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My Best Business Mistake Podcast

My Best Best Business Mistake, where each week we will learn from a real small business owner who took what appeared to be a disastrous failure and turned it into an amazing opportunity making it the BEST Business Mistake they could have ever made!  Hosted by Sue Brooke and powered by Alignable, the social referral network – where more than 6 million small business owners feel at home.

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Robert Sidell – Personal Injury Lawyer in Las Vegas

Robert Sidell is a Personal Injury Lawyer and the Owner of Sidell Injury Law, one of the top law firms in Las Vegas. He’s been a lawyer for 44 years and says getting laid off early in his career was one of the best things to ever happen to him. Hear how to take advantage of opportunities, keep your focus on outstanding customer service, learn from mistakes, what the future of work will look like, and how to keep doing things differently. Connect with Robert on Alignable

Kathy Anderson – Owner of Vineyard Table in Northern California

Kathy Anderson is the Owner of Vineyard Table in Sebastopol, CA. She is Sue’s sister she didn’t know she had – you’ll have to hear their story to believe it! Hear the importance of passion and drive in your entrepreneurship journey, what you can learn from your customers, how to sell more of what your customers need, what Kathy has learned from her career in retail, and how Sue and Kathy discovered each other through Ancestry.com. Connect with Kathy on Alignable

Jory Fisher – Coach and Trainer in Baltimore

Jory Fisher is a Coach, Trainer, Speaker, and Author who owns and operates Network in Action Harford County. She’s overcome multiple health challenges – including being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis – to build successful businesses, pivot from her law career, and inspire others. Hear how masterminds can help your business, the importance of business relationships, how to learn sales and marketing, lead Groups on Alignable, and create your own path. Connect with Jory on Alignable

Sue Bonzell and Ryan Perry – vLiveCast Owners in Northern California

Sue Bonzell and Ryan Perry are the Owners of vLiveCast, specializing in livestreaming virtual events. Sue is a serial entrepreneur and local radio celebrity, while Ryan is a professional video marketer. They both got their start in their respective family businesses and overcame significant challenges to succeed. Hear how to follow your passion, build your team, the benefits of a business partnership, why you need to be flexible as an entrepreneur, and how to recover from anything that’s thrown at you. Connect with Sue Bonzell and Ryan Perry on Alignable

Fran Jessee

Fran Jessee is the Owner of Longevity Spice Blends and Blooming Invitations. She got her business start in 1970 in a graphics business in Hollywood, and has learned from endless rewarding mistakes and experiences since. Hear why you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket, the challenges employees can cause, why it might not be best to add a business partner, how to consistently work hard, private labeling product opportunities. Connect with Fran on Alignable.

Cherri Pedrioli – Custom Plumbing and Holistic Choices Owner in Santa Rosa

Cherri Pedrioli is a Serial Entrepreneur, Author, and Reconnecting Healing Practitioner based in Santa Rosa, California. She overcame intense loss in her personal life and frustrations at her previous jobs to build Custom Plumbing and Holistic Choices. Hear why you need to hire people to help out, trust others with your work, how to recognize when to switch things up, give back to your community, and why the relationship comes first. Connect with Cherri on Alignable

Paul Odendahl – Destination4Education CEO in Hudson Valley

Paul Odendahl is a Serial Entrepreneur who’s been in the insurance industry since 1983. After starting out in insurance sales, he left the corporate world to build several agencies and now focuses on insurance and driver education. Hear why you should prioritize improving life for others, how to give online and offline with no expectation, build relationships with a personal touch, the pros and cons of partnerships, and Paul’s entrepreneurial start at a young age. Connect with Paul on Alignable

Sue Brooke

Sue is a serial entrepreneur who brings a plethora of valuable knowledge and resources from 35+ years of working side-by-side with business and marketing influencers, starting and growing businesses, and coaching and training entrepreneurs, business owners, CEOs, and customer service and sales professionals. After being an Alignable member since 2015, she officially joined the team in 2020 to bring her small business experience and relationship marketing skills to the platform. Connect with Sue on Alignable.

Rhonda Giarratana – Women Entrepreneurs Network

Rhonda Giarratana is the Founder of Women Entrepreneurs Network, Sugar Me Sweet Events, and Sugar Me Sweet Natural Skin Care. She started as a crafter before creating more and more events to support women business owners and give back to good causes. Hear how to evolve your offering, the benefits of building your network, the late nights solopreneurs often work, how to host awesome virtual events, and help out others. Connect with Rhonda on Alignable Connect with Rhonda on Alignable

Al Wagner – CPA Turned TruPayroll CEO in Marco Island

Al Wagner is the President and CEO of TruPayroll, a payroll service based in Marco Island, Florida. He spent years as a CPA before starting his own accounting firm and realizing he was much more passionate about entrepreneurship. Hear why good things happen when you give, why you need help from others, how to price your service properly, when to fire clients, and why it’s not necessarily better to have more employees.  Connect with Al on Alignable

Maggie Holbik – Crystal Clear Coaching in Ontario

Maggie Holbik is a Serial Entrepreneur and Life and Business Coach at Crystal Clear Coaching. Based out of Thunder Bay, Ontario, she worked full-time as a receptionist before starting her entrepreneurship journey and never looking back. Hear why there is no such thing as mistakes, the value of building your business network, how to focus on the cash register, do the things that bring you joy, and how she thought of YouTube before YouTube. Connect with Maggie on Alignable.

Ed Fox – Serial Entrepreneur in Nashville and Wichita

Welcome to My Best Business Mistake! Hear from real small business owners who took what appeared to be a disastrous failure and turned it into an amazing opportunity. In this pilot episode, meet Host, Sue Brooke, as she interviews Ed Fox. Ed is a Serial Entrepreneur originally from Australia who owns multiple businesses in Nashville and Wichita. Hear the best mistakes that have shaped his career, how to start a business without much cash, and the importance of building relationships to fuel your success. Connect with Ed on Alignable

About Sue Brooke

Sue is a serial entrepreneur who brings a plethora of valuable knowledge and resources from 35+ years of working side-by-side with business and marketing influencers, starting and growing businesses, and coaching and training entrepreneurs, business owners, CEOs, and customer service and sales professionals.

After being an Alignable member since 2015, she officially joined the team in 2020 to bring her small business experience and relationship marketing skills to the platform. Through grassroots community organizing and member advocacy, Sue ensures that Alignable members are at the core of each and every experience here, from the stories they tell to the support they need. To highlight some of those stories of ingenuity and resilience, Sue and the Alignable team launched My Best Business Mistake in 2021. Join her as she puts the spotlight on small business owners, the creators. The risk-takers. The problem solvers. The heartbeat of our communities.

Sue Brooke

Sue Brooke

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