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Business Inspires Episode 9 – The Candle Lab

The ninth episode of our monthly podcast Business Inspires features Steven Weaver, owner of The Candle Lab.

To run a successful business, you need resources, valuable connections and community recognition. This podcast will provide you with the inspiration to create the business that you envision.

Since 2007, Steve and Katesha Weaver have grown The Candle Lab brand around custom fragrance.

In 2009, they lost the The Candle Lab’s Grandview location to a fire that claimed multiple businesses on Grandview Avenue.

Now the candle lab has locations in Columbus, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh and recently reopened in Grandview.

Weaver discusses topics including:

Pursuing and eventually leaving his dream career in politics

I got my full dose of my first career and was ready for something new… I was running out of people that i wanted to help get elected… I had seen enough of the dirty side of politics that I knew it didn’t matter how well we conducted our business as long as you are dealing with shady characters, that eventually you were going to get sucked into that.

The evolution of The Candle Lab and “staying fresh” as a business

Ultimately your customers are going to tell you who you are and what they want from you. The businesses that can listen to that and adjust and adapt are the ones that are built for long term success.All of our moves have come directly from customers saying “hey have you ever thought about doing this?”

Working with your spouse

If you each have different jobs, you can lean on one another and share about your bad day and your spouse or significant other is there to support you. When you’re in it together, you’re both in there and you have to find other ways to cope with that, but the shared successes make that worth it.

Reopening on Grandview Avenue

We were in Grandview almost right from the beginning, and that community has been so great to us and we have a lot of really loyal fans there that have helped us over all these years. So to be back on the avenue in the space that we’re in, right in the heart of the mix, has been great.

Listen to Business Inspires Episode 9 and hear more about Weaver’s entry into the candle making business, challenges faced throughout the years and how to work with your neighbors when you enter a community.

How to listen

Our partnership with North American Broadcasting and the Circle270Media Podcast Network has made the podcast possible.

Help spread the word by sharing this post and our podcast on social media. Success for this project means success for business in the Tri-Village area!

Please take a moment to rate and review our podcast in iTunes. That helps us spread the word about Business Inspires.

To schedule a guest appearance, or find out more about sponsoring Business Inspires, send an email to michelle@chamberpartnership.org

By |2018-10-10T05:42:44+00:00November 7th, 2017|Business Inspires, TVCP News|0 Comments

Business Inspires Episode 8 – Mill Street Distillery and Endeavor Brewing

The eighth episode of our monthly podcast, Business Inspires, features Hernando Posada of Mill Street Distillery and Endeavor Brewing.

To run a successful business, you need resources, valuable connections and community recognition. This podcast will provide you with the inspiration to create the business that you envision.

Hernando discusses how he found himself in the business world, what he learned from working in government, and how he landed where he is today. He’s operated Mill Street Distillery for years, and he recently opened a new brewery in the Grandview area, Endeavor Brewing.

Hernando discusses topics including:

On how his father’s work as a doctor inspired him to do what he does today:

Helping people and interacting with people is something I’ve always loved.

On his time creating a state agency that addressed the alcohol and drug addiction.

Whether you’re on the left politically or on the right politically, the point really was that we knew that if we successfully could treat individuals that those individuals could become taxpayers again.

On distilleries and breweries helping the Ohio economy:

We can’t attract investment if we can’t increase our production capacity. So and that in turn creates jobs and economic development issues and opportunities for Ohioans. We purchase our glass in Ohio our barrels in Ohio our grain in Ohio.

On his experience with Mill Street Distillery:

The intersection of regulatory issues with business is fascinating, and I’ve loved learning how to navigate that the best ways possible.

On the growth of distilleries in the state of Ohio:

I think in total we have over 21 distilleries throughout the state. We anticipate to exceed 30 by year’s end, and we have more than 100 in the midwest region.

On supporting local:

It says a lot to the general public across the country, where they want to be able to support local, and if you can provide a quality product that’s developed locally, supporting the economy, creating jobs, people are willing to pay a little bit more.

