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The Startup Junkies Podcast

The Startup Junkies podcast is hosted by Jeff Amerine and the team at Startup Junkie. We’ll cover topics ranging from getting started, planning, growing your business, proving your concept, leadership, marketing, exit strategies and so much more. We’ll interview business owners, entrepreneurs, experts and people we think will bring value to our audience. Subscribe, and together we'll take your business to the next level.
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This is the Startup Junkies Podcast. These are the stories of the people that are afflicted with creating the next great products and services that are going to change lives - not just in America, but worldwide. We're going to tell the stories of the next great beer producer, products and apparel makers, and the stories of people that don't accept the status quo and that want to make things better. 

Welcome to the Startup Junkies Podcast.

Apr 16, 2018

Meet Chad Williamson, a man who’s worn many hats (or should we say bowties). From an early age, his perception on social constructs was shifted by his military brat upbringing. From his first business, to his current educational non-profit, it’s amazing to see how relationships and character development inspired Chad’s journey. Current co-founder of Noble Impact, an educational non-profit providing students with purpose-driven education, Chad has been a forerunner on the entrepreneurial scene focused on purpose and experience. His advice for the budding entrepreneur is translated best by song – catch it at the end of the podcast!

Learn more about Noble Impact here!

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 Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

Apr 9, 2018

Meet Steve Perry, president of Denovo Brands. Dedicated to innovative outdoor retail products, Steve, along with several other Denovo owners, stems from a career in mass market retail at Walmart. Denovo Brands includes Equip, which focuses on hammocks, and Kijaro, which produces premium sporting & outdoor chairs. Join us as we sit down with Steve and learn about the challenges of building a retail product company in NWA, as well as the ins and outs of product development.

 Learn more about Denovo Brands here, and check out Kijaro and Equip!

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

Mar 30, 2018

Introducing our very own, Ellen Brune! Holding a Ph.D. in chemical engineering, Ellen is our Senior Entrepreneur in Residence. Ellen serves as a liaison between Startup Junkie and the University of Arkansas. Her focus is helping scientists at the University commercialize their research. Ellen’s experience with her own company, Boston Mountain Biotech, is invaluable and tailored to science-based startups. Much of the value of science-based startups is tied up in intellectual property, making it challenging to gain fundraising. With Ellen’s extensive experience, and her wealth of skills (including mountain biking and home brewing kombucha), she’s a strong advocate for the science-based entrepreneur in NWA.

Reach out to Ellen at ellen@startupjunkie.org & follow her on Instagram @ebrune3.

Want to learn more about Boston Mountain Biotech? Check it out here!

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

Mar 28, 2018

Ashton McCombs and Jeff are both Naval Academy graduates who took a successful plunge into entrepreneurship. In this episode, Ashton shares stories about the path that led he and two colleagues to leave corporate careers and start Phigenics, a smart water management company in 2004. It has been over a decade, and Ashton shares stories, lessons learned and advice to future entrepreneurs.

In addition to presiding over Phigenics, Ashton is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Spectrum Living Solutions (SLS). SLS was created in response to the needs of several individuals with family members who have developmental disabilities. Since its inception in Arkansas in 2015, the SLS team has grown to encompass a wide variety of individuals, including proven business and community leaders.

Learn more about Phigenics here!

Follow them on Facebook and Twitter @Phigenics. 

Learn more about SLS on their website & follow them on Facebook.

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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Michael@startupjunkie.org

Mar 12, 2018

Rogelio Garcia Contreras is the Director of Social Innovation at the Sam Walton College of Business, and he’s planting the seeds of social entrepreneurship in NWA. Through bringing the Social Innovation Challenge to the University of Arkansas, Rogelio has created a collaborative environment for anyone who’s interested in solving pressing community problems with, you guessed it, innovation. By encouraging entrepreneurial social innovation, Rogelio provides a compelling argument for companies to establish viable and sustainable operational processes with the fate of the community and future generations in mind.  

 Check out the Social Innovation Initiative of the Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation here!

To learn more about the Social Innovation Challenge, shoot Rogelio an email at rogeliog@uark.edu.

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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Michael@startupjunkie.org

Mar 5, 2018

Being an entrepreneur comes with its fair share of hang-ups and frustrations, but it’s not often that you’re ejected from the driver’s seat of your own business venture. Omar Kasim, previous founder and owner of Con Quesos, experienced just that. From an operational upswing, to having a partner leverage financials to remove him from the company, Omar is on the come up with his latest venture, Juice Palm. The first USDA certified organic restaurant in the state, Juice Palm is booming, and its cold pressed juices are pressing the competition.

 Check out Juice Palm on the corner of Steele & Joyce Blvd. in Fayetteville. Be on the lookout for their Bentonville location, which will include a production kitchen & café, coming up later this year in the 8th Street Market!

Learn more about Juice Palm’s menu and values at JuicePalm.com.

Follow them on Facebook @Juicepalm, and Instagram @juicepalm_.

