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Finding Sacramento Podcast

A podcast about Sacramento entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and chefs and how they found their ‘roots’ in the City of Trees.
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Dec 11, 2017

Nathan sits down with Mona Bahraini of The Prickly Pear for the 54th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about growing up as a first generation American in Phoenix, her journey to becoming a dental hygienist, why she is opening a succulent and cacti nursery with purpose in Sacramento, her short journey into the boudoir photography business, why trying things you want to do gives you a sense of purpose and a sense of community, how to grow as a person, and more importantly how to grow your local cacti or succulent plants from Prickly Pear Nursery.

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Dec 4, 2017

Nathan sits down with Viliami Tuivai of Coach V LLC and President of the Invictus Youth Foundation for the 53rd episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about what it means to be an American from the Island of Tonga, what the American dream really is and how to take advantage of it, what entrepreneurship lessons he learned from his father growing up, how leading and coaching youth individuals has changed from generation to generation, Coach V’s time as a football coach under Dan Hawkins and Chris Peterson at Boise State, how he found himself in the field of motivational speaking, what separates good speakers from great speakers and why great speakers find a way to connect to both the situation and the individual, how a speaker goes from motivation to behavior change for their particular audience, why marketing is breathing for an entrepreneur, and how to find your story.

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Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Nov 27, 2017

Nathan sits down with Ben Schwartz of Empire's Comics Vault, Empire’s Comics Vault Press, and Bootleg Publishing for the 52nd episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about growing up in the East Bay, the downfall and resurgence of the comic book industry, why Sacramento has a strong independent comic book scene, why telling a story through your business is important to attract consumers, how Ben thought about making Empire’s Comics Vault stand out from the other independent comic book shops in the beginning, why Ben would advise no one to start a business the way he started a business, why he insists it’s still ok to pursue things for passion even if it doesn’t make you money in the end, why respecting your customers is the most important thing you can do for your business, and why Sacramento 20 years from now will be known for its’ art community.

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Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Nov 19, 2017

Nathan sits down with Megan White of UnSipped for the 51st episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about Megan’s time as the event coordinator at the Sacramento Business Journal, why people aspire to be part of the Sacramento Business Journal 40 Under 40 and what it takes to make the list, why she ultimately left to take a position at CALPERS, what people in media relations actually do for their employers and what it takes to be good at it, why Megan started the blog UnSipped and what lead to the blog’s success, why there isn’t a lot of women voices in the sobriety community, how the psychology of addiction prevents you from stopping a behavior you know isn’t good for you, why Megan turned to running and competing in marathons and triathlons as a way to deal with her emotions, why it is still ok despite living in a make your own career society to make and pursue things just for fun, and we talk about a list of things Nathan Miller is too embarrassed to participate in.

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Sep 25, 2017

Nathan sits down with Eli Mazahreh of Maza Hummus for the 50th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about growing up in Jordan, what business lessons he learned from his entrepreneur mom, why he bought into the American dream and why he believes it is still possible for many Americans, how his vision of being an entrepreneur changed after receiving his MBA, what he learned from the failure of his first business, why he left his job where he managed an 8 million sales quota annually to pivot to be an entrepreneur, how Maza Hummus was started, how to sell your craft products to grocery stores, and why Maza Hummus is different from the other hummus products out there.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Sep 18, 2017

Nathan sits down with Cayla Jordan of Cayla Jordan TV and Creamy's by Cayla Jordan for the 49th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about Cayla's days of being an underground caramel corn runner in high school, how she hustled her caramel corn into grocery stores across California and why the business eventually ran into problems when trying to scale, why she ultimately pivoted to her specialty cheesecake business, the ins and outs of the production process for her YouTube channel, how her cookbook and YouTube channel is a form of marketing for her pop-ups Creamy’s by Cayla Jordan, and what she hopes Creamy’s by Cayla Jordan will ultimately look like in the future.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Sep 11, 2017

