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Finding Arizona is a weekly podcast that interviews local business owners. We strive to find out what the owners’ passions are and interesting tid-bits that people don't know about them. The idea is to organically have a conversation with a friend, so the audience can hear everything from the owner’s point of view. We hope the podcast is able to form and gain more fans and followers, and start a community of passionate supporters and entrepreneurs. We love everything about the people who make up the diverse area of Arizona, and we want the people to help make this podcast live and strive.

Finding Arizona Podcast Finding Arizona Podcast

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    • 4.9 • 31 Ratings

Finding Arizona is a weekly podcast that interviews local business owners. We strive to find out what the owners’ passions are and interesting tid-bits that people don't know about them. The idea is to organically have a conversation with a friend, so the audience can hear everything from the owner’s point of view. We hope the podcast is able to form and gain more fans and followers, and start a community of passionate supporters and entrepreneurs. We love everything about the people who make up the diverse area of Arizona, and we want the people to help make this podcast live and strive.

    PODCAST #404: THE RAVENSCROFT

    PODCAST #404: THE RAVENSCROFT

    In a recent episode of the Finding Arizona Podcast, Jose Acevedo chatted with David Bauer, the Creative Developer and Artistic Event Director at Ravenscroft, an arts and entertainment venue. Bauer's deep passion for music and commitment to creating exceptional experiences for visitors shone through as he discussed the intentional design and technology at Ravenscroft, the organization's commitment to excellence, and its collaborative and creative culture. He emphasized the venue's mission of presenting music and arts at the highest level possible, showcasing its dedication to providing a top-notch experience for both artists and audiences. Bauer's insights into the transformative power of music and the ability of artists like Bob Ravenscroft to create immersive experiences offer a unique perspective, making this episode a must-listen for music enthusiasts looking for immersive experiences.In this episode, you will be able to:



    Discover the immersive experiences at Ravenscroft music and arts facility, where intentional artistry meets hospitality.
    Explore the impact of music on community engagement and how it creates connections that resonate beyond the notes.
    Uncover the magic of concerts at Ravenscroft and the unique blend of acoustics and ambiance it offers.
    Delve into the benefits of music education outreach and its transformative power in shaping young minds and communities.




    Visit the website theravenscroft.com to sign up for the newsletter and stay connected with the latest updates and events at Ravenscroft.
    Follow Ravenscroft on social media at @RavenscroftAZ to stay updated on upcoming events, performances, and news.
    Contact the box office at (800) 785-3318 or email events@theravenscroft.com for inquiries, ticket purchases, or any other information about events and performances.
    Explore the Ravenscroft venue in person at the Perimeter Complex: 8445 E Hartford Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85255



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    The key moments in this episode are:

    00:09:38 - Meeting Bob Ravenscroft 

    00:13:36 - Artistry and Music 

    00:15:16 - Creating Experiences at Ravenscroft 

    00:15:45 - The Vision of Ravenscroft Hall 

    00:18:32 - Diverse Programs and Collaborations 

    00:22:40 - State-of-the-Art Technology 

    00:26:37 - Maintenance and Team Collaboration 

    00:29:55 - Leadership and Organizational Culture 

    00:31:40 - Curating Seasons and Artists 

    00:32:49 - Season One Challenges 

    00:36:41 - Building a Reputation 

    00:38:24 - Staying Connected with Ravenscroft

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    • 45 min
    PODCAST #403: OLEG BORTMAN

    PODCAST #403: OLEG BORTMAN

    On the Finding Arizona Podcast, host Jose Acevedo welcomed Oleg Bortman, author, entrepreneur and co-founder of The Brokery. Oleg's journey from Ukraine to establishing a successful real estate company highlights the role of community in business growth. He shares valuable insights and advice on real estate investment, emphasizing the power of community engagement. The episode explores Oleg's dedication to local expertise and the positive impact of investing in the community, showcasing long-term business success through genuine connections. Oleg's passion for storytelling and enthusiasm for the Phoenix real estate market enrich the conversation, providing a holistic view of the industry and the importance of community-focused entrepreneurship, especially through his new book, “Always Ahead”. Small business owners and entrepreneurs seeking inspiration and insights on community engagement will find this episode with Oleg Bortman motivating and valuable.In this episode, you will be able to:



    Discover the untapped benefits of owning real estate in Phoenix and how it could transform your investment portfolio.
    Uncover the crucial role of community in driving business growth and learn how to leverage it for your own entrepreneurial success.
    Unveil powerful strategies for building wealth through real estate and take your financial future to the next level.
    Delve into the art of storytelling in entrepreneurship and business, and how it can elevate your brand and captivate your audience.



