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The Mobile, Alabama Business Podcast

We will be conducting interviews of local business owners and leaders in the business community. We’ll be asking questions about their business. What it is exactly that they do (a chance to plug their product/services). How they got started. Things they’ve learned along the way. Advice they would give to a new entrepreneur and more.
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Jul 26, 2017

This episode is not your normal entrepreneur story; it is more of a rags to riches story, but even that isn't what you'd expect. Our guest, Chris Coleman, has gone from excelling at school to working at Circle K and realizing he wanted to be in control of his life, to being homeless, all the way to today owning his own business: Health is Wealth Nation! That journey has pushed Chris to be in control of his life and he loves helping others take control of their life via their health. Without further ado, here is our conversation with Chris.

Jul 19, 2017

This week we sit down with the owner of a new local favorite mobile vendor: Jeff Robert's with Yellowhammer Coffee, Mobile's first mobile coffee and espresso bar! He and his wife left their previous careers to dive head-long into this new adventure together, and just celebrated their first year a little over two weeks ago. Jeff is passionate about people, and coffee. Keep an around town, and follow them on social media to find out where they will be! Now let's jump right into our conversation with Jeff Roberts.

Jul 12, 2017
In this episode, we have the pleasure of sitting down with a pioneer of the Mobile restaurant scene. Chakli Diggs started his first business back in the 90's because he saw the potential for a renaissance. That renaissance is something we are just now starting to see, and it has us excited! Chakli has a story filled past and those experiences undoubtedly have impacted the food scene here in Mobile through his restaurants. If you haven't had the chance to check out NoJa or Saisho, they need to be on your list! Now let's jump into our conversation with Chakli.
Jul 5, 2017
In this episode, we're joined by a rare breed of business owner. Our guest, Stephen McNair knew he wanted to work around historic buildings from a very early age. Mobile has seen a renewed interest in renovating some of our older buildings downtown, a large portion is due to the renewed federal historic tax credits. Stephen's company, McNair Historic Preservation, helps companies across the US navigate the process of receiving those tax credits by maintaining the unique charm of a building while it is renovated to provide more jobs. Tune in to hear the great insights Stephen has during our conversation.
Jun 28, 2017
In this episode we sit down with Lorenzo Ferguson. The death of a close family member from heart failure sparked a change in him. Lorenzo wanted to help people get into shape and eat healthy. While working at Waffle House to raise his capital, he started his personalized fitness business and food prep service: Your-Way Fitkits. Check out our full conversation with Lorenzo Ferguson:
Jun 28, 2017

In this episode we sit down with Lorenzo Ferguson. The death of a close family member from heart failure sparked a change in him. Lorenzo wanted to help people get into shape and eat healthy. While working at Waffle House to raise his capital, he started his personalized fitness business and food prep service: Your-Way Fitkits. Check out our full conversation with Lorenzo Ferguson:

