• Don Eppich and Jessica Dorsett of Polito Eppich of Polito-Eppich CPAs and Business Advisors

    December 2, 2019

    It’s not too late to do tax planning!

    Well, it is coming up on the end of the year which means tax time is approaching. This week Richard is joined by Don Eppich and Jessica Dorsett of Polito-Eppich CPAs to discuss year-end tax planning for businesses and how the tax relief plan of 2017 has affected business and individual taxes.

    Polito-Eppich CPAs and Business Advisors specializes in accounting services for businesses generating revenues from $500k to $150 million a year. Polito-Eppich provides the highest quality forward planning services — giving businesses and high-net-worth individuals clear, actionable information that helps them achieve their goals. Their team has more than 100 years of collective business expertise, offering all the compliance, audit, tax, and other accounting services you expect from a top-notch CPA company.

    Beyond the Balance

    Polito Eppich helps you establish a clear path to your business goals, and empowers you to monitor progress every step of the way. Their approach — Beyond the Balance –applies a holistic, individualized plan to your accounting and tax situation. As a follow-up to the Strategic Planning process, they have developed a process whereby they take management through a quarterly review of operations. This review goes beyond a review of the enterprise’s financial statements. They work with their clients to develop critical success factors and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) applicable to the client’s business.

    Donald P. Eppich

    Donald P. Eppich, CPA, has been with the firm since September 1995. He graduated from the University of San Diego in 1985 with a BBA in Accounting. He has worked in private industry and public accounting and prefers the challenges and opportunities that public accounting has to offer.

    Jessica M. Dorsett

    Jessica M. Dorsett, CPA, began at Polito Eppich Associates LLP, after graduating from the University of San Diego with a bachelor’s in Accountancy in 2005. While her primary focus is managing the attest department, her experience does not stop there. She has had the privilege of working closely with the partners and managers in the firm in various areas of the practice including high-level tax and business consulting work.

    To learn more about Polito-Eppich CPAs listen to the show (below) and visit their website: politoeppich.com

  • Launch Factory CEO Brad Chisum Helping Entrepreneurs

    November 25, 2019

    Brad Chisum, CEO of Launch Factory in San DiegoRichard interviews Brad Chisum, CEO of Launch Factory, which recruits talented entrepreneurs and provides them with funding and incubation to help them start their businesses. They discuss the hurdles of starting a business and the unique approach the Launch Factor takes to help entrepreneurs.

    Launch Factory logoStartup businesses fail most frequently not due to the innovation of the idea — but due to the failure to manage the business side of the process. Launch Factory pairs entrepreneurs with founders who demonstrate that they are passionate about the idea and demonstrate that they can implement the plan through an intensive selection process. Next, Launch Factory supports the business and the founders with funding. Launch Factory operates as a hybrid between a business incubator and an investment firm, sinking $300,000 into startups to help the fledgling companies grow. The Launch Factory creates a roadmap for launching startups based on a process-driven approach.

    Brad knows what he is talking about. He is the former CEO and co-founder of Lumedyne Technologies, a MEMS Inertial Sensor company that was acquired by Google for $85 million. Prior to Lumedyne, Brad held engineering and management positions at the U.S. Space and Naval Warfare Defense Systems Command (SPAWAR), and with semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronics. Brad holds four patents and three degrees: an MBA from San Diego State University, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and B.S. in Mathematics from Southern Methodist University.

    To learn more about Launch Factory listen to the show (below) and visit their website: launchfactory.com

  • The Business of Cannabis with Michael Apstein Principal Founder of Primary Growth Partners

    November 18, 2019

    This week Richard talks with Michael Apstein, principal founder of Primary Growth Partners, about the business of cannabis. As one of the principal founders of Primary Growth Partners (PGP). Michael answers key questions about the future of the cannabis industry and the intricacies of investment in the cannabis industry.

    Say what you will, cannabis is a growing industry (no pun intended) in California and Michael Apstein is one of the leaders in delivering key business support to early stage through mid-market cannabis and CBD companies. Primary Growth Partners (PGP) fulfills mission critical roles for early stage through mid-market cannabis companies. As a hands-on stakeholder, PGP focuses on strategy, branding, marketing, operational readiness and efficiency, and legal and financial compliance. PGP further develops competitive advantage to grow successful brands, while mitigating execution risk within a highly regulated environment.

