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There are couples in business for themselves who are crushing it without crushing each other. Want to know how they make it work? CoupleCo features interviews with couples in business together who are making stuff happen. Want to hear their stories, glean insights into their systems, pitfalls, failures, must-do's and working styles? Couple Up with CoupleCo...

There are couples in business for themselves who are crushing it without crushing each other. Want to know how they make it work? CoupleCo features interviews with couples in business together who are making stuff happen. Want to hear their stories, glean insights into their systems, pitfalls, failures, must-do's and working styles? Couple Up with CoupleCo...
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There are couples in business for themselves who are crushing it without crushing each other. Want to know how they make it work? CoupleCo features interviews with couples in business together who are making stuff happen. Want to hear their stories, glean insights into their systems, pitfalls, failures, must-do's and working styles? Couple Up with CoupleCo...

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Going Down In A Hobby Business: Ray & Eddie Saunders of Down Under Dive Center, Part 1

12/12/2018
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We are in South Carolina with a couple of South Africans. Ray and Eddie Saunders did something that isn’t always recommended: They started a business together because they enjoyed a hobby. And they did it together at middle age. Which might also be a questionable idea. Especially since this is a job with a lot of hard work punctuated by moments of panic. Is this a good idea, and is it recommended? There’s really only one way to find out. Join us as we talk to two seemingly unflappable...

Duration:00:27:47

Giving Kids TUF Love: Andria & Dominic Owen of Train Up First in Tampa, FL, Part 2

12/5/2018
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It started as an effort at their kitchen table, helping kids on their son’s football team. It has mushroomed into a non-profit organization with national reach, helping kids deal with life and become champions. We are back in Tampa, continuing our conversation with Dominic Owen and Andria Rogers Owen of Train Up First, or TUF. These two are an example of what happens when you have a servant’s heart and you’re driven to help people. In this episode, we’re going to hear about the fine art of...

Duration:00:29:43

Giving Kids TUF Love: Andria & Dominic Owen of Train Up First in Tampa, FL, Part 1

11/28/2018
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This is the stuff of a Hollywood movie. Think Stand And Deliver meets The Blind Side. But instead of Hollywood stars, we have a real couple from Tampa, Florida. Their names are Andria Rogers Owen and Dominic Owen, and they’re an example of what happens when you have a servant’s heart and you’re driven to help people. Their story starts with helping some kids on the high-school football team, and it snowballs into a non-profit organization with national reach. Train Up First, known as TUF,...

Duration:00:46:00

Lovin' IT: Amy & Elden Quesinberry of Layer 8 Consulting, Part 2

11/21/2018
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We continue our conversation with a couple whose businesses isn’t exactly romantic, but has definitely improved their life and their lifestyle. Elden & Amy Quesinberry of Layer 8 Consulting have experienced change in their lives and in their careers. We hear about their business philosophy, which treats employees like family. But why does that include interviewing a job candidate’s spouse? We also look at what happens when you think your partner is capable of doing something in the...

Duration:00:28:23

Lovin' IT: Amy & Elden Quesinberry of Layer 8 Consulting, Part 1

11/14/2018
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CoupleCo has talked to couples running what seem like romantic businesses: Wineries, breweries, food, photography, etc. Today, we’re looking at a couple running a tech business that might seem a little less romantic—but it’s the kind of business that is incredibly necessary and, in the digital age, pretty lucrative. It’s people like Elden and Amy who keep the world humming along at the speed of digital. Theirs is a story that answers an age-old question: What happens when you move into a...

Duration:00:35:32

Love & Biz On The Road: Chris Dunphy & Cherie Ve Ard of Technomadia & Mobile Internet Resource Center, Part 2

11/7/2018
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We’re back aboard the motor vessel Y-Not in Jacksonville, Florida, with nomadic tech celebs Chris Dunphy and Cherie Ve Ard of Technomadia.com and the Mobile Internet Resource Center. After 14 years together, Chris and Cherie are technically still on their fifth date. For us living full time in an RV or aboard a boat, they're famous. They’re forever on top of evolving mobile internet technology for a committed audience of raging fans. And since they run the Mobile Internet Resource Center...