On the partnerships that grow among alcohol and other local businesses:

The relationships and creativity among small businesses is really exciting to see.

On the future of distilleries and craft brewers:

There will be a process through attrition or otherwise where the businesses will begin to weed themselves out at some level. Some will be acquired. Some will close down. That happens in any business. So the best that we can do is really produce the highest quality products that we can possibly produce and get them out in individual’s hands so they can experience them.

You have to ensure that’s (your product) going to be competitive with anybody in the world. You have to legitimately feel that you can do that. If you don’t feel that you can compete with other businesses at that level then the ability to scale it (your business) is really unrealistic.

You need to understand that if you don’t have the passion for what you’re doing it’s not worth doing.

You have to understand your own priorities. So once you establish those priorities, do your best to remain focused, objective, and passionate and share your time with your family as well

 

Check out Mill Street Distillery here and Endeavor Brewing here.

How to listen

Our partnership with North American Broadcasting and the Circle270Media Podcast Network has made the podcast possible.

Help spread the word by sharing this post and our podcast on social media. Success for this project means success for business in the Tri-Village area!

Please take a moment to rate and review our podcast in iTunes. That helps us spread the word about Business Inspires.

To schedule a guest appearance, or find out more about sponsoring Business Inspires, send an email to michelle@chamberpartnership.org

By |2018-10-10T05:42:44+00:00October 17th, 2017|Business Inspires|0 Comments

Business Inspires Episode 7 – Huffman’s Market

The seventh episode of our monthly podcast, Business Inspires, features Ryan Huffman of Huffman’s Market.

To run a successful business, you need resources, valuable connections and community recognition. This podcast will provide you with the inspiration to create the business that you envision. It might even encourage you to rock and roll a bit, too.

Ryan discusses running a family-owned grocery store in Upper Arlington and what drove him to build the business for the tri-village community. He discusses the Huffman’s customer service philosophy, the importance of selling local and more in this month’s Business Inspires.

Ryan discusses topics including:

On being a family-owned and run business:

Work is work, family is family. We don’t have too may disagreements. He’s still my father at the end of the day.

On customer service and the Huffman’s philosophy:

Customer service has always been a big part of our business. We’ve never had a customer complain about us asking too many times how their day is, or if they are finding everything alright. Simplicity of our business if an advantage for us. We can get all those things the big guys do, so we order things specifically for customers when they ask for it.

On the importance of offering local products:

We buy as close to home as possible…help your neighbors, and they will help you.

On challenges from competition:

We try to use our resources. We network so much, we know so many people in every realm.

On the reason why he believes long-standing small business succeed:

There’s a simplicity that these larger organizations are overthinking.

 

Check out Huffman’s Market here.

How to listen

Our partnership with North American Broadcasting and the Circle270Media Podcast Network has made the podcast possible.

Help spread the word by sharing this post and our podcast on social media. Success for this project means success for business in the Tri-Village area!

Please take a moment to rate and review our podcast in iTunes. That helps us spread the word about Business Inspires.

To schedule a guest appearance, or find out more about sponsoring Business Inspires, send an email to michelle@chamberpartnership.org

By |2018-10-10T05:42:44+00:00September 5th, 2017|Business Inspires|0 Comments

Schmidt’s Food Truck – Business Inspires

The sixth episode of our monthly podcast, Business Inspires, features Andy Schmidt of Schmidt’s Restaurant and Catering.

To run a successful business, you need resources, valuable connections and community recognition. This podcast will provide you with the inspiration to create the business that you envision. It might even encourage you to rock and roll a bit, too.

Andy grew up in Upper Arlington, graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1974, and is proud to still call the Tri-Village area home. At 19 he felt the calling to come back to the family business, so he dropped out of college and began working at Schmidt’s. The Schmidt’s businesses started in the 1800s, and Schmidt’s is the longest-running food business at The Ohio State Fair. Schmidt’s is still a small family business even with several centuries of success under the belt. Follow Schmidt’s Sausage Truck online here, including weekly at five points in Upper Arlington.

