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  • Brandon Turner

    November 7, 2020 at 4:07 am

    Hello I am a new member here and wanted to get to know my fellow small small business members.

    My name is Brandon. I was born and raised in Georgia but moved to Oklahoma about 13 years ago to live with my now wife, who I met online at the time.

    I spent years starting projects I never finished until 2017, when I launched a project that became my first successful business.

    I was a member of the Facebook group and my wife and I had a chance to chat with Steve and Jim via a zoom call recently.

    I think I learned about this membership site by being on the email list.

    What about you?

  • Stev Stegner

    November 7, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Brandon, Great to hear from you. My journey has been a very easy one. I grew up in a home where my parents were self employed as well as grandparents, great grandparents and all my aunts and uncles in my maternal side of the family. I just followed in their foot steps. I am in a different business than my parents and other relatives so many things are different in my journey, let many things are the same. I sold my business after 30 years and am working with Fredlund and coaching with the Small Small Business Community. I look forward to hearing more about your journey in the future.

    Out side of work, I am an avid reader, I generally read 2-3 books per month and enjoy time outdoors with my wife. My four children are adults and having kids of their own. My wife and I love to travel!

    • Steve Fredlund

      November 7, 2020 at 7:35 pm

      Love this Stev… the SSB is fueled by your wisdom, expertise, passion, and generosity.

    • Brandon Turner

      November 11, 2020 at 5:23 pm

      Many don’t have AN entrepreneur in their family, Stev, let alone pretty much the whole family.

      That’s why you getting into coaching I’m sure feels like a perfect fit for you and your clients.

      Thanks for the response and good to connect!

  • Jim Reid

    November 7, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    This is fun, thanks for posting @brandon.turner ! Also, @stev-stegner , both my parents were self-employed – there might be something to that!

    I grew up in Toronto and met my wife Bronwen in Halifax where I studied philosophy at the University of King’s College. Naturally, I used that education to start my own home-renovation company when I moved back to Toronto, and that led to running inspections, and from there a CAREER of telling people what they were doing wrong – across all industries and business types! Joking aside, I quickly transitioned to consulting and project-management services that I operated from home, helping people and businesses identify areas of improvement in a variety of ways.

    Many years later, I had the good fortune to meet @SteveFredlund and after I butted in with a few “helpful” suggestions he and I agreed to work together to see if we could make the most out of his lifelong efforts to help people like small business owners around the world. I’m so excited to see what we can do with the Small Small Business Community as it comes together – right as the world needs it most! Looking forward to getting to know you better Brandon,


    • Steve Fredlund

      November 7, 2020 at 7:37 pm

      You are an absolute rock star Jim…. this endeavor would not be possible without you. Let’s change the world and leave a legacy of small business support everywhere we have the privilege to engage.

  • Amor Traceski

    November 8, 2020 at 12:53 am

    Hey there, Brandon ~

    Welcome to our SSB family! About me: I was born in raised in Taiwan in an American/International community. My father was a jazz musician and my mother, an English teacher. While I was in college pursuing my BFA Advertising degree, I worked part-time as a singer in my grandfather’s 20-piece big band in the Philippines. After college, I worked as a Protocol Officer for the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines. That was definitely fun! Then, I moved to Hawaii, married my then husband and had our daughter, Catherine (now 28) there. My 20+ years in Human Resources began when we moved to California. I left to “retire” after I survived two cancers.

    Fortunately, I grew a TON from my cancer experiences and now am dedicated to sharing my wisdom borne from experience with those struggling with their cancer diagnoses. I wrote a reference manual, entitled: “Been There, Done That: Practical Tips & Wisdom from Cancer Survivors for Cancer Patients,” I’m a cancer life coach and am currently working on delivering my first TEDx Talk in February 2021, “How Beating Cancer Twice Revealed Superpowers to Truly Live Once.”

    Fortunately, I met Steve through a Facebook group and he interviewed me for his podcast Just Steve. Not long after, I joined one of his Mastermind groups, which I have to say, has been a godsend! I’m now juggling multiple projects and hope to start my own YouTube channel for cancer patients and survivors next year.

