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The Trep Talk , hosted by Michael S. Melfi, is about those who educate, collaborate and inspire the entrepreneurial spirit. If you are an Entrepreneurs at any stages and interested in learning from successful Entrepreneurs and business leaders, this is for you. We will talk with our entrepreneurs about the mindset and behavior lessons that will translate to any business, at any stage. Our show provides relevant information to entrepreneurs in the way they like it - in easy to digest, bite size pieces of content. We look forward to you joining us on the show..

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Are You Coachable?

The Trep Talk
June 7, 2017 3:00 PM

The type of entrepreneur who is destined for failure is the know-it-all. We’ve seen them, we’ve listened to them, and maybe at one point or another, we’ve even been them. It’s the entrepreneur who thinks they know best, is not open to criticism, even if it is constructive. This know-it-all entrepreneur does not listen to anyone’s viewpoint that may disagree with theirs - no matter the source - an experienced entrepreneur, a mentor, potential customer, and most importantly, an investor.

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Living Legend Sharon Lechter

The Trep Talk
May 11, 2017 9:00 AM

If we mention the book series Rich Dad, Poor Dad, most of our readers are familiar with it and it’s co-author Sharon Lechter. If we mention the book by Napoleon Hill entitled Outwitting the Devil, most may know Sharon annotated the 1937 manuscript for today’s business world. Think and Grow Rich is also another famous book that Sharon has reworked for today’s businesswomen, Think and Grow Rich for Women.

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Growing Pains with Startups

The Trep Talk
May 9, 2017 11:00 AM

Taking on new business he wasn’t sure he could handle is just one of the most challenging things Gabe Karp dealt with at ePrize. Transitioning from an established private law practice to the world of startups was a huge shift and risk for Gabe, one that taught him innumerable lessons. Joining the startup with a 20-person team and leaving when it was close to 500 people, Gabe lived through the rapid growth, the challenge of maintaining a culture of accountability, as well as learning more about the Merger & Acquisition side of business.

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Get in the Smart Zone Technology Network

The Trep Talk
May 9, 2017 10:00 AM

Skip Simms, Senior Vice President of SPARK and Managing Member of Michigan Angel Fund is in a unique position to give advice for companies looking for resources to get an idea off the ground, to get funding for an established business. Obviously, in his roles he deals daily with the State of Michigan’s Smart Zone Network and the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – of which Michigan is one of the premier programs. He also deals daily with technology entrepreneurs. He knows what is needed to capture the attention, and the money, of investors.

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Beyond The Classroom

The Trep Talk
April 26, 2017 10:00 AM

Why would an experienced entrepreneur, business executive and Forbes contributor decide to join academia? Perhaps to create an environment beyond the classroom learning experience.

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What Book To Read?

The Trep Talk
March 21, 2017 4:00 PM

This week The Trep Talk is a little different – our host, Michael Melfi lists his top 50 reads, and why they are important to entrepreneurs and professionals. Faced with shelf after shelf of business books, an entrepreneur may want a recommendation before spending valuable time perusing the pages of a book. The books Michael lists were ones that carried him forward and offer valuable insight and advice. Grab one from each list and read them at the same time to get your brain firing and thinking.

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Remote Control for startups

The Trep Talk
March 17, 2017 1:30 PM

Working remotely is a dream for many people – even employers. Well, now a startup up, Remote Year, is making that dream come true! They put together 75 professionals who all travel together to 12 cities – one per month – while still keeping their jobs – and still working. The concept is one whose time has come. As Jesse Gross, the company’s Head of Partnerships, asks in this week’s The Trep Talk, ‘why should anyone have to choose between work and travel?’ With Remote Year, they can finally have both. 

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Dog Trainer to #1 Best Selling Amazon Author

The Trep Talk
March 6, 2017 2:00 PM

Gila Kurtz turned her passion as a professional dog trainer, into an award winning, seven-figure lifestyle brand for dog lovers as well as becoming a #1 best selling Amazon author. But her definition for success doesn’t really include revenue. Find out how she shifted her definition for success and the lessons she would tell her ‘just starting out’ self that could save other entrepreneurs time and energy this week on The Trep Talk.

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If You Build It They Will Come

The Trep Talk
February 27, 2017 3:00 PM

The first time Shayna Oliveria made money online she presold a course that didn’t exist! Eighteen people signed up for it and that set up a model that she has used in her business over and over again. Today she’s built up her site www.espressoenglish.net to 600,000 plus visits/month through content marketing and sells 13 online course and numerous eBooks focused on English as a Second Language. She built a relationship with her audience so they know, like and trust her enough to buy her products.

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Being FARsighted

The Trep Talk
February 17, 2017 4:30 PM

Starting a conversation with a potential employee by saying, ‘this is why I’m going to fire you,’ may seem harsh, but is also very clear on the expectations for the position and makes for a very memorable interview. It can also be used to tell someone the positive steps needed to reach the next level within your company, ‘to reach vice president, you will need to…’ Again clearly outlining what the expectations are to reach the goal.

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