159 episodes

Small businesses are the soul of America. This is where they tell their stories. Three years, 16,000 miles and counting...

Small Business War Stories is a weekly show recorded in person with small business owners. We get the triumphs, struggles, and funny stories from our guests’ everyday lives.

Hosted by Pablo Fuentes, an entrepreneur and musician based in Austin, Texas.

For more on the show, please visit https://smallbusinesswarstories.com/

Small Business War Stories Pablo Fuentes

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.7 • 82 Ratings

Small businesses are the soul of America. This is where they tell their stories. Three years, 16,000 miles and counting...

Small Business War Stories is a weekly show recorded in person with small business owners. We get the triumphs, struggles, and funny stories from our guests’ everyday lives.

Hosted by Pablo Fuentes, an entrepreneur and musician based in Austin, Texas.

For more on the show, please visit https://smallbusinesswarstories.com/

    Armadillo Guitar: Making a Living with Custom Brass and Steel Guitar Parts in Austin, Texas | Michael Slotboom

    Armadillo Guitar: Making a Living with Custom Brass and Steel Guitar Parts in Austin, Texas | Michael Slotboom

    Michael Slotboom is doing things on his terms.
    He was on track to run the machine shop at the University of Texas, but he discovered he really wanted to make custom guitar parts.
    So he talked to his wife and they invested their savings into starting a specialized shop.
    Fifteen years later, his parts are sought the world over, and you can see them on stage when you see many of your favorite artists.
     

    • 31 min
    Firefly Austin Studio: Making Music, Records, and Community in Austin, Texas | Erin O'Keefe

    Firefly Austin Studio: Making Music, Records, and Community in Austin, Texas | Erin O'Keefe

    Erin O'Keefe is the kind of woman that sees a vision and makes it happen.
    She learned about what makes a great recording studio...and then built one!
    What amazing artists is she recording these days? How do you even build a studio? What is the future of the music business?
    All of this and more in today's show.
    You can learn more about Firefly Austin Studio at https://www.fireflyaustinstudio.com/

    • 42 min
    Big Henry's Vinyl and Gifts: Purveyors of Music, Records, and Culture in Austin, Texas | Grace Reyer

    Big Henry's Vinyl and Gifts: Purveyors of Music, Records, and Culture in Austin, Texas | Grace Reyer

    Grace Reyer and Big Henry's Vinyl and Gifts are at the epicenter of Austin music and culture.
    How did Grace and up with her dream job?
    What's the importance of self-care when managing a small business?
    All of this and more in today's episode.
    You can learn more about Big Henry's at https://bighenrysvinylandgifts.com//

    • 34 min
    Visit Clarksdale, Mississippi: Promoting Visitors and Business in the Birthplace of the Blues | Bubba O'Keefe

    Visit Clarksdale, Mississippi: Promoting Visitors and Business in the Birthplace of the Blues | Bubba O'Keefe

    Bubba O'Keefe has the spirit of the Mississippi Delta running through his veins.
    What stories does he have to tell about the Crossroads?
    Why is Clarksdale a great place to visit and/or start a business? And what are the kinds of people who succeed here?
    Bubba has seen it all...and he shares his stories on today's episode.
    You can learn more about Bubba and the Clarksdale, Mississippi at https://www.visitclarksdale.com/
     
     

    • 36 min
    Auberge Hostel: Starting a Hostel on the Blues Highway in Clarksdale, Mississippi | Robert Weinstein

    Auberge Hostel: Starting a Hostel on the Blues Highway in Clarksdale, Mississippi | Robert Weinstein

    Clarksdale, Mississippi is home to the world-famous Crossroads...where Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil in exchange for his guitar chops.
    Why did Robert and Lucy decide to start a hostel in Clarksdale after succeeding with their property in New Orleans?
    What interesting stories live within the four walls of the Auberge?
    All of this and more in today's episode.
    You can learn more about Robert and the Auberge Hostel at https://aubergehostels.com/

    • 38 min
    Alligator Records Part 2 of 2: Building a Legendary Blues Record Label in Chicago, Illinois | Bruce Iglauer

    Alligator Records Part 2 of 2: Building a Legendary Blues Record Label in Chicago, Illinois | Bruce Iglauer

    And...this week we wrap up the amazing story of Alligator Records.
    There's even more music in this episode, courtesy of Bruce and Alligator.
    We also cover the most harrowing and dramatic story we have heard on the podcast to date, involving a train derailment, tragedy, and redemption.
     

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

omoo22 ,

Great podcast

Too bad no new episodes
I miss Pablo’s sexy voice

ecokeefe ,

Great conversation!

Really enjoyed being on Small Business War Stories. Great conversation and I felt comfortable talking with Pablo. When it’s effortless, it makes for a more enjoyable experience both for the listener and for the interviewee. Recommended!

DaVon Walker IOC ,

Great Experience

Truly enjoyed talking to you guys about this journey! Keep doing your thang and showing the world that entrepreneurship is a real hustle and grind but man there is nothing like it!! Keep Killing It! IT'S ON!!

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