Duration:00:39:14

Love & Biz On The Road: Chris Dunphy & Cherie Ve Ard of Technomadia & Mobile Internet Resource Center, Part 1

10/31/2018
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Want to take a leap and pursue a dream? After 14 years, this couple is technically still on their fifth date. They’re also niche celebrities. Cherie Ve Ard and Chris Dunphy are world-famous tech geeks for their personal blog and website, Technomadia.com. Their business, The Mobile Internet Resource Center, advises those living in an RV or aboard a boat how to best connect to the internet. This pair has a really interesting yin and yang dynamic, and share a fondness for Burning Man. Their...

Duration:00:49:19

Pizza Pie Amore: Alison & Francesco Crovetti of Rione Pizza, Philadelphia, Part 2

10/24/2018
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We return to Phildelphia for pizza and amore with Alison & Francesco Crovetti of the Roman-style al taglia pizzeria, Rione. In this episode, they talk about how they’ve done all their marketing on their own, which includes using digital to get on the radar of influential food writers, both locally and nationally. They talk about working out the mutual decision making process, which can’t always happen quite the way one of them might like it to. (But should they be talking business in bed?)...

Duration:00:29:22

Pizza Pie Amore: Alison & Francesco Crovetti of Rione Pizza, Philadelphia, Part 1

10/17/2018
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How do you start a high-friction business, work together, and keep your day job? Alison & Francesco’s Rione is a popular Roman-style pizzeria in Philadelphia. They enjoy the logistical challenges of a brick & mortar, have had some very effective old-school marketing as well as effective digital efforts, and one works in the business full time while the other continues an important day job—taking off that hat at night and on weekends. And despite the hard work and long hours, they keep the...

Duration:00:31:22

Sitcom Jewish Parents In Business: Ina & Jerry Cohn of Label Makers, Inc.

10/10/2018
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We’re venturing to the Garden State to speak with a couple who spent 35 years in business together and lived to tell about it. These two may be the sitcom Jewish parents you never had—because they’re the sitcom Jewish parents who taught Honey everything she knows about a couple in business together. We’re talking about Ina Cohn and Jerry Cohn of Label Makers, Inc., better known as Honey’s parents and Blaine’s in-laws. This conversation is unique. It’s partly tips from a lifetime in...

Duration:00:51:08

Chopped Champion & His Better Half: Christian & Christine Hayes of Dandelion Catering, Part 2

10/3/2018
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We return to our conversation with Chopped Champion Christian Hayes and his wife Christine, the entrepreneurs behind Dandelion Catering in Yarmouth, Maine. Christian won the “Pork On The Brain” edition of the Food Network’s Chopped—and admits he owes credit to his wife, whose pastry-chef wisdom got him through the dessert round. Today, we hear about the unique challenges of evolving, adapting, surviving and thriving. Communication is an especially big challenge when you come from people...

Duration:00:25:44

Chopped Champion & His Better Half: Christian & Christine Hayes of Dandelion Catering, Part 1

9/26/2018
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In this episode, we have a Food Network Chopped Champion who credits his business-partner wife with helping him win the show's “Pork On The Brain” episode. Meet Christian and Christine Hayes of powerhouse Dandelion Catering in Yarmouth, Maine. It was Christine’s experience as a pastry chef that informed Christian’s championship dessert of dark chocolate pork blood pudding. And this points to the greater reality of their relationship of professionalism, cooperation, and joy for each other,...

Duration:00:55:56

3 Big Mistakes That Can Crush A CoupleCo: Business Professor Dan Horne

9/19/2018
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Is your business making these three big mistakes? We talk with Prof. Dan Horne, Associate Dean of the Providence College School of Business. The man is a gifted researcher, analyst, and adviser. And when he was a kid, his parents ran a CoupleCo. Professor Horne worked in the business mom and dad started—driving a diaper truck, among other things. By the time he got there, Mom had left the business. But Prof. Horne lived the family entrepreneur dynamic firsthand—and has continued studying...

