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The Happy Valley Hustle podcast tells the stories of those who run their own businesses, launch side-hustles and make the digital age work for them. It’s a celebration of challenging the old ways of doing things and sharing insights gained from success and failure. It's available the first and third Wednesday of each month on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher and Spotify.
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Host Bill Zimmerman reflects on an end-of-year failure: selling vintage ugly Christmas sweatshirts using Shopify through his side hustle, Cool School Vintage. In this solocast, he outlines what went wrong and what three pieces of information would have predicted that selling this particular item via Instagram through Shopify was a bad idea.🎤 SEND a voice message to the host on SpeakPipe.Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happyvalleyhustleLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ 
As a host of "Democracy Works," Jenna Spinelle is generating thoughtful analysis around critical issues and furthering the mission of The McCortney Institute for Democracy at Penn State. She also founded a podcasting network "united around the goal of helping listeners understand what’s broken in our democracy, and how people are working together to fix it." Additionally, Jenna is an educator, writer and presenter. She discusses how to cultivate your own brand in your day job as well as the opportunities and challenges presented by side hustles. 🎤 SEND a voice message to the host on SpeakPipe.Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happyvalleyhustleLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
The world of tea is steeped in culture, natural ingredients and an appreciation for doing things a little more slowly, according to Joyce Yong of Spectral Tea. Joyce shares her story of developing Spectral with the full support of her employer, stirring up an appreciation for tea brewing and how what's in the cup is only half the story. 🎤 SEND a voice message to the host on SpeakPipe.PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO COMPLETE A BRIEF LISTENER SURVEY. Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happyvalleyhustleLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ Tailgater Taters Blue & white potato chips that will be the hit of any tailgate, alumni gathering or wedding.
Marisa Vicere shares her story of building a nonprofit that's "Opening minds, saving lives" after a family tragedy moved her to action. With the Jana Marie Foundation, she's sparking conversations, building community support and taking the stigma away from mental health topics. Her how she built a nonprofit, generated public support and enabled vital conversations. This episode's "Hear My Hustle" is from Victor Ariyo of creative collaboration tool Wavlength. 🎤 SEND a voice message to the host on SpeakPipe.PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO COMPLETE A BRIEF LISTENER SURVEY. Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happyvalleyhustleLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ Tailgater Taters Blue & white potato chips that will be the hit of any tailgate, alumni gathering or wedding.
A quick solocast from Bill offering up 10 content ideas so your brand can generate attention and spark conversations during the holiday season. With shopping events like #CyberMonday, fun social media holidays and a season for reflection, opportunities are plentiful for sharing content that connects.  *This is an audio version of the monthly Help Your Hustle tips that appear on the "Happy Valley Hustle" email blast. Sign up to keep the tips coming at https://www.billzhustle.com/. 🎤 SEND a voice message to the host on SpeakPipe.PLEASE TAKE A MINUTE TO COMPLETE A BRIEF LISTENER SURVEY. Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/happyvalleyhustleLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ 
Nick Unis went from loving sneakers to crafting his own cutting-edge footwear with 3-D printing. Unis Brands' first model, Yin & Yang, is now generating buzz for its design and sustainable footprint, while Nick's story of tenacity and patience is attracting lots of interest.  Hear what it's like to 3-D print your dream into reality. This episode's "Hear My Hustle" is from Rob Dickson of the "Poseidon Performance" podcast. ▶️ MAKE your podcasting dreams happen with hosting from Buzzsprout.Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billzhustle/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ Tailgater Taters Blue & white potato chips that will be the hit of any tailgate, alumni gathering or wedding.
Rogue state slogan campaigns, politics-scented candles and T-shirts for our stressed-out times -- Kentucky for Kentucky is a weird and insanely creative brand that knows how to grab attention. Co-founder Whit Hiler tells you how to embrace an opportunity, think creatively and recover from missteps as you search for that next big idea. This episode's "Hear My Hustle" is from Rick Carabba of the "Two-Cent" email newsletter.▶️ MAKE your podcasting dreams happen with hosting from Buzzsprout.Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billzhustle/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ Tailgater Taters Blue & white potato chips that will be the hit of any tailgate, alumni gathering or wedding.
