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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 7, 2016

Permjot Valia guest hosts with Jeff Amerine interviewing the team assembled for a mini Mentor Camp at the University of Arkansas. The impressive team from Atlantic Canada assesses our entrepreneurial ecosystem, compares it to their home scene, and even calls the hogs! Enjoy!

This show's guests:

Permjot Valia
Mentor Camp Founder
pvalia@mentorcamp.ca

Collin Deacon
President & Founder, BlueLight AnalyticsTM

Sandra Goodwin
Managing Director, Client Development, McInnes Cooper

D.Darren MacDonald, MSc, CUXP
Manager, Island Sandbox at Cape Breton University

Gillian McCrae
VP Propel ICT

Stephen Nicolle
Technology Executive Advisor

Feb 29, 2016

Our guest, Leo Orpin, has opened the first cidery in the state of Arkansas, located in the heart of Springdale. Leo was kind enough to bring some "prowlers" (the cidery's version of a growler) to share his delicious product, and he walks us through the cider making process, as well everything they leveraged to build a destination hang-out spot in Springdale.

In this weeks episode, we say goodbye to co-host Jon Cadieux, who is moving on to bigger and better things. Thank you for all of your efforts in launching the podcast, it's been a fun ride, and we hope to see you for many beers to come.

Find Leo and the Black Apple Crossing here:

blackapplecrossing@gmail.com

321 E Emma Ave, Springdale, AR 72764

Feb 22, 2016

Cameron Magee of Avad3 talks with the Startup Junkies about building the capital intensive company, Avad3, which specializes in audio/video event production and helping brands tell their stories through high-quality videos.

Startup Junkies Podcast host Jon Cadieux announces that he will stepping down as a host after next weeks episode.

Contact information for Cameron Magee:

http://www.avad3.com/

cameron@avad3.com

 

Feb 15, 2016
Matt Fifer Founder & CEO at Selling to the Masses joins us for a great conversation on how his firm helps consumer product entrepreneurs take their products from concept to the shelves of the country?s top retailers. They link inventors and early stage companies with the right expert for their unique needs through marketing exposure on their site, referral services, and events.
Feb 8, 2016

Rick Boosey shares the story of how a trip to Africa inspired him to create Kyya Chocolate so that he could have a meaningful, sustainable impact for the orphanages he visited in Africa. This led to a real passion for chocolate. Sourcing the coco direct from the farmers who grow it. Truley a unique take on a delicious treat.

Richard Bell is the Head Brewer at Core Brewing Company, he has a dream job. Core Brewing co is rapidly becoming a marquee beer brand in Northwest Arkansas and has generously supplied our podcast audience with the chocolate beer they teamed up with Kyya Chocolate to brew.

Together Richard and Rick talk about two of our favorite things, beer and chocolate and how they joined forces to make Chocolate Beer.

Feb 1, 2016

Menguin is an online shop for tuxedo and suit rentals. Justin and Nathan built Menguin with the mission of making the tux rental process easier on the customer. And that is exactly what they strive to do day-in and day-out. Listen in as they tell us a story of how far they go to provide their customers with the best customer service.

Jan 25, 2016
Lauren Stokes shares with us here story of how a sketch of a dress turned into a multi-million dollar southern lifestyle clothing company. With here husband Lance, they have built a great brand that is sold in hundreds of stores and is still growing.
Jan 11, 2016

Jessica Boyd with the Community Ventures Foundation joins us for a conversation on their mission to educate, engage, support, and build the entrepreneurial community by increasing the breadth, depth, and quality of free entrepreneurship initiatives.

The Community Venture Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in July of 2015. Our organization was formed to address the need for more free entrepreneurship initiatives in our community. We are committed to building the entrepreneurial community in Arkansas and our surrounding regions. All of our activities fall within one or more of three focus areas: Entrepreneurship Education, Engaging Entrepreneurs, and Supporting Existing Efforts. 