 

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 Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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Michael@startupjunkie.org

Feb 26, 2018

From bubbles, to market crashes, to wise investment decisions – join us for a special episode where we bring back someone near and dear to our hearts, Jon Cadieux, the original co-host of the Startup Junkies Podcast! Jon is the CEO and founder of 455 Media Group, a company committed to helping small businesses get the most for their marketing budget.

 Check out 455 Media Group at 455mediagroup.com.

Follow them on Facebook @455mediagroup.

 

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 Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

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Michael@startupjunkie.org

Feb 19, 2018

Did you know that there are 54 countries on the African continent? That’s 54 opportunities to trade and foster communications with nations that are up-and-coming in the sphere of innovation! Toyin Umesiri, CEO and founder of Nazaru, talks with us about commercial interests in Africa, the Trade with Africa Business Summit, and how one person can have a major impact on such a global scale. She also talks about how her company, Nazaru, fosters B2B dialogue and showcases Africa’s many different exporters and brands.

To learn more about Nazaru, visit Nazaru.com.

To learn more about the Trade with Africa Business Summit click here.

Get to know more about Toyin through her website, ToyinUmesiri.com.

 

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 Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Michael@startupjunkie.org

Feb 9, 2018

Company executives don’t just grow on trees – your C-suite could come to you as a result of services that specialize in executive search and executive coaching. Join us as we learn from the best in the business (of business). Executive recruiter and Razorback football alum, Cary, explains the importance of culture and talent to a company, while career coach, Tanya, explains authenticity and succession planning to scale up a business.

 Looking to boost your business with talent? Check out Cary’s services at stringersearch.com, reach out to him directly at cary@stringersearch.com.

Ready to look into leadership development? Reach out to Tanya at thayesbluvista@outlook.com or (312)-718-2790.

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Michael@startupjunkie.org

Feb 2, 2018

From its humble beginnings as a food truck, Yeyo’s Mexican Grill is setting up shop in downtown Bentonville. With a seasonal food truck and a brick-and-mortar business to run downtown, you might wonder how founder Rafael Rios had time to sit with us for this podcast episode. We join him in his restaurant, just days before its public opening, to talk about the roots and foundation of Yeyo’s, as well as the story behind the Rios Family Farm.

Fun fact: If you eat in a restaurant in Bentonville, chances are, you’re eating food sourced from the Rios Family Farm. Learn about the dream, as well as the mentality, behind Yeyo’s, El Alma de Mexico.

Stop in for a grilled burrito or the MST (Mexican street tacos) at 801 SE 8th Street, Bentonville, AR 72712.

Need an event catered? Check out yeyosmexicangrill.com

Like and follow them on Facebook @yeyosmexicangrill and Instagram @yeyosmexicangrill

 

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Michael@startupjunkie.org

Jan 26, 2018

Ever wonder why entrepreneurs flock to coffee shops? Recently published author, Ancil Lea, explains the mindset of an entrepreneur, as well as our ingrained aversion to traditional office spaces.

In his book, Common Grounds: An Entrepreneurial Guide to the Coffee Shop, Ancil explains the importance of community support through your local coffee shop. Listen as Ancil spills the beans on the coffee shop dynamic, the entrepreneurial grind, and the potential for personalized healthcare through ever-changing technology.

Get the scoop on Ancil’s medical software technology and services at http://www.ancillea.com/.

Check out his book, Common Grounds, on Amazon.

Follow Ancil Lea Consulting on Facebook and catch the latest buzz on Twitter @ancilleaceo.

 

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 Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Michael@startupjunkie.org

Jan 19, 2018

If you’re looking for a made-from-scratch breakfast, look no further than The Buttered Biscuit. With fresh-made breakfast foods sourced from clean ingredients, Anna and Sam Russell deliver a homemade spin on the most important meal of the day.

The couple, hailing from Michigan, explains their brand-built restaurant that facilitates great memories and a consistent brand culture. Driven by a love of breakfast foods and the experience of previous startup hang-ups, Anna & Sam have created a purpose-driven business that fills a niche in the Bentonville community.

Stop in for breakfast at 1403 SE Moberly Lane, Bentonville, AR 72712

View their menu here: https://www.thebutteredbiscuit.co/

Like their foodie posts on Instagram @thebutteredbiscuit and follow them on Facebook @TheButteredBiscuit

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Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Michael@startupjunkie.org

Jan 9, 2018

Arjun and Arthi Krishna are the recent winners of the Congressional App Challenge for the Arkansas 3rd District, and two of the most inspiring students we’ve met! Their winning app, BookGazers, is a marriage of paperback books and augmented reality, and is currently being displayed on Capital Hill, and they’ve  been invited to D.C. for the #HouseOfCode event.

In this episode we discuss the Congressional App Challenge, the Y.E.A. (Young Entrepreneurs Academy) program hosted by the Greater Bentonville Area Chamber of Commerce, and much more about how Arjun and Arthi view the world.

http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/bookgazers-takes-the-win-for-the-2017-congressional-app-challenge-in-arkansas-3rd-congressional-district-represented-by-steve-womack/

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