    Purchase Oleg Bortman's book on Kindle or Amazon to read inspiring stories from successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. https://www.amazon.com/Always-Ahead-Determination-Commitment-Inspiration/dp/1962595420
    The Brokery - Contact The Brokery at 602-402-0229 for any real estate questions or inquiries, including recommendations for restaurants, shopping places, coffee shops, and more.


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    The key moments in this episode are:

    00:03:12 - Oleg's Origin Story 

    00:06:02 - Family Work Ethic and Cultural Background 

    00:14:14 - The Impact of Real Estate Investments 

    00:17:15 - Making the Decision to Acquire Real Estate 

    00:22:51 - The Importance of Work Ethic and Wealth Building 

    00:24:38 - The Origin of The Brokery 

    00:27:34 - Building Strong Community Connections 

    00:33:05 - Team-Based Approach to Real Estate 

    00:35:30 - Writing the Book 

    00:42:47 - Phoenix Real Estate Market

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    SUPPORT: If you love this episode, please share it with someone you know will also enjoy it! Not for us, but for our guests, leave a review on iTunes. While you are listening, post a screenshot on social media and make sure to tag @FindingArizonaPodcast so we can thank you! Leave us a five star review!  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/finding-arizona-podcast/id969100902?mt=2  Ready to start your own podcast? Found House powered by The Finding Arizona Podcast is your best find!https://www.findingarizonapodcast.com/found-houseSPONSORS: Revitalize your self-care routine with Earth Based Body! Get 20% off your first online purchase at https://earthbasedbody.com/discount/F.... Embrace the goodness of nature for radiant skin!Upgrade your wellness game with Oura Ring! Enjoy $40 off your purchase using our exclusive link: https://ouraring.com/raf/a6bde107b4?u.... Elevate your health and sleep tracking now! Score a $20 discount on your SeatGeek tickets with code FINDINGARIZONA. Catch your favorite events live from seatgeek.com


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    • 50 min
    PODCAST #402: SILVER ROSE BAKERY

    PODCAST #402: SILVER ROSE BAKERY

    Michael and Priscilla's journey into the world of baking and entrepreneurship is a testament to the power of passion and creativity. Their origin story is one filled with chaos, energy, and a sense of fun that drew them into the sweet world of Silver Rose Bakery. Priscilla's early passion for baking, rooted in family traditions, merged seamlessly with Michael's corporate background, creating a unique blend of yin and yang. The couple's determination to make their bakery venture work, especially after the success of their first wedding event, led them to take the leap into a physical space, showcasing their unwavering commitment to their craft. Their dedication to experimentation and refining their recipes, combined with the challenges of managing a bakery, highlights their relentless pursuit of perfection. Despite the demanding nature of their work, they find balance by honing their artistic skills and establishing open communication with their clients. The couple's journey is not just about running a bakery; it's a story of love, determination, and the pursuit of turning ordinary ingredients into extraordinary delights.

    In this episode, you will be able to:


    Master the art of cake decorating with professional techniques and insider tips for stunning results.


    Discover the secrets to organizing and hosting unforgettable cake tasting events that leave a lasting impression on potential customers.


    Visit Silver Rose Bakery at I-17 and Bell in the Bell Canyon Pavilions in Phoenix, Arizona. Check them out on social media for updates and events.


    Take advantage of a special offer for listeners of the Finding Arizona Podcast. Mention the podcast and get a free cake pop of your choice at Silver Rose Bakery.




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    The key moments in this episode are:

    00:00:13 - Introducing Silver Rose Bakery 

    00:02:05 - Priscilla's passion for baking 

    00:08:08 - Growth of Silver Rose Bakery 

    00:11:27 - Culinary experimentation 

    00:13:51 - Learning and adapting

    00:14:07 - Early Baking Experience

    00:15:07 - Introduction of New Desserts 

    00:17:46 - Balancing Work and Personal Life 

    00:21:57 - Managing Creativity and Customer Expectations 

    00:26:47 - Documenting and Sharing Recipes 

    00:27:58 - The dynamic of being a visionary and a business-minded partner 

    00:32:00 - Future goals and expansion plans 

    00:35:10 - Priscilla's potential in baking competitions 

    00:38:21 - Cake tasting event and special offer for listeners 

    00:40:57 - Gratitude and future collaboration 

    00:41:21 - Introduction to Finding Arizona Podcasts 

    00:41:36 - Moving Towards TikTok 

    00:41:52 - Ending with Love for Four-Legged Friends 

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    • 45 min
    PODCAST #401 : JAMES PATRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

