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Are you an entrepreneur with a story to tell?

Stuck on a hamster wheel watching other entrepreneurs around you crushing it?

You can grow your business and enjoy the journey, and we can help! If you’d like Glenn and Julie to coach you live on the podcast, submit your request today.

ABOUT

Inspiring entrepreneurs with the why, the how, the shortcuts and the value add to build the lifestyle and business you enjoy.

Being an entrepreneur can be lonely.

It’s easy to find yourself on a hamster wheel, unsure of how to move forward. Empowering Entrepreneurs is a podcast series dedicated to building a community of entrepreneurs who are empowered to enjoy their journey.

Learning from others provides inspiration. Our goal is to provide insights on the why, the how, the shortcuts, and the value add that so many entrepreneurs wish they had identified at the onset of their journey.

Running a business can be a grind if you don’t have the tools and shortcuts to clear the hurdles that pop up along the way. We know because we’ve been there. Harper & Company CPAs Plus is an accounting firm that was ‘run’ as an accounting firm until 4 years ago. We had that ‘aha’ moment that shifted our mindsets to become entrepreneurs who build a business that we enjoy. In that time, our business has doubled in both profit and revenue, and our entire firm loves the advisory and consulting work they do and the clients we serve.

Our mission is to share systems and shortcuts with other entrepreneurs while building a community for every business owner to learn, grow, and be inspired.

Empowering Entrepreneurs is a podcast dedicated to providing actionable value and proven shortcuts to entrepreneurs that help them build a business and lifestyle they enjoy.

Join us to hear ‘aha’ moments, lessons learned, shortcuts, and actionable advice for entrepreneurs in every industry and geography.

Meet the Hosts

Glenn Harper

Glenn Harper is a serial entrepreneur who is passionate about empowering other entrepreneurs. As the co-host of Empowering Entrepreneurs, he is also a CPA and the owner of Harper & Company CPAs Plus as well as a national public speaker.

Glenn was recently named to Accounting Today’s 2022 MP Elite as one of the top 10 Managing Partners in the country, and his firm, Harper & Company CPAs Plus, was the 2021 winner of the prestigious Luca Award.

His superpower is teaching entrepreneurs how to build operational excellence into their businesses and scale to create the lifestyle they love. From freelancers to large companies, Glenn consults with clients on their specific business and lifestyle goals to get them off the hamster wheel and in control of their business growth.

Outside of work, Glenn is a devoted Buckeyes fan and loves golfing, fishing, hiking, cooking, and spending time with his three children- Austen, Riley, and Megan.

Julie Smith

Julie Smith is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for helping business owners create a vision and plan for what needs to be done to grow their business. Co-founder and co-host of Empowering Entrepreneurs, she is also the Practice Manager for Harper & Company CPAs Plus, national public speaker, and partner in Sulit Consulting.

She was named CPA.com’s 2021 Innovative Practitioner of Year, and her firm, Harper & Company CPAs Plus, was the 2021 winner of the prestigious Luca Award.

Her superpower is teaching people how to get out of their own way so they can successfully execute change, build positive cultures, and move their businesses forward.

Julie has 2 beautiful daughters, Ella and Avery, that she enjoys spending time with in addition to traveling, sporting events, and running. And, if all of this is not enough to keep her busy, she is also working on her first book.

Empowering Ideas

Entrepreneurs love shortcuts. They love success. This is where you’ll find ideas to inspire your journey.

Maura Giannobile – The Home + Haven Co

Maura Giannobile – The Home + Haven Co

Episode Transcription 00:00:00 - Glenn Hello, everybody. Welcome again to another edition of the Empowering Entrepreneurs Harper and Company with I'm Glenn Harper. Julie Smith. How's it going? 00:00:07 - Julie You know, it got cold real fast. I'm ready to get out of...

Seek Your Mentor

Seek Your Mentor

Episode Transcription 00:00:00 - Glenn Hello everyone. Welcome to another edition of Empowering Entrepreneurs Podcast. I'm Glenn Harper. 00:00:04 - Julie Julie Smith. 00:00:05 - Glenn What's up Julie? How are things? 00:00:07 - Julie Hey, you know, they're going...

Michael Flinner and Jack Tucker from Seamless Logistics

Michael Flinner and Jack Tucker from Seamless Logistics

Episode Transcription Glenn: Hello, everybody. Welcome to another edition of Empowering Entrepreneurs. I'm Glenn Harper. Glenn: Julie Smith. Glenn: What's up, Julie? Julie: How's it going? It's getting cold out. There. Glenn: It is. I didn't have I had a real coffee...

