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022: Investing in First-Generation Entrepreneurs

Randy Gerber is an original EO member of the Columbus chapter. On today’s episode, he shares his story of breaking off the traditional path and discovering what he really wanted to do. He talks about starting Gerber LLC, and some of the challenges and triumphs they faced as they rebranded to support first-generation entrepreneurs with financial planning. Key Takeaways: [:35] Randy grew up in sort of a “traditional” background, thinking he would get an engineering degree and then get a...

Duration: 00:24:53

021: Good Nature Organic Lawn Care

We’re back with a brand new episode! On today’s episode, Matt Cellura joins Kevin to talk about his entrepreneurial ventures with Good Nature Organic Lawn Care. Matt shares his story of how he got started in the business, as well as what their future plans for the company are. He talks about some of the challenges of expanding a small business, as well as the unique components of their company that set them apart from others. Key Takeaways: [:32] Matt shares his lifeline. He grew up in...

Duration: 00:27:16

020: Jeff Flamm

Today’s guest joins Kevin from Salt Lake City, Utah. Jeff experienced great entrepreneurial success in the business world. Jeff talks about creating (and selling in one case) two companies: Health Benefits America in eyeQ. In this episode, Jeff focuses on the attitudes and preparations he took to ensure that he was successful in his ventures. Key Takeaways: [:45] Jeff shares his lifeline. He switched his major several times during college, but graduated with a business degree and...

Duration: 00:37:26

019: Michelle Galligan

In this episode, Michelle Galligan joins Kevin to talk about her experience with entering into a joint venture. She shares her lifeline, and how she went from working in a firm to starting her company, and the steps taken to get to where she is today. She shares some advice on working with investment bankers, as well as the rationale behind her decision to maintain and grow the value of her company. Key Takeaways: [:30] Michelle was born in Springboro, Ohio, while it was still a small...

Duration: 00:33:07

018: Dave Will

Today’s guest is actually member of the Boston Chapter of EO, and is also the host of the official EO global podcast. In today’s episode, Dave talks about how he got started with his business, and growing the culture of his employees. Culture has been a very important aspect of his entrepreneurial ventures, and today he shares how this focus has helped to develop his current business, Prop Fuel. Key Takeaways: [3:11] Dave shares his lifeline. He was born into a great family and had a...

Duration: 00:51:00

017: Kay-Twelve: Creative Learning Environments

On today’s episode, our host becomes the guest! It is Kevin’s turn to share his lifeline. Kevin talks about how he got started with his current business, Kay-Twelve. Not only does he share his business journey, but he shares some personal stories from his life, and talks about the business’s future as well as his family’s. This is an episode you won’t want to miss! Key Takeaways: [:38] Kevin shares his lifeline: He grew up in Chicago with three brothers, and had a fairly idyllic...

Duration: 00:38:02

016: Alberto Scirocco

Today’s guest is a newer member of EO. Alberto Scirocco joins Kevin to talk about moving here from Italy, and how his freelance design turned into a business. Since starting the company, he discusses the change in the demand and the field, and how they as a company have had to change and evolve to keep producing the best product. Tune in today to hear about some of their specific projects at Left Channel, and what Alberto hopes for the city of Columbus, when it comes to creative...

Duration: 00:52:34

015: Jason Carpenter

Kevin Stoller is joined by Jason Carpenter of the Columbus, Ohio chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) to discuss Jason’s Lifeline (1:09), after high school (4:54), starting his business (9:00), revitalization of the company (15:16), Karen becoming involved (20:24), turning the business around with new software (25:00), residential and apartment complexes (29:48), lightbulb moments (31:00), joining EO (31:50), what's your “why” (34:35), mentorship (35:11), working with his wife...

Duration: 00:55:21

014: Timeless Skin Solutions

In today’s episode, Dr. Carol Clinton shares her inspiring story of persistence and perseverance as she worked to open her own business. She talks about her personal struggles with cancer, and how she worked through that time with the support of her family and friends to grow her skin care and body sculpting business. Nearly twelve years after the start of her business, they have expanded to multiple facilities, and are looking to grow additional aspects. Key Takeaways: [:48] Carol...

Duration: 00:42:34

013: ParkOps Entrepreneur Joel Furno

Today’s episode focuses on the ventures of Joel Furno, co-founder of ParkOps. In this episode, Joel shares his lifeline and the events that led to the creation of ParkOps. From working his own valet job, to inspiring the creation of a company, tune in today to hear how they are continuing to grow their success and maintain their values. Key Takeaways: [:30] Joel shares some of his lifeline: his parents work in HR management and as a school teacher, but his mom’s side of the family has...

