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McCues Taproom

The Good Life Small Business Podcast

Release Date: 10/23/2020

Heartland 3D show art Heartland 3D

The Good Life Small Business Podcast

In the middle of the pandemic last year, Justin Vrooman & Derrick Kleeb started Heartland 3D. I really enjoyed my time getting to know them both, as well as getting an education on 3D printing, which is something I have an interest in, but don't know much about. Besides a better knowledge of how 3D printing works, I gained a respect for Justin & Derek and how they started Heartland 3D.  Two guys who already have a ton going on, they decided that now was the time to help bring 3D printing to the mainstream consumer here in Nebraska.  They didn't hesitate about the "right...

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Dr. Mike Gilbreath - Premier Eye Care show art Dr. Mike Gilbreath - Premier Eye Care

The Good Life Small Business Podcast

I've known Dr. Mike Gilbreath, owner of Premier Eye Care in Kearney, almost since the day he opened his practice.  Our paths as business owners are parallel in a lot of ways.  We usually end up talking about business when we see each other, and I am excited to bring his story to the podcast. In this episode, Mike and I talked about what led him to want to become an Optometrist, the uncertainty that came last year when the pandemic shut down his business, and what he would change if he could do it over again. If you would like to find out more about Dr. Gilbreath and Premier Eye Care,...

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Rooted Plant Co.  show art Rooted Plant Co.

The Good Life Small Business Podcast

What started out as a home based, "garage sale" style greenery, has literally grown into one of Kearney's newest businesses. 🪴  I had a great talk with Abbie and Diego Castaneda, owners of Rooted Plant Co. We discussed the advantages of owning a business with your spouse, how their business has evolved over the last couple years, and some of the struggles that they are trying to improve as they grow. If you want to know more about Rooted Plant Co., you can check out their website, , or follow them on and .

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Matt Decker - Studio 51/50 show art Matt Decker - Studio 51/50

The Good Life Small Business Podcast

Recently, some members of my family had booked appointments at Studio 51/50.  I had heard of the business, but didn't know much about it. After the rave reviews from my family when they got back, I figured I had to learn a little more about Matt Decker and Studio 51/50. I was learning about Matt and his business for the first time when we sat down for this podcast.  This is the first time we had met in person, besides the Instagram messages back and forth to set up a time to meet. There is a ton of great information here.  Whether you own a new start up or an established...

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Grant Stahla - Stahla Services show art Grant Stahla - Stahla Services

The Good Life Small Business Podcast

I really enjoyed talking with Grant Stahla, owner of Stahla Services, for this podast episode.   Grant grew up in a home where being a entrepreneuer was the norm.  Throughout college, he was thinking and dreaming of ideas that he could turn into a business. After a trip to the east coast to visit family, he came back with an idea. Grant walked me through how he got his business off the ground, how he used the proceeds from a business contest to grow, and what his role looks like now as he tries to carry his vision forward. You can learn more about Stahla Services by visting...

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GROW Nebraska - Janell Anderson Ehrke & Tiffany Stoiber show art GROW Nebraska - Janell Anderson Ehrke & Tiffany Stoiber

The Good Life Small Business Podcast

I had heard of GROW Nebraska before.  And I had seen their retail store in the past, whether it was at the Hilltop Mall in Kearney, or at their current location near the interstate. But when I sat down with Janell and Tiffany, I learned that GROW Nebraska is SO much more than just a retail store. GROW Nebraska is a resource for small businesses' in the state like no other.  And one that many may not know enough about. But hopefully we can change that. To find out more, check out their website at , or you find them on social media. Show Notes: Current Retail Store Location: 421 W...

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Natalie and Nathan Gile - Gile Family Dentistry  show art Natalie and Nathan Gile - Gile Family Dentistry

The Good Life Small Business Podcast

I really enjoyed sitting down with Dr. Natalie Gile and her husband, Nathan, owners of Gile Family Dentistry. While they are one of the newest dentist offices here in Kearney, they have teamed up with an experienced dentist to help them along the way. They really do have a great story!   From how they first got in touch with Dr. Jay Sawyer, how they each handle their different roles within the office, and the emotions that came when the pandemic shut down the office. If you want to find out more about Gile Family Dentistry, check out their , or find them on and .

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Shad Getz - Radon Pros show art Shad Getz - Radon Pros

The Good Life Small Business Podcast

In this episode of the Good Life Small Business Podcast, I took time to sit down with Shad Getz, owner of Radon Pros. Shad is a serial entrepreneur.   When I first met him, he had recently started a business known as Property Pros.   But a chance meeting with the owners of a radon mitigation company changed the direction of his business. Most small business owners have a vision for what they think the future will look like when they start out on their own.   For some of us, an opportunity arrises out of the blue.   An opportunity to change course and make a new path. Shad's...

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Seth Maschmeier - Gambinos Pizza show art Seth Maschmeier - Gambinos Pizza

The Good Life Small Business Podcast

Seth Maschmeier and his wife Karah, owners of Gambinos Pizza in Kearney, have a great story when it comes to the roller coaster ride of being a small business owner. With opening getting pushed back a month to early 2020, three weeks after the birth of their youngest child, to the "honeymoon phase" that comes with a new restaurant in town, and then the COVID-19 pandemic, which changed the game for everyone. The Maschmeiers have experienced their fair share of ups and downs with their restaurant.   I enjoyed sitting down with Seth to talk more about their journey, what they have...

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Jesse Jacobs - The Brickwalk Gallery show art Jesse Jacobs - The Brickwalk Gallery

The Good Life Small Business Podcast

I had a great time sitting down and catching up with Jesse Jacobs, owner of one of the newest small businesses here in Kearney, The Brickwalk Gallery. The thing I got out of this conversation is that the thing Jesse values most...is time.  We talk about why he started his business, (while working 80 hours a week), how he realized that putting in those kind of hours doesn't give you much time for anything else, and what he did to make a change. We also talk about some the amazing things he is planning to do for the art community in Kearney with The Brickwalk Gallery. If you would like to...

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