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How to Make Your Website Work Harder for Your Business

Terri Jordan, the founder of WizeWebz, joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss common the common problems business owners have with their web sites and tips for making websites work harder for the business.

WizeWebz is a full-service digital agency. It offers brand strategy, creative development, marketing, website design an development, and social media services. Terri brings 20 years of experience to WizeWebz, including launching and growing multiple businesses. A serial entrepreneur, Terri launched her first busienss at the age of 16. She also has national sales management and product development experience, eight years of legal experience that included intellectual property and 18 years of media production and development.

Terri specializes in web development and writes fluently in multiple programming languages.

To listen to all the shows in the Smart Companies Thinking Bigger lineup, visit the archives.

Retirement Plan Basics for the Self-Employed and Small Business Owners

Franck Cushner joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss some of the options available to business owners who want to offer an employee retirement plan:

Cushner studied Financial Planning at NYU and received his CFP from the CFP Board of Standards. He’s spent more than 20 years working on Wall Street with high net worth clients, including Fortune 500 CEOs, physicians, attorneys, business professionals and small business owners.

Cushner also co-hosts a nationally syndicated weekly Dallas radio show with JP, Kathy, and the Crew on 620am KEXB discussing money topics of the day and providing guidance to his listeners on how to reach their own personal financial goals. Cushner has also been a featured guest on The Today Show, 740 KTRH, Gary Poszik’s Health, Wealth and Happiness broadcast and other media outlets.

High Performance Marketing: Improving the Impact of Your Marketing Strategy

David Patrick joins Smart Companies Thinking Bigger host Kelly Scanlon to discuss high performance marketing for business owners.

In today’s episode, Dave will discuss common marketing problems and improving marketing strategies, including:
The common marketing problems he’s found working with CEOsThe common marketing problems he’s found with start-upsThe key things he’s ve learned about marketing during his long careerWhat non-marketing senior executives need to understand about marketingWhether there is a secret to marketing
Patrick is the Chief Marketing Officer and Founder of High Performance Retail Marketing Group as well as High Performance Marketing Boot Camps. He has 30 years of marketing and sales experience at Procter & Gamble, Leo Burnett, and J Walter Thompson, leading high performance brand teams on McDonald’s, Toys R Us, Burger King, Miller Lite, Sprint, AMC Theaters, LG Electronics, Kraft, Kroger, Kellogg, Applebee’s, and General Motors. Patrick has also held Chief Marketing Officer positions for Beauty Brands and Westlake Ace Hardware.

As an entrepreneur, Patrick has built four successful companies: High Performance Retail Marketing Group (; a web-based marketing services network for small business:  bizHive (; a start-up incubator-accelerator WaveMaker Labs; and a digital field marketing platform:  LocalWave ( Through High Performance Retail Marketing Group, Dave partners with CEOs, CMOs, and leadership teams to build marketing and sales strategies that drive business growth. 

The American Dream Revisited, with Gary Sirak

Gary Sirak, president of Sirak Financial Services, joins Smart Companies host Kelly Scanlon on this episode of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger. Gary is the author of “If Your Money Talked . . . What Secrets Would It Tell?” and “The American Dream Revisited: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Results.”

Sirak has been helping people achieve their American Dream for the past 35 years. A conversation he overheard at a coffee shop inspired him to write his “American Dream” book. In today’s episode, Sirak discusses:
Whether the American Dream still has a pulseWhat he learned through interviews while writing the bookWhat the American Dream means to himWhether people today are achieving their American Dream7 key skills and ideas that can help people on their journey to achieving the American DreamWhy he created “The American Dream Revisited” scholarshipHis advice for current and future entrepreneurs
To listen to the full lineup of Smart Companies Thinking Bigger episodes, visit the archives.



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