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The Startup Junkies podcast is hosted by Jeff Amerine and his team at Startup Junkie Consulting. We’ll cover topics ranging from getting started, planning, growing your business, proving your concept, leadership, marketing, exit strategies and so much more. We’ll interview business owners, entrepreneurs, experts and people we think will bring value to our audience. Subscribe and together we will move your business to the next level.

The Startup Junkies Podcast Jeff Amerine

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The Startup Junkies podcast is hosted by Jeff Amerine and his team at Startup Junkie Consulting. We’ll cover topics ranging from getting started, planning, growing your business, proving your concept, leadership, marketing, exit strategies and so much more. We’ll interview business owners, entrepreneurs, experts and people we think will bring value to our audience. Subscribe and together we will move your business to the next level.

    387: Leading the Way in Renewable Agriculture: Carbon Chicken Project

    387: Leading the Way in Renewable Agriculture: Carbon Chicken Project

    Summary
    In this episode of Startup Junkies, hosts Harrison Kitson and Caleb Talley dive into the innovative Carbon Chicken Project with Turner Tomlinson, Jody Hardin, and Richard Ims. These pioneers are at the forefront of renewable agriculture, utilizing biochar and up-cycled poultry litter to revolutionize farming practices. 
    Turner Tomlinson, with a background in chemical engineering and water management, underscores the importance of addressing the issue of excess poultry litter. Therefore, the Carbon Chicken Project involves upcycling this poultry litter using pyrolysis technology to produce bioenergy, thus establishing a carbon-negative farming ecosystem that combats climate change by promoting regenerative farming practices and carbon sequestration.
    Jody Hardin, a fifth-generation farmer, introduces the vision of creating the first carbon-registered project in Northwest Arkansas. This initiative aims to enable local companies to offset their carbon footprints while revolutionizing agriculture.
    Lastly, Richard Ims brings his entrepreneurial experience to the discussion, emphasizing the commercial viability and diverse applications of biochar in increasing feed efficiency and water retention. Their target customers range from backyard gardeners to commercial farmers, showcasing the product’s versatility.
    Throughout the episode, Turner, Jody, and Richard share their motivations, the challenges they face, and the innovative solutions they're implementing to create a meaningful impact on the environment. Join us for an inspiring conversation about the future of agriculture and our role in combating climate change!
     
    Show Notes
    (0:00) Introduction 
    (0:59) Turner’s Background
    (2:19) About Jody
    (3:57) Richard’s Origin Story
    (7:25) The Genesis of the Carbon Chicken Project
    (19:22) Potential Markets for the Carbon Chicken Project
    (21:59) Exploring the Carbon Chicken Project’s Mission and Legacy
    (28:32) Multifaceted Problem Solving
    (33:17) The Carbon Chicken Project’s Ideal Customer
    (35:21) Why the Carbon Chicken Project’s Product is Emerging Now
    (39:29) Advice to Younger Selves
    (42:34) Closing Question
     
    Links
    Harrison Kitson
    Caleb Talley
    Startup Junkie
    Startup Junkie YouTube
    Turner Tomlinson
    Jody Hardin
    Richard Ims
    Carbon Chicken Project

    • 46 min
    12: Sin Prisa pero sin Pausa con Diego Morales Ibarra

    12: Sin Prisa pero sin Pausa con Diego Morales Ibarra

    Summary
    En este episodio, nos sumergimos en la inspiradora historia de Diego Morales Ibarra, un líder comunitario dedicado y multifacético. Diego, originario de Guanajuato, México, nos comparte su viaje desde sus inicios hasta convertirse en una figura clave en el desarrollo económico y comunitario de Arkansas. Exploramos cómo su paciencia y perseverancia han sido fundamentales en su rol como Director Adjunto en Conexión de Negocios Latinos y fundador de DIMORI Services LLC. A través de sus experiencias en el Consulado Mexicano y el ASBTDC, Diego nos demuestra cómo el tiempo y la dedicación pueden transformar comunidades y abrir nuevas oportunidades para las poblaciones minoritarias. No te pierdas esta conversación llena de aprendizajes sobre el poder de la paciencia en la construcción de un mejor futuro.
     