Nathan sits down with Chef Christopher Barnum-Dann of Localis for the 48th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about how Chris's construction business helped him as a restaurant owner and why he eventually gave up being an electrician, his days touring as a death metal musician and what his favorite food town was on tour, why he ultimately fell in love with fine dining, why he believes he can earn a Michelin Star at Localis within the next five years and what has to happen for Michelin to visit Sacramento, how his life changed after going from executive chef of Localis to executive chef and owner of Localis, how he thinks about his staff’s health and their happiness, and how Sacramento food’s scene can and should evolve.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Sep 4, 2017

Nathan sits down with photographer, filmmaker, bartender, and creator of the Sac Beer ShowJordan Steffen for the 47th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about growing up in Port Washington, Wisconsin, Jordan’s time as an architecture photographer, why Sac Beer Show was started and where Jordan hopes it eventually goes, what our favorite breweries are in Sacramento, why a lot of low quality craft beer finds its way to the market and how that problem will be eventually solved, what it means to be a creative in Sacramento, whether or not its ridiculous to take Tim Ferriss’s 4 Hour Chef advice to smell your dinner plates in public to refine your palate, and why his biggest fear is not following through on things he wants to try.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Aug 27, 2017

Nathan sits down with Slow Food Sacramento Outreach Coordinator Kelsey Maher for the 46th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about growing up in Salisbury, NC, how her time in Russia helps her understand what is going on politically now, how she found what she wanted to do with her life by spending time in Ukraine, Georgia, and Russia, why she fell in love with Sacramento, how she handles being a foodie and balancing an interest in body building competitions at the same time, what Slow Food Sacramento’s mission is and how the organization actively promotes that mission, why a local restaurant has an incentive to be awarded Slow Food Sacramento’s Snail of Approval, and why local food is for everyone.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Aug 21, 2017

Nathan sits down with local chef, graphic designer, and musician Chase Daley for the 45th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. Check out Chase's new band This Great State! They chat about how he fell in love with restaurant work as a dishwasher, whether Midwest food will take off in Sacramento, why he fell in love with cooking Italian food and what Italian food really is, Chase’s journey through Sacramento kitchens, his future plans to open a wine and charcuterie bar in Sacramento, why wine bars are still a marketable business in 2017, the birth of Chase’s country music career and where he hopes it will go next, how do you as a creative limit yourself to focus on just one interest as a career, and why now may be the perfect time for musicians who live in Sacramento.

Finding Sacramento is a podcast about Sacramento entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and chefs and how they found their ‘roots’ in the City of Trees.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Aug 14, 2017

Nathan sits down with Chinua Rhodes of Sofar Sounds Sacramento, District 8 Sacramento Commissioner, and co-owner of Creating Rhodes, a real estate flipping business, for the 44th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why Chinua has pride being from South Sacramento, why South Sacramento has a reputation and how it can be changed, why a closing of an Oak Park barbershop taught Chinua and his brother that whatever they do in business they must own it outright, the state of gang activity in Sacramento and what prevention efforts look like, how he found himself in a career in flipping houses, the lowdown on Sofar Sounds Sacramento, a global underground music show, and why he decided to start a chapter of Sofar in Sacramento, and why the answer to gentrification starts at your local commissioner meeting.

Finding Sacramento is a podcast about Sacramento entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and chefs and how they found their ‘roots’ in the City of Trees.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Aug 7, 2017

Nathan sits down with Cole Cuchna of the Dissect podcast and creative director of marketing for Temple Coffee Roasters for the 43rd episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about what life on the road as a musician is like, why he chose to go to college to pursue knowledge of classical music despite already being a successful musician, why it was important for him to express that hip hop can be a form of “higher art,” the birth of the Dissect podcast, why Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly was the ideal album to be analyzed for season 1 of Dissect and why Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was chosen for season 2, why empathy is so important to practice even for people we don’t like, the direction of Temple Coffee Roasters, what he learned from Sean Kohmescher founder of Temple Coffee and local music entrepreneur Eric Rushing (Ace of Spades, Live Nation, etc.), and what is the long term goal for Dissect.

Finding Sacramento is a podcast about Sacramento entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and chefs and how they found their ‘roots’ in the City of Trees.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Jul 31, 2017

Nathan sits down with comic book creator and English professor Dan Bethel for the 42nd episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why obsession is natural, how a short stint in the video game industry stifled his artistic passion for drawing and how he found it again, why he loves teaching others the process of writing, how Dan shows up in his own comics, the birth of the Long John comic and what Dan hopes the payoff will be when Long John is finished, the state of the comic book industry in Sacramento, and why he hopes that either through his comics or his teaching that he has ultimately given back to the world.

