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Author: Joan Kanner, Michelle Bond

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Proofing Stage examines the origins, progress, struggles, and setbacks of entrepreneurs through the lens of its founders, who, among other things, have run a bagel business for the past 8 years. 

Join us, as we share wins and cautionary tales from that space between “atta girl” and “I told you so!” Co-hosted by Joan Kanner and Michelle Bond, with Season 1 contributions by Amanda Schwarz.

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2023-12-0400:47

Welcome to Proofing Stage. We're here for it. And, you're in for a treat. Find more at proofingstage.comFollow us on Instagram and Threads @proofingstage See Buzzsprout's Privacy Policy for listener privacy and read our disclaimer here.
Michelle and Joan are doers. They don't just have ideas, they go after them - sometimes too hard and for too long. Sometimes to great success and following. This first episode of Proofing Stage lays the groundwork for why, after a professional lifetime of going after things, creating and improving, it's time to take a look back and figure out where to go from here. And, why doing it with others is the only way to do it. As the episode title suggests, we answer the question: "Why are we d...
Joan shares why the Proofing Stage pod is important to her, and to us. Find more at proofingstage.comFollow us on Instagram and Threads @proofingstage See Buzzsprout's Privacy Policy for listener privacy and read our disclaimer here.
You're getting to know our founders a little more everyday. The context provider. The cut-to-the-chase-er. The outside observer. While the businesses we've begun are in different industries, the hustle is similar - living the literal dream while trying to make ends meet, and having the right tools for the job. Were we getting ready for a dog show? Nope. A theater performance? Nope. A farmers market? YES! This week, you'll learn about Bottoms Up Bagels' (BUB's) first sales day - which was...
Gather around for story-time... this mini-sode about the power of gifting yourself permission is more evergreen than seasonal. #impostersyndrome #loxtoreflecton #criticalcontrolpointFind more at proofingstage.comFollow us on Instagram and Threads @proofingstage See Buzzsprout's Privacy Policy for listener privacy and read our disclaimer here.
Shared Kitchen Confidential