    I’m currently living in Penn Valley (Sierra Foothills), Northern California with my life partner Bill, after having lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for two decades. I feel very blessed to have been given a chance to know what it’s like to truly thrive in life, without fear; only gratitude, joy and peace. And, I wish the same for you and your family.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know.



    • Steve Fredlund

      November 8, 2020 at 9:26 am

      Thanks for sharing your story out here Amor; amazing story and amazing life. Thanks for sharing your wisdom for HR and life with so many.

    • Brandon Turner

      November 11, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      Congratulations on your upcoming Ted Talk, Amor. That is an accomplishment that should be celebrated. I remember when I got booked on my first podcast, and then for my first speaking engagement. Great opportunity to get a relevant message in from of a hungry audience.

      Thank you for what you are doing to fill such an underserved area in our society.

  • Kendra Cumberland

    November 8, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Hi Brandon,

    Congrats on getting your business off the ground! How is Oklahoma compared to Georgia? I moved to North Carolina four years ago after living in Western New York, Illinois, Singapore, and Virginia, and sometimes I can’t get over the differences that exist within our country when you move just a couple of states (not missing the -10 degrees from WNY though).

    I create and run social media advertising for small businesses. I help support small businesses that are just starting out as well as those that already have a standing history. This year a lot of brick and mortar businesses are trying to break into e-commerce to survive COVID shut downs in their areas, but they have to have a way to let their audience know how and where to find them. Social media advertising lets businesses target their ideal audience and only pay for quality leads, since they can narrow their focus to the most important demographics and interests of their audience.

    Welcome to the Small Small Business Community!

    • Steve Fredlund

      November 8, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      You are a rock star Kendra… we need to get together and figure out how to get more of our small businesses your expertise!

    • Brandon Turner

      November 9, 2020 at 11:56 pm

      Thank you, Kendra and thank you for sharing your experience.

      Georgia is faster, with a bigger metropolis, and far more diverse.

      Oklahoma is slower, very traditional, very cool and collected.

      It’s all a matter of preference.

      I actually have a resource for brick and mortars wanting to get their customers online and how it can simply the sales process for both sides.

      Great to connect!

  • Emily Dickinson

    November 8, 2020 at 8:12 pm

    Brandon this is such a good idea! Great to get to know the rest of you as well.

    I was born & raised in Tennessee. I studied Social Work and thought that was the way I was going to make an impact in the world. Then I went to Australia “for 6 months” about 17 years ago where I met my husband. I then worked as a Social Worker in a church (church and state mix here – it’s amazing!) and did various roles in the church and also in a state-wide organisation for 12 years. I then discovered coaching. It changed my life and perspective on everything. I thought I was healthy but I had so much more to learn!

    Three years ago, I had a baby and decided that because that wasn’t a big enough life change, I should also start a new career as an Executive Coach. I trained with an American company called Novus Global and I now work with them as the sole coach in Australia (so far). I coach individuals, start-ups, small businesses and all the way through to multi-billion dollar companies to help people explore what they’re capable of. It’s great to have the flexibility of working from home and also to be able to serve people in a way that helps them achieve their goals.

    I met Steve through being on his podcast as well & love what he is doing in the world! I play a small part in serving the Small Small Business community when the time zones work.

    Outside of work, I mainly spend my time toddler-wrangling, watching cartoons and playing with toys ha ha.

    • Steve Fredlund

      November 8, 2020 at 8:44 pm

      Great stuff Emily… you are an inspiration and a heckuva coach (I know this from first-hand experience)!

    • Brandon Turner

      November 11, 2020 at 5:17 pm

      Great to hear a bit of your story, Emily. Thanks for the response.

      I guess COVID had little affect on your business considering you’ve been working and serving people from home anyway?

