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Will & Mackenzie O’Connell, Marina Bay Management -018

11/1/2018
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When cousins get together to run a business watch out! Listen to Will & Mackenzie O’Connell tell their story about what it takes to bring the family business to the next level.

Duration:00:23:27

Ron Affsa, HPO -017

11/1/2018
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Back-to-back shows on hair! If you think I am still traumatized by the buzz-cuts my father inflicted on me as a young man you might be right. Ron Affsa, owner of HPO, has a different recollection of what it’s like to be obsessed with hair. Listen to his “hair-raising” story of growing up in the family business.

Duration:00:24:57

Sara Little, LittleField Salon -016

10/12/2018
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Hair is so important to a person’s well-being and self-image. That’s what makes cutting and styling hair such a great business opportunity. Listen to Sara Little, founder and lead stylist at LittleField Salon, explain why it’s all she has ever wanted to do, starting at age 15!

Duration:00:23:17

Margie Pierce, Achieve TMS East -015

10/3/2018
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Depression affects countless individuals all over the world, as we have been tragically reminded with the deaths of Kate Spade & Anthony Bourdain. Listen in as Margie Pierce of Achieve TMS East explains the remarkable new way to treat depression without drugs or side-effects.

Duration:00:26:20

Sara Stanton, Cara Group Travel -014

9/26/2018
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Sara Stanton never dreamed of starting her own business. After all she already won the lottery—immigration lottery that is! Listen to Sara’s lovely, Irish accent as she tells us how she made it in America, eventually opening Cara Group Travel.

Duration:00:25:58

Leo Keka, Alba Restaurant -013

9/21/2018
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As a teenager he swam across a freezing lake to escape communism. He came to America and realized his dream, opening Alba’s after years of hard work and sacrifice. Listen to the fascinating and emotional story of Albanian immigrant Leo Keka

Duration:00:26:05

Christina Bartkus & Lisa Trifone, Purefections -012

8/26/2018
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Who doesn’t love chocolate? Well, two sisters from Quincy put their love for chocolate to the test...and opened Purefections! Listen to Lisa and Christina tell their story of how chocolate changed their lives and the lives of so many other chocoholics!

Duration:00:27:07

Jimmy Liang, Fuji Restaurant Group -011

8/26/2018
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Jimmy Liang is the quintessential American success story. Find out how he made his dream of being a premier sushi chef and restauranteur come true. If you love sushi, you will love this story!

Duration:00:26:38

Victor and Octavio Carvalho, Dunkins -010

8/26/2018
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How would you like to own the original Dunkin’ Donuts? And then, almost 40 years later, open the newest Dunkin’ about a mile from the original? Brothers Victor and Octavio Carvalho will tell you how they went from Fred the Baker’s “it’s time to make the donuts” to “America runs on Dunkin!”

Duration:00:22:02

John Iredale, Karsten Co -009

8/26/2018
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With the tenacity of a High School All-American wrestler, listen to how John built his construction business, one nail at a time. He weathered all the ups and downs, just like he did on the wrestling mat, and came out on top!

Duration:00:26:43

Wendy Simmons, Prism Energy -008

7/24/2018
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Wendy Simmons went from Phys Ed teacher to energy teacher. Listen to how Wendy created Prism Energy and retired her whistle and sweats for good!

Duration:00:25:59

George & Elissa Montilio, Montilio’s Baking Co -007

7/24/2018
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Do you wonder how bakers makes dough? Tune in to hear George & Elissa Montilio explain what's really “baked in the cake!”

Duration:00:23:58

Dolly Di Pesa, Dolly Di Pesa & Co -006

7/24/2018
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How did Dolly Di Pesa go from teaching special needs children to teaching businesses how to follow the numbers? This episode of Profiles in the American Dream will tell you.

Duration:00:25:20

Christa Hagearty, Dependable Cleaners -005

7/24/2018
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Join Christa Hagearty and I as we discuss the evolution of the dry cleaning industry. Listen in and learn how Christa “cleans up!”

Duration:00:21:17

Sean Curry, Curry Hardware -004

6/26/2018
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Hear how Curry Hardware not only survived but flourished (David vs Goliath) in their head-to-head battle with Home Depot.

Duration:00:24:44

Nicole Chan, Nicole Chan Photography -003

6/26/2018
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Listen to Nicole Chan tell me how she went from finance and future MBA to photography entrepreneur.

Duration:00:21:38

Greg McDonald, Common Market -002

6/26/2018
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There is nothing common about the Common Market experience! Whether it be traditional dinners, healthy lunches or cold beer, this neighborhood of shops, pubs and restaurant concepts has it all. And second-generation owner Greg McDonald has seen it all. Listen as he tells us how it all started and where he has it going.

Duration:00:21:46

Megan Driscoll, PharmaLogics Recruiting -001

6/26/2018
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She started out “swimming with the sharks!” Then, after everything she had built was stolen from her, Megan Driscoll figured she would rewrite the rules of recruiting and beat them at their own game. Listen to Megan describe her journey as she grew PhamaLogics Recruiting into a juggernaut.

Duration:00:23:06

Intro Episode -Preview

4/17/2018
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Join Quincy Chamber President, author and radio talk show host Tim Cahill as he traverses the peaks and valleys of starting and running a business with the entrepreneurs themselves.

Duration:00:01:14