My career evolution has deeply aligned with my passion and my interest in growth. I am a creative entrepreneur at heart and I feel closely connected with other creatives.  When I first started my agency as a traditional PR firm, I served the music industry and musicians exclusively because I had an obsession with music and I couldn’t imagine spending my time in

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Marissa Bracke, An Expert in Small Business Architecture

“Small steps forward, taken consistently, will get you farther than inconsistent leaps.”


I recently had the pleasure of connecting with Marissa Bracke, CEO of Bracke Enterprises and an expert in small business architecture. A self described “computer geek”, Marissa’s talent lies in her ability to see the “holes” in small businesses’ services, strategies and systems and setting up the right architecture (systems, processes and strategy) to shore up these holes and empower businesses to thrive. Our interview below has some great pearls of practical wisdom from Marissa. She goes deep. You are sure to gain some insights from this…

1. Marissa, you made a successful “pivot” from being corporate counsel to digital marketing and business architecture expert.  How did that come about?

Completely by accident!

I’ve been a computer geek my whole life — I learned early programming skills on an Atari 800 when I was around 5, and I was learning to code webpages in the mid 90s. It was “just a hobby.” Then when I was looking for a new attorney position, I started doing a little work for an online business owner. She initially wanted some help just answering customer emails, and I thought it’d be …

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Female Entrepreneur Success Story: Jules Taggart

This Powerful Female Entrepreneur Strives for Greater Human Connection in Her Digital Marketing Agency

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I recently had the pleasure of connecting with entrepreneur Jules Taggart. Jules is a human-centered content strategist, speaker, consultant and educator. She believes intelligent business growth is fueled by forging deeper connections and creating more meaningful experiences, one client at a time.

Jules has been featured as a content marketing expert on many leading podcasts and websites.

When she’s not working, you can find Jules running near the beach in her hometown of San Diego; riding on the back of a motorcycle with her adrenaline-junkie husband, Jeff; or scrambling to keep up with her ever-curious daughters, Olympia and Helena. Here’s what Jules had to say to Biz zealot…

How and why did you come to the decision to start your own marketing strategy company?

In 2009, I was working in a corporate setting and really didn’t like my job. I really hadn’t thought much about starting a business until my boss at the time went to coaching school and started offering coaching services. I thought “why don’t I do that?” I started to reach out to friends and colleagues and let them know I was offering

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Entrepreneurship: The More You Learn The More You Earn

Jacqueline Whitmore, Etiquette Expert, Reveals How Etiquette Is an Essential Business Tool

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I recently caught up with Jacqueline Whitmore, etiquette expert, author and certified speaking professional. She is  the founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach, a premier business etiquette consulting firm dedicated to helping executives polish their professionalism, enhance their interpersonal skills, and improve their personal brand.

Jacqueline shared her thoughts on her own entrepreneurial journey as well as some advice for aspiring entrepreneurs…

1. What got you on the path to becoming an etiquette expert? How does a person become an expert in this?

In 1993, I was hired to work as the assistant director of public relations for The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. It was a dream job. Part of my responsibilities included promoting the Summer Etiquette Camp for Kids. I was also in charge of hiring the etiquette instructor for the camp.

During the summer of 1994, I hired the woman in charge of The Protocol School of Washington in Washington, DC. That same year, she decided to add an etiquette camp for adults and encouraged me to attend. I attended the week-long camp and loved it. After the week was …

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Self-Investment and Ongoing Learning Is Key to Entrepreneurial Success

Carolyn Landesman, Successful Entrepreneur and Leader, Shares Her Best Advice

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Carolyn Landesman is a successful leader, mentor and entrepreneur from Western Australia. She began her career as a teacher before she started and successfully ran her own small business before ultimately getting into larger corporate and educational roles. Currently, Carolyn is the Director of Innovation and Service at South West Institute of Technology in Western Australia. She has long been a student of business and entrepreneurship. And, she holds her MBA from Murdoch University. Here she shares some of her best advice with Biz zealot.

1.You Have a Background as a Certified Practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).  Can You Tell Us About What NLP Is and How You Apply It to Your Career/Business?

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is an approach to communication and personal development created by Richard Bandler and John Grinder in the 1970s. It’s often used as a coaching and counseling tool. The reason I became an NLP practitioner was to improve my leadership and communication skills in the business environment.

Each of us has a preferred way of communicating and learning. We are either visual, auditory or kinaesthetic learners and communicators

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How “Side Hustle” Can Lead To New Business Opportunities

Kevin Strasser, Social Media Marketing Entrepreneur, Saw a Specific Need With His Social Media Marketing And Filled It

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What Ignited the Spark in You to Start Tribeboost? How Did the Idea for Your Business Come About?

Kevin Strasser, Founder of TribeBoost and ThoughtFlame connected to Biz zealot through Twitter. It turns out, Kevin’s experience with Twitter runs deep. He is a savvy social media marketing entrepreneur who builds services to help others in their social media marketing efforts. I caught up with Kevin recently to better understand his entrepreneurial journey. He shares some great, practical advice.

