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Sloane Read of Refill Madness

2/20/2018
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Nathan sits down with Sloane Read of Refill Madness for the 59th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about growing up in northern Florida, how the trees in City of Trees drew her to Sacramento, what the substitute teaching life looks like, what is Refill Madness and how Sloane came across the idea to open a refillable household products shop, why you should shop for your home-goods through Refill Madness to keep waste out of the ocean and local landfills, how the Sac State...

Duration:01:20:29

Zac Hersh of Mood

2/5/2018
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Nathan sits down with Zac Hersh of Mood for the 58th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about growing up in Auburn, CA, Zac’s journey through the physical fitness industry, how he first realized he had anxiety and how he traveled around the world to find answers, why he started Mood as a ladder to others for how to get out of the hole that can be fear and anxiety, why its important to recruit employees that share the vision of your company, how Mood has evolved as a...

Duration:01:43:29

Xai Lor of iYa Taekwando

1/29/2018
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Nathan sits down with Xai Lor of iYa Taekwando for the 57th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about Xai's journey as a refugee from Laos to Chico, how her interest in political science brought her to Sacramento, how she pivoted from a career as a paralegal to a career in Taekwondo, why martials arts is both a physical and mental sport, why iYa focuses on the mental aspect of the sport to produce both good athletes and good people, why kids ultimately buy into the things...

Duration:01:25:26

Corey Francis Bernhardt of Reclamare Gallery and Tattoo

1/1/2018
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Nathan sits down with Corey Francis Bernhardt of Reclamare Gallery and Tattoo for the 56th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why there is a still a lot of opportunity to make a name for yourself in Sacramento, why artists and entrepreneurs need to socialize to get their work or business seen, why learning to say no and getting past no is both skills an entrepreneur needs, why hard work and not talent is what separates those that make it in the art world, how...

Duration:01:54:27

Lori Diaz & Alton Kirkland of The Formula

12/18/2017
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Nathan sits down with Lori Diaz and Alton Kirkland of The Formula for the 55th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about growing up in South Sacramento and Brooklyn, Alton‘s journey to becoming a union pipe fitter, Lori’s journey from Brooklyn to Nashville to Sacramento, why they both love Sacramento, how two people that didn’t like each other at first ended up owning a business together, the slow birth of The Formula and the brainstorming sessions that went into planning...

Duration:01:52:12

Mona Bahraini of The Prickly Pear

12/11/2017
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Nathan sits down with Mona Bahraini of The Prickly Pear for the 54th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about growing up as a first generation American in Phoenix, her journey to becoming a dental hygienist, why she is opening a succulent and cacti nursery with purpose in Sacramento, her short journey into the boudoir photography business, why trying things you want to do gives you a sense of purpose and a sense of community, how to grow as a person, and more importantly...

Duration:01:24:59

Viliami Tuivai of Coach V & President of the Invictus Youth Foundation

12/3/2017
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Nathan sits down with Viliami Tuivai of Coach V LLC and President of the Invictus Youth Foundation for the 53rd episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about what it means to be an American from the Island of Tonga, what the American dream really is and how to take advantage of it, what entrepreneurship lessons he learned from his father growing up, how leading and coaching youth individuals has changed from generation to generation, Coach V’s time as a football coach under...

Duration:01:16:02

Ben Schwartz of Empire's Comics Vault

11/27/2017
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Nathan sits down with Ben Schwartz of Empire's Comics Vault, Empire’s Comics Vault Press, and Bootleg Publishing for the 52nd episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about growing up in the East Bay, the downfall and resurgence of the comic book industry, why Sacramento has a strong independent comic book scene, why telling a story through your business is important to attract consumers, how Ben thought about making Empire’s Comics Vault stand out from the other independent...

Duration:01:46:50

Megan White of UnSipped

11/19/2017
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Nathan sits down with Megan White of UnSipped for the 51st episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about Megan’s time as the event coordinator at the Sacramento Business Journal, why people aspire to be part of the Sacramento Business Journal 40 Under 40 and what it takes to make the list, why she ultimately left to take a position at CALPERS, what people in media relations actually do for their employers and what it takes to be good at it, why Megan started the blog UnSipped...

Duration:01:22:54

Eli Mazahreh of Maza Hummus

9/24/2017
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Nathan sits down with Eli Mazahreh of Maza Hummus for the 50th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about growing up in Jordan, what business lessons he learned from his entrepreneur mom, why he bought into the American dream and why he believes it is still possible for many Americans, how his vision of being an entrepreneur changed after receiving his MBA, what he learned from the failure of his first business, why he left his job where he managed an 8 million sales quota...

