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Feature Friday with Diane D. Reynolds
November 27, 2020, 11:22 am
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Is Your Business Subject to Cyber Laws?

Host: Sean C O’Rourke

Guest: Diane D. Reynolds

“People ask me all the time, ‘What keeps you up at night?’ And I say, ‘Spicy Mexican food, weapons of mass destruction, and cyberattacks.’” Dutch Ruppersberger

If you’re reading this (hopefully as you’re watching the episode), then your life and data have been impacted by multiple cyber events in the last decade or so. Welcome to the reality of technology in the 21st Century.

While it took a while, politicians recognized their voting base was under attack and decided to act in the way they knew best – passing regulations. The European Union, Brazil, and China all have extensive cyber regulations with provisions that extend beyond their geographic borders. The United States has some national laws specific to particular industries, but most cyber rules are handed at the state level. It’s a hodgepodge that has business swimming in alphabet soup.

That’s why the next guest on Did You Know That? is such an in-demand resource.  Diane D. Reynolds has been dealing with cyber regulations, on a global scale, for a good portion of her career.  She now guides businesses through the maze of regulations and compliance, and inevitably, response to a cyber incident.  Our chat focuses on why all businesses are now subject to some sort of regulation and how to proceed from there.

#cyberregulations #cyberliability #dataprivacy #datasecurity #didyouknowthat #indulgeyourcuriosity #youtubechannel #gdpr #shield #ccpa #cpra



Feature Friday with Jack Sullivan

“…but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”  Benjamin Franklin

Was there any other quote appropriate enough to start this conversation?  Nope.

The next topic of conversation on Did You Know That? was the bane of my existence for 12+ years (when I was president of my old IT firm).  And while the term sales tax may immediately turn you off, you do so at your own risk.

What do you know about sales taxes, aside from the fact that paying them is annoying and expensive?  Well, if you own or manage any type of business, then you should be a pseudo-expert on the topic.  Most, not all, states and localities rely heavily on sales taxes to generate revenue.  (That’s even more true in the time of COVID-19.)  This heavy reliance means states do not play around when it comes to collecting what they’re owed or imposing new sales taxes when “necessary.”

Jack Sullivan is an expert in all things tax, especially sales tax, which makes him the perfect guest for this episode.  (Full disclosure: Jack still is the tax attorney for my old IT firm, Syzygy 3.)  He’s argued cases across the country for a range of companies; he’s devised sales tax strategies for entities selling into multiple states; and he’s investigated the taxability of products/services from the mundane to the exotic.  He also has a style all his own, as you will learn.

Jack and I discuss a lot during this episode, but all of it is relevant to businesses in some form or another.  Be sure to take notes and if you want to learn more about Jack, his various links are below.

Website: https://thesullivanlaw.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-sullivan-1788b01/

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb9o8tVG19Muf1HMOT5kURw

Music: “Mayhem” by Ian Post via Artlist

#didyouknowthat, #salestax, #sullivanlaw, #indulgeyourcuriosity, #taxes, #statefinances, #youtubechannel



Tenacious Tuesday with Deb Koenigsberger from Hearts of Gold!

Host: Colleen Blum

Guest: Deb Koenigsberger

The Golden Heart Tackling Homelessness in NYC

Have you ever donated to an organization because you REALLY believed in the mission behind what/ who they were helping? But have you actually ever wondered WHO was the person that started it? 

Who helped mold them? What happened in their life to make them to become this type of giving, selfless, incredible human? Where did it all start?

If you love a great story where there are just real feel good moments and you like to learn the behind the scenes of the special people who are making this world a better place to live, then keep listening, because today is just about that.

Today we sit down with my friend Deb Koenigsberger who is the Founder & CEO of, Hearts of Gold. This is a life changing organization all about helping homeless mothers & Children in NYC. Their mission is to help the moms gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence that they need to be able to transition out of the shelter system and become fully independent and productive members of society.

Checkout a short preview of the latest episode!

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Guest: Deb Koensigberger

Founder & CEO of Hearts of Gold

Music: No Matter How Hard We Try – Ben Goldstein

Feeling – Aaron Kellim

Podcast is Available on All Podcast Listening Platforms.

“The Golden Heart Tackling Homelessness in NYC – Try And Stop Me Podcast.

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Feature Friday – Ramon Ray

Host: Sean C O’Rourke

Guest: Ramon Ray

“When things do not go your way, remember that every challenge — every adversity — contains within it the seeds of opportunity and growth.” Roy T. Bennett

If you like understatement, then saying 2020 has been (or was, depending on when you’re reading this) a challenging year should make the top of your list.  But among all that has gone wrong, that’s disrupted the norm, or been thrown into the unknown lies opportunity to come out the other end better, stronger, faster.  (Yes, that’s a callout to one of my all-time favorite shows.)

In the latest edition of Did You Know That?, the engaging Ramon Ray talks about how businesses – of all sizes – can identify and take advantage of even the slimmest of opportunity.  There are risks; it’s not for the faint of heart; but there are rewards to be had by you, your employees, and your customers/clients if you take a calculated leap.  This is not about running after anything that catches your eye; this about smartly identifying where your business can fill a new need and moving with purpose in that direction.

If this is your first experience listening to Ramon, then get your pen and paper or keyboard ready, because he’s going to throw a lot of information out there and you’ll want to digest it afterward (or give this multiple watches; your choice). 

You can also check out Ramon’s various works using the links or handles below:

Instagram: @ramonraysmarthustle

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ramonraysmallbiz/

Check out Ramon’s website Smart Hustle or his speaking website HERE!

Music: “J.D. Scavenger” by Randy Sharp via Artlist



Feature Friday – Did You Know That?

