Episodes

October 18, 2021

Legal Considerations When Forming Your Business with Wesley Henderson

It's easy to skip to the fun stuff when starting a business like picking a name, or designing a logo and a website. But if you want to do things correctly, you need to consider the legal aspects of starting your business first. Particulars like whether to form your business as a Sole Proprietor, an LLC, or an S-Corporation. And how to do those things without spending an arm and a leg while maintaining a high degree of liability and legal coverage. Wesley Henderson has years of experience helping entrepreneurs do just that. He started Drafted Legal as an inexpensive online resource for startups with legal templates and guides to get you started off on the right foot. Listen to this episode to learn about the most important factors to consider when starting a business to help keep both you and your customers safe and happy on your path to success. Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/056

October 11, 2021

Overcoming Comparison and Imposter Syndromes

If you're just starting out as a COPreneur you might find yourself dealing with Comparison or Imposter Syndrome. Don't let these falsities hold you back from experiencing the success you deserve with your business. In this episode of the COPreneur Path Podcast, I'll share my personal story of Imposter and Comparison Syndrome and explain the underlying issue which can lead to these mindset challenges. And then I'm going to tell you exactly how you can overcome both of these debilitating mindsets barriers. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/055

October 04, 2021

Learning the Ropes: From Cop to CEO of a Venture-Backed Software Company with Ryan Schonfeld

Scaling your post-LEO business requires capital. What happens when the demand for your product or service outgrows the capital you have to fund operations? It may be time to seek investors. The process of seeking venture funding is a bit elusive and scary. In this episode, Ryan Schonfeld will share some of his lessons learned while growing his company, HiveWatch, through strategic investments. Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/054

September 27, 2021

Avoiding Catastrophe and Finding Success in Your Post-LEO Business with Mark Warren

Business ain't all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes things go wrong, terribly wrong - and the way you choose to respond to those challenges as a COPreneur sets the path for your success or demise. In this episode, Mark Warren of Strategos International shares with us some significant challenges that he and his business partner faced in the earlier days of their post-LEO company and how they navigated them successfully. This episode may help keep you from making some of the same mistakes. We also share some valuable resources you can tap into today to start preparing for or dialing in your post-LEO business. Mark's willingness to share his stories of struggle and perseverance shows that cops definitely have the resiliency and know-how to succeed in business. Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/053

September 20, 2021

Secrets to Growing Your Authority and Building Your Business Using LinkedIn with Joshua B. Lee

The most frequent question that comes up from podcast listeners and members of the LEO2CEO Community is, "How do I use LinkedIn effectively to grow my business?" Today, the "Dopamine Dealer" of LinkedIn himself, Joshua B. Lee of Standout Authority, is going to school us on how to make LinkedIn your go-to for customer nurture, leads, and market domination. This episode is more like a mini-course than it is a podcast episode. We cover so many golden nuggets that you may just hear more from Joshua in the future. Listen to the entire episode to get some of the best advice I've heard about how to leverage LinkedIn to grow your authority, your network, and your business. And be sure to check out Joshua's killer course on LinkedIn, The LinkedIn Authority Accelerator Masterclass. The insight from Joshua will absolutely help you, be sure to check it out. Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/052

September 13, 2021

Three Key Concepts To Consider When Launching A Post-Law Enforcement Business with Scott Savage

Scott Savage from Savage Training Group joins me on this episode to talk Copreneur. We go over his top three things to consider when planning and launching a business. There's probably a million points and things to think about, but these three are critical to your success. First, identify and be super clear about the problem you are solving. Next, become an expert or hire an expert to do the tasks a business requires. And finally, don't do the "fun stuff" first. Logos and those sorts of things can wait until after you've proven your business is viable. Listen to the entire episode to get some excellent insight from Scott on what you should be focusing on to get your business off the ground, it's a great conversation full of killer tips! Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/051