Finding Sacramento is a podcast about Sacramento entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and chefs and how they found their ‘roots’ in the City of Trees.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Jul 24, 2017

Nathan sits down with Aaron Zaragoza and Mohammad Mehrpour of The Proud Show for the 41st episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why limitations can ultimately be turned into strengths, how breaking down Tim Burton’s Batman films in a high school film class lead to these two individuals’ YouTube careers, what the self talk looks like before moving to LA with the hopes of a career in film, the birth of The Proud Show, what they hope The Proud Show ultimately looks like, and what is next for Sacramento’s creative economy.

Finding Sacramento is a podcast about Sacramento entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and chefs and how they found their ‘roots’ in the City of Trees.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Jul 17, 2017

Nathan sits down with Ray D. Newman of Newman's Cali Fadez for the 40th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why you have to give back to the world, how the National Youth Sports Program played such a pivotal role in his life, what lessons he learned from coaching football that he applies in his barbershop, what skills are necessary to become a barber and an owner of a barber shop, how throwing a hair show (The Broadway Classic) helped build an audience for the shop he eventually opened, what is next for Newman’s Cali Fadez, and why he loves the city of Sacramento.

Watch the YouTube episode here.

Finding Sacramento is a podcast about Sacramento entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and chefs and how they found their ‘roots’ in the City of Trees.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Jul 10, 2017

Nathan sits down with Chris Meyer and Dean Sioukas of Magilla Loans for the 39th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why being a tech company in Sacramento is an advantage, how a land developer and funeral home director found themselves in the banking and tech start up industry, how Magilla created the most consumer friendly loan search engine while protecting consumers’ personal information, how you prevent a larger player in the market from co-opting your idea, why being vulnerable and honest about your business is the best form of marketing, why shopping local is key to Sacramento’s growth, why failure is a good thing, and why you should be proud, especially now, of being from Sacramento.

Finding Sacramento is a podcast about Sacramento entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and chefs and how they found their ‘roots’ in the City of Trees. Check out new episodes now!

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Jul 3, 2017

Nathan sits down with Stephanie Altholz of B Street Theatre for the 38th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about what she learned from working at Blue Hill at Stone Barns (the number one restaurant in the country), why the stage is her place of peace, why training can hone you skill set but overall acting is a question of you either can do it or you can’t, why Sacramento could be “Theater USA,” what she learned about story development after co-writing a play for B Street, why once you do something weird on stage you feel compelled to outdo the weird of the previous production, and why you should see B Street Theatre’s current production Hand to God.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Jun 26, 2017

Nathan sits down with Ramon Perez and Nicole Perez of Puur Chocolat for the 37th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why valuing the slow pace and technique of the French kitchen still should be valued in the culinary world, what drives cooks at Michelin Star restaurants to work insane hours and live up to out of the world expectations with very little financial return, what Ramon learned from building restaurant empires after working for David Myers Group, the birth of Puur Chocolat and how the business has evolved, why you can expect a soft serve ice cream concept from Nicole and Ramon soon, what it will take for someone from Sacramento to win a James Beard Award, and why demand hasn’t exactly caught up with Sacramento’s growing food scene.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Jun 18, 2017

Nathan sits down with Dawnie Andrak and Tim Bailey of Local Roots Food Tours for the 36th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about how tandem bike riding inspired a business idea, the biggest lessons learned after shooting a pilot for a food centric television show, why it is still possible to make a living as a farmer in California in the year 2017, why a successful farmer will have both farming and marketing skills, why they decided to buy the Local Roots Food Tours and how they have and plan on transforming it, why starting a business is all about knowing your market and capitalizing on the things you know how to do well, and why farm to fork should just be one piece of Sacramento’s identity.

