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SEASON TWO

S2E13

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson meets with Tricia Rogers, President of the ARCC!

Tricia’s been the President of the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce for two years now, and the offerings it has for local businesses just keep getting better – between ribbon-cuttings, mixers, educational services, and other resources, the value of the ARCC is just incredible! Listen to this episode to hear more about how they can help you, and your business!

S2E12

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Kris Jordan, the master barber and owner of KJ’s Barbershop! Both his grandfather and father were barbers, but Kris wasn’t so sure he wanted to do it himself… All of that changed after a significant event in 2020. What happened? Why did it motivate him to reenter the family trade? You’ll have to listen to this episode to find out!

S2E11

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Stephen Zabala, the nutrition master and founder of Greenfork! Being mindful of where your food comes from is more important than ever in our corn syruped, food-dyed modern world… Greenfork beats the supermarket by providing real, nutrient-dense food to clients all around Saratoga. Get the full scoop on Greenfork’s approach to nutrition here in this episode!

S2E10

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Joe “Josferatu” Zakriski from Atlas Jiu Jitsu! Joe’s been rolling with the best of them for 18 years, but he’s only worked out of Atlas Jiu Jitsu for 8… How did he come to run Atlas in South Glens Falls? How did the business rise and fall (and rise again) during the COVID pandemic? What does jiu jitsu have to offer? Hear the answers to these questions and many more by tuning in to this episode!

S2E9

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Chuck and Sarah Curtiss, husband-and-wife team behind the Willow Marsh Farm and storefront! Their fifth-generation farm offers a special option that nobody else nearby yet does – the production and sale, direct to consumers, of raw milk and raw milk products, including cheese, yogurt and more… What’s the deal with raw milk? How is it made? Is it safe to drink? Why do so few farms produce it? Hear the answers to those questions and many more here, in this stellar episode!

S2E8

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson pairs with cleaning mastermind Steven Boxley to interview Kevin Hinman, co-founder of Momentum Makers! Kevin’s mission is bringing faith-based principles to workplaces across the nation… But the lessons he teaches can be applied to any organization, secular or not. And the results speak for themselves – companies typically see much better culture, customer retention, higher profits, and more! Listen to this episode to find out what Momentum Makers might have to offer you!

S2E7

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Raymond Apy, the CEO of Northeastern Biochar Solutions and one of the main figures behind Saratoga Biochar Solutions! The proposed facility’s goal is to process biosolids into carbon fertilizer, but local opposition to the project has been significant… Ray has met every goal and then some, and he wants more people to understand the importance of the project. Listen to this episode to hear his explanations and future plans!

S2E6

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Geff Redick, owner of Redbud Development! Redbud’s specialty is improving your living space – not just “adding a pool”, but considering every factor of how you live in and use the space! For any project big or small, Redbud’s thoughtful building acumen impresses every time!

S2E5

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Charles Amodio, a main partner and forensic accountant at FAZ Forensics!
Forensic accounting is a little-known but invaluable resource to businesses of all kinds, and FAZ is the premier provider of it in the region! Whether you need a business valuation, financial investigation, or even litigation support, when answers matter, FAZ delivers!

S2E4

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Don Walton and Jay Ingleston – former fighters turned promoters at DonnyBrooke Fight Promotions!
On March 30th, Vermont-based Donnybrooke is bringing a premier MMA event to New York state for the first time – Adina Hornstra vs. LG Pannell and Carmen Corchado vs. Oriana Bracho at the March to Victory! How did they go about putting together this action-packed event? What were their motivations behind the matchups? What brings them to New York this time around? You’ll have to listen to this episode to find out!

S2E3

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson talks with local top real estate experts Dan Wade, Mark Pawlows, and Lori Danussi!

It’s been a few years since the COVID pandemic first affected the real estate market… What’s recovered, what still has a ways to go, and what does that mean to prospective home-buyers and sellers? Listen to this episode for the answers to those questions, and many more!

S2E2

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Steven and Christian Boxley, the father-son Presidential team of Boxley’s Services!

