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June 18, 2022

Candy Will: Candy Entertains Kids & Butterscotch the Clown (San Juan Capistrano, CA)

This week Ete sits down with Candy Will, aka Butterscotch the Clown, and owner of Candy Entertains Kids and a founding member of Family and Variety Entertainers (FAVE). Candy is 68 years-old, a California resident, and mother of former guest, Mike Will. Some big takeaways from this episode:Completely ridiculous, out-of-nowhere events can cause problems for […]

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May 12, 2022

Mike Will: A Great Clean (Heber City, UT)

Today, Ete sits down with entrepreneur Mike Will of A Great Clean, located in Heber City, UT. Mike is a passionate musician (check out Mike Stance and Unfailing), a pug owner, a heat-hating snowboarder, and owner of a successful carpet-cleaning business. Ete and Mike met in a hot tub at the beautiful Mountain Valley RV […]

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November 10, 2021

Season 3 Recap

A full year and thousands of miles in the making, Season 3 has officially come to a close. Today Ete takes a look back at some of his favorite moments from this season. He's had the chance to speak with entrepreneurs from across the country and across industries, small business owners who are still in […]

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October 12, 2021

Gavin Hallock - Kash Financial Services (Gilbert, AZ)

Today Ete sits down with Gavin Hallock, founder of KASH Financial Services located in Gilbert, AZ. Kash provides advisory and consultancy services for business projects and improvements, external CFO services, and cash flow management for businesses. Gavin has more than 15 years of experience working with small to mid-size companies. He has a BS in finance […]

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June 29, 2021

#48 - Spencer Owens - Bell Rock Finance (Mesa, AZ)

Meet Spencer Owens, co-founder and Principal at Bell Rock Finance,  which provides investment financing—acquisition and renovation—for fix & flip, commercial, construction, and land/lot real estate projects. Bell Rock is located in Mesa, AZ.  In this episode: 2007: "Yeah, great time to start a wealth management, financial planning type of an office." (6:04) Changing strategy to […]

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June 18, 2021

Fife Bros Poop Patrol (Gilbert, AZ)

Meet Carter and Keaton Fife of Fife Bros. Poop Patrol. (You can email Fife Bros. Poop Patrol at Carter (10) and Keaton (7), sons of Rusty Fife interviewed on Season 2 Episode 1, are by far the youngest guests who have been on the show. The 2 brothers own and operate a dog poo […]

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June 5, 2021

Liz Robinson (Ted's Shooting Range, Queen Creek, AZ)

Meet Liz Robinson, co-owner of Ted’s Shooting Range, located in Queen Creek, AZ. Ted’s Shooting Range offers firearms educational classes, and includes a gun range, a retail firearms store, and a dive shop. Some topics of discussion A multi-faceted business: classes, range, and retail (5:27) Shooting as a skill that offers a level playing field […]

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May 20, 2021

Interview with John Walters (Mister Bermuda)

Meet John Walters, co-owner of the newly launched Mister Bermuda in Georgetown, TX, and founder of several landscaping/mowing, lawn fertilizing, tree care, pest control, and snow removal businesses in New Jersey, Utah, Texas, and Alaska.  Discussions and Insights Formal education is not for everyone (3:18) Starting businesses when you don’t know the business (4:34) All […]

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April 24, 2021

Ryan Begin: KG Showroom (Ormond Beach, FL)

Meet Ryan Bégin, co-owner of KG Showroom, located in Ormond Beach, FL. Ryan and his father, Laval, own and operate KG, a brick and mortar showroom and online retail store where "you'll find a large selection of quality brands for the kitchen and bath and dedicated showroom specialists to help coordinate your projects."  The Story […]

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April 2, 2021

Chelsea Conrad: Bodhi + Sol Spa (Deland, FL)

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March 19, 2021

Interview with Britt (DynoClimb)

