16 episodes

There's a lot of noise out there. But rather than fight it - we dive in. Real conversations, in real environments, real spontaneity. We meet with entrepreneurs in crowded coffee shops, busy factory floors, street corners and less than perfect phone lines. Celebrating the sometimes hidden signals of background noise.
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Background Noise David Gaudet

    • Business
    • 5.0, 7 Ratings

There's a lot of noise out there. But rather than fight it - we dive in. Real conversations, in real environments, real spontaneity. We meet with entrepreneurs in crowded coffee shops, busy factory floors, street corners and less than perfect phone lines. Celebrating the sometimes hidden signals of background noise.
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    Uncommon to the Core

    Uncommon to the Core

    While cider is rapidly gaining traction in the alcoholic beverage market, Brodie Thomas, founder of Calgary's Uncommon Cider Co. is unconcerned with hopping on a bandwagon in the name of profit. Instead, he is intent on positioning cider in its traditional English form, with real ingredients, made the old-fashioned way. Mashing, fermenting, waiting. Each batch unique.
    But aside from sticking to traditional process, and a steadfast adherence to an "apples-in-sweeteners-out" philosophy, Uncommon is unafraid to experiment with different flavorings, so long as they are natural, and support the brand's bold philosophy.
    Uncommon is also resourceful and socially-mindful, making use of apples collected from the backyards of Calgarians, to create an annual, but limited batch of "YYC Cider" - keeping true to its claim as Western Canada's only "urban cidery".
    Website:
    www.uncommoncider.com
    Music: "Forbidden Fruit"
    Artist: Nina Simone
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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Superfood High

    Superfood High

    Entrepreneurs are audacious. They sense a missing, and have the audacity to think they were born to fill it. Or, they’re audacious enough to think THEY can do something better than what’s already available. Robyn Taylor, of Raw By Robyn, is both…and she’s got insanely healthy, fuel injecting drinkables to prove it. 
    She thought she was following a traditional career path. You know, university and a corporate job. The problem was, there was an entrepreneur within, along with a passion for fitness and hyper healthy eating, that, once ignited, was impossible to snuff out.
    Like most successful entrepreneurial stories there was an intersection between wanting to fly solo, doing so with passion and purpose, and flavoured with just the right amount of serendipity. Robyn Taylor’s frequent visits to a smoothie truck, temptingly parked near her workplace, not only cost her a fortune, but triggered an idea which became an obsession. A smoothie company that goes beyond smoothies. But not just with ingredients - although you'll find tremendous innovation in her pre-made smoothie pouches and juices. Nope, her vision, is really more like the Starbucks of superfood..
    She had just opened her first location in Calgary when the Covid 19 pandemic struck. But it's a model nonetheless, from which she plans to build a brand people love not only for the super healthy products served, but the community it creates. One that goes way beyond smoothies.
    Website:
    www.rawbyrobyn.com
    Music: "Watermelon Sugar"
    Artist: Harry Styles
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    • 53 min
    Well Worn

    Well Worn

    Colton Nason grew up like many other kids in Canada. Active, loving sport, and dreaming of one day making the big leagues. But like the vast majority of those same kids, his dreams fell short. Years later, having recognized and researched the role that nutrition plays in a competitive athlete's trajectory, he couldn't help but wonder if his lack of awareness, and financial access to proper nutrition might have played a role in those unfulfilled dreams.
    As a university student, with an entrepreneurial instinct, he began researching the extent of the nutrition gap in Canada's potential athletes. At the same time he was developing an interest in athletic apparel, and somehow those two worlds met, resulting in Clothes With Benefits.
    But the benefits extend beyond quality, competitively priced gym wear. 5% of all sales help fund better, healthier eating for Canada's up and coming athletes. Purchasers of CWB apparel also become eligible for discounts from partner companies in Calgary's health and fitness community.
    Colton places his mission in the hands of his customers: "Make a purchase, make a difference". This, he feels, benefits customers and beneficiaries of his vision...to see more athletes' dreams realized.
    Website: www.clotheswithbenefits.com
    Music: "Big League"
    Artist: Tom Cochrane
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    • 41 min
    Sugar Shine

    Sugar Shine

    Craft is king. In many consumer categories, we're trending away from big brands and toward small ones. Local proprietors making awesome alternatives to mainstream brands are capturing hearts, minds and money of consumers who seek more than just a product.
    Calgary's Skunkworks Distillery is the brainchild of energy industry professionals Faye Warrington and Marty Lastiwka, who recognized this trend was forming, but first saw a gap in the market for a premium distilled product, that came with a chill, approachable vibe. They also wanted to create a beverage with a story, and one which would spur new stories each time it was enjoyed.
    Faye and Marty share stories about the unlikely connection between big corporate boardroom project management, to backroom moonshine making. They recall their own unique social-responsibility pivot during the pandemic, and dream entrepreneurial dreams in this episode.
    Website: www.skunkworksdistillery.com
    Music: "White Lightning"
    Artist: George Jones
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    • 44 min
    Connection Catalyst

    Connection Catalyst

    At a time when many of us are mourning the loss of "normal", Jess Leblanc, founder of Embodied Adventure, would suggest that it might not be all it's cracked up to be. She tried the path of normal, and she's worked with hundreds of humans who have done so also, only to find that normal isn't such a great fit.
    When she began regulating her mind, body and soul through daily practices of yoga, meditation and mindfulness, she became a believer in their secret powers, and began working toward becoming an authentic practitioner. In this episode she talks about her journey to here, the true value she brings as an educator, yoga teacher, leadership coach, mentor and speaker, the life-changing outcomes of her company's retreats, and how she pivoted to continue to provide value during the Covid 19 pandemic.
    Websites:
    www.embodiedadventure.com
    www.jessleblanc.com
    www.yoganovastudios.com
    www.purehotyoga.ca
    www.wymbinyoga.com
    Music: "All You Need is Love"
    Artist: The Beatles
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Cafe Diem

    Cafe Diem

    The supply chain behind that cup of coffee you enjoy is an endless, and sometimes ruthless, array of growers, buyers, sellers and resellers. Trekking through this complex jungle, to discover the best, and most ethically sourced coffee beans, is top priority for Five'21 Roasters. Cracking the code of that perfect roasting formula, then becomes the obsession of the company's founder Trevor Huggins, a Calgary firefighter.
    But while Trevor's roasting the beans in his family's repurposed garage, his wife Carina is evangelizing the brand. "We want to fuel an intentional life", she states emphatically. "Coffee's coffee, but we really believe in the ritual of that morning coffee. As a time to think about what your intention is, with your day and with your life."
    Dealing with a string of adversity, while raising a young family, would prove to be inspiring, rather than hindering, to the idea, the launch and the mindset of Five'21 Roasters. And as the Covid 19 pandemic rolls on, that intentional life Trevor and Carina speak so passionately about, becomes all the more purposeful.
    You'll appreciate both, your coffee, and the ritual of drinking it, just a little bit more, after listening to the Five'21 Roasters story.
    Websites:
    www.five21roasters.com

    Socials:
    @five21roasters

    Music: "Black Coffee"
    Artist: Humble Pie
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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Bonnie Power Vandersteen ,

So inspiring

Love this podcast! Listening to other local entrepreneurs challenges, strategies and successes is so inspiring. Such amazing support for local businesses.

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Entertaining hosts and guests!

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Authentic presentation, interesting business topics that can be relevant and inspiring for many fields.

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