Andy discusses topics including:

On advice that he would give for starting a business:

Go into whatever you want to do…go at it wholeheartedly and understand there will be ups and downs, peaks and valleys…and be ready for those valleys, because they are going to come.

Challenges Schmidt’s has faced in the restaurant business:

We had definite challenges. We had as many at five restaurants in Columbus, and now we are at one and a couple of food trucks. Be ready and willing to reinvent your business when the time comes…when you have to before you close your doors.

Regarding social media:

Social media is the greatest thing that has happened to our society, but the scariest thing, because it can put you out of business in a day.

On having a vision for your business:

Your business can run you…you need to run your business.

Why Schmidt’s expanded into food trucks:

The business plan was to open small brick and mortar Schmidt’s that had 10 or 15 seats, on college campuses. But then I saw The Great American Food Truck Race on Food Network.

The challenge of food trucks:

How do you scale the food truck business out beyond your home city?

Check out the Schmidt’s Sausage Truck here or visit the German Village restaurant here.

How to listen

Our partnership with North American Broadcasting and the Circle270Media Podcast Network has made the podcast possible.

Help spread the word by sharing this post and our podcast on social media. Success for this project means success for business in the Tri-Village area!

Please take a moment to rate and review our podcast in iTunes. That helps us spread the word about Business Inspires.

To schedule a guest appearance, or find out more about sponsoring Business Inspires, send an email to michelle@chamberpartnership.org

By |2018-10-10T05:42:45+00:00August 7th, 2017|Business Inspires|0 Comments

Four String Brewing Co – Business Inspires

The fifth episode of our monthly podcast, Business Inspires, features Dan Cochran, founder and owner of Four String Brewing Co.

To run a successful business, you need resources, valuable connections and community recognition. This podcast will provide you with the inspiration to create the business that you envision. It might even encourage you to rock and roll a bit, too.

When Four String Brewing Co. opened six years ago, the central Ohio brewing industry was extremely different than what it is today. One of a handful of Columbus breweries in 2011, Four String is now one of dozens. A passion that began in a small North Campus apartment turned into a business in an increasingly dynamic field, the perfect setting to hear valuable insights and interesting experiences.

Dan discusses topics including:

The connection between a childhood dream and becoming a brewer 

I wanted to be a rock star when I was kid. I was fortunate when I was a little bit older I had some great opportunities to tour and record a bit playing bass guitar, so I did get to live that dream.  At the same time I was touring the country, going to breweries, and homebrewing when I was off the road.

Business lessons learned on tour

Back in the nineties, a few of the bands I played in, especially the ones where we toured and recorded so much, were like a small business. We were just working so hard to get to that next step and we would sit down and talk about what our goals were, believe it or not,  and work-work-work-work towards that.

The truth in an old saying

“You’re never gonna work a day in your life if you’re doing what you love,” I really use to think that was just a bunch of talk. Well great, but nobody really gets to do that, whatever. But it’s totally true. As soon as I got the brewery open and was brewing the beer and was out there working the with bars selling the beer, I enjoyed it, and I had never worked so hard in my life. And I still enjoy it

Grandview Heights and focusing locally

It gives a lot of pride to the local residents when they have a brewery down the street or they have this other type of business down the street. It localizes the community and economy.

Crack open a Hilltop Lager, listen to the episode and hear more from Dan about Four String Brewing Co.

How to listen

Our partnership with North American Broadcasting and the Circle270Media Podcast Network has made the podcast possible.

Help spread the word by sharing this post and our podcast on social media. Success for this project means success for business in the Tri-Village area!

Please take a moment to rate and review our podcast in iTunes. That helps us spread the word about Business Inspires.

