Jim Blasingame

Associated Expert

Biography

Jim Blasingame is one of the world’s foremost thought-leaders on Main Street business and entrepreneurship. He’s a prolific business analyst and marketplace futurist whose career has spanned over half a century. Jim has received national, international, and industry recognition for excellence in all facets of his work.

Consulting, Coaching, Mentoring, Whispering

Executives know the problems in front of them. Jim helps them see and connect the implications of both challenges and opportunities coming at them from over the horizon.

For four decades, Jim has coached executives on how to get out of their own way. His perennial specialty is helping CEOs stay focused on performance fundamentals. Most recent efforts include helping businesses make the transition to a post-pandemic marketplace, which must be heavily focused on digital transformation.

In his reporting, speaking and writing, including books, columns and essays, Jim has a record of thought-leadership and forecasting of market trends, behaviors, and intersections of business and society.

Jim’s multi-faceted career has spanned an unprecedented acceleration in the velocity of change. He’s looking forward to sharing what he’s learned with the business leaders who turn to AHC Group for answers.

Corporate Governance and Operation Focuses

Jim helps business leaders transition from a 10,000-year-old analog world to the digital dimension, especially addressing 21st-century digital ethics. He says the current era is a moment that has never happened in the history of humanity. “In less time than the span of a professional career, we’ve transitioned from analog to digital leverage.” This transition has impacted all facets of business (employer) and life (employee/customer).

Jim’s work focuses on the urgent imperative to establish digital trust as an immutable, non-negotiable ideal. Digital trust is the foundation of ethics in this speed-of-light modern age.

As a bilingual translator between Big Business and small business, Jim helps large firms communicate and work more cooperatively with Main Street business customers and vendors—especially now, in the post-pandemic economy.

On sustainability, Jim says, “We must be devoted to combining economic reality—symbiosis = profits—with current and future innovation and regulation over a timeline where sustainability primes ideology. We don’t have to kill the Golden Goose to save the planet.”

Media Leadership and Pioneering

Jim is president and founder of Small Business Network, Inc., a media company dedicated to serving the Main Street economy with valuable, multimedia content.

Jim is the creator and award-winning host of The Small Business Advocate® Show, which for over 23 years was the world’s only weekday radio talk show dedicated to small business. Over this span of time he conducted more than 1,000 live interviews annually (four a day) with his Brain Trust, the world’s largest community of business experts, policymakers, and entrepreneurs. In addition to a national radio audience, beginning in January 1998, Jim added worldwide listeners through the Internet simulcast of his show. Considered the pioneer of podcasting, Jim was simulcasting and archiving five years before the term was coined.

Writing Syndication

As a syndicated columnist, Jim has contributed to newspapers and magazines in the U.S. and Canada for over 20 years. Plus, he’s been a long-term regular contributor to online publications, including Forbes.com, American City Business Journals, Open.com, Manta.com, and Nasdaq.com. Jim has written over 1,500 articles and essays on all facets of the marketplace and business leadership, from formation to growth to divesting.

His own publication, The Small Business Advocate NEWSLETTER, has been published every week since November 1999.

Award-Winning Author

Jim is the author of four books, which have sold over 300,000 copies combined. The last two have won seven international awards. One international book award panel dubbed Jim “the O. Henry of business books.”

For a sample of his writing, the following two timely essays are available as free downloads:

Keynote Speaking

As a high-energy keynote speaker, Jim has addressed audiences from Wall Street to Main Street in the U.S. as well as abroad. His current topics focus on how to achieve and maintain relevance in the Age of the Customer, and how to be successful in the 21st-century while being devoted to digital ethics and civility.

Corporate Background

Beginning with multi-year tenures at Sears and Xerox, Jim has a half-century track record of working closely with American corporations in sales, management, and executive leadership, often at the C-suite level, including:

  • American Express
  • Bloomberg
  • Comcast
  • FedEx
  • General Motors
  • Hyatt
  • Insperity
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • AMD
  • NASCAR
  • Office Depot
  • Wall Street Journal
  • Wells Fargo
  • Western Union

Jim has also provided counsel and support for several federal government entities and national/international trade groups, Including:

  • U.S. Small Business Administration
  • SCORE
  • Women’s Business Centers
  • Federal Reserve
  • Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • AmCham (International)
  • Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council
  • National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
  • National Taxpayers Union
  • The Latino Coalition

Awards and Recognition

For his leadership, Jim has received significant national awards and recognition, including:

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration recognized Jim as the Small Business Journalist of the Year (2002).
  • The Association of Small Business Development Centers recognized Jim with the Champion of Small Business Development Award.
  • Talkers magazine recognized Jim as one of the most important talk show hosts in America.
  • FORTUNE Small Business magazine recognized Jim as one of the 30 most influential small business experts in the U.S.
  • The New York Enterprise Report honored Jim with their Small Business Advocate Award.
  • Jim’s last two books have won a total of seven international awards.

Other Experience

Jim has been a Rotarian for over 30 years, is an ardent supporter of Chambers of Commerce, and taught an adult Sunday School class for more than three decades.

Upon graduating from the University of North Alabama in January 1972, Jim was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and a Distinguished Military Graduate. He was proud to wear the uniform of the U.S. Army for 15 years before resigning his commission at the rank of captain. He is a licensed pilot with instrument and multi-engine ratings.

Paul Grondahl
Jim Blasingame


The 3rd Ingredient
The 3rd Ingredient

The Age of the Customer
The Age of the Customer

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