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Maturepreneurial Podcast: Interviews with Older Entrepreneurs | Online Business Tips | Learn From Those Who Have Succeeded

MaturePreneurial: This once a week podcast from host Elaine Benoit features successful entrepreneurs who started businesses after 40, their stories of success and failure and their advice to others on how best to start a new business. Elaine interviews entrepreneurs from different levels of success because at each level, there are always lessons to be learned. Elaine is dedicated to inspire, educate and help you take the plunge to start your own entrepreneurial endeavor.
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Nov 29, 2017

Award-winning speechwriter and business storyteller Elaine Bennett says her favorite clients are smart enough to know good writing when they read it, but too busy to do it themselves.

She’s worked with leading executives in a range of industries from financial and professional services to nonprofits and politics.

Warren Buffett, impressed with how Elaine captured his voice when they worked together at Salomon Brothers, wrote:

“You have a terrific ear and you turn straight thinking into straight writing.”

Driven to improve the quality of business writing in the world (after all, she has to read it too), Elaine creates and leads webinars to help professionals discover and hone their own talents. She blogs about writing daily on her website, BennettInk.com, where you’ll find her concise mission statement: “Write. More.”

Elaine may be #1 in the hearts of her clients, but she has resigned herself to being the #2 Elaine Bennett in Google's search results! Who gets the top spot? See for yourself.

Nov 22, 2017

Jane Pollak is one of the Northeast's foremost coaches of entrepreneurial women and a living example of how to turn a passion into a thriving business.

A successful entrepreneur, public speaker, author and business coach, Jane launched her professional career in an unlikely field – egg decoration.

After earning a Masters from Columbia Teachers College, Jane taught high school early on in her career. What began as a class project became a passion for pysanky – the Ukranian word for “eggs which have been written on.” Jane’s artistic talents and keen attention to the smallest detail were ideally suited for this precise, highly creative art form.

Even so, there were times when the challenges of part-time entrepreneurship and motherhood– Jane was raising three children in suburban Connecticut – required real tenacity and perseverance.

Jane’s story is an odyssey that led her from remote craft fairs and customer rejections to an invitation to the White House and appearances on NBC’s Today Show. National publications featured Jane’s artwork as early as 1985, when her patchwork quilt eggs were showcased in Country Living Magazine. Since then, her work has appeared in The New York Times and other prominent publications.

As her youngest child headed off to school, Jane focused on further developing her business. A lifelong learner, she sought advice and wisdom in audio books by motivational and business gurus, such as Roger Dawson, Wayne Dyer and Brian Tracy. And something sparked.

Jane found herself wanting to inspire and guide other creative professionals to achieve greater success. Her unique experience as an accomplished entrepreneur and training as a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach resulted in a powerful, effective new business direction. Since then, Jane has helped thousands of entrepreneurial women — at all stages of their careers – achieve uncommon success.

The lessons Jane learned along the way led her to share her story and give advice to struggling entrepreneurs, traveling the country and beyond. Jane joined the National Speakers Association in 1997, and published her book, Soul Proprietor: 101 Lessons from a Lifestyle Entrepreneur in 2001. The Small Business Administration named Jane the 2002 Home-Based Business Advocate for the entire New England region.

Jane continues to share inspirational, yet practical lessons with creative professionals.

In addition to coaching, speaking nationally and blogging, she hosts Remarkable Women networking events and seasonal retreats. Ever-current with today’s business challenges, she recently re-released Soul Proprietor, complete with updated, timely lessons on pursuing your dreams during an economic downturn and leveraging new technology to authentically promote your business.

Nov 15, 2017

Aaron Walker is without question a veteran entrepreneur.

He started his first business at 18 and sold it to a Fortune 500 company nine short years later, demonstrating his passion to succeed. Unwilling to rest on past success, however, Aaron has founded and sold eight successful companies over the past 37 years.

A strong desire for personal development has kept Aaron in a weekly mastermind group with Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, Ken Abraham and seven other notable Nashvillians for more than a decade.

Aaron enjoys a 36-year marriage with his beautiful wife, Robin.

Today Aaron spends the majority of his time helping men grow in success and significance as President and Founder of View from the Top, a premier life and business coaching resource.

Aaron's book, View From The Top: Living a Life of Significance is guaranteed to motivate and inspire you to live a successful and significant life!

Nov 8, 2017

You probably judge yourself constantly every time you look in the mirror, right?  But here’s the good news: you are your own biggest critic.

What Scarlett de Bease loves to do is help women feel absolutely amazing about how they look. When you can show up authentically and feel confident enough to really stand out, it’s a total game changer. Scarlett is an image consultant. She helps women elevate their personal brands by showing them how to dress in a way that is authentic to them and flatters their unique bodies. She specializes in working with women who are tired of stressing about dressing; who want to be sure to make that all important first impression a great one.

