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The Trep Talk

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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The ‘Must Do’

The Trep Talk
February 3, 2017 1:30 PM

What would you do to overcome your fear of public speaking? Joe Apfelbaum changed the language he used from ‘I can’t’ to ‘I must’ to be able to train over 10,000 companies on behalf of Google. Facing his lifelong fear led him to immense success in which he built a business that had a growth rate of 12,000% and a spot on INC. 500 within 4 years.

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The FORCE Behind Change Creator

The Trep Talk
January 27, 2017 4:30 PM

The force behind Change Creator is this week’s guest on The Trep Talk – Adam Force. Adam is a pioneer in the Social Entrepreneurial realm. Using the lessons learned as a founder of a music label right out of college and using the lessons learned when bootstrapping has helped Adam be a pioneer in the Social Entrepreneurial realm.  Don’t miss his insight into what he believes is most important for a business to be successful as well as be investible.

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Jeff Hoffman: Successful Entrepreneur and Living for More!

The Trep Talk
January 20, 2017 2:00 PM

This week Jeff Hoffman, co-founder of Priceline.com, uBid.com, CTI and ColorJar to name a few, is the guest on The Trep Talk. Jeff knows what it’s like to be a successful entrepreneur and what it takes for a company to be investable.

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Be Investable

The Trep Talk
December 23, 2016 1:00 AM

This week on The Trep Talk we’ve taken a side step and are excited to answer questions from our listening audience. The two key areas we get asked about most often are what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur and what does it take to get funded? We’re answering your questions and look at both of these critical areas. Get the real answers and great insight from years of experience working with entrepreneurs! You won’t want to miss this week’s show!

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Listen to the visionary conversation surrounding entrepreneurship as culture

The Trep Talk
December 15, 2016 3:30 PM

Catching the eye of IBM and having a company incubated by them, with no strings attached, demonstrated to James Felton Keith, founder of the Keith Institute, that predictive analytics was the next wave of technology. James is the guest this week on The Trep Talk. Listen to the visionary conversation surrounding entrepreneurship as culture and defining Personal Data as an asset class and the next wave of valuation.

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Valuation

The Trep Talk
December 9, 2016 1:30 PM

Valuation
By Michael S. Melfi JD, MBA

They often say how much something is worth is based on what someone is willing to pay for it - the ol’ supply and demand rules. However when dealing with inventions and emerging brands, it is important to develop a valuation that is based on industry standards, investor criteria and reliable financial data. A valuation is a financial number generated to various accounting and financial models to create a representative financial value of the idea, invention or business. The reason why this is so important is that any type of funding for lending will typically take into account this financial number. Plus, it is necessary that any inventor or business owner at least understand the value of their business. The tricky part is that many people often overvalue what they have worked on or the amount of sweat equity they have put into a business.

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Stephen Lehtonen shared the secret of Entrepreneurial success

The Trep Talk
December 8, 2016 7:30 PM

This week Stephen Lehtonen, the Engagement Partner for Growthink, is the guest on this week’s The Trep Talk. The secret to Entrepreneurial Success is revealed from someone who had been working with thousands of successful companies. He knows what will get funded, how to break into a market, the things an entrepreneur needs to know to grow and be successful – and he shares them with us!

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Find out what will help your company get funding from Grand Angels

The Trep Talk
November 30, 2016 9:00 AM

Funding advice from one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Michigan and included in Crain’s Top 25 Women in tech in 2015 and current President of Grand Angels is not something to scoff at!

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the most success you have is because you endured the most challenges

The Trep Talk
November 22, 2016 4:00 PM


Laura St. John, co- founder of StrongConfidentLiving.com, believes the most success you have is because you endured the most challenges. She would know; she turned a lost multimillion-dollar deal into a strategic pivot for her company and in the process learned a lesson that has proven useful throughout her many ventures.

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Shinola - Mission Possible!

The Trep Talk
November 16, 2016 5:00 PM


Jacques Panis, President of Shinola is this week's guest on 'the Trep Talk' – find out how this leader keeps his culture alive with the meteoric growth the company "Shinola" has experienced in Michigan as well as continuing the mission of creating great jobs here in the U.S.

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