The Retirement Trainer with Ed Siddell

building a budget

058: Building a Budget that Benefits You

It’s the holidays–and that means we’re gearing up for Black Friday deals, Christmas gifts, and more.  Giving (and receiving) gifts can be a whole lot of fun–but it’s also one of the easiest times of the year to overspend, rack up credit card debt, and make financial decisions that feel better in the moment than…
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Epcon Communities

057: How Epcon Communities Kept People Safe While Running an Essential Business

Nanette Pfister is the VP of Sales for Epcon Communities, a community planning company operating in 29 states across the country. They’re a hugely successful franchise business with over 150 corporate employees, and as a housing provider, they were an essential business over the course of the COVID-19 crisis. Today, Nanette joins the podcast to…
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Valley Central Bank

056: Why Community Banks Matter with Fred DeBiasi of Valley Central Bank

Today, we’re talking to Fred DeBiasi. He’s the CEO of Valley Central Bank, a community bank here in Ohio. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, he’s shifted his business model and worked to deliver a different kind of consumer experience in the face of a wide array of challenges.  In his words, Valley Central…
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Inflation Chart

055: Making Sense of Rising Inflation

We’re all living with inflation. We’re watching prices climb out of control, whether we’re at the grocery store or doing our holiday shopping. It’s everywhere. It’s hard not to notice that gas is up over $1.25 a gallon when you’re filling up the gas tank. So, as you watch your costs balloon, what can you…
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Financial Prepping

054: A Positive Perspective on Financial Prepping

In the last few years, we’ve all heard about preppers–people who have outfitted their basements with emergency supplies, like food and water. The fact that it’s suddenly become hard to find products like paper towels, toilet paper, and even bottled water has prompted this topic to rear its head all over again. But what if…
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053: How to Prepare for Rising Tax Debt and Inflation

Once again, the tax bill is coming–and the biggest asset for so many Americans, with the exception of their real estate, is a pre-tax retirement plan. This could be a 401(k), a 403(b), a thrift savings plan, an IRA, or something else.  And no matter what people say, their biggest expense is not healthcare–it’s taxes.…
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5 Steps To Starting Business Scaled

052: 5 Steps to Starting a New Business

Here at The Retirement Trainer, we’ve spent the last few months focused on giving back to small businesses. Along the way, you’ve been asking us two questions more than any other: “What’s most important as a business owner,” and “how can I start a new business of my own?” If you’re a small business owner…
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House For Sale King Flips

051: Making Sense of Real Estate Markets with King Flips, Core Ohio, and Muirfield Realty Partners

At the halfway point in 2021, the real estate markets continue to be as crazy as ever in almost every part of the country, with no signs of slowing down. There’s a good chance you’ve heard stories about someone’s house selling for a huge amount over the asking price to someone willing to pay cash.…
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Flip Kings Renovation

050: How The Flip Kings Are Keeping Up with the Construction Boom

Some people flip houses–others, like Rudy Tirado and Misty Linn, flip businesses. As the owners and founders of Flip Kings, they’ve not only flipped nearly 75 houses in two years– they’ve also built a big portfolio of ventures in Columbus, Ohio, including several bars and restaurants.  To make all this happen, they’re employing hundreds of…
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049: How Scholl’s Landscaping and Design is Navigating the Post-COVID Landscape

Scholl’s Landscaping and Design, located in Columbus, Ohio, was shut down for only a few weeks in March of 2020, but their journey back to any sort of “normal” has been a fascinating one. Despite significant success, they’re now facing issues including labor shortages, supply chain issues, and skyrocketing costs for materials. In today’s episode,…
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