Podcast

July 3rd, 2020
Playing Above The Line

Listen to Karen Simmons from Playing Above The Line on Apple Podcasts.

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July 2nd, 2020
Sales Help With Yelp And Juliet Hart

With possibly another COVID-19 business shutdown and disruption right around the corner finding new ways to get old and new customers to buy your products and services has never been more critical. Especially when foot traffic has evaporated, and normal…Read More…

June 29th, 2020
Are We Going To Have A Fair This Year?

On this episode, Karen talks with Josh Woods, the Executive Director at The Grounds and the Greater Gulf State Fair. Josh fills us in on how the Greater Gulf State Fair is planning to happen in 2020. Josh shares how The Grounds was…Read More…

June 29th, 2020
Still Be Like Christine Cumbie

It seems like everything is chaotic and scary in the business world these days. So, Karen thought we needed to hear some good vibes and inspirational messages. It was a no brainer to decided to replay the Christine Cumbie episode from…Read More…

June 11th, 2020
Good Teams, Smart Growth and COVID-19 Testing

In this episode, Karen talks with the CEO of DocRx and owner of Coastal Diagnostics, Brian Ward. Brian explains how he saw and seized an opportunity to grow his small medical lab by providing much-needed testing for COVID-19. By investing and…Read More…

June 9th, 2020
Deduction or No Deduction

On this special gameshow edition of Cheers To Business, Karen quizzes Chris and Laney Andrews, owners of Bienville Bites Food Tours, on a game called Deduction or No Deduction. Karen throws out a common business tax deduction and Chris and Laney…Read More…

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May 26th, 2020
New ways of working in the industry

This podcast is hosted by Dave Evans of RLC Global, featuring guests Karen Simmons, Kurt Rickhoff, Vince Howard, Eric Swick, Barb Gay, and Kevin Turnbull. As business owners in the middle of an unprecedented health crisis, we must come together…Read More…

May 26th, 2020
Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act

On this episode, Noell Broughton talks to Karen Simmons about how difficult the COVID-19 shutdown has been on his bar and restaurant businesses. Plus, he describes the mountains of PPP paperwork, figuring out the maze of government regulations, and how…Read More…

May 19th, 2020
Simple IT Security In A Remote Working World

In this episode, Karen talks with strategic Information Technology consultant and specialist Abe Harper of Harper Technologies in Mobile, Alabama. Abe shares some simple and essential tools and procedures to ensure computer and network security, even when a company’s workforce is primarily…Read More…

May 12th, 2020
Open Up for Bienville Bites Food Tours

In this “let’s get back to work” episode, Karen talks with Bienville Bites owners Chris and Laney Andrew. They created Bienville Bites to be a guided walking food tour of the best food spots in Mobile, Ala. You walk, eat, and learn…Read More…

May 6th, 2020
Business Disruption Insurance Talk with Bill Eiland

On this episode, Karen talks with local attorney and host of Lawcall Bill Eiland of Eiland and Richie Law Firm in Mobile, Alabama. Bill gives his legal insights on business interruption insurance and how he is helping local businesses deal…Read More…

April 28th, 2020
Open Kimonos and The New Business Normal

On this episode, Karen talks with HR expert and founder of Morale Resource, LLC, Dr. Gia Wiggins to discuss helping out employers, employees, and customers to transitioning back into the workplace after the mandated shutdown. What does this “new business normal” going to…Read More…

April 22nd, 2020
Make sure your PPP stays Forgivable.

Tips for recording your Payroll Protection Plan funds as a deposit into your QuickBooks® and keeping up with what you do with it. Does all of this have you stressed out? Are you feeling a bit in over your head?…Read More…

April 21st, 2020
We Are All Essential with Uncle Henry

On this quarantine special episode, Karen and Cadie are talking surviving and thriving through this coronavirus crisis, and business shutdown with the sage-like, hilarious, and Mobile, Alabama Radio Legend Uncle Henry. Uncle Henry shares what he is seeing now inside his…Read More…

April 14th, 2020
Quarantine Snocks with Anthony Allen

In this special episode, Karen takes a different perspective on the COVID-19 quarantine and its effect on businesses, specifically on young entrepreneurs. She talks with 10-year-old fashion and snack entrepreneur Anthony Allen, creator and owner of Snocks. Taking his hobby of fashion…Read More…

April 7th, 2020
Battling The Coronavirus and Going Viral with Joe Calagaz

This episode is such a WIN-WIN-WIN Coronavirus business story that has gone viral and become a regional, national, and feel good media story. Karen and guest co-host Stacy Wellborn talk with Joe Calagaz of Calagaz Printing, a Mobile, Alabama commercial printer known for their menu…Read More…

March 31st, 2020
Coronavirus Paid Sick Leave Act Explained (For Now)

April 1 has always just been April Fool’s Day. But now, if you’re a small or medium-sized business owner, it has taken on a whole new meaning. What are your requirements with this Coronavirus pandemic concerning your employees if they’re…Read More…

