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Making It in Asheville is a podcast dedicated to sharing advice on living, working, and creating in Asheville, NC. We interview the city's best entrepreneurs, freelancers, artists, and craftspeople and dig to get transferable skills to bring to your life, art, passion project, and business.

https://makingitinasheville.com

Making It in Asheville Making It Creative, LLC | Sarah and Tony Ubertaccio

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Making It in Asheville is a podcast dedicated to sharing advice on living, working, and creating in Asheville, NC. We interview the city's best entrepreneurs, freelancers, artists, and craftspeople and dig to get transferable skills to bring to your life, art, passion project, and business.

https://makingitinasheville.com

    049 - Season 3 Highlights and Recap Episode

    049 - Season 3 Highlights and Recap Episode

    In this episode, we share a single sound bite from each Season 3 podcast episode, as well as a brief commentary on each episode and why we think it’s meaningful.


    At the end of every podcast season, we like to go back and recap all the episodes. We find that doing this can help you decide which episodes you want to listen to next. Think of it as a “sampler” episode!


    We hit a lot of important milestones in Season 3:



    We started dabbling with creating more video content. In fact, you can check out all Season 3 episodes on our YouTube channel.
    We interviewed 11 local Ashevillians, all in very unique industries.
    We also began hosting events! Check out our events page to learn more.
    We reached over 10,000 podcast downloads. Whew! Thanks y’all!


    Here’s How This Episode Works:



    You’ll listen to a single meaningful sound bite (about 1-2 minutes) from each episode.
    You’ll also hear us give about 2 minutes of commentary on each episode where we share our favorite parts about the episode.
    You’ll learn about what’s to come in Season 4!


    For complete show notes, including some supplementary information from this episode visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/048


    To see our upcoming social events and workshops, visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/events


    To recommend an interviewee, visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/podcast


    Curious to learn more about what we do? Making It Creative is a boutique marketing agency in Asheville. We are dedicated to working with small business owners that are deeply passionate about what they do by helping them build and improve their sales and communication strategies. Learn more here.


    Music by Commonwealth Choir


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    • 1 hr 4 min
    048 - Stay Positive Through this Pandemic with these Three (Strange) Philosophies

    048 - Stay Positive Through this Pandemic with these Three (Strange) Philosophies

    In this episode, we share three strange teachings that are helping us stay positive and take action during COVID-19.


    We realize that there are a lot of people out there experiencing some kind of suffering, loss, or pain during this pandemic. It may be financial, physical, or even mental.


    As a way of supporting and loving this community, we want to take a moment to share with you three important philosophies that have really helped shape our thoughts and responses to what’s happening around us. Although we know we are speaking from a place of multiple types of privilege, these teachings have helped our minds stay positive and be optimistic. These counter-intuitive mental frameworks have helped us cope and continue to work toward our goals.


    And although some of these teachings are, let’s say, strange, our hope is that you’ll find at least one of them helpful. No matter what you’re going through right now, whether it’s a financial loss, the feeling of failure, or a sense of loneliness, we hope this episode will help you in some small way.


    Here’s What You’ll Learn in the Episode:



    Why we’re going on the offensive during COVID-19 (and some of the ways we’re doing so)
    How these frameworks have affected the way we’re showing up with friends, family, and this community.
    The three philosophies or teachings that have impacted the way we see the world (and are especially important as we consider the effects of COVID-19 on our business and our personal lives)
    For each teaching, we also share resources and books where you can learn more about them
    Why some of these teachings might be “triggering” or difficult to hear for some people


    For complete show notes, including some supplementary information from this episode visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/048


    To see our upcoming social events and workshops, visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/events


    To recommend an interviewee, visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/podcast


    Curious to learn more about what we do? Making It Creative is a boutique marketing agency in Asheville. We are dedicated to working with small business owners that are deeply passionate about what they do by helping them build and improve their sales and communication strategies. Learn more here.


    Music by Commonwealth Choir


    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, like, review, and/or share! It helps to spread the word and get more eyes on Asheville's makers.


    Check out Making It in Asheville on other platforms!
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    • 41 min
    047 - (COVID-19 Special Edition) Tyler J. McCall, Digital Business Expert, on Ways to Utilize Online Marketing During Coronavirus

    047 - (COVID-19 Special Edition) Tyler J. McCall, Digital Business Expert, on Ways to Utilize Online Marketing During Coronavirus

    In this episode, we sit down with online marketing expert, Tyler J. McCall to discuss new ways you and your business can utilize online marketing strategies throughout the COVID-19 quarantine.


