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51 minutes | Oct 27, 2021
Helping You to Help(Her)
On this episode of Elevate Polk, Chrissanne and Nate talk with the founder of Help(Her), Teresa O’Brien, and enjoy listening to her incredible story. Teresa is a mother of three adopted children, all the same age. She wanted to find the middle-ground between being a stay-at-home mother for her family but wanting to feel fulfilled and impact others. After making the decision to quit her dream job to happily raise her three children, Teresa felt that she needed to dream in a different way! So, she took to creating opportunities for women like her: women who want to stay home still with their kids but have the college degree and skillset to gain some money and help other people. Thus, Help(Her) was born. When you fall in love with the city of Lakeland, the city will fall in love with you right back. Through the support of the community of women like her and connection after connection, Help(Her) has given many opportunities for both the clients and the help(hers)! After listening to this episode, they hope to remind you that you are valued, what you do matters, and it's always okay to ask for help. You are going to LOVE this episode!
56 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
The Business of Coaching
On this episode of Elevate Polk, Chrissanne and Nate talk with Clarke Freed about entrepreneurial growth coaching and the aspects of both having a coach and being a coach to others. Clarke, having been Chrissanne’s coach for years, tells listeners his story of how he became a coach to others. Initially working in the Navy and leading young men and women in their day-to-day life, Clarke was encouraged by his wife to pursue coaching. After earning his coach certification, Clarke tells the audience that his goal is to always get better at providing value to his clients, and has his own coach to this day to do so! Chrissanne and Clarke share the heartwarming and valuable experiences they’ve learned working together over the years, while also discussing some of the greatest challenges they’ve come to face and overcome. Who knows, you might be looking for a coach after this episode!
53 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
From Welfare to 5-Star
On this episode of Elevate Polk, Chrissanne talks with business owners Jeanna and Mark Parker about the growth of their business as not just a mindset, but what they refer to as a "heartset". Six years after opening Bella Visage Medical & Aesthetic Rejuvenation, Jeanna and Mark have come an incredible way from living off welfare to running the fastest growing spa in Central Florida. Through their story, we learn that when you’re in the middle of this rut of helplessness, not to sit and wallow in your misery, but to work harder than you ever have before to dig yourself out. Jenna and Mark exclaim to listeners that their success would not have been possible without the support of the Lakeland community, and because of this, they are always giving back to the community and helping others achieve their goals. You are going to love their story!
43 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
For the Love of Polk County
On this episode of Elevate Polk, Chrissanne and bestselling author Peter Kageyama meet for Elevate Polk’s first-ever remote podcast. 🖥 Chrissanne and Peter discuss the importance of not only acknowledging, but thanking and expressing our gratitude to the incredible entrepreneurs and “co-creators” in Lakeland. It’s through their work they pour into the community that makes us proud of our city! Lakeland is a city where hyperlocal support is always on full display, and this love for Lakeland is expressed through their hard work. Our challenge for you this week after listening to this podcast: Give love to small business creators and express your gratitude for them. Whether it’s posting a great review for their business, choosing a local restaurant rather than a chain, or sharing a post thanking a co-creator on a recent purchase - Appreciate the people doing something meaningful in the community.
55 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
The Secret is in the Data!
In this episode of Elevate Polk, Chrissanne and Nate talk about looking at marketing from the angle of prioritizing data, because the facts are that numbers never lie. In marketing, one of the big components of strategically helping businesses grow is in helping them build systems that help them track and measure their success. While using third-party companies to jumpstart can help, Chrissanne explains that your business needs to be able to stand on its own, otherwise you're at the mercy of what they decide to do with your products in their algorithm. Data doesn’t have an ego, it doesn’t have emotions, it doesn’t have feelings: it’s just numbers and it’s real. Data is the secret that will tell you if your product is going to fit into the marketplace, and it leaves clues to find more success if you’re willing to take the time to look into it. This podcast analyzes the key factors in keeping customers long-term and finding the steady pace you want to take your business to bring the most success.
53 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Good Things Happen Over Coffee
On this episode of Elevate Polk, Chrissanne and Nate talk to TJ Zimmerman from Concord Coffee about how they became one of Lakeland’s favorite local coffee shops. TJ dives into the dream behind Concord - we bet you didn’t know the original concept envisioned for the coffee shop that meets hot dogs and shaved ice! With the desire to create something to bring the community together, TJ tells Chrissanne and Nate about the detailed intentionality of Concord Coffee’s branding, down to their name and logo symbol. Their origin story is one that teaches the importance of relationships and genuinely connecting with people over the years. Through trial and error, Concord became a place for community and building relationships over the unique experience of craft coffee. In its 6 and a half years of business, Concord Coffee collaborated with other community businesses and brought in many award-winning roasters, to where they now roast their own coffee too! This podcast dives deep into the truth behind successful entrepreneurship and how to take your own business to the next level while staying true to your goals and values. You won't want to miss this!
48 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
To Scale Or Not To Scale?
