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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.

Unlocking the Power of Executive Services with Gina Cotner

Unlocking the Power of Executive Services with Gina Cotner

Episode Transcription Glenn Harper [00:00:00]: Hello, everyone. Welcome to another edition of the Empowering Entrepreneurs podcast. I'm Glenn Harper. Julie Smith [00:00:04]: Julie Smith. What's going Glenn Harper [00:00:05]: on, Julie? No coffee today? Julie Smith...

Mastering Franchise Investment with Jon Ostenson

Mastering Franchise Investment with Jon Ostenson

Episode Transcription Glenn Harper [00:00:00]: Hello, everyone. Welcome to another edition of the Empowering Entrepreneurs podcast. I'm Glenn Harper. Julie Smith [00:00:04]: Julie Smith. Glenn Harper [00:00:05]: How are you doing, Julie? You don't have any coffee over...

Maria Maldonado Smith: From Miss Kentucky to CEO

Maria Maldonado Smith: From Miss Kentucky to CEO

Episode Transcription Glenn Harper [00:00:00]: Hello, everybody. Welcome to another edition of the Empowering Entrepreneurs podcast. I'm Glenn Harper. Julie Smith [00:00:04]: Julie Smith. Glenn Harper [00:00:05]: What's going on, Julie? Julie Smith [00:00:06]: You...

Sena Wheeler, Founder of Sena Sea

Sena Wheeler, Founder of Sena Sea

Episode Transcription Glenn Harper [00:00:00]: Hello, everybody. Welcome to another edition of the Empowering Entrepreneurs podcast. I'm Glenn Harper. Julie Smith [00:00:04]: Julie Smith. Glenn Harper [00:00:05]: No coffee today. Julie Smith [00:00:07]: I know. They...

Announcing PureTax, LLC

Announcing PureTax, LLC

Episode Transcription Glenn Harper [00:00:00]: Hello, everybody. Welcome to another edition of Empowering Entrepreneurs podcast. I'm Glenn Harper. Julie Smith [00:00:04]: Julie Smith. Glenn Harper [00:00:05]: And this episode is brought to you by PureTax, another...

Dan Gomer: The Educator’s Path to Real Estate Mastery

Dan Gomer: The Educator’s Path to Real Estate Mastery

Episode Transcription Glenn Harper [00:00:00]: Well, hello, everybody. Welcome to another edition of the Empowering Entrepreneurs podcast. I'm Glenn Harper. Julie Smith [00:00:04]: I'm Julie Smith. Glenn Harper [00:00:05]: What's going on, Julie? Julie Smith...

Resilience and Results with CapForge’s Matt Remuzzi

Resilience and Results with CapForge’s Matt Remuzzi

Episode Transcription Glenn Harper [00:00:00]: Well, hello, everybody. Welcome to another edition of the Empowering Entrepreneurs podcast. I'm Glenn Harper. Julie Smith [00:00:04]: I'm Julie Smith. Glenn Harper [00:00:05]: What's going on, Julie? Julie Smith...

How Terry Kim of NexGenT is Empowering Tomorrow’s IT Leaders

How Terry Kim of NexGenT is Empowering Tomorrow’s IT Leaders

Episode Transcription Glenn Harper [00:00:12]: Welcome to another edition Empowering Entrepreneurs podcast. I'm Glenn Harper. Julie Smith [00:00:18]: I'm Julie Smith. Glenn Harper [00:00:19]: What's going on, Julie? Julie Smith [00:00:19]: Well, I'm having a bad hair...

Chase Birky from Dark Horse CPA

Chase Birky from Dark Horse CPA

Episode Transcription Glenn Harper [00:00:00]: Hello, everyone. Welcome to another edition of the Empowering Entrepreneurs podcast. I'm Glenn Harper. Julie Smith [00:00:04]: Julie Smith. Glenn Harper [00:00:05]: Listen. This is a a later recording today, so I got a...

Amazon Expert Mike Begg’s Entrepreneurial Journey

Amazon Expert Mike Begg’s Entrepreneurial Journey

Episode Transcription Glenn Harper [00:00:00]: Hello, everyone. Welcome to another edition of an Empowering Entrepreneurs podcast. I'm Glenn Harper. Julie Smith [00:00:04]: Julie Smith. Glenn Harper [00:00:05]: What's going on, Julie? Julie Smith [00:00:06]: You know,...

