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Ep. 040 – Tracy Record, Co-founder of the West Seattle Blog

Ep. 040 – Tracy Record, Co-founder of the West Seattle Blog

This week’s guest is Tracy Record, Co-founder and operator of the West Seattle Blog, West Seattle’s go-to news outlet. With husband, Patrick Sand, together they have run the West Seattle Blog full time for the last 10+ years (since 2006). Highlights From This Episode: The West Seattle Blog was launched in December of 2005 by Tracy Record as a personal project to have a place to write about West Seattle. The turning point was the famous December 2006 windstorm, which knocked out…

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Ep. 039 – Greg Bennick, Public Speaker & Director of One Hundred For Haiti (A Seattle Non-Profit)

Ep. 039 – Greg Bennick, Public Speaker & Director of One Hundred For Haiti (A Seattle Non-Profit)

This week’s guest is Greg Bennick, a public speaker and Executive Director for the Seattle based non-profit, One Hundred for Haiti. Greg got started as an entertainer in his early teens and has been doing public speaking, communicating ideas and engaging with audiences (as a musician in touring bands & as a speaker) ever since. Highlights From This Episode: Greg started performing around 13 years old and quickly discovered that people pay far more attention to ideas when they are entertained….

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Ep. 038 – Amber Campbell, Owner of Do Communications & GoSouthSeattle.com

Ep. 038 – Amber Campbell, Owner of Do Communications & GoSouthSeattle.com

This week’s guest is Amber Campbell, Owner of Do Communications & creator of GoSouthSeattle.com (previously known as the Rainier Valley Post). She is a marketing consultant with 20 years of experience helping small and medium size businesses. Highlights From This Episode: Amber is a marketing consultant with 20 years of experience helping small and medium size businesses and used to run the Rainier Valley Post, working some with West Seattle Blog‘s own Patrick and Tracy. The Rainer Valley Post has now transformed into…

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Ep. 032 – Christian Castro, Co-Owner of Industry Finishes

Ep. 032 – Christian Castro, Co-Owner of Industry Finishes

This week’s guest is Christian Castro, Co-Owner of Industry Finishes, a new company spinoff to flush out the already great logistical, office furniture & cubical supplies, facility services and IT Services provided by Reliant Group. Highlights From This Episode:  Christian Castro talks about the various businesses he has had and his journey as a serial entrepreneur. He ended up here in Seattle when he agreed to help one of his friends grow his fledgling IT business, which brought him from flipping houses and doing IT in Pheonix, AZ…

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Ep. 030 – Brad Loetel, Co-Owner of West Seattle Cyclery

Ep. 030 – Brad Loetel, Co-Owner of West Seattle Cyclery

This week’s guest is Brad Loetel, the co-owner of West Seattle Cyclery, which opened in 2013 in West Seattle’s Alaska Junction. After many years in the software industry, he decided to transition and his passion for cycling has driven his desire to create a bike shop which provides great customer service and gives back to the community. Highlights From This Episode: After leaving the software industry, Brad managed a couple different bike shops in the Seattle area since 2009 and in 2013, an opportunity arose for…

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Ep. 028 – Ventures – Beto Yarce

Ep. 028 – Ventures – Beto Yarce

This week’s guest is Beto Yarce, the Executive Director of the Seattle non-profit, Ventures. Ventures helps low income entrepreneurs start their own businesses, through micro-loans, training, mentorship, incubators and on-going support. They empower aspiring entrepreneurs with limited resources and unlimited potential to improve their lives through small business ownership. Highlights From This Episode: Ventures helps low income entrepreneurs start their own businesses. Ventures was founded in 1995 by Peter Rose after visiting Bangladesh and started it as a micro-loan program for underserved communities: People of…

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Ep. 027 – Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST) – Amanda Hightower

Ep. 027 – Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST) – Amanda Hightower

This week’s guest is Amanda Hightower, the Executive Director of the Seattle non-profit Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST). REST’s mission is to provide pathways to freedom, safety and hope for victims of sex trafficking and people involved in the sex trade. Highlights From This Episode: RESTs mission is to “provide pathways to freedom, safety and hope for victims of sex trafficking & people involved in the sex trade”. They are a faith-based non-profit doing direct services providing opportunities for people…

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Ep. 026 – West Seattle Helpline – Chris Langeler

Ep. 026 – West Seattle Helpline – Chris Langeler

This week’s guest is Chris Langeler, the Executive Director of The West Seattle Helpline, a community-based organization that provides emergency services to local families and individuals to prevent homelessness and other detrimental poverty-related outcomes.  He is also the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Delridge Neighborhoods Development Association, one of the largest affordable housing providers in West Seattle. Highlights From This Episode: Chris’ road to serving the community where he is now started back with influence from both his parents, with their complimentary…

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Ep. 025 – WestSide Baby – Nancy Woodland

Ep. 025 – WestSide Baby – Nancy Woodland

This week’s guest is Nancy Woodland, the Executive Director for the non-profit WestSide Baby in White Center. WestSide Baby serves all of Western King County and partners with the community to collect and distribute essential items for local kids (ages birth-12 years old). Topics & Ideas Discussed in This Episode: W.S. Baby works directly with 127 local social service agencies to get essential items to children. The more efficient their systems and organization is, the more kids they can serve. The process: Social…

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Ep. 024 – Emerald Water Anglers – Dave McCoy

Ep. 024 – Emerald Water Anglers – Dave McCoy

This week’s guest is Dave McCoy, owner of Emerald Water Anglers. Headquartered out of their premier fly-fishing retail shop in West Seattle, Dave and his staff offer high-quality and knowledgable fly-fishing guides, are passionate about fishing, preservation and they really know the water and fishing around the Northwest. Topics & Ideas Discussed in This Episode: Dave is involved in many aspects of the fly-fishing industry – He is a true entrepreneur: with a photography business, writer, traveler, fishing guide, social…

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