Greg Woodman's entrepreneurial spirit goes back to college when he recognized the depth of Penn State fandom and created products for those who bled blue & white. He'd go on to sell cardboard cut-outs of legendary coach Joe Paterno, start publications that endure to this day and head up marketing efforts for action sports brand Airwalk. He's currently the CEO of marketing firm Affinity Connection, and publishes the Happy Valley Industry email newsletter. Hear how you can generate ideas, learn from your customers and build excitement around a brand.This episode's "Hear My Hustle" is from Rachel Braun of the "Braun & Brains" podcast. ▶️ MAKE your podcasting dreams happen with hosting from Buzzsprout.Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billzhustle/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ Tailgater Taters Blue & white potato chips that will be the hit of any tailgate, alumni gathering or wedding.
This solocast delivers five steps toward better podcasting. After more than two and half years, Bill reflects on his "Happy Valley Hustle" experience, outlining steps that can help you launch a podcast or revitalize your show. This was recorded Oct. 12 during a talk with Katie O'Toole's podcasting class at Penn State University. Take a listen to Katie O'Toole -- Podcasting 101 & Shaping the Next Generation of Storytellers from November 2018. Hear Katie's podcast "Dead Centre" here. Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billzhustle/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREEDisclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
PJ Mullen had a big idea: Work for Penn State football coach James Franklin. As a popular radio personality with a knack for engaging fans and being a connector in the State College area, Mullen made bold moves toward landing his dream job. Now, he's a director of marketing in Penn State Athletics. Hear how he made his vision a reality, and what's it like to work for a collegiate sports powerhouse.This episodes "Hear My Hustle" is from Taylor Feinman of the Always Hungry Sometimes Healthy Instagram. ▶️ MAKE your podcasting dreams happen with hosting from Buzzsprout.Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billzhustle/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ Tailgater Taters Blue & white potato chips that will be the hit of any tailgate, alumni gathering or wedding.
A quick solocast from Bill on why emojis are good for business. Hear how these tiny images can improve the performance of social media posts, make business communications more personal and, even, generate publicity. This is an audio version of the monthly Help Your Hustle tips that appear on the "Happy Valley Hustle" email blast. Sign up to keep the tips coming at https://www.billzhustle.com/. ▶️ MAKE your podcasting dreams happen with hosting from Buzzsprout.Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billzhustle/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ 
As the director of digital marketing for Seth Godin's Akimbo Workshops, Taylor Harrington is immersed in virtual work and online education. Taylor delivers insights into learning from a marketing master (Godin), offers quick Zoom hacks and gives tips for working from home. If you have Zoom fatigue, this is your remedy. Taylor also recently interviewed Bill for the "Penn State COMMversations" podcast. Listen here. Learn more about this episode's "Tell Me Your Hustle" -- Beagle Drones. ▶️ MAKE your podcasting dreams happen with hosting from Buzzsprout.Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billzhustle/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ 
Nate O'Brien boasts 733,000+ subscribers on YouTube, delivering advice on productivity, personal finance and minimalism. Only in his early 20s, Nate has found a formula for getting seen and making money on a platform that serves up a billion hours of video to viewers every day. Hear his advice for finding subject matter that will rack up views (2 million+ on one video!) and connecting with your audience.Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billzhustle/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ Buzzsprout - Let's get your podcast launched! Start for FREETailgater Taters Blue & white potato chips that will be the hit of any tailgate, alumni gathering or wedding.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I may receive a commission at no extra cost to you.