For three generations, Boxley’s has provided complete cleaning and detailing services to homes, businesses, and vehicles… From humble beginnings, Boxley’s transformed hard work and reliable service into a successful and reputable business. Each generation has built upon the last; and Christian has plenty of new ideas to help Boxley’s grow! Listen to this episode to hear their incredible story, plans for the future, and more!

S2E1

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Brad Colacino, his partner at – and co-owner of – Five Towers Media!

Brad had a stable, cushy job at a big white collar company, but he decided to leave it all behind to start his own business! Has he achieved the success he sought? What does he love about his current company? Find out the answers in this special first episode of our second season!


SEASON ONE

Episode 50

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Scott Lufkin, Argyle native and star of The Town Tinker!

The Town Tinker is all about taking on cool projects, but not just for himself – whether it’s restoring tombstones and church bells, clearing sidewalks, or crowdsourcing a new town skating rink, Scott is community-first, making his native Argyle a better place for everyone. Listen to his amazing stories here in this episode, and check out his YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/@towntinker

Episode 49

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Tom Schin, the man behind the important consulting business of Build Better Culture! Every organization thinks they have a great workplace culture – but not all of them actually do! Tom knows the secrets to employee satisfaction and retention… But you might be surprised by how inherent they are! Listen to this episode to find out more!

Episode 48

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Neal Stimler, the President of Stimler Advantage! Technology development has accelerated by leaps and bounds in recent years, and keeping up with it can be an overwhelming task… But Stimler Advantage has all the know-how to catch you and your business up with the times – making your processes efficient, and keeping your strategy tightly focused!

Episode 47

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Kris Brunelle, owner and CEO of White Glove Janitorial Service! He may be the executive at the helm, but Kris still does cleaning, team-building and managing along with his salesmanship duties. The key words to his success? Experience, and Teamwork! How have these things helped his small startup thrive this past year? You’ll have to listen to this episode to find out!

Episode 46

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Doug Ernenwein, Jordan Wood, and Scott Lufkin from DK Advanced Technologies! They have an amazing product on offer that truly does it all – the MicroBottler, an affordable, adaptable, customizable and portable solution for any and all of your beverage-containment needs! Canning and bottling, any size you need… MicroBottler is one amazing machine!

Episode 45

In this episode, our host Michael Nelson interviews Melissa Freebern, owner and operator of Artisan Ink and artist par excellence! Her dedication to art goes beyond the tattoo shop – whether it’s painting, ceramics, or sculpting, Melissa’s love of art runs deep, and sharing that love with the community is what her business is all about!

Episode 44

In this episode, our host Michael Nelson sits down with Chris Leuzinger – owner and tutor at Nourishing Minds Tutoring – to talk about home-schooling! Is it right for your child? How do you get started? How much time does it require? Is it harder in New York State? All these questions and more have an answer in this informative episode!

Episode 43
In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Daniel Breeyear, the Director of Integrative Care at The Eden Care Center! They’ve expanded their offerings across the board, and some of their offerings are truly unique – their fully personalized therapy options ensure that no matter what your troubles, The Eden Center for Integrative Care can help!
Episode 42
In this episode, our host Mike Nelson is joined by business partner Brad Colacino to interview Sabrina Houser, the do-it-all owner of Capital CFO+! With a history of helping businesses and organizations both for and non-profit thrive, Sabrina’s company takes all the guesswork out of the challenging sides of running a business – accounting, marketing, consulting, administration, and more, they can help!
Episode 41

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Sean Willcoxon, the Operations Manager of Performance Industrial! The company provides stellar commercial cleaning services, but what really sets them apart is their commitment – not just to their clients and employees, but to the community as a whole. Whether it’s epoxy flooring, kitchen exhaust cleaning, supporting employees or organizing charity drives, Performance Industrial gets the Dirty and Difficult, Done!

Episode 40

In this episode, our familiar Mike Nelson is interviewed by Amanda Blanton on an episode of her radio show, I’m In With the ARCC! This gives him the chance to tell the story of his two biggest companies – Five Towers Media, and Glens Falls TODAY! How does each company operate? How do they work together? The answer is here in this very special episode!

