Season Three

S3:EP8 – Maddie Peschong w/ Maddie Peschong Photography

By Joshua Sopko | November 27, 2019 | Comments Off on S3:EP8 – Maddie Peschong w/ Maddie Peschong Photography

Maddie Peschong is one of my most favorite people. She’s built herself into a brand that continues to grow each and every day. She is a talented photographer in our…

S3:EP7 – Stensland Brothers (Justin & Jason) w/ Stensland Family Farms

By Joshua Sopko | November 25, 2019 | Comments Off on S3:EP7 – Stensland Brothers (Justin & Jason) w/ Stensland Family Farms

This was an incredible episode about a couple of farm kids who set out with a dream and they didn’t stop. Overcoming loads of adversity, challenges, and ‘shooting from the…

S3:EP6 – Jodi Schwan w/ SiouxFalls.Business

By Joshua Sopko | November 22, 2019 | Comments Off on S3:EP6 – Jodi Schwan w/ SiouxFalls.Business

Jodi Schwan is the name when it comes to business news in our region. Jodi is the founder, author, and creator of the well-known and highly credible website, SiouxFalls.Business. Jodi shares…

S3:EP5 – Greg Koch w/ 605 Running Company

By Joshua Sopko | November 4, 2019 | Comments Off on S3:EP5 – Greg Koch w/ 605 Running Company

Greg Koch was an average runner. Having only run only a few races previously, decided to start working part-time at 605 Running Company when they first opened. That ultimately led…

S3:EP4 – Mitch Jackson w/ Queen City Bakery

By Joshua Sopko | October 17, 2019 | Comments Off on S3:EP4 – Mitch Jackson w/ Queen City Bakery

Mitch Jackson and his wife are world travels. They’ve lived abroad, worked at coffee shops and bakery’s in big cities like New York, and eventually settled back home with an…

S3:EP3 – Rebekah Scott with Rebekah Scott Designs

By Joshua Sopko | October 9, 2019 | Comments Off on S3:EP3 – Rebekah Scott with Rebekah Scott Designs

Have you ever made a mistake in your business? What about 10,000 mistakes? Rebekah Scott is the owner and founder of Rebekah Scott Designs. She has an amazing story about…

Korena Keys with Key Media Solutions Podcast Interview - Episode Two Sioux Falls Startup Stories

S3:EP2 – Korena Keys with Key Media Solutions

By Joshua Sopko | September 30, 2019 | Comments Off on S3:EP2 – Korena Keys with Key Media Solutions

“Mom, it’s okay. I know you’ll be late. Your work is always more important than me.” That’s what Korena Key’s 13-year-old son said one day as she was trying to…

S3:EP1 – Tim Karels with 605 Sheds and Falls Real Estate

By Joshua Sopko | September 23, 2019 | Comments Off on S3:EP1 – Tim Karels with 605 Sheds and Falls Real Estate

This week, I chat with Tim Karels of Falls Real Estate and 605 Sheds. Tim shares some powerful advice and highlights some tough times in business. He shares his experience…

S3:EP0 – Introducing Season Three!

By Joshua Sopko | September 16, 2019 | Comments Off on S3:EP0 – Introducing Season Three!

It’s that time of year again. The time of year when pumpkin spice becomes a thing again (I’m excited) and the time for another season of Sioux Falls Startup Stories…

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ABOUT THE PODCAST

Starting a business is easy. You can Google and self-educate just about anything you need to know. But when it comes to digging in deep and quitting a full-time job and risking everything for your startup, Google can't help with those emotions.

My goal, my real true goal for this project is to help motivate, inspire, and impact entrepreneurs to take the next step pursuing their dreams. Join us on our journey as we dive not into how local business owners got their start, but more about what they went through as they got started.

Season Two

S2:BONUS – A bonus episode with Ross Wickman about Failure

By Joshua Sopko | July 8, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:BONUS – A bonus episode with Ross Wickman about Failure

This is a very special bonus episode. Season two is officially done, but I’ve been sitting on this particular interview for over a year. It’s about a tough subject: failure.…

Trevor Nash-Keller with Nash-Keller Media

S2:EP8 – Trevor Nash-Keller w/ Nash-Keller Media

By Joshua Sopko | June 26, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP8 – Trevor Nash-Keller w/ Nash-Keller Media

Trevor has a knack for tech, marketing, and helping businesses sell their products. But in true entrepreneurship form, he didn’t just start out by launching a company. He started out…

Grand Prairie Foods is on Sioux Falls Startup Stories Podcast

S2:EP7 – Kurt Loudenback w/ Grand Prairie Foods

By Joshua Sopko | June 14, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP7 – Kurt Loudenback w/ Grand Prairie Foods