    To learn more about Primary Growth Partners listen to the show (below) and visit their website: wearepgp.com

  • Gene Locklear Celebrity Golf Tournament for the Training Center with Jim Tolbert, Garry Templeton, and Bob Chandler

    November 11, 2019

    The Gene Locklear Celebrity Golf Tournament supporting the Training Center had some of the greats in San Diego sports history playing in support of the Training Center. Jim Tolbert, Garry Templeton, and Bob Chandler sit down with Richard to discuss their careers and San Diego sports history.

    Richard also talks with Dan Biggs, Gene Locklear and Dennis Martinez about the Training Center and the work they do. Accommodating 50 men at a time, the Training Center helps men with substance abuse and transitions them from prison providing them with life skills to prepare them to be re-introduced into society. This year 140 golfer participated in the event raising money for the Training Center through the golf tournament, auction and silent auction.

    Dan Biggs
    Dan Biggs, Development Director of the Training Center explains the purpose of the center and the incredible support the tournament brings to the Training Center.

    Dan Biggs Interview

    Gene Locklear
    Gene Locklear is a full-blooded member of the Lumbee Indian Nation. Playing baseball and creating art has been his passions since he was a child. Gene played 10 years in the major leagues for the Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, and the New York Yankees. After baseball Gene concentrated on his art. He is one of the founding sponsors of the Celebrity Golf tournament for the Training Center.

    Gene Locklear Interview

    Dennis Martinez
    Dennis Martinez founded Training Center. A former professional skateboarder who knows personally about the problems with substance abuse he founded the Training Center to help men overcome their addictions as he has. He talks candidly with Richard about his journey and the great work the Training Academy is doing.

    For more information about the Training Center, you can visit their website here. Or call 619-327-5400 or email prisonlife@gmail.com.

    Dennis Martinez Interview

    Jim Tolbert
    Jim Tolbert is a former San Diego Charger. Playing with the team from 1966 to 1973. Jim talks about San Diego football and sports in San Diego.

    Jim Tolbert Interview

    Garry Templeton
    San Diego Padres Hall of Famer Garry Templeton probably needs no introduction. He’s the Padres only Silver Slugger at shortstop, and he still owns the best fielding percentage (.965) in franchise history at the position. He was both an All-Star and the team MVP in 1985. Templeton stands second only to Tony Gwynn among club leaders in games played (1,286), at-bats (4,512), hits (1,135) and doubles (195). He was a Silver Slugger when the team reached its first postseason — and World Series — in 1984, and a .324 hitter during that playoff run.

    Richard and Garry discuss Padres baseball (Richard’s favorite subject), Garry’s career with the Padres and how the game has changed since the time when he played and what he thinks for Fernando Tatis Jr. who could be his competition as the best Padres shortstop.

    Garry Templeton Interview

    Bob Chandler
    Long-time Padres announcer Bob Chandler goes into detail about the early days of the Padres, how Ray Kroc kept baseball in San Diego and the changes in the game. With lots of stories of his time with Jerry Coleman, Bob explains what it was like in the early days of Padres baseball. In his new book “Tales From the San Diego Padres Dugout” Bob shares his memories of the team.

    Bob Chandler Interview

    Listen to the entire show (below) and to learn more about the Training Center visit their website: sdtrainingcenter.org

  • Frontwave Credit Union Sponsors the O’side Turkey Trot

    November 4, 2019

    Frontwave Credit Union (formerly Pacific Marine Credit Union) is celebrating its 10th year as title sponsor of the O’side Turkey Trot on November 28th. Richard welcomes Bill Birnie, President and CEO of FrontWave Credit Union, and Todd Kern, Chief Marketing Officer of Frontwave Credit Union, to discuss Frontwave’s involvement in the community (it is much, much more than just sponsoring the Turkey Trot) the history of Frontwave Credit Union and the Turkey Trot.

    Frontwave Credit Union has a long and proud track record of doing right by its members. They started back in 1952 known as Camp Pendleton Federal Credit Union, and they served the financial needs of Marines, sailors, and civilian employees living in Southern California. Since then, they have changed their name a few times, most recently, to Frontwave Credit Union. Over nearly 70 years, they have evolved from serving military personnel to welcoming over 87,000 members worldwide, with 14 branch locations and international ATM access. Everyone living or working in San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties are now eligible to join. One thing that hasn’t changed — not even a little — is their commitment to the financial success of our members.