To schedule a guest appearance, or find out more about sponsoring Business Inspires, send an email to michelle@chamberpartnership.org

By |2018-10-10T05:42:45+00:00June 6th, 2017|Business Inspires|0 Comments

Holbrook & Manter, CPAs – Business Inspires

We are excited to share the fourth episode of our new monthly podcast, Business Inspires, from the Tri-Village Chamber Partnership.

To run a successful business, you need resources, valuable connections and community recognition. This podcast will provide you with the inspiration to create the business that you envision.

Our fourth episode features Brad Ridge, Managing Principal of Holbrook & Manter, CPAs

Holbrook & Manter began in Marion, Ohio in 1919.  They were also one of the first tenants in the Grandview Yard. Now they have reached 45 employees and beyond accounting services, offer classes and talks on a variety of professional services.

Brad discusses topics including:

Holbrook & Manter’s focus on family owned businesses

It’s not all we do, but it’s a foundational piece for us. We’re a consultative firm, we help our clients with planning and their financial futures. That involves helping their business thrive but helping them in their own personal finances and meandering through life.

Brad’s history with the company

I’ve been with H&M since 1982. If we added up the partners I think we would have 150-200 years of experience, which really is special.

Importance of mentoring

My first boss was a fellow by the name of Carl Russell, I couldn’t have had a better mentor to begin with in my career. I came in as an account manager right out of college, had never managed people. To have someone patient and kind like Carl was, allowed me to make mistakes and yet be there to mentor.

[new associates] need a mentor. Seek out a mentor, somebody that maybe has been through some trials and tribulations. We know life is difficult and it’s intense and to find somebody that can really be a friend but also be a transparent mentor, I think would be an excellent thing.

A key piece of advice

It’s important not to damage relationships, even though you might feel you’re wronged or maybe somebody doesn’t see eye-to-eye with you and you think they’re wrong. I think it’s a very healthy thing to not burn those bridges. I’ve tried to teach my three sons that. It’s amazing how someone you may not see eye-to-eye with on an item and you say “well, maybe I’d just like to have them out of my life,” it’s amazing to see that later on they may need something and you can help them.

Listen to the episode to hear more from Brad about the technology and personnel of Holbrook & Manter and what sets them apart from other firms in the area.

How to listen

Our partnership with North American Broadcasting and the Circle270Media Podcast Network has made the podcast possible.

Help spread the word by sharing this post and our podcast on social media. Success for this project means success for business in the Tri-Village area!

Please take a moment to rate and review our podcast in iTunes. That helps us spread the word about Business Inspires.

To schedule a guest appearance, or find out more about sponsoring Business Inspires, send an email to michelle@chamberpartnership.org

By |2018-10-10T05:42:45+00:00May 9th, 2017|Business Inspires|0 Comments
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Vital Companies – Business Inspires

We are excited to share the third episode of our new monthly podcast, Business Inspires, from the Tri-Village Chamber Partnership.

To run a successful business, you need resources, valuable connections and community recognition. This podcast will provide you with the inspiration to create the business that you envision.

Our third episode features Jason Clayton of Vital Companies.

Vital Companies is a video and audio production company at heart. Since its start ten years ago, Vital Companies has evolved alongside the many ever-changing digital tools to help create marketing strategies for clients that accompany their audio and visual creations.

Jason discusses topics including:

The origin of Vital Companies:

My best friend, Fred and I… Fred owned bars, I played in bands, that’s how we got to know each other.

Throughout the years, we’ve been great friends, at one point we started playing in a band together, and thought we should do some work together. We had a couple different ideas that didn’t really pan out.

We had an old client of mine call us out of the blue… they said hey we have this big project, you should come take a look at it.

At the time I was recording my record in Freddy’s house, he had his own home studio, and his wife was pregnant and he said “Man I can’t keep the studio in the house anymore, because we need it for the baby.” This all kind of happened at the same time, where we were already talking about getting our own recording space, and sure enough when this past client called me for this job, it was enough seed money to help us start a business.