Kurt Loudenback is this weeks podcast guest. Kurt is the founder and owner of Grand Prairie Foods, a fascinating food service business that ships and distributes their product nationwide. Kurt…

S2:EP6 – Matt Paulson w/ MarketBeat

By Joshua Sopko | June 4, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP6 – Matt Paulson w/ MarketBeat

Matt Paulson is the founder of SiouxFalls.eco, he runs the Facebook group we all know and love, Startup Sioux Falls, he’s the creator and chair of the local Falls Angel…

S2:EP5 – Travis Rhoades w/ Scooter’s Coffee

By Joshua Sopko | May 21, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP5 – Travis Rhoades w/ Scooter’s Coffee

Travis Rhoades is an interesting guy. From growing up in the family newspaper business, to working at the Argus, he shares a story about getting into digital websites and ultimately…

S2:EP4 – Melissa Johnson w/ Oh My Cupcakes!

By Joshua Sopko | May 15, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP4 – Melissa Johnson w/ Oh My Cupcakes!

Melissa Johnson, of Oh My Cupcakes! shares her startup story this week. She has an amazing journey into what’s now a successful 10-year cupcake business. From job hopping, to a…

S2:EP3 – Adam Weber w/ Embrace Church

By Joshua Sopko | May 7, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP3 – Adam Weber w/ Embrace Church

We are truly delighted to have a special guest who shares a very unique twist to traditional entrepreneurship and business. Adam Weber, the lead pastor and church planter of Embrace…

S2:EP2 – Karla Santi w/ Blend Interactive

By Joshua Sopko | April 30, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP2 – Karla Santi w/ Blend Interactive

This week we are so excited to chat with Karla Santi, the CEO, and founder of Blend Interactive. Karla shares some great insight into how she became an ‘accidental entrepreneur’…

Startup Stories S2 EP1 with Remedy Brewing company in Sioux Falls, SD

S2:EP1 – Tyler Jepperson & Matt Hastad w/Remedy Brewing Company

By Joshua Sopko | April 25, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP1 – Tyler Jepperson & Matt Hastad w/Remedy Brewing Company

This week, I sit down with the founders of Remedy Brewing Company. They give me the rundown of an amazing startup story filled with nothing but no’s and unending resilience…

S2:EP0 – What’s up Season Two?

By Joshua Sopko | April 22, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP0 – What’s up Season Two?

In this episode zero. I give the rundown of what’s to come, where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing, and what to expect for season two! I’m really excited…

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ABOUT THE PODCAST

Starting a business is easy. You can Google and self-educate just about anything you need to know. But when it comes to digging in deep and quitting a full-time job and risking everything for your startup, Google can't help with those emotions.

My goal, my real true goal for this project is to help motivate, inspire, and impact entrepreneurs to take the next step pursuing their dreams. Join us on our journey as we dive not into how local business owners got their start, but more about what they went through as they got started.

Season One

Episode 6: Shelly Gaddis

By Joshua Sopko | April 3, 2018 |

Shelly Gaddis is a woman with fun colored hair, and also the owner of Elegant Mommy. Elegant Mommy is dedicated to providing valuable resources and natural products to moms and dads…

Episode 5: Kevin Tupy

By Joshua Sopko | March 27, 2018 |

Kevin Tupy is a Sioux Falls venture capitalist. He’s the founder of one of the nation’s largest Verizon retail stores, Z-Wireless (now named Victra). Kevin is also the man behind franchise…

Episode 4: Addie Graham-Kramer

By Joshua Sopko | March 20, 2018 |

Addie Graham-Kramer, owner and founder of The Event Company, is highlighted on this week’s podcast. Addie is our first woman entrepreneur! She’s got a great story about running a business and…

Episode 3: Paul TenHaken

By Joshua Sopko | March 13, 2018 |

Paul TenHaken, founder and former CEO of Click Rain, and now Sioux Falls mayoral candidate, shares his experience of quitting his marketing job at a major healthcare facility and starting his own…

Episode 2: Adam Huber

By Joshua Sopko | March 6, 2018 |

Adam Huber of Adam Huber’s Detailing walks us through his experience of entrepreneurship. Adam runs a successful car detailing shop in Sioux Falls. But as he shares, it’s not an easy venture.…

Episode 1: John Meyer

By Joshua Sopko | February 27, 2018 |

Our first podcast is LIVE! We are so excited to bring you John Meyer’s story of founding Lemonly, home of the world’s best infographics. John built an amazing team of 20…

Episode 0: The Intro

By Joshua Sopko | February 23, 2018 |

Welcome to what I’m calling episode zero of the Sioux Falls Startup Stories podcast. Get the introduction to the host and find out the mission behind this podcast.