Make Your Dream a Reality: From Employee to Entrepreneur [Radio]

17 Sep 2016


StartupNation inspires, educates and consistently attracts entrepreneurs and small business owners from Main Street America who want to be their own bosses and live the American Dream.

Jeff Sloan is joined by co-host Matt Damman on this week’s edition of StartupNation Radio. Matt was featured as a guest on the show a few weeks ago, and he did such a great job that he was asked to come back as co-host. As you may recall, Matt and his wife are the inventors of Walkie-Chalk, a tool that gives kids (and adults) the ability to use sidewalk chalk without having to bend over or sit on the ground. A great, practical invention that they could not believe wasn’t already in the market.

How many times have you said to yourself, “somebody should invent that”? Or perhaps, what are you doing around the house to make your life easier that maybe nobody else has thought of yet? Matt put together a guest list of everyday people who were working a corporate job but stumbled on to an idea that was not (yet) in the marketplace.

Lindsey Laurain

(Lindsey Laurain

Lindsey Laurain, CEO of ezpz Happy Mat, is featured on the show. One night over dinner, Lindsey and her husband Brad were having dinner with their three kids and the dining room looked like a war zone! Brad noted that someone needed to invent something to make clean-up easier. That was Lindsey’s “a-ha!” moment. They did a lot of research to see what was already in the marketplace, and to their surprise, there was nothing! Lindsey shares her complete story with the StartupNation audience, including what she did right and what she would have done differently.

Jonathan Wright, Certified Fairyologist

(Jonathan Wright, Certified Fairyologist)

Jonathan Wright, Ann Arbor’s very own Certified Fairyologist, tells you the story about Fairy Doors and how he turned the idea into a business. Fairy Doors can be found all over Ann Arbor and are great for kids and adults to explore. Learn more about this fun activity at Urban Fairies, then listen to the show to hear where he is going with this business.

These entrepreneurs were working their corporate jobs, going through the daily grind, when all of a sudden, inspiration hit and they entered the exciting world of running their own businesses. Find out how you too can make your entrepreneurial dreams a reality from employee to entrepreneur on this edition of StartupNation Radio.

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