September 06, 2021

Coffee Talk - Starting a Business with Dan Spencer of Filthy Pirate Coffee

How many cops have had a terrible cup of coffee? I know I had more than my fair share. Today I'm chatting with Dan Spencer of Filthy Pirate Coffee. Dan is a four-year Marine veteran and a 20-year law enforcement veteran of the Tucson, Arizona Police Department. Dan not only started his coffee company to provide cops and first responders with a darn good cup of coffee (finally!) he gives generously back to the public safety community in a variety of ways. Listen to this episode where Dan and I talk about some of our favorite things: coffee, cops, and business. We swap a few stories and Dan shares some of his challenges and the hurdles he has overcome to build his successful post-law enforcement business. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com/copreneur-path/050

August 30, 2021

My Five Biggest Regrets As A COPreneur

We're making a bit of a shift and with season 2 of the podcast, the new COPreneur Path Podcast! This slightly different platform is actually in response to you, the listeners. I put out a survey a while back on LinkedIn and I surveyed some of you that I have direct contact with, and the response was a resounding, "Yes! We want a podcast that is focused specifically on the idea of copreneurship and the path from going from cop to copreneur, and becoming a successful post-LEO entrepreneur." So, what I want to do today to usher in this slightly new, slightly changed, or I should say more focused podcast is to talk to you about my five biggest regrets as a copreneur. Now I feel like the term regret is sort of a stronger word than I'd like to use here, because do I actually regret anything? No, I don't. I don't regret a single thing about my journey thus far. Everything that I have been through in both a positive and a negative has been ultimately for the positive. I don't regret a single thing, but are there things that I would like to go back and change or things that I wish that I knew before what I know now. And that's what this podcast has always been about. It's all about sharing with you my own journey and what I've learned along the way to help you be successful entrepreneurs. I'm hoping that by discussing these five biggest regrets of mine with you, that they too will be helpful. And they'll usher in this new chapter, this new season, this new era in the podcast that is now the COPreneur Path Podcast! Get all links, resources and show notes at https://leo2ceo.com

August 23, 2021

Career Change, Transition, and Development for Law Enforcement and First Responders

What happens when a law enforcement or first responder career comes to an end, whether through retirement, resignation or injury? What are the options for a new career or business? And how about the emotional, psychological and family impact of leaving? These are some of the tough questions we tackle during this episode. I'm talking with Tom Wheelhouse, a former member of the Metropolitan Police in London who now heads up Mightify as a specialist in career change. When it comes to transitioning from your work as a law enforcement or first responder professional, Tom and I both feel it's critical to help you see that there are positive options. It's also important to understand many of the real and perceived barriers can be broken down and there are a host of tool and resources available to help you thrive. We also touch on what agencies and employers can do to better support, develop, and retain their officers and staff. And because Tom is in the UK, we note a few of the differences and similarities between the UK and the US.This is a great conversation, be sure and listen! Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/048

August 16, 2021

How Video Can Help Your Business Make More Meaningful Connections with Customers

Video marketing can be an effective strategy for your business. But many brands and businesses either can't quite get it right, or get stuck and don't employ it at all. On this episode I'm chatting with video producer and fellow StoryBrand Guide John Wojtasek, and he's here to talk with us about the power of video in your businesses marketing, and why you should be leveraging video. Listen in, and you can walk away today with some tips on how to get started if you aren't already leveraging video. I get it if you haven't tapped into video yet, because it can be an overwhelming thing. John's also going to give us some tips on video best practices, what types of video to create, and where to share them for maximum benefit. Get all the links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/047

August 09, 2021

10 Things On Your Website That Are Killing Your Conversions

Your website is arguably the most important element of a successful post-law enforcement business. But if it's not dialed in correctly, your website can be a greater source of frustration than it is of quality leads. So many business owner's make the same mistakes on their website that only serve to kill conversions. In this solo episode I'm going to lay out for you the ten things I see regularly that are more likely to leave you feeling like your website is a waste of time and money than it is a valuable asset for your business. Fix these things, and I'm confident you'll see an increase of dollars in your bank account. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/046

