1. How did you end up being cast on Start Up? Did you submit or were you contacted?
I think they were looking for people at that time for the first season and we were contacted.
2. How did you feel after watching the episode, and is there anything you would've said or done differently?
I mean I felt great! I think it’s 20/20 hindsight, I always say “say more and speak clear” and things like that, but I think that you guys conveyed the story properly and I was more than pleased with it.
3. What response did you receive from being on the show?
We received a lot of calls, emails and even comments from Eastern Market (where we sell our products on Saturdays and Sundays). People would say “ Hey we saw you on Start Up on PBS… it looked great… we love your product, but we love it even more after seeing the show!” We had a lot of feedback and a lot of people didn’t know the backstory to McClure’s and they were able to get that from the TV show.
4. Have there been any major hardships or great accomplishments with you or your business since appearing on the show?
Well there are always growing pains and we’re continuing to grow at 20-30% year after year so it’s always something you need to be conscious of and tackle appropriately (that’s a good thing though!). So growing pains and we’ve had great success with new product launches both domestically and internationally. It’s all onward and upwards so it’s all good stuff!
5. What was your favorite part of being on the show?
I liked Gary, I thought he was great! The interaction with him and his team was just great! I loved the questions that he asked, it was very straightforward on what they were doing and how they were doing it. You know to be able to convey our story a little bit different way than what it has been portrayed in the past so it was a pleasurable experience.
6. What is the most valuable lesson you've learned in business?
Many entrepreneurs say this over and over, you have to stick with it. You’re going to hit road bumps, but you have to get those road bumps and there’s always going to be road bumps so it’s not like as we grow – to be successful there is continual challenges no matter how big or small you are.
7. What advice do you have for other "would-be" small business owners?
I would be open and honest with yourself and your colleagues and stay optimistic.
8. If you could move your business and live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I am a big fan of New Zealand, Australia. Mainly because we sell a lot of product there and I’ve visited there and it’s a fantastic place to be. There are great people, great friends, the climate is very temperate, and you’re close to the ocean! So yeah, I guess I would move to New Zealand!