Biz in the 916 Podcast
Now a digital marketer, podcaster, writer, and public speaker, Kristin created Biz in the 916 to give Sacramento area entrepreneurs and professionals the opportunity to tell their real-world stories and help others become successful.
Meet the Guests
Realtor & Radio Personality
A Realtor with a radio habit
Doug Thomas of 96.9 The Eagle and Kristin Berkery spent a Saturday morning at Entercom talking about the radio business, dogs, drumming, and real estate, with a few famous names thrown in for fun. Doug also shares stories about his favorite local charities, like Me One, Placer SPCA, and more.
Always Available Pet Sitting
Providing peace of mind to pet owners as a business
Rose Connolly is a professional petsitter who shares her path from the radio business to law enforcement to caring for others’ animals. She offers tips for people who want to start a petsitting business (hint: online reviews are really important) and she gives advice to pet owners who are looking for a trustworthy petsitter.
GNP Capital Partners
Generating wealth through smart commercial real estate investing
Right out of college, Preet Ahluwalia and her brother started a commercial real estate investment firm. She also shares how her father’s unique story has influenced her career success. Preet’s next goal is “impact investing” – investments that produce both a financial return and a net benefit to the community.
Renee & Company
Creating a “Silver Lining” for elder care and aging
Renee Balcom shares her journey from technology professional to senior care advocate. She also talks about why she left Silicon Valley to move to a small town in Southern Oregon and her recovery from a major business loss. Bonus: Renee explains how you can save up to 90% on funeral costs – but you have to plan now.
The Lean Innovator
Find the customer, then build them what they want
Dan Casas-Murray explains how The Lean Innovator helps entrepreneurs work smarter, not harder, and he shares the free resources available to all small business owners at the Small Business Development Center in Sacramento. Host Kristin Berkery asks about Dan’s unique path from the U.S. Army to gourmet cupcakes.
In the startup chase, you have to learn quickly
If you’ve ever wanted to launch a tech startup and get funding, this is the episode you should listen to. Rob Haney of Sensor Transport shares his experiences building a management team, perfecting his investor pitch, creating a company culture, and pivoting with the marketplace. The best part is that he wants to help other entrepreneurs along the way.
Spease Bees Honey Company
From information security to honeybees
Kristin Berkery asks Angela Spease of Spease Bees how she and her family turned gallons of local honey into a growing company with products in supermarkets and restaurants. Angela also talks about how giving her time to Rotary International and the community have helped her business.
Make Your Sales Connection
The art of asking the right questions
Roberta Lopez-Hoskins is a rock star at making sales connections over the phone. In this episode she shares 5 secrets for making the most of sales phone calls, including how not to sound like a telemarketer. Roberta also tells her family’s unique entrepreneurial story as grape pickers with Cesar Chavez and how she overcame burnout in her career.
Soul Diving Academy
Put your feet on the earth
Kristin asks Julia Tindall about jnana (pronounced “nya-nah”) yoga, which focuses on examining who we are on the inside, and how this form of self-inquiry can help us deal with a stressful world. Julia also leads tours to exotic and beautiful places like Bali and Vietnam, and holds weekend yoga and tantra retreats here in California. In this interview, Julia offers 3 easy, stress-relieving ideas for busy entrepreneurs.
Servpro: Faster to any size disaster
Kim Brooks, Senior Communications Editor of Servpro, talks about the company’s start in Sacramento, the challenges of balancing career and motherhood, and returning to Sacramento for Servpro’s 50th anniversary celebration.
Jessy Hair Artist
Bridging the gap between beauty and business
Precision hairstylist Jessy Solie-Ruggiero shares her 18 years of experience on what makes a top-notch salon, what new hairstylists can do to jump-start their businesses, and using social media as a beauty marketing tool.