    PODCAST #401 : JAMES PATRICK PHOTOGRAPHY

    In this episode of the Finding Arizona Podcast, James Patrick, a seasoned photographer, shares his journey of specializing, niching down, and expanding his photography business with host Jose Acevedo. James delves into his intentional decision to focus on sports and fitness photography, which paid off as the industry boomed, offering valuable insights for aspiring photographers or entrepreneurs venturing into the field. He emphasizes the importance of hard work, luck, and seizing opportunities, while also shedding light on the challenges he faced during the 2008 recession, demonstrating the resilience needed to pursue a career in a competitive industry. Additionally, James discusses his diverse business ventures, including a graphic and branding design agency, magazines, podcast, digital media platform, coaching services, and the Hive Studios—a creative space for professionals in photography, filmmaking, and audio production where we had the chance to site down and record. In this episode, you will be able to:  


    Discover the benefits of implementing niche marketing strategies to grow your photography business.
    Master the essentials of starting a photography business.


    James Patrick's Instagram handle is @jamespatrickphoto. This is where you can find a variety of content related to photography, including tutorials, behind-the-scenes looks, and tips on how to take better photos.


    The Hive Studios: If you're in the Phoenix area and looking for a creative space to work on photography, filmmaking, or audio production, check out The Hive Studios. It offers a full photo and video production studio, as well as a podcast studio for recording sessions. 4620 E Elwood St #7, Phoenix, AZ 85040


    James Patrick's Coaching: James Patrick also offers coaching for entrepreneurs and creative professionals. This includes consulting and workshops to help individuals grow their businesses and develop their creative skills. https://jamespatrick.com/


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    The key moments in this episode are:

    00:01:44 - Origin Story 

    00:12:57 - Career Challenges 

    00:14:15 - Industry Trends 

    00:14:42 - Niche Specialization and Luck 

    00:17:53 - Curiosity and Problem Solving 

    00:21:47 - Diversification of Business Ventures 

    00:24:33 - The Creation of Hive Studios 

    00:27:43 - Work-Life Balance and Present-Mindedness 

    00:29:29 - Finding Confidence in Business 

    00:30:24 - Shifting Audience Focus 

    00:32:14 - Creating Engaging Content 

    00:36:46 - Fostering a Supportive Community 

    The resources mentioned in this episode are:

    SUPPORT: If you love this episode, please share it with someone you know will also enjoy it! Not for us, but for our guests, leave a review on iTunes. While you are listening, post a screenshot on social media and make sure to tag @FindingArizonaPodcast so we can thank you! Leave us a five star review!  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/finding-arizona-podcast/id969100902?mt=2  Ready to start your own podcast? Found House powered by The Finding Arizona Podcast is your best find!https://www.findingarizonapodcast.com/found-houseSPONSORS: Revitalize your self-care routine with Earth Based Body! Get 20% off your first online purchase at https://earthbasedbody.com/discount/F.... Embrace the goodness of nature for radiant skin!Upgrade your wellness game with Oura Ring! Enjoy $40 off your purchase using our exclusive link: https://ouraring.com/raf/a6bde107b4?u.... Elevate your health and sleep tracking now! Score a $20 discount on your SeatGeek tickets with code FINDINGARIZONA. Catch your favorite events live from seatgeek.com


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    • 42 min
    PODCAST #400: Reuniting 4 Phoenix Entrepreneurs

    PODCAST #400: Reuniting 4 Phoenix Entrepreneurs

    On the 400th episode of the Finding Arizona Podcast, host Jose Acevedo reunites with previous guests Tony Ce, Meghan Alfonso, Eric Walters, and Kirsten Steele, bringing together a wealth of entrepreneurial wisdom and inspiration. Tony Ce shares his journey from the creation of Snoh to his involvement in the Phoenix Night Market, emphasizing the importance of multiculturalism and community in the food industry. Meghan Alfonso details her entrepreneurial ventures with the Pearce Family Foundation and Girl About Town, showcasing her resilience and adaptability during challenging times. Eric Walters reflects on his growth on media in the beverage industry, emphasizing the power of storytelling and support for local businesses. Kirsten Steele highlights the significance of community and shares her second home Chestnut as our studio for the afternoon. This episode is a treasure trove of valuable insights, providing aspiring entrepreneurs with practical wisdom and inspiration to navigate the entrepreneurial journey, we even share some fun get to know them questions specifically about Arizona.Please support our guests at the following :