Meet Britt, owner of DynoClimb, located in Deland, Florida. DynoClimb is a unique climbing gym with a mission "to create a dynamic community of climbers, adventurers, and fitness enthusiasts."  In this episode: Growing Up "Sketchy" climb at Galleons (1:17) A 13 year-old cuffing and hemming suits (12:58) A born entrepreneur: selling his family their own […]

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March 10, 2021

Joey Maxwell (The Studio Creative Group) Deland, FL

Meet Joey Maxwell. Along with his wife, owner of The Studio Creative Group, an Emmy award winning "company dedicated to producing spectacular visuals on screens both big and small," located in Deland, FL. Joey is a former commercial airline pilot and voice actor, and is currently a cinematographer and director for his own business, as […]

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February 25, 2021

Debbie Wilds (Shear Wildness: Goochland, VA)

Meet Debbie Wilds, owner of Shear Wildness Check out these topics: Building a community and relationships If you were waiting...everybody would just talk. It was like a little community meeting place. (20:53) When you come here...I want you to meet your neighbors, I want you to feel comfortable and I want you to have fun. […]

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February 16, 2021

Dean Johnson (Healthy Homes Pest Control - Palmyra, VA)

About Dean Owner of Healthy Homes Pest Control located in North Central Virginia. Husband, and father of 5 Experience in construction industry, IT, programming, data analysis Big Ideas from This Episode Customer care is their core value. And they mean it. "We know all of our customers."(1:33) "Our main value is that we care about […]

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February 4, 2021

Steve Poponi and Dave Downham (Gradwell House Recording Studio, Haddon Heights, NJ)

About Gradwell House 6400 sq ft facility converted from a Masonic lodge into a recording studio with multiple recording rooms and rehearsal spaces About Steve and Dave From South Jersey Sound Engineers Husbands and Fathers Were members of Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right BA Start The Parts of Business They Love Owning […]

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January 25, 2021

Interview with Steve Castellano (ANS Construction)

Today Ete sits down with Steve Castellano of ANS Construction. About Steve Owner of ANS for 34 years Born and raised in South Philly Married to Cheryl for 24 years Father of 2 Serial Entrepreneur Member of the LDS church What helped him get to where he is today Accepting jobs he didn’t even know […]

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January 14, 2021

Interview with Jace Kandle (Lake Kandle)

Today Ete sits down with Jace Kandle of Lake Kandle. About Jace South Jersey native Partner at Lake Kandle, a family-owned 86-acre destination campground and swim club in it’s 60th year 24-7 manager during the season Big time fan of Atomic Square What helped him get to where he is today Not starting from scratch: […]

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January 4, 2021

Interview with Doug Trace (Trace Photo Studio)

Today Ete sits down with Doug Trace of Trace Photo Studio. About Doug Professional photographer Husband and father of 4 South Jersey native An "ideas guy" An all-around highly creative person What helped him get to where he is today Seeing the business and its challenges (angry mothers!) from childhood (2:25) Taking a $20,000 pay […]

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December 21, 2020

Interview with Nick Coleman (Ivan Carfax) (Bread Delivery Company)

Today Ete sits down with Nick Coleman, owner and operator of several bread deliver routes including Ivan Carfax. Ete is on a roadtrip looking for great small businesses and great small businesspeople. Today he's back in his hometown of Glassboro, NJ, visiting with good friend, and all around cool guy, Nick Coleman. Nick owns a […]

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December 10, 2020

1: Interview with Scott Abbott (Pronexis + Founder of Five Star Painting)

Today Ete sits down with Scott Abbott, founder of Five Star Painting and founder/CEO of Pronexis. Scott Abbott is a pretty big get for our little show. He's a prolific entrepreneur with some extremely impressive credentials. And considering all that he's involved with, he's got to be one busy guy. Luckily we had some back […]

