Business Works

NEWS TALK 94.1  |  Podcast , ±23 min episodes every 1 week, 1 day  |  Broadcast schedule  | 
From growing an idea to slowing down turnover, it's all how Business Works.

Spark your entrepreneurial ideas and pursuits with some of our Guests’ best-kept secrets for growing their business and healthcare practices. Get the how-to’s that national award-winning author and host Hal Alpiar uses to win record sales success for business owners and managers. BusinessWorks from News Talk 94.1.

From growing an idea to slowing down turnover, it's all how Business works. Sunday afternoons at 1pm.

Local conversation for local business. News Talk 94.1.

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10
NOV

Poet's Coffee

Host Hal Alpiar is joined by Jeremy Crabtree, owner of Poet's Coffee in Cookeville. They discuss his journey from working in the world of nonprofits to taking a chance with his wife and purchasing and owning Poet's Coffee. Since then, the Poet's name has expanded to several different locations and names, but still remains a well known name in the community as being a local meetup location for any occasion. They also discuss the unique challenges that come with purchasing an already established business, and how to go about making the necessary changes needed to turn a profit and stay afloat during and after any transitions.

Business Works is presented by the following sponsors:
Father and Son Family Medicine Clinic
Heather Skender-Newton
Rib City of Cookeville
John White - State Farm Insurance Agent
Ford Lincoln of Cookeville
Trademark Printing
03
NOV

Meet John Armstrong

Host Hal Alpiar is joined by John Armstrong, a man with experience as a former football coach, an actor, and plenty of experience in the food, hotel, and hospitality service industries. They discuss how skills and experience in acting play hand in hand with the skills necessary to excel in the food and hospitality service industries. Having gone through great adversity in his life, including multiple family deaths in a short time frame, and losing his house and belongings in a fire, they also discuss the challenges of overcoming such adversity, and how to exceed in life despite such tragedies taking place.

Business Works is presented by the following sponsors:
Father and Son Family Medicine Clinic
Heather Skender-Newton
Rib City of Cookeville
John White - State Farm Insurance Agent
Ford Lincoln of Cookeville
Trademark Printing
27
OCT

Big Tony's Pizzeria

Host Hal Alpiar is joined by Tony Nigro, owner of Big Tony's Pizzeria in Cookeville. He discusses the history behind Big Tony's Pizzeria, the stories behind where his family recipes come from, and the importance of knowing where your ingredients come from and ensuring that they are as fresh as possible to provide the best possible meals for customers. He also gives advice for those currently in the workforce who are wanting to branch out and do something different - be that a change in career, or something to start during or instead of retirement.

Business Works is presented by the following sponsors:
Father and Son Family Medicine Clinic
Heather Skender-Newton
Rib City of Cookeville
John White - State Farm Insurance Agent
Ford Lincoln of Cookeville
Trademark Printing
20
OCT

White County UT Ag Extension Office

Host Hal Alpiar is joined by Tracey Hackett, 4-H and Family & Consumer Sciences Agent for the White County UT Ag Extension Office. She discusses the roles that the UT Ag Extension Offices play around the state of Tennessee, and how her experiences teaching and skills in writing, editing, and journalism assist her in developing and bringing various programs and lessons to assist businesses and communities. She also explains how teaching individuals how to properly manage aspects of their lives - such as money, health, food, and time - can lead to stronger employees in and around any given community, which in turn can strengthen your local economy.

Business Works is presented by the following sponsors:
Father and Son Family Medicine Clinic
Heather Skender-Newton
Rib City of Cookeville
John White - State Farm Insurance Agent
Ford Lincoln of Cookeville
Trademark Printing
13
OCT

Red Oak Roasters

Host Hal Alpiar is joined by Julie McCurdy, manager and owner of Red Oak Roasters in Rickman alongside her husband. She shares the story of how Red Oak Roasters got its start, including where they import their coffee beans from, and the processes they go through to provide locally roasted, good quality coffee and bakery items to their customers. She also touches on the importance of having a strong, well-rounded team of employees that can not only provide high quality customer service each and every day, but can also be entrusted to operate various aspects of the business unsupervised.

Business Works is presented by the following sponsors:
Father and Son Family Medicine Clinic
Heather Skender-Newton
Rib City of Cookeville
John White - State Farm Insurance Agent
Ford Lincoln of Cookeville
Trademark Printing
29
SEP

French's Shoes & Boots

Host Hal Alpiar is joined by Brian Springston, manager of French's Shoes & Boots in Cookeville. This week, they take a look at the retail perspective of owning and running a business for anyone with retail business aspirations. Whether you're aspiring to open your own retail store, or an already existing retail franchise, there are certain aspects that are crucial to running a retail business. They discuss the importance of customer relations, and how knowing your products inside and out makes all the difference when trying to educate customers to not only make that final sale, but to instill confidence in your business and brand.

