Startup Knox Podcast

Startup Knox Podcast

Podcasting from Knoxville along the banks of the mighty Tennessee river, this is the Startup Knox Podcast featuring interviews with local entrepreneurs about their startups.

Episodes

May 5, 2021 32 min

We continue our series of interviews with Black founders in partnership with 100Knoxville. Today, we talk with Richard Dapaah, Executive in Residence at Knoxville Entrepreneur Center and mentor for the 100 Knoxville initiative.  We discuss the importance of continuous learning and curiosity, his work on the Access To Capital report, and the latent potential stored up in East Tennessee’s thriving small business community. 

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We continue our series of interviews in partnership with 100Knoxville. Today, we talk with Angelique Adams, CIO at Aperam, mentor with 100Knoxville, and author of the recently released? You’re More Than A Diversity Hire: Women in STEM. We discuss what it takes to research, assemble, and market her book (and more in the pipeline!), as well as her experience in corporate America, and how it has translated to being a 100Knoxville ment...

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We continue our series of interviews with Black founders in partnership with 100Knoxville. Today, we talk with Reuben Mitchell, founder of NACI Construction. We discuss NACI’s mission, giving back to one’s community, and working to provide opportunities to learn skills by doing. 

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April 20, 2021 26 min

We continue our series of interviews with Black founders in partnership with 100Knoxville. Today, we talk with Sterling Henton, AKA Sterl the Perl, founder of Rev It Up. We discuss Sterl’s storied career as an athlete and entertainer, trace his progress to Rev It Up, and hear about his plans to keep the party going in a post-pandemic world. 

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April 15, 2021 26 min

We continue our series of interviews with Black founders in partnership with 100Knoxville. Today, we talk with Deidra Harper, Director of Business and Community Relations at B&B Services, Inc. We discuss succession planning in family-owned business, being bold and asking for mentorship, and how to increase female entrepreneurship. 

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We continue our series of interviews with Black founders in partnership with 100Knoxville. Today, we talk with co-founders Lee Sloan & Stephania Whitt with Hand N Hand Home Health Care. We discuss the perils of navigating healthcare in a COVID world, the opportunity in taking risks, and the benefits of being co-founders.  

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April 8, 2021 35 min

We continue our series of interviews with black founders in partnership with 100Knoxville. Today, we talk with Jade Adams, founder of Oglewood Avenue, a modern plant boutique. We discuss her new media deal with Discovery, the art of batching tasks, and the effectiveness of simply asking others for advice. 

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April 6, 2021 27 min

We continue our series of interviews with Latinx founders. Today we talk with Edy Recendez, founder of Far Productions. We discuss the benefits of self-directed learning and the wide range of tools available. We also dive into the ups and down of freelancing and what it takes to stay relevant. Edy is currently listening to Respect The Process and the The Wandering DP and South of Scruffy

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April 1, 2021 25 min

We continue our series of interviews with Latinx founders. Today we talk with Karolina Trejos, founder of K-Candles, a handcrafted, scented soy wax candle company. We discuss the journey from hobby to product line, discovering customers through experimentation, and the importance of reaching out to others for feedback. 

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We continue our series of interviews with Latinx founders. Today we talk with Christopher Morales, founder of Morales Outdoor Living, a hardscape company specializing in creating unique living areas. We discuss the importance of peer groups, the difficulty in establishing a reputation when you're eager and young, and how to work on your weaknesses. 

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March 25, 2021 32 min

We continue our series of interviews with Latinx founders. Today we talk with Ruben Moreno, founder of Blue Rock Search. We discuss the explosive growth of Blue Rock over the last two years, his strategy for discovering high quality candidates, and his time in Spanish Harlem and how it formed him as entrepreneur. He's currently reading Five Gears.    

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March 23, 2021 32 min

We kickoff our series of interviews with Latinx founders and talk with Eugenia Almeida, founder of A New Hue about her entrepreneurial journey. We discuss her new acquisition, the importance of life-long learning in and around her specific craft, and what it means to not only give back to your community, but to work within it. Eugenia is currently reading Women Who Run with Wolves.  

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We continue our series of interviews with black founders in partnership with 100Knoxville. Today, we talk with Patrick Bardsley, Founder/CEO of GateWay Delivery. We discuss the inspiration behind GateWay, Patrick's nontraditional journey, and the value of putting in the hours to see an idea through to completion.  

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We continue our series of interviews with black founders in partnership with 100Knoxville. Today, we talk with Harry Boston, President of Boston Government Services. We discuss the government contract space and the necessary skills you need in order to be successful. We also discuss BGS making the Inc. 5000 two years in a row, and the thrill and pressure of managing a massive government project. 

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March 11, 2021 27 min

We continue our series of interviews with Black founders in partnership with 100Knoxville. Today, we talk with Ruby Miller, an agent owner with State Farm insurance for over 30 years. We discuss longevity, weathering the ups and downs of the business cycle, taking risks as a Black woman, and the importance of research when making big choices.

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We continue our series of interviews with Black founders in partnership with 100Knoxville. Today, we talk with Evetty Janese, founder of Advancing Lives LLC which focuses on diversity, equity, and inclusion in schools and districts. She's also a member of the Knox County School Board representing District 1. We discuss starting a business a month after the COVID-19 shutdown started, determining if a client is a good fit to work...

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March 4, 2021 41 min

We continue our series of interviews with Black founders in partnership with 100 Knoxville. Today, we talk with, Marcus Hall, founder of Marc Nelson Denim, a small-batch lifestyle men's brand. We discuss the challenges of building a minority business in Knoxville, the struggles and pivots of fashion in the time of COVID, and the formative moments that shaped Marc's journey. 

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We continue our series of interviews with black founders in partnership with 100Knoxville. Today, we talk with, DaVett Jones, founder of Life Visions Solutions, a forward-thinking financial planning service. We discuss how grassroots marketing helped build her business, the financial crisis of 2008, and how she was able to harness her years of experience to write Who Taught You How To Be Broke?

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February 25, 2021 28 min

We continue our series of interviews with Black founders in partnership with 100Knoxville. We're talking with Jasmine Newton, founder of Javon Renee Portraits, a portrait photography business that specializes in branding and women's contemporary portraits. We discuss what it's like to help women rediscover themselves through the power of photography, the importance of a family support system, and combating the stereotyp...

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February 23, 2021 33 min

We continue our series of interviews with Black founders in partnership with 100Knoxville. We're talking with Ryan McGrew, founder of Right Way Insurance. We discuss running a business that looks to do the best for everyone (even if it means forgoing short-term profits), benchmarks for growing your team,  and the challenge of being a black business owner. 

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