    In its 14th year, the O’side Turkey Trot is recognized as one of the Top Trots in the country by Runner’s World Magazine and the Los Angeles Times. It attracts visitors from 46 States and 460 cities. Come “move your feet before you eat” this Thanksgiving at Oceanside’s 14th Annual Frontwave Credit Union Turkey Trot 5M or 5K run/walk. Join one of the fastest-growing holiday traditions. Be sure to bring the whole family, as there will be runs or walks for everyone. The Event offers a costume contest, largest teams’ competition, fabulous live entertainment on the course, live runner tracking and finisher medals for all participants. Free digital photos also are provided registered finishers.

    Proceeds from the event benefit the Move Your Feet Before You Eat Foundation which is helping to solve the healthcare crisis one step at a time. In addition, the trot has raised over $340,000 for local non-profits that serve O’side residents.

    Register 3 or more people and receive the following discounts! Expires November 18!
    Save $6 for three registrations.
    Save $8 for four registrations.
    Save $10 for five registrations.
    Save up to $16 for 8 registrations.

    To learn more about Frontwave Credit Union and the O’side Turkey Trot listen to the show (below). To register for the O’side Turkey Trot visit their website: osideturkeytrot.com

  • Show Honored at San Diego Press Club Awards

    October 29, 2019

    For Immediate Release
    Contact: Richard Muscio
    (858) 967-6335

    2019 San Diego Press Club Award WinnerIt’s Your Business radio show honored at the San Diego Press Club Awards

    SAN DIEGO, Calif., November 6, 2019 – In its first year at The ANSWER San Diego (KCBQ) the radio show, It’s Your Business with Richard Muscio garnered five awards at the San Diego Press Club on October 29th. The show’s host Richard Muscio swept the Radio/Podcast: Specialty Reporting-Series category with first, second and third place awards for his series of shows focusing on tennis, professional tennis, and rise of professional women’s tennis.

    Richard’s first-place award was for his interview with Gerald Morazorati, former editor of The New York Times Magazine. Morazorati decided at age 54 to devote himself to becoming a competitive tennis player, virtually from scratch. Richard’s second-place award was for his interview with Beau Treyz, a former Big Ten doubles champion, who shares his passion for sports with a podcast focusing on why athletes to what they do. Richard’s in-depth interview with tennis player Julie Heldman, one of the Original 9 responsible for the professional women’s ten association at the time of the Battle of the Sexes tennis match brought home the third-place award.

    Also, Richard Muscio was awarded a third-place award in the Radio/Podcast: Talk/Interview/Call-in Program category for his interview with Michael Franzese, former caporegime of the Colombo mafia crime family, who is now a well-known speaker in the born-again Christian community. Franzese also works with college athletes to educate them about the dangers of gambling and sports betting.

    Guest host Joe Vecchio was honored with a second-place award in the Radio/Podcast: Talk/Interview/Call-in Program category for his interview with veteran CBS newsman and former nightly news anchor Scott Pelley.

    This an impressive achievement for a radio show in its first year. The San Diego Press Club Awards are the region’s largest competition for local journalists in print, broadcast, and online media with nearly 1,000 entries each year.

    You can listen to these award-winning interviews and It’s Your Business with Richard Muscio radio shows by visiting iybusiness.com. Richard Muscio is available for interviews and can be reached at (858) 967-6335. It’s Your Business with Richard Muscio radio show airs live on Sundays at 9:00 AM (PST) on The ANSWER San Diego (KCBQ) FM 96.1 AM 1170 and on The Answer San Diego mobile app or where ever you stream podcasts.

    For more information visit TheANSWERSanDiego.com
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    Original Press Release

  • Dan Biggs and Michael Lazarus from Training Center

    October 28, 2019

    Richard welcomes Dan Biggs, Development Director, and Michael Lazarus, Program Manager, of Training Center in San Diego to discuss the work of Training Center in substance abuse treatment and helping men transition back into society. Their annual Gene Locklear Celebrity Golf Tournament on November 4th held at the Rancho Bernardo Inn Golf Center helps to support their successful work. They talk about the wonderful work of Training Center and the golf tournament.

