The Good Life Small Business Podcast
The Good Life Small Business Podcast highlights small business owners in the great state of Nebraska. We talk to small business owners for all industries who want to share their story and encourage others.
info_outline First Street Brewing & Ensign Beverage Company 09/17/2021
First Street Brewing & Ensign Beverage Company Kombucha... Never heard of it? Well, me neither...until I sat down with Nathan and Jessi Hoeft, owners of First Street Brewing and Ensign Beverage Company. It was a great time to sit down with Nathan and Jessi to hear more about their small business story, how they pulled through the pandemic with the help of the Hastings community, and of course, more about this tasty beverage known as Kombucha. If you happen to find yourself in Hastings, be sure to stop in the taproom. You find out more about them on and , or check them out at their websites for and .
info_outline True North Technologies 09/10/2021
True North Technologies Renee Sobotka started True North Technologies as more of a side hustle to her real passion at the time...real estate. But as most small business owners can attest to, things don't always go as planned. I enjoyed sitting down with Renee and getting to know more about her and True North. We talked about what it was like for her to leave her full time job to pursue her passion, how she has had to learn and grow to build a culture she is proud of, and what advice she would give to someone who is looking to start their own business. You can find out more about Renee and her team at True North Technologies by visiting their , or by checking them out on and .
info_outline Heartland 3D 07/30/2021
Heartland 3D 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 time", they just made it happen, which is a valuable lesson for someone that has a plan, but needs to take action. To find out more about Heartland 3D, you can check them out on , or check out the products they office at their website, .
info_outline Dr. Mike Gilbreath - Premier Eye Care 07/16/2021
Dr. Mike Gilbreath - Premier Eye Care 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, check you their or visit them on .
info_outline Rooted Plant Co. 07/11/2021
Rooted Plant Co. 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 .
info_outline Matt Decker - Studio 51/50 06/12/2021
Matt Decker - Studio 51/50 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 business, everyone can take something away from this interview. You can find out more about Studio 51/50 buy checking out their , , or .
info_outline Grant Stahla - Stahla Services 05/07/2021
Grant Stahla - Stahla Services 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 their or check them out on .
info_outline GROW Nebraska - Janell Anderson Ehrke & Tiffany Stoiber 04/30/2021
GROW Nebraska - Janell Anderson Ehrke & Tiffany Stoiber 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 Talmadge Street, STE #1, Kearney, NE
info_outline Natalie and Nathan Gile - Gile Family Dentistry 04/02/2021
Natalie and Nathan Gile - Gile Family Dentistry 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 .
info_outline Shad Getz - Radon Pros 03/13/2021
Shad Getz - Radon Pros 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 story is a testament to what can happen when you are open to those opportunities and what they can provide. If you want to know more about Shad and Radon Pros, you can find them on , as well their website, getzradonpros.com.
info_outline Seth Maschmeier - Gambinos Pizza 02/26/2021
Seth Maschmeier - Gambinos Pizza 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 learned along the way, and what he thinks is the hardest part about being a small business owner. To learn more about Gambino's check out their , or take a tour of their .
info_outline Jesse Jacobs - The Brickwalk Gallery 02/19/2021
Jesse Jacobs - The Brickwalk Gallery 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 know more about J Spot Services, you can visit their website by clicking the link . To learn more about The Brickwalk Gallery, the artists that are represented, and membership opportunities, check out their website at .
info_outline Erika Moore - Moore Organized 01/29/2021
Erika Moore - Moore Organized Erika Moore started her own, unique, small business when she turned 50. I have had the pleasure to know Erika for the last couple years, and have been able to watch her small business grow and change. Moore Organized is a company that is designed to give you "More Time For The Things You Love". By helping other get organized, in both their personal and professional lives, Erika has found an energy that gives her the motivation to make her business succeed. Whether it is getting your storage area cleaned up, your kitchen organized, or even helping those who have made the decision to downsize what they currently have, Moore Organized has you covered. If you would like to know more about Erika and Moore Organized, check out her Page!
info_outline David Lano - Control Yours 01/22/2021
David Lano - Control Yours I had a really great conversation with David Lano, owner of Control Yours, for this episode of the podcast. Besides getting a little into the weeds when it come to social media and digital marketing, we talk about how Control Yours got started in website design. There are a ton of great lessons that small business owners can take from this conversation. We get into perseverance, lessons learned along the way, and just how vital social media can be for a small business. If you want to get to know kore about Control Yours and see some of their work, check out , or find them on social media.
info_outline The Upper Room Brewery 12/18/2020
The Upper Room Brewery This episode of the Good Life Small Business podcast features a business that is still a few weeks away from opening! The Upper Room Brewery is a collaboration between Dustin and Lindsey Favinger, and Michael and Amy Frietag, that is almost ready for the rest of the world. I had a great time talking with this crew, and it brought back all the emotions that come with starting a small business. Believe it or not, those never go away! Take a listen to learn more about how Michael and Dustin imagine this brewery can be different, what advice they would go back and tell themselves a year ago, and the weight of living up to expectations. If you want know more about The Upper Room, and keep up with their progress, visit them on their page.
info_outline Megan Goeke - Hello Beautiful 11/20/2020
Megan Goeke - Hello Beautiful After taking the time to talk with Megan Goeke, owner of Hello Beautiful, it seems like she always knew she would be an small business owner. I mean, there were only three generations of entrepreneurs in her family to learn from before she opened her own business with her sister!
info_outline Trevor Brown - Kearney Crossfit 11/06/2020
Trevor Brown - Kearney Crossfit When I started the Good Life Small Business Podcast, I had two different friends come up to me and say, "You really need to sit down with Trevor Brown from Kearney Crossfit. He would be a great person to talk to."
info_outline Baer Studios 10/30/2020
Baer Studios I had a great time sitting down with Brian & Jessica Baer of Baer Studios. Baer Studios recently celebrated 25 years in business! And while it may be hard to think that far into the future for a new business owner, this interview is loaded with great advice that you can implement from day one. They share about some of things they have learned along the way, including how important financial stability is, how learning is never ending, and how important it is to be willing to change and adapt.
info_outline Tyler Schake - T&T Mobile Washing 10/09/2020
Tyler Schake - T&T Mobile Washing I really enjoyed sitting down with Tyler Schake, owner of T&T Mobile Washing. In this episode, Tyler talks about how his vision of a mobile power washing business lead him to go out on his own, even when those around him didn't share the same optimism. He also talks about the challenges of running a small business that others don't see, and gives some amazing advice for those who are thinking about becoming a full time entrepreneur.
info_outline Alicia Lyon - Lyon Family Dentistry 09/25/2020
Alicia Lyon - Lyon Family Dentistry Alicia Lyon is the owner of Lyon Family Dentistry in Kearney, NE. In this epsiode, we talk about how she overcame her own self doubt about becoming a dentist, her path to owning her own office, and what she contributes to her financial stability during the COVID pandemic.
info_outline Why Start A Small Business Podcast? 09/25/2020
Why Start A Small Business Podcast? I thought a Small Business podcast sounded like fun for a lot of reasons. But really, it boils down to the fact that people who have started a small business, can relate to each other. It doesn't matter if it is a restaurant, and retail clothing store, or an insurance agency. The feeling you get when you decided to put yourself out there and start a business is one that is, well....hard to explain unless you've done it. And that sense of community is important. I also think there are smart, courageous, driven people out there who are second guessing themselves. They may be afraid to fail, or think now is just not the right time. This podcast is for them too. This is a chance to learn from those that have been in their shoes, and what they have learned along the way. I hope you enjoy!