Robin Moore and Cebastien Rose, self-proclaimed "plant nerds" are seasoned foragers and farmers.
When they decided to leave their jobs and start their own business, they made a list of things they lived to do.
When their list included being outdoors, being in the wild, spending time with their dogs, foraging, and being in nature- the direction of their business, Dryland Wilds, became second nature.
Join us this week as we discuss distillation, enfleurage, maceration, essential oils, tinctures, concretes and absolutes and much, much more.
Steve Jones founded Teton Gravity Research with his passion for action sports and technology.
This week, I had the pleasure of talking to John Lee Dumas. John is the founder and host of Entrepreneur on FIRE, an award winning podcast where he interviews entrepreneurs seven days a week.
For this week's special FLASH episode, we were able to talk to John. Join us as he shares some of his best pieces of advice and wisdom from his experiences.
Tom and Carrie Dragt have been collectors of vintage pieces since they were kids. Opportunity struck when an old clothing store went out of business and Tom and Carrie bought some of their old inventory.
This led them to focus on vintage clothing.
They began selling out of their house and doing online sales, then moved to a store three years ago. They find pieces through traveling and utilize Instagram to show off their recent finds.
Tom and Carrie started Old Colorado Vintage, a store that brings together vintage clothing and articles.
This week on Small Business War Stories, Tom and Carrie join us from Durango, Colorado.
At this year's Inbound conference in Boston, MA, we had the pleasure of meeting Strother Gaines.
Strother Gaines is an entrepreneurial coach, a theater owner and a Unicorn, dammit!
Strother, fresh off his breakout session, How To Network Without Being An @sshole", gives us pointers on how to network comfortably, while remaining true to yourself.
Carla Nowicki's background as a young athlete alerted her to a problem facing many young athletes.
Instead of encouraging athletes to be stronger or healthier, there was a constant emphasis on being smaller. The message was that being smaller was the key to being faster and "better" for these young athletes.
Carla started Pursuit Nutrition, a performance solution for individuals looking to pursue their best selves.
Paulo Coelho Brandão comes from a city in Brazil called Manaus. Manaus is located in the middle of the Amazon jungle, accessible not by automobile, but only by airplane or boat.
Known by many as ‘Coelho’, Paulo is a Black Belt World Champion in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Killy Scheer always had a love for interior design. As a young child, she constantly found herself rearranging her bedroom.
After working for a few design firms, both big and small, Killy decided she wanted to go out on her own.
On this week's episode of Small Business war Stories, we join Killy to talk about her Austin-based boutique interior design firm, Scheer & Co.
Faced with a new year, you are probably reading about diet cleanses and all sorts of 30 day challenges to transform your body- and quick!
Tod Moore of Atomic Athlete started his "Fitness with a Purpose" approach with some rusty barbells out of the back of a truck in Austin, Texas.
Rather than piggybacking on fad workouts, Tod Moore was more interested in identifying individual strengths and weaknesses, honing in on them and building out a sustainable physical fitness system.
The Hotel Kitsmiller Main is a family-owned retro motor court built in the 1940s in the town of Fredericksburg, Texas.
Matt and Taylor Gutierrez met in Austin while they were both working in the corporate hotel world. Little did they know, they would be afforded the opportunity to run Taylor's family's longstanding business.
When Erik Axel Brunt began his apprenticeship at a tattoo shop, he thought he was only interested in doing body piercings.
However, once Erik began apprenticing on a weekly basis, he found himself interested in the tattoo art surrounding him. Being around the art and seeing tattoos done on a daily basis, Erik began envisioning the tattoos he would eventually create.
Now, Erik works out of Triple Crown Tattoo in Austin, Texas.
In the break room at his old job, Damien Reyes suddenly found himself in an early midlife crisis. Faced with the dilemma of the future spread out before him, Damien decided to make a change.
He began his journey at a somewhat unlikely place for a retired truck driver in his late twenties: beauty school. And a few years later, Short Hair Company was born.
Kristy Brandabur received her degree in Exercise Science Sports Medicine, taught health and physical education for 11 years, and worked in a variety of fitness and wellness-related fields.
At Metamorphosis Holistic Wellness Center, Kristi uses a blended technique of physical therapy, mental therapy and holistic approaches like massage and acupuncture.
This week Kristi brings us into her world.
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This week, we discuss the art of business gifting, the best tactics and the perfect timing to gift your customers.
Josh Harcus instructs us on how to gift thoughtfully and authentically to grow your business relationships.
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Tommy Talley came home to Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2011. After working for years in reality television in Los Angeles, Tommy launched and grew his production company, Tommy's TV, into a full production arsenal.
Tommy's TV produces and creates stunning personalized videos that deliver key messages through the art of storytelling.
