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Exploring Small Business & Entrepreneur Journeys in the SurePayroll Podcast - Back of the Napkin

Back of the Napkin unfolds the ideas and innovations that help small business owners drive customer loyalty, develop and retain employees, and grow revenue-as told by the people who risked it all to chase their dream. Hosts Karen Stoychoff from SurePayroll and entrepreneur Dusty Weis talk with small business owners from across the country about their inspiration, success, hard knocks, lessons learned and relentless entrepreneurial spirit.

The insights shared by the small business owners featured on Back of the Napkin are especially important as the number of new business start-ups are increasing dramatically across the U.S. According to a recent report from the National Bureau of Economic Research, new business applications from the second half of 2020 through May 2021 mark the greatest on record since 2004.

At SurePayroll, we empower the dreams of small business. From online payroll, health insurance, 401(k), workers' comp, pre-employment screening, and more, SurePayroll makes it easier for small business owners to focus less on payroll and taxes and spend more time doing what they love and do best.

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Episode Transcripts

Episode 25 - Renata and Andrei Stoica

Renata and Andrei Stoica from tinyB Chocolate in San Francisco, CA, share how they built a thriving online retail and virtual teambuilding business...Read More

Episode 24 - Friday Fails: Paulo Hutson Solórzano

Paulo Hutson Solórzano, owner of A Medida Communications, discusses the importance of focusing on what you do best, embracing your ninja power...Read More

Episode 23 - Paulo Hutson Solórzano

Paulo Hutson Solórzano, owner of A Medida Communications, talks the importance of cross-cultural inclusion, overcoming self-imposed barriers to networking...Read More

Episode 22 - Friday Fails: Licia Accardo and Tony Spatara

Licia Accardo and Tony Spatara, owners of Cafe L'Appetito in Chicago, share a valuable lesson about staying true to who you are and what you know best...Read More

Episode 21 - Licia Accardo and Tony Spatara

Licia Accardo and Tony Spatara of Café L’Appetito talk about honoring and evolving the family legacy to achieve greater success...Read More

Episode 20 - Friday Fails: Mika Altidor and Victor Munoz

Mika Altidor and Victor Munoz, owners of Victor & Mika’s Bakery, chew on the joy eating your mistakes...Read More

Episode 19 - Mika Altidor and Victor Munoz

Mika Altidor and Victor Munoz, owners of Victor & Mika’s Bakery, discuss owning and operating the first and only vegan establishment in Polk County, FL...Read More

Episode 18 - Friday Fails: Jeff Arce and Web Eby

Jeff Arce and Web Eby, owners of CrossFit Arlington Heights, compare a “safe fail” in strength training to the obstacles faced by small business owners...Read More

Episode 17 - Jeff Arce and Web Eby

Jeff Arce and Web Eby, owners of CrossFit Arlington Heights, discuss how they came to own and expand an already successful small business...Read More

Episode 16 - Friday Fails: Kelly O'Neill

Kelly O’Neill, owner of Fusion of Iron and Earth, talks about failure as an idea generator...Read More

Episode 15 - Kelly O'Neill

Kelly O’Neill, owner of Fusion of Iron and Earth, talks about intrinsic value, knowing your worth and tooting your own horn...Read More

Episode 14 - Friday Fails: Ben Deutsch

Ben Deutsch, former VP of Communications at Coca-Cola, shares his eye-opening experience dealing with the news media during a...Read More

Episode 13 - Jon Snyder

Jon Snyder, owner of il laboratorio gelato, got a taste for the entrepreneur's life working at his grandfather's Carvel...Read More

Episode 12 - Friday Fails: Cory Hershman

Cory Herschman, SurePayroll's sales trainer, in today's fail discusses top payroll mistakes and information to help...Read More

Episode 11 - Aisha Chottani

Aisha Chottani, the founder of Moment, used her roots in meditation to create a beverage that helps rebalance and de-stress...Read More

Episode 10 - Friday Fails: Hiran Patel

Hiran Patel, the owner of Naansense Indian Cuisine in Chicago, discusses exactly the sort of failure that knocked his business...Read More

Episode 9 - Hiran Patel

Hiran Patel has always had a passion for cooking, and after a chat with his father where he was reminded how important it is...Read More

Episode 8 - Friday Fails: Rachel Doyle

Rachel Doyle, the founder of the nonprofit GlamourGals, shared a time she failed early in her business and how it impacted her...Read More

Episode 7 - Rachel Doyle

Rachel Doyle founded GlamourGals, a nonprofit in New York City, when she was just 17 years old. The mission of GlamourGals focuses on providing support to isolated seniors...Read More

Episode 6 - Pete Leonard

Pete Leonard is the owner of I Have a Bean in Wheaton, IL. His business model combines brewing a great cup of coffee with giving back to the community by hiring post-prison people...Read More

Episode 5 - Friday Fails: Maria Erna

While not fun in the moment, Maria Erna believe failure is always an effective teacher. Maria shares a story from early in her small business journey when she had a major fail...Read More

Episode 4 - Manali Shah & Raj Kamaria

Pyaari Weddings is a brand new journey for owners Manali and Raj. The couple got engaged and quickly realized how time consuming the wedding planning process can be...Read More

Episode 3 - Friday Fails: Lee Kitchen

Lee Kitchen is a big fan of failure and knows that failure in business can turn into success. Lee reflects on a time he failed in business and shares what he learned from it...Read More

Episode 2 - Maria Erna

Maria Erna is the owner of WaG Grooming Salon and Spa in Salem, New Hampshire. Maria understands the small business life well, as she spent a consultant for many years and has experienced guiding...Read More

Episode 1 - Lee Kitchen

Lee Kitchen is a creative guru and consultant who equips businesses across the country with the tools they need to be more creative when solving business problems. Following a career...Read More

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