Back of the Napkin: Entrepreneurs Share Stories of Their Big Journeys in Small Business

Back of the Napkin: Entrepreneurs Share Stories of Their Big Journeys in Small Business

Every small business is powered by a bolt of inspiration and the dedicated people who bring it to life. And the Back of the Napkin podcast is where small business owners can tune in to explore the unique ideas that have launched successful enterprises, and meet entrepreneurs who aren’t afraid to think differently. In each episode, we’ll sit down with entrepreneurs from all kinds of different industries to learn why they got into business, how their ideas have developed, and what twists and turns they’ve faced along the way. You won’t believe some of the wild ideas that have taken root, and you’ll be able to learn valuable lessons from the mistakes that other entrepreneurs have already made. Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, and we hope these stories inspire business owners and consumers alike to dream big, take risks and shop locally. At SurePayroll, small business is our business, and we understand that a lot goes into running your operation. Our easy online service makes running payroll for small- and micro-businesses a breeze so entrepreneurs can focus less on payroll and taxes and spend more time doing what they do best. So roll up your sleeves, brew some strong coffee and make sure you’re subscribed on your favorite podcast app. The Back of the Napkin podcast is hosted by SurePayroll’s Stephanie Davis and small business owner Dusty Weis, and launches on January 27.

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July 21, 2021 35 min
In this season 3 episode of Back of the Napkin, Kelly O'Neill, owner of Fusion of Iron and Earth, shares the inspiring story of her transition from the corporate world to starting a small business from little more than clay, scrap metal, sheer determination, and the passion to honor her father's legacy. Plus she talks about small business branding (LTC), Art on the Grand, Funky Ferndale Art Fair, ArtPrize and Mint Artist Gu...
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As small business entrepreneurs, there's a lot we can learn from the world of big business. And so in this Friday Fail, we chat with Ben Deutsch, who worked as Vice President of Communication at Coca-Cola prior to his retirement. He candidly shares the stories of some mistakes he made early in his tenure at Coke, and parses some important lessons about the power of words, the importance of focusing on your core value proposit...
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Jon Snyder got the inside scoop on running a small business from an early age; he got a taste for the entrepreneur's life working at his grandfather's Carvel ice cream stand, and he founded his first gelato business at the young age of 19. When he sold that first operation to finish school, he never imagined he would be back in the ice cream business ever again. As an unconventional student with real-world business experien...
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Rarely do you hear a small business owner describe their passion as “making sure I file my payroll and taxes without triggering a visit from the IRS.” Most small business owners learn the ins and outs of payroll and taxes by trial and error, a practice that can sometimes lead to costly mistakes. In this season 2 episode of Back of the Napkin | Friday Fails, Cory Hershman, Associate Product Manager, SurePayroll, details how to preve...
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Aisha Chottani has been meditating for years. Despite that, she was still finding herself lacking creativity and focus come afternoon time. Aisha revisited her roots, thinking about what has helped her build good habits and feel better, and came up with her idea for Moment, a beverage that would help you rebalance and de-stress. Moment incorporates adaptogens, ingredients that have been used for hundreds of thousands of years for t...
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Hiran Patel, the owner of the Indian restaurant Naansense, remembers a time early in his small business journey that he experienced a failure in business. Hiran's story is interesting because his fail is one that you might not think of when talking about business fails.
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Hiran Patel has always had a passion for cooking, and after a chat with his father where he was reminded how important it is to follow your dreams, he decided to pursue his fortune in the kitchen.  Hiran got his start in the Chicago restaurant scene and after a few years decided it was time to open his own business. NaanSense is an Indian street food restaurant that serves up delicious Indian food to customers in Chicago. Since ope...
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Rachel Doyle, the founder and CEO of the nonprofit GlamourGals, shared a time early in her business when she failed. Nonprofits can have different requirements than for-profit businesses, especially when it comes to how donations are accepted and reported. Rachel's Friday Fail is very relatable for more than one reason.
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Rachel Doyle founded GlamourGals, a nonprofit in New York City, when she was just 17 years old. The mission of GlamourGals focuses on providing support to isolated seniors who live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities, and for 20 years, the nonprofit’s key volunteer activity has been providing makeovers to seniors. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, 60% of seniors in these living situations were facing elder isolation, and s...
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March 24, 2021 2 min
Start getting hyped! Season Two of Back of the Napkin arrives on March 31, with more tales from entrepreneurs across America whose creative ideas are changing the world. In each episode, Stephanie Davis and Dusty Weis learn why entrepreneurs got into business, how their ideas have developed, and what twists and turns they’ve faced along the way. You won’t believe some of the wild ideas that have taken root, and you’ll be able to le...
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Pete Leonard is a serial entrepreneur whose latest business venture pairs high-quality coffee with a mission to hire post-prison people. I Have a Bean is a coffee roasting company in Wheaton, IL that roasts high-quality coffee beans. Inspired by a personal situation, Pete decided his employees were going to be post-prison people and has set them up for success. In our chat with Pete, he explained more about the inspiration behind I...
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In this Friday Fail, Maria Erna, owner of WaG Grooming Salon and Spa, shares a fail she had early in her career. When she was 18, Maria had an event planning business. Her fail was brutal, but she learned an important lesson in moving forward amidst failure in business and learned how important resilience is when running a small business.
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Inspired by their own struggles with wedding planning, Manali Shah and Raj Kamaria launched Pyaari Weddings in early 2020. Pyaari Weddings is a wedding planning website that helps users plan a wedding in five minutes. The couple quickly learned how time-consuming and complicated the wedding planning process can be and Pyaari Weddings makes it easy for couples to plan their whole wedding without needing to work with a wedding planne...
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Failing in business is never fun, but those fails have the power to inspire big success. In this short episode of Back of the Napkin, we talked to Lee Kitchen, creative guru and inspiration consultant, in Orlando, FL about failure. Failure plays a big role in Lee's creative brainstorms, and he wants his participants to embrace failure and learn from those setbacks. In this episode, Lee shares a story about a time he had a major...
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Maria Erna is the owner of WaG Grooming Salon and Spa in Salem, NH. Inspired by her own struggles to find quality dog grooming for her dogs, Maria opened WaG to provide a holistic, dog spa, salon experience to her furry clientele. Maria has worked in a variety of industries and is a marketing consultant for small business owners to help them succeed and reach their full business potential. In our time with Maria, we talked about wh...
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Lee Kitchen is a brainstorming facilitator in the Orlando, Florida area who arms businesses across the country with tools to inspire creativity and launch new ideas. Following a more than 30-year career with The Walt Disney Company, Lee focused on his new small business and learned that many people struggle with creativity in business. He has several workshop styles with a variety of exercises that are designed to get people out of...
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Every small business is powered by a bolt of inspiration and the dedicated people who bring it to life. And the Back of the Napkin podcast is where small business owners can tune in to explore the unique ideas that have launched successful enterprises, and meet entrepreneurs who aren’t afraid to think differently. In each episode, we’ll sit down with entrepreneurs from all kinds of different industries to learn why they got into bu...
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