8 episodes

Roll up your sleeves with us, and explore the trials and tribulations of rustbelt entrepreneurs who are taking risks and defying expectations in hustling Lakewood, Ohio. Entrepreneurs enjoy this open, liberal, individualistic, yet supportive city. While not as large as our next door neighbor, Cleveland, our startup stories are just as big. This podcast captures the unique entrepreneurial spirit of our city and is produced by the Lakewood-based Evergreen Podcasts team.

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    • 5.0, 2 Ratings

Roll up your sleeves with us, and explore the trials and tribulations of rustbelt entrepreneurs who are taking risks and defying expectations in hustling Lakewood, Ohio. Entrepreneurs enjoy this open, liberal, individualistic, yet supportive city. While not as large as our next door neighbor, Cleveland, our startup stories are just as big. This podcast captures the unique entrepreneurial spirit of our city and is produced by the Lakewood-based Evergreen Podcasts team.

    The Advocate

    The Advocate

    Patty Ryan is the CEO of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, and she is on the ground floor of entrepreneurship in Lakewood. Every day she meets and greets the best and brightest of this great city who are looking to make a difference. She serves as a mentor and advocate for these entrepreneurs.

    • 20 min
    The Oracle

    The Oracle

    Today we interview Todd Mesek, the Oracle. Todd sees the macro-trends swirling all around us, which enables him to provide insightful and actionable strategies around them. As Chief Marketing Officer of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he challenged the tired tropes of rock 'n' roll and positioned the hall a national treasure. He's now doing the same thing with our local T.V. and radio stations at ideastream. 

    • 32 min
    The Veteran

    The Veteran

    We recorded in studio with Bill Grimberg in the Fall of 2018, and it was a powerful interview. Bill was gracious, insightful, humorous, and honest in his description of what it means to be an entrepreneur. We were crestfallen to learn that he passed away a few weeks ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family; he will be missed. Bill was a once in a lifetime big-thinker and risk-taker so we are happy to make his wisdom available to all. 

    • 21 min
    The Visionary

    The Visionary

    Matt Fish is the founder of Melt, one of the most iconic restaurants in the United States. Matt had a vision for gourmet grilled cheese, and his cooking has really struck a chord with Lakewood and Cleveland locals, enabling him to expand his restaurant to multiple locations. 

    • 46 min
    The Free Spirit

    The Free Spirit

    Vince Frantz embodies The Free Spirit through his passion for skateboarding and for his company, Sprokets. Specializing in user experience, Vince highlights the creative side of Lakewood's business sector.

    • 30 min
    The Leader

    The Leader

    Tom Fraser carries the mantle of a leader as a homegrown champion of Lakewood. He built his company, First Federal of Lakewood, as a national powerhouse in the mutual banking industry. Working with local entrepreneurs, he has helped to shape and build the commercial sector in this city.

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

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Love Lakewood

Michael DeAloia is the perfect host for this. Lakewood resident and lover of businesses. Good mix of insightful and fun questions. Mike Belsito's interview was awesome. Can't wait to see who else is featured.

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