This week Tommy talks about "Punk-ing" with Ashton Kutcher, the love of storytelling and about coming home to Louisiana.
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When Phil Angotti and his two guitar-loving coworkers left their jobs at a huge guitar store, they opened their own business in the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago.
Avenue N guitars was founded with an overflowing knowledge and passion for guitars, especially of the vintage variety.
This week on Small Business War Stories, Phil talks about music, Wicker Park and the fine workmanship of classic guitars.
The New Roxy in Clarksdale, Mississippi was built in the 1940's but sat vacant for 30 years until a merchant marine from Seattle named Robin Colonas purchased it in 2008.
Robin had been visiting Mississippi off and on for a while, and something about Clarksdale really grabbed a hold of her.
At the time, Robin had no plan for the building other than to try to protect it. It was just an expensive hobby.
However, today, the New Roxy is a successful art, music and theater venue.
This is Robin's incredible story about transforming the New Roxy into a new opportunity for the Clarksdale community.
When Jeff Pearson started his Play N Trade video game store in Lafayette, LA, Play N Trade was a successful franchise with 750 stores nationwide.
A few years later, after the original founder retired, the company went through three CEOs and essentially collapsed.
However, Jeff's store is still going. He even has plans to open a second one.
How did Jeff's version of Play N Trade survive? What makes him different?
This week we get the whole story from Jeff.
Letterpress printing dates back to the 1400s and was the primary method of print until the mid-20th century.
Offset printing took over and now digital printing dominates the print world. However, recently letterpress has had a revival as an artisan printing form.
In Louisville, Kentucky, Patrick Masterson is helping to keep this print form alive with his print shop. He believes that this is how typography is meant to be printed, it adds dimension and feels great in your hand.
We get into this and whole lot more on this week's episode of Small Business War Stories.
The American Dream is closely tied to entrepreneurship. The notion that someone, regardless of their background, can work hard, make a better product or invent something completely new, and become whatever they want, is fundamentally American.
Many businesses fail. But perhaps one of the most frustrating reasons for failure is dealing with excessive regulations.
This week on Small Business War Stories, we sit down with JoAnn Prosser to discuss her battle with regulations when opening a raw food cafe in Lexington, Kentucky.
Just over 5 years ago, David Swider was lamenting with a friend about how they wished there was a good record store in their hometown of Oxford, Mississippi.
Finally, they asked themselves, "Why don't we do it?".
This simple idea led to the creation of the independent record store The End of All Music.
Now, 5 years later, the business is stronger than ever and David is working his dream job.
This week on Small Business War Stories, we sit down with David to talk about how he has managed to make an independent record store not only succeed but thrive.
Embrace community. Serve others. Create culture.
These are the words you will find on the walls of a coffee shop in Lexington, Kentucky.
A Cup of Common Wealth is doing what the biggest and best companies in the world aspire to do, create an amazing culture.
A great culture not only inspires your workforce, but helps to promote your brand.
A company's culture goes beyond their benefits and is not something that employees bring with them. It must be set by the founders of the business and it is reflective in the vision, beliefs and values of the organization.
We were lucky to speak with Sal Sanchez, founder of A Cup of Common Wealth, about how they think about culture and how that has helped the growth and success of their business.
This week on Small Business War Stories, Sal Sanchez of A Cup of Common Wealth Coffee.
Caroline Cook was a stay at home mother with three children (now four) when she decided to venture back into the workforce and become a real estate agent.
The initial stage for this career change was tough. She was pregnant with her fourth child and attempting to sell $4 million worth of property during a down market in 2009.
However, she not only persevered, but thrived.
She still loves what she does and besides somehow managing to raise four children while working full time, she had time to write a book about her ministry involvement in Haiti.
Carol is an amazing woman and we are excited to have her as today's guest on Small Business War Stories.
In 1969, a former coffin show room located at 3614 Jackson Highway in Sheffield, Albama was converted into the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.
Huge names in music like the Rolling Stones, Cher, Bob Seger, Lynrd Skynrd and many more recorded songs and albums within its' walls.
Only a decade later, in 1979, the studio would close.
Following a documentary titled Muscle Schoals in 2013, interest was peaked in restoring the forgotten building.
There has been an explosion in growth of the craft beer market over the past 10 years. Today, there are more than 5,300 breweries in operation in the U.S., up from just 2,000 in 2011.
That means breweries have grown 21% annually since 2011!
However, after 8 years of double digit market growth, in 2016, the craft beer volume fell to just 6% year of year growth.
What does this mean for the craft brewery market? Is it time to panic or is this just a sign of the industry growing up? Have we reached a saturation point?
We sat down with Mike Raspatello, founder of October, a beer magazine and website, to discuss where he thinks the craft brew industry is going.
This and much more in today's episode of Small Business War Stories.