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The Trep Talk , hosted by Michael S. Melfi, is a weekly conversation with successful entrepreneurs who embody the entrepreneurial spirit. If you are an entrepreneur at any stage and interested in learning from successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, this podcast is for you! We will talk with guests about the entrepreneurial mindset as well as behavioral lessons that will impact any business. Our show provides relevant information to entrepreneurs in easy to understand content. We look forward to you joining us!

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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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The Real Talk About Crowdfunding

The Trep Talk
November 14, 2016 2:00 PM

The Real Talk About Crowdfunding
By Michael S. Melfi JD, MBA

As many readers know, I have significant experience in the Crowdfunding industry, from authoring a book, to assisting portals with their launch, consulting emerging brands and even speaking to the Chinese Delegates on a recent visit to America. With all this experience, I wish there was a magic pill to a successful fundraise and despite the secrets my recent book alludes to, there definitely needs to be all the right pieces and players in place to run a well orchestrated campaign.

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Crowdfunding: Bringing Angel Investing to Main Street

The Trep Talk
November 11, 2016 4:00 PM


Ken Nguyen, co-founder and CEO of Republic, gives advice needed to be successful in equity – or for that matter any funding campaign. As a spin off of Angels List, Republic gets an assist with mission support and the psychological support of the entire team. But Republic, while a spin off, is entirely independent of Angels List.

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It’s All About Execution for your business

The Trep Talk
November 4, 2016 9:09 PM

The Trep Talk has three-time author, Martin Zwilling as the interview guest this week. Martin discusses what he saw in Bill Gates and why he was successful and why you can be too. Listen to his sage advice to leaders to ‘do the work,’ and what that work entails. Find out the qualities this successful entrepreneur and Angel looks for in any company and see if you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

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Safeguard Your Business!

The Trep Talk
October 28, 2016 1:30 PM

Working with small businesses and entrepreneurs as a mentor and former CEO roundtable facilitator, Scott Sutton, the Vice President of Corporate Development at Safeguard, offers great insight into the needs of business.

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Paying It Forward In Detroit 

The Trep Talk
October 21, 2016 3:30 PM

Detroit’s thriving entrepreneurial eco system has caught the eye of a global organization that focuses on high-impact entrepreneurs, and giving back to the entrepreneurial eco systems throughout the world. Detroit is only the second city Endeavor has entered in the United States to give unparalleled access to its entrepreneurs. They give access to mentors, and paint ‘mentors’ with a broad, global stroke; access to Capital – connecting to investors, access to unbiased advice and their own Endeavor Catalyst fund; and access to talent which includes programs for advancement and interns to help launch projects.

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Have A Plan

The Trep Talk
October 17, 2016 3:30 PM

As entrepreneurs, mentors and coaches come in many different forms and sometimes when you least expect it. In fact, many times you to do not realize the impact of that relationship until long after it may be gone or the moment has past., A college advisor and mentor of mine, Ed Loyer, once said, "Have a plan, and plans may change, but always have a plan."

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The Theory of Success

The Trep Talk
October 17, 2016 2:30 PM

You don’t get to be a presenter at TEDxFSU unless you have something relevant to say – and this week’s guest on The Trep Talk has something important to say to entrepreneurs. Jesse Henry is the founder of The Theory of Success. He shares his philosophy – one shared by many successful people – with our host Michael Melfi.  A definite ‘Don’t Miss’ interview!

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Borrowing on the Beauty of Tomorrow

The Trep Talk
October 7, 2016 11:00 AM

How do you turnaround debt of over a million dollars and end up a success ten times over? Joshua Denne borrowed on the beauty of the future to pay the price today - meaning he faced the challenges and held the vision of his dream. Pivoting and taking the risk paid off for Joshua, find out more on this week on The Trep Talk.

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Connections at a High Level

The Trep Talk
October 3, 2016 9:00 AM

Stu Heinecke is all about connections. He believes that there are people out there right now that can change the course of your business – if you can make that connection.

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