Business Works is presented by the following sponsors:
Father and Son Family Medicine Clinic
Heather Skender-Newton
Rib City of Cookeville
John White - State Farm Insurance Agent
Ford Lincoln of Cookeville
Trademark Printing
22
SEP

Overcoming Adversity

Host Hal Alpiar is joined by Randy Kidd, owner of Cookeville Transmission. Randy's father opened Cookeville Transmission in 1969, where the shop continues to be family owned and operated to this day. In November of 2012, Randy's adopted son Caleb passed away at the age of 25 shortly after becoming diagnosed with stage 4 terminal brain cancer. This would prove to be one of the most difficult experiences in Randy's life. Together, he and Hal discuss the topic of overcoming adversity for your business, and how his son's diagnosis affected the business, its employees, its customer and family relations, and how the business chose to branch out and offer more services to keep Cookeville Transmission going 50 years strong.

Business Works is presented by the following sponsors:
Father and Son Family Medicine Clinic
Heather Skender-Newton
Rib City of Cookeville
John White - State Farm Insurance Agent
Ford Lincoln of Cookeville
Trademark Printing
15
SEP

Should You Start A Business?

Host Hal Alpiar is joined by Alex Maddux, a successful, local, up and coming entrepreneur. Together they tackle the question that is, "Should you start a business?" You may have an idea to start something practical, or to go all out and pursue your dreams when it comes to starting a business, but what does it take other than an idea? How will you know which is the better decision - staying at your current position, or branching out and doing your own thing? This week, Alex will share some advice on these matters, and the importance of finding your passion, having support from family, and planning a good business model.

Business Works is presented by the following sponsors:
Father and Son Family Medicine Clinic
Heather Skender-Newton
Rib City of Cookeville
John White - State Farm Insurance Agent
Ford Lincoln of Cookeville
Trademark Printing
08
SEP

Wilson Bank & Trust

Host Hal Alpiar is joined by Phillip Clemmons, Vice President and Office Manager of Wilson Bank & Trust in Cookeville. Together they provide an overview of the role that banks play for small business people trying to get started outside of the usual checking and savings accounts that you are already familiar with. He also discusses the impact that running a business has on your family, as well as the impact that it can have on the relationships that you have with your employees.

Business Works is presented by the following sponsors:
Father and Son Family Medicine Clinic
Heather Skender-Newton
Rib City of Cookeville
John White - State Farm Insurance Agent
Ford Lincoln of Cookeville
Trademark Printing
01
SEP

Father and Son Family Medicine Clinic

Host Hal Alpiar is joined by Laurie Smith, Practice Manager for Father and Son Family Medicine Clinic in Cookeville. She shares the story of how Father and Son came from Canada to right here in the Upper Cumberland, and the services that the practice provides for the community. She touches on how the practice is run, and the importance of ensuring you have good staff, while also touching on the practice's efforts in assisting with opioid addiction and recover.

Business Works is presented by the following sponsors:
Father and Son Family Medicine Clinic
Heather Skender-Newton
Rib City of Cookeville
John White - State Farm Insurance Agent
Ford Lincoln of Cookeville
Trademark Printing
25
AUG

Fastrak Solutions

Host Hal Alpiar is joined by Randy Robbins, owner of Fastrak Solutions in Cookeville. Established in 1989 as a software development company, Fastrak Solutions has demonstrated long term success by staying on top of the various technologically trends that have come and gone throughout its years of service in order to provide the best possible service to fit clients' needs around the world. He shares how Fastrak Solutions got its start, the various aspects of providing technological services, and how passion has helped his entrepreneurial endeavors thrive.

Business Works is presented by the following sponsors:
Father and Son Family Medicine Clinic
Heather Skender-Newton
Rib City of Cookeville
John White - State Farm Insurance Agent
Ford Lincoln of Cookeville
Trademark Printing
18
AUG

Outdoor Experience

Host Hal Alpiar is joined by Heather Call, owner of Outdoor Experience in Cookeville. With over 20 years of experience under her belt from running Outdoor Experience, Heather has learned many lessons on what it takes to not only run a local business in general, but what it takes to run a successful local business for so long. She shares how the business got started, what the experience was like opening and running a business with no prior business experience, and how she continues to operate her business by trying to offer a little of bit of everything outdoor activity and lifestyle related.

Business Works is presented by the following sponsors:
Father and Son Family Medicine Clinic
Heather Skender-Newton
Rib City of Cookeville
John White - State Farm Insurance Agent
Ford Lincoln of Cookeville
Trademark Printing

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