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The Good Life Small Business Podcast

The Good Life Small Business Podcast highlights small business owners in the great state of Nebraska. We talk to small business owners for all industries who want to share their story and encourage others.


Chad Sutton - Sandhills Sutton Speed & Supply
The Sandhills of Nebraska will always be home for me.  I grew up in Dunning, NE, only ten short miles down the road on Highway 2 from Halsey. Most people know Halsey because of the Nebraska National Forest just outside of town.  That's how Chad Sutton learned about it as well. But after one trip, and a chance grocery run, an idea came to mind that would later lead him and his family from Omaha to Halsey. It was great to sit down with Chad to hear about his story, talk about how his business has evolved, and more. If you want to find out more about Sandhills Sutton S&S, check them out on Facebook and Instagram. Also, if you haven't had a chance, check out the Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube pages for the GLSB podcast.  If you are a fan of the page, please like and subscribe to our social media.
29:51 09/16/2022
Martin Hobelman - Maverick Marketing
I had a great time sitting down with Martin Hobelman, owner of Maverick Marketing here in Kearney. We had a chance to sit down and talk about his unusual journey to becoming an entrepreneur, the importance of doing work for free when you are getting your foot in the door, and some great advice for anyone thinking about starting their own business. If you want to know more about Martin and Maverick Marketing, check out their website, on Facebook, or on Instagram. And for those who may not know, we have added new landing spots for the podast!!  Check out our fresh pages on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube!
23:48 08/26/2022
Scott Asmus - SourceLink Nebraska
For some small business owners, there is a feeling that they are on an island with no support get off the ground.   In Nebraska, that really couldn't be farther from the truth. I was excited to connect with Scott Asmus with SourceLink Nebraska to learn more about what they do, and the various ways they help small business owners across the state. If you would like to learn more about SourceLink Nebraska and the services they offer, please check out their website here, or find them on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and more!
25:50 05/27/2022
Katlynn Pyatt - Start Marketing Podcast
Personally, I really enjoy the challenge of marketing my own small business.  It is one of the aspects of my business that is always changing and keeps me guessing. This made my conversation with Katlynn Pyatt, host of the Start Marketing Podcast, an eye opening experience.  Katlynn is a self described "marketing nerd" who loves learning about the art of marketing small businesses. It was interesting to hear her perspective on marketing with social media, how she has grown and adapted her business, and the benefit of using a podcast to help grow your business. If you are a small business owner, or someone who is interested in marketing, I highly recommend you add her podcast, Start Marketing, to your rotation.
45:48 04/08/2022
Groom Services LLC
I had a really great conversation with the Daniel, Nelson, and Danielle, owners of Groom Services LLC in Omaha. This family operation got started in 2019, and opened officially to the public with their mobile shop in 2020.  Two days later, COVID forced them to close.   But they didn't use that as an excuse to give up on their dream. Today, Groom Services travels around Omaha and provides an amazing experience and a quality product.  They have a physical location in the works which should be ready this summer, and have starting working with other barbers and beauticians in Omaha to give them an opportunity to hone their skills. To find out more about Groom, check out their website here, or check them out on Facebook or Instagram.
57:23 04/01/2022
Curt Smith - Dream Glove Company
Curt Smith is a former professional baseball player and Lincoln Saltdog legend. With his career coming to a close, Curt had an idea for custom made baseball equipment that could be personalized for players across the country. We had a great conversation about how he came up with the name, his transititon from professional athlete to small business owner, and what he wants the future of Dream Glove to look like. If you want to find out more, check out Dream Glove on Facebook, Instagram, or visit there website here.
20:34 02/11/2022
Nicka Johnson - Budget To Success
I had a great time sitting down with Nicka Johnson, owner of Budget to Success in Omaha. Nicka has an amazing story.  She recognized at an early age what she didn't want to be, and took the steps in her life to set herself up for success.  After she graduated college, she started working as a mortgage broker and climbed her way to the top of the company. Eventually though, she realized that the corporate life wasn't what she thought it would be.  And in the middle of the pandemic, she fired her boss, and Budget to Success was born. If you want to know more, check out Budget To Success on Facebook, Instagram, or visit their website to get started!
42:19 02/04/2022
Richard Barajas - Kearney Combat Sports
I had a great time sitting down with Richard Barajas, owner of Kearney Combat Sports. We had a great conversation about his business, what he struggles with, and what he sees for the future of Kearney Combat Sports. Make sure to check them out on Facebook and Instagram, or learn more on their website.