Jun 21, 2017
This episode is focused on hospitality. Though our guest is not from Mobile, he has been an integral part of rejuvenating the hospitality of downtown Mobile. Mike Cowart with Cowart Hospitality Services discusses bringing 3 hotels (the Hampton Inn, Candlewood Suites, and Hilton Garden Inn) to the area and a new feature we're excited to try out: the Backlot food-truck court! Mike talks about the unique history behind some of those sites and drops some great business knowledge.
Jun 3, 2017
In this episode, we have the pleasure of chatting with one of our neighbors, Julie Burrus with Inspire Salon & Gallery. Julie has been in the salon business for 15 years, but before that, she had an interesting job right out of high school as a Russian linguist for the military. She went through an apprenticeship, 3000 - 3500 hours of training! Now that she owns her own salon, she has some great insights for business owners or soon-to-be business owners. Julie has a unique perspective on running a business that I think you'll really enjoy. That's enough of my perspective, let's jump into our conversation with Julie Burrus.
Jun 3, 2017
This episode is for all of the guys that want to look sharp. I don't know of any other shop in Mobile where you can go and get clothing of the quality and style as G Harvell Men's Clothier. Taylor Harvell is the son of Greg Harvell and has been handed the keys to the business. Retail is a difficult business to be in and the fact that G Harvell's has managed to thrive for the last 15 years is a testimony to the service and quality that they provide. Listen in as Taylor gives us some insights into his journey as a second generation clothier.
May 10, 2017
This episode is for all of the entrepreneurs our there with big ideas. Bo Megginson is the Mobile Area Executive Director for an angel investor group called Angel Investor Management Group. He is part of the movement of change for the start up community here in Mobile. AIM's existence in our start-up ecosystem means if you have an idea, and know that you will need funding, you have options. Their last investment was $6.4 Million... but it was for a company out of Atlanta. And frankly, Bo wants to see some of their investment dollars stay in the Mobile area. So tune in to learn more about Bo and the AIM Group.
May 4, 2017
This episode is super manly and definitely meets the facial hair quota. Barcus Patty is the Owner of Thrice, a maker of natural beard grooming products in Mobile, AL. Barcus is a Mobile entrepreneur that is harnessing the power of the internet to sell his products to a larger audience. He gets into that a bit and talks about his experience with Shopify and Amazon as a small products manufacturer. I find his story interesting because he is right on the cusp of breaking through with his business and I love seeing people make that jump. Barcus, besides having an almost perfect name, is a really genuine guy and it is my pleasure to be able to share this discussion with you. Make sure to follow Thrice on Facebook and Instagram. And check out the products on his website.
Apr 26, 2017
In this episode we sat down with Casey Williams. Casey is the "new" President of the Eastern Shore Chamber. Full Disclosure: Marcus is on the Executive Board for the Chamber and was head of the committee that hired Casey. The Eastern Shore and Mobile are intertwined in many ways. Casey understands this. She has accepted the challenge of heading up the ES Chamber with gusto and the Board is extremely pleased with the direction things are heading. Make sure to follow the ES Chamber on Facebook and Instagram or visit their site. So, let's dive right in with Casey Williams!
Apr 19, 2017
This episode is extra rad, if I do say so myself. Bear Walker is the Owner of Kodiak Boards, a maker of premium longboards headquartered in Fairhope, AL. I originally met Bear when I asked him to make a custom board for Blue Fish. We hit it off and we've stayed in touch since. It has been amazing to see the recognition he is getting in the industry for his innovative designs. He is a really genuine guy and it is my pleasure to be able to share this discussion with you. Make sure to follow Kodiak Boards on Facebook and Instagram. And check out the products on his website.
Apr 12, 2017
In this episode we sat down with Gabe Holloway. Gabe, and his partner Eric, run and operate Soul Caffeine. At Blue Fish we lovingly refer to Soul Caffeine as Blue Fish's Eastern Shore office. Gabe and Eric started Soul Caffeine out of a desire to create a "third place" where people could gather and feel welcome. Make sure to follow Soul Caffeine on Facebook and Instagram or visit their site. They make a mean v60 and take great care in brewing each cup of coffee. So, let's dive right in with Gabe Holloway!
Apr 5, 2017
In this episode we had a chance to sit down with Chris Yokley. Chris owns Altegra Technologies and CigarClub.com. Cigar Club was birthed out of last year's Startup Weekend in Mobile. I love the idea and am excited that Chris and his business partner, Jeff, have been chosen as finalists in Alabama Launchpad. They will be competing this month for their slice of the $250,000 pot. Anyway, Chris and I talk about everything from dropping out of high school, to how he got started in tech, and he also mentioned falling out of the sky on an ultralght. You can find CigarClub.com on Facebook and Instagram too. Make sure to follow them!
Mar 30, 2017
In this episode of Mobile Alabama Business Podcast, I sit down with Solomon Davis. Solomon and I met through Von Larson even though we are both part of Order of Fuse. Every time I see him he has a welcoming smile and positive vibe. Solomon spends a lot of his time giving back to the community now through his involvement with the community in Prichard, Board of Directors for Fuse Project and many other activities. Oh, and he is really tall! He is a really great guy and I can't wait for you to learn more about him, so let's dive right in with Solomon Davis!
Mar 22, 2017
In this episode of Mobile Alabama Business Podcast, I sit down with Keith Sherrill. Keith is the owner of Haint Blue Brewing in Mobile. I really enjoyed getting to learn more about Keith's story and where his desire to bring a brewery to Mobile stems from. He's really a friendly guy that makes a really stellar Porter, so let's dive right in with Keith Sherrill
Nov 1, 2016
Hi everybody, welcome to podcast Episode #10 of Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. My name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. This is a podcast about the people behind the business community here in the Mobile area. I know you have a lot of choices when it come to podcasts so I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we had a chance to sit down with Brian Kane. Brian adds to the count of lawyers that have appeared on the podcast. Brian is no longer lawyering though. He is part of the small group that owns Fairhope Brewing Company. Fairhope Brewing Company has taken this area by storm. They have gone from making small batches to share with friends to being sold in all of the local supermarkets in just a few short years. Brian shares a lot about the struggles of trying to start a brewery in Alabama and I think there is a lot of good business advice in here as well. So let’s dive right in with Brian Kane.
