Our Experts

Our Team of AWESOME Experts

We gathered together some of the best small business/entrepreneur experts who have unlimited advice for those ready to break into entrepreneurship or start their own business.

Learn about each of the experts below and check out their recent answers here. 

If you have questions for an expert send them to us so we can get it to the right expert to answer your questions. Send questions to experts(at)businessbewareshow.com

Mike Michalowicz “the toilet paper expert”

Mike Michalowicz is the entrepreneur behind 3 multi-million dollar companies and the author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. With a popular website by the same name (www.ToiletPaperEntrepreneur.com), he is a globally recognized entrepreneurial advocate.  Mike is a small business columnist for the Wall Street Journal, and hosts the business make-over segment on MSNBC’s Your Business.

Why we love Mike: We have been a fan of Mike’s since the first day we came across his website. After reading just a few of Mike’s articles we immediately got a copy of his book. He’s real, he’s raw and straight-forward which is our kind of guy. His “what would you do with a few sheets of toilet paper rather than a whole roll” is just pure genius.

To learn more about Mike and get access to a treasure trove of entrepreneurial tips, tricks and insights, visit www.ToiletPaperEntrepreneur.com.  You can follow him on Twitter by following @TPEntrepreneur.  And don’t forget to pick up a copy of his book…. get the best deal and check out the hundreds of reviews for his book on Amazon or pick it up at Barnes and Noble.

Scott Gerber “the employment counselor expert”

Scott Gerber is a serial entrepreneur, internationally syndicated columnist and TV host, and the founder of the Young Entrepreneur Council. He is also an active angel investor and author of the book Never Get a “Real” Job. He has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, TIME, CNN, Reuters, Mashable, CBS Evening News, MSNBC, US News & World Report, Fox News, Inc. and Entrepreneur.

Why we love Scott: We interviewed Scott a year ago for the radio show and hit it off from the start. He has such passion in his mission and drive as an entrepreneur. We picked up his book “Never Get a Real Job” and even his book includes Scott’s humor and neverending advice. We also love his mission with the YEC (which Ashley is a part of) where entrepreneurs are educating and answering questions for the new upcoming entrepreneurs of the world.

Lisa Nicole Bell “the strategic networking expert”

Lisa Nicole Bell is the personification of what happens when art and commerce collide. A passionate communicator and relentless solution finder, Lisa is a unique hybrid of on air personality and behind-the-scenes powerhouse. As an award winning filmmaker, media personality, social change agent, international speaker, and media entrepreneur, Lisa is the conductor of an orchestra of businesses and media properties. Blending her creative instincts and business acumen, Lisa creates socially conscious projects and brands that give birth to new conversations and inspire meaningful change. Her way of integrating lofty ideals with practical solutions and sustainable business models make her a respected authority on personal development, social change, and business.She has been seen on Forbes, Huffington Post, Under 30 CEO, Reuters, PBS, and more. Visit www.lisanicolebell.com to learn more.

Why we love Lisa: We interviewed Lisa once upon a time and immediately we hit it off, especially after she shared her “CustoMonster” definition. She is one smart cookie that is not afraid to tell it like is and she is willing to help anyone she comes across. Lisa is still so young but has accomplished so many things that many take years to accomplish. She’s humble and we love the fact that she strives to do her best with everything she does. And let’s not forget she’s a southern girl from Alabama and that makes us smile.

Kris Chislett “the wine expert”

Born in 1980 and raised in Halifax, England, Kris Chislett now resides in Jacksonville, Florida with his wife Denise, their cat Maisy and his overflowing collections of Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Decanter magazines.

When it comes to wine, Kris drinks only the most prestigious, most expensive wines from around the world (when someone else is paying). The rest of the time he keeps his wine purchases to around $20, $30 if it’s a special occasion. He has been in the hospitality industry since the age of 15, working everything from fine dining banquets serving English dignitaries, right through to McDonalds (he lasted 2 weeks under the Golden Arches).

Kris is one of only a few Certified Sommeliers (Court of Master Sommeliers) and Certified Specialist of Wine (Society of Wine Educators) in North-East Florida. He created BlogYourWine.com (and it’s networked websites) in order to give people the resource he never had: an unpretentious, user-friendly, fun, interactive guide to the world of wine.

Kris Chislett
Certified Sommelier and Certified Specialist of Wine
email: kris@blogyourwine.com
twitter: @krischislett

Why we love Kris: We got the chance to interview Kris and learn about his background and how he started BlogYourWine.com and immediately were drawn to not only his accent but also his passion for what he does. He has a ton of experience in the hospitality industry and knows his wine. One thing that really stands out about his wine reviews is the fact that he loves to tell the story behind the wines and not just what it’s made from. He can pair just about any type of food and wine together for you whether you want something at your next business event or just something to cook when you get home from a long day’s work.

Check out Kris’s video tips right here.

