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Hops + Handshakes
55 minutes | Aug 24, 2018
Ep. 18: Effective Communication with Rob Hughes
Rob works as a program navigator and coach at R3 Coaching, which offers classes and training to be a "True Success," no matter if you are at work, at home, or just generally active in your community. R3 has a particularly focus on helping business leaders manage their time so that they can feel successful in every part of their lives. One of Rob's main specialties is more precise, effective communication – but we talk about so much more!
34 minutes | Aug 23, 2018
Ep. 17 | Chiropractor to Leader In the Wellness Community
Welcome back to Hops + Handshakes! In episode 17 we sit down with long time friend of our host, Dr. Gabe Ellis. He give us a birds eye view of their childhood friendship and talk about family, life and business. Dr. Gabe shares with us what has made his chiropractor clinics successful and how he used patient testimonials to share the impact that a wellness ambassador can have on health. He also shares with us about a new start up project he is working on and why he believes it will help so many of his patients and more!
35 minutes | May 7, 2018
Episode 16: Founders Brewery and Sara Visser
THE STATE OF BUSINESS BRANDING TODAY (AND HOW TO USE YOUR STRENGTHS WISELY): Sara is the founder and editor of The GR Guide, which covers local GR business, attractions, and marketing. Previously she worked as a digital strategist, account manager and marketing influencer at Digital Limelight Media – basically, she knows what she talking about, especially when it comes to marketing your brand the right way! We sat and talked with her about business, life, and what she’s learned about growing a new company.
46 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Episode 15: LESSONS FROM ENTREPRENEURSHIP WITH KYLE BLACKPORT at BREW MERCHANT
YOUR TEAM NEEDS TO TEACH YOU, TOO Kyle is president at Blackport Solutions, which is, in Kyle’s own words, “A boutique IT consulting firm specializing in network connectivity.” Primarily specializing in phone and internet services, Kyle’s company works with Michigan businesses to find the right data solutions and upgrades that businesses need to keep on growing.
54 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Episode 14: FROM JANITOR TO ENTREPRENEUR WITH KARLIS VIZULIS
Mitten Brewing Co with Karlis Vizulis: Karlis Vizulis: Karlis currently holds the position of CEO at PSI, or Performance Systematix, Inc. This company occupies a niche position in the supply line for microporous membranes and filter materials which are used for container venting, medical filtration, and other laboratory analysis processes. However, Karlis’ story goes way beyond microfilter materials – and has some very interesting points to make about how entrepreneurship can work!
39 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Episode 13: GRAND RAPIDS BREWING AND JOVAN JOVANOVIC
MANAGING A BUSINESS IN MULTIPLE LOCATIONS WHEN YOU CAN’T BE THERE Jovan Jovanovic: Jovan is a founding part of the Watson Intellectual Property Group. As a specialist in intellectual property law, he deals with patens, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair competition, and related matters – pretty important stuff for a new venture to be aware of! As a whole, the Watsons Intellectual Property Group helps businesses understand property law and navigate important rights decisions when necessary. He currently lives in California, but came back for a Michigan (where he still manages an office) visit and talk about his work!
35 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Episode 12: Keith Boswell and Elk Brewing Company
WHY BUSINESSES ALWAYS NEED TO PUSH AHEAD IN TECHNOLOGY Keith Boswell: Keith works as a consultant and “accelerator” – someone who can step into a business in a digital leadership/consultant position to help transform that business in a cutting edge organization that makes use of the latest technology in all the right ways. What technology, and what right ways? That’s where Keith’s experience comes in! In the past, he has worked as a digital leader at the largest HMO in the country, a top U.S. retailer, and with a number of startups.
29 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Episode 11: 7 Monks Taproom and Kristin Britt
GRACEFULLY CHANGE YOUR CAREER PATH Kristin Britt: Kristin is a managing partner and attorney with Britt Morant PC. She specializes in Family Law, Divorce, Estate Planning, Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Business Law. They are currently getting ready to expand, and the story of how she reached such a position – and the choices she made along the way – is an interesting one!
