Start Up

Join host Gary Bredow as he travels from coast to coast interviewing small business owners to hear their fascinating personal stories and find out what it really takes to start a successful business from the ground up. Energetic, inspirational and educational, START UP is a fast paced series sure to capture the imagination and hearts of Americans who dream of starting their own business.

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Season 9

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    Tru Colors Brewery / Wilmington, NC

    After witnessing a drive-by shooting in his community of Wilmington, North Carolina, George Taylor decided to take action. He started Tru Colors Brewery, whose mission is to unite and create understanding between rival gangs in order to better their community. Episode 901

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    Vertical Roots / Charleston, SC

    Two high school friends, Andrew Hare and Matt Daniels had a dream to bring healthy, local produce to South Carolina. Vertical Roots has since grown into the largest hydroponic container farm in the US producing year-round leafy greens and produce all throughout the United States. Episode 902

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    Sea Love Sea Salt / Burgaw, NC

    Amanda and Dave Jacobs loved the beach so much they wanted to bring it home with them. After experimenting with a variety of methods, they finally found a way to turn Wrightsville Beach into a delicious salt perfect for cooking and created their own business, Sea Love Sea Salt Co. Episode 903

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    Amphibian Air / Savannah, GA

    Dave Myers was in Hawaii on vacation when a canceled scuba trip led him to “Trike Flying.” This life-altering experience set Dave on a mission to create Amphibian Air, a company that invites the public to ride and pilot a FAA certified amphibious trike over the waters of Savannah, Georgia. Episode 904

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    Genesis Block / Wilmington, NC

    Tracey and Girard Newkirk believe that every community needs a place to collaborate and create together. Genesis Block provides not only coworking spaces, but also an Entrepreneur Academy with small business courses for all backgrounds and ANZA, a platform that pairs minority and women owned businesses with anchor institutions and prime contractors. Episode 905

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    Yaupon Wellness Company / Savannah, GA

    Lou Thomann and Lori Judge took a vacation to Ossabaw Island where they were introduced to the Yaupon Holly tree. After experiencing the tea made from the Yaupon’s leaves, Lou was hooked and spent the next three years researching until finally launching The Yaupon Tea Company in hopes of sharing the health benefits of tea with world. Episode 906

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    Bitty and Beau’s Coffee / Wilmington, NC

    The Wrights are the proud parents of four children. Their two youngest, Bitty and Beau, have Down Syndrome. The Wrights opened their first Bitty & Beau Coffee in Wilmington, NC, a place they hoped would teach acceptance and inclusion. Today, Bitty & Beau is a franchise business that has grown to several locations across the US and employs hundreds of people with disabilities.

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    Big Bon Family / Savannah, GA

    What started out as a pizza food truck has grown and developed into so much more. From pizza to bagels, Big Bon’s core mission is to teach its team members business and life skills through a variety of experiences around great foods. Episode 908

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    Mother Trucker Yoga / Hartford, WI

    Hope has been doing yoga for 17 years and has seen first-hand the physical and mental health benefits it can provide. Mother Trucker Yoga provides fitness guidance to a market otherwise forgotten, drivers. Through short, easily accessible videos, Hope aspires to help drivers get moving wherever they may be. Episode 909

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