  • Debbi Osowski

    November 8, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    Hi everyone! I am the owner of do good adventures – a soy candle company based in Fargo, North Dakota. I learned about SSB from Rob Adsem. I listen to the podcast and love learning about all things business related. I’m a solopreneur but hoping to be able to hire some staff next year to help with parts of the process.

    I started do good 2 years ago after making candles for my daugher’s wedding. I resigned from my job as a high school counselor after the last school year so am currently focusing on this brand full time and I love it!

    Looking forward to getting to connect more and learn more from everyone here.

    • Steve Fredlund

      November 8, 2020 at 10:34 pm

      Excellent Debbi… feel free to ask any questions you have out here; there are different forums that you can ask questions. Also, we have a couple of masterminds that meet every week. You are welcome to sit in on a couple of those for free. Those are great opportunities for solopreneurs to get some mentoring and learn together. One meet Mondays at noon and the other Tuesdays at 10:30am.

    • Angela Irwin

      November 9, 2020 at 10:18 am

      Hi Debbi,

      I love the story of your business creation, starting with you making candles for your daughter’s wedding. Very cool!

      I grew up 2 hours south of Fargo (in S.D.); going to Fargo and West Acres Shopping Mall was going to the “big city,” and a real thrill a couple of times per year. I’ve been a lifelong Yankee fan due to the Roger Maris museum in that mall :).

      Your candles look fantastic, as does your website.

      I can’t say enough about Steve’s Master Mind groups. Definitely check them out.


  • Angela Irwin

    November 9, 2020 at 9:56 am

    Hi Brandon,

    Welcome! Congratulations on your business. Great idea to get to know the other members.

    I’m originally from South Dakota, now living in Nice, France. Following a 15-year corporate career, I did a career change at 40 and began a confidence coaching & speaking business.

    During the pandemic, I started a non-profit organization to assist cochlear implant recipients in the U.S. with the ongoing costs of their external equipment (often not covered by insurance) and provide coaching for them. Without this essential equipment, they are back to being deaf again.

    I’ve never worked in the non-profit space, nor did I ever think I would :). Steve and my amazing Master Mind partners have been invaluable in their support to get my organization launched.

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    • Steve Fredlund

      November 9, 2020 at 11:18 am

      Love this.. what a cool honor to know you and be a small part of your journey.

    • Brandon Turner

      November 11, 2020 at 5:15 pm

      Thanks for your reply, Angela.

      Man, I’ve got to know the difference between living in South Dakota versus Nice.

      Big adjustment?

      Super happy to hear about your non-profit.

      My wife has served on the boards and executive teams of 3 non-profits now.

      Any non-profit-specific advice you need, please let me know and I will make sure you get all the resources and connections you can handle.

  • Mark Praschan

    November 10, 2020 at 4:22 pm

    Hi all! Great to learn about some of the other folks here.

    I’m a Michigander (with a recent 8-year stint in Dallas, TX) and I’ve been building websites professionally for 20 years.

    I started my company, WebsiteAMP to help small businesses succeed on the internet. Business owners are usually experts in their respective niches, but very few know where to start when it comes to building websites. That’s where I try to lend a hand.

    I think this SSB community could be a tremendous resource for us all. I’m looking forward to connecting with more of you. Please feel free to reach out.

    • Brandon Turner

      November 11, 2020 at 5:12 pm

      20 years.

      Wow, Mark. This means you’ve seen every iteration of a website, every language, the journey from coding to drag-n-drop builders, etc.

      Bet you have some crazy stories about some of the hours you’ve spent putting some of these together.

      Thanks for responding.

  • Jackie Giese

    November 11, 2020 at 10:13 am

    Thank you all for sharing your story and thank you Brandon for getting it started.

    Here is a little bit about me. I grew up in a military family (career Navy Father) and spent much of my childhood moving around. We finally rooted ourselves in Minnesota where my parents grew up.