Duration:00:32:06

Big Homes, Big Money: Murray & Felicity Gardner of The Gardner Group, Part 2

9/12/2018
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In this episode, we are back with the fighter pilot and the schoolteacher. Murray and Felicity Gardner of the Gardner Group in Park City, Utah, like to get in the middle of other people’s home construction projects. Murray is the project leader, and Felicity is the interior designer. Together, they help keep their clients custom home projects on task, on time, and on budget. They’ve also worked with another CoupleCo, Whitney Advertising, interviewed in our first two episodes. And the...

Duration:00:37:53

Big Homes, Big Money: Murray & Felicity Gardner of The Gardner Group, Part 1

9/5/2018
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You’re about to meet Murray and Felicity Gardener, a couple of very relaxed, very distinguished sounding grownups (unlike us) with a fascination for getting in the middle of other people’s custom home construction. You’re going to hear about a line of work that is not for the faint of heart. We’re talking big homes, big money, and big challenges with Murray and Felicity Gardner of The Gardner Group Luxury Home Creations.

Duration:00:42:04

Honest, Wild, Beautiful: Kevin & Annmarie Gianni of Annmarie Skin Care, Part 2

8/29/2018
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We return to our sit-down with Kevin and Ann Marie Gianni, of burgeoning skincare giant Ann Marie Gianni dot com. In this episode, they discuss exceptional stories of surviving crisis. They explain a management tool that has improved their relationship at work. They talk about Ann Marie backing up a 36-foot diesel pusher (she recommends it for all women). And finally, they explain company culture through brand integrity in a big way. As Slow Burn Marketing, we did branding work for Ann Marie...

Duration:00:28:15

Honest, Wild, Beautiful: Kevin & Annmarie Gianni of Annmarie Skin Care, Part 1

8/22/2018
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We’re talking to one of our first favorite couples of entrepreneurism. Kevin and Annmarie Gianni of Annmarie Gianni dot com have been working together for over a decade. They have been personal trainers, raw food gurus, and now run a wildly successful line of organic skincare products. We love these two for all kinds of reasons, not the least of which being that they once traversed the nation, running their business from an RV—which offered some interesting lessons in couple cooperation....

Duration:00:40:28

Travel With Purpose: Cheryl Acheson & Rick Hyman of Travel Is Beautiful, Part 2

8/15/2018
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After raising their family, Rick and Cheryl looked inward, decided to leave the corporate world, and are now traveling the world with purpose. Going off the beaten path, they’re bringing back unusual beauty in a stunning and engaging blog. Editor In Chief Cheryl is often editing her photographer husband Rick—which has sometimes led to challenges. In this episode, we hear about how they’ve learned to disagree differently—and sometimes not disagree at all. Where others might find conflict,...

Duration:00:31:01

Travel With Purpose: Cheryl Acheson & Rick Hyman of Travel Is Beautiful, Part 1

8/8/2018
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This couple had significant professional careers, raised a family, left corporate, and decided to do something different with the next chapter of their lives. They wanted to travel with purpose, which is different than just vacationing. It has led Cheryl Acheson and Rick Hyman to develop an extraordinary blog called Travel Is Beautiful. Cheryl is the writer and editor in chief. Rick is the photographer, not to mention a contributing writer. Rick’s writing style leads to some interesting...

Duration:00:35:33

Cocktail Couple: Rob & Sara Sergent of Alpine Distilling, Part 2

8/1/2018
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We continue our conversation with Rob and Sara Sergent of Alpine Distilling. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, they were homeless, jobless and pregnant—and they say it was one of the best things to happen to them. They embrace it and practically recommend such adversity for a couple in business. We’ll hear how Rob encourages Sara to branch out in the business and supports her in pretty much everything—including being a distiller herself. Sara says she works well when there’s a challenge, and...

Duration:00:38:13