RapidMade's episode of Where Small Business Grows airs beginning 07/21/14. The program includes footage of our printer in action as well as interviews with staff. Best of all, it features one of our favorite projects...
"3D printing might still sound a little space age to many, but to a group of business owners, it's a whole new way to build a business today, and to push the design envelope by helping to create a prosthetic hand for a young man."
Run time is 20:15:11.
Descriptions of all ten episodes can be found here:
PRODUCTION STUDIO: TrailerChix Productions
DIRECTED BY: Shelah Johnson
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Shelah Johnson
PRODUCED BY: Shelah Johnson
NARATETED BY: Joshua Mackey
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRPY: Christopher J. Stephens
DISTRIBUTION: New World Distribution
MEDIA RESOURCE: www.wheresmallbusinessgrows.com
GUEST APPERANCES: Beat Street
Ronald Crump, Brand Manager, Intel, Corp.
Janine Popick, CEO, Vertical Response
Mike Volpe, CMO of HubSpot
Samantha Albery, Director, MicroMentor.org
Season One Synopsis
Episode 1 06/23/14 22:28:29
Two college friends team up to build a unique hand crafted standup electric scooter that is putting commuter scooters in the forefront of innovative transportation.
Rev Nat’s Hard Cider moves from a basement operation to commercial space that supports six employees and big distribution network – watch out he has his first forklift!
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider
A small independent coffee shop asks how to create buzz that will reach her audience.
Ronald Crump, from Intel, Corp., talks about how technology can be a fast channel to her audience in a fun way!
Episode 2 06/30/14 20:51:17
A couple who likes to “push boundaries” embraces the tiny house trend and create the world’s first tiny house hotel in an urban setting. What will the neighbors think?
Tiny House Hotel
Some scoffed at two guys who put their business plan together with “a spiral notebook and a pencil.” Find out how their one basic rule for success is also the key to growing their business beyond their expectations.
Portland Wine Storage
A young business man at a HipHop dance studio needs to take his Facebook “likes” to “buys”.
To his delight, he gets some quick tips from a seasoned expert, Janine Popick the CEO of Vertical Response
Episode 3 07/07/14 20:22:22
The Great Recession leads one man back to the skills he learned in his father’s business. It’s a risky business but with a few changes to his father’s model, he thrives and sees the rewards of his hard work.
Flying Fish Company
A young woman who wanted her own business “Went for it!” With a good mentor she learned the ropes along the way and found a niche in a cowered market and made friends out of competitors.
A seasoned retailer gets help growing his business from Mike Volpe, CMO of HubSpot, who gives him three quick tips for generating more leads.
Episode 4 07/14/14 19:41:22
Once again, necessity proves to be the mother of invention. One man turns his desire to tame his unruly facial hair into a world-wide business.
The Bearded Bastard
A community minded entrepreneur builds a fast food restaurant that not only gives back to the neighborhood but also offers ownership opportunities to employees.
A small business owner seeks the best way to find a qualified mentor and looks to Samantha Albery the Director of MicroMentor.org, who gives him some great tools for finding the right fit for his needs.
Episode 5 07/21/14 20:15:11
3D printing might still sound a little space age to many, but to a group of business owners, it’s a whole new way to build a business today, and to push the design envelope by helping to create a prosthetic hand for a young man.
Being civic minded and profitable don’t always align. But one company tries to find a way to balance community and building a profitable business through music and dance.
Hip Hop Soulsation Academy
One small business owner asks a question pondered by many owners, “How do I know my marketing is working?” This time he gets some straight answers from Mike Volpe, CMO of HubSpot.
Episode 6 07/28/14 20:22:11
What happens when a wife tells her metal artist husband that she’s expecting their first child and that he needs to step-up? You start an amazing business based on your enormous creativity of course!
Turning back the clock is impossible, unless you’re talking about Main Street. Just ask the women business owners on Main Street La Porte, who are opening up one door at time of little southern town.
Understanding Google rankings can often make one’s eyes glaze over, but one small business gets some simple solutions from industry expert, Mike Volpe, CMO of HubSpot.
Episode 7 08/04/14 19:12:25
After a year of haggling with the city, these guys were finally on their way to bringing fresh and healthy options to a neighborhood that had long been underserved while providing a new retail outlet for dozens of other local small businesses.
Sometimes changing your direction is the only way to stay profitable, just ask this textile designer who goes from wholesale to retail without letting go of her passion.
Kate Troyer Design
A small business owner who relies on email for communicating with her customers is puzzled as to the best time to send them.
Janine Popick, the CEO for Vertical Response has some great tips that will help get a better response rate.
Episode 8 8/11/14 20:49:16
Sometimes it takes more than a good idea and common sense to make a sale. Big businesses customers want proof. But what do you do when you are a startup with very little capital and a big idea that can help change the world one data center at a time?
For over 67 years stars and celebrities like Ralph Laruen, Bruce Willis and Robert Patrick, have been the proud owners of some great leather from this small family business whose whole goal is to stay small and produce “The World's Finest Motorcycle Garments.”
A small business owner looks for better marketing ideas, other than the standard trade shows and pay per clicks, to help him grow his business.
Mike Volpe, CMO of HubSpot shares some ideas that are trending well and producing great results.
Episode 9 8/18/14 21:05:05
Building sustainable businesses come easy for some serial entrepreneurs, but getting customers to understand a new concept can be time consuming and costly.
You may be surprised at the number of places one can find a business partner. These two people found each other on a dating site but soon realized they were better suited for developing a world-wide business.
Sometimes building and growing a Facebook community can be a little complicated and time consuming, but Janine Popick, CEO of Vertical Response help remove some of the mystery and provides some great tips.
Episode 10 8/25/14 21:38:17
Turning your passion into a business.
A childhood passion becomes an adult obsession for two guys who each responded to a Craigslist ad, but rather than try and out bid each other, they teamed up. You will be amazed at what happens next. And you thought Legos were just for kids!
Bricks and Mini Figs
A business owner asks; Can you grow your business if you’re not tech savvy?
Mike Volpe, CMO of HubSpot shares some valuable ideas that support the tech challenged.