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Posted On November 16, 2020

Andy MacDonald: The Art and Business of Music

Andy MacDonald owns Picker’s Paradise in Stockton, Alabama. Musicians from all around know of the store and the jam sessions that occur there. Has Corona shut him down? Not at all. Aspiring musicians, with time on their hands, have shown up to get lessons, upgrade their skills, and get new guitars (when Andy can find them – inventory nationwide is low.) Hear how Andy has evolved his business and himself and learn the state of the local music business. 

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Posted On November 9, 2020

Knox Boteler Talks about How the Little Guy can Take on the Big Corporations

Knox Boteler knows how to protect the little guy when he’s bought a defective product and can’t get the major corporate manufacturer to take responsibility. Document everything, save receipts, and when all else fails, post to social media. Knox takes us through how the world of consumer protections are changing and, most importantly, what I should do about my chronically broken ice-maker. 

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Posted On November 2, 2020

Josh Duplantis – Working On Tomorrow’s (and Today’s!) Workforce

Pandemic + hurricanes + huge numbers of jobs available equals… what? No one is quite sure. Josh Duplantis isn’t waiting, though. He’s working to train the next generation in his role as Dean of Workforce Development for Coastal Alabama Community College.

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Posted On October 26, 2020

REPLAY: Lane Zirlott and Murder Point Oysters

Lane Zirlott remains one of our favorites and fall means oysters to us so we’re replaying Lane’s interview. We can’t get enough of him. 

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Posted On October 19, 2020

Victory Health Partner’s Mission: Service plus Excellent Healthcare

On a mission trip providing medical care, Dr Robert Lightfoot felt a stirring inside that he couldn’t deny and returned to Mobile, Alabama with the intent to provide healthcare to a marginalized community that needed it the most. In 2019 it totaled nearly 20,000 patient encounters and nearly $40M in free medication. Since Covid, he and his team have been in ever greater demand, continuing to serve his community and being obedient to a higher calling. 

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Posted On October 12, 2020

Turning Invasive Nutria Into Dog Food – The Fantastic Story of Marsh Dog Pet Treats

Hansel Harlan was reading newspaper stories of the devastation caused by an invasive species of water rodent about the same time his dog became allergic to the store-bought dog food. Harlan put one and one together and with help from his marketing genius sister, Marsh Dog Pet Treats was born. 

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Posted On October 5, 2020

John Grado – Innovating for Sound Quality for the Most Discerning Customers

Started by his uncle, John Grado now runs the family business that manufactures some of the industry’s highest performing headphones, ear buds, and phonograph cartridges. They’ve never advertised, relying only on word of mouth and professional reviews to tell their story. Each item is hand made in the same Brooklyn facility where the company originated. Wood as a component of headphones? Yep. All stringed instrument’s sounds are enhanced by the wood they’re made from. Why not headphones? Brilliant idea. Brilliant sound.

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Posted On September 28, 2020

Bruce Tulgan’s New Book: The Art of Being Indispensable at Work

Bruce’s new book offers insight from the hundreds of surveys he’s conducted on the workplace. His conclusions are drawn from conversations with workplace leaders across the country. And he easily and comfortably relays the attributes one needs to become a go-to person in their workplace. 

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Posted On September 14, 2020

Silver Ships – Aluminum Workboats with a Backlog of Orders

Steven Clarke offered his step-father some help when he returned home for vacation one Christmas. In a little time, he was running the business. He started by applying some business fundamentals to the company’s processes and then building orders. Today their clients include the US Corps of Engineers, the US Navy, and police, fire, and natural resources departments all over the country. 

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Posted On September 7, 2020

Bill Rau – Third Generation Leader of World Famous M.S. Rau Antiques in New Orleans

Located on Royal Street in New Orlean’s historic French Quarter, M.S. Rau Antiques sells everything from priceless gems to meteorites to cave bear skeletons to original Picassos. Bill Rau’s workday has him moving among some of the world’s most precious items but this self-described merchant has been taught to collect, admire, but most importantly, to sell these items. 

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