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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Detroit Startup Week feat. Monica Wheat (Episode 77)

On this morning’s WJR Business Beat, Jeff highlights Detroit Startup Week, a week-long virtual conference that kicks off today! He's joined by Monica Wheat, founder and partner at Venture Catalysts and Detroit Startup Week event lead. Listen to this morning’s segment below: StartupNation · WJR Business Beat - June 22, 2020 StartupNation exclusive discounts and savings...
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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Jason Bierkle of DivDat (Episode 73)

On today's WJR Business Beat segment, Jeff shares a recent StartupNation Radio interview he conducted with Jason Bierkle, president and CEO of DivDat, a billing and payment solutions provider. Jason has proven his business model in the southeast Michigan area and is now poised for a national roll out. Tune in to this morning's show to...
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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: 5G Technology (Episode 70)

On this morning's WJR Business Beat, Jeff talks about 5G, or 5G wireless networking, and how it will provide for better consumer experiences, while also swinging open doors for more enterprise activity. The network will roll out over the next several years and will generate a variety of new applications, uses and certainly business models and...
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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Customer Engagement is the Top Challenge During Crisis (Episode 65)

On this morning's WJR Business Beat, Jeff discusses one area of business that has been impacted hard by the COVID-19 crisis: new data reveals customer engagement to be the biggest struggle faced by one in three businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, with the retail sector being hit the hardest. Esendex, a leading telecommunications provider, carried out...
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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Tricia Ruby (Episode 57)

On the WJR Business Beat this morning, we're featuring the story of Tricia Ruby, a great entrepreneur right here in the metro Detroit region. Tricia is the CEO of a structural engineering company known as Ruby+Associates, started by her father, David Ruby. The company engineers the buildings, bridges and venues that construction companies in our region...
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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: IPO Marketing Slowing (Episode 53)

We've highlighted on previous Business Beat segments how early stage funding from angels and venture capitalists, for example, is slowing amid the COVID-19 crisis. But now we've got news that the Initial Public Offering marketplace is beginning to show signs of slowing, as well. On this morning's WJR Business Beat, Jeff breaks down some recent statistics...
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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Big Tech Showing Positive Revenue Growth Amid COVID-19 (Episode 49)

The big tech companies, including Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft, have proven their staying power through the COVID-19 crisis. All five have seen positive revenue growth over the same quarter in 2019. On this morning's WJR Business Beat, Jeff dives into the Statista study results further, including the following growth over Q1 2019: Amazon up...
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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Bookshop.org (Episode 48)

On this morning's WJR Business Beat, Jeff discusses Bookshop.org, a new online bookstore launched in January with a mission to financially support local, independent bookstores. While Amazon poses an incredible threat to local, independent bookstores, Bookshop.org, created by Andy Hunter, serves as a co-op of local bookstores selling online, all in a central portal. In the...