    Tony Ce - https://pollyn.co/, https://localbuzz.co/
    Meghan Alfonso - https://www.pearcefamilyfoundation.com/, https://www.girlabouttown.org/
    Kirsten Steele - https://www.chestnutaz.com/
    Eric Walters - https://atasteofaz.com/


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    The key moments in this episode are:

    00:03:28 - Business Journey and Growth 

    00:17:19 - Perseverance and Growth in Business 

    00:19:14 - Creative Pivots and Business Expansion 

    00:22:34 - Hidden Gems of Arizona 

    00:28:40 - Culinary Delights and Cultural Appreciation 

    00:29:06 - The Power of Customer Stories 

    00:38:19 - Monsoon Moments 

    00:46:29 - Connecting through Collaboration 

    00:51:18 - Local Buzz and Pollen 

    00:56:35 - Kirsten is Giving Back in the Food Industry 

    01:01:38 - Meghan is Sharing Love for Scottsdale 

    01:02:24 - Legacy and Parenthood 

    01:02:56 - Overcoming Hurdles with Love 

    SUPPORT: If you love this episode, please share it with someone you know will also enjoy it! Not for us, but for our guests, leave a review on iTunes. While you are listening, post a screenshot on social media and make sure to tag @FindingArizonaPodcast so we can thank you! Leave us a five star review!  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/finding-arizona-podcast/id969100902?mt=2  Ready to start your own podcast? Found House powered by The Finding Arizona Podcast is your best find!https://www.findingarizonapodcast.com/found-houseSPONSORS: Revitalize your self-care routine with Earth Based Body! Get 20% off your first online purchase at https://earthbasedbody.com/discount/F.... Embrace the goodness of nature for radiant skin!Upgrade your wellness game with Oura Ring! Enjoy $40 off your purchase using our exclusive link: https://ouraring.com/raf/a6bde107b4?u.... Elevate your health and sleep tracking now! Score a $20 discount on your SeatGeek tickets with code FINDINGARIZONA. Catch your favorite events live from seatgeek.com


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    • 1 hr 11 min
    PODCAST #399: AZ POWER WASH PROS

    PODCAST #399: AZ POWER WASH PROS

    Brandon Carnicle, the mastermind behind AZ PowerWash Pros, takes our audience on a journey during his appearance on the Finding Arizona Podcast. Brandon's ability to adapt and seize new opportunities showcases the dynamic nature of entrepreneurship. As he delves into the intricacies of running multiple businesses, Brandon's unwavering commitment to quality and family shines through. His story serves as a compelling testament to the fusion of passion, hard work, and the pursuit of a balanced life. Brandon's narrative resonates with the audience, offering a fresh perspective on navigating the complexities of entrepreneurship while cherishing precious family moments.In this episode, you will be able to:


    Discover effective strategies for starting a successful business.
    Learn practical tips for achieving a balanced and fulfilling family life while growing your entrepreneurship venture.
    Uncover the keys to fostering a positive and supportive employee culture within your small business.


    Customers can sign up for a FREE property evaluation and quote through the website or by calling (602) 475-8777. 
    To learn more visit: https://azpowerwashpros.com.


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    The key moments in this episode are:

    00:01:30 - Brandon's Origin Story 

    00:07:51 - Importance of Team and Culture 

    00:10:28 - Balancing Multiple Businesses 

    00:14:31 - Involvement of Brandon's Wife 

    00:15:10 - Transitioning into Business Together 

    00:17:38 - Complementary Business Roles 

    00:19:44 - Embracing Technology for Business Growth 

    00:23:50 - Supporting Other Contractors and Expanding Training 

    00:28:07 - Community Engagement and DIY Support

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    SUPPORT: If you love this episode, please share it with someone you know will also enjoy it! Not for us, but for our guests, leave a review on iTunes. While you are listening, post a screenshot on social media and make sure to tag @FindingArizonaPodcast so we can thank you! Leave us a five star review!  https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/finding-arizona-podcast/id969100902?mt=2  Ready to start your own podcast? Found House powered by The Finding Arizona Podcast is your best find!Send us a message:  https://www.findingarizonapodcast.com/contact 

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    • 33 min

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