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November 20, 2020

14: Season 2 - Recap by Host Ete AhPing

During Season 2 of The Company Next Door, we've had the privilege of talking to 13 exceptional people. If you've missed any of these conversations, go take a listen. You're going to want to hear what these people–just "average," friends and neighbors–have to say about their lives and businesses. You'll learn that the everyday people […]

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November 13, 2020

13: Interview with Tim Naval (Eco Lawn Salt Lake City)

Today Ete sits down with Tim Naval of Eco Lawn Salt Lake. A single mother with 5 kids to raise on her own. An absent father. Several moves across the country. Not "much direction as far as structure." A first "job" of stealing candy from Wawa (the best of all convenience stores) and selling it […]

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November 6, 2020

12: Interview with Kyle Moody (MoodyBlu Express)

Today Ete sits down with Kyle Moody of MoodyBlu Express. If you live in the Heber Valley chances are very good you've seen Kyle Moody. In fact, you've probably talked with him or gotten his help at the local Smith's, where he's worked for the past 13 years. Perhaps you've seen his picture on the […]

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October 31, 2020

11: Interview with Isabel and David Dupes (The Great American Food Truck)

Today Ete sits down with Isabel and David Dupes, owners of The Great American Food Truck. We often speak of each interviewee's "journey" on this show, complete with twists and turns, surprises, and unlikely coincidences. But David and Isabel have taken one of the most twisty, surprising, and unlikely routes to their present life. They […]

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October 23, 2020

10: Interview with Travis Wilcox (Heber Hatchets)

Things were going so well, incredibly well. Travis Wilcox, uncharacteristically, had taken a chance and it was paying off in a big way. He is, by his own account "the most conservative person on the planet." Risk-taking is not in his nature, and even he himself seemed surprised by his desire to start a business, […]

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October 15, 2020

9: Interview with Tom Stone (Commercial Real Estate, Guild Mortgage)

Today Ete sits down with Tom Stone, loan officer at Guild Mortgage. By the time Tom Stone finished college, he had studied accounting, physical therapy, and finally landed on sociology and behavioral science. While his choices in majors may have seemed a little scattered, there were a few things that he was certain about. For […]

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October 7, 2020

8: Interview with John Perry (Bio Green, Greene County Fertilizer, Lawncology)

Today, Ete sits down with John Perry, founder of Bio Green, author of the Lawncology blog and YouTube channel, and founder of Greene County Fertilizer Company. John Perry is a rockstar of the lawn care industry. If you have anything to do with lawns professionally, you know who John is and you know that he […]

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October 2, 2020

7: Interview with Howard Mattson (Plan One Financial Group)

Today Ete sits down with Howard Mattson, founder and owner of Plan One Financial Group. These days researchers are finding that there are specific characteristics that help people to succeed in life, in business, in everything. You've no doubt heard about the importance of "grit," and having a "growth mindset," and realizing "post traumatic growth." […]

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September 24, 2020

6: Interview with Allison Page (Founder of Trail Talk)

Today, Ete sits down with Allison Page, founder of Trailtalk. Allison Page is a self-described "dreamer." She's got ideas. Lots of ideas. So many absorbing ideas that friends have warned, "we need to pull you off that cloud and into reality." Allison is also one heck of an energetic and optimistic go-getter, a doer, a […]

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September 16, 2020

5: Interview with Brett Lee (Serial Entrepreneur)

Today, Ete sits down with serial entrepreneur, Brett Lee of Midway, UT. Brett has been a part of several business ventures including selling styrofoam shipping pallets in India, exporting succulents to China, and importing plants and fruit. In one of those cruel twists of irony life sometimes doles out, Brett Lee was a recently graduated […]

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September 8, 2020

4: Interview with Audrey Watkins (Elevate Nutrition and Fitness Consulting)

Today Ete sits down with Audrey Watkins of Elevate Nutrition and Fitness Consulting. When Audrey Watkins started seeing signs from corporate that things were headed in the wrong direction, she followed the exodus of co-workers out of this particular nutrition and wellness company and into a new phase of life. Without knowing exactly how to […]

