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1400 Food Lab – Business Inspires Episode 12

The 12th episode of our monthly Business Inspires podcast features Scott Humphreys, co-owner of 1400 Food Lab.

1400 Food Lab is a multi-purpose commercial kitchen space, serving as an incubator for food business start-ups, a test kitchen and food experience center.

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Scott joins us to discuss topics including:

Lessons learned in a 23 -year army career

You don’t do it alone…somebody’s got to stop and take a moment to show you something…help you go in a direction you didn’t realize was right in front of you and provide that opportunity. So everybody needs help.

Advice on transitioning careers

“Take the hard right.” Always when you’re given a choice “take the hard right.” Do the right thing no matter what and whether it seems like it will pay off or not. And when it happens it will. You can’t go wrong.

Teaching leadership as an adjunct professor and students’ different learning styles

I put together a curriculum for a semester on the tenants of leadership and characteristics of a leader and values. All those things you use as a leader in how to interact with your people to inspire and motivate them and give them direction. And then peppered in some life skills along the way. It was a very interactive course… What I found was there were some people that really flourished in the classroom. It took those people that were really timid in the classroom and took them outside and they were in their element. They flourished and they turned into leaders.

Taking over the shared-kitchen space and revitalizing the business

The goal was really to solidify what was there. Recapitalize the business and make it a place that you had some surety going forward that it was going to be there and you could grow business and make it even better than it was. And so that’s what we did. We improved the kitchen, improved the event space, really just from top-to-bottom went through the whole space and made it better than it was.

Stream the episode above to hear Scott dive into every facet of 1400 Food Lab, from business incubator to event space.

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

Check out more of our Business Inspires posts, for more show notes featuring a wide range of guests.

Please explore our Tri-Village Chamber Partnership member directory to discover more area businesses.

And don’t forget to view our upcoming events calendar for monthly luncheons, grand openings and more!

Whether you’re a food maker, hosting an event or just looking for some food-related fun, check out 1400 Food Lab’s website to explore events and learn more.

By |2018-10-10T05:42:43+00:00February 12th, 2018|Business Inspires, TVCP News|0 Comments

Business Inspires Episode 11 – Fabtique

The eleventh (!) episode of our monthly Business Inspires podcast features Amber Wilson of Fabtique.

Fabtique is a clothing boutique in Upper Arlington, and our 2017 Membership Drive grand prize winner. Fabtique was founded after Amber and business partner Pat Barker both ran into problems finding a specific niche in the fashion retail market in Columbus.

Amber joins us to discuss topics including:

What led her to start a business

I knew I wanted to get into something, start from the ground level and work my way up.

What she learned when opening Fabtique

You go with your gut instinct. whether you want to call it fate, whether you want to call it intuition, you go for it. We just said ‘let’s sit down and see where this takes us’ and it kept taking us to these great places.

Where Fabtique sources their style

We wanted to get brands you cannot find in Columbus. It forces us to find new stuff. We can also have local artists and designers… ultimately, Fabtique is going to be what our neighborhood and what our customers like and what they want to shop.

How to handle business challenges

You cannot be afraid of failure… or asking help from people, not being afraid to say ‘this isn’t my strong suit can you help me with this?’ or ‘I’m going to reach out and talk to this person’ or sitting down and saying ‘I need to do some research.’ Some challenges are just time based. Realize this is a short term issue, it’s going to get resolved, and you move forward.

Listen to the full episode of Business Inspires to hear Amber discuss opening Fabtique, responding to the community and going into business with a friend.

Stop by Fabtique in the Shops on Lane Ave!

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

Check out more of our Business Inspires posts, for more show notes featuring a wide range of guests.

Please explore our Tri-Village Chamber Partnership member directory to discover more area businesses.

And don’t forget to view our upcoming events calendar for monthly luncheons, grand openings and more!

By |2018-10-10T05:42:43+00:00January 22nd, 2018|Business Inspires|0 Comments

Business Inspires Episode 10 – Krema Nut Company

The tenth episode of our monthly Business Inspires podcast features Brian Giunta, owner of Krema Nut Company.

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.

In the decades since Giunta’s family purchased the Krema Nut Company, it has been been featured on The Food Network and in other national media. The company even appeared on Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood.

After years of working at Krema over holiday breaks, into college, and in the years since, Giunta continues the tradition of quality at this family-owned business.

Giunta discusses topics including:

What led him to embrace the family business

I talked to my parents about future growth, opportunities, the direction of the company… It was right when the internet was taking off, and what I really wanted to do with computers wasn’t there yet. I had an opportunity to build a website and start the e-commerce division for Krema.

Importance of community and the holiday season

All of our business is word of mouth. We’ve built a fairly good following… Right around now through December 25 we’ll do about half of our whole year.

National recognition

We have folks in California that will pay $40 in freight to get the case of peanut butter. And I suppose things are a little more expensive in California… I know we’re not the only natural peanut butter maker out there. We are one of the oldest, and I still think the best.

Company culture

Go in like you mean it, work like you mean it, make the best product. We always try to keep coming up with new products…keeping that fresh perspective. My grandpa always said the harder you work the luckier you get. It’s awesome hearing compliments like “we love your product” or “we had x, y and z and it was delicious.” There’s so much pride.

Sourcing quality

We roast every sort of nut you can think of. Whatever the best type of nut that you can buy is what we want to sell. If it’s not awesome, it doesn’t come in the building or on the shelf.

Listen to Business Inspires Episode 10 to hear more about Giunta’s definition of success, the company’s dedication to freshness, and a range of other insights.

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 |2018-10-10T05:42:43+00:00December 5th, 2017|Business Inspires|0 Comments

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