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24 minutes | Mar 29, 2017
BU007: Denver Cat Company with Sana Q. Hamelin
If you like cats, and you like coffee, wouldn't you love to enjoy both together? That's exactly what a cat cafe provides, and Denver Cat Company is bringing cats, coffee, and potential pet owners together every day. Sana Q. Hamelin is the founder and owner of Denver Cat Co., and in this episode of Business Unusual, she shares how a cat cafe is a perfect endeavor for someone who would love to bring every cat home with her. Items & Takeaways from this episode: Denver isn't the only city with a cat cafe! There's one particular country where cat cafes are found on just about every street corner. Business owners face many obstacles; even more when they are a woman, a minority, and might lack a business degree. Sana observed "Day Without Women" during International Women's Month and was interviewed by the local NBC affiliate, 9News. When you have a brick-and-mortar storefront you are leasing , Sana shares advice into how to help yourself when negotiating your business' space.
39 minutes | Mar 22, 2017
BU006: The Gamecrafter with JT Smith
We've come a long way with board games since the days of Chutes and Ladders or LIFE. I visited a game shop recently and found wall-to-wall options for board games I've never heard of. Someone had to think up those new games, and that's the very business of The Gamecrafter. Co-founded by JT Smith, for years creators and gaming enthusiasts have brought their board game ideas to the Gamecrafter to bring them into reality. JT took time to share his entrepreneurial journey and history of The Gamecrafter with Business Unusual. Items & Takeaways from this episode: JT Smith has started 21 businesses in his journey as an entrepreneur. A deck of cards can cost as little as $6 to be created by The Gamecrafter. Think "Cafepress for boardgames!" (Though it's a bit more complicated than that.) When you focus on doing too much manually, you can tank your company in the long run. Figure out a more efficient way. Building incentives into a community for your company can foster better products as well as better brand advocates."If you have to be there to make money, you will never make any." If you're a game convention organizer, JT makes a special announcement at the end of the interview.
27 minutes | Mar 15, 2017
BU005: Obstacle Racing Media with Matt B. Davis
We're all used to the metaphor of "hitting a wall" as we try to accomplish a goal, but what about when you really encounter one and have to get over it before finishing? Welcome to obstacle racing! Matt B. Davis is the co-founder of Obstacle Racing Media, the media and podcast source for all adventurous competitors in the racing realm. Matt shares his unique path to co-founding ORM, as well as honest insights into his journey and how he manages his day-to-day in this unique landscape. Items & Takeaways from this episode: Matt is a "later in life" entrepreneur, starting is first business (a staffing company) in his late 30s. Obstacle racing isn't just for "fit people;" the only difference between your race and someone else's race is your time. Matt learned, in the process of starting his podcast about obstacle racing, the importance of "consistent quality content." Matt and his wife are heading to the Bermuda Triple Challenge - are you? Many of the obstacle races have kid versions, too! Waffle House may have a new influencer for their marketing strategy... Matt is a Gary V. fan!
36 minutes | Mar 8, 2017
BU004: Cars From a Woman’s Perspective with Alissa Barry
Women and cars... what pops into your head with that phrase? From visor mirrors and soccer mom insignias to bikini-clad hotties sprawled across hoods, women and cars can drum up a variety of stereotypes. Cars From a Woman's Perspective was created by Alissa Barry Tyler to challenge those stereotypes. By creating a community and resource for women who make their cars part of a lifestyle, CFAWP is dialing back our assumptions and driving forward with a new way of looking at females and their automobiles. Items & Takeaways from this episode: Cars From a Woman's Perspective can be seen on Comcast in Colorado as well as Detroit and Indianapolis. CFAWP videos don't just focus on car maintenance; they speak more to overall lifestyle with your car. Shout out to Rod at the Emily Griffith Technical College in Denver! Alissa got to drive the Ford Gran Torino from the Starsky & Hutch TV Show... including wearing the mock-up Starsky sweater!
24 minutes | Feb 18, 2017
BU003: Conbody with Coss Marte
You'd think facing jail time as well as a foreboding health diagnosis would be enough to dampen any entrepreneurial ideas. When Coss Marte spent three minutes working out in his 9' x 6' jail cell only to collapse on his bed, he may never have predicted the fitness community which would eventually develop into a fully-realized business. Conbody is the result of one ex-convict's drive and desire to be healthy and to give back to his community. Items & takeaways mentioned in this episode: ConBody stands for “Convict Body,” hiring ex-convicts to teach prison-style fitness to customers. Their team goes back into prisons to help teach fitness and also to prevent recidivism. Founder Coss Marte grew his customer base from one to two people at a park to over 10,000 through consistency – just showing up every day. Conbody’s growth was helped greatly by one single blog post which took off. DefyVentures.org is a resource for formerly-incarcerated entrepreneurs to build something new and find those who will help them do it. If anyone is looking to volunteer in exchange for learning about building a business and fitness, Conbody.com seeks volunteers.
29 minutes | Feb 2, 2017
BU002: Personify Leadership with Angela Sebaly & Michelle Cummings
How quickly do you forget about everything you were supposed to learn at a self-improvement workshop? After several hours of staring at ugly carpet in dim lighting at yet another Powerpoint slide, it's no wonder most leadership development programs do very little programming of leaders. Personify Leadership is changing the delivery of leadership development. Listen to co-founders Angela Sebaly and Michelle Cummings in this episode of Business Unusual. Items & takeaways mentioned in this episode: The Courageous Leader by Angela Sebaly; There is such a thing as a Master’s Degree in Experiential Education You retain 70% of what you do, 20% of what you see, and 10% of what you hear.
48 minutes | Jan 29, 2017
BU001: Say It International with Sandra Centorino
Been getting enough positivity in your life lately? Most of us would say, "no." Yet a simple word of encouragement or acceptance can completely change your day around, right? Say It International makes positivity its mission, and under the leadership of Sandra Centorino, it's changing lives for the better one word at a time. What began as a simple encounter at a coffee shop has now reached thousands and continues to grow. In this episode of Business Unusual, you'll hear from Sandra about her business, her family, and her energy to keep changing the world.
5 minutes | Jan 29, 2017
BU000: Intro to Business Unusual
Switch this thing ON! This introduction to Business Unusual will get you into full "unusual mode" as you prepare to learn about a slew of innovative, unconventional, and downright weird businesses who dare to be different. Take a listen, get excited, and prepare to dive in to a new frontier of business inspiration through Business Unusual.
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