American Dreamers

Computer Xpress Steve Pollack

Who hasn't said at one point or another:  "I hate my computer!"  The fact is that technology changes so quickly it's hard to get a handle on things. And at other times computers just break down and chew up all our data or locks our system or refuses to cooperate.  So where do you go for help?  You may have an IT department, or a contract service provider for that.  But if you're a small business and you've relied on a "techie" type employee, or your kids, or YouTube videos or a big box outfit then you are spinning a roulette wheel with your business' data.  We are all dependent on computers to run our businesses yet we don't have great, tested and reliable ways to protect that.  So, enough proselytizing, just sit up and pay attention, better yet, take notes.  And here's what you write down:  Call Steve Pollack at Computer Xpress.  This is the guy who is your IT department whether you're a small business or a individual with computer pain.  He'll take the frustration out and help you love your computer again.

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The Glendalia Boutique Hotel & Culinary Studio

A hidden gem in a historic and romantic area of Cincinnati:  The Village of Glendale.  Robin Thomas owns and runs The Glendalia, a boutique hotel and culinary studio.  Both hotel and culinary studio are designed to offer unique and elegant experiences. Robin is familiar with running business that have an historic connection to their communities but her plans for growth and new services are designed with a modern understanding of what people want and need now.  Tune in or better yet, visit The Glendalia Boutique Hotel and enjoy a delicious, pampered experience.
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CiNBA Buy Cincy Holiday Event - Owen Raisch

Greater Cincinnati Independent Business Alliance is bringing their second annual BuyCincy event to a neighborhood near you. CiNBA is the only business alliance in the US to have partnered with a university.  Together CiNBA and Xavier University are working to create thriving communities of small businesses and non-profits through workshops, programs and peer support.  Membership to CiNBA isn't required, but it's very affordable and opens the access to more powerful resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs.  American Dreamers are a proud supporter of CiNBA.  Go to for more information.  Tell them you're a Dreamer, too.

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Dimalanta Design Group - Ernie Dimalanta

American Dreamers is Ohio's only talk radio show to spotlight homegrown-in-the-trenches businessmen and women.  We bring the back story of the businesses and entrepreneurs that are right here in our own communities.  We celebrate, support and connect them to resources and experts.  After a little over three years of producing the show we have someone who is filled with as much passion for small business as we are.  He is Ernie Dimalanta of Dimalanta Design Group, a local marketing and brand management firm.  Tune in to this commemorative moment in American Dreamers history and find out if American Dreamers will get a third co-host.

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Business 101: Business Plan

Do you need one or not?  Is it worth the time it takes?  Aren't most businesses beyond the need to go thru this step by step?  What if the idea for the business involves changing and growing, how does that get nailed down and predicted at this point?  

This show is a point by point battle between Tom and me about this one basic question:  Will a business plan help my business succeed?  Your thoughts?
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Door to Door Transportation Dewey Warden

For most of us who start our own business the day we realize we need to expand because business is booming is usually a very happy day.  That moment is a confirmation that we are doing something right.  That people like and want we are doing. We start calculating what the additional sales will do, how much our numbers get boosted, how many more employees we will need to hire, or how much equipment we will need to buy.  And, if you're like me, the thoughts of Mediterranean cruises and spa resorts start dancing through the field of vision.  Success it says.  But there are over ways to measure success and if you listen to this show, you'll find out what success means to Dewey and Ann Warden.

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La Terza Artisan Coffee Roasterie

What gets you through the night?  For me, it's knowing that the cup of coffee I'm going to have in the morning has been selected, roasted and ground by Chuck Pfahler founder and Coffee Roaster Extraordinaire.  And I'm serious when I say Chuck's the roaster, his modus operandi is to select and roaster in small batches in order to ensure quality and consistency.  His passion for finding and creating some of the best cups of coffee is on target because his business is booming.  David Gaines also joins us this time as a Business Manager of La Terza Artisan Coffee Roasterie with information on a monthly coffee club program that they are rolling out in time for the holidays.

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Dimalanta Design Group

Marketing is a contest for people's attention - Seth Godin

That's true, but I think it's only half true.  The first half of that thought has to do with knowing who you are, what you do and why you do it.  Those three questions can launch a company from a business to a brand.  Ernie Dimalanta knows a few things about launching brands.  He's built his company, Dimalanta Design Group into a crazy successful marketing firm and brand management company.  And he's done it by helping other companies win the contest. 
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Carol Prewitt Civility and Etiquette Training

She's 5'4" and weighs 120 pounds with her suit and purse, but she's got the boxing gloves hiding in that purse.  Carol Prewitt is a Consultant in Civility and Etiquette and no, that's not about how many forks or who sits at the head of a conference table. Her work is about more than manners, it is an important piece of our success not only as individuals, but also as business professionals and members of a community. Sit up straight, don't chew with your mouth open and listen up.  You'll learn something and it will make you better for it.

If you'd like to contact her please do so by email or phone and let her know that you are an American Dreamer.
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Hylant Group Rachel Meeks

It's time to get an update on the Affordable Health Care Act.  But since our show is only an hour long, we can only get into a brief summary of some of the upcoming hurdles.  However, one of the ways that you and I can use this legislation for the forces of good is to embrace programs like the Wellness program that Hylant has put in place. With a huge success rate and lowered premiums it helps take the sting out of the rest of Obamacare.  

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