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21 February 2017
How Loving What You Do Can Help You Achieve Business Success

Through our experience filming Start Up and conducting in-depth interviews with over 120 small business owners from coast to coast, we have discovered a huge difference between those who are driven by passion versus those who are only in it to make money. There seems to be a deeper emotional investment and an unrelenting drive that pushes these business owners ahead of the pack.  Click the link below to learn more about how loving what you do can help you achieve business success. | Click here for full article.

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07 March 2017
Ryan Hubbard: Behind the Scenes

I grew up in a very small town and have a very large family that is continuously growing. I have two older sisters and one younger sister. 

My parents both worked hard to support us girls and both of my parents were very inspiring to me. My mother had created herself a full clientele as a cosmetologist and my father built her a beautiful salon to work out of – Lisa Marie’s Salon. I spent a lot of time at the salon and even made a couple bucks every once in a while shampooing hair! I actually followed my mom’s footsteps and later became a licensed cosmetologist. I worked in a couple of different salons and though I was great at my job, I realized my passion was not there. I did some research and started to knock out some of my general college courses, changed my major twenty times (exaggerating), and decided that I want to be a Diagnostic Medical Sonographer (ultrasound technician).

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24 March 2017
Getting to Know Marcus Lemonis, Also Known as "The Profit"

Do you ever wonder how millionaire entrepreneurs get to where they are? Click the link below to learn how Marcus Lemonis, better known as 'The Profit', went from starting a lawn mowing service at 12 years old to being one of the most notable investors, speakers and philanthropists today. Learn the criteria that Marcus feels are the most important elements in building a successful business.

> Click Here to Read Full Article

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31 March 2017
McClure's - Where are they now?

(McClure’s Pickles - Joe McClure, Season 1, Episode 1)

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. 

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10 May 2017
PITCH OFF - A Small Biz Pitch Competition

Alright START UP fans, here’s your shot. Our sponsor, The UPS Store®, is hosting a contest for National Small Business Week that is right up our alley. It’s called a Pitch Off and the grand prize is $10,000. Chances are you are watching START UP because you’ve either got an idea for a small business or already started one. Which means you’ve already got your elevator pitch down pat. Good. 

First, create and upload a 90-second video, but not a second longer. Have you ever seen a Shark Tank pitch? That’s what you’re going for. Your job is to sell the person watching that video on your idea. Why is it good? No, why is it GREAT?! Tell them why they should care and how your idea could change the world. Be creative and keep it simple.  

After that, they will put your video into a gallery on May 22nd. That’s when the hustle starts. Get everyone you know to vote for your video. And we mean everyone! The top ten pitches will go before a panel of judges. where they’ll make a case for your idea. The panel will then select the Pitch Off champion and award one person $10,000.  

There’s also a bunch of special awards: most creative, most passionate, most daring, most concise, most entertaining, and most innovative. Each award winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card! 

May is Small Business Month at The UPS Store and we want you to win! Take your shot. Send in your pitch. Go after that $10,000 so you can launch your entrepreneurial dream! Who knows—maybe Gary will feature your business next season! Good luck! We’re rooting for you.

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09 May 2017
The Garden Tower Project - Joel Grant

(The Garden Tower Project - Joel Grant, Season 1, Episode 3)

1. How did you end up being cast on Start Up?  Did you submit or were you contacted?

Well, it was a while ago, there were several of us involved… I can’t answer that 100%, but one of them would know!

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10 May 2017
START UP Stories - Perry Raso, Matanuck Oyster Farm

Want to know what makes entrepreneurs tick? Here's another START UP Story about one of the businesses we featured: Perry Raso and his Matunuck Oyster Farm. 

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07 June 2017
Follow Up Story: It’s My Party Cakery

(It’s My Party Cakery, Judi Dadtka, Season 1, Episode 9)

1. How did you end up being cast on Start Up?  Did you submit or were you contacted?  

We were contacted to appear on your show.

2. How did you feel after watching the episode, and is there anything you would've said or done differently?  

I feel that since the seasons have progressed, they have a different feel to them now.  I would LOVE a do-over! 