How Mike Jesowshek Built a Successful Cloud-Based Accounting Firm

How Mike Jesowshek Built a Successful Cloud-Based Accounting Firm

Episode Transcription Glenn Harper [00:00:00]: Hello, everybody. Welcome to another edition of Empowering Entrepreneurs podcast. This is Glenn Harper. Julie Smith [00:00:04]: Julie Smith. Glenn Harper [00:00:05]: What's up, Julie? Julie Smith [00:00:06]: Hey. Nothing....

Chad Brown, Leadership Coach – Not Your Typical Leadership Guru

Chad Brown, Leadership Coach – Not Your Typical Leadership Guru

Episode Transcription Glenn Harper 00:00:0000:00:06 Hello, everyone. Welcome to another edition of Empowering Entrepreneurs. I'm Glenn Harper and Julie Smith. What's going on, J ulie? Julie Smith 00:00:0600:00:08 Hey, you know, it's an exciting day here. Glenn Harper...

Sales Maven Nikki Rausch

Sales Maven Nikki Rausch

Episode Transcription Glenn Harper 00:00:0000:00:16 Hello, everyone. Welcome to another edition of empowering pod entrepreneurs podcast. This is Glenn Harper. Julie Smith. Sup, Julie? Living the dream with my coffee, I guess. Well, it is a -- And a cough drop. It is...

Ready for school to start again?

Ready for school to start again?

That particular ‘s’ word can bring up a myriad of emotions. Maybe it feels like summer just started. Or maybe you’re counting down the hours until the squabbling stops and you can return to “normal”. No matter how you’re feeling right now, the summer will eventually...

It’s never too late

It’s never too late

Some people are born knowing their passion.  But for the vast majority of us, finding what we love is a journey.   For Pamela Katz, her journey to entrepreneurship is full of twists and turns.  An adventurer at heart, she tried several different...

Michael Hsu from DeepSky and The Measure X Hack Method

Michael Hsu from DeepSky and The Measure X Hack Method

Episode Show Notes On this episode of Empowering Entrepreneurs, Glenn and Julie invite special guest Michael Hsu to share his journey as a successful entrepreneur. Michael emphasizes the importance of learning from successful individuals who have already navigated...

Epic Episodes Are Coming to the Empowering Entrepreneurs Podcast

Epic Episodes Are Coming to the Empowering Entrepreneurs Podcast

We're thrilled to announce a new series on the Empowering Entrepreneurs podcast: Epic Episodes. As the name suggests, these aren't your average podcast episodes. They're epic, and they're about to change your business game. What Makes an Episode "Epic"? First, it's...

Turning Pain into Comfort: The CBD Business Journey with Pamela Katz

Turning Pain into Comfort: The CBD Business Journey with Pamela Katz

Episode Transcription Glenn Harper 0:00:00 Hello, everybody. Welcome another edition of Empowering Entrepreneurs Podcast. This is Glenn Harper, Julie Smith. What's up, Julie? Julie Smith 0:00:06 Hey. Julie Smith 0:00:07 It looks like you survived another tax season....

Going All In: From side hustle to full-time entrepreneur

Going All In: From side hustle to full-time entrepreneur

Everyone’s entrepreneurial journey is unique.  Some business owners are serial entrepreneurs, constantly growing one business before moving on to the next.  Some entrepreneurs started at a young age and have never been a W-2 employee.  And some make the...

How finding a JULIE™ can transform your business

How finding a JULIE™ can transform your business

Several years ago Glenn Harper was running Harper & Company like many other CPA firms. The business was filled with accountants. Tax season was their bread and butter. He was doing business. Fast forward to today, and his CPA firm has transitioned to more advisory...

Entrepreneurship: A Candid Conversation with Janel Sykora

Entrepreneurship: A Candid Conversation with Janel Sykora

Episode Transcription [0:00:00] Glenn Harper: Hello, everybody. Welcome to another edition of Empowering Entrepreneurs podcast. This is Glenn Harper, Julie Smith. What's up, girl? [0:00:06] Julie Smith: You know, just before we started recording, I was talking about...

