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West Michigan Business Podcast
45 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
017 - AMA International feeds and educates children in extreme poverty in Mexico and Abroad.
https://amawithoutborders.org/Ama International focuses on educational advancement for children in extreme poverty in Mexico serving as a bridge for the underserved. They do this through the Connection Center that was built in 2018 in Grand Rapids' sister city Zapopan, Mexico, and through humanitarian trips taken to the region where communities are served and empowered. Erika's educational background is language arts and early childhood development, which has served as a great foundation in the development of educational programs for children. Through Ama's efforts in third world Mexico, the organization is feeding and educating families who otherwise would be left with nothing. Zapopan is the Silicon Valley of Mexico, and though it has areas of extreme poverty, it also has areas of great wealth and opportunity. The Harvard of Mexico is in Zapopan, meaning, Mexican children have the world at their fingertips. Because of this, it is the perfect place to be the bridge for children in poverty to receive this education. It’s our vision to shrink the chasm between those with and without opportunity through education, love, and support.
55 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
016 - "1 Bold Step" Helps Local Companies Execute Successful Marketing Strategies (Adam Clarke)
"Adam learned early in his career that he has a knack for partnering with people to make their jobs easier and more efficient. He does this through empathic problem-solving, creative idea generation, solid project management skills, and by creating systems and processes that scale.This passion for helping people, combined with his marketing background, has brought him to partner with companies like Haworth, AOP, Honeywell, Kendall Electric, Cascade Engineering, and Byrne Electrical to help them build and scale some of their most complex software applications. From customer relationship management (CRM) and marketing automation to e-commerce, inventory management, and proprietary content management systems, he has worked with myriad customers to envision, plan, and deliver. Working with different clients in numerous industries has given him a breadth of business experiences and sharpened his focus on how companies best go-to-market, deliver great user experiences and prove return on investment."-https://1boldstep.com/adam-clarke/
62 minutes | Mar 24, 2020
015 - Avalanche Creative Massively Improves Websites through Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Lance and Rayanne Beaudry started their business by stumbling upon SEO when trying to build a website. They share their journey of starting in a broad form and being strung out in an effort to do everything under the sun. Now, after defining their niche, they have established the ability to serve the customer with what they know best. They lay out their services very clearly and define the benefits of using SEO and design for each potential customer. Listen in as they discuss their process and what they aspire to become in the future!
50 minutes | Mar 7, 2020
014 - TJ Cremeans Builds a Business that Brings him Purpose and Passion (TKC Homes)
TJ Cremeans comes to the podcast like many of the other guests I've had on the show before, achieving success in the corporate world but feeling like something was missing. Come to find out, that something for TJ was entrepreneurship and the many challenges that are involved. He built TKC Homes from the ground up and dives into some of the challenges and motivations that went into the building and fortification of his business.
43 minutes | Mar 4, 2020
013 - @Home Realty Focuses on Relationships and People Over Sales Goals and Numbers.
"@Home Realty is a locally owned and operated relationship-based real estate company that has been in the business for more than 10 years. We take pride in our community involvement, forward-thinking mindset, cutting-edge marketing strategies, and adoption of the latest technology to stay ahead of the curve." - https://athomerealtyfamily.com/about-usJake Hogeboom has quite an interesting background, being all over the country growing up. Jake learned the founding principles of business and leadership from his father (ex-NFL quarterback) and carried them into his real estate business in the West Michigan market. If I were asked to sum up @Home Realty in three words, it would be "people over product."
39 minutes | Feb 24, 2020
012 - Kujenga Marketing Serves Grand Rapids Area Businesses with Lead Generation and Website Design
Chris Cottle started Kujenga Marketing with the intent of helping local businesses better utilize their websites to generate targeted leads. Chris believes there is a need in the website design space to turn websites into profit-generating machines that customers can use with ease. Listen in to find out how he walks someone through the eyes of their customer and how he has been able to succeed in business.
88 minutes | Feb 15, 2020
011 - Alyx Arends Heals Injuries and Physical Pain through her Business, (A Mindful Movement)
As a former personal trainer, Alyx went on a journey of self-discovery to realize that the competitive gym environment isn't conducive to long term health and feeling good. She had many clients who had chronic pain or injuries that were caused by engaging in strenuous, stressful and sometimes painful exercises or activities. Frustrated with the lack of attention to this problem, she set out to find a solution. Lo and behold, she came across the foundation of her new business and the foundation for the rest of her life. It all starts with mindfulness and careful attention. Alyx is able to go above and beyond for her clients in engaging fully in what the body and mind need down to the finest detail. You don't want to miss this incredible story with Alyx Arends.
57 minutes | Feb 11, 2020
010 - Abbey Johnston Breaks Alpha Stereotypes while Building True Leaders in Local Businesses (AG Collaborative)
"For me, this work is sort of in my bones and it makes me feel alive when I get to do it." -Abbey JohnstonAbbey Johnston works alongside her business partner, Greg, in leadership development with West Michigan area businesses. She is someone with a chip on her shoulder for not being the "girl who fit in". A very bold person, Abbey set out to do what she loves and do what she does best. Abbey's work is an outpouring of the passion she has for developing leaders and shaping them into being vulnerable and real with their teams.