August 02, 2021

How To Translate Your Law Enforcement Experience Into Business Skills

If you're a cop, I guarantee you've caught yourself wondering what you might do after your law enforcement career is over. In fact, you've probably wondered how your experience can possibly be translated into anything that is not directly law enforcement-related. In this episode Amanda Lewis is going to share with us some practical examples of how you can translate those skills effectively into a resume or with practical application towards growing your own business. Amanda is an investigator at Facebook and an active participant in helping cops transition into corporate security. She has carved out a bit of a niche for herself and being a natural at translating your experience in law enforcement to a corporate record. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/045

July 26, 2021

Skill Stacking for Business and Professional Growth

Do you feel like your business or career have become stagnant? Is your income failing to progress as rapidly as you'd like it to? Today on the Public Safety Innovators Podcast I am going to share with you why I think the concept of skill stacking is the trick to get yourself unstuck. The two habits I believe you need to build in order to get the most out of the skill stacking are first, set aside uninterrupted time every day and then you need to possess discernment. Listen in to this episode as I get real about how you can use skill stacking to get what you want out of your life, your business, and your career. I also share what I think are the four phases to growing a multi-million dollar business. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/044

July 19, 2021

The Importance of a Scientific Approach to Law Enforcement Training

Training and fine-tuning our skills is an important aspect of how to stay successful as a cop and a copreneur. In this episode, I'm talking with Robert Carlson from Brave Defender Training Group. Robert shares with me, why he thinks that a scientific approach to law enforcement training is paramount to achieving desired outcomes in real life scenarios. We'll also discuss Robert's copreneural journey, starting his own training business while still working full-time in law enforcement. And we also touch on how to create that Winning Mindset that will help assure you always come out on top. Another great conversation, check it out! Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/043

July 12, 2021

Are Jet-Powered Drones the Future of Public Safety?

Drones and drone technology are becoming a powerful tool within law enforcement and public safety. But what about jet powered drones? Today my guest is going to share with you his new and unique drone technology. Alex Taits is the founder of Fusion Flight in the inventor of a jet powered drone that can fly at speeds up to 250 miles per hour with a 60 mile range. Alex is going to tell us how he came up with the idea and what applications he sees for the public safety market. Listen in to this fascinating conversation. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/042

July 05, 2021

Financial Peace and Debt Freedom for Law Enforcement Professionals

What would it feel like to be debt free, to have no payments? To not have to work overtime just to pay the bills? Jason Hoschouer, aka MotorCop, joins me today to swap stories as we dive deep into entrepreneurship, personal finances, and debt freedom. You may know Jason from the MotorCop blog, The MotorCop Mindset, The Crossover Show and the Where's Your Emergency podcast. Jason is also a copreneuer, helping cops find financial freedom as a Dave Ramsey Certified Financial Coach Jason joined my exclusive LEO2CEO community several months ago so he could network with other copreneuers and receive expert coaching and business. During this episode, he's going to tell you all about how the last couple months have given him a new sense of clarity and direction in his business, and then share his best tips for crushing debt and living a life of financial peace. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/040

June 28, 2021

Public Safety to Private Security - A Copreneur's Journey

Fellow copreneur and member of the exclusive LEO2CEO community Rudy Hernandez joins me today. Rudy is the owner of Trinity Executive Solutions where he and his team offer bespoke private security solutions for companies. During our chat, Rudy will share how his background as a used car salesman has helped him develop his sales prowess as a business owner and how the LEO2CEO community has helped him grow as a copreneur. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/040

June 21, 2021

Siri and Alexa May Be the Next Big Threat to Officer Safety

This is hands down the wildest episode of the podcast yet. When I first met the guest for my show today, I was absolutely stunned by what he was telling me is in his opinion, the greatest new threat to officers. Greg Kaminski is a former law enforcement officer, a digital forensic examiner, and the founder and CEO of CyberCuff. He believes that voice activated devices, often referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT), are an emerging threat that law enforcement needs to quickly gain an awareness. If you too are skeptical about this idea, just as I was, take the time to listen in on this episode and then immediately take Greg up on his offer for a free virtual training event coming up in just a couple of weeks. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/039

