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Back Forty Beer Company Survived the Onslaught of Breweries and Is Thriving

What's Working with Cam Marston

Release Date: 09/26/2022

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What's Working with Cam Marston

is Regional Director of the . He coaches and consults and guides small businesses as they work to become stable, viable businesses. He and I discuss what it takes to get started and where many errors are made by small business owners. If you're thinking of becoming and entrepreneur, this episode offers simple recipees that will mitigate your failure risk. If you're trying to grow to the next level, this episode offers thoughts for how to target the next level and how to pursue it. Show Sponsors:

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has never seen as much property damage from a hurricane than what he saw in south Florida after Hurrican Ian. He was there representing the disaster recovery division of , of the several divisions of his company. Buddy's background includes such work in Haiti, Albania and Hondurus to name but a few. The company began years ago with his father's plumbing business and Buddy has grown it tremendously. Hear his remarkable story and meet this humble entrepreneur. Show Sponsors: - State Farm Agent - Transworld Business Advisors - The Coastal Connection Realty  

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It's a fun experience being on the other side of the mic early Saturday morning for Tony Truitt's News Radio show out of Birmingham. It was a quick chat in which he asked me to tell a bit of the story of my show. 

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All the talk of recession pushed me to reach out to friend of the show to get his take on things. Always a very entertaining guest, Peter gives us a sense of what to focus on, what "tea leaves" he's reading, and perhaps most importantly, he tells us what the businesses he and his students study do when recession looms on the horizon. The businesses are a part of which has brought him and his classes wonderful acclaim over the years. Want predictions for the economy in the new year? Start here.  Show Sponsors: - State Farm Agent - Transworld Business Advisors - The Coastal Connection...

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left LA for LA (lower Alabama). She had a hunch this stretch of the Gulf Coast was home to some great stories that needed to be told. After renting a car in Pensacola, she eventually made her way to Fairhope looked around, and parked the car. Fairhope would become her new home. She relocated her production company, , to town, started meeting people, and eventually made a concept pitch based on what she saw to a well known streaming service. They bought it immediately. Today Lauren is finalizing the show, filming in Fairhope and shuttling to the other LA to work on editing. It's "scripted...

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Troy knew nothing of coffee when he heard a call from the Lord, obeyed, and now serves the homeless in Birmingham through his Modern House Coffee Shop (). He employs them at the coffee shop and the profits go to support the homeless in the area. Troy is another example of someone who was guided by a higher power and is finding success much easier now that he's doing was he was told to do. His growth plans include roasting his own coffee in the very near future. Troy is motived, is motivational, and is a great story for the final What's Working episode of 2022. Show Sponsors: (ACRE) -...

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is a regular visitor to the show this time of year, bringing wine for us to tase (not drink, it's a subtle but real difference) and discuss. He and his wife own in Daphne, Alabama. Jim and I discuss the new popular wines that have emerged over the year (sauvignon blanc) and the soaring prices of Napa cabernets as well as some new "mocktail" mixes that are actually verty tasty - good news for the designated drivers and teetotalers. Jim is always a fun and loquacious guest. This is another of my favorite guests that come back each December. Cheers! Show Sponsors: (ACRE) - Presenting Sponsor ...

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knocked my socks off with her first book, . It was fantastic. Her second book arrives mid-January called . Another historical fiction novel, this one is set during the Bolshevik revoltuion and travels in time through to the Nazi occupation of the Soviet Union. The books are meticulously researched and Gabriella will always feature a female protagonist. I catch up with her as a part of my December reconnects with previous guests. Buy .  Show Sponsors: - Presenting Sponsor - The Coastal Connection Realty - Transworld Business Advisors  - State Farm Agent  

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Fairhope, Alabama has lots to brag about. The biggest is that it's the home of . It's the best bacon in the world. Bill-E Stitt and I sit down to check in on how his business is growing since I first met him a while back. He's now shipping bacon all over the country and the country's top chefs are using his bacon in their masterpiece dishes. His is a story of fantastic growth with new opportunities arriving every day. Show Sponsors: (ACRE) - Show Sponsor - State Farm Agent - Transworld Business Advisors - The Coastal Connection Realty

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is . Each year the state's colleges and universities send students into the workplace and too many of them find work outside the state. Dr Purcell is trying to get them to stay. Alabama has the jobs available and needs the talent. Additionally, Dr Purcell is working to lure those with roots in the state back to Alabama through targeted campaigns. He fights historic deep-south stereotypes as well as the reputation of low pay. Listen as he explains the challenge, highlights the opportunities, and discusses his strategy. This broadcast is in collaboration with  magazine.  Show...

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Hatton Smith was introduced to a group of young beer brewers eager to learn and to grow their brand. Hatton offered two things: wisdom in the beverage business and access to capital. He joined the young company and today, Back Forty Beer Company is growing, having doubled their production in the last few years. They survived the initial rush of breweries after Alabama changed the laws and many brewers arrived onto the scene and have since vanished. Hear the wisdom he offered and their plans for the future.

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