​We have provided support for and led efforts such as the Small Business Association's (SBA) Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative, the SBA's InnovateHER contest, the Winrock International and the state of Arkansas’s Innovate Arkansas program, the 100 Girls of Code program, MentorCamp, Give Camp NWA, and many more entrepreneurship-focused initiatives.

Our mission is to educate, engage, support, and build the entrepreneurial community by increasing the breadth, depth, and quality of free entrepreneurship initiatives. Our goal is to improve the quality of life in the regions where we operate, by increasing the number of entrepreneurial opportunities and success stories.

www.communityventurefoundation.org

Our contact information:

Jeff Amerine / Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com / www.startupjunkieconsulting.com

Jon Cadieux / jon@455mediagroup.com / www.455mediagroup.com / www.bentonvilleworkplace.com

Jan 4, 2016

As we wrapped up 2015 we thought in only fitting to talk with the Startup Junkie Consulting team. Here we talk with Jay Amargos and Michael Iseman, both a key part of the SJC team plus I get a chance to put Jeff on the other side of the mic. He talks about his passion and vision for Startup Junkie Consulting and how he got to here.

Dec 21, 2015

A conversation with Sreesh Reddy and Jeremy Enders. They were plucked off the streets of Fayetteville as our guests for this show and as coincidence would have it, Jeff knew them from their involvement in the Arkansas Fellowship. Through the Arkansas Fellowship, Sreesh found a place at Perk.com and Jeremy at Stone Ward Advertising. Listen is as they talk about the Arkansas Fellowship, entrepreneurialism and of course what they're doing now.

Our contact information:

Jeff Amerine / Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com / www.startupjunkieconsulting.com

Jon Cadieux / jon@455mediagroup.com / www.455mediagroup.com / www.bentonvilleworkplace.com


Read more at http://www.startupjunkie.libsyn.com/#g8m9JGJD7OLjzJSj.99

Dec 14, 2015

Part 2 In this episode we talk with businesses that were chosen to be a part of the Two Seven Zero Accelerator, a Startup Junkie Consulting initiative. Recorded in the basement of the the Old Post Office in Fayetteville and hosted by Hayseed Ventures.

Business descriptions taken from their company websites.

3:05 Leah Garrett - Olive Bloom / Olive Loom produces professional clothing made by a network of Loomineers from all walks of life from all over the USA.
www.oliveloom.com

6:54 Omar Kasim - Con Quesos / Con Quesos is a fast-casual fusion taco restaurant opening in Fayetteville, AR. They offer fusion tacos as well as unique cheese dips.
conquesos.com

13:25 Clayton Chamberlain - American Native / American Made handmade leather, selvedge denim, and wax canvased goods.
www.americannativegoods.com

21:37 Edgar Cilio - Little Bird Systems / They are a company dedicated to bringing embedded wireless products for real time monitoring and data logging solutions. Their products are designed to seamlessly interface with the end users. Whether you want to track miles and elevation on a bike ride or monitor process quality in your manufacturing facility, Little Bird Systems has the perfect RF embedded solution for you.
www.littlebirdsystems.com

29:25 Scott Fagaly - Endangered Gentleman / Providing handmade men's grooming and personal care products. Made in America.
www.endangeredgentleman.com

Our contact information:

Jeff Amerine / Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com / www.startupjunkieconsulting.com

Jon Cadieux / jon@455mediagroup.com / www.455mediagroup.com / www.bentonvilleworkplace.com

Dec 7, 2015

In this episode we talk with businesses that were chosen to be a part of the Two Seven Zero Accelerator, a Startup Junkie Consulting initiative. Recorded in the basement of the the Old Post Office in Fayetteville and hosted by Hayseed Ventures.

Business descriptions taken from their company websites.

