Welcome to the Heart of Business brought to you by Benchmark. It’s the business podcast that won’t make you flatline, where we discuss what pumps life into your company.

You may know Nick Turner from his appearances on VH1's Best Week Ever and I Love the 2000s. Or maybe it was on Comedy Central ... or you follow him on Twitter. No matter where you know him from, he got there with hard work and dedication. Share some laughs and some tips with one of our favorite comedians.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:17am PDT

Los Feliz Day Care is a parody Twitter account, the success of which is no joke. Comedian and Writer Jason Shapiro joined us to talk about his hilarious skewering of modern parenting and education, becoming a TV writer and more. Los Angeles is a city full of transplants trying to make their dreams come true, and Jason is well on his way. A fun and inspiring listen, not to be missed.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:55am PDT

Reginald L. Dunham had the unthinkable happen. He lost his son just shy of his 19th birthday. Dunham channeled his loss into the book From the Heart of a Grieving Father. That lead to the establishment of the Remi'D Foundation, which counsels businesses, organizations and individuals on coping with loss and dealing with all the stresses life provides. Dunham and his team are doing great things and were inspirational to talk to.

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Category:general -- posted at: 8:52am PDT

Everyone, at one point or another in his or her life, probably has a moment - however brief - that he or she believes they have an excellent idea for a board game. The Game Crafter makes that possible. We talked to Tavis Parker about how that goes from concept to business and the successful games they've helped to launch.

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Category:general -- posted at: 7:21am PDT

It's always a treat when we feel like our guests had as much fun as we do. The ladies of The Big Payoff had more fun than us during our recording ... and probably always. Rachel Bellow and Suzanne Muchin, best friend and business partners, share their expertise on their radio show and help startups find legs ... if they don't cut them out from under you first.

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:35pm PDT

Matt Scheckner if the founder of Stillwell Partners and Executive Director of Advertising Week. We talk about the current state of marketing, the growth of Advertising Week and Dave Grohl ... a lot of celebrities actually. Matt's kind of a big deal.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:29am PDT

The old joke goes that in a survey, people ranked public speaking ahead of dying as their biggest fears. They'd rather die than speak in public. Turns out, there's no truth to that joke. Lisa Braithwaite tells us that's false, but shares the truths of public speaking on this episode of the Heart of Business.

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:54am PDT

Bend Your Ears & Listen to FlexJobs' Sara Sutton Fell

In today's new workforce, many find the need for jobs that leave a little wiggle room. Enter FlexJobs. Sara Sutton Fell was one of those people. When she was pregnant with her first child, she found it difficult to find work that was flexible, legitimate and in-line with her career aspirations. She sought to create a solution and FlexJobs was born (pun intended).

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:42am PDT

Calls To Action are an imperative part of any marketing campaign on any marketing channel. We invited the Section Editor for Hubspot's Marketing Blog, Ginny Soskey, to teach us all about them. Listen and learn! (How's that for a CTA?!)

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Category:general -- posted at: 9:03am PDT

Bobby Umar isn't necessarily a coach. Coach's guide you. Bobby tells you what to do. He's done TedX talks and speaks to all kinds of audiences. He's done marketing with Dove and comedy with Second City. Listen an hear Bobby talk ... he does it for a living.

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Category:general -- posted at: 11:10am PDT