Hello Polk County!On this episode of Elevate Polk, Chrissanne and Nate talk about the importance of understanding when it is (or isn’t) time to scale your business. No matter how big or small your business starts, the ultimate goal is to grow your business as far as you want it to. But in order to do so, you have to figure out the processes that must be built on the backend of your business in order to have a better workflow. That way, as your business grows and you want to add to it, it doesn't break. Chrissanne and Nate highlight the best approach to selecting the right tools that are equipped to scale WITH your business, and discuss the benefits of setting expectations a bit lower at first to see how the market responds, and then adapting based on the response. The point of entrepreneurship and innovation is doing things that may not work correctly, so you've got to take that risk - but take a mitigated risk. By being self aware of the nuances and challenges of growing a business, you can learn to be proud of small milestones and appreciate all the successes, both big and small, to come!
50 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
A Platform for Making A Difference
On this episode of Elevate Polk, Chrissanne and Nate talk about entrepreneurship’s platform for making a difference, and its effect on employers and their businesses. This pandemic and its negative effects have been on full display, with “Apply here” signs scattered down every main road and businesses struggling to keep up with fewer employees willing to work. Workers are less likely to take on these “smaller roles” due to the systematic label shaming of different generational classes. Boomer, Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z grew in vastly different worlds of business. Where the older generations are less willing to adapt to new and more advanced business models, the younger generations are being pressured to learn these old ways of business. Chrissanne and Nate talk about how entrepreneurship IS change: bucking the system and continuing to grow and develop society’s business mindset as the world around us grows as well. In a time where people feel most divided, we must acknowledge the importance of not pin-pointing these challenges onto younger generations, as well as encouraging our community to develop a growth mindset that will allow businesses and their teams to advance alongside technology and the up and coming generations.For a deeper dive into the topic of making a difference and bettering the next generation's platform, read Chrissanne's blog post on her website!
50 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
What's In Your Content?
Nate's New Business Venture: Mike and Mike's DessertsChrissanne's New Strategic Growth Coaching 3-Day Challenge to help your business reach its full potential!PS Join our hosts at the Buena Market Block Party this Saturday, July 17th, 2021!
53 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
This week on the Elevate Polk Podcast, Chrissanne and Nate host Emerson Bamaca, owner of Bar 61 in Downtown Lakeland’s popular restaurant, 1961. Emerson tells his story of immigrating from Guatemala to the United States. He shares some of the personal experiences he had moving to San Francisco, where he worked doubles on top of schooling to pay his family back and find success in the US. Starting as a club owner in San Francisco, he had to learn how to assimilate into the American culture. He decided to stop trying to fit in and instead, stand proud of who he is! Emerson met a native of Lakeland and fell in love! They moved to start a family in our amazing community and that is when he met Marcos, the owner of 1961, and has since worked alongside him making cocktails and creating unique drink selections to best fit the restaurant’s menu. He expresses his gratitude that on his path to success, the city of Lakeland, overall, has met him with the most love and acceptance. Chrissanne and Nate full-heartedly agree!
55 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
The Coolest Cat in Town
This week on the Elevate Polk podcast, Chrissanne and Nate chat with one of "the coolest cats in Polk County!" He's a serial entrepreneur, born in China and learned from his hardworking parents what it takes to create and maintain a successful business, then he took what he learned and created 2 more of his own! If you haven't already guessed who this week's guest is, you will definitely want to listen in to this show! Jian Zhang, or "Jay" as he is best known in Lakeland is the man behind Jade Fox Lounge and a newly launched business Concrete Technology of Lakeland. He also assists his parents with the operations of their business, China 1. Jay shares some sage advice about running multiple businesses. Chrissanne, Nate, and Jian relate to the need for confidence and success as a business owner and talk through the process of gaining wisdom and courage as a seasoned entrepreneur. Find Jian Zhang’s three businesses on Facebook and then go out and visit him in the Lakeland Highlands Plaza off Edgewood Drive!
61 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Heyy Coffee Lady!
Welcome, Adriana AKA Drica, AKA Coffee Lady to the ElevatePolk Podcast! On this show, you'll learn about Drica and discover some interesting details! For example, did you know she was born in Brazil? That she always knew she wanted to open her own coffee shop and she learned a lot about running a coffee business by working in New York for one of the most well-known coffee chains on the planet? Chrissanne and Nate enthusiastically get the story behind how the memorable brightly colored food truck came to be and how she paved the way, as the first mobile food truck in Polk County. You'll love to learn more about what's in store for Drica's at the Mulberry Public Library where she now spends all her free time going to book clubs and socializing with her new customers! We're sure you're going to enjoy Drica’s sense of humor and her perseverance and dedication to her craft. Listen in to learn what other traits Drica has that bring her customers more happiness in just one visit to her coffee boutiques than Drica ever thought possible. Follow Drica’s smiling face and hand-crafted coffee and pastries on Facebook to find out where she is headed next!