Alyssa Gregory “the small business collaborator”

Alyssa Gregory consults small business owners, writes about small business topics, brings entrepreneurs together, and speaks to groups about starting, managing and growing small businesses. In 2011, Alyssa was named as one of 100 small business influencers in North America.
Alyssa’s passion for creating opportunities for collaboration and sharing knowledge inspired the launch of the Small Business Bonfire, a social, educational and collaborative community for small business owners.
 On a typical day, you can find Alyssa sharing business tips, advice and resources on About.comSmall Business Bonfire BlogTwitterFacebook and Google+. For more, please visit: AlyssaGregory.com.

Why we love  Alyssa:
Alyssa is one of those you want on your team because she knows her stuff and she is willing to jump in and help everyone around her. Everyone needs a leader and Alyssa is that person. She’s doing great things over at Small Business Bonfire and we immediately were drawn to the organization.

JP Jones “the web development guru”

JP Jones wears many hats. Among them are graphic designing, web designing, social media marketing, teaching, book publishing, blogging and writing. The author of “Market Yourself: A Beginner’s Guide to Social Media”,JP is the owner of Paige1Media & Paige1Publishing, a graphic design firm and publishing company that work with domestic and international clients on projects ranging from basic logo development to magazine and book design.

Jones is also a co-founder of Collipsis Web Solutions, LLC. which handles Web Design and Online Development. With her team at Collipsis, Jones has hosted a number of conferences and consultations for clients across the U.S and in many other countries.

In addition to conference speaking and guest lecturing opportunities, Jones also had the opportunity to teach in a University setting for several years and returns each semester to share new insights and updates from her industry. Jones has had the honor of winning over 150 awards for her design and promotions work over the years.

Jones has been designing professionally for over 9 years and immerses herself in the current trends and technologies emerging in the industry. Staying on top of technology is her job. Teaching it to others is her passion.

Collipsis Web Solutions: www.collipsis.com
Paige1Media: www.paige1media.com
Paige1Publishing: www.paige1publishing.com
Hootpress Conversion House: www.hootpress.com
Market Yourself: www.marketyourselfthebook.com

Why we love JP: Instantly when we met JP we felt like we knew her and not just because she is from our old stomping grounds of the wonderful TN…You can tell that she has a passion for what she does and she truly wants to help anyone she can whether it’s through her business or just to offer some advice. She’s real and honest. And where we come from that’s the kind of people we surround ourselves with.

Alfonso Santaniello “the advertising stud”

Alfonso Santaniello is the CEO/President of the Creative Strategy Agency, a digital marketing and advertising agency. He is also the Founder of The Businews Channel, a business web channel airing original business related web shows and hosts two shows, Strictly Businews, a round table discussion of the latest in business news, trends and events; and The EnCharge Show, a show for entrepreneurs hosted by entrepreneurs. Strictly Businews won an award in 2010’s Unique Business Award in western Massachusetts. If Alfonso isn’t working on his next idea and/or project, he enjoys relaxing with family and friends.
email:     alfonso@tCSAonline.com
Why we love Alfonso: He’s that guy that everyone just loves to be around. He knows about business and is constantly coming up with creative ways to get a message across. Alfonso is always willing to share his advice not only through what he does but also with anyone who wants to learn. He’s not only amazingly smart, he is honestly one funny guy too.

Jennifer Donogh and Kathy Nelson “the mother/daughter web hosting duo”

Jennifer is an owner and Director of Operations at Ovaleye LLC, a cloud services company serving small office, home office businesses across the United States. Jennifer partnered with her parents in Ovaleye shortly after graduating with a degree in Political Science from the University of Washington in 2007. She is the creator and Director of Young Female Entrepreneurs, an online support group and incubator for women in their twenties and thirties who are entrepreneurial that was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for “Young Entrepreneurs.”

Kathy is the Chief Decision Maker at Ovaleye LLC, a cloud services company serving small office, home office businesses across the United States. Kathy started Ovaleye after her online music store catalog was bought by Walmart. With servers, software and knowledge on how to create and run a business online Ovaleye was born in 2006. Recently with the help of her daughter and husband, Ovaleye LLC moved into the business model of a hosting provider. Kathy hosts two shows on Ovaleye.tv, SOHO Insights and Small Businesses Do It Better each week. Kathy enjoys boating and riding with her husband of 30 years on their BMW motorcycle. She also spends quality time with her grandson whenever she can!

Ovaleye, LLC | http://www.ovaleye.com
206-299-2303 | jennifer(at)ovaleye.com
Watch us on Ovaleye.TV

Why we love Jennifer & Kathy: We love it when we see family working together and doing amazing things. They have a great company with Ovaleye and they even offer insight and tips through their show. How cool is it that they give you free tips while also helping you with you hosting services? Jennifer is a fellow member at the YEC and we couldn’t be happier to have them aboard as one of our experts.

Nellie Akalp “the trademark queen”

Nellie Akalp is CEO of CorpNet.com. Since forming more than 100,000 corporations and LLCs across the U.S, she has built a strong passion to assist small business owners and entrepreneurs in starting and protecting their business the right way. Nellie is passionate about small business and learn more about how she can help you with your business through CorpNet.com

Why we love Nellie: She is a breath of fresh air and you can tell that she truly loves working with small businesses. She is so knowledgeable about what she does and she will go above and beyond to help the business owner.