Duration: 00:36:51

012: Steve Cox

On today’s episode, Steve Cox joins Kevin to talk about his business venture: i9 Sports. Steve talks about his experience moving from a corporate job to the entrepreneurial world, and some of the struggles and triumphs of starting the business. As the business is growing, Steve talks about the evolution and what sorts of things they are hoping to achieve in the next few years. As a new member to EO, he talks about his experience so far, and what he’s hoping to get out of being involved in...

Duration: 00:32:33

011: Danielle Walton

Danielle Walton, Co-Founder and Lead Strategist of Adept Marketing, joins Kevin on this episode of the Columbus Entrepreneurs’ Podcast. In this episode, she shares the road to starting her business, some of the philosophies their company is built on, and where they see themselves in a few years’ time. Key Takeaways: [:32] Danielle shares a bit of her background: She grew up in Canton, OH, and went to Miami University for college. Upon graduating in 2001, she took a full time position...

Duration: 00:36:35

010: Angela Petro

In this episode, founder and CEO of Two Caterers, joins Kevin to talk about her current ventures. After a successful start-up, she is now working to expand her company to a multi-unit venture. She shares her story of how she got started, some of the current struggles she’s facing with an established business and a start-up, and how EO has benefitted her along the way. Key Takeaways: [0:30] Angela begins the episode by sharing her history and her lifeline. Growing up in Akron, education...

Duration: 00:43:21

009: Sandy Fekete

In today’s episode, Sandy joins Kevin to talk about her story and her work to make companies more functional by determining their personalities. She talks about her personal and business ventures, as well as her current company, and the events that led to its creation. Key Takeaways: [:45] Sandy shares her lifeline: Growing up in the West, Sandy left to find new opportunity at an internship in Columbus. She worked writing resumes for a search firm under the condition that once it was...

Duration: 00:36:11

008: Kristen Harris

In this episode, Kevin meets with Kristen Harris, co-founder of Portfolio Creative. They talk about how the business got started, working with a compatible business partner, as well as where they hope to grow in the future. Kristen talks about some key aspects of EO that have contributed to the evolution of their business, as well as some ways members of EO can get involved in more of what the organization has to offer. Key Takeaways: [0:38] Kristin shares her lifeline: her parents...

Duration: 00:35:44

007: Jeff Burt and Mark Pottschmidt

Kevin has two guests join the show today. Jeff and Mark are in the same forum group at EO, and they come on the show to talk about their different entrepreneurial ventures. Both Mark and Jeff have their own companies, and they share the twists and turns of how they got started, what their goals moving forward are, as well the ways in which EO has influenced and inspired them. Tune in for a fun show! Key Takeaways: [:52] Jeff shares his lifeline — after going to school and studying...

Duration: 00:44:13

006: David Butcher, FlyBy Entrepreneurship

Today’s guest, a Columbus Student Entrepreneur Award winner, is involved in the student entrepreneur program of EO. Currently pursuing his undergraduate degree at Ohio State, David Butcher is also running a business called FlyBy BBQ. In this episode, David talks about the start of his current business, what inspired him to become an entrepreneur, the various business plan competitions he’s been involved in, and he shares some advice for young people who want to become entrepreneurs. Key...

Duration: 00:21:42

005: Michelle Merkel

Michelle Merkel’s entrepreneurial spirit was nurtured from a very young age. She would sell her crafts at schools, and eventually, stores. Her father taught her to chart stocks and invest in the market. By the time Michelle’s childhood finances reached $10K, she funded her own backpacking trip through Europe. She now pays it forward by instilling her children with a mindset for success, and supports them in their business ventures. Michelle joined EO to gain valuable insights from other...

Duration: 00:17:44

004: Bill Troy’s Entrepreneurial Adventures

Today’s guest is Bill Troy, who will be the incoming EO Education Chair, and the President Elect for 2018-2019 year. In this episode, Kevin and Bill talk about Bill’s start in entrepreneurship, starting his own business and writing a book, and how EO has helped him navigate some of the twists and turns he has experienced in his career. Key Takeaways: [1:04] Bill shares his “lifeline” — after meeting his wife in college, he left college and went to broadcasting school, and after...

Duration: 00:36:40

003: Joelle’s Leading Edje

Joelle Brock owns an IT consulting firm called Leading Edje and also serves as the current Education Chair and will become President of EO. In today’s episode, Kevin and Joelle talk about the start up of Leading Edje, her involvement in EO, and what her professional and personal goals are, moving forward. Key Takeaways: [1:03] Joelle shares her “lifeline” — growing up she wanted to be a sportscaster, got a degree in journalism, and through her experiences post-college, she got into IT...

Duration: 00:40:20

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