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.

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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.

Coupon Cutter

Episode #301H · Gary and the crew travel to Detroit, MI to talk to Sebastian, the owner of Social Club Grooming Company. Watch how he realized his dream of being a business owner and is changing the face of the classic barbershop. Then they swing by Buffalo, NY to talk to Patrick who created City Dining Cards, a business that's putting a new spin on traditional couponing. Watch how he is creating value for consumers and local businesses.

Maple Alley

Episode #302H · Gary and the crew head to Vermont to talk to Dori the owner of Tonewood, a unique business that collaborates with expert sugar makers to create single source, unblended maple products. Then they head over to Hamtramck, Michigan to talk to Chris, the owner of Fowling Warehouse, a business centered around his homemade backyard sport that combines football and bowling. Watch how he's creating a movement that's bound to become a new national pasttime.

Spirits Lifted

Episode #303H · Gary and the crew travel to New Haven, Connecticut to talk to Stacey, the owner of Air Temple Arts, an uplifting and challenging way to exercise and practice circus arts. Then they swing by Providence, Rhode Island to talk to Aaron and Hannah, the co-founders of Sproutel, a company that makes Jerry the Bear to help educate children on diabetes.

Thirsty for Knowledge

Episode #304H · Gary and the crew travel to Connecticut to visit with Denisha, the owner of Plucked Admissions, an easy and sufficient website that aids high school students in searching and applying to colleges. Then they head over to Plymouth, Michigan to talk to the James' sisters, who founded Drought Juice, an organic line of raw juices that helps nourish customers.

Shopping to the Rescue

Episode #305H · Gary and the crew head to Double Midnight Comics in Concord, New Hampshire, to talk to Chris and Scott: two brothers who took their love of comics and gaming and followed their dream to create an exciting environment for gamers to mingle and game together. Then they visit Bailey Road in Vermont, a high-end boutique in downtown Montpelier that focuses on the classic in-store experience of shopping for any occasion.

Baked Artistry

Episode #306H · Gary and the crew travel to Boston, MA to talk to Scott, the owner of Wicked Good Cupcakes; a cupcake shop that creates cupcakes from scratch and distributes their ingredients in jars to customers all over the country. Watch how they've transformed since being featured on ABC's Shark Tank. Then they swing over to New Hampshire to talk to Christa, the owner of The Place Studio Gallery, a fun and creative studio that teaches a variety of art courses, as well as displaying customers' art in-house.

Dyein' to Cruise

Episode #307H · Gary and the crew visit Buffalo, New York, to talk to Matt, the creator of Craft Cruiser, a social and active way of touring the city while enjoying refreshing craft beers. Then they swing over to Saco River, Maine, to chat with Claudia, the owner of Saco River Dyehouse. Experience how this organically certified manufacturer helps customers dye a variety of textiles.

Wake Up and Smell The Dog Food

Episode #308H · Gary and the crew visit New York to talk to Sam, the owner of Public Espresso, a local coffee shop that serves single-origin coffees from around the globe. Then they head to Boston, Massachusetts to talk to Emily, creator of Fedwell, a brand of organic dog food that strives to bring a home cooked meal to every dog.

Don't Fret About Technology

Episode #309H · Gary and the crew visit Vermont to talk to Ben and Jeff, co-owners of Music Store Live, a booming website that aims to combine the local guitar shop feel with the online shopping convenience. Learn how customers can buy and trade a variety of guitars and gear. Then they head over to Massachusetts to chat with Michelle, the owner of Love the Cool, a digital media agency that serves clients such as CVS, Vogue, and Instacart.

Bringing Home The Chickens

Episode #310H · Gary and the crew head to Providence, Rhode Island to talk to Drake, the owner of Cluck!, an urban farm and garden supply focused on helping customers adapt and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Then they swing over to Ferndale, Michigan, to talk to Bradley, the owner of The Home Store, a local real estate agency that helps customers recover from foreclosures.

Retail Or Salt Therapy?

Episode #311H · Gary and the crew head over to Portland, Maine, to talk to Don, the owner of Salt Cellar, an elaborate shop with every kind of salt imaginable, including Himalayan salt blocks and salted caramel chocolates. Then they swing over to New Haven, Connecticut to talk to Neville Wisdom, a fashion designer who custom fits women's and men's high-end clothes in-house.

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.

Dinner and Apps

Episode #401H · Gary and the crew head to Seattle, Washington to talk with chef Edouardo Jordan, creator of Salare, a farm to table restaurant with rave reviews. Then they head to Ann Arbor, Michigan to talk to Skye Durrant and Brandon Bertrang founders of LawnGuru, an online lawn service and mobile app.

Have A Beer Outdoors

Episode #402H · Gary and the crew head to Portland, Oregon to talk with Ashley Rose Salvitti, the creator of Brewvana, a tour company of Portland's finest microbreweries. Then they head to Detroit, Michigan to talk to Candace Simons, founder of Brooklyn Outdoor, a unique outdoor advertising company.

Cheesy Effects

Episode #403H · Gary and the crew head to Bandon, Oregon to talk with Greg Drobot and Daniel Graham, the co-founders of Facerock Creamery, an artisan cheese factory and retail store. Then they head to La Mesa, California to talk with Brea Joseph, a special FX make-up artist.

Alpaca The Candles

Episode #404H · Gary and the crew head to White City, Oregon to talk with Richard and Renata Gyuro, the founder of Alpaca's at Lone Ranch, an Alpaca farm and retail store. Then they head over to Garden Grove, California to meet up with Diosdado Velasquez, the founder of Natures Kindle, handcrafted soy candles.

Strike An Adventurous Pose

Episode #405H · Gary and the crew head to La Jolla, California to meet up with Chris Lynch, the founder of Everyday California, an ocean adventure company and lifestyle brand. Then they head to Seattle, Washington to meet up with Nikki Closser, a former social worker turned photographer.

Don't Horse Around with the Chocolate

Episode #406H · Gary and the crew head to Morgan Hill, California to talk with Beth Killough and Susan McCusker, the founders of The Circle Up Experience, a horse assisted leadership and team building program. Then they head to Hamtramck, Michigan to talk to Alexandra Clark, the founder of Bon Bon Bon, am artisan chocolate company.

Hub Repair

Episode #407H · Gary and the crew head to Portland, Oregon to talk with Farhad Ghafarzade, the founder of Green Drop Garage, a, eco-friendly auto repair shop. Then they head over to San Diego, California to meet up with Felena Hanson, the founder of HeraHub, a female only co-working space.

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