Ernie Villany from Boulder Valley CPAs

Ernie Villany from Boulder Valley CPAs

Episode Transcription 00:00:00 - Glenn Welcome, everybody. Another edition of Empowering Entrepreneurs. I'm Glen Harper. 00:00:03 - Julie I'm Julie Smith. 00:00:04 - Glenn What's up, Julie? How are things today? 00:00:05 - Julie Hey, things are good. It's about to...

The law that could affect your 1099-K and your 2022 tax bill

The law that could affect your 1099-K and your 2022 tax bill

It has become a de facto standard, a lot of us do it. Over the past few years, apps like PayPal, Venmo, CashApp, and Zelle have made it easy and convenient to pay and accept payments for personal and business transactions.  Until 1/1/22… It wasn’t required for...

The Firm Champion™

The Firm Champion™

The crucial role every business needs to get to the next level Every business owner starts their journey with a sense of passion and purpose. It’s both exciting and terrifying. An emotional roller coaster that climbs up a steep hill and plunges down the other side,...

Shelton & Associates: From traditional CPA firm to entrepreneurs

Shelton & Associates: From traditional CPA firm to entrepreneurs

Wayne Shelton and Ryan Conn of Shelton & Associates, CPA, PLLC are having too much fun to slow down. While fun might not be the first adjective you think of when it comes to your CPA, these entrepreneurs have it figured out. By shifting their mindset, narrowing...

Shawn Parikh – An Entrepreneur in Two Countries

Shawn Parikh – An Entrepreneur in Two Countries

Shawn Parikh of Entigrity and myCPE will tell you that entrepreneurship is his destiny. But listening to his story you will find that it wasn’t all just fate. His success on 2 continents has been nurtured by belief in himself, a vision for something more, a desire to...

3 Common Roadblocks for Entrepreneurs and How to Avoid Them

3 Common Roadblocks for Entrepreneurs and How to Avoid Them

Over the years, my team and I have worked with thousands of entrepreneurs. We’ve seen light bulbs turn on and have witnessed many ‘aha’ moments.  And frankly, that’s almost magical.  We’ve even had people come to us with business ideas they are over the top...

The Entrepreneurial Success Formula

The Entrepreneurial Success Formula

Have you downloaded your free copy of our new eBook yet? The Entrepreneurial Success Formula will help you learn how to avoid managing your business from your bank account. Follow these simple strategies to move from “doing” business to “growing” your business....

Leading into the headwind of change

Leading into the headwind of change

Did you know that pilots prefer to take off into a headwind? In short, it helps them achieve ‘wheels up’ faster because they don’t have to gain as much ground speed. Change is a headwind in business, and strong leaders don’t just embrace it…they run straight into it...

Two Secrets Every Entrepreneur Needs To Know

Two Secrets Every Entrepreneur Needs To Know

Late last year, we were honored to have a seat on stage at Thomson Reuters’ Synergy conference.  We had the opportunity to share what we were doing as a firm to help our clients be successful so that other firms could learn and be inspired. What stands out most...

Do you think there is a difference between a boss and a leader?

Do you think there is a difference between a boss and a leader?

By Julie Smith and Adam Tarnow That was the question we found ourselves discussing recently. It’s a challenging question and at first, we thought this might just be one of those questions that would be fun to debate during a happy hour with your colleagues. Like, “is...

How do entrepreneurs know they are going to succeed?

How do entrepreneurs know they are going to succeed?

By Glenn Harper and Kyle Morris This is a question we found ourselves discussing recently. Kind of like, why do you just know that even if Tom Brady’s team is down by 2 points with a minute to go, he is going to drive the ball down the field to kick a field goal. Or,...

The Unexpected Entrepreneur

The Unexpected Entrepreneur

Paul David Thompson of WinCore Invest didn’t grow up dreaming of building a business. In fact, after college, he went to work as an engineer in corporate America, where he had a secure ‘9 to 5’ with a consistent paycheck.  Starting out as an individual...

Get out of your own way

Get out of your own way

It’s this simple: you have to believe in yourself and believe in those around you. Of the hundreds of entrepreneurs I’ve worked with in my career, there is a common denominator for every one of them who has staying power and who grows his or her business. They know...