Small Business War Stories

Small businesses are the soul of America. This is where they tell their stories. Small Business War Stories is a weekly show recorded in person with small business owners. We discuss different topics and get the triumphs, struggles, and funny stories from our guests' everyday lives. Hosted by Pablo Fuentes, an entrepreneur and musician based in Austin, Texas.
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Dec 26, 2018

Jeffrey Stuffings left his job as an attorney to make farmhouse ales, a specialty form of beer in the Texas Hill Country right outside of Austin.

He shared the formation story of his iconic brewery, and gave some amazing business tips and ideas, such as how to really unleash your mind with just a piece of paper, a pen, and a cup of coffee.

This is a great episode with lots of stories and wisdom from the front lines of starting a business.

Dec 19, 2018

Barry Moltz has started three companies, written six books, and done innumerable articles and radio shows on small business.

It's fair to say he has learned a thing or two about how to help small businesses!

Today we discuss the main 5 reasons why businesses get stuck, and how to address each one.

We also talk about various aspects of starting and running a business, including mental health, reading financials, and how to keep it all together as well as possible.

This is an episode not to miss!

Dec 12, 2018

Two badass designer women got together in Austin, Texas to create Double Barrel Design.

Megan Willin and Chelsea Scharbach merged their skills to create a firm that does space design (think 3D and architectural interior design) with 2D graphic design.

Their work is awesome...and so is their story!

Dec 5, 2018

Wow...I got to sit down with Ryan Deiss! Ryan is one of my personal influences and one of the foremost digital marketing experts in the world. 

We talk about how to build your brand as a comic book or movie  character, and how that builds the foundation for everything you communicate to your customers.

Then we go into specific tactics to increase your conversion from prospect to new customer.

We recorded at the Wizard Academy in the Texas Hill Country outside of Austin. Don't miss this episode with one of the top minds in digital marketing.

Nov 28, 2018

Our first follow-up episode in almost 100 podcasts!

We re-visit Seth Lee Jones in Tulsa to talk about his new record Live at The Colony, his guitar building and repair business, and how he is planning on building recurring revenue streams for his business.

Nov 21, 2018

Today I sat down with Jeff Bean of Helix Metalworks in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

We talked about what it means to be a job shop in the 21st Century, the history of metal fabrication, and what the future holds, including the prospects for 3D printing and American Manufacturing.

Nov 14, 2018

Today I sat down with Austin Peterson of Black Dog Traders.

We dug into the refurbishment and custom fabrication of vintage-styled Toyota FJs.


We also talked quite a bit about marketing, as Austin has a lot of experience using Adwords for his business.

Nov 7, 2018

Today we are joined by Laurel Barickman of Recspec, a design studio and art gallery in Austin, Texas.

Oct 31, 2018

Today we are joined by Leslie Crow of Leslie Crow Leather, a custom handcrafted leather goods shop in Austin, Texas.

Oct 24, 2018

Today we are joined by Amelia Raley of Sweet Ritual Ice Cream, a dairy free ice cream shop in Austin, Texas.

Oct 17, 2018

Today on Small Business War Stories we are joined by Caren Kelleher, owner of Gold Rush Vinyl in Austin, Texas.

Oct 10, 2018

Today on Small Business War Stories we are joined by Trey Ramirez, co-founder of Spokesman Coffee, a cafe by day and a bar by night, in Austin Texas.

Oct 3, 2018

Today on Small Business War Stories we are joined by Allyson Garro of Coco Coquette, a wig and makeup shop in Austin, Texas.

Sep 26, 2018

Today, on the last episode of the Soul of America Tour, we are joined by Jake Hurwitz. He shares his story of starting a student led creative agency, discovering his passion and picking himself back up after failure.

Sep 19, 2018

On today’s episode we are joined by Rob Nance of Rob Nance & the Lost Souls, a traveling band from North Carolina.

Rob, Jordan, and Dylan have all been playing music since they were children. Inspired by the Southeast region, they began playing separately in bluegrass bands and ended up meeting each other through the community.

Now, they make up Rob Nance & the Lost Souls, recording together and traveling the country on tours.

Sep 12, 2018

On today’s episode we are joined by Bryan Deats of Fightforce, an amateur, semi-pro and professional mixed martial arts promotion company.

Sep 5, 2018

On today’s episode we are joined by Barb Heinze of Merlin’s Hide Out, a shop that specializes in customized, handmade, real buffalo hide products.

Aug 29, 2018

On today’s episode we are joined by Will Nowack and Ted Hansen, co-owners of The Bird, a fun bar and restaurant where you can enjoy the laid-back ambiance while having some great food.

Aug 22, 2018

On today’s episode we are joined by Daven Lee, CEO & founder of Love and Leche, a company who hand-crafts lotion bars and soaps from local farm-fresh ingredients.

Aug 16, 2018

On today’s episode we are joined by Joshua Gebreyes of Tibeb Leatherworks. Joshua is an architecture student interning from Ethiopia, who is crafting beautiful leather-bound journals and wallets using Ethiopian fabrics and prints.

Aug 8, 2018

On today’s episode we are joined by Robert Keith of Beartooth Group, an investment group that connects people to the American West by running ranch investment funds, representing ranch buyers, and managing habitat restoration.

Aug 1, 2018

On today’s episode we are joined by Derrick Montoya of 3D Kutz Barber Shop, Albuquerque's original and most exclusive MMA style barber shop.

Jul 25, 2018

On today’s episode we are joined by Chas Marsh and Travis Goodman, founders of Jackson Hole Still Works, a distillery creating high quality grain-to-glass craft spirits.

Jul 18, 2018

Today we are joined by Z Yang of Serenity Forge, a company that seeks to create meaningful video games that challenge the way you think.

Z Yang built his first computer when he was six years old and designed his first video game when he was 10. He was always interested in video game design, and when Z was 18 he was diagnosed with a rare disease that put him in the hospital for two years. Z says himself that video games saved his life, allowing him to feel successful and giving him a community filled with support.

Recognizing that video games helped him, he wondered what could be done if games were specifically designed to help the people playing them. This led to what is now Serenity Forge, a company creating video games for good.

Jul 11, 2018

On this episode of Small Business War Stories, we are joined by Peter Sveen, founder of DIY Pete. His company creates content that helps others get inspired and learn to build projects.

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