<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=1018706268302959&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">
((o
Knowledge • News • Insights
 o))
In Partnership With

The Trep Talk

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!

11:00 AM every Monday
Replay: 5:00 PM, 11:00 PM, Tuesdays 5:00 AM

Connect on:

Recent Posts

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.

Read More

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!

Read More

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!

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

NEWER POSTS  |  ALL POSTS  |   |