MikedUp Pod

MikedUp Pod

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Business conversations with owners and executives who are in the trenches just like us. Angel Investors, Start-Up Founders, Small Business Owners, Food Truck Owners, and everything in between


Jo Henderson on Training >3,000 Clients and Transforming Lives (The Jo Henderson Project)
Sep 22 • 58 min
Today we’re stoked to welcome Jo Henderson - Owner of The Jo Henderson Project - to the Pod. Josephia (Jo) Henderson is the “Queen of Empowerment”! She has trained over 3000 clients, lead over 5000 classes, and has helped hundreds of people transform…
Navigating 6 Months of the New Coronavirus Normal & Overcoming Challenges with Nate Grenier (Coffee Connections - Round 2)
Sep 15 • 41 min
Back in March, I had the pleasure of talking virtually with Nate Grenier, the co-founder, owner/operator of Coffee Connections in Hilliard, Oh about all things coffee, running a business with your spouse, and some honest conversations about where we could…
Ronnie Ross - Running a Political Campaign, Leading & Inspiring People
Sep 8 • 87 min
Ronnie Ross is currently the English Department Chair at Highland School, a Pre-K2 to Grade 12 independent school located in Warrenton, Virginia, where he’s worked for over 11 years. There he is also the Freshman Dean, a current English teacher in the…
Rapid Fire Palooza! Segments From Our First 6 (Awesome) Guests
Sep 1 • 42 min
We’re taking the week to prepare some of the excellent content we have ahead and diving back into the archives to give you some great content from our first 6 guests… But in a unique way.Our regular listeners know that we like to run each guest through…
Tom Cottrill - What Makes a Great Website & Finding an Agency to Help
Aug 25 • 56 min
Tom Cottrill is the owner and founder of Ignitro - an Independent Web Development Studio that specializes in long-term data-driven projects, custom web development, and design. Aiming to be more of a partner than a vendor, Ignitro works to understand not…
Sam Weisgarber - Legal Best Practices, Protection, and Planning (Business Attorney)
Aug 18 • 60 min
Today we’re exploring the legal aspects of business ownership! Those legal questions to consider before launching your company as well as priorities and potential issues that we may haven’t considered as we’re focused on the day-to-day aspects of our…
Jen Wells - Building Great Teams, Interviewing Well, & Why Diversity Matters (TalentID Group)
Aug 11 • 65 min
Jen Wells is the owner and president of TalentID Group - The company that specializes in building Digital Marketing and Emerging Technology teams. Previously, Jen Co-founded Interactive Marketers of Ohio and from 2008 to 2018 was the president and a…
Chris Ricciardi & Charles Trafton - Funding College Tuition Without Loans (With Edly)
Aug 4 • 57 min
Chris Ricciardi & Chuck Trafton are the co-founders of Edly - the ISA Marketplace that allows its investors to earn monthly income while supporting students. Their company allows investors to invest in the education of students and get paid a percentage…
Artem Milinchuk On Democratizing Farmland Investing as CEO of FarmTogether
Jul 28 • 40 min
Artem has over 10 years of finance experience in food, agriculture, and farmland. He is currently the CEO and founder of FarmTogether - with the mission to radically democratize farmland investing. Prior to founding FarmTogether, Artem was employee #1 and…
Joyce Monfredi - Navigating Crises, Building Great Teams, & Lessons Learned Founding Companies
Jul 21 • 78 min
With nearly 40 years of experience working in the various financial industries, our guest today brings with her a wealth of experience, lessons learned, and great advice for any entrepreneur. She’s held the titles of Branch Manager, Sales Manager, Vice…
Bob Hoying - Building Bridge Park & Designing Great Communities (with Crawford Hoying)
Jul 14 • 56 min
In today’s episode, we have - Bob Hoying, a principal of Crawford Hoying, the company that’s shaping the future with communities built to put people first. After graduating from The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in production and…
Bill Balderaz - Making Informed Tactical Decisions Using Data (with Futurety)