    Throughout high school I was very involved in organizations such as Business Professionals of America as well as Health Occupation Students of America. I knew I wanted to have a career in health care but was not 100% sure what I wanted to do so the opportunity to explore career options in high school was highly valuable. Participating in Business Professionals of America was solely the result of wanting to do something that would put me outside of my comfort zone. You see, I was terrible studying economics, and had to work incredibly hard studying math but I felt drawn to surrounding myself with people who were different and excelled in skills that I did not.

    I grew up as an avid soccer player and in my sophomore season, I tore my meniscus which required surgical repair and physical therapy. Hmmm, physical therapy, a health care career I had not yet been introduced to. You see where this story is going…. being a patient in PT now took me on my path to my future career. I graduated as a Physical Therapist Assistant and started my career in a skilled nursing facility (nursing home) where I was the only full time provider working with a casual PT. Being a new grad without having direct mentorship forced me to up my game to ensure my patients were getting the absolute best care they deserved. In my first year as a new grad I had 40 hours of continuing education under my belt (our license requires us to have 20 every 2 years). As I worked in the field, I began to notice gaps in health care and wanted to be proactive about bridging those gaps so I started developing wellness programs for the company that I worked for. They were thrilled because it meant additional revenue and I was thrilled because I was fulfilling a passion. As I grew in my career and personal life (married with 3 littles and 2 dogs) I dreamed about one day owning my own small physical therapy and wellness practice in the town I lived.

    I see I’m getting lengthy here so to make a long story less long, in March of 2020 my business partner and I became incorporated and in October we opened the doors of our private practice. I have no idea what I am doing when it comes to business but am reminded that putting myself in proximity of those that do will help me to grow my knowledge. #foreverastudent (yes I just used a hashtag on a professional platform :))

    • Brandon Turner

      November 11, 2020 at 5:10 pm

      Jackie, I love how your journey to launching your business was like building a house one brick after the other…whether you knew you were building one or not.

      It seems that where you saw the need, you stepped in and filled it. That’s the true spirit of an entrepreneur. The learning how to be in business part will come.

      Also, you are right to use that hashtag and you should be proud of it!

  • Robert Shurtleff

    November 14, 2020 at 1:31 pm


    Great to meet you. Procedure writing services? Sounds like an awesome service for the new business trying to build a team and “figure it out as they go along”. I remember being a part of a newer mortgage brokerage and with each new situation, she would write a new “memo” (executive order) with the new rule. Of course noone wanted to follow the rules (independent contractors) but that’s another story. Anywho…

    Robert Shurtleff here. 7 years US Navy processing personnel files. Then did the same for that mortgage brokerage where I was a loan processor for a bit. Then I was admin assistant to a financial advisor. Had a couple temp jobs thereafter, and then the bottom dropped out of the world in 2009. So I decided to go back to school for a degree in management accounting (to help my wife with her business), and found out I needed something more creative, so I finished the 4 year degree in Business Management / Marketing in 2013 and the rest is history.

    I’ve been building websites as Bob The Website Builder since then.

    It’s good to meet everyone.

    Rob (or Bob as you prefer)

  • Tammy Olson

    November 17, 2020 at 6:20 pm

    Hey Brandon, great idea to ask this question!

    I’m a new member AND I’m a new business owner, and unlike a few of you, I have NO entrepreneurs in my family tree. I do think self-employment/entrepreneurship can be seen to run in families.

    I have worked in corporate settings my entire career, most recently for one of the big three global business travel management companies. You can imagine the effects of COVID on my former employer. Fortunately, I had begun exploring self-employment in the months prior to the pandemic and so by the time my company was offering voluntary terminations with severance, I was super excited to take the leap.

    Big picture, I am a virtual assistant but more specifically, I provide
    small business owners the flexible, professional resources they need to scale
    up at their own pace, streamlining their business systems and identifying efficiencies, tools or
    platforms and next steps, allowing them to grow their business while enjoying
    their work again.

    A lifelong Minnesotan, I enjoy camping, downhill skiing, reading and spending time with my dog, Finnegan, my horse, Rookie, and my husband, Brian. In that order 🙂

    I look forward to engaging with the members and resources here in this community!

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