Start Up

Join host Gary Bredow as he travels around the country interviewing small-business owners to hear their personal stories and find out what it really takes to start a successful business from the ground up. Energetic, inspirational, and educational, Start Up is a fast-paced series sure to capture the imagination and hearts of the nearly 50% of Americans who dream of starting their own business.

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Gary Bredow

Gary Bredow

Much like the individuals featured in START UP, show creator and host Gary Bredow is himself an entrepreneur. After years of hard work and dedication, he is now the co-owner of a production studio in Downtown Detroit that specializes in television, film and multi-media production.

Zombies, Pickles and Cheese Oh My!

Episode #101H · Gary and the crew travel to Milwaukee to meet with the "Gouda Girls" to find out how they started an award winning grilled cheese food truck, then they head to Detroit to talk to "McClures Pickles", who started a pickle company who went from the farmers market to a global brand, and last, they stop by Pittsburgh to meet with "House of the Dead", a zombie store that has customers dying to buy some zombie swag.

Two Girls, A Guy, and a Pizza Tour!

Episode #102H · Gary and the crew start in Chicago to meet with John, who created "Chicago Pizza Tours", a business that's taking a bite out of Chicago. Then they head to Pittsburgh to meet with Lori and Marybeth, the who started the new, hip youth clothing line "Yo Bro", apparel for little dudes! And last, they swing by Milwaukee to meet with Tim, the seasoned contractor and designer who built the "Iron Horse Hotel."

Plant Your Feet on the Ground!

Episode #103H · Gary and the crew travel to Pittsburgh to talk to John, the creator of "Pittsburgh Paragliding", a new business that's really taking flight for Pittsburgh tourism. Then they head to Chicago to meet with Brock and Prosper, who start "Vivid Braille" a new retail clothing store with a creative twist. And last they swing by Indianapolis to talk to Colin, who invented "The Garden Tower Project", and new way of growing fresh organic vegetables.

Break Away and Take A Vacation

Episode #104H · Gary and the crew are heading to Brooklyn, New York to talk to Monique, who began "Akwaaba", a unique bed and breakfast that's getting rave reviews. Then they travel to Indianapolis to speak with Heather, who started "Retro 101," Indiana's first fashion boutique on wheels. And last, they swing by Milwaukee to meet with Ray, who created "Rays Indoor Mountain Bike Park" a place for anyone from amateurs to professionals to enjoy biking year round.

Never Dessert Your Fellow Man!

Episode #105H · Gary and the crew travel to Pittsburgh to meet with Josephine, who started "La Dorita," a new brand of dulce de leche, moving her grandmother's secret recipe to shelves around the country. Then they head to Washington, DC to speak with Cynthia, the owner and artist of "Cirque Du Rouge," who's taking the artistry and tradition of tattoos design to a new level. And last, they venture over to Chicago to meet with Ethan and Desiree, the founder of Give Forward, an online fundraising site that aims to help with medical expenses.

Workin Like A Hot Dog!

Episode #106H · Gary and the crew head to Indianapolis to chat with Bev, who started Happy Dog Hotel and Spa, a pet facility that's provides high-standard care for man's best friend. Then they travel to Cleveland to meet with Al "Bubba" Baker, NFL player turned restaurateur, who began "Bubba's Q," a family restaurant with a lot of heart and some very unique ribs. And last, they trek over to Detroit to speak with Roger, who created "Train Like A Savage," a no-holds-barred workout regime that's mental and physically challenging its devotees.

Newalk A Mile In Their Shoes!

Episode #107H · Gary and the crew head to Detroit to talk to Tawny, who started "Pink Pump," a trendy boutique that's dressing and accessorizing fashionista throughout southeast Michigan. Then they make their way to Milwaukee to meet with Ian and Jason, who created "Newaukee," a social media site that's helping young professionals to connect and explore all that Milwaukee has to offer. And last they venture to Chicago, to chat with Chastity, the founder "Urban Fit Clubs," a network that provides its members with access to a number of Chicago's best boutique fitness studios.

Andy Warhowl's Kitchen!

Episode #108H · Gary and the crew travel to Washington, DC to meet with Ethel, who started "Doggie Washerette," a self-service dog wash that aims to meet the convenience needs of urban pet owners. Then, they make their way to Chicago to visit with Nick, who began "Real Kitchen," a gourmet carry-out restaurant that prepares home-style meals with high-quality ingredients. And last, they head over to Cleveland to talk to Jason, who started "Cleveland Art," a workshop that repurposes industrial pieces into custom furniture feature cutting-edge designs.

Pack Only What You Kneed!

Episode #109H · Gary and the crew venture to NYC, to speak to Helen, who, with the help of her two sons, created 'Lo & Sons," a line of stylish and practical carryall handbags and travel totes. They, they head to Detroit, to visit Robert and Sherri of "Detroit Mercantile," a boutique for the urban pioneer offering a collection of new and vintage local items. And last, they travel to Milwaukee, to chat with Judi, who started "It'z My Party Cakery," a family owned and operated bakery that knows how to sweeten any celebration.

Please Don't Feed the Monsters, They are Already Stuffed!

Episode #110H · Gary and the crew venture to Chicago to speak with Mike and Chao, who opened "Union Street Sushi + Barbeque Bar," where patron dine on Japanese-influences cuisine with an East-meets-West flair. Then they travel to Cleveland, to meet with Mike and Bryan, the founders of "e-funeral," a site that's transforming the way funeral arrangements are made. And last, they head over to Indianapolis, to visit with (Name), who started "Promise Monsters," a toy company that's spreading kindness with every monster that leave their shop.

The Salad of John and Yoko

Episode #111H · Gary and the crew travel to Cleveland, to chat with Vince, who opened "Gotta Groove Records," a one-shop-shop vinyl production factory. Then they head to Detroit to meet with Suzanna of Simply Suzanna, a natural food company that offers a medley of sweet and savory granola treats. And last, they swing by Washington, DC, to meet with speak with Noah, who created "Feastly," a networking site that's uniting foodies across the world.

Red Or Oyster White?

Episode #312H · Gary and the crew visit Amherst, New Hampshire to talk to Amy, the owner and founder of LaBelle Winery, home to Amy's perfected blueberry wine. Then they head over to South Kingstown, Rhode Island to visit Perry, the owner of Matunuck Oyster Bar, where only the finest of local oysters and seafood are served.

Reel in the Dust Bunnies

Episode #313H · Gary and the crew head to Maine to talk to Tom, the owner of Maine Coast Shellfish. See how the finest catches of seafood are caught in the local Maine waters and distributed all over the world. Then they head to Detroit, Michigan to talk to Danielle, the owner of Detroit Maid; a cleaning service that will sweep you off your feet.