Finding Sacramento is a podcast about Sacramento entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and chefs and how they found their ‘roots’ in the City of Trees.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Jun 12, 2017

Nathan sits down with local musician Vince Vicari for the 35th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about why Vince always knew he was destined to perform in front of others, why you should believe in yourself and keep going despite others not necessarily seeing your particular path to success, the story behind Vince’s ‘singing waiter’ career and the strangest singing gig he has taken, why keeping your day job and pursuing your dream job at the same time is the new way for artists, why Sacramento’s support of artists has really shifted in a positive direction in the last four years, the path to success for pop acts in 2017, and why Sacramento is a perfect city for entrepreneurs.

Finding Sacramento is a podcast about Sacramento entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and chefs and how they found their ‘roots’ in the City of Trees.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

Jun 5, 2017

Nathan sits down with Kevin Hughey of Hughey Law Group for the 34th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about what digging graves as a teenager taught him about death, what transitioning to the real world was like after being raised by a dad that often ignored the world’s rules, Kevin’s journey from restaurant work to figuring out what type of attorney he ultimately wanted to be, why entrepreneurship for aspiring attorneys is becoming more and more attractive versus actually working at a firm, how you can market your individual firm, why you should care about police shootings no matter who you are and why the public should have some oversight over its local police department, and why Sacramento’s strongest asset is its' accessibility to talent.

Finding Sacramento is a podcast about Sacramento entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and chefs and how they found their ‘roots’ in the City of Trees.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

May 29, 2017

Nathan sits down with Jim Boyce of Produce Express for the 33rd episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about how Produce Express went from one truck in the beginning to the 1800 clients they serve today, why saying yes to everything can be ultimately good for your business up to a point, when the farm to fork trend started in Sacramento and the state of it today, how Produce Express is different from their competitors such as US Food Service and Sysco, how small farms get their product in the hands of Produce Express’s customers and the state of small farms in Northern California, why the farmers market is still the primary source of innovation and inspiration in the kitchen and the produce market, and why local businesses will work harder and persist more than corporations.

Watch the full episode here

Finding Sacramento is a podcast about Sacramento entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and chefs and how they found their ‘roots’ in the City of Trees.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

May 22, 2017

Nathan sits down with Christian Ampania of Simple Gains and The Academy Training & Performance Center for the 32nd episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about how Christian first caught the fitness bug, why the personal trainer industry is not regulated despite high liability, why most personal trainers are independent contractors versus employees of the gyms they work at, how Christian’s approach to training is a little bit different compared to the prototypical bro approach, why all diets work as long as you stick to principles of weight loss such as energy balance, why sharing your “truth” to others can be really valuable, and what may be next for Sacramento.

Finding Sacramento is a podcast about Sacramento entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and chefs and how they found their ‘roots’ in the City of Trees.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

May 15, 2017

Nathan sits down with Vincent Sterne of Two Rivers Cider Co. for the 31st episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about what the state of the craft cider industry looks like in the year 2017 and where it is going, why apple orchards are disappearing despite a large recent demand from the growth of craft cider industry, why Vincent’s mom was so instrumental in his success, why the Grateful Dead inspired so many fans to become entrepreneurs, how Two Rivers survived for the first 10 years of business before there was a big demand in cider, and what the future of Two Rivers Cider will look like.

Finding Sacramento is a podcast about Sacramento entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and chefs and how they found their ‘roots’ in the City of Trees.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

May 8, 2017

Nathan sits down with Jenny Levitsky of Ultimate Designs for the 30th episode of the Finding Sacramento podcast. They chat about what she learned about creativity from working with George Lucas's company Industrial Light and Magic, what advice she would give to folks considering a pivot in their career path, what she learned from working with rock concert promoter Bill Graham and his company Bill Graham Presents, how she transitioned from a career in TV and film set design to remodeling kitchens and designing houses, why as a restaurant owner you should invest in unique and out of the box design versus the standard reclaimed wood, concrete floor & brick look you see today, and why should you always pursue what you love to do.

Finding Sacramento is a podcast about Sacramento entrepreneurs, musicians, artists, and chefs and how they found their ‘roots’ in the City of Trees.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes here to get new episodes of the show each week!

Oh and if you are feeling super nice like the Finding Sacramento Facebook Page here or follow the show on Instagram here or Twitter here.

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