29:47 01/29/2022
Sweetwater Hemp Company
I had a great time meeting Brett Mayo, co-owner of Sweetwater Hemp Company in Pleasanton. After a tour of their facility, I had a chance to sit down with Brett and learn how their business came to be, the challenges they have had to overcome in their first year and beyond, and what they would do differently if they had the chance start again. If you would like to know more about Sweetwater Hemp Company, check out their website here, or find them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.
33:00 01/07/2022
The Upper Room Brewery - (Almost) A Year Later
Last December, I had the opportunity to sit down with Michael, Amy, Dustin, and Lindsey, owners of The Upper Room Brewery. At the time, they were hoping to be up and running after the first of the year.  It turned out to be the end of January. There was a nervous anxiety that you could almost feel hanging in the air last year.  The burden of what needed to be done, and the unknown of what was to come. Fast forward 11 months to this interview, and the nervous anxiety has been replaced with laughter, appreciation, and calm. It hasn't all been easy, as they will admit, but I think they would all say that it has been worth it. Take a listen to see what the first (almost) year looks like for these four small business owners. The challenges, the "high highs and low lows", the their vision for what the future holds. For more information, you can check them out on Facebook or Instagram, or stop in to their spot in Kearney, located at 1540 W 56th St, Ste D.  
49:44 11/19/2021
Pat Slack - C21 Midlands
I had a great time sitting down with Pat Slack and talking about his journey as a small business owner. Pat is the owner of C21 Midlands, which is the local Century 21 Real Estate Brokerage here in Kearney. We talked about how a two week class to learn the business of being an auctioneer lead to him getting his real estate license, how he works to motivate and educate his agents, and the struggles he has faced during his first three and a half years as a business owner. If you want to know more about Pat and the team at C21 Midlands, you can visit their website, check them out on Facebook, or stop by their office located at 3715 29th Ave in Kearney.
47:17 11/14/2021
Betty Ann Sayers - Buzz Savories LLC
Retirement for many is a time to enjoy the things they didn't have time for while they were working. For Betty Ann Sayers, it was the perfect time for her to start a business. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Betty Ann, owner of Buzz Savories out of Holdrege, to learn more about her business, her love of honey bees, and the joy she gets from growing her business. To learn more about her, and to find out more about her honey centered products, check out her website at, or find her on Facebook and Instagram.  
39:27 10/29/2021
Lost Way Brewery
I had a great time sitting down with Jessica Kraus and Kim Hines, co-owners along with their husbands, Mark and Jason, of Lost Way Brewery in Holdrege. It was great to hear the story of how these Michigan and New Mexico transplants, ended up in small town Nebraska.  Even better is how their drive, ambition, and reliance on each other have made this brewery a gem in the Holdrege community. Sit back and listen to their story, the advice they have for other small business owners, and how they have used this business to grow closer as a family. If you would like to know more about Lost Way Brewery, you can check out their website, or find them on Facebook or Instagram.
59:33 10/01/2021
RaChell Merklin - Small Cakes
RaChell Merklin never planned on being a small business owner.  She had a career in real estate and was very happy. When she became a small business owner, she never planned on being involved in the day to day operations of Small Cakes.   Baking and decorating thanks.  She said she would "never" do that. Seven years later..."Never say never," RaChell says with a smile. RaChell and I had a great conversation about how she has come to love the business, the challenges of owning two stores three hours apart, and, if she could, what advice she would give herself before she started. You can find out more about Small Cakes by visiting their website, or by checking them out on Facebook and Instagram.
36:55 09/24/2021
First Street Brewing & Ensign Beverage Company
Kombucha... Never heard of it?  Well, me neither...until I sat down with Nathan and Jessi Hoeft, owners of First Street Brewing and Ensign Beverage Company. It was a great time to sit down with Nathan and Jessi to hear more about their small business story, how they pulled through the pandemic with the help of the Hastings community, and of course, more about this tasty beverage known as Kombucha. If you happen to find yourself in Hastings, be sure to stop in the taproom.  You find out more about them on Facebook and Instagram, or check them out at their websites for First Street Brewing and Ensign Beverage Company.