Shared Kitchen Confidential

2023-12-2001:13:03

Ah, Anthony Bourdain, you are still deeply missed. What happens when the utopia of accessing commercial equipment, making your product with a bit more ease, and being around theoretically like-minds begins to fade? Here, the everyday challenges of scaling a food business butt up against culture clashes and finding your voice. What's in any of our control? And what should you look for when relying on other, more powerful, entities to help you build your dream? This double-wide episod...
We're winding down our year and having some fun within the entrepreneurial landscape. What can prompt one human being to get up and go, can generate a Camden Yards-style wave of eyerolls from another. In this clip, not quite mini-sode, Joan runs down a few of 2023's standout CTAs for budding business owners.Find more at proofingstage.comFollow us on Instagram and Threads @proofingstage See Buzzsprout's Privacy Policy for listener privacy and read our disclaimer here.
In the spirit of the new year, we're sharing our aspirations. What are yours?In a recent production meeting, Michelle, Amanda and Joan asked: "What's your hope for this podcast?" This BTS bonus episode begins to answer that question... Some highlights below:Joan:"It had to have catharsis, but also have catharsis with meaning [outside of us]. I feel like just a bitch session for us would not be meaningful to listeners and also readers...So it's important to like to meaningfully share some...
What's that they say about hindsight? Sometimes we're fortunate to see red flags in real time. But, most times it takes a while. And, even then we can still be left wondering what happened. Or, whose version of events were "right." Then, throw in the question of intentions (known and unknown) and it's easy to give up on the prospect of ever really understanding the meaning of a given situation. But here at Proofing Stage, we never give up. We're trying to put past business experiences in...
Are you a food entrepreneur who's considering moving your business into a food hall?Here's Michelle's primer on which questions to ask - so you can get the answers you need. She covers:- Square footage and layout- Common areas- Build-out and outfitting- Types of lease structuresIt's time to equip yourself with knowledge - and Michelle's here to help!Find more at proofingstage.comFollow us on Instagram and Threads @proofingstage See Buzzsprout's Privacy Policy for listener privacy and rea...
It's 2019 and Bottoms Up Bagels (BUB) is feeling the pinch of increased overhead while working with a limited business model - relying on pop ups, catering and wholesale without everyday direct-to-customer sales opportunities. The wheels are set in motion though, and the dream of production meeting retail in BUB's first brick and mortar is on its way to being realized. At this, our halfway point of Season 1, Amanda follows Joan and Michelle through the early stages of locating a space fo...
Any small business involves risk, often calculated and sometimes underestimated. Still, the brands you love press on every day through countless obstacles and decisions, bringing a team and the desire to not skip a beat along for the ride. But, what's behind your favorite place setting up shop, or shuttering its doors? This episode covers the ground from BUB Hub beta's build out and the team finally having a space of their own, through the end of the initial lease term - all against the ...
The air was thick with election fever, but even thicker with the scent of fresh bagels.Imagine our surprise when what we thought was a media frenzy for our beloved bagel bonanza at the Marion Public Library turned into an impromptu meet-and-greet with a Republican presidential candidate! In today's bonus episode, Michelle and Joan recap this somewhat humorous, mostly unnerving, Tale from the Roadshow. Join us for laughs, a sprinkle of politics, and a whole lot of heart from the Proofing ...
No Surgeon General's Warning needed for this bonus content. Catch us chatting about smoking of the savory smokin' kind. Meats. Dairy. Pellets vs. chips. Indoor vs. outdoor. This little excerpt didn't make the cut for our conversation about the BUB Roadshow in Bozeman, Montana, but it's full of flavor. Enjoy this preview of what's to come when full episodes of Proofing Stage resume THIS Wednesday, 2/7.#smokedmeats #bbqbitches #smokinhot #beefbrisket #briskethashFind more at proofingstage.comFo...
Earlier in the pod we introduced the BUB Roadshow, Bottoms Up Bagels (BUB)'s way of busting the water myth and testing new markets for expansion. Part bagel pop up - part traveling circus - at its core, "The Roadshow" is about bringing good bagels to more people with local communities at its center. Today, Joan, Amanda and Michelle pull back the curtain on the how, and the why (oh, why?!) of doing an insane thing on top of the already questionable thing of running a small business. Becau...
As the Roadshow rolls on, Bottoms Up Bagels (BUB) begins to hire locally for stops in various cities. In our next full episode, we'll relive some of those hits, but today's clip is decidedly about the misses.From would-be employees with a penchant for grand theft to those who've taken a swing at law enforcement (literally), we're exposing the hilarious, often alarming disconnect between cover letters (AI-generated ones to be specific) and the actual individuals behind them.Speaking of AI, the...
The level of difficulty is slowly intensifying for the BUB crew as they embark on new formats and increasingly longer Roadshow stops from 2021-2023. From overcoming obstacles like staffing shortages and supply chain shortfalls to equipment breakdowns, team injuries and illness, the gnarly bits of taking the bagel show on the road abound.But, as Amanda and BUB's co-founders discuss, there are community connections and piles of scrumptious bagels, lox and sandwiches to make the trip(s) worthwhi...
We're approaching the end of Season 1, but not before a jam-packed episode on creativity and collaborations to help amplify your food business. This bonus clip covers important considerations for your brand's visual identity, including who can help and when to drop the big bucks:Whether working with a firm or independent designer, ask them in advance about:Their project discovery process In addition to logo, which visual branding pieces they provide (e.g. style guide)And, remember:Logo ≠...
Points for Creativity

Points for Creativity

2024-02-2101:14:34

We're celebrating the end of Season 1 with big slice of creativity, talking inspiration and intention with a generous sprinkling of strategy. After all, if you've started a business or dream of starting one, you've got that creative inside you. Whether it's thinking about a different way to design your venture altogether, or giving it just the right vibe or visual representation, your business and your brand is an extension of you. So, take some time to get it right and be PROUD of what you'v...
Have you ever found yourself frozen in a moment, opportunity dangling before your eyes, only to hesitate and miss out? Picture this: a room full of college freshmen, a motivational speaker, and a single $50 bill that sparked a revelation Joan has carried with her into her forties. On this bonus episode of Proofing Stage, Joan takes you back to her freshman orientation at Montclair State University.Listen for a candid reflection on the insights that simmer over time and discover why, when...
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