June 14, 2021

The Changing Landscape of Digital Currency

Today we have a return guest on the show. In fact, Robert Whitaker was my guest for the very first episode. A lot has changed in the world of digital currency over the last nine months since Robert was on the show, he revisits us today to talk about where the industry is heading and what you need to be aware of as an investigator. You'll also get to learn more about Robert's own copreneur journey, as he shares some of his most valuable lessons transitioning from law enforcement into running a successful business. If you haven't already listened to my first interview with Robert, I highly suggest you go back and take a listen. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/038

June 07, 2021

Solving Mysteries in 3D Isn't Just for Star Trek Anymore

3D forensics next generation technology for the purpose of crime scene analysis and investigation is powerful. And three-dimensional virtual reality crime scene reconstruction is poised to change the future of criminal investigations. Eugene Liscio is a registered professional engineer in the province of Ontario, Canada, and is the owner of ai23d a consulting company that specializes in 3D forensic documentation analysis and visualizations. Eugene has testified in court in both the U.S. and Canada, utilizing 3d technologies, such as photogrammetry and laser scanning, and has also provided interactive 3D crime scene reconstructions to aid juries. Eugene shares with us how 3D crime reconstruction is being utilized, how your agency can begin to implement the technology and what he believes is in store for the near future. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/037

May 31, 2021

Why Are Firefighters Better Entrepreneurs Than Cops?

Drew Aversa is my guest on the show today. He is a former San Jose Firefighter who transitioned into full-time entrepreneurship after a devastating injury that was inflicted during a training incident. Drew is now a Business Consultant, Executive Coach, Keynote Speaker, and Corporate Trainer for his self-titled coaching business. Drew and I were having a conversation one day. I pointed out to him that I don’t think I’ve ever met a firefighter that didn’t have a side-hustle and I wondered why it was that firefighters were so well primed for entrepreneurship, yet cops seem to have a mental barricade. Our conversation after that was so good, we decided to jump on and record a podcast to discuss it further. Listen in on our conversation, because I am trying to create a paradigm shift within law enforcement and hope that you too will join me in that. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/037

May 24, 2021

New Scanner Technology Helps Bust Fake IDs With Marked Accuracy

How do you know that ID isn't a fake? In this episode, we are going to take a closer look at a new ID scanning solution that actually works for verifying identification and detecting fakes. Mark Baxter is a current cop, budding copreneur, member of the exclusive LEO2CEO community, and friend. And today, he is going to introduce you to SureScan and share some of his lessons learned so far on his copreneurial journey. If you were a budding coprenuer yourself, my hope is that this episode inspires you to pursue your idea too. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/035

May 17, 2021

Mastering Warrior, Servant, Leadership

Pat Welsh is the creator of the Warrior, Servant, Leader mindset approach and has written two best-selling books on the topic. He is a decorated and well-known cop and leadership influencer and during this powerful conversation we discuss the Warrior, Servant, Leader mindset and how that relates to the current popular opinion that law enforcement need to abandon a Warrior mindset in place of a Guardian mindset. We also unpack Pat's unique transition into law enforcement and then his subsequent Copreneur journey into the world of running an instructor business. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/034

May 10, 2021

How Law Enforcement Can EVOLVE in the Wake of Floyd and Chauvin

At the time of recording this episode, the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial came out just a couple of days before. My guest, Patrick Fitzgibbons and I were chatting via LinkedIn about how the law enforcement profession can move forward after this verdict. And we decided to jump on and record a podcast episode to discuss just that. Our intention here is not to create further political dialogue about this topic, but rather to discuss a viable and healthy path forward. We also delve into a deep discussion about officers transitioning from law enforcement and how they might want to approach this if they are considering a shift. Get all links, resources and show notes at https://psi.chat/033