We didn’t have a big marketing plan, we were just like “we’re going to build this and see what happens.”

The changing nature of content:

In the last three or four years, it was one of the situations where we would create awesome videos for people and then we’d give it to them and we would see that they didn’t really have a big plan on how they would distribute those videos. They didn’t really have strategy on how they were going to get audiences to find them. Just by putting them on their home page or putting them on their social channels without marketing them, they weren’t really getting the return on investment.

We started seeing a lot of our clients asking us, “do you guys do strategy, can you help us distribute them?” So about four or five years ago when content marketing became so popular, we really looked into how we can leverage that content marketing piece with the video production side.

Biggest challenges

Luckily enough, my business partner is an amazing businessperson. I have personally owned two or three businesses before starting this one. One of the big downfalls for anybody that runs small businesses, if you try to do everything yourself, you don’t get anywhere, and that was kind of my downfall. I was trying to wear too many hats in the small business world and never got to the point of really succeeding to the level that where we are now.

Fred came in and had a lot of experience in the backend logistical things from HR to payroll so it’s been an amazing partnership.

The importance of creating the right business culture:

One of the main things we learned is that you create a culture for yourself. You create a business where you learn from experiences you didn’t like in past businesses or past professional relationships. We knew that we wanted to create something that was different and more fair for everyone that was working with us. We wanted to create that culture, the culture that everyone wins in the business.

What keeps the passion alive:

Every day is so different. We’ve got so many cool clients. Being in the marketing and creative field, you have to get to know all of these businesses that you’re marketing for. You’re basically going back to school every day, and you have to be entrenched and immersed with them to learn how to market them.

Listen to find out more about Jason’s small business experience, Vital Companies’ services, interesting clients and their work with various non-profits around Columbus.

How to listen

Our partnership with North American Broadcasting and the Circle270Media Podcast Network has made the podcast possible.

Help spread the word by sharing this post and our podcast on social media. Success for this project means success for business in the Tri-Village area!

Please take a moment to rate and review our podcast in iTunes. That helps us spread the word about Business Inspires.

To schedule a guest appearance, or find out more about sponsoring Business Inspires, send an email to michelle@chamberpartnership.org

By |2018-10-10T05:42:46+00:00April 10th, 2017|Business Inspires|0 Comments

Wright-Patt Credit Union – Business Inspires

We are excited to share the second episode of our new monthly podcast, Business Inspires, from the Tri-Village Chamber Partnership.

To run a successful business, you need resources, valuable connections and community recognition. Business Inspires will provide you with the tools you need and do exactly that, inspire you to create the business you are envisioning.

Our second podcast features Scott Everett, General Counsel and Vice President of Business Services at Wright-Patt Credit Union.

Wright-Patt by the numbers:

  • 760 employees across the state
  • 300,000 + members
  • $3.4 billion in assets

Wright-Patt is the largest financial cooperative in the state of Ohio. With a heavy presence in the Miami Valley, Wright-Patt had briefly entered the Columbus market a decade ago, and in the past few years returned to Columbus with a renewed vigor after membership voted overwhelmingly to bring the credit union back to the area.

Scott discusses topics including:

What makes Wright-Patt different:

I can speak from personal experience, our CEO wants us to be the best place you’ve ever worked, and the best place people have ever experienced financial services. I can truly say it is from an employee perspective and that bleeds over to how we serve members.

The origins of Wright-Patt:

We started in 1932 at Wright Airfield. A gentleman got very sick back in the days before you could get health insurance, you didn’t have unemployment, you didn’t have days off. So when he had to leave work to take care of a family member and himself, the other folks in this machine shop basically said, “he’s going to become destitute if we don’t help him.” So they got a shoe box, and every week they would get their pay and they would drop a quarter in the shoe box. They allowed him to borrow from that so he could help his family. When he came back, he paid the money back.