30:09 09/17/2021
True North Technologies
Renee Sobotka started True North Technologies as more of a side hustle to her real passion at the time...real estate. But as most small business owners can attest to, things don't always go as planned. I enjoyed sitting down with Renee and getting to know more about her and True North.  We talked about what it was like for her to leave her full time job to pursue her passion, how she has had to learn and grow to build a culture she is proud of, and what advice she would give to someone who is looking to start their own business. You can find out more about Renee and her team at True North Technologies by visiting their website, or by checking them out on Instagram and Facebook.
45:23 09/10/2021
Heartland 3D
In the middle of the pandemic last year, Justin Vrooman & Derrick Kleeb started Heartland 3D. I really enjoyed my time getting to know them both, as well as getting an education on 3D printing, which is something I have an interest in, but don't know much about. Besides a better knowledge of how 3D printing works, I gained a respect for Justin & Derek and how they started Heartland 3D.  Two guys who already have a ton going on, they decided that now was the time to help bring 3D printing to the mainstream consumer here in Nebraska.  They didn't hesitate about the "right time", they just made it happen, which is a valuable lesson for someone that has a plan, but needs to take action. To find out more about Heartland 3D, you can check them out on Facebook, or check out the products they office at their website,
39:01 07/30/2021
Dr. Mike Gilbreath - Premier Eye Care
I've known Dr. Mike Gilbreath, owner of Premier Eye Care in Kearney, almost since the day he opened his practice.  Our paths as business owners are parallel in a lot of ways.  We usually end up talking about business when we see each other, and I am excited to bring his story to the podcast. In this episode, Mike and I talked about what led him to want to become an Optometrist, the uncertainty that came last year when the pandemic shut down his business, and what he would change if he could do it over again. If you would like to find out more about Dr. Gilbreath and Premier Eye Care, check you their website or visit them on Facebook.
28:31 07/16/2021
Rooted Plant Co.
What started out as a home based, "garage sale" style greenery, has literally grown into one of Kearney's newest businesses. 🪴  I had a great talk with Abbie and Diego Castaneda, owners of Rooted Plant Co. We discussed the advantages of owning a business with your spouse, how their business has evolved over the last couple years, and some of the struggles that they are trying to improve as they grow. If you want to know more about Rooted Plant Co., you can check out their website,, or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.
34:02 07/11/2021
Matt Decker - Studio 51/50
Recently, some members of my family had booked appointments at Studio 51/50.  I had heard of the business, but didn't know much about it. After the rave reviews from my family when they got back, I figured I had to learn a little more about Matt Decker and Studio 51/50. I was learning about Matt and his business for the first time when we sat down for this podcast.  This is the first time we had met in person, besides the Instagram messages back and forth to set up a time to meet. There is a ton of great information here.  Whether you own a new start up or an established business, everyone can take something away from this interview. You can find out more about Studio 51/50 buy checking out their website, Facebook, or Instagram.
46:59 06/12/2021
Grant Stahla - Stahla Services
I really enjoyed talking with Grant Stahla, owner of Stahla Services, for this podast episode.   Grant grew up in a home where being a entrepreneuer was the norm.  Throughout college, he was thinking and dreaming of ideas that he could turn into a business. After a trip to the east coast to visit family, he came back with an idea. Grant walked me through how he got his business off the ground, how he used the proceeds from a business contest to grow, and what his role looks like now as he tries to carry his vision forward. You can learn more about Stahla Services by visting their website,or check them out on Facebook.
39:04 05/07/2021
GROW Nebraska - Janell Anderson Ehrke & Tiffany Stoiber
I had heard of GROW Nebraska before.  And I had seen their retail store in the past, whether it was at the Hilltop Mall in Kearney, or at their current location near the interstate. But when I sat down with Janell and Tiffany, I learned that GROW Nebraska is SO much more than just a retail store. GROW Nebraska is a resource for small businesses' in the state like no other.  And one that many may not know enough about. But hopefully we can change that. To find out more, check out their website at, or you find them on social media. Show Notes: Born To Build by Jim Clifton Current Retail Store Location: 421 W Talmadge Street, STE #1, Kearney, NE  
57:38 04/30/2021
Natalie and Nathan Gile - Gile Family Dentistry
I really enjoyed sitting down with Dr. Natalie Gile and her husband, Nathan, owners of Gile Family Dentistry. While they are one of the newest dentist offices here in Kearney, they have teamed up with an experienced dentist to help them along the way. They really do have a great story!   From how they first got in touch with Dr. Jay Sawyer, how they each handle their different roles within the office, and the emotions that came when the pandemic shut down the office. If you want to find out more about Gile Family Dentistry, check out their website, or find them on Facebook and Instagram.