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01 June 2017
YouTube is Open for Business

Gary Bredow On what it takes to Start a Business — Online or Off

“It’s still so new, it’s like the Wild West right now.” Gary Bredow says. “I think, that we’re just scratching the surface on how people are going to be able to use YouTube in building businesses.”
Gary should know. He’s the creator and host of Start Up, a PBS show about successful small businesses. Gary has interviewed and featured more than 150 small business owners from all over the country. Each show tells their stories and gives tips on starting up that range from the high tech like 3D printers to the low tech skill of beekeeping.

>> Click Here To Read Full Article at YouTuber Magazine

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01 June 2017
Will This New, Funky Bowling-Football Combination Sport Be the Next Big Thing?

Why Fowling has a better chance than you'd expect.

On this episode, Entrepreneur Network partners Gary Bredow and Start Up TV highlight Chris Hutt and his odd-but-delightful creation, Fowling Warehouse. The warehouse, located in Hamtramck, Mich., houses Hutt's new sport, which is a combination of football and bowling. It might sound odd, or like a made up backyard game, but Hutt has turned it into a serious business. He raised $400,000 before opening the warehouse and now hopes to expand his sport to every state.

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08 June 2017
START UP on Amazon Video: Streaming Inspiration

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What do you get when you cross the best show about the small business experience with the biggest global online marketplace? You get START UP on Amazon Prime and yes, it’s a match made in heaven. 
Gary and his crew are finally available on the Amazon Video platform for viewing online and on Amazon-enabled TVs. Season 4 of the hit TV show is available now for your binging pleasure. 

For years, fans and entrepreneurs asked for a quick and easy way to watch their episode of choice, sending us stories of how one episode or another spoke to them and convinced them to finally start their own business. And it’s equally inspirational when viewed on Amazon, a once tiny web store that was launched to sell books in 1995 that grew exponentially into the 3rd largest retailer on Earth, right behind Walmart and CVS. Amazon, itself, is a shining example of how a good startup can change the world. 

Season 5 of START UP is now in post-production and will air on PBS this fall, coming to Amazon Video shortly thereafter. And who knows? Right now, some viewer may be drawing their courage to start the next Amazon or Apple or Facebook. 

And if it’s you, then we’ll be there to document your startup, too. Just give us a call.

View our Amazon Video page to watch online

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08 June 2017
The UPS Store Crowns its National Pitch Off Champion

As start-ups, you know what it takes to run a business. But you may be surprised how few small business owners can articulate their business or idea with an effective “Elevator Pitch.” Any great elevator pitch must be concise, persuasive, creative and passionate. The UPS Store set out to find the best pitch in its first-ever National Pitch Off Competition. Many of you entered but only one walked away with the $10,000 grand prize. Whose idea was worth $10,000? Click here! 

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13 July 2017
Follow Up Story: Hot Girls Pearls

(Hot Girls Pearls, Constance Sherman, Season 1, Episode 12)

1. How did you end up being cast on Start Up? Did you submit or were you contacted? 
I was contacted by one of the producers.

2. How did you feel after watching the episode, and is there anything you would've said or done differently?
I loved the whole experience with Gary and the crew. I had been on other shows that were great fun, but it was a great change being able to actually sit down and talk with Gary. I felt very comfortable and was able to show my sense of humor and just be myself.

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21 July 2017
The Power of Paper in a Digital World

With every new advancement, every new app, every new social network, it begins to feel like we live in a digital world. While digital is important, don’t forget that we live in the real world and tangible things still matter. Sure, your slick, responsive, parallax, mobile-friendly web site is great, but it’s also not a physical object that will sit on a potential clients’ desk for weeks on end. That e-blast newsletter may get a respectable open rate, but handing someone a postcard has a 100% open rate. Long story, short: never underestimate the power of paper. 

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17 August 2017
Follow Up Story: Real Kitchen

(Real Kitchen – Nick Schmuck – Season 1 Episode 8)

 

1. How did you end up being cast on Start Up?  Did you submit or were you contacted?

 I was contacted by Jenny – she has a friend who is a long time loyal client and had been coming to the shop when she visited. 

2. How did you feel after watching the episode, and is there anything you would've said or done differently? 

It admittedly has been quite a while since I watched it, but I felt like it accurately portrayed what Real Kitchen is and our story of how we got to where we were then.  A lot has happened since then, and I feel I have even more story about the entrepreneurial side of the business now.

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