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Running a business without a formal education

Running a Business Without a Formal Education

Erik Vega is unique among our clients. As the owner of R.E. Burke Roofing and Sheet Metal, he routinely works with union employees for commercial...

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How to implement profit first strategies into your business

How to Implement Profit First Strategies into Your Business

Ron Saharyan is a co-founder of Profit First Professionals. Based on the book by Mike Michalowicz, Profit First is a methodology for running a...

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Finding the Right People in Business

Finding The Right People In Business

There’s always a fine balance between modernizing and keeping what people love when you own a family business. On this episode have on Mike Hagi to...

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Finding Your Ideal Customer With Rob Stoner and Mike Sokolski

Do you have trouble finding your ideal customer? This week, we have on Rob Stoner and Mike Sokolski, co-owners of Horizon Managed Services, to talk...

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The Power Of Referrals

The best marketing technique also happens to be free: word of mouth is one of THE greatest ways to spread the word and gain new business. That said,...

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Running A Woman Owned Business With Sue Dickson

This week we have small business owner, Sue Dickson on. We talked about a variety of topics including how to take advantage of a local workforce...

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Setting up your Chiropractic Business for Growth

You want your chiropractic business to grow, but how? You can’t just *find* more patients, right? We had Jeff Turnbull on to talk about the best way...

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Running a Multi-restaurant business

Running a multi-restaurant business

Family-owned restaurants are common in our industry. What isn’t common is the success Dino Katris has had managing multiple restaurants as the...

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Introducing: Blood, Sweat & Business

A business needs to grow – but no two businesses grow the same way. Welcome to the Blood, Sweat & Business podcast with Eric Joern and John...

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Eric Joern

Eric Joern

Eric is a graduate of Columbia College of Missouri with a degree in accounting and joined the firm in 2013. He is a licensed CPA and a key business advisor at Kaizen. Coming from generations of entrepreneurs, small business is in his blood.

He has spent his working career getting his hands dirty with concrete, increasing profits and efficiency, managing an automotive service department, and currently is a key resource for many small business owners. Eric is currently the lead on our Automotive concentration, with years of experience as an Automotive Service Advisor and connections in the industry to better serve his clients.

Eric enjoys live music, working with his hands, and spending time outdoors with his wife and their two pooches. A big fan of the Chicago Bears, Cubs, Bulls, and Blackhawks, he jumps at the chance to catch ‘em live and in person when he can.

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John Chiappetta

John is a graduate of Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul in Chicago, IL. In 2003, John purchased a small tax practice in Antioch IL. He continued his entrepreneurial adventure, purchasing and merging with multiple accounting firms, and in 2022, merged his firm with Kaizen CPAs + Advisors. John has predominantly focused on tax planning and compliance. He also has his CFP® and is a licensed financial representative. John enjoys helping clients plan for a healthy financial future.

John enjoys spending time with his family. His wife Helen also has the entrepreneurial spirit, running a family diner in Antioch, IL. John and Helen have two children, Nico and Gianna. On John’s days off, he likes playing pickleball, golf, and the occasional pickup game of football. John appreciates Kenosha’s lakefront and frequently takes long walks on the beach. (He takes some amazing pics of the sunrises over Kenosha’s HarborPark!)