61 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
The Power of Authenticity
On this episode of Elevate Polk, Chrissanne and Nate sit across the podcast table from a power couple named Eddie and Tia Crockett who run Authentic You Empowerment! They aim to reach people where they are and encourage them to not be anyone else. Everyone has a role to play in this world and Eddie and Tia believe that you are a product of your environment. They all dive into the beginnings of their entrepreneurial journey filled with fear, doubt, and the pressure they put on themselves to be successful. Everyone agreed that entrepreneurs must not be embarrassed about mixing their personal and professional life because their business is their passion! It's okay to ask for help! Starting a business is one of the most difficult dreams to accomplish and that is why Elevate Polk is cultivating a safe ecosystem of entrepreneurs that will give people that help. Check out Authentic You Empowerment for more resources on business strategy, finance advice, and creating the lifestyle that allows you to be authentic and successful!
60 minutes | Jun 2, 2021
There is GOOD in everyone
In this week's episode, Chrissanne and Nate sit down with Stephanie Bernal Gregg, the founder of a growing movement for makers in the community - the Buena Market! They discuss their ideas that will make Polk County more inclusive, especially for our entrepreneurs. Stephanie shares her story about how she became a Polk County resident and what her intentions were when first starting the Buena Market. She has a heart for diversity and inclusion. Her Hispanic roots power her personal desire for everyone to be taken care of in her community of makers and the greater community of small business owners in Polk. The Buena Market is a fun and eclectic new place to gather with family and friends. They have an array of food, vendors, and artists who come together to better the ecosystem of Lakeland one market at a time.
59 minutes | May 26, 2021
Florida Grown Beer
This episode is all heart. Join Nate and Chrissanne in a conversation about barley, hops water, and yeast, better known as beer! Polk County is adding Florida-grown breweries to its list of amenities and Dan Thumberg, the owner of Swan Brewing, is part of that growing movement. In this episode, Dan talks about where things started and how they have evolved from homebrews and t-shirts to a well-known local brewery. He emphasizes seeking out mentors that will give you sound advice even when you do not want to hear it. He also shares his key secrets for how he became one of Polk County’s most beloved breweries and how he continues to build his business with the support of his amazing wife, and the community he's chosen to invest in!
57 minutes | May 19, 2021
Living the Cigar Life
Nate and Chrissanne are joined on this week's episode by Mario and Patty Medina, the owners of Cigar Life. Mario and Patty share some of the intricacies of their transition from corporate careers to entrepreneurship, and the added "bonus" of starting a business with your spouse! This was our first live-streaming episode (you can watch the video here). You won't want to miss this discussion about how important grit and a "whatever it takes" attitude is essential for any new entrepreneurs!
66 minutes | May 12, 2021
The Last Ten Percent
Check-in with Nate and Chrissanne for this conversation with Lakeland's Mayor, Bill Mutz. The three of them take a deep dive and explore the reality of overcoming challenges, growing as leaders, and creating company cultures that put people first. As Mayor Mutz reminds them throughout the show, "It comes down to the last 10% of the work you have to do to succeed." You'll enjoy some never-before-heard stories and some great examples of leadership, grit, and focus on getting things done the right way, no matter what. While you might be thinking, that's easy for him to say, you'll soon learn how this dynamic leader has managed to talk the talk in his life as an entrepreneur, husband, father, community leader, and now Mayor. NOTE: You'll notice a difference in the sound quality of this episode, but we felt the content of the conversation was worth sharing in spite of some technical difficulties. [HT to Annie, our podcast producer for working through the sound issues!]
55 minutes | May 5, 2021
Why Show Up?
Chrissanne and Nate don't have a guest this week, but their lively conversation about the importance of "showing up" in business (and in life), is an episode worth listening to! They sprinkle golden nuggets of advice on how to show up, why it's important and where to focus energy and time to truly maximize the results of the way in which you show up. Pro tip: Listen to the entire episode to find an exclusive offer just for the listeners of the Elevate Polk Podcast
61 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere!
It’s 5 o’clock here on the ElevatePolk podcast and the owners of Happy Hour Scones, Edie, Jackie and Amy are bringing the booze, but not how you would quite expect it! Listen in to these emerging entrepreneurs as they share the story of how their delicious cocktail-inspired scones came to be. These fun sisters join Chrissanne and Nate, with special thanks to Vickie, Nate's mom, and Chrissanne's friend Cindy, who helped them all connect! Chrissanne and Nate also share their professional insights on marketing for new businesses. Listen in and learn more about this new local business and then go find Happy Hour Scones at the Lakeland Farmers Market this Saturday!
64 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
High Heels and A Hard Hat
In this week's episode, Lora Gardner, shows up as what can only be described as a beacon of hope for those who are going through a hard time while navigating the roads of entrepreneurship. During their time together, Chrissanne, Nate & Lora discuss the amazing details of her journey as she created her company, Perfect Day Productions. Lora is an excellent example of an entrepreneur who perseveres through each obstacle thrown her way. Find out how Lora and her team can help execute your vision on the big day of your event and while you listen, let us know if you think Lora needs to start her own podcast!
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