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OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Joe Moss with Embassy National Bank, Dawn Poplawski with PCC Innovative Solutions, Neel Majumdar with Protiva Consulting, Courtney Spencer with the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

Johnny Phelps, Courtney Spencer, Dawn Poplawski, Neel Majumdar, Joe Moss

Johnny Phelps, Courtney Spencer, Dawn Poplawski, Neel Majumdar, Joe Moss

Joe Moss/Embassy National Bank

Embassy National Bank was chartered as a community bank designed to fill the financial needs of the south-Asian community here in metro Atlanta. After a slow start, Embassy now lends throughout the southeast and has expanded its deposit territory along the east coast. Embassy also originated the Podcast ‘On the Money‘ produced on the Business RadioX channel. Through this podcast, Embassy attempts to educate the small business community on relevant topics.

Dawn Poplawski/PCC Innovative Solutions

PCC Innovative Solutions is a debt collections agency who supports all types of businesses dealing with commercial and consumer receivables. They don’t just collect on slow paying customers, their focus is in educating businesses on how to reduce bad debt and increase cash flow. Through free consultations and training workshops, businesses will learn what steps should be taken in order to protect their sales or revenue from becoming a collection issue.

Neel Majumadar/Protiva Consulting

Protiva Consulting can position its clients uniquely in the digital space as it goes to great lengths to understand the client’s business, its competitors and the needs of its customers. Their Business Consulting team ensures that they get the Client problem and the Brand & Buyer Persona right which enables their Content Team to produce client oriented content enabling the clients to get maximum reach and engagement through Digital Channels leading eventually to a health Sales Pipeline. Within their Content team Our Print Media, Video specialists also ensure that for all your marketing needs they are there, enabling a strong sense of homogeneity in the content being created. Their Channels team has years of experience in handling Facebook, Twitter, Search Engines, LinkedIn and are well versed with the nuances of these channels. This enables a seamless propagation of content. The Analytics team completes the loop making the marketing campaigns contextual and meaningful.

Courtney Spencer/Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

The Gwinnett Chamber will be the forum for business, government, education, healthcare, arts/culture/entertainment, and philanthropic and public-service communities to come together to advance our region’s economy and enrich Gwinnett’s quality of life. The mission of the Gwinnett Chamber is to strengthen existing businesses, facilitate the growth of quality job opportunities, and enrich the community’s quality of life. The Gwinnett Chamber serves over 2,000 members throughout metro Atlanta by delivering pertinent and useful programs that strengthen and connect businesses locally, regionally, and globally. The Gwinnett Chamber uses its strategic marketing and communications capabilities to support its members, promote its programs, and enhance economic development efforts.


To watch the video of this program, CLICK HERE.


SIMON SAYS, LET’S TALK BUSINESS: Derek Peacock with DPeacock Studios, Rick Strawn with Paradigm Security, and Brandon Cockrell with Sandler Training by Simon Inc.

Al Simon, Rick Strawn, Derek Peacock, Brandon Cockrell

Al Simon, Rick Strawn, Derek Peacock, Brandon Cockrell

Derek Peacock/DPeacock Studios

D.Peacock Studios is a full stack graphic web design business service located in Norcross, GA. For over 10 years, D.Peacock Studios has specialized in serving the needs of clients in the private sector with particular emphasis on small business. In that time, their work has been distinguished by three qualities: creative strategy, client collaboration and technology integration. The concept is to provide custom marketing and design artwork for businesses looking to maintain a competitive edge with their brand. The company works on a variety of projects such as photography, print designs, html5 websites, smartphone apps, Flash animations and social media marketing.

Rick Strawn/Paradigm Security Services

Paradigm Security Services was established in 2006, in response to client requests of Strawn Security Services, for highly trained private security personnel, both unarmed and armed, to replace off duty law enforcement officers. Today, Paradigm uses trained and licensed private security personnel to replace certified law enforcement personnel during non-operational hours. Our well-equipped, uniformed private security personnel have superior training to meet emerging client needs. In today’s rapidly evolving world, security providers face complex challenges, ranging from diverting everyday crime to securing facilities and personnel against international home grown terrorism. Paradigm believes these demands bring new responsibilities and substantially higher levels of accountability. Paradigm is available to provide whatever services its clients request and at any required venue, including shopping centers, residential and office properties, sporting venues, logistics facilities, gated communities and construction sites, to name a few. Paradigm also provides Executive Protection Services for high-profile individuals and companies.