What Ignited the Spark in You to Start TribeBoost? How Did the Idea for Your Business Come About?

I have always had the spark to start various side projects and that is how TribeBoost started.

Over the past years I always had something on the side going on. Sometimes [I’d do it] for extra money…but more importantly for opportunities to learn new skills and work on things that interested me. 

You cannot always work on things that interest you in your day job. That is just how it goes sometimes. So side businesses have always been great for my own personal

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Is Donald Trump Really Good for Small Business?

Take a Closer Look at the Candidate Before You Cast Your Vote

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Despite, or perhaps because of, his brash nature and political inexperience, Donald Trump has found a way to resonate deeply with small business owners. According to a recent poll from Manta, a small-business networking platform, a whopping 60 percent of over 2,000 small business owners polled planned to vote for Trump in the primary elections (with Ted Cruz coming in a distant second among Republican candidates at 16 percent).

Trump continues to claim that his business acumen and negotiating powers will prove useful in the White House, and so far, small businesses seem to agree. Though some participants in the Manta poll said outright that they “can’t stand Donald Trump as a person,” they favor Trump for his proposed tax policies and feel that he can relate to the ups and downs of owning a business.

While Trump may have found ways to survive as a business owner through decades of dramatic highs and lows, does that really mean he’s the best Presidential candidate for entrepreneurs? Before you cast your vote, consider the following:

He’s an Inaccurate Representation of the American Dream

Perhaps the largest reason

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Annette Tonti: A Pioneer in Online and Mobile Advertising

Annette Shares Her Unique Views on Entrepreneurialism


I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Annette Tonti over the last four years. She is a pioneer in the online advertising and mobile markets with over 30 years of corporate and entrepreneurial experience. And, she’s an entrepreneurial warrior. As founder and CEO of two high tech startups, she has developed early stage businesses and raised over $30M from venture and angel investors. Early in her career she delivered digital strategies to Fortune 1000 businesses, ran a global program for the MIT Media Labs and headed up operations for a global telecommunications consultancy.

At the MIT Media Lab in 1998, Annette was Executive Producer for The Junior Summit, a special year-long program for the first “digital generation”. In 1999 she co-founded Bluestreak, one of the first “rich media” advertising firms. As CEO, she raised $27.5M in capital and led a successful acquisition. Bluestreak was acquired by Carat Worldwide (an ad agency) in 2007. In 2008 Annette co-founded and became CEO of MoFuse, a startup company designed to help local businesses have a mobile presence.  Annette raised $2M in angel funding and led MoFuse to a successful acquisition by The Search Agency in …

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A Day With Deepak Chopra [Part 1 and 2]

Deepak Chopra Shares His Thoughts on Wellbeing, “Soul Leadership” and Entrepreneurial Spirit.

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My wife and I recently attended an all-day Deepak Chopra seminar called Radical Wellbeing, Corporate Wellbeing + Soul Leadership. My wife is a big fan of Deepak and shares his thoughts with me frequently.

Since entrepreneurship is a passion of mine, I thought it would be interesting to hear Deepak’s definition of “soul leadership”. He didn’t disappoint. I was fascinated by the overlap between Deepak’s observations and definitions of soul based leadership and my experience with the entrepreneurial journey. Let’s start with the beginning…

We started the day with a meditation (no surprise there). The questions Deepak posed during the mediation were understandably reflective, but I would later learn their meaning…

  • Who am I?
  • What do I want?
  • What is my purpose?
  • What am I grateful for?

Despite being straight forward questions, many people sometimes struggle with these at times.

However, to my relief and enlightenment, Deepak explained that you don’t need to know the answers to these questions. But, if you live these questions and live from your soul, then “life will point you to the answers”. This is a

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“Jiggly Boy”…A Truly Innovative Entrepreneur

John Sweeney Is an Expert in the Art of Improvisational Theatre.  He Uses His Expertise to Bring out the Entrepreneurial Mindset of His Clients and Audience.

John Sweeney and his wife, Jenni Lilledahl are the owners of The Brave New Workshop (BNW), America’s oldest running improvisational theatre. Located in Minneapolis, BNW is a great American success story. Founded by Dudley Riggs, a former Ringling Brothers Circus aerialist in 1958, BNW was a pioneering institution in satirical comedy. In 1997, John and Jenni bought BNW and have been driving its success since.

The theatre boasts famous alumni that started their careers on its stages including US Senator and former Saturday Night Live (SNL) Comedy Writer, Al Franken, Tom Davis, another original SNL comedy writer, Comedian Louis Anderson and others. It has a wonderful heritage of world class “improv” and continues to thrive to this day. It was John’s unique talent that bridged the art of improvisational theatre to business innovation.

I was fortunate to meet John in 2005. While at Yahoo, I was tasked with running a significant client event and was in the market for a speaker. Through some of our

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