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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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Sharing the Smart Business Hustle

The Trep Talk
September 27, 2016 11:40 AM

Starting a magazine today for entrepreneurs and small businesses means it has to be cutting edge, have the kind of articles and information that entrepreneurs need and crave. Including hard-earned lessons that are taught along the way will make it one of the leading resources for entrepreneurs – one started by someone with a vision. That someone is Raymon Ray - remember that name. Sharing the challenges, celebrating the successes and chronicling the hustle of today's small business entrepreneurs was his goal – and he’s reached it.

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Energizing Their Way to Entrepreneurship

The Trep Talk
September 20, 2016 11:30 AM

How do you integrate new thought into an industry that hasn’t changed the way it’s done business for …decades? That’s the wall Jeff Linton and Ted Mills hit when they revolutionized the Vitamin industry with their company, Tespo. Because the vitamin and pill industry has been doing things pretty much the same way for the past 80 years, when Fuller and Mills introduced their idea, it brought on a lot of closed doors. But with health and wellness as incorporated as a regular part of people’s lives, interest in good ingredients and a premium product is growing.

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A Palatable Way To Digest a Patent

The Trep Talk
September 2, 2016 5:00 PM

If you are an inventor, an entrepreneur or small business with a tight budget for your legal services, this show is full of great information and resources you can use – today! The United State Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been open for 227 years and has been open within the nations capital or within eye sight of the nations capital, but 5 years ago they opened an office in Detroit right on the Riverwalk. Lawyers are expensive, especially if you're a startup, but educating yourself by utilizing the resources that the USPTO offers can save you some money. The Detroit USPTO office can help with everything on a more personalized scale, with the exception of actually filing a patent.

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Using Life Insurance to Help Your Business

The Trep Talk
August 29, 2016 12:00 PM

This week’s podcast is a little different, but that’s what being an entrepreneur is all about, so we’re running with it. Michael Melfi sat down with Aaron Hodari from Schechter Wealth to talk about about his entrepreneurial endeavors, but also to talk about life insurance and how you can use it not only in death. 

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TechStars: Lyden Foust of Spatial, Numaan Akram of Rally

The Trep Talk
August 28, 2016 12:00 PM

Michael had the great opportunity recently to visit TechStars facility in Detroit and spoke innovators Lyden Foust founder of Spatial and Numaan Akram founder of Rally.

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TechStars - Sameer Saproo of Braiq

The Trep Talk
August 27, 2016 11:00 AM

Michael had the great opportunity recently to visit TechStars facility in Detroit and spoke innovator Sameer Saproo of Braiq.

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TechStars: Jake Moskowitz of Voyhoy, Greta Cutulenco of Acerta

The Trep Talk
August 26, 2016 1:00 PM

Michael had the great opportunity recently to visit TechStars facility in Detroit and spoke innovators Jake Moskowitz of Voyhoy and Greta Cutulenco of Acerta.

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TechStars - Matt Levin of Donut Media, Cory James Hohs of HAAS Alert

The Trep Talk
August 25, 2016 9:00 AM

Michael had the great opportunity recently to visit TechStars facility in downtown Detroit. While there, he spoke with several innovative individuals from the next generation of mobility.  In this segment hear from Matt Levin and Cory James Hohs.

The automotive lifestyle is something to get excited about, and that’s why Matt Levin, Co-Founder and CEO of Donut Media, started his company. Levin has not only created success with the automotive videos he puts out, but also by surrounding himself with great coworkers and clients. Not everything is always smooth sailing (or should we say driving), Levin says that challenges are part of the job but he is always thinking creatively and out-of-the-box to overcome them. 

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Automated Cars, Internet Of Things, Pokemon Go And Bug Bounties

The Trep Talk
August 24, 2016 4:00 PM

We are moving fast and furiously to the life portrayed in the Jetson’s. What does this mean for the entrepreneurial community? Let’s take a look at some of the major stories we have seen in the media and what it means for entrepreneurs. Automated cars are upon us and no longer something of the future. It is only a matter of timenbefore they become part of our everyday life. So as an entrepreneur what can we learn from thenevolution of this industry? First, this is an emerging industry that is still in its infancy and a great place to make an impact in transforming peoples lives with a revolutionary idea, invention and business. Secondly, as this industry evolves, there will be pivots required based on industry demands and competition. Lastly, this is an industry that is heavily regulated with many potential opportunities for litigation, so you must be willing to deal with uncertainty and overcome these obstacles.

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What It takes To Be A Successful Startup

The Trep Talk
August 24, 2016 3:00 PM

As an entrepreneur and early stage investor operating at the intersection of Detroit's automotive dominance and its entrepreneurial resurgence, Ted Serbinski has strategically placed himself in the center of it all. He is the Managing Director of Techstars Mobility, the first US startup accelerator program focused on next-generation mobility technologies, but previously held the position as partner and founding team member of Detroit Venture Partners, so he knows what it takes to be a successful startup. If you want anyones advice, it's this guy's advice, so listen to the rest of the interview on The Trep Talk.

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