Oct 11, 2016
Hi everybody, welcome to podcast Episode #9 of Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. My name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. This is a podcast about the people behind the business community here in the Mobile area.  I know you have a lot of choices when it come to podcasts so I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we had a chance to sit down with Jim Walker. Jim is the owner of several hot spot restaurants on Dauphin Street. He owns the Bicycle Shop, Liquid Sushi, and The Union. What I did not know prior to starting this interview was that he is also a major part of the Roundhouse incubator that is gaining traction in Mobile. The conversation shows how big Jim’s heart is for Mobile. He really does love this city. So let’s dive right in with Jim Walker.
Oct 3, 2016
Hi everybody, welcome to podcast Episode #8 of Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. My name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. This is a podcast about the people behind the business community here in the Mobile area. I know you have a lot of choices when it come to podcasts so I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we had a chance to sit down with Ty Bullard. Ty and I are involved in a lot of the same organizations. I asked him to come on the podcast to talk about things people might not know about what it takes to run a car dealership. He has been handed the keys to the family business and I think he is driving it in the right direction. He is a great guy that gives a lot to our community and I thoroughly enjoyed having this conversation with him. So let’s dive right in with Ty Bullard.
Sep 13, 2016
Hi everybody, welcome to podcast Episode #7 of Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. My name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. This is a podcast about the people behind the business community here in the Mobile area.  I know you have a lot of choices when it come to podcasts so I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we had a chance to sit down with Megan Kowal. Megan is the owner and creative mind behind Mermania Swimwear. She is part of a small but growing fashion community here in Mobile. She has been active in the Mobile Fashion Council. Mermania has an online store and is also located in the Urban Emporium in Downtown Mobile on Dauphin Street. She is also convinced Mermaids are real. So let’s dive right in with Megan Kowal.
Sep 1, 2016
Hi everybody, welcome to podcast Episode #6 of Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. My name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. This is a podcast about the people behind the business community here in the Mobile area. I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we talk to Chad about how he got started as an entrepreneur. He tells us how he opened a concession stand at the age of 7! That was 21ish years ago and since then Chad has started a whole lot of enterprises. The thing I love about listening to Chad is he makes is sound so easy. As if it was just so obvious to start some of these businesses. Listening to his story is also very encouraging to me as he describes how his family was not well off at all. And yet, he managed to build and sell businesses that mean he does not really have to work any more. But we all know how that goes. Driven people like Chad do not just go into early retirement so he is working as a Real Estate Agent on the Eastern Shore. I know you are really going to like this episode. You may even have to listen to it multiple times.. So let’s dive right in with Chad Hurley!
Aug 24, 2016
Hi everybody, welcome to podcast Episode #5 of Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. My name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. This is a podcast about the people behind the business community here in the Mobile area. I know you have a lot of choices when it come to podcasts so I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we had a chance to sit down with Jeff Jones. Some of you may remember Jeff from his days with Big Daddy Weave. He was their drummer for a number of years until deciding that he wanted to spend more time with his family and come off of the road. Jeff has taken an interesting route in that he has started an online business selling customized drumsticks. He also touches on how his business is expanding into the FBA or Fulfillment by Amazon arena which is super interesting to me. Jeff also talks to us about how he stats disciplined and how that helps to keep him motivated. So let’s dive right in with Jeff Jones.
Aug 18, 2016
Hi everybody, welcome to podcast Episode #4 of Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. My name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. This is a podcast about the people behind the business community here in the Mobile area.  I know you have a lot of choices when it come to podcasts so I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we had a chance to sit down with Scott Tindle. Scott is the owner of the Duck Boat Tours that are getting ready to launch here in Mobile. Scott is truly an entrepreneur. You might have also seen him on an episode of The Shark Tank. He had a business that was essentially the Netflix for ties that he was pitching to the Sharks. I think he has a great vision for Mobile and he is putting his money where his mouth is in an effort to help make this city better. He’s funny and great to talk to... So let’s dive right in with Scott Tindle.
Aug 11, 2016
Hi everybody, welcome to podcast Episode #3 of Season 2 of the Mobile Alabama Business Podcast. My name is Marcus Neto and I’m your host. This is a podcast about the people behind the business community here in the Mobile area. I’d like to thank you for spending time with us today. In this episode we had a chance to sit down with Elyse Goonan. Elyse is the Executive Director of One Mobile. She describes the projects One Mobile is working to bring to life and the impact she believes those will have on the city. She also talks to us about her love of Rugby and how she is part of a core group of people that is working to bring Rugby to Mobile. And we also talk about her desire to bring a TEDx conference to Mobile, which I am super excited about. So let’s dive right in with Elyse Goonan.
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