Are you a small business owner? This podcast is for you. Welcome to the Extra/Ordinary Podcast, where together we'll discover extraordinary small businesses and the stories behind them. Pop culture has become obsessed with the entrepreneurship stories of Silicon Valley, glorifying enormous investment rounds and worshipping venture capitalists. But the backbone of our economy is made up of small businesses. Their stories might not include an IPO or exit strategy. They may never become a billion-dollar business. But each and every day, millions of small business owners wake up in the morning to deliver a quality product or service, support the local economy, employ their neighbors and follow their passion. We think their stories are worth telling. Join host Angela Giovine as she connects with local business owners who excel at what they do so that you can hear their Extra/Ordinary story.
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23: Sarah Ford, Ranch Road Boots
Sarah Ford loves boots. It’s a key ingredient in many startup stories, a passion for the product. We talk to Sarah Ford about her business journey, from Harvard Business School to management consulting, from the crafting of bespoke boots in a live setting to the evolution into e-commerce. Sarah is an example of grit, determination, agility and creativity.
22: David Beahm, David Beahm Experiences
In the world of special events, he is a legend. Today on the show, a chat with world-renowned event designer David Beahm.
David Beahm. Famous for his white beard and round glasses, he truly is an unforgettable persona. And if you’ve had the good luck to attend one of his remarkable events, then you know his gifts are truly special. But how did the man become the myth?
It was the year 2000, and Hollywood IT girl was getting married to Hollywood royalty: the wedding of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas. There was to be more than 1000 guests at the legendary Plaza hotel, and David Beahm was tasked with making their dreams a wedding reality. We talked to David about his small business journey, being a leader at the forefront of the burgeoning events industry, and the magic that can come from live events.
21: Angela Giovine, Happenings Media
Plot twist! In this week’s episode, host Angela Giovine turns the mic on herself to share her small business journey. Angela leads Happenings Media, a media organization devoted digital, social & experiential marketing and media. She is passionate about small business, which led to the development of this podcast. Angela is joined by Jessica Kartalija, evening news anchor for CBS Philadelphia. Angela talks to Jess about her journey from corporate America to small business ownership. After her interview with Jess, long-time friend employee, KC Schafer puts Angela in the hot seat.
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20: Tess Miller, The Nest Reno
Tessa Miller has owned and operated The Nest in Reno's up-and-coming West District for 10 years. She often supplies the most sought-after vintage shops in San Francisco with her finds in Nevada's rural sprawling estates, mining moguls, ranchers, casino billionaires, Tahoe's lakeside mansions, and her informed eye at estate sales, garage sales, and more. We talked to Tessa about resilience, vision, and the art of making you passion a business.
19: Brian Orakpo, Michael Griffin, Bryan Hynson -- The Cupcake Guys
Who doesn’t love cupcakes? That’s the thought that former NFL stars Michael Griffin and Brian Orakpo had one day as they enjoyed some tasty treats. Griffin and Orakpo both spent part of their professional football careers playing for the Tennessee Titans, which is where the original Gigi’s Cupcakes was located. So when the time came to move on from professional football, the pair was ready to enter the entrepreneurial world. They joined forces with their college friend Bryan Hynson and together, they trio became “The Cupcake Guys."
18: Ben Scrivens, Fright-Rags
It is dizzying to think about the way the internet has shaped, and reshaped, the way we do business, make money, and lead our lives. One of the more interesting aspects of e-commerce is the ability to be really successful and profitable in niche businesses. Ben Scrivens was a horror movie enthusiast from an early age. Age 4 to be exact. Little did he know that this hobby, combined with his creativity and ability to wield a little bit of coding, would help him to create one of the premier destinations for horror genre fans on the internet.
Ben started Fright-Rags.com in 2003 with one idea for a t-shirt. Since then he has grown it from a one-person operation from the spare room of his apartment to a 7-person business operating out of the old morgue in Rochester, NY. The Fright-Rags story is a fantastic example of the success that can come from combining the power of the niche with the power of the internet.
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Entertaining, insightful and actionable! 🔥
Whether you’re well established as a small business owner, or just getting started carving out a profitable niche that’s ready to grow - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Angela does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving enterprise, and life you can be proud of - with leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!
Excellent stories of business success
I love the concept of this podcast and hearing about small business success. Every story is inspiring but also enlightening and the takeaways have always been applicable to other businesses even in other industries.
Stories worth hearing
Loved your interview with the fabulous Zanya and Filomena of ZANYA Spa Salon. Great questions and a wonderful way to learn about our local, successful business owners.