    Show Notes
    (00:05) Welcome & introduction.
    (00:49) Your story.
    (03:07) It’s a health thing.
    (06:43) Life after the consulate.
    (07:18) Being the boss.
    (10:43) El mercadito.
    (11:36) Initial advice.
    (13:51) Networking?
    (15:08) The inspiration.
    (16:51) Latino growth.
    (19:23) Significant challenge.
    (29:54) Arkansas Latino Business Awards.
    (29:54) Advice from the past.
     
    Links
    Ignacio Balderrama
    Startup Junkie
    Kiva Northwest Arkansas
    Diego Morales Ibarra
    DIMORI Services, LLC

    • 36 min
    386: Putting Life Before Work with LifeWork Talent

    386: Putting Life Before Work with LifeWork Talent

    Summary
    In this week’s episode of Startup Junkies, hosts Caleb Talley and Daniel Koonce are joined by Rachel Heisten and Alissa Owsley, founding partners of LifeWork Talent, a consulting service helping organizations unlock the power of their people by building a culture where individuals thrive, enjoy the best experience, and develop exceptional human skills. 
    Alissa and Rachel, who initially met while working in human resources in 2011, speak candidly about the challenges and rewards of practicing what they preach as business advisors, sharing the importance of taking time to appreciate the present and redefine traditional notions of success. LifeWork Talent focuses on customized talent management services, encompassing workshops, executive coaching, and strategic partnerships, to intertwine life with work and inspire positive change in organizational cultures.
    Additionally, Rachel and Alissa underscore the significance of flexibility, adaptability, and continuous learning in their entrepreneurial journey, rejecting the societal trope that entrepreneurship is an inherent quality. They also address imposter syndrome, urging listeners to embrace and navigate the challenge of enjoying work without it becoming their identity. 
    Throughout the episode, we dive into Rachel and Alissa’s inspiring journey of two close friends and former corporate professionals who transitioned from the structured environment of a large corporation to founding their own consulting business. Rachel and Alissa share their origin stories, the obstacles they faced during the pandemic, and how an intervention from friends and mentors pushed them to pursue their dreams. Furthermore, they offer valuable perspectives on personal growth, the challenges of starting a business, and the importance of staying true to one's values while navigating the business world. Tune in to see our guests put Life before Work!
     
    Show Notes
    (0:00) Introduction to Rachel and Alissa
    (1:11) Rachel, Alissa, and LifeWork’s Origin Story
    (6:21) Recognizing and Addressing Unmet Needs
    (10:25) The Shifting Mindset of Job Security Post Pandemic
    (16:17) About LifeWork’s Services
    (19:28) Combating Imposter Syndrome
    (23:22) Navigating the Good and Bad of Entrepreneurship
    (29:11) Differentiating between Purpose and Identity
    (33:02) How Rachel and Alissa Define Winning
    (37:33) Managing the Growth of a Business
    (42:23) Advice to Younger Selves
    (47:01) Closing Question
     
    Links
    Caleb Talley
    Daniel Koonce
    Startup Junkie
    Startup Junkie YouTube
    Rachel Heisten (rachel@lifeworktalent.com)
    Alissa Owsley (alissa@lifeworktalent.com)
    LifeWork Talent

    • 49 min
    385: Dreams to Reality: Building a Sleep Therapy Business with Elsbeth Fast

    385: Dreams to Reality: Building a Sleep Therapy Business with Elsbeth Fast

    Summary
    Join our hosts Caleb Talley, Jeff Amerine, and Daniel Koonce in this episode of Startup Junkies as we explore the fascinating world of sleep therapy with Elsbeth Fast, a dedicated entrepreneur transforming lives through innovative sleep solutions. Elsbeth is the founder of True Sleep Therapy, a private practice specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTI). 
    Elsbeth’s career began in clinical settings, focusing predominantly on veterans struggling with PTSD and insomnia at the Veterans Healthcare System in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Here, she became a national trainer for the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI) program. Moving into the civilian sector, she founded True Sleep Therapy to provide CBTI to a broader population. Her work primarily involves addressing sleep disorders, using evidence-based techniques to aid individuals in improving their sleep hygiene without the reliance on medications. 
    Beyond her clinical skills, Elsbeth had to quickly learn the non-clinical aspects of running a business—skills such as budgeting, business planning, and social media marketing. Throughout the episode, she shares her journey of founding a successful sleep therapy practice, the challenges she faced, and the triumphs she celebrated along the way. Discover the unique techniques and strategies she employs to help clients achieve better sleep, and gain valuable insights into the business side of health and wellness.
    This episode is a must-listen for aspiring entrepreneurs in the therapeutic field and anyone interested in improving their sleep health!
     