Brandon Cockrell/Sandler Training by Simon

Sandler Training by Simon is a sales training, coaching, and business development consulting company based in the Metro Atlanta/Peachtree Corners area specializing in teaching business owners and sales professionals to be effective and consistent with their business development strategies, tactics, and attitudes.


STRATEGIC INSIGHTS RADIO: Gwinnett Young Professionals

Erica Williams and Sean George

Erica Williams and Sean George

Today’s show will provide insight into what opportunities and training is available from the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce to support millennials.

Sean George/Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

The Gwinnett Young Professionals is a personal and professional development program led by the Gwinnett Chamber in partnership with Georgia Gwinnett College. The program encourages young business people to develop and enhance leadership skills, exchange ideas, share common interests, learn more about the area’s business community and engage in the community’s future. The group targets individuals who are ages 21 to 35ish.

Since January, more than 550 young professionals have attended the 32 events hosted by YP designed specifically for the young professional community in metro Atlanta. In addition, YP launched its Leadership Institute and, by December, will have graduated 55 young professionals with a greater understanding of leadership and skills necessary for career growth.

Erica Williams/Sterling Rose Consulting Corp.

Erica is the Market Research Manager at Sterling Rose Consulting Corp. Erica has been with Sterling Rose Consulting Corp for nearly 2 years, prior to Sterling Rose Consulting Corp she worked for Companies such as Hobby Lobby, and Genesis. Erica was also a Campaign Manager for Jon Gauthier for Congress NC-9.


ABOUT “STRATEGIC INSIGHTS RADIOStrategic Insights Radio” is intended to be an interactive radio show hosted by Sterling Rose Consulting Corp. Listeners can Tweet their questions for a live response on the radio to @sterling_rose1 or via @strategicradio. Also, suggestions on business topics that listeners would like to learn more about are welcome. Please send suggestions to


KM Howard with Ekthesi Advertising & Consulting Firm, Denise Peck with Design House of Flowers Weddings & Events, and Nate Turner with CTR Partners

Mike Sammond, KM Howard, Denise Peck, Nate Turner, Steven Julian

Mike Sammond, KM Howard, Denise Peck, Nate Turner, Steven Julian

KM Howard/Ekthesi Advertising & Consulting Firm

Ekthesi Advertising & Consultant Firm offers you the ability to have quality advertising commercials and top notch business consulting for an affordable cost. Their target market is the new, small and midsize business, as well as new authors and nonprofits, that can’t afford the tens of thousand dollars, but still need the same services to grow their business.

Denise Peck/Design House of Flowers Weddings & Events

Design House of Flowers is a full service custom floral design studio. A one-stop shop! Their professional event and wedding floral designers are based out of Buford, GA near the Mall of Georgia. They are able to achieve the freshest and newest trends in floral design by using the finest elements. Unique rental props, luscious fabric and table linens, and beautiful blooms all combine to make your wedding or event a treasured memory. Flawless events begin with a vision. Color, season and personal style are some of the elements that go into custom floral design. With a wide selection of seasonal styles and color palettes, they can create your vision. Design House of Flowers Weddings & Events offers an endless selection of flower varieties, designs, styles, and event decor to express your vision.

Nate Turner/CTR Partners

CTR Partners represent tenants — the people leasing or buying space — in commercial real estate. They are your advocate, helping you navigate every aspect of commercial office and industrial real estate. Their goal is to make the process easier: from selecting the ideal work environment, to managing complicated lease/purchase negotiations, to ensuring the deal is completed to your satisfaction. Above all, one difference with CTR is their intentional development of long-term, ongoing relationships with every client.


Amanda Shook with Advanced Furniture Services and Charity Estes & Chelsea Larko with Cornerstone Coworking

Steven Julian, Amanda Shook, Charity Estes, Chelsea Larko, Mike Sammond

Steven Julian, Amanda Shook, Charity Estes, Chelsea Larko, Mike Sammond

Amanda Shook/Advanced Furniture Services

When Advanced Furniture Services was established in 1995, their main focus was to provide the highest quality service and dedication. It has always been more than a promise, it has been a commitment. Many prestigious financial institutions, Fortune 500 Companies and emerging growth firms have successfully turned to them to meet their office furniture needs. At the end of the day, they are confident that they will be able to deliver superior value and quality service to satisfy their customers.

Charity Estes & Chelsea Larko/Cornerstone Coworking

Cornerstone Coworking is a coworking, meeting & event facility. Coworking is about building a community of professionals within our members who are more productive, innovative and successful because they can collaborate. Cornerstone is not only a space to bring in and impress clients but it’s also a network of businesses sharing new ideas, learning opportunities, and networking possibilities. They also offer a very unique and modern atmosphere that can be transformed to fit your event needs. It is Cornerstone’s goal to truly help their community grow through successful small businesses and creating a professional atmosphere for their member’s to thrive in.