The next generation of employees:

I find especially with this generation coming up behind me that they’re much more clear-eyed than I was probably at 22, 25. It’s not all about money to them. They want a company that’s a good corporate steward, that treats people fairly, that they feel like they have an investment stake in the business and the success of it. Then they’ll stick with you. If we’ve learned anything from the last five or six years, it’s that you have to build a culture around the expectations of the younger generation.

Listen to find out about Wright-Patt’s member business services, expanding membership in Columbus and the fundraising efforts of their employees. Hear all of that and more on our second episode of Business Inspires!

How to listen

Our partnership with North American Broadcasting and the Circle270Media Podcast Network has made the podcast possible.

Help spread the word by sharing this post and our podcast on social media. Success for this project means success for business in the Tri-Village area!

Please take a moment to rate and review our podcast in iTunes. That helps us spread the word about Business Inspires.

To schedule a guest appearance, or find out more about sponsoring Business Inspires, send an email to michelle@chamberpartnership.org

By |2018-10-10T05:42:46+00:00March 13th, 2017|Business Inspires|0 Comments

Starburst Media – Business Inspires Podcast Episode 1

We are excited to share the premier of our new monthly podcast, Business Inspires, from the Tri-Village Chamber Partnership.

To run a successful business, you need resources, valuable connections and community recognition. Business Inspires will provide you with the tools you need and do exactly that, inspire you to create the business you are envisioning.

Our first podcast features a conversation with Laura Oldham, owner of Starburst Media and current president of the TVCP. Starburst Media is a digital marketing company that specializes in working with small businesses on their website, copywriting and social media needs.

Laura discusses topics including:

The business of digital marketing:

There’s really not any predictability, which is something that I thrive on, the constant stress of what might pop up day to day. That’s something that I really like about having my own small business.

The changing nature of a small business:

When I started I thought it was just going to be copywriting and social media because that’s what I had all the experience in. But every single business that came to me and that I talked to, they all wanted help with their websites. Every small business needed even the simplest website.

Helping other small businesses:

At the very beginning the whole goal was to be able to help people like my parents, both of whom own their own small businesses. The big issue that they had was they would want a website but developers would charge them a ton and not be willing to help them when they needed to make small changes. So what I wanted to do was come up with a way to basically empower these small business owners to make changes themselves.

Listen to find out about the first website Laura made, for which she got paid in bacon, and how she and her husband fell in love with Columbus during a visit on ComFest weekend. Hear all of that and more on our first episode of Business Inspires!

How to listen

Our partnership with North American Broadcasting has made the podcast possible.

Help spread the word by sharing this post and our podcast on social media. Success for this project means success for business in the Tri-Village area!

To schedule a guest appearance, or find out more about sponsoring Business Inspires, send an email to michelle@chamberpartnership.org

By |2018-10-10T05:42:46+00:00February 13th, 2017|Business Inspires|0 Comments

“Business Inspires” TVCP Podcast Debuts February 13

The Tri-Village Chamber will premier a new monthly podcast, Business Inspires, on Monday, February 13th.

To run a successful business, you need resources, valuable connections and community recognition. Business Inspires will provide you with the tools you need and do exactly that, inspire you to create the business you are envisioning.

Our first podcast features a conversation with Laura Oldham, owner of Starburst Media. Laura is also serving as the current Chairwoman for the TVCP Board of Directors.

Stream our promo below via Spreaker and make sure to subscribe to the Business Inspires podcast on iTunes.

We’ll also be available on Google Play, Stitcher, Blubrry, SoundCloud, YouTube, Podomatic, TuneIn and your favorite podcast player.

Listen to “Business Inspires” on Spreaker.

Our partnership with North American Broadcasting has made the podcast possible.

Help spread the word by sharing this post and our podcast on social media. Success for this project means success for business in the Tri-Village area!

To schedule a guest appearance, or find out more about sponsoring Business Inspires, send an email to michelle@chamberpartnership.org

By |2018-10-10T05:42:46+00:00February 12th, 2017|Business Inspires|0 Comments