    This year the Gene Locklear Celbrity Golf Tournement on November 4th will honor former San Diego shortstop Garry Templeton. Title sponsor of the tournament is Serving USA which brings hope and change to prisoners, women in recovery and military veterans. Serving USA supports a network of exceptional partner organizations with funding and other management resources to create, enhance and expand high-quality, evidence-based, transformational programs.

    Founded by world champion skateboarder Dennis Martinez, Training Center was established in 2005. It is a California State licensed facility recognized nationwide as a highly effective drug and alcohol treatment center for men transitioning back into society. It meets all state and federal requirements for mandated rehabilitation parolees as well as the individuals coming from the street.

    To learn more about Training Center listen to the show (below) and visit their website: sdtrainingcenter.org

  • Marco Li Mandri, President of New City America, and Driving Force Behind Little Italy

    October 21, 2019

    Marco Li Mandri joins Joe Vecchio to discuss the development, growth, and success of the Little Italy region of San Diego and similar developments around the country.

    Marco Li Mandri has been involved in business district revitalization efforts since 1988. As a former President of a Business Improvement District, Marco entered the BID arena as a stakeholder first, and later as a professional consultant.

    In 1995, Marco formed New City America, a company dedicated to the formation and administration of Business Improvements Districts and Community Benefit Districts in California. Since that time, New City America has spun off a new corporation named New City Public Spaces which advising on the creation of smaller public spaces, management of public spaces and all things related to district placemaking. New City America has, in the last 15 years, established itself as the premier company dedicated to business districts and mixed use revitalization throughout the country.

    Since 1996, New City America has established 82 BIDs, Community Benefit Districts, Business Improvement Districts, and Tourism Improvement Districts. New City America is currently under contract or has recently been under contract to manage or form 10 new districts in the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, San Diego, New Bedford MA, Somerville MA, New York City and many others pending on the east coast.

    A graduate of UCSD, Marco and his wife Laura live in the San Diego community of Kensington.

    To learn more about New City America and San Diego Little Italy listen to the show (below) and visit their website: newcityamerica.com
    or littleitalysd.com

    Two Italians talking with their hands on radio

  • Vidal Espinosa Bringing Mexican Business Entrepreneurs to the USA

    October 14, 2019

    Vidal Espinosa discusses how owners of businesses in Mexico go about also becoming entrepreneurs in the USA, and his non-profit’s efforts to assist students from Mexico to become entrepreneurs.

    Vidal Espinosa, MBA, followed in his father’s footsteps to become an accountant and entrepreneur. In addition to running an accounting firm that focuses on Latino businesses and businesses trying to cross the Mexico-U.S. border, he co-founded the Invictus Advisors Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps new business owners and start-ups with financial, marketing and growth coaching needs. Managing a portfolio of over 100 clients, with total assets over $10,000,000 he has lead the organization to open multiple offices throughout the United States and Mexico, increased its annual budget from $25,000 per year to over half a million dollars per year and tripled their office space. As a self-made author, entrepreneur and business owner he understands what it takes to start and run a business effectively.

    To learn more about Invictus Advisors Foundation listen to the show (below) and visit their website: invictus-advisors.com

  • Multifamily Housing in San Diego with Savvas Morinos

    October 7, 2019

    San Diego Real Estate Specialist Savvas MorinosRichard welcomes Savvas Morinos, a long-time friend and expert in multi-family housing for an interesting discussion about housing in San Diego, the future of housing for young San Diegans and the effect of SB-14 on the San Diego rental market (along with just a little sports talk thrown in on the side.)

    Savvas Marinos is an investment real estate specialist with Colliers International, providing due diligence support, property marketing, and valuation to his clients. His primary focus is multi-family and hotel properties. Savvas has brokered investment transactions in excess of $850,000,000, including more than 8,000 multi-family units valued in excess of $500,000,000. He has been honored by Colliers as a top producer and has received many Career Best performance awards. Savvas has provided service excellence to a long list of clients including Archstone-Smith, Home Savings of America, Pacific Scene, Inc., Pardee Construction Company, So Cal Development, Inc., and Watt Development, LTD., The Wolff Companies.

    Colliers International has three San Diego Region offices located in Carlsbad, UTC, and Scripps Ranch. They feature more than 100 commercial real estate professionals dedicated to creating strategic partnerships with our clients through brokerage, real estate management and advisory services.

    To learn more about San Diego housing, listen to the show (below)