Episode 39

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Robert Starbuck, the CEO at Migrate Business Services, and Saratoga’s Business Hub! Robert has 40 years of experience in world business, and his company can help you and your business get the help you need by providing office space, professional help, outsourcing options, and more!

Episode 38

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews a trifecta of real estate experts – Agent Paul Smith, real estate specialist attorney Dan Wade, and owner of Freedom One Funding, Mark Pawlows! The 2023 market is awash with confusing and hectic developments, and nobody knows better than these three! Want to know their secrets to navigating through this storm? You’ll have to listen to this episode and find out!

Episode 37

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews David Byrne, an army veteran and the owner & president of Renua Energy! Electric vehicles are becoming more popular and affordable across the nation, and David uses Renua to try to help meet the coming energy demands and make our nation energy-independent! Listen to this episode to hear about his goals, his history, and more!

Episode 36

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Supreme Commander Chris Ryan and “AI Howard” Litwak of SIX Marketing! AI’s a big topic right now, and it can be hard to know where to stand on it – How can you access it? What’s it useful for? Are there downsides? We have some answers for you here, in this informative episode!

Episode 35

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Stephen Zabala, owner and operator of Greenfork in Saratoga! Stephen’s passionate about all things fitness – whether it’s strengthening the body through exercise or feeding it properly with a nutritious diet, Stephen can help anyone down the road to a healthier, happier self!

Episode 34

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Jacob Goldman, nineteen-year-old co-founder of Layoff Lookout! In this country, companies must post a warning if they plan to layoff over a certain number of workers, but these warnings are often difficult to find… Layoff Lookout scrapes depositories of information to find these warnings, and passes the information to you when you need it most! Learn more about it by listening to this episode!

Episode 33

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Danushan Sooriabalan; better known as Dr. Dan, a local Internal Medicine Physician… But most importantly, a primary care specialist! Primary Care has been on the decline in this country for some time now, but Dan is trying to bring it back into the spotlight! Hear about his important mission and what he can offer you here, in this stellar episode!

Episode 32

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Aimee Woodhouse, a local professional Lactation Consultant! Aimee helps expecting and current mothers prepare for the proper feeding of their children, and there’s a lot more that goes into it than you might think! Give this episode a listen to find out what value her service – and other similar services, such as doulas – bring to our community.

Episode 31

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Don “The Soldier’s Son” Walton, a former pro MMA fighter turned fight coach! The road to “fighting for a living” was a difficult one to travel, but Don never gave up and made his dream come true! Listen now to hear his incredible success story!

Episode 30

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Alan VanTassel, the Outsourced VP of Sales at Velocity Sales! Developing and nurturing a sales team and structure for your business is no easy task, but Alan’s got the know-how to take you from a sales slump to a bargain bonanza! How? Take a listen and find out!

Episode 20

In this very special episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Carly Lamay and Molly Congdon-Hunsdon, the Directors at the Glens Falls Area Youth Center! The Center provides so many services to kids around the region, and Carly and Molly put their heart and soul into everything they do for them! Listen and find out more about their important mission!

Episode 19

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Chris Mast, owner and operator of The Car Shoppe – two locations in Queensbury, and now, a brand new one in Malta! Where did he come from? How has he had such success? How do new mandates affect his business? To find out, listen to this episode!

Episode 18

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Dan Wade – who is not only an attorney from Ianniello-Anderson P.C., but also someone who sits on the Community Outreach Committee of Southern Adirondack Realtors, Inc., as well as the President of the Board of Trustees for the World Awareness Children’s Museum! Dan is an expert on real estate situations, and has quite a lot to say about this real estate crisis – but he also has plenty to say about creative thinking, the arts, and even gardening!

Episode 17

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Dan Breeyear – Board-Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, and Director of Integrative Care at The Eden Center! They offer a wide range of integrative care services… But what does that mean, and what are those services, exactly? Take a listen and find out how The Eden Center can help you!