Seth Mason's passion for gaming and entrepreneurial pedigree has led him to having two businesses in his early 20s: The Esport Company and Seth's Socks. He's already learned a lot about engaging people digitally, building a team and preserving through challenges. Hear a breakdown of the burgeoning competitive gaming business, and what you can learn from the tech savvy trailblazers leading the charge. 📥 DOWNLOAD the Future Proof Worksheet to heighten awareness and encourage lifelong learning as you steel yourself for the future of your industry.▶️ MAKE your podcasting dreams happen with hosting from Buzzsprout.Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billzhustle/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ 
The host, Bill Zimmerman, dives into his plan for future-proofing himself in an age of disruption. He discusses building your own strategy for motivation, knowledge acquisition and objective-setting. Hear how you can use this model to heighten awareness and encourage lifelong learning. 📥 DOWNLOAD the Future Proof Worksheet as you steel yourself for the future of your industry.The book titles mentioned in the podcast: "How to Break Up with Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life" by Catherine Price"The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning" by Scott Galloway"White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism" by Robin DiAngelo"Facebook: The Inside Story" by Steven Levy“The Future Is Faster Than You Think: How Converging Technologies Are Transforming Business, Industries, and Our Lives” by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler“Create the Future + the Innovation Handbook: Tactics for Disruptive Thinking” by Jeremy Gutsche“How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck: Advice to Make Any Amateur Look Like a Pro” by Steve Stockman Guerilla Marketing: Easy and Inexpensive Strategies for Making Big Profits from Your Small Business” by Jay Conrad Levinson▶️ MAKE your podcasting dreams happen with hosting from Buzzsprout.Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billzhustle/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ 
Joe Battista made his name in the ice arenas of Penn State and is now delivering a mindset wake-up call that's like a check into the boards. Hear him break down what it means to dream big, keep it real and get things done. It's important to have dreams, Battista says, but you also need a clear-eyed understanding of current realities and your talents along with a plan for accomplishing goals. To go deeper, check out Joe's book "The Power of Pragmatic Passion: 7 Common Sense Principles to Find Success in Your Personal and Professional Life." (*As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.)📥 DOWNLOAD the Future Proof Worksheet to heighten awareness and encourage lifelong learning as you steel yourself for the future of your industry. ▶️ MAKE your podcasting dreams happen with hosting from Buzzsprout.Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billzhustle/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ 
Ashley AsShire balances a full-time gig in higher education with a side business offering career mentoring. She's monetizing her expertise through coaching with Mentor Me and advancing her brand with a podcast, "Schoolin Life." Hear what it takes to be a thought leader -- find your skills, create materials and promote your services. ▶️ MAKE your podcasting dreams happen with hosting from Buzzsprout.Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billzhustle/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ 
Host Bill Zimmerman reflects on his vintage clothing side hustle and how Etsy sales have made up for an absence of pop-up vendor markets. Hear his three tips for making more sales on Etsy, Facebook and other digital marketplaces. ***Visit the Cool School Etsy shop.***For 15% percent off, click this link or use promo code: COOL 15. Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billzhustle/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ 
While serving time in federal prison, Hector Guadalupe found a path to bettering his life: personal training. After his release, he built a business and founded a nonprofit to help formerly incarcerated individuals rebuild their lives by building bodies. Hear his story of self-belief, resourcefulness and advocacy. Learn more about the Centre County Re-Start Seed Fund providing micro-loans to help formerly incarcerated individuals with business ideas. ▶️ MAKE your podcasting dreams happen with hosting from Buzzsprout.Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billzhustle/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ 
Erik Foley, the director of sustainability in Penn State's Smeal College of Business, explains how a more enlightened idea of business success is taking hold and what Penn State is doing to further this sustainable approach. As more brands take a stand for racial justice and express compassion during a pandemic, Erik also discusses how businesses need to back up rhetoric with real action.You can learn more by reading the the Center for the Business of Sustainability's blog, Triple Bottom Lion.▶️ MAKE your podcasting dreams happen with hosting from Buzzsprout.Make sure you always Hear The Hustle: Web: https://www.billzhustle.com/podcast/  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HappyValleyHustle/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/billzhustle Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billzhustle/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/billfzimmerman/ 
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