    Show Notes
    (0:00) Introduction to Elsbeth Fast
    (0:56) About True Sleep Therapy
    (2:03) Defining Cognitive Based Therapy
    (10:44) Tips and Tricks for Getting Better Sleep
    (12:16) Elsbeth’s Origin Story
    (24:52) How Insomnia Is Detrimental to Health
    (29:30) How Lucid Dreaming Correlates to Proper Sleep
    (35:15) Navigating the Obligations of Business Ownership
    (39:42) Advice to Younger Self
    (40:46) Closing Question
     
    Links
    Caleb Talley
    Jeff Amerine
    Daniel Koonce
    Startup Junkie
    Startup Junkie YouTube
    Elsbeth Fast
    True Sleep Therapy

    • 42 min
    Business Buzz Ep. 5: Folly, Parks, and Cocktail Clubs with Lewis Chase

    Business Buzz Ep. 5: Folly, Parks, and Cocktail Clubs with Lewis Chase

    Summary
    On episode 5 of Business Buzz, host Daniel Koonce welcomes Fayetteville’s own Lewis Chase, one of the founders of Feed and Folly, City Park, and Guisinger Cocktail Club. Daniel and Lewis discuss Lewis’s background, his relationship with his business partners, and the origin of “the Dudes of Folly.” Lewis talks about what inspired him to start each new venture and how he is able to bring something unique to Fayetteville every time. Tune in to learn about the importance of your business’s location, prices, and culture. Lewis dives into his most recent venture, the Guisinger Cocktail Club and explains how he was able to create such a creative menu and a unique customer experience.
    Thank you to Fossil Cove Brewing Co. for sponsoring this episode! If you want to learn more about Fossil Cove, go to www.FossilCoveBrewing.com.
     
    Links
    Daniel Koonce
    Startup Junkie
    Startup Junkie YouTube
    Fossil Cove Brewing Co.
    Feed and Folly
    City Park
    Guisinger Cocktail Club

    • 31 min
    11: De Pasíon a Negocio con Azalia Molina

    11: De Pasíon a Negocio con Azalia Molina

    Summary
    En este emocionante episodio, nos acompaña Azalia Molina, la talentosa dueña de Clever NWA, una destacada agencia de marketing que ha revolucionado el panorama empresarial. Azalia nos guía a través de su increíble viaje, compartiendo cómo convirtió su pasión en un negocio exitoso. Descubre los secretos detrás de su impresionante trayectoria empresarial y aprende de su experiencia única como emprendedora latina.
    A lo largo de la conversación, Azalia ofrece valiosos consejos para aquellos que buscan iniciar y hacer crecer su propia empresa, destacando la importancia de la perseverancia, la innovación y la conexión con la comunidad. Además, exploramos el enorme potencial de las conexiones en el Noroeste de Arkansas (NWA) y cómo estas pueden ser un motor fundamental para impulsar tu éxito.
    No te pierdas esta conversación llena de conocimientos, estrategias y motivación que te inspirará a seguir tus sueños y alcanzar nuevas alturas. Ya seas un aspirante a emprendedor o alguien en busca de inspiración, este episodio te proporcionará las herramientas y la confianza necesarias para avanzar en tu camino empresarial.
     
    Show Notes
    (00:24) Welcome & introduction.
    (01:32) The beginning.
    (02:43) Art into business.
    (03:41) What is your favorite art outlet?
    (04:47) My first piece of art.
    (05:52) Business challenges and achievements.
    (09:50) A valuable lesson.
    (11:47) The greatest challenge of starting a business.
    (17:05) Sound advice.
    (19:15) A balancing act.
    (24:12) Where can we find you?
    (24:39) What is next?
    (25:38) Advice from the past.
     
    Links
    Claudia Scott
    Ignacio Balderrama
    Startup Junkie
    Kiva Northwest Arkansas
    Ana Ortiz
    Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll)
    Azalia Molina
    Clever NWA

    • 27 min

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5 Stars All the Way!

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Great Startup Podcast

I'm CEO of a medical device startup. I have listened to every episode and always gather nuggets of encouragement and learning from each interview, even those completely unrelated to healthcare. I highly recommend this podcast to anyone considering starting a business.

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