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20 minutes | Apr 30, 2018
Episode 25 Corey Hutcherson: Wake Forest Chamber Foundation and Meet in the Street
For 38 years the Wake Forest Area Chamber of Commerce has been hosting "Meet in the Street." It's an arts and crafts festival, a food truck rodeo, an all-day music concert, and a children's street fair, all wrapped up in one amazing event. Corey Hutcherson, VP of Community Relations for the Chamber talks about the festival and what to expect on May 5, 2018. Along with Meet in the Street, Hutcherson discusses the Chamber's charitable foundation and the work it's doing to serve our community.
17 minutes | Apr 17, 2018
Episode 24 Mary Tomlinson: On Purpose Partners
Mary Tomlinson spent more than 18 years making the magic happen at the Walt Disney Company. She shares her experiences in sales, marketing, and training, and how she turned that career into a successful speaking and consulting business, On Purpose Partners.
20 minutes | Apr 10, 2018
Episode 23 Steve Fleming: Galaxy Fun Park
Steve and Shannon Fleming breathed new life into an old Kroger grocery store when they imagined Galaxy Fun Park, an indoor center with trampolines, Go-carts, laser tag and more. Now a destination for family entertainment and track-out camps throughout the year, they've expanded their facilities and attracted other family-friendly businesses to their shopping center. Learn how they did it as Steve describes this out-of-this-world journey to success.
7 minutes | Apr 3, 2018
Episode 22 Ann Welton: April news and events for the Chamber
There are so many exciting events and programs in the month of April! Chamber president Ann Welton details what's coming up and how members can participate. Listen to find out how you can get involved this month.
20 minutes | Mar 27, 2018
Episode 21 Joel Odegaard: Blue Green Bin Clean
For some, the path to entrepreneurship is pretty straightforward. For others, one life event leads to another, and then another, and before you know it, you're starting a business you never even knew existed a year before! Joel Odegaard's story is one of discovery and hard work as he continues to build a business and care for his young family in Wake Forest.
24 minutes | Mar 20, 2018
Episode 20 Paige Smith and Nyle Wadford: Neuse Tile Service
Neuse Tile Service was started in the mid-1960s. More than 50 years later, it's still a family business, now owned and operated by the brother and sister team of Paige Smith and Nyle Wadford. Learn how they came to join their father's business and how they've adapted to keep it thriving all these years.
19 minutes | Mar 13, 2018
Episode 19 Gerry Hayes: Wireless Research Center
For decades, North Carolina's Research Triangle Park was home to some of the best talent in wireless technology. After the 2009 recession, many companies moved away, but many experts in the field chose to stay in the area. Gerry Hayes, CEO of The Wireless Research Center in Wake Forest shares how it was started, how the non-profit supports entrepreneurs and fledgling inventors, and how the Internet of Things is changing the landscape for all of us.
13 minutes | Feb 27, 2018
Episode 18 Pure-Line Plumbing: Gil Rodriguez
Gil Rodriguez, co-owner of Pure-Line Plumbing, shares how they've built a very successful business by keeping one set of constituents happy - their employees. He also talks about the importance of apprenticeship programs and how his plumbing skills have taken him around the world and finding ways to provide clean water to people everywhere.
16 minutes | Feb 6, 2018
Episode 17 Gordon Coleman: GCJ Productions
Gordon Coleman is an entrepreneur whose passion for his work has fueled his persistence - even in the face of discouragement. Listen to hear him describe the importance of high-touch customer service, especially in his high-tech industry.
21 minutes | Jan 30, 2018
Episode 16 Dino Radosta: White Street Brewing Company
How does a semi-retired software company owner become the owner of a successful craft brewing company and a driving force behind the revitalization of an historic downtown? Dino Radosta, owner of White Street Brewing Company, shares his story about creating White Street the beer, and why creating White Street the brewery was instrumental in re-energizing the actual White Street in downtown Wake Forest.
22 minutes | Jan 23, 2018
Episode 15 Robbie Earnhardt: Superior Tooling
Robbie Earnhardt, founder of Superior Tooling, knew from an early age that he wanted to make things and work with his hands. Completing an apprenticeship program led to his first career opportunity and has become his passion. Along with building a hugely successful tool and die manufacturing business, he has been instrumental in building the NC TAP apprenticeship program. Learn about the advantages of apprenticeships and the opportunities they provide to young people looking for guaranteed jobs in highly technical fields with zero college debt.
19 minutes | Jan 16, 2018
Episode 14 Ashlee Adams and Jennifer Jones: The Sutherland
Ashlee Adams and Jennifer Jones are best friends. Along with Ashlee's mother Gayle, they own The Sutherland, an historic home and special events venue in Wake Forest. Their journey as joint business owners began when Ashlee searched, and couldn't find, the perfect place for her own wedding. After securing the historic property 11 years ago, the trio has built a tremendous business catering to brides, charities, and corporate events. Learn the difference between a special events planner, and a special events producer as you get to know the story of The Sutherland.
15 minutes | Jan 9, 2018
Episode 13 Redwood Productions: Jennifer Ray
Serial entrepreneur Jennifer Ray shares her "failure is not an option" strategies as she describes her various business ventures. A business owner for 19 years, she discusses the importance of continually learning and keeping up with the current trends and technologies.
6 minutes | Jan 2, 2018
Episode 12 Launch Wake Forest: Ann Welton
Taking a holiday break from one-on-one interviews, Ann Welton discusses a free new program for entrepreneurs who want to take their businesses to the next level. Details on the January 2018 Information Sessions and how to find more information are provided.
20 minutes | Dec 19, 2017
Episode 11 Williams Advisory Group: Jeff Williams
A desire to help small business owners become more efficient and more profitable led Jeff Williams to strike out on his own after more than 20 years in banking. With Jeff as an on-demand CFO, business owners are able to focus on generating revenue and running their operations more effectively.
16 minutes | Dec 12, 2017
Episode 10 Soule Employment Law: Mimi Soule
Wake Forest native Mimi Soule left a big corporate law firm to focus on helping small business owners with their employment law issues. Her unique business model allows businesses to take advantage of her expertise and counsel only when it's needed, and keep them out of the courtroom.
24 minutes | Dec 5, 2017
Episode 9: Page 158 Books; Dave and Sue Lucey
A couple take their love of books and their passion for reading to a new level when they open an independent bookstore. A series of challenges requires them to move twice in two years before settling into their permanent home in downtown Wake Forest.
17 minutes | Nov 28, 2017
Episode 8 Allied Rehab: Teresa Hale
A tragic accident when she was 13 years old set Teresa Hale on the path that would define her life's work. She established Allied Rehab in 1987 to serve the Wake Forest community with physical, occupational, and speech therapy. A hands-on therapist, she built a business and has been improving lives for more than 30 years.
15 minutes | Nov 14, 2017
Episode 7 Focus Design Builders: David Williams
Wake Forest native David Williams, Jr. literally learned the construction business from the ground up. As a teenager he picked up trash on work sites while he learned alongside some of the area's best craftsmen. Now an award-winning CFO, he continues to make his mark on projects around the state and the country.
19 minutes | Nov 7, 2017
Episode 6 Communicopia: Angela Jamison
From a small farm town in Iowa, a girl with a fascination in journalism turned her love of writing into a successful public relations and marketing firm. Angela Jamison, founder of Communicopia in Wake Forest, serves clients across the country while serving as a "serial volunteer" in organizations across the community.
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