Episode 16

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Andy Liporace – the President of Blue Flame Gas – and Joe Cerrone, the Manager and Owner of Cerrone Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning! New York’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act is calling for the installation of heat pumps in many homes and business throughout the state. What does this mean? Is it going to be expensive? Is it practical? These questions and more have been on the minds of everyone in the state… But don’t worry! Our guests have all the answers you need here, in this informative episode!

Episode 15

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Joe, Cameron, and Luke Kelly; the father and sons team behind Hudson Falls’ own Arkon Developers! They talk about some of the interesting things they’ve seen in their time renovating homes – you never know what’s on the other side of that wall! It could be insulation, it could be another wall, or even… A servants’ staircase? Listen to this episode to hear more about what Arkon can do, and what they’ve seen!

Episode 14

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Scott Peterson, a founding partner and attorney at D’Orazio-Peterson LLP! They discuss what services they offer to discriminated-against workers, how real law differs from what you see in the news, their mutual interest in podcasting, and more!

Episode 13

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Mark Landau, a financial advisor at Minich MacGregor Wealth Management! The economy’s been going through all kinds of turmoil lately, and it can be tough to navigate in the wake of so many changes… But Mark’s got plenty of tips for us here, to help make our ways through the storm!

Episode 12

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Eric Hofmanis and Megan Houde, the talented stars behind the “A Man Named Cash: A Tribute to the Man in Black” tour! They discuss their love of music, how their undying passion for it has carried them through hectic work schedules, and more in this extravaganza of an episode!

Episode 11

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Josh Koons – the Director of New Business Development at Tech II Business Services, Incorporated! IT support involves plenty of challenges, including maintaining legacy systems, pioneering the world of remote work, and even setting up security systems… Josh and Mike talk about these things and more on this episode of Buying Local Glens Falls!

Episode 10

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson partners with co-host Paul Smith to interview Juan and Amy Gonzales, from Hunt Companies! These guys have been building top notch properties for years, and they’ve got plenty to say about the challenges they’ve faced along the way… Take a listen to their story in this in-depth episode!

Episode 9

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Ray Apy, the CEO of Saratoga Biochar Solutions! The organization is hoping to open a facility that can process biosolids and turn them into clean fertilizer, but they’ve encountered some problems along the way… Find out what their goal is and how their process works in this informative episode!

Episode 8

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson partners with insurance mogul Bob Fitch to interview Andrew Percetti, the man behind Adirondack Safari and Glamping ADK! They discuss how he built the business, the multitude of options and themes available, and more in this informative episode!

Episode 7
In this episode, our host Mike Nelson partners up with Brandon Eastman of Be Better to interview Lisa Munter, who has a fantastic service to tell us about – Knitt! They discuss just how easy the program is to join, how they can match you or your organization up with the perfect non-profit or donors, and more! This service is as sublime an offering as it gets, so you won’t want to miss this episode!
Episode 6

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson co-hosts with legendary real estate mogul Paul Smith to interview Ryan van Amburgh, co-founder of Career Jam! They discuss the unconventional but fantastic services the organization has to offer; how it helps guide our youth towards the future they want to make a reality!

Episode 5

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Brandon Eastman – host of the Be Better podcast – and Bill Dingman, district manager of SPoT Coffee Saratoga and Glens Falls! They discuss working with the community, dealing with the COVID crisis, and more in this informative episode!

Episode 4
In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Paul Smith, an excellent real estate agent and Iron Man from Keller-Williams Capital District! They discuss his past construction experience, his transition into real estate, and more in this informative episode!

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Episode 3
In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Mike McGrath, the Sales and Project Manager at 1-800-Paint-Job! They’ve got some exciting new products and services on offer that they just couldn’t wait to feature here, in this informative episode!
 
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Episode 2

In this episode, host Mike Nelson talks with Bob Fitch, the main man behind Bob Fitch State Farm Agency! They talk about how they met, what the agency offers, Bob’s volunteering and charity work, and more in this informative episode!

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Episode 1

This episode, we spend some time with Tricia Rogers, the new President and CEO of the Adirondack Chamber of Commerce! What does she have planned for the Chamber’s future? What can you expect from visiting the Chamber yourself? We discuss these questions and more in our debut episode!

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