Host: Sean C O’Rourke

Guest: Cory Allison

“Money, it’s a gas. Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash” Pink Floyd

You have a killer idea.  It appeals to a broad market.  And your strategy to bring it to life is rock solid.  All you need is a few more dollars than you have now to make it a reality.  What path should you choose?  Bootstrap?  Friends and family?  Angel?  Venture capital?  Family office?  Maybe even private equity?

How you fund a business may be just as important as what you’re selling.  Going it alone leaves all the decisions in your hands, but you’re gambling all your resources.  Taking money from others limits your own exposure, but now you have potential “partners” who may weigh in on crucial decisions or not agree with the ones you make.

Cory Allison is an experienced entrepreneur, especially in the startup world.  She’s also a partner in a fund that focuses on female-led businesses.  So she knows the funding game from both sides of the table.  Her insights on the topic may help guide you on your quest to launch the next unicorn.

You can discover much more about Cory at:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cory-allison-30a73025/

KelCor: https://www.kelcortape.com/

The JumpFund: https://www.thejumpfund.com/about

Music: “Having a Good Day – Instrumental” by Benj Heard via Artlist



Tenacious Tuesday – Newest Episode of the Try and Stop Me Podcast!

Host: Colleen Blum

Guest: Andy Neary

Mindset Lessons Learned On The Mound

Today, I am super pumped to bring you a fun, energetic, kickass business role model & overall JUST a good human Andy Neary.

Andy’s a former Professional Baseball Player. He’s now a Business Coach, Keynote Speaker & Founder of “the Complete Game”, coaching program.

Andy’s mission is to help business professionals build the mindset, habits, and rituals as he says “off the field” that lead to all-star performance on it. I’m obsessed with what he has going on today because it fits right into something I think we have all dealt with in our life at some point – a defeating mindset. Listen along as he teaches us how to flip the script into developing what he now calls #majorleaguemindset.

Watch a preview of the episode here!

Check out the full episode below!

Check him out at www.andyneary.com

Check out his podcast Bullpen Sessions

Follow us at @tryandstopmepodcast



Feature Friday – Did You Know That?

We all pretty much know the names and stories of the entrepreneurs who made it big (just check the list of the world’s richest people). But do you know the story of the person who started that dry cleaner’s down the block? How about your favorite non-chain coffee shop? That pub you frequent way too often? The graphic designer for the at-home workout app you’ve been frequenting?

If you think about it, entrepreneurship has been around since that first multi-cellular organism ventured off on its own to find a better source of food. Not much has changed in the intervening few billion years. (OK, maybe a few things.) Being an entrepreneur is still a risky, fulfilling, exhausting, invigorating, difficult, inspiring way of life, and my next guest on Did You Know That? has experienced it more than most.

Adrian Miller has been a successful entrepreneur – many times over – for 30+ years. She’s juggled multiple businesses for more than a decade now, all while being a mom, wife, world traveler, and fount of knowledge. If you’re thinking of taking the leap, or are struggling to keep your fire going, then this is the episode you don’t want to miss.

To learn more about Adrian’s fascinating history, check out her LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/amillersalestraining/.

Music: “DuDa” by Ian Post via Artlist



Feature Friday – Did You Know That?

Host: Sean C O’Rourke

Guest: Paul Zambrotta

“There is no such thing as ‘away’. When we throw anything away it must go somewhere.”  Annie Leonard

I’m not a terribly nostalgic person, but have to admit, this episode took me back to show and tell in grammar school.

Have you ever heard the term wish-cycling?  No, not the practice of wishing for the same thing each time you blow out birthday candles.  This is the practice of throwing an item into a recycling bin in the hopes it can be recycled.  While the intention may be good, in practice, this act of hope has real negative consequences – it can turn good recyclables into trash.

My next guest on Did You Know That? is Paul Zambrotta, Chief Operations Officer (COO) at Hi-Tech Resource Recovery, Inc. & Scholes Street Recycling Corp., and Director of Safety at Mr. T Carting.  Paul’s grandfather, Tom Toscano (aka, Pop), started Mr. T Carting with one truck in 1947 and the family of companies has grown with the city to better address waste and recycling efforts.

The chat with Paul is broken into two segments.  First, we discuss the overall status of the recycling business and market, with an emphasis on where we, the consumers, are falling short on proper recycling.  The real fun begins with part two, where Paul and I go through many common household items to determine what can go into the recycling containers and what should hit the trash.  I think you may be surprised by some of his answers.

To learn more about Paul and his work, check out his LinkedIn profile, CLICK HERE

To learn more about plastic recycling, visit Waste4Change by CLICKING HERE

Music: “Urban Drummers” by Mike Kirin via. Artlist



Rockstars Rocking Podcast

Absolutely thrilled to be featured this week on Eric Silverman‘s Rockstars Rocking podcast!

Thank you so much Eric, for giving me a platform to share about my journey and my passion for the Mizzou Law Veterans Clinic at the University of Missouri!

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Episode 6 – Try and Stop Me Podcast by Colleen Blum with Guest Mike Veny

Episode 6 Mental Health Is An Asset, So Let’s Talk About It

Host: Colleen Blum

Guest: Mike Veny

Mental Health is something society still struggles to talk about or address, the one good thing about COVID is that problem seems to be slowly changing.

Mike Veny is one of the Top Mental Health Speakers in the US talking about just that. Listen as he shares his story through his mental own health journey, how is mother helped him find an outlet and how he is using his mental health as an asset to help change lives all across the country.

Curious for a preview of the episode? Take a listen below!

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Guest Contact Information:

Mike Veny: LinkedIn

Website: https://www.mikeveny.com/

Author of: Transforming Stigma: How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero

Podcast: MXV Self Employed Momentum

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