March 24th, 2020
Coronavirus: Disaster Relief and Business Resources

In this critical COVID-19 business survival episode, Karen and guest co-host Michelle Crow of e-worc marketing and advertising talk about the changing economy during this time of quarantines and mandatory “social-distancing,” and the disaster loans and relief resources becoming available.…Read More…

March 17th, 2020
COVID-19 Workplace Guidelines with Gia Wiggins

On this episode, Karen has a crucial conversation with HR management specialist Gia Wiggins (Morale Resource LLC) about employers and employees and what they need to do to keep their businesses healthy during this COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the nature of news,…Read More…

March 10th, 2020
12+1 Steps To Starting a Business

On this episode, Karen and Cadie continue their Knowledge Nuggets Series with a discussion on the 12 (and more) steps to starting a business. Using and commenting on an article by entrepreneur.com Associate Editor Matthew McCreary, the Cheers ladies run through what…Read More…

March 3rd, 2020
Income Management and Sales Tax Explained

On this episode, Karen and Cadie uncork their Knowledge Nuggets Series and talk income management. Karen and Cadie explain what is and is not business income. Plus, Karen shares the ins and outs of Alabama Sales Tax. Key Takeaways: >…Read More…

February 25th, 2020
KPIs: The Vital Sign of Your Business

Everybody’s business numbers sing, and they tell a story. Find out your KPIs or hire someone to help you. – Karen Simmons On this episode, Karen and Cadie admit that they didn’t know that KPIs stood for Key Performance Indicators, so…Read More…

February 18th, 2020
Blogging, Baking and Podcasting with Lemon Baby

On this episode, Karen and Cadie are back in the studio together, and they are talking to food blogger, Instagram influencer, photographer, and wanna-be podcaster Amanda “Birdie” Gibson of the Lemon Baby food blog. Stuffed with Amanda’s own original recipes, food photography, and thoughts…Read More…

February 11th, 2020
3 Ways To NOT Irritate Your Tax Preparer

On this episode, Karen talks with CPA John Calderone, and he shares three ways on how to get the most out of your CPA when preparing your taxes and tips on keeping your tax bill lower. Plus, John reveals the…Read More…

February 4th, 2020
John Serda: Don’t Let Your Business Own You

In this raucous episode, the Cheers Ladies laugh and learn with John Serda, owner of Serda’s Coffee and Serda Brewing Company. John tells the origins of his love and knowledge of the coffee business, becoming a teenage brewmaster, and dispels some common entrepreneurial myths.…Read More…

January 28th, 2020
The Retail Pivot

On this episode, Karen talks about starting a retail shop from scratch, dealing with the challenges of retail, and pivoting when necessary with Elizabeth and Jennifer O’Brien of Opulence Designs. After opening her dream art and gift shop, Elizabeth found out…Read More…

January 21st, 2020
Dancing On Your Tongue with Tony Ingram

On this delicious episode, Karen and Cadie get real with The Salsa King of Alabama, Chef Tony Ingram of Tony’s Tejas Salsa. Claiming to make “The World’s Best Salsa” Tony shares the origin story of his tasty salsa product empire, building a food…Read More…

January 14th, 2020
Business Law 101 with Jennifer Holifield

On this episode, Karen and guest co-host Michelle Crowe pick the brilliant legal mind of Jennifer Holifield of Speegle Hoffman Holman, and Holifield. She and her firm specialize in helping small businesses with all business formation, employment law, and other corporate legal…Read More…

January 7th, 2020
Improving Sales & Showing Up For Others

In this episode, Karen speaks with Mary Grothe, Sales Coach, National Keynote Speaker and CEO of BQ®. Mary’s superpower  is uncovering the core selling abilities and sales DNA of the reps and managers she works with, developing high-growth sales strategies, and then…Read More…

December 31st, 2019
Baking A Business with Carla Able

On this week’s episode, Karen talks with Pound Cake Maven and entrepreneur baker Carla Able of Cakes By The Pound. Carla shares her baking origins, leaping by faith into a cottage food baking business, and her recipe for business success. …Read More…

December 24th, 2019
Best Version and Getting Real with Debbie and Dave

Need help to develop or refine your company culture, future view, and Best Model for your firm in 2020? Then this special international version of Cheers is just for you. In this episode, Karen “get’s real” with the dynamic duo…Read More…

December 17th, 2019
Holiday Do’s & Don’ts (Rebroadcast)

The Cheers To Business Ladies got caught up in the holiday season and couldn’t get into the studio this week. So, we are re-airing an oldie but goodie holiday do’s and don’ts episode from 2018. This Dec.18th, 2018 show is…Read More…

January 22nd, 2016
2015 Citizen of the Year

Friday, January 22, was surely a night to remember for Karen Simmons as family, friends, co-workers, dignitaries and members of SouthWest Mobile County Chamber of Commerce honored her as 2015 Citizen of the Year. After Chamber President Donna Abercrombie welcomed…Read More…