71 minutes | Feb 6, 2020
009 - Erik Lauchiè Captures the Essence of Businesses through Film and Photography (Carbon Stories)
Erik is the Creative Director and Founder of Carbon Stories creative agency. His passion is using technology to tell stories and bring ideas into reality. You can find examples of his team's work at http://carbonstories.us/ and at http://www.eriklauchie.com/. Erik has gone above and beyond to be an active component in growing and developing his local community, all the while traveling across the world for various projects. His mission is exciting and real, and I sincerely hope that you enjoyed listening to him expound on the challenges and opportunities faced in operating multiple businesses.
40 minutes | Feb 4, 2020
008 - Thomas Bowes Builds Confidence in Student Athletes on the Field and in Life (Freak Faktory)
Thomas is highly engaged in the training and development of athletes through his Hudsonville based fitness facility, Freak Faktory. With an emphasis on building confidence in middle school-aged students, he works closely with sports teams and individuals. He develops sport-specific and high-quality training programs for all age groups. Listen in as we walk through the challenges and opportunities in running a fitness business and discuss the inspirations that come along with being able to change people's lives. Thomas has a unique perspective and a lot of insight into business and in life, be sure to check in with him on social media and let him know if you enjoyed the podcast!
26 minutes | Jan 29, 2020
007 - Timothy Meyers Provides Student Entrepreneurs with Space and Resources at GVSU (CEO)
Timothy (Tim) Meyers is the acting president at the student-led organization named C.E.O. Tim adopted an all-inclusive leadership style to try and remove the stigma around entrepreneurship being only for "business people". With a laid back attitude and a desire to see others win, Tim shares incredible stories of students who made it big while attending Grand Valley State University. Whether you are a student or a local resident, you can learn from the stories of past members of CEO who made it big (including the founder of Boxed Water Is Better, LLC).
70 minutes | Jan 27, 2020
006 - Eric Dimmick Shoots Incredible Video for Hospitality Businesses (Ozone Productions)
Eric Dimmick has always been a fan of flight and video. After producing quality pieces for his social media accounts, he was invited to work on a project all over Spain. This opportunity provided the spark that Eric needed to go after something he loved. He was introduced to not only the possibility of what can be done with video, but also the need for these projects to be done all around the world. Knowing that his hometown market was underserved, Eric returned to Grand Rapids Michigan to start his own production company, Ozone productions. The stories that came out of this desire to build a business and the missteps along the way are well worth a listen (or two!).
39 minutes | Jan 23, 2020
005 - Michael Dublis Saves his Life by Bringing Passion Back to the Game of Soccer (The Soccer Rebellion)
Michael Dublis was nearing a point of no return in his sales position. Wildly successful yet suffering from overwhelming stress, Michael decided (with the help of his doctor) to pursue a venture that he found stress-relieving; soccer! With the child-like passion he had for the game of soccer when he was growing up, he set out on the mission of changing the stigma around soccer. Listen in as Michael tells a compelling story that led him to develop the business into something much bigger than it's foundation. You'll enjoy how we dive deep into starting something instead of analyzing the endless possibilities. Overall, a wonderful podcast and a guy that I will be watching closely over the next decade. Get ready for a ride!
53 minutes | Jan 22, 2020
004 - Regina Patterson Serves Through Marketing, Communication, and Outreach (RRP Marketing)
RRP Marketing is a full-service marketing firm that engages in all manner of promotion and engagement through social and traditional media. Regina has such an interesting back story about getting into business and how she was able to finally quit and pursue her passion full time. Whether you are a small business owner who wants insight as to how to market and promote your product or service, or you are an aspiring entrepreneur who wants to learn what it takes to go after your muse full time, this podcast is for you.
44 minutes | Jan 17, 2020
003: Jamie McCauley Flips Houses and Builds Top SEO Websites on the Side
Jamie started his entrepreneurship journey with his wife, Sarah, when they built a website for freelance wedding photography. Before SEO was even a trending topic, he was able to rank his website to the top of google search. With the income that was coming in from the wedding photography business, Jamie then leveraged his available time into flipping houses in the Grand Rapids market. Attributing his success in house flipping to timing and patience, Jamie has built a successful portfolio of rentals and flips to help build the foundation for wealth that will last a lifetime. Listen in as Jamie shares his top tips for finding deals and balancing work and play on episode three of the West Michigan Business Podcast.
69 minutes | Jan 17, 2020
001: Geoff Griffin on Developing a Business You Love and Work/Life Balance (Griffin Remodeling Design + Build)
Geoff Griffin is a Grand Rapids (Ada) based Business Owner. He founded Griffin Remodeling Design + Build over a year ago. He dives deep into not only how he was able to start his business, but why. After overcoming a significant amount of adversity in school, Geoff has been able to leverage his newfound creativity to building a business. By the end of the show, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the nuances of starting a business in the field you love. Listen in as Geoff breaks down how he views work/life balance and the struggles that all entrepreneurs face when they are starting out. He also goes deep on what success looks like for himself both professionally and personally. Geoff has an incredible work ethic and one of the most creative minds in the Real Estate space. Make sure you check out his business pages and give him a shoutout if you listen to this podcast!
47 minutes | Jan 17, 2020
002: Josh Teigen Shares an Incredible Story of Faith and Building Businesses That Serve (Banner Media)
Josh Teigen is a serial entrepreneur with a knack for creating businesses all over the country. Josh started his entrepreneurial kick in college and hasn't let up from there. Now, as the founder of Banner Media, Josh spreads a message of Faith around the world through the medium of video.Listen in to learn about Josh's approach to business, success, work/life balance, and money. He has a number of real-life examples of leading teams of creative people to complete projects on time and at scale. You'll definitely learn about management and leadership with Josh Teigen.
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