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Season Two

S2:BONUS – A bonus episode with Ross Wickman about Failure

By Joshua Sopko | July 8, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:BONUS – A bonus episode with Ross Wickman about Failure

This is a very special bonus episode. Season two is officially done, but I’ve been sitting on this particular interview for over a year. It’s about a tough subject: failure. Failure comes in all shapes, sizes, and forms. But big failure in business, that can be a beast all on its own. This episode is…

Trevor Nash-Keller with Nash-Keller Media

S2:EP8 – Trevor Nash-Keller w/ Nash-Keller Media

By Joshua Sopko | June 26, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP8 – Trevor Nash-Keller w/ Nash-Keller Media

Trevor has a knack for tech, marketing, and helping businesses sell their product. But in true entrepreneurship form, he didn’t just start out by launching a company. He started out with a job, that he had to quit…with a family in tow. Trevor shares an amazing story of enduring risk, failures and managing it all.…

Grand Prairie Foods is on Sioux Falls Startup Stories Podcast

S2:EP7 – Kurt Loudenback w/ Grand Prairie Foods

By Joshua Sopko | June 14, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP7 – Kurt Loudenback w/ Grand Prairie Foods

Kurt Loudenback is this weeks podcast guest. Kurt is the founder and owner of Grand Prairie Foods, a fascinating food service business that ships and distributes their product nationwide. Kurt shares some interesting and surprising details about the early days of his company. From the purchase of the company, to completely having to start over,…

S2:EP6 – Matt Paulson w/ MarketBeat

By Joshua Sopko | June 4, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP6 – Matt Paulson w/ MarketBeat

Matt Paulson is the founder of, he runs the Facebook group we all know and love, Startup Sioux Falls, he’s the creator and chair of the local Falls Angel Fund, and so much more in our community. But his main business, the breadwinner, is a little personal finance blog called MarketBeat. That’s not exactly…

S2:EP5 – Travis Rhoades w/ Scooter’s Coffee

By Joshua Sopko | May 21, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP5 – Travis Rhoades w/ Scooter’s Coffee

Travis Rhoades is an interesting guy. From growing up in the family newspaper business, to working at the Argus, he shares a story about getting into digital websites and ultimately opening up one of Sioux Falls’ most prolific drive-through coffee shops: Scooter’s Coffee. Oh, and did I mention that this coffee shop owner NEVER HAD…

S2:EP4 – Melissa Johnson w/ Oh My Cupcakes!

By Joshua Sopko | May 15, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP4 – Melissa Johnson w/ Oh My Cupcakes!

Melissa Johnson, of Oh My Cupcakes! shares her startup story this week. She has an amazing journey into what’s now a successful 10-year cupcake business. From job hopping, to a career in radio, and finding a home an unlikely home in women’s ministry that ultimately didn’t pan out, this is certainly a startup story you’ll…

S2:EP3 – Adam Weber w/ Embrace Church

By Joshua Sopko | May 7, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP3 – Adam Weber w/ Embrace Church

We are truly delighted to have a special guest who shares a very unique twist to traditional entrepreneurship and business. Adam Weber, the lead pastor and church planter of Embrace Church shares an incredible journey of not wanting to be a pastor, to not wanting to start a church, to leading one of the areas…

S2:EP2 – Karla Santi w/ Blend Interactive

By Joshua Sopko | April 30, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP2 – Karla Santi w/ Blend Interactive

This week we are so excited to chat with Karla Santi, the CEO, and founder of Blend Interactive. Karla shares some great insight into how she became an ‘accidental entrepreneur’ and the fear of hiring their first employees.      Show notes for this week: Learn more about Blend Interactive online at Sign up…

Startup Stories S2 EP1 with Remedy Brewing company in Sioux Falls, SD

S2:EP1 – Tyler Jepperson & Matt Hastad w/Remedy Brewing Company

By Joshua Sopko | April 25, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP1 – Tyler Jepperson & Matt Hastad w/Remedy Brewing Company

This week, I sit down with the founders of Remedy Brewing Company. They give me the rundown of an amazing startup story filled with nothing but no’s and unending resilience to build their vision. Not only is this an awesome entrepreneurial startup story, but we talk about beer too. Remedy Brewing Co. is located at…

S2:EP0 – What’s up Season Two?

By Joshua Sopko | April 22, 2019 | Comments Off on S2:EP0 – What’s up Season Two?

In this episode zero. I give the rundown of what’s to come, where I’ve been and what I’ve been doing, and what to expect for season two! I’m really excited to get back to this project. Episode one with Remedy Brewing Company will be up soon!



Starting a business is easy. You can Google and self-educate just about anything you need to know. But when it comes to digging in deep and quitting a full-time job and risking everything for your startup, Google can't help with those emotions.

My goal, my real true goal for this project is to help motivate, inspire, and impact entrepreneurs to take the next step pursuing their dreams. Join us on our journey as we dive not into how local business owners got their start, but more about what they went through as they got started.

Season One

Episode 6: Shelly Gaddis

By Joshua Sopko | April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Shelly Gaddis is a woman with fun colored hair, and also the owner of Elegant Mommy. Elegant Mommy is dedicated to providing valuable resources and natural products to moms and dads across our state and beyond.  

Episode 5: Kevin Tupy

By Joshua Sopko | March 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Kevin Tupy is a Sioux Falls venture capitalist. He’s the founder of one of the nation’s largest Verizon retail stores, Z-Wireless (now named Victra). Kevin is also the man behind franchise startup Phone-n-Fix, CarSwap, and a handful of other ventures as well.

Episode 4: Addie Graham-Kramer

By Joshua Sopko | March 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Addie Graham-Kramer, owner and founder of The Event Company, is highlighted on this week’s podcast. Addie is our first woman entrepreneur! She’s got a great story about running a business and being a mom too.

Episode 3: Paul TenHaken

By Joshua Sopko | March 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Paul TenHaken, founder and former CEO of Click Rain, and now Sioux Falls mayoral candidate, shares his experience of quitting his marketing job at a major healthcare facility and starting his own online marketing company.

Episode 2: Adam Huber

By Joshua Sopko | March 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Adam Huber of Adam Huber’s Detailing walks us through his experience of entrepreneurship. Adam runs a successful car detailing shop in Sioux Falls. But as he shares, it’s not an easy venture. But worth it.

Episode 1: John Meyer

By Joshua Sopko | February 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Our first podcast is LIVE! We are so excited to bring you John Meyer’s story of founding Lemonly, home of the world’s best infographics. John built an amazing team of 20 people and focuses on a company culture that makes you WANT to go to work each day.

Episode 0: The Intro

By Joshua Sopko | February 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Welcome to what I’m calling episode zero of the Sioux Falls Startup Stories podcast. Get the introduction to the host and find out the mission behind this podcast.