31 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Episode 10: BREWERY VIVANT AND PAIGE CORNETET
BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS BETWEEN WORKFORCE GENERATIONS Paige Cornetet: Paige is the “chief millennial officer” of Millennial Guru, a business team focused on showing companies how to hire, train, coach and interact with younger workers. Rather than make this issue an HR-only topic, Paige and Millennial Guru approach it from a holistic angle, helping managers and leaders throughout the company understand the “capital – human, intellectual, and identity” that millennials bring to the table.
41 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Episode 9: City Built Brewing and Dante Villarreal
HELPING SMALL BUSINESS BRING THEIR IDEAS TO MARKET Dante Villarreal: Dante is the vice president of business services at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce (previously the regional director for the Small Business Development Center) – an ideal place to keep an eye on the growing business trends of the area, the challenges today’s entrepreneurs are facing, and what solutions provide the best answers for those who want to start their own businesses. We sat down to talk about how startups can succeed in the current business climate.
30 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Episode 8: GRAY SKIES DISTILLERY AND DREW NEITZEL
WHY FIRST ONE IN, LAST ONE OUT LEADS TO VICTORY Drew Neitzel: Once a Spartan at Michigan State, Drew traveled the world as a pro basketball player: Now, a financial advisor at Wells Fargo, he helps create the right financial strategies for client goals. Our interview explores how Drew’s past helped him find victory in his current career – because some lessons really are universal.
27 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Episode 7: HARMONY HALL WITH BBB SERVING WESTERN MICHIGAN
BRIDGING THE GENERATION GAP John Masterson and Chris Palmer of the BBB Serving Western Michigan: John Masterson, digital marketing director at the Better Business Bureau Serving Western Michigan, is focused on guiding entrepreneurs as they build their own organization and social presence. John is joined by Chris Palmer, BBB Serving Western Michigan trust advocate, and together they are going to talk about welding the new and old together to keep the business community vitalized.
49 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Episode 6: CRESTON BREWERY AND DEREK COPPESS
SNEAK PEEK: HOW TO GROW PAST YOUR MISTAKES Derek and 616 Development have an impressive resume of successes – but the development world isn’t an easy one, and it can teach a lot about moving through mistakes. Here’s how to deal with them.
18 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Episode 4: O.H.S.O BREWERY AND BRADLEY HARTMANN
HOW TO APPLY YOUR OWN TALENTS TO A BUSINESS VENTURE Sounds obvious, right? Of course you are going to be bringing your own talents to the table when starting a company. But as Bradley Hartmann shares, it’s not just business acumen that can help out – it’s important to remember your full life experiences, and how they can help you find the perfect niche your market.
25 minutes | Apr 16, 2018
Episode 3: BREWERY VIVANT AND JORDAN BUSH
Why you need to be flexible about clients, industries and more. To catch the whole interview and learn more about the differences between public and private enterprise (and why estate planning is important), listen to this episode now!
23 minutes | Apr 16, 2018
Episode 2: ELK BREWERY AND JEFF DELONGCHAMP, PRESIDENT OF ELECTIONSOURCE
Jeff is the founder and CEO of ElectionSource (among other companies), a service provider for managing elections, election data, and related security. As you can imagine, his industry has got a lot of attention lately, which raises an interesting point: How do you sustain an early or unexpected business success and use it for the long-term benefit of your organization?
32 minutes | Apr 16, 2018
Episode 1: ELK BREWERY AND ANDREW GRASHUIS
We talked with Andrew Grashuis of the Andrew Grashuis Collection (Greenridge Realty) about just how you can maintain your career-oriented passion through the years. Listen to 6 things we learned about life, entrepreneurship and real estate.
31 minutes | Apr 10, 2018
HOPS + HANDSHAKES EPISODE 5: THE KNICKERBOCKER AND BRIAN HOGAN
Brian’s development of Hi-Tec Building Services is a great success story – and sometimes success is all about the right positioning. Here’s what you need to know about waiting for the right opportunity, and then seizing it when it comes.
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