    Whether you’re a purely online company or a brick and mortar store that relies on foot traffic, you’re likely thinking about what’s going to happen to your business over the next coming weeks and months. We hope that this episode gives you some new and productive ideas to reconnect with your online audience.


    Here’s What You’ll Learn in the Episode:



    The number one thing Tyler says NOT to do during this time period
    The five main social media platforms Tyler recommends to most businesses (and ideas for the type of content you can be sharing right now)
    A game-changing switch you can make on Instagram to increase engagement and gain more followers
    Ideas on how your business can go digital, even if it has traditionally been brick and mortar
    How you can use a 100% free product (Facebook groups) to reconnect with your audience
    Why finding your niche is important, especially now.


    For complete show notes, including some supplementary information from this episode visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/047


    To see our upcoming social events and workshops, visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/events


    To recommend an interviewee, visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/podcast


    Curious to learn more about what we do? Making It Creative is a boutique marketing agency in Asheville. We are dedicated to working with small business owners that are deeply passionate about what they do by helping them build and improve their sales and communication strategies. Learn more here.


    Music by Commonwealth Choir


    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, like, review, and/or share! It helps to spread the word and get more eyes on Asheville's makers.


    Check out Making It in Asheville on other platforms!
    https://www.instagram.com/makingitinasheville/


    https://www.makingitinasheville.com/youtube/


    https://makingitinasheville.com/subscribe/

    • 57 min
    046 - Clint Spiegel of Industry Nine (i9) on Innovation and Keeping Your Edge

    046 - Clint Spiegel of Industry Nine (i9) on Innovation and Keeping Your Edge

    In this episode, we interview Clint Spiegel, founder of Industry Nine.


    When we met clint for the podcast interview, we began by taking a tour of his 70,000 square feet factory. There are big machines and lots of metal parts everywhere you look. In between each machine, there are a handful of employees wearing protective face gear, working away to keep the parts moving through the system. The floor is covered in what can only be described as “metal sawdust.” Oh, and it’s loud. Very loud.


    Clint yells over his shoulder, “I’ve been walking on metal shards all my life.”


    He’s not joking.


    Since the day he was born, Clint has been surrounding by manufacturing. Fifty years ago, his dad had established a machine shop in Asheville that manufactured parts for a variety of industries throughout the world. At age five, Clint began to join his dad at work, learning the ins and outs of the industry. After graduating from college with a degree in Computer Science, Clint found his way back to his family’s business, eventually taking it over and making it his own. Although the business has evolved since then, he and his dad continue to work together on certain aspects.


    Clint identifies as a “constant innovator” with an “overactive mind.” Over the years, he’s started numerous businesses, from manufacturing knives to building engineering software and industrial robotics. Some of these businesses failed and faded away, but some of them—like Industry Nine (appropriately name “nine” because it was his ninth business)—have been wildly successful.


    During our interview with Clint, a veritable MBA course, we try to unpack what he believes has contributed to Industry Nine’s success and how he’s thinking about the future.


    Here’s What You’ll Learn in this Episode:



    How the idea for Industry Nine came about
    Clint’s insight on innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship
    What makes Industry Nine’s cycling parts different from others in the industry
    What client identifies as “the perfect mix” for entrepreneurship
    Key milestones and turning points in Clint’s business
    The importance of focus and keeping your edge when running a business
    Tips for managing employees (Clint has about 90 currently)


    For complete show notes, including some supplementary information from this episode visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/046


    To see our upcoming social events and workshops, visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/events


    To recommend an interviewee, visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/podcast


    Curious to learn more about what we do? Making It Creative is a boutique marketing agency in Asheville. We are dedicated to working with small business owners that are deeply passionate about what they do by helping them build and improve their sales and communication strategies. Learn more here.


    Music by Commonwealth Choir


    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, like, review, and/or share! It helps to spread the word and get more eyes on Asheville's makers.


    Check out Making It in Asheville on other platforms!
    https://www.instagram.com/makingitinasheville/


    https://www.makingitinasheville.com/youtube/


    https://makingitinasheville.com/subscribe/

    • 1 hr 31 min
    045 - Nicole McConville on Visual Storytelling, Connection, and Stretching Yourself to Be Fearless

    045 - Nicole McConville on Visual Storytelling, Connection, and Stretching Yourself to Be Fearless

    In this episode, we interview Nicole McConville, an Asheville-based photographer and artist. She specializes in portrait, food, fashion, and product photography while also focusing on themes of visual storytelling and connection.