Duration:01:34:51

Cayla Jordan of Cayla Jordan TV & Creamy's by Cayla Jordan

9/17/2017
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Nathan sits down with Cayla Jordan of Cayla Jordan TV and Creamy's by Cayla Jordan for the 49th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about Cayla's days of being an underground caramel corn runner in high school, how she hustled her caramel corn into grocery stores across California and why the business eventually ran into problems when trying to scale, why she ultimately pivoted to her specialty cheesecake business, the ins and outs of the production process for her YouTube...

Duration:01:17:19

Chef Christopher Barnum-Dann of Localis

9/11/2017
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Nathan sits down with Chef Christopher Barnum-Dann of Localis for the 48th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about how Chris's construction business helped him as a restaurant owner and why he eventually gave up being an electrician, his days touring as a death metal musician and what his favorite food town was on tour, why he ultimately fell in love with fine dining, why he believes he can earn a Michelin Star at Localis within the next five years and what has to happen...

Duration:01:41:51

Jordan Steffen of Sac Beer Show

9/3/2017
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Nathan sits down with photographer, filmmaker, bartender, and creator of the Sac Beer Show, Jordan Steffen for the 47th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about growing up in Port Washington, Wisconsin, Jordan’s time as an architecture photographer, why Sac Beer Show was started and where Jordan hopes it eventually goes, what our favorite breweries are in Sacramento, why a lot of low quality craft beer finds its way to the market and how that problem will be eventually...

Duration:01:21:55

Kelsey Maher Slow Food Sacramento Outreach Coordinator

8/27/2017
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Nathan sits down with Slow Food Sacramento Outreach Coordinator Kelsey Maher for the 46th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about growing up in Salisbury, NC, how her time in Russia helps her understand what is going on politically now, how she found what she wanted to do with her life by spending time in Ukraine, Georgia, and Russia, why she fell in love with Sacramento, how she handles being a foodie and balancing an interest in body building competitions at the same...

Duration:01:32:20

Chase Daley local chef, graphic designer, and musician

8/21/2017
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Nathan sits down with local chef, graphic designer, and musician Chase Daley for the 45th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. Check out Chase's new band This Great State! They chat about how he fell in love with restaurant work as a dishwasher, whether Midwest food will take off in Sacramento, why he fell in love with cooking Italian food and what Italian food really is, Chase’s journey through Sacramento kitchens, his future plans to open a wine and charcuterie bar in Sacramento,...

Duration:01:45:46

Chinau Rhodes of Sofar Sounds Sacramento, District 8 Sacramento Commissioner, and co-owner of Creating Rhodes

8/14/2017
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Nathan sits down with Chinau Rhodes of Sofar Sounds Sacramento, District 8 Sacramento Commissioner, and co-owner of Creating Rhodes, a real estate flipping business, for the 44th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why Chinau has pride being from South Sacramento, why South Sacramento has a reputation and how it can be changed, why a closing of an Oak Park barbershop taught Chinau and his brother that whatever they do in business they must own it outright, the state...

Duration:01:41:33

Cole Cuchna of the Dissect Podcast & Temple Coffee

8/7/2017
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Nathan sits down with Cole Cuchna of the Dissect podcast and creative director of marketing for Temple Coffee Roasters for the 43rd episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about what life on the road as a musician is like, why he chose to go to college to pursue knowledge of classical music despite already being a successful musician, why it was important for him to express that hip hop can be a form of “higher art,” the birth of the Dissect podcast, why Kendrick Lamar’s To...

Duration:01:33:50

Dan Bethel, comic book creator & English professor

7/31/2017
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Nathan sits down with comic book creator and English professor Dan Bethel for the 42nd episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why obsession is natural, how a short stint in the video game industry stifled his artistic passion for drawing and how he found it again, why he loves teaching others the process of writing, how Dan shows up in his own comics, the birth of the Long John comic and what Dan hopes the payoff will be when Long John is finished, the state of the...

Duration:01:34:32

Aaron Zaragoza & Mohammad Mehrpour of The Proud Show

7/23/2017
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Nathan sits down with Aaron Zaragoza and Mohammad Mehrpour of The Proud Show for the 41st episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why limitations can ultimately be turned into strengths, how breaking down Tim Burton’s Batman films in a high school film class lead to these two individuals’ YouTube careers, what the self talk looks like before moving to LA with the hopes of a career in film, the birth of The Proud Show, what they hope The Proud Show ultimately looks like,...

Duration:01:50:17

Ray D. Newman of Newman's Cali Fadez

7/16/2017
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Nathan sits down with Ray D. Newman of Newman's Cali Fadez for the 40th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why you have to give back to the world, how the National Youth Sports Program played such a pivotal role in his life, what lessons he learned from coaching football that he applies in his barbershop, what skills are necessary to become a barber and an owner of a barber shop, how throwing a hair show (The Broadway Classic) helped build an audience for the shop...

Duration:01:15:02

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