Lifetime entrepreneur, Bill Beyer is our guest this episode. He and his family are building a world-class tea company. Savoy Tea is the third venture that Bill has started, and he’s on his way to creating one of the first billion dollar brands without raising a dollar of capital.
Savoy Tea has 3 (soon to be 5), locations where they create a customer-centric atmosphere and serve their house-blended teas. They source tea from tea gardens and family farms all over the world: China, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, South Africa, Argentina… And yes, Bill is actually a certified Tea sommelier.
You can find more information, and order your blend here:
Eric Hinson, CEO and Founder of Explainify joins us to share his story of building a great culture in a great company. Explainify is a company that can “find the diamond in the haystack” in helping brands clearly understand the value that they deliver to customers – and how to communicate it effectively.
Eric is currently publishing his first book from his lessons and experience at Explainify: “Diamond in a Haystack: How to uncover your brand story, rise above the noise, and give your customers a reason to care.”
Get your free sneak peak here: Go.explainify.com/book
We are joined by the professionals from SCORE, the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Center, and the regional SBA office to discuss the services available to small businesses around the nation, and particularly in Northwest Arkansas. If you’re interested in reaching out to utilize any of these services, you can reach out to our guests below:
Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center – Bill Fox
SCORE NW Arkansas – David Bernstein
Regional SBA Rep - Jeffery Salazar
We are joined by Will Hurst from AT&T as well as the team from Little Bird Systems - Bryon Western, Edgar Cilio, and Jim Lewis. The conversation leads us through an entertaining deep dive on the Internet of Things - both what it is and how it will have an increasing effect on our lives going forward.
Disclosure: We do not own the rights to Skynet :)
James Smith joins us from James + James Furniture, a business that he started in his garage and grew to a nation-wide furniture and logistics company that's currently hiring if you like what you hear:
Check out their showroom in Fayetteville or their online show room here: