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Pancake Town Podcast

Emily Wentz + Michelle Starbuck Amos

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Emily Wentz + Michelle Starbuck Amos

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Two Chicago-based small business owners - Michelle (Michelle Starbuck Designs) & Emily (OrangeBeautiful) - meet each week for breakfast to discuss the perks and problems with running your own company, and the everyday life stuff that happens in between.

Latest Episodes

Episode 97 - Give The People What You Want

EPart 1 of 2:Emily and Michelle review 2019 - focusing on the new habits and attitudes they've adopted over the last 12 months. They’re both ready to be done with this decade and start 2020 with the same energy and drive that they had 15 years ago.

70 MIN2019 DEC 17
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Episode 97 - Give The People What You Want

Episode 98 - People Are The Worst

EPart 2 of 2: Emily and Michelle continuetheir 2019/2020 conversation and segue into some of their favorite rants topics like pricing and dealing with difficult customers.

50 MIN2019 DEC 17
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Episode 98 - People Are The Worst

Episode 96 - (Not) Drunk Business Advice #2

EFor this week's episode, the listeners asked Emily and Michelle to go back 10 years and think about what advice they would give themselves - and what advice they'd give to other small business owners - just starting out. They take a trip down memory lane to remember successes along the way, as well as decisions they regret. Spoiler alert: One of us is risk taker and the other... not so much.

79 MIN2019 DEC 3
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Episode 96 - (Not) Drunk Business Advice #2

Episode 95 - The One With The Pivot

EDoes your business just need a pivot or is it actually time to throw in the towel? In this week's episode, Emily and Michelle research how to read the signs that your business needs a change and get into how to pull that change off. Also, there may be a bit of a rant about removing the stigma surroundingquitting. Articles cited: -https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2018/03/06/12-clear-signs-its-time-to-pivot-your-business/#2da533a638e7 -https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/277285 -https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/319294 -https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/05/signs-that-you-must-pivot.html

70 MIN2019 NOV 26
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Episode 95 - The One With The Pivot

Episode 94 - Get Some Sleep + Go to SHOW of HANDS

EOMGIt’s the week of SHOW of HANDS so Emily and Michelle answer your questions about selling at in-person events. They share their favorite dos and don’ts for having a successful show and an important reminder that taking care of yourself should be at the top of your list. Get more info about SHOW of HANDS here: www.showofhandschicago.com

84 MIN2019 NOV 19
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Episode 94 - Get Some Sleep + Go to SHOW of HANDS

Episode 93 - We All Made It Look Like It's Fun

EThis week, Emily and Michelle are thrilled to welcome special guest, Jen Farrell from Starshaped Press, to talk about the many ways in which the handmade world has changed since starting her letterpress business back in 1999 (that's 20 years ago)! Jen shares the ways she’s been keeping her ship afloat amidst personal and professional setbacks, including a successful pivot from wholesale to fine art.Spoiler alert: Mimosas were had during the recording of this episode.

104 MIN2019 NOV 12
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Episode 93 - We All Made It Look Like It's Fun

Episode 92 - I Want a Piece of That Designer's Brain

EAlternate Title: "That's Gross" In this week's episode, Michelle and Emily discuss the constant internal struggle that a lot of makers have when designing new products: Do I give my customers what they want, or do I tell them what theyshould want? Should I work to please my customer's every whim, or am I the tastemaker?Spoiler: It's a really tricky combination of both!

85 MIN2019 OCT 29
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Episode 92 - I Want a Piece of That Designer's Brain

Episode 91 - You Cannot Come To My Party

EThis week, Emily and Michelle react to an article on thecut.comwritten by Natalie Beach > a ghostwriter for Instagram influencer, Caroline Calloway. Natalie's side of the story reveals that Caroline created a social media persona with the sole purpose of selling a memoir to publishers (and that she bought tens of thousands of social media followers along the way). But, somewhat ironically, Caroline wasn’t even able to write her own posts, let alone a memoir, which is where Natalie stepped in and their dark friendship began. It’s the kind of story that unfolds in a made-for-Netflix limited series... and theirs is probably already in the works. read the full article:"I was Caroline Calloway" by Natalie Beach via the Cut.com

79 MIN2019 OCT 22
Comments
Episode 91 - You Cannot Come To My Party

Episode 90 - The Universe Isn't A Thing

EGET READY FOR SOME REAL TALK: In this week's episode, Michelle shares her strategy to deal with a recent drop in wholesale sales and enlists Emily’s help to brainstorm new ideas.

83 MIN2019 OCT 8
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Episode 90 - The Universe Isn't A Thing

Episode 89 - I'm Gonna Need A Time-Out

EThis week, Emily fills Michelle in on her (very rainy) weekend vending at Andersonville Arts Festival... but not before the two rant about the aftermath of an Instagram post that unexpectedly went viral the day before.

90 MIN2019 OCT 1
Comments
Episode 89 - I'm Gonna Need A Time-Out

Latest Episodes

Episode 97 - Give The People What You Want

EPart 1 of 2:Emily and Michelle review 2019 - focusing on the new habits and attitudes they've adopted over the last 12 months. They’re both ready to be done with this decade and start 2020 with the same energy and drive that they had 15 years ago.

70 MIN2019 DEC 17
Comments
Episode 97 - Give The People What You Want

Episode 98 - People Are The Worst

EPart 2 of 2: Emily and Michelle continuetheir 2019/2020 conversation and segue into some of their favorite rants topics like pricing and dealing with difficult customers.

50 MIN2019 DEC 17
Comments
Episode 98 - People Are The Worst

Episode 96 - (Not) Drunk Business Advice #2

EFor this week's episode, the listeners asked Emily and Michelle to go back 10 years and think about what advice they would give themselves - and what advice they'd give to other small business owners - just starting out. They take a trip down memory lane to remember successes along the way, as well as decisions they regret. Spoiler alert: One of us is risk taker and the other... not so much.

79 MIN2019 DEC 3
Comments
Episode 96 - (Not) Drunk Business Advice #2

Episode 95 - The One With The Pivot

EDoes your business just need a pivot or is it actually time to throw in the towel? In this week's episode, Emily and Michelle research how to read the signs that your business needs a change and get into how to pull that change off. Also, there may be a bit of a rant about removing the stigma surroundingquitting. Articles cited: -https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2018/03/06/12-clear-signs-its-time-to-pivot-your-business/#2da533a638e7 -https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/277285 -https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/319294 -https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/05/signs-that-you-must-pivot.html

70 MIN2019 NOV 26
Comments
Episode 95 - The One With The Pivot

Episode 94 - Get Some Sleep + Go to SHOW of HANDS

EOMGIt’s the week of SHOW of HANDS so Emily and Michelle answer your questions about selling at in-person events. They share their favorite dos and don’ts for having a successful show and an important reminder that taking care of yourself should be at the top of your list. Get more info about SHOW of HANDS here: www.showofhandschicago.com

84 MIN2019 NOV 19
Comments
Episode 94 - Get Some Sleep + Go to SHOW of HANDS

Episode 93 - We All Made It Look Like It's Fun

EThis week, Emily and Michelle are thrilled to welcome special guest, Jen Farrell from Starshaped Press, to talk about the many ways in which the handmade world has changed since starting her letterpress business back in 1999 (that's 20 years ago)! Jen shares the ways she’s been keeping her ship afloat amidst personal and professional setbacks, including a successful pivot from wholesale to fine art.Spoiler alert: Mimosas were had during the recording of this episode.

104 MIN2019 NOV 12
Comments
Episode 93 - We All Made It Look Like It's Fun

Episode 92 - I Want a Piece of That Designer's Brain

EAlternate Title: "That's Gross" In this week's episode, Michelle and Emily discuss the constant internal struggle that a lot of makers have when designing new products: Do I give my customers what they want, or do I tell them what theyshould want? Should I work to please my customer's every whim, or am I the tastemaker?Spoiler: It's a really tricky combination of both!

85 MIN2019 OCT 29
Comments
Episode 92 - I Want a Piece of That Designer's Brain

Episode 91 - You Cannot Come To My Party

EThis week, Emily and Michelle react to an article on thecut.comwritten by Natalie Beach > a ghostwriter for Instagram influencer, Caroline Calloway. Natalie's side of the story reveals that Caroline created a social media persona with the sole purpose of selling a memoir to publishers (and that she bought tens of thousands of social media followers along the way). But, somewhat ironically, Caroline wasn’t even able to write her own posts, let alone a memoir, which is where Natalie stepped in and their dark friendship began. It’s the kind of story that unfolds in a made-for-Netflix limited series... and theirs is probably already in the works. read the full article:"I was Caroline Calloway" by Natalie Beach via the Cut.com

79 MIN2019 OCT 22
Comments
Episode 91 - You Cannot Come To My Party

Episode 90 - The Universe Isn't A Thing

EGET READY FOR SOME REAL TALK: In this week's episode, Michelle shares her strategy to deal with a recent drop in wholesale sales and enlists Emily’s help to brainstorm new ideas.

83 MIN2019 OCT 8
Comments
Episode 90 - The Universe Isn't A Thing

Episode 89 - I'm Gonna Need A Time-Out

EThis week, Emily fills Michelle in on her (very rainy) weekend vending at Andersonville Arts Festival... but not before the two rant about the aftermath of an Instagram post that unexpectedly went viral the day before.

90 MIN2019 OCT 1
Comments
Episode 89 - I'm Gonna Need A Time-Out

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