Every Small Business moves through cycles. From Creation, launch, growth and the grind, are you ready to adapt your skill set to each cycle? On this episode of the Small Business Show, we will explore each of these business cycles and more while we highlight the opportunities and pitfalls of each.

Join your hosts Dave Hamilton and Shannon Jean to learn how they adapted their leadership styles during each different cycle, what they excelled at and what they failed miserably with. Along the way, you will hear personal stories of success and failure and gain insight about what each of these serial small business owners would have done differently and how they have adapted to find success.

We start with the Creative cycle, then move into Launching your new business before moving on to our Grow or Die phase that can often be followed by The Grind – a cycle that can burnout many entrepreneurs. This phase is where we start to ask ourselves: “Am I the right person to be running this business?”.

Listen in for all this and much more on episode 239 of the Small Business Show! Then, bring your comments, questions, and suggestions to the Small Business Support Group to continue the discussion.


  • 00:00:00 Small Business Show #239 for Wednesday, September 4, 2019
  • 00:01:41 Adapting to Different Business Cycles
  • 00:03:39 Creation
    • Want free advice? Ask Shannon and Dave
    • Are there customers for your idea?
    • It doesn’t need to be a lot of money
    • Discipline points vs. process vs. systems vs. desire
    • SBS 238 When people Quit!
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  • 00:21:42 Launch!
  • 00:25:26 Grow or Die
    • Beware Internal Culture Opposition
  • 00:32:18 The Grind
    • Am I the right person to be running this business?
  • 00:36:25 Disengage / The Down-cycle
  • 00:42:28 SBS 239

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