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September 1, 2020

3: Interview with Dave Zimmerman (Noisebox Studios)

Today Ete sits down with Dave Zimmerman of Noisebox Studios. Dave Zimmerman, owner and founder of Noisebox Studios in Provo, UT, is a musician, music producer, and recording engineer. Just try to schedule some studio time at Noisebox and you'll realize that Dave is doing something very right. Booked out for months, without having spent […]

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August 24, 2020

2: Interview with Megan Perry (Trail Talk Provo, Heber)

Today Ete sits down with Megan Perry of Trail Talk. Megan Perry, a therapist originally from rural South Jersey--a mere 15 minutes from the town where Ete grew up--is an integral member of the team that runs Trail Talk and oversees the affiliate branches in Provo and Heber City. Trail Talk is a therapy practice […]

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August 19, 2020

1: Interview with Rusty Fife (Built Medical)

Today Ete sits down with Rusty Fife. Rusty, who grew up in Orange County and now lives in Gilbert, AZ, is an owner of Built Medical. The company imports medical equipment--typically mobility products--and sells them, most often to VA hospitals. They also sell products that increase sleep comfort. Built Medical is relatively new, having started […]

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August 10, 2020

19: Season Recap

Today Ete takes some time to revisit the 18 interviews he's done this season. He's had a blast doing them and has sincerely enjoyed the time he's had to spend with each of these people. But from the beginning, Ete has wanted this show to be more than story-time with friends and neighbors. He knew […]

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August 3, 2020

18: Interview with David Richards (Summit Contractors)

Today, Ete sits down with David Richards, general contractor, and owner of Summit Contractors. Dave Richards grew up in Island Park Idaho. His father, who was a builder, was involved in a terrible construction accident. After being thrown 50 feet, a truss landed on his arm, crushing it, and leaving him with permanent, life-changing damage. […]

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July 27, 2020

16: Interview with Tim Morris (Park City Tree)

Today Ete sits down with Tim Morris of Park City Tree. Tim Morris has found success in a lot of places. As a kid, he learned how to work hard, a starting place for a lot of the entrepreneurs we've talked to. That industriousness, coupled with being in the right place at the right time, […]

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July 20, 2020

15: Interview with Tanji Wolfert (Kind Wise Mind)

Today Ete sits down with Tanji Wolfert of Kind Wise Mind. Tanji Wolfert, founder of Kind Wise Mind, has a very personal reason for teaching mindfulness. She has experienced the benefits of mindfulness practice firsthand. Tanji grew up in Sandy, UT. At 11 years old, Tanji, the oldest of 3 siblings, suddenly and tragically lost […]

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July 13, 2020

14: Interview with Peter Malinka, CPA (Malinka CPA)

Today Ete sits down for a talk with Peter Malinka. Peter is a CPA and absolutely loves tax strategy. We all know that accountants have a certain reputation for being rather, well, boring. Luckily for us, today's guest, Peter Malinka, is not the stereotypical accountant. Engaging, fun, and full of good stories, we promise you […]

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July 7, 2020

13: Interview with Audrey Holocher (Wasatch Hypnotherapy)

Today Ete sits down with Audrey Holocher of Wasatch Hypnotherapy We’ve had the chance to interview a lot of people who have very interesting jobs working in all kinds of fields. Audrey Holocher has started a business in a field that is definitely interesting and unique. As a hypnotherapist, she is able to help people […]

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June 29, 2020

12: Interview with Amy Schulthess (Wigglish)

Today Ete chats with Amy Schulthess, owner of Wigglish. Amy has what many would consider a dream job. As owner of Wigglish, the Heber toy store with the delightful name, Amy spends her days surrounded by toys and books and excited children accompanied by their parents. And here she is absolutely in her element. One […]

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June 22, 2020

13: Interview with Lawrence Whipple (Burgeon Digital Marketing)