To watch the video of this show CLICK HERE.


THE DR. DIONNE SHOW: Hiring Veterans & Athletes

Lex Brown, Dr. Dionne Poulton, Sean Rainey, Sam Douglas

Lex Brown, Dr. Dionne Poulton, Sean Rainey, Sam Douglas

This episode of “The Dr. Dionne Show” features a vibrant discussion about the unique skills and values that veterans and athletes have in common that make them “low risk hires” and invaluable workplace pillars. You will hear the impressive personal stories of Lex R. Brown II, a former athlete and veteran of the U.S. Air Force and Operation Iraqi Freedom, turned entrepreneur; Sam Douglas, former standout basketball player turned corporate executive and basketball coach; and Sean Rainey, who is a boys basketball coach, former athlete and a retired police detective with the New York City Police Department. Listeners, especially hiring managers and HR representatives will learn why “bias” is not necessarily a bad thing when making the decision to hire a veteran or athlete, especially when filling a leadership position.

Sean Rainey & Sam Douglas/Just Skills of Atlanta

The mission at Just Skills of Atlanta is to develop youth to their best potential for both on and off the court, and to prepare them with the skills and mindset of better basketball players. At Just Skills, they are more than letting participants play. They are about skill development. They have a five-fold set of objectives that they set to meet with every participant that is associated with the organization: Conditioning, Instruction, Practice, Mindset, Life Lessons.

Last but not least – They encourage all to enjoy the game!

Lex Brown/Solutions By Lex

Solutions By Lex “Consider It Done” provides word-class writing and consulting services in the following areas of expertise: career enhancement, business development, organizational change, process improvement, startups, technology, military veteran issues, and project management.



imgresDionne Wright Poulton, Ph.D., is an HR and Leadership Consultant, Educator, Author, Speaker, and Owner of Poulton Consulting Group, LLC (PCG), an HR and Leadership Consulting business specializing in diversity and inclusion, equity, bias, intercultural communication, adult learning, adult behavior, and conflict mediation. Since its inception in 2004, PCG has worked with a wide range of diverse clients in the US and Canada, including in the San Francisco tech and digital marketing industry, K-12 schools, higher education, and many corporate and service industries. Poulton Consulting Group (PCG) is also a government-approved business for local, state and federal level contracts.

Dr. Wright Poulton is also author of the acclaimed book “It’s Not Always Racist…but Sometimes It Is,” which is an extension of her PhD dissertation at the University of Georgia where she researched the racial biases and assumptions of teachers. Her book has received incredible attention, including an outstanding review from world-renowned Kirkus Media. She is also a certified K-12 teacher whose work is inspired by her 16 years of cumulative experiences as a high school teacher and university instructor in public and private institutions in Canada and the United States. Additionally, Dr. Wright Poulton has earned professional degrees from San Francisco State University (M.A.), the University of Toronto/OISE (B.Ed.), and from Rice University (B.A.) in Houston, Texas as a former NCAA Division I track and field scholarship athlete.

In 2014, Profiles In Diversity Journal identified Dr. Wright Poulton as “A Woman to Watch.” She has also been invited for social commentary in print media in the United States and the United Kingdom, as well as for numerous radio shows, including on CBS radio stations in Atlanta, Georgia, and on Tavis Smiley’s Radio Show. Excitingly, the “Dr Dionne Show” debuted in September 2016 on Business RadioX and with a focus on smart dialogue about diversity, leadership and behavior in the workplace and beyond.

Dr. Wright Poulton is originally from Toronto, Canada and is also a former member of Canada’s National Track and Field Team. She currently lives with her husband and their two daughters in Snellville, Georgia.

To book Dr Dionne Poulton as a Speaker for your next event, or for Dr Poulton to facilitate one of her innovative professional development workshops that are based on her PhD research, you can reach her at the following:


Phone: 404-323-3842 or 1-877-263-2227 (internationally)

Facebook- Poulton Consulting Group
LinkedIn – @Dr Dionne (Wright) Poulton
Twitter- @DrDionnePoulton

For more information, please visit Dr Poulton’s business website:



GIVING BACK TO GWINNETT: Keith Fenton & Charday Jackson with Annandale Village and Nick Reynolds with Hi-Hope Center

Keith Fenton, Charday Jackson, Lynn Robinette, Nick Reynolds

Keith Fenton, Charday Jackson, Lynn Robinette, Nick Reynolds

Keith Fenton & Charday Jackson/Annandale Village

Tucked away on a beautiful 55-acre campus 30 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta, Annandale Village is a special place where men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities lead lives that reflect quality, independence, self-worth, and achievement with the utmost care and compassion. As a community where people can age in place, Annandale Village offers a comprehensive array of programs and services designed to improve the quality of life of each individual served, according to his or her own unique needs and abilities. Characteristically, individuals served at Annandale Village are 18 years of age or older with a primary diagnosis of an intellectual or developmental disability, and those that have experienced an acquired brain injury.

