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Branding Your Main Street: Find Your Unique Characteristic

Do you think branding is just for mega-corporations? Jeff, Kristi and this week's panel of experts tell you how important it is to not only brand your business, but how to brand your Main Street. What are you known for? We all know that Virginia is for lovers and what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,...
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Main Street Nation talks about the Local Food Movement

From Farm-to-Fork – The local food movement is in full force. Dan Carmody, President Eastern Market Corp and Chef Rennie from 12 Farms in New Jersey share with the local business owners what Farm-to-fork means to your business and its impact on your community. Dan Carmody, President, Eastern Market Corporation Dan Carmody’s 30-year career in...
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Main Street Nation Radio is on the air

Do you own a business on Main Street? Then Main Street Nation Radio is the show for you! Jeff and Kristi talk with Suzanne Perrault, executive director of the Lake Orion DDA, and Al “Bubba” White from Cops & Doughnuts about the keys to a successful Main Street. Suzanne and Kristi go over the four...
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Village Green CEO Jonathan Holzman: How to Purchase Your First Apartment Building

CEO Jonathan Holtzman is the Chairman of the Board of Village Green. He has an extensive background and significant expertise in luxury apartment development, construction, management and ownership throughout the Midwest.  He is the third generation of a family business founded by his grandfather, Joseph Holtzman, who started the company in 1919 as Joseph Holtzman...
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Main Street Nation Radio Is on the Air

Our new monthly show “Main Street Nation” takes over StartupNation this week!  Jeff Sloan and our Main Street Guru Kristi Trevarrow focus on Community, Culture and of course, the small businesses located on Main Street. Our inaugural edition of Main Street Nation Radio covers the importance of conducting business on Main Street rather than the...
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Sunscreen Mist goes Toe-to-Toe with the Sharks on Shark Tank

Potential moguls in the consumer convenience business, the brains behind Sunscreen Mist Josh Kaplan and Tony Fayne join Jeff and Norm on this edition of StartupNation Radio. Josh and Tony share with us their experience on ABC's Shark Tank and how their business is doing today. Nicole Mangis from Up Detroit invites all you entrepreneurs...
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How to Create the Vision to Reshape an Entire City

Join Jeff and Norm as they interview one of the key players in rebuilding the city of Detroit. Jim Ketai joins us in studio showing us why Detroit is the number one place to be an entrepreneur. Jim shares with us what it’s like working with Dan Gilbert and the great sayings he has to...
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Understanding What Your Metrics are Telling You

Today we talked with Robert J. Moore from RJMetrics on what key metrics all businesses should be monitoring.  We also had in-studio Nancy Oram from StaysOnEyewear and Mike Keith from The Office Coffee Shop in Royal Oak, MI. Data is all around you and the small business owner needs to read and react to the...
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Take Advantage of Downtown Business Associations

Are you taking full advantage of what your Downtown Business Associations have to offer? Kristi Trevarrow from the Rochester, MI Downtown Business Association and Darrin Wisniewski from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) share how you can work with your downtown Associations to boost your business. Look at your downtown. Why did you choose to...
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Professional Athletes turned Entrepreneurs

From doing great things on the football field to doing great things in the business world, Ron Bartell and Mark Clayton show they have what it takes to be outstanding entrepreneurs. Ron Bartell, who played cornerback for the Rams and Lions, now entrepreneur and owner of Kuzzos Chicken and Waffles on Livernois in Detroit.  Ron...
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Emagine Theaters with Paul Glantz and Jon Goldstein

Hooray for Hollywood, but where would Hollywood be without Emagine Theaters?  Jeff digs deep into the movie theater business on this edition of StartupNation Radio!  Emagine Theaters Founder and Chairman Paul Glantz and Jon Goldstein join the nation to share their comedies, dramas and a few horrors during their rise in the movie theater business....
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Start Your Own Business: Lose Your Excuse Now!

Are you keeping yourself from being successful?  Are you finding every reason under the sun to NOT start your dream business?  Our guests Jennifer Raybaud and Melissa Emanuel from loseyourexcusenow.com, winners of the Home Based 100 Most Slacker Friendly Category, appear in-studio to help get you past ALL your excuses while getting you motivated to...
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StartUpNation 2014 Home-Based 100 Competition Winners

It’s great to see that that the StartUpNation is alive with all kinds of talent and great ideas. Jeff talks with our competition winners: Scott Zalkind from Lucky Dog Hot Sauce, overall contest winner and winner of the Yummiest Category, and Rushelle Wetzel from Smiley Transportation, winner of the Most Innovative Category. Our show today...
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Albert Scaglione Founder and CEO of Park West Galleries

This was one of those shows where Jeff and Norm didn't have to do too much work. They gave Albert Scaglione, founder and CEO of Park West Galleries, a topic and he ran with it! He is as passionate about the art world today as he was the day he started.  Albert talks about everything...
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All about the Non-profit organization with William Abrams from TrickleUp

Non-profit seems to be counter-intuitive to all of us at StartupNation, but it is fascinating to see how many entrepreneurs TrickleUp creates with a $100 startup fund!  Jeff, Norm and William share the secrets and benefits of a non-profit organization and share with you some simple practices you can use to get your business started....
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Are you born an entrepreneur or can you be taught?

Were you told early in life that you were a leader?  When it comes time to go out with your friends, do they look to you to get things going?  Do you always see the glass as half full?  Then maybe you were born an entrepreneur.  Or, maybe as life went on, you began to...
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Business Longevity: How long will your business live?

So you just started your business. Maybe you had your first anniversary and that first year flew by or was the toughest year of your life. Either way, imagine your company being around for another 99 years. Our guests today, Andy Shmina from A.Z Shmina Construction and Brett Schneider from Madison Electric, are both CEOs...
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How to Make a Living at Blogging

Join Jeff and his co-host, Norm Pappas, as they interview Blogging experts, Amy Lynn Andrews and Matthew Loomis. Our two experts provide advice to Tiffany Henfling as she is 2-years into her blog site and is at the verge of making some serious money. Hear the tips the founder of www.wifemotherteacher.com receives to help her...
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Launch Your Startup!

The show focuses on what it takes to launch your startup and features founders of companies that just launched on stage at the Launch Conference in San Francisco, the largest startup conference in the world.  Conversation with some of the most cutting edge tech startups. How they got to where they are today What were...