Today's episode marks another first! We've now interviewed our first entrepreneur couple. Last week we spoke with Carolee Whipple (Ecolawn Heber-Midway). This time we talk with her husband, Lawrence Whipple, of Burgeon Digital Media. Lawrence's story highlights someone who's taken some unique and unexpected turns on his path: from farm boy to dance party organizer, […]

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June 15, 2020

10: Carolee Whipple (Ecolawn-Heber/Midway)

Today's episode with Carolee Whipple of Ecolawn of Heber/Midway is a rather special one for a few different reasons. This is our second interview in a row featuring a woman entrepreneur, which we're excited about. Unlike the seasoned veterans of entrepreneurship we've talked to in the past, Carolee is an entrepreneurial newbie, just a few […]

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June 9, 2020

9: Interview with Katie Stirling (

Today Ete sits down with Heber local, Katie Stirling. Katie is genuine, down to earth, and highly relatable and yet extraordinary in her ability to just do what she wants to do in a way that most of us would like to, but don't. She's got boundless creativity and ideas that don't stop, and just […]

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May 22, 2020

8: Jeff Griffin (Griffin Motivation)

Ete speaks with Jeff Griffin, founder of Griffin Motivation. University student and football player, Jeff Griffin, found himself staring up from the floor of an unpainted barn. Having fallen 40 feet while painting, he realized he could not move. The young man whose identity had been wrapped up in being an athlete, with his whole […]

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March 19, 2020

7: Interview with Jeff Kohler (Marketing Videos Club)

Today Ete sits down with longtime Heber Valley resident, Jeff Kohler. Jeff is a Midway native, husband, father of 5 (not 3), and entrepreneur. He has owned and operated various businesses here in the Valley, including a brick and mortar mattress store and a video production company. In his latest venture, Marketing Videos Club, Jeff […]

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March 6, 2020

6: Interview with Dee Downing (Red Ant Works)

Today Ete sits down with Dee Downing of Red Ant Works As a girl growing up in Michigan, Dee Downing was utterly enchanted by Nature. The banks of the river behind her house, though forbidden, became her place, and to this day she clearly remembers the solace she found there in the wild. This was […]

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February 26, 2020

5: Interview with Paul Clark (Timber Ridge Custom Homes) Don’t miss this stuff: Men having feelings. Ete talks to Paul about his ability to make people feel important and cared for. Besides the fact that it’s nice to hear a couple of guys willing to get a little vulnerable, there’s also an important business application here, which they discuss. Paul likes people and […]

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February 23, 2020

4: Interview with Tracy Collett (Best Western Plus - Heber City)

Don’t Miss This Stuff:Here are just a few things you’ll enjoy in this episode: Tracy’s childhood in Flaming Gorge. An “outdoors guy” at heart, Tracy’s father moved his family– including 7 kids–to Flaming Gorge in the late Fifties to realize his dream of living an outdoors lifestyle. Together, the family ran several businesses and side-hustles: […]

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February 20, 2020

3: Interview with John Call (Utah Entrepreneur)

This week Ete talks to Heber entrepreneur, John Call. Even as a kid, John Call knew that when it came to making money, he didn’t want to work for someone else. Why bag groceries at a grocery store or pick beans for a local farmer, when he could be doing his own thing? From selling […]

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January 27, 2020

1: Interview with Dan Stead of Natures Balance

This is my interview with Local Entrepreneur Dan Stead. Dan had a cooperate job for many years in Houston, TX. After the Economy crash of (08) he ended up without a job for about 18 months. He started over in a brand new industry and built an incredible company.

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January 24, 2020

2: Interview with The Pest and Lawn Ginja

I had a chance to sit down with the Lawn Ginja (in his home) and discuss how the Ginja came to be. We also dug into his Utah service company "All Green Pest and Lawn". Jared is a blast to hang out with and built an incredible company. He has also built an amazing youtube […]

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