64:09 04/02/2021
Shad Getz - Radon Pros
In this episode of the Good Life Small Business Podcast, I took time to sit down with Shad Getz, owner of Radon Pros. Shad is a serial entrepreneur.   When I first met him, he had recently started a business known as Property Pros.   But a chance meeting with the owners of a radon mitigation company changed the direction of his business. Most small business owners have a vision for what they think the future will look like when they start out on their own.   For some of us, an opportunity arrises out of the blue.   An opportunity to change course and make a new path. Shad's story is a testament to what can happen when you are open to those opportunities and what they can provide. If you want to know more about Shad and Radon Pros, you can find them on Facebook, as well their website,
55:15 03/13/2021
Seth Maschmeier - Gambinos Pizza
Seth Maschmeier and his wife Karah, owners of Gambinos Pizza in Kearney, have a great story when it comes to the roller coaster ride of being a small business owner. With opening getting pushed back a month to early 2020, three weeks after the birth of their youngest child, to the "honeymoon phase" that comes with a new restaurant in town, and then the COVID-19 pandemic, which changed the game for everyone. The Maschmeiers have experienced their fair share of ups and downs with their restaurant.   I enjoyed sitting down with Seth to talk more about their journey, what they have learned along the way, and what he thinks is the hardest part about being a small business owner. To learn more about Gambino's check out their Facebook Page, or take a tour of their website.
44:25 02/26/2021
Jesse Jacobs - The Brickwalk Gallery
I had a great time sitting down and catching up with Jesse Jacobs, owner of one of the newest small businesses here in Kearney, The Brickwalk Gallery. The thing I got out of this conversation is that the thing Jesse values time.  We talk about why he started his business, (while working 80 hours a week), how he realized that putting in those kind of hours doesn't give you much time for anything else, and what he did to make a change. We also talk about some the amazing things he is planning to do for the art community in Kearney with The Brickwalk Gallery. If you would like to know more about J Spot Services, you can visit their website by clicking the link here. To learn more about The Brickwalk Gallery, the artists that are represented, and membership opportunities, check out their website at
40:37 02/19/2021
Erika Moore - Moore Organized
Erika Moore started her own, unique, small business when she turned 50.   I have had the pleasure to know Erika for the last couple years, and have been able to watch her small business grow and change.   Moore Organized is a company that is designed to give you "More Time For The Things You Love".  By helping other get organized, in both their personal and professional lives, Erika has found an energy that gives her the motivation to make her business succeed. Whether it is getting your storage area cleaned up, your kitchen organized, or even helping those who have made the decision to downsize what they currently have, Moore Organized has you covered. If you would like to know more about Erika and Moore Organized, check out her Facebook Page!
41:33 01/29/2021
David Lano - Control Yours
I had a really great conversation with David Lano, owner of Control Yours, for this episode of the podcast. Besides getting a little into the weeds when it come to social media and digital marketing, we talk about how Control Yours got started in website design. There are a ton of great lessons that small business owners can take from this conversation.  We get into perseverance, lessons learned along the way, and just how vital social media can be for a small business. If you want to get to know kore about Control Yours and see some of their work, check out, or find them on social media.
39:55 01/22/2021
Erika Godfrey - Hawthorne Jewelry
It was great to sit down with Erika Godfrey, third generation owner of Hawthorne Jewelry. In this episode, we talk about what it is like to take over a family business, and all of the things that Erika had to learn along the way.   While she had WAY different plans when she graduated high school, a phone call from her dad one day made her realize that she needed to keep the family business in the family. If you would like to learn more about Hawthorne Jewelry, you can check out their website by clicking here, check them out on Facebook or Instagram, or simply give them a call at 308-234-3773.
39:29 01/08/2021
The Upper Room Brewery
This episode of the Good Life Small Business podcast features a business that is still a few weeks away from opening! The Upper Room Brewery is a collaboration between Dustin and Lindsey Favinger, and Michael and Amy Frietag, that is almost ready for the rest of the world. I had a great time talking with this crew, and it brought back all the emotions that come with starting a small business.  Believe it or not, those never go away! Take a listen to learn more about how Michael and Dustin imagine this brewery can be different, what advice they would go back and tell themselves a year ago, and the weight of living up to expectations. If you want know more about The Upper Room, and keep up with their progress, visit them on their Facebook page.  
49:17 12/18/2020