The JULIE™

The JULIE™

Episode Transcription [0:00:00] Julie Smith: Welcome to another episode of Empowering Entrepreneurs podcast. Glenn, how are you? [0:00:04] Glenn Harper: I'm awesome. Glenn Harper here for all that you guys want to know. How you doing, julie good. [0:00:08] Julie...

Making your own way

Making your own way

A big part of the entrepreneurial journey is taking the road less traveled, forging your own way with your vision guiding you and your passion fueling you. But sometimes it’s about paving your own road.  Not every journey follows a conventional path.  It can...

Real Estate Entrepreneurship: Simply Do It with Dani Beit-Or

Real Estate Entrepreneurship: Simply Do It with Dani Beit-Or

Episode Transcription transcript (rough) Last updatejust nowbyBrett Johnson[0:00:00] Glenn Harper: Hello, everyone. Welcome to another edition of Empowering Entrepreneurs. I'm Glenn Harper. [0:00:04] Julie Smith: Julie Smith. [0:00:04] Glenn Harper: What's going on,...

From Building a Team to Setting Prices with Dr. Christopher H. Loo

From Building a Team to Setting Prices with Dr. Christopher H. Loo

Episode Transcription [0:00:00] Glenn Harper: Hello, everybody. It's Glenn Harper here. [0:00:02] Julie Smith: Julie Smith. [0:00:02] Glenn Harper: How'S it going? [0:00:03] Julie Smith: It's going well. I got my coffee there. [0:00:05] Glenn Harper: You're lucky I...

Rise and Shine: An Inspiring Conversation

Rise and Shine: An Inspiring Conversation

Isn’t the mountain top amazing? You can see for miles, the view is absolutely breathtaking, and you feel empowered and ready for anything. These are the moments we live for as entrepreneurs, the times when we can celebrate and everyone can celebrate with us. But if...

Stress Less: An Entrepreneur’s Untraditional Journey

Stress Less: An Entrepreneur’s Untraditional Journey

Stress is unavoidable. It’s the impetus to tackle that whole project when the deadline is coming up soon. But it can also be what paralyzes and creates task avoidance. The key is to find just the right balance. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Kelli...

What Entrepreneurs Lack but Need

What Entrepreneurs Lack but Need

Inspired by our recent podcast episode, ‘What Entrepreneurs Lack but Need,’ we wanted to dig a little deeper into what proactive trusted business advisors do for entrepreneurs. Your hats Being an entrepreneur often means wearing many hats.  When you first start...

What Entrepreneurs Lack, But Need

What Entrepreneurs Lack, But Need

Episode Transcription 00:00:06 - Glenn Hello, everybody. Welcome to another edition of Empowering Entrepreneurs Podcast. I'm Glen Harper. Julie Smith, what's going on? 00:00:06 - Julie Hey, you know, it's just another day. We switched up our day. So it's Friday, so it...

Top 3 Things An Entrepreneur Needs To Do In The New Year

Top 3 Things An Entrepreneur Needs To Do In The New Year

Episode Transcription [0:00:00] Glenn Harper: Hello, everyone. Welcome to another edition of Empowering Entrepreneurs. I'm Glenn Harper. [0:00:04] Julie Smith: Julie Smith. [0:00:05] Glenn Harper: What's up, Julie? [0:00:06] Julie Smith: You know, it got warm and now...

A Look Back: The First Year of the Empowering Entrepreneurs Podcast

A Look Back: The First Year of the Empowering Entrepreneurs Podcast

As we close out our inaugural year of the Empowering Entrepreneurs podcast, it's the perfect time to reflect on all that has happened in the past year. When we began this podcast, our goal was to bring actionable steps and shortcuts to entrepreneurs that would inspire...

The Year That Was

The Year That Was

Episode Transcription 00:00:00 - Glenn Hello, everyone. Welcome to another edition of Empowering Entrepreneurs. I'm Glen Harper. 00:00:06 - Julie Julie Smith. 00:00:06 - Glenn What's going on Julie? 00:00:07 - Julie Hey, you know, this has been a fun year for us....

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...