Scarlett began her career in cosmetics. She quickly moved up the ranks to become an account executive with a company car. But after her boss and mentor, who was over 50, was fired and 23 year old Scarlett was promoted to replace her, she became disillusioned with the industry and chose to move on. She went to work in the garment industry for several years before she took time off to start a family. After her second child was born, she decided to get back into cosmetics as a freelancer. She started doing women’s make up for special occasions, such as weddings and bat mitzvahs.

However, her whole perspective changed when a friend, who didn’t want to go alone, dragged Scarlett along to see an image consultant with her. The experience was transformational. The consultant was able to explain what clothing worked for Scarlett and why. It opened a whole new world to her.  Later, when a colleague asked Scarlett to run her image consulting business while she was out of the country, Scarlett eventually came to realize that she could run a business of her own.

She was in her late 40s.

In 2012, Westchester NY Magazine named Scarlett the “Red Hot Image Maker.” She is known as the Wardrobe Stylist who gives women the ability to look and feel confident.

Scarlett is not a fashionista or trend fanatic. But she does get excited about turning boring outfits into “Oh hell yeah, look at me!” outfits, while making her clients feel great about themselves.

Scarlett knows that when you have a personal style that suits you and makes you feel amazing about how you look, you’ll be confident in putting yourself forward to be noticed. It changes the game in your business and personal life.

Nov 1, 2017

Dr. Phillip Carson is a registered pharmacist who enjoys sharing the story of how alternative therapies changed his own health and promoting natural alternatives and integrative nutritional solutions to health problems. Passionate about teaching and encouraging people how to live more balanced, healthier and vibrant lives, Dr. Phil believes in equipping people with the knowledge to make the right choices for optimal health.

Background

When Dr. Carson graduated pharmacy school in 1985, he was already working in a job he loved for a national chain with a pharmacy in his hometown. One year later, he was promoted to store manager. Feeling unprepared for the responsibility, he experienced so much stress in his new role that he developed ulcers. He decided to leave that job to take a position with a mom-and-pop pharmacy, where he felt much more at home. He was there for over ten years.

Journey to Natural Health

During that time, Dr. Phil encountered many patients seeking answers when their needs were not met by traditional medicine. He came to realize that the medications he was paid to dispense often offered only temporary symptom relief and left people still suffering. Patients were asking him questions about natural alternatives. But while he was trained in the background and history of natural medicine, he knew nothing about its practical application. To help himself and his patients, he began attending seminars and meetings to learn as much as he could. The more he learned, the more excited and passionate he became about natural remedies. In fact, he was inspired to start his own business.

Business Success and Failure

In 1999, Dr. Phil opened his first store, Smithville pharmacy. It did so well that a few years later, in 2006, he opened a second store, designed to sell only natural products and natural medicine; the Carson Natural Health & Wellness Center. Both businesses were thriving when the financial crisis of 2008 struck. By the end of 2009, Dr. Phil had closed both of his stores and lost everything except his house. He also was half a million dollars in debt.

This began a difficult time of deep personal struggle. Each night Dr. Phil would walk along a country road near his home, praying and meditating to find relief. One evening, an affirmation came to him: “I am happy, I am healthy, I am whole.” He repeated it over and over, even though he felt as far from happy, healthy and whole as he could be at that time. Gradually, his outlook improved. He was inspired with new ideas. And he took a job as a pharmacist.

Turnaround

In 2012, a friend came to Dr. Phil and told him he wanted to open his own store. He needed a pharmacist and he asked Dr. Phil to partner with him. Although Dr. Phil had no money to invest in the venture and felt wary of the risk, he and his wife decided to go for it. In lieu of investing cash, Dr. Phil contributed equipment and worked six months without compensation. The business took off and a year later Dr. Phil had to quit his other job to devote himself full time to the successful new business, of which he owned 25 percent.

In 2016, he sold most of his shares for a return that was large enough to re-establish Carson Natural online, where it is thriving today. It also enabled Dr. Phil to partner with a local medical doctor to co-found the Life Transformation Medical Center, a provider of primary medical care, integrative medical care and wellness programs that opened its doors in March of 2017.

New Success

Today, in addition to owning two successful wellness practices, Dr. Phil is a speaker, coach, author, and podcaster. His mission is to help patients address their health problems with the best natural solutions possible. He works with people to get the most out of their lives by uncovering the root cause of their health issues. Patients come to him with problems and leave with renewed hope that they can be healthy again. He has not only consistently improved the quality of life for many of his patients, but he has also literally saved a few of them.

Dr. Phil discovered that true health and happiness comes from finding balance in seven key areas, so he developed a simple plan anyone can use. In his new book, How to Live Until You Die, he makes it simpler than ever to unlock a healthier, happier, and more whole you, so today can mark a new beginning of total health.

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