    Throughout this podcast interview, Nicole shares with us her background and her personal making it in Asheville’s story. Although today Nicole is considered one of the top business branding photographers in town, photography wasn’t always her profession.


    Over the years, Nicole McConville has developed her unique photography style, testing out different ideas and subject focuses. Today her emphasis is on helping entrepreneurs make first and lasting connections through portrait photography.


    “This isn’t just about taking pretty pictures,” says Nicole. “This is about honoring certain people in a certain place and time. And knowing that what we’re doing is allowing them to meet other people.”


    Here’s What You’ll Learn in this Episode:



    How Nicole went from a long career in publishing to discovering her passion for photography
    Why Nicole’s photographic style is less focused on tech and gear and more focused on connection and storytelling
    The importance of listening to your own internal compass and how this very act has impacted Nicole’s success
    Why sharing your work just might be the most important thing you do
    Tips for developing your own creative style
    Why, according to Nicole, all businesses should take some of their own photos and her advice for doing so


    For complete show notes, including some supplementary information from this episode visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/045


    To see our upcoming social events and workshops, visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/events


    To recommend an interviewee, visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/podcast


    Curious to learn more about what we do? Making It Creative is a boutique marketing agency in Asheville. We are dedicated to working with small business owners that are deeply passionate about what they do by helping them build and improve their sales and communication strategies. Learn more here.


    Music by Commonwealth Choir


    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, like, review, and/or share! It helps to spread the word and get more eyes on Asheville's makers.


    Check out Making It in Asheville on other platforms!
    https://www.instagram.com/makingitinasheville/


    https://www.makingitinasheville.com/youtube/


    https://makingitinasheville.com/subscribe/

    • 1 hr 57 min
    044 - Change Agent Philip Cooper of Up Skill WNC on Building Bridges and Filling Gaps in the Community

    044 - Change Agent Philip Cooper of Up Skill WNC on Building Bridges and Filling Gaps in the Community

    In this episode, we interview change agent and re-entry expert, Philip Cooper. Philip is the coordinator of a non-profit program called Up Skill WNC, where he helps citizens who have recently been released from prison to reenter the workforce and find their voice in the world again. Philip also does group facilitation and motivational speeches through his consultancy, Change Agent Cooper.


    During the interview, Philip, full of charisma and positive energy, tells us his personal story of reentry after residing in prison for three years and how he is harnessing his past experience to help others reenter the community. He also shares his opinions on how we can make change happen in our communities.


    “If we really want to have an impact on the community, we've got to make sure people from that community…can identify who their champions are and have those people at the table whenever we make decisions about people in those communities,” says Philp.


    Here’s What You’ll Learn in this Episode:
    - Philip’s story of how he is making it in Asheville
    - Burn out vs. burning it down
    - Causes of and solutions for opportunity gaps
    - How Philip is helping to educate employers about their implicit biases when hiring
    - A non-traditional definition of entrepreneurship
    - The power of relationships
    - The key to making changes happen in your community, according to Philip


    For complete show notes, including some supplementary information from this episode visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/044


    To see our upcoming social events and workshops, visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/events


    To recommend an interviewee, visit: MakingItInAsheville.com/podcast


    Curious to learn more about what we do? Making It Creative is a boutique marketing agency in Asheville. We are dedicated to working with small business owners that are deeply passionate about what they do by helping them build and improve their sales and communication strategies. Learn more here.


    Music by Commonwealth Choir


    If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe, like, review, and/or share! It helps to spread the word and get more eyes on Asheville's makers.


    Check out Making It in Asheville on other platforms!
    https://www.instagram.com/makingitinasheville/
    https://www.makingitinasheville.com/youtube/
    https://makingitinasheville.com/subscribe/

    • 1 hr 46 min

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SO helpful for an AVL newbie!

I found Sarah & Tony’s podcast while searching for any & all info that would help my transition from living in Florida to Asheville. Their episodes about moving to the area & other wrap-ups have been SO, so helpful. Interviews with locals are getting me excited to dive into the local culture. This is a great podcast for anyone wanting to adventure out & really understand a deeper layer of Asheville localism!

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Learning & loving it!

I recently stumbled across this podcast and have learned SO much about Asheville and the creative community here. I’ve lived in the area for 9 years and love the refreshing and fun (...and interesting!) tone of Making it in Asheville. Keep up the great work!

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Learning new things about Asheville everyday

We moved to Asheville 3+ years ago and are constantly discovering things about our new hometown. Making it in Asheville has discussed many people and places we did not know about. Thank you!! We love Asheville as much as you do and enjoy sharing your passion for this wonderful place.

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