Jul 7 • 64 min
Our guest today is the founder and president of Futurety, a Columbus-based company that focuses on helping organizations disrupt industries and develop new products and services. The firm’s processes combine sales, website, social, financial, operational,…
Jim Dixon - 540k Monthly Mailed Envelopes and Beyond (With Valpak)!
Jun 30 • 58 min
Jim Dixon is a second-generation owner of Valpak here in Central Ohio. In 1972, when his father first purchased the company, Valpak was mailed to 40,000 homes, and it’s now grown to a monthly mailed envelope to over 540,000 a month - And that’s just the…
Tony Peccatiello - From VC to Tech Founder with Parallel Markets
Jun 23 • 58 min
Tony Peccatiello has done a few tours in the entrepreneurial trenches - founding Pyne (a mobile app that allows users to crowdsource their questions in a targeted way while discovering new ideas and staying connected with friends) and his current project…
Katushka Del Pozo on How to Make (and Sell) Delicious Food & “World Famous” Empenadas!
Jun 16 • 58 min
Katushka Del Pozo is a culinary school-trained chef who currently sells delicious international cuisine out of her home kitchen in Columbus, Ohio. She shares how her upbringing in both Miami and Puerto Rico helped infuse food into the core of her family’s…
Dionte’ Johnson (Sole Classics) on Growing 1,000% in 10 years, Conquering Racism, and Turning Rioting into a Platform for Positive Change (And So Much More…)
Jun 9 • 78 min
Dionte’ Johnson is a 10-year (and counting) entrepreneur and the owner of Sole Classics (one of the nation’s premier sneaker, apparel, and lifestyle boutiques). During the first half of our interview, we discuss many of the experiences in his life that…
Loren Snow - Forming Lasting Relationships & Acing Payroll (with PrimePay)
Jun 2 • 52 min
Loren Spends his days at PrimePay ‘relieving headaches’ for his clients around the Columbus area. We talk the ins and outs of payroll - what to do and the practices to avoid to make sure your team stays paid and stays happy. Loren also has his finger on…
Nate Grenier - Making Great Coffee, Giving Back, and Managing His Team at Coffee Connections
May 26 • 66 min
Today we have the pleasure of talking with a man of many talents and just as many convictions. Nate and I shared a similar path, as the concepts for both of our businesses were born around the same time - and it’s been simply awesome just watching Nate…
Kevin Ridenbaugh on Making Great Vegan Food & Getting His Food Truck (Seitan’s Realm) Moving
May 16 • 65 min
Seitan’s Realm is a plant-based food truck serving the greater Columbus area. Their goal is to offer quality plant-based food for the masses and their co-founder, Kevin Ridenbaugh says, “Whether you are vegan, vegetarian, or omnivore Seitan’s Realm has…
Carlie on Quitting Her Stable (Safe) Job and Starting a Freelance Writing Business
May 15 • 61 min
Carlie worked for a marketing agency, successfully managing clients and creating quality content, but just recently decided to take the leap and start her own freelance writing business (Carlie Write Now - Carlie@CarlieWriteNow.com)! We talk all about her…
Steve Carroll on Founding Companies & Rewarding Renters with Findigs
May 15 • 80 min
After working for a few years in the banking industry, Steve co-founded his first business - Seated (The company and app that lets you dine out and earn rewards, which we dive into today on the show). Then, after launching and building Seated as their…
Sean White on Running a Marketing Company & Building a Business People Want to Work For
May 15 • 86 min
Sean White is the CEO of Whiteboard Marketing and today on the pod he shares his backstory getting started in marketing, growing his company to a 25-employee business that’s an industry leader in our region, and building a business that people actually…
Monica Monfredi on Small Business Growth, Earning Reviews, and Running a Business with your Spouse
May 13 • 89 min
Monica Monfredi is a general dentist who owns her own 9-employee practice (Monfredi Family Dental) that’s grown 18.5% and 28% in the first 2 years. We discuss her journey from a day where oral surgeons reshaped her young life with a grueling procedure, to…