Nick Reynolds/Hi-Hope Center

Hi-Hope Service Center provides services to adults with developmental disabilities in  Gwinnett County.  Over 50 years ago the parents of six young students from Gwinnett County founded one of the first organizations in Georgia to teach children with intellectual disabilities. The Hi-Hope Service Center, formerly known as Gwinnett County Association  for Retarded Citizens, was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation in 1960. Under the capable leadership of Vinie Lowry, and support from many parents and the  greater Gwinnett community, construction of a special needs school was completed in  1970. In the late 1990s when all student programs, including the pre-school program, were integrated into the public schools, Hi-Hope successfully transitioned to an organization supporting developmentally disabled adults. Currently, Hi-Hope supports 108 individuals through its weekday community access, employment and residential group home programs.




Dave Wilkins and A.C. Chan

Dave Wilkins and A.C. Chan

Today’s topic: How to perfect your pitch and become a more polished public speaker.

A.C. Chan/Power Slide

Power Slide‘s mission is to help you become a more effective communicator through your pitch, presentation or keynote. Effective communicators get funded, win customers and influence others. Whether your audience is an individual, small group or large audience, they can help you stand out and be memorable.


Dave Wilkins/Sterling Rose Consulting Corp

Dave Wilkins has over 30 years experience working for companies such as E&Y, Whitridge Associates, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and IBM in business and technology management and consulting. He is currently the Senior Vice President of Sterling Rose Consulting Corp and the Business Unit Manager for the Business Technology Division of Sterling Rose Consulting. Originally from Michigan, he has a BBA and MBA from the University of Michigan, and he has been a resident of Gwinnett County, GA for over 20 years. In his 30 years in business and technology, he has worked with clients in multiple business sectors including finance, manufacturing, energy, healthcare and government, among others.

ABOUT “STRATEGIC INSIGHTS RADIOStrategic Insights Radio” is intended to be an interactive radio show hosted by Sterling Rose Consulting Corp. Listeners can Tweet their questions for a live response on the radio to @sterling_rose1 or via @strategicradio. Also, suggestions on business topics that listeners would like to learn more about are welcome. Please send suggestions to




Tiffany Krumins: Shark Tank winner and creator of Ava the Elephant

Steven Julian, Tiffany Krumins, Mike Sammond

Steven Julian, Tiffany Krumins, Mike Sammond

Tiffany Krumins/Ava the Elephant

Tiffany Krumins, the first Shark Tank winner, is an Atlanta native and the inventor of Ava the Elephant, a child friendly dispenser that takes the fear out of taking medicine. Called a modern day Mary Poppins, Tiffany has gone from nanny to entrepreneur, and has seen her passion to help children grow into a business that is now known and loved all over the world.

Tiffany’s success story began when she was a nanny to a little boy with Down’s syndrome who was terrified of “medicine time”. To help alleviate his fear, she constructed an animal made of fabric, sponges, a store bought medicine dropper, and a recordable sound chip from a greeting card – and Ava the Elephant was born. Knowing that she would need to find a way to produce her invention, Tiffany began searching the internet and found a casting call on Craigslist that said: “Do you have the next million dollar idea but don’t have the funding to make it happen?” She immediately applied for the casting and was invited to be on the first ever episode of Shark Tank.

Her story has been a roller coaster ride as she went from being on a national TV show and receiving $50,000 to start her company, to learning just months later that she had thyroid cancer. While working from a hospital bed, she struggled through the growing pains of building a business and fighting cancer.

Tiffany’s appearance on Shark Tank and the success following continues to provide countless opportunities for her and her brand. Her story has received unparalleled exposure. Some of her more notable appearances and acknowledgements:

  • Follow-up appearances on Shark Tank on four separate occasions
  • Sharing her story and her product on the Dr. Oz Show to a national audience of millions of viewers
  • Nominated for the Top 50 Mompreneurs by
  • Keynote speaker for Disney Social Media Mom’s
  • Her story has been featured on,,,, and many other online and print publications


To watch the video of this show CLICK HERE.