4:40 Ben Mills, Owner and Founder of Fossil Cove Brewing Co, 1946 N Birch Ave, Fayetteville, AR.
www.fossilcovebrewing.com
ben@fossilcovebrewing.com

8:20 Shannon Bedore, Managing Director of Sightline Retial.

Sightline is uniquely positioned to offer non public companies the ability to leverage a centralized retail administration team to help develop relationships and achieve growth across multiple retailers.

Sightline has expertise in buying, replenishment, analytics, project management and marketing. their team is designed to be an extension of yours and they are fully aligned with key retailers’ organizational structure. This, along with the management and aggregation of data and strategy from each retailer partner, allows for efficient and effective solutions.
www.sightlineretail.com/

12:50 Danny Duong, Founder of Bespoke Knots. Bespoke Knots is an Arkansas based menswear company focused on the pursuit of creating your perfect bow tie. Each of their ties are designed and fabricated around an individuals specific set of needs, so they don't sell off-the-shelf, mass produced neckwear.
www.bespokeknots.com/

17:10 Loria Oliver, Host Retail Her and Founder, The Tot Tote. The Tot Tote is a two in one system that goes from a stylish toy organizer to an amazing tote bag for your child. It is designed to help the busy parent with their growing child’s needs.

The Tot Tote can help organize your child’s toys, books, crayons, snacks and more in the car, on the plane and beyond.
www.thetottote.com

21:00 Josh Rackley, Founder of Mosh Marketing. Mosh Marketing is a marketing company serving small businesses, with an emphasis on digital marketing.

Our contact information:

Jeff Amerine / Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com / www.startupjunkieconsulting.com

Jon Cadieux / jon@455mediagroup.com / www.455mediagroup.com / www.bentonvilleworkplace.com

Nov 30, 2015

Stan Zylowski is the co-founder and President of Movista/MVRetail. Stan has also had a had in starting several other local businesses including a restaurant and a local butcher shop.

Stan holds a management degree from Troy State University and received his M.B.A from the University of Arkansas Sam M. Walton School of Business.

Stan Zylowski
movista.com

Our contact info:

Jon Cadieux / jon@455mediagroup.com / www.455mediagroup.com

Jeff Amerine / jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com / www.startupjunkieconsulting.com

Nov 23, 2015

Mo Elliott is the founder of Fayettechill Clothing Company. Mo started Fayettechill while studying entrepreneurship his junior year at the University of Arkansas. Starting with a T-shirt he has grown his company to multiple products, all targeted toward people who like the outdoors and an active lifestyle.

Check out Mo's company and products at http://fayettechill.com/.

Our contact info:

Jon Cadieux / jon@455mediagroup.com / www.455mediagroup.com

Jeff Amerine / jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com / www.startupjunkieconsulting.com

 

Nov 16, 2015

In this episode we set up a booth at the 2015 NWA Technology Summit in Rogers Arkansas. The NWA Tech Summit is put together each year by the NWA Tech Council & the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce. This episode is a break from our normal format in that we interview several people including high school students, entrepreneurs and a New York Times best selling author.

Note that Jon mistakenly refers to the President and CEO of AT&T Mobile & Business Services Ralph Del Rio, in fact his name is Ralph de la Vega. Our apologies to Mr. de la Vega.

Our guest in order of appearance:

1:50 Joyce Grippi, Founder of Grippi Business Solutions

8:15 Mary Lewis, Executive Director, Accelerate Arkansas

20:55 Bentonville School District Ignite PSC Program Students Aikman Ewalt, Castle Kerr, Ernesto Santos

29:50 Louis Patler, PH.D. New York Times best-selling author, speaker and consultant, President of The B.I.T. Group

Thank you to the Bentonville/Bella Vista Chamber of Commerce, the NWA Tech Council and all of the folks who made the summit a success.

Our contact info:

Jeff Amerine
Startup Junkie Consulting
Jeff@startupjunkieconsulting.com

Jon Cadieux
455 Media Group, LLC
jon@455mediagroup.com

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