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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.

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

jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

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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Hear the stories of other great startup businesses by listening to our previous podcasts here!

 Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

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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Hear the stories of other great startup businesses by listening to our previous podcasts here!

 Hosts: Jeff Amerine & Michael Iseman

jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

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.

 

Get your weekly dose of entrepreneurial wisdom by subscribing to us on the Podcasts app!

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Hear the stories of other great startup businesses by listening to our previous podcasts here!

 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

 

Get your weekly dose of entrepreneurial wisdom by subscribing to us on the Podcasts app!

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook!

Hear the stories of other great startup businesses by listening to our previous podcasts here!

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.

 

Get your weekly dose of entrepreneurial wisdom by subscribing to us on the Podcasts app!

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook!

Hear the stories of other great startup businesses by listening to our previous podcasts here!

 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

Get your weekly dose of entrepreneurial wisdom by subscribing to us on the Podcasts app!

Follow us on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook!

Hear the stories of other great startup businesses by listening to our previous podcasts here!

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/

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie

Read more at www.startupjunkiespodcast.com

Host:
Michael@startupjunkie.org

Dec 29, 2017

Whether she is working in an international corporation or a startup team of one, Jerra Nalley has always had a knack for connecting people. She joins us on the show to share her story, and how she became the founder of Leisurlist, an all-encompassing platform to connect residents with their community in Northwest Arkansas.

Eat. See. Do. Northwest Arkansas.

Visit www.leisurlist.com and download the app on the app store today!

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie

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Host:
michael@startupjunkie.org

Dec 20, 2017

Skylar Wallace and Tyler Scantlan join the show from Arthur Dent’s, a new type of tea. They create a story and experience around one of the world’s favorite beverages, and are utilizing some of the best equipment in the world to craft your cup of tea.

In this episode we learn about their inspiring story, which is a combination of determination, hard work, and an inclination to strike when an opportunity arises. They are both working full time jobs while pursuing their Executive MBA in the Entrepreneurship track at the University of Arkansas. You can learn more and sign up for updates at www.arthurdents.com or reach out to info@arthurdents.com.

Skylar mentioned the help that they received from our friends at the ASBTDC – If anyone is looking for assistance with market research, financial forecasting, and loan package preparation, reach out to sbdc@walton.uark.edu.

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie

Read more at www.startupjunkiespodcast.com

Host:
haley@startupjunkie.org
michael@startupjunkie.org

Dec 13, 2017

Seth Kaffka dives into the (admittedly unsexy) topic of selling commodities, and brings more enthusiasm than some people take to a professional sporting event. He shares the story of what started in 2006 as Blackhive Corp buying and selling a truckload of sugar packets, that eventually grew into a diversified portfolio of activities that spans from canned asparagus to branding some of the most innovative new products going on the shelves of top tier retailers.

Seth and his team bring an opportunistic approach to business, especially in sales, with a level of customer care that keeps clients returning. You can learn more about their four organizations under one roof below, or reach out to Seth at seth.kaffka@blacksailscapital.com

www.blacksailscapital.com

www.blkboxlabs.com

www.blackhivecorp.com

www.liftretailsolutions.com

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie
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Host:
jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com
michael@startupjunkie.org

Dec 6, 2017

“Bucket the Change” might not be a part of your daily vocabulary today, but it will be soon! Bucket Technologies is an emerging company in Northwest Arkansas and in this episode we sit down with Francis Hwang, CEO to discuss their plans to remove coin change from cash retail transactions.

You can learn more at www.buckettechnologies.com or say hello at @bucketthechange on twitter, instagram, and facebook.

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie
Read more at www.startupjunkiespodcast.com
Host:
michael@startupjunkie.org
haley@startupjunkie.org

Nov 22, 2017

Kyle Tabor is the founder of Blue Sail Coffee, with three Central Arkansas locations, and a thriving in-house coffee roastery. Kyle walks us through his journey of starting with a few thousand dollars and sleeping on a military cot in the back of his first location, to creating an omnichannel coffee company with an incredible culture and brand.

Kyle recommends Common Grounds: An Entrepreneurial Guide to the Coffee Shop Office, a book that was written out of his coffee shop! Ancil Lea is a Conway resident, who at the time of this podcast has the #1 Best Selling New Business Book on Amazon. You can read it for free on Kindle, or buy the paperback version today! http://amzn.to/2BeNLaP

Stop in to buy a cup of coffee at their Little Rock or Conway, AR locations, and learn more about Blue Sail online bluesail.coffee or say hello!
Twitter @BlueSailCoffee,
Instagram @bluesailcoffee,
Facebook @bluesailcoffee

…and don’t forget to order your Blue Sail subscription today! http://bit.ly/2ztigfM

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie
Read more at www.startupjunkiespodcast.com

Host:
brett@startupjunkieconsulting.com
michael@startupjunkie.org

Nov 22, 2017

Kyle Tabor is the founder of Blue Sail Coffee, with three Central Arkansas locations, and a thriving in-house coffee roastery. Kyle walks us through his journey of starting with a few thousand dollars and sleeping on a military cot in the back of his first location, to creating an omnichannel coffee company with an incredible culture and brand.

Kyle recommends Common Grounds: An Entrepreneurial Guide to the Coffee Shop Office, a book that was written out of his coffee shop! Ancil Lea is a Conway resident, who at the time of this podcast has the #1 Best Selling New Business Book on Amazon. You can read it for free on Kindle, or buy the paperback version today! http://amzn.to/2BeNLaP

Stop in to buy a cup of coffee at their Little Rock or Conway, AR locations, and learn more about Blue Sail online bluesail.coffee or say hello!
Twitter @BlueSailCoffee,
Instagram @bluesailcoffee,
Facebook @bluesailcoffee

…and don’t forget to order your Blue Sail subscription today! http://bit.ly/2ztigfM

Don’t miss a single episode of the Startup Junkies Podcast. Be sure and “Subscribe” to us on the Podcasts app, as well as follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @startup_junkie
Read more at www.startupjunkiespodcast.com

Host:
brett@startupjunkieconsulting.com
michael@startupjunkie.org

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