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Business And Brews

95 EpisodesProduced by Ryan SmeltzWebsite

Become a Paid Subscriber: out to local business owners & entrepreneurs to learn more about industries from a professional. Also, beer from local North Carolina breweries.

95 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

Talus Ridge with Sara Hall | Business & Brews

April 25th, 2022


Join Ryan Smeltz as he interviews Sara Hall of Talus Ridge. She created a way to make second chance vests and body armor more comfortable for Military and Law Enforcement.

It all began with a dream.

Within a week, she …

Red White & Badass Brew with Dustin Hayes | Business & Brews

April 18th, 2022


Watch Ryan Smeltz interview Dustin of Red White & Badasses Brew.

I was born and raised in Oklahoma and knew from a young age I wanted to serve this beloved country. I had a normal childhood just causing trouble but …

NC Water Heaters with Cyndi Aragon | Business & Brews

April 11th, 2022


Cyndi Aragon founded in 2013 after being taken advantage of by contractors. The goal to provide ethical plumbing services to …

NC Mobile Wellness with Awilla Rodriguez | Business & Brews

April 5th, 2022


Join us as Ryan M. Smeltz talks with Awilla Rodriguez about her IV treatments with NC Mobile Wellness

Our registered nurses will come to your house and assess the client and based on the client's medical history advise …

Nicky Morris The Veteran Coach | Business & Brews

March 28th, 2022


Nicky Morris helps veterans take charge of their finances and create a fulfilling career. Nicky served 6 years of service in the British army.

Planning and Preparation | Thursday Morning Brews

March 24th, 2022


Planning and Preparation | Thursday Morning Brews

  1. Be aware of your plan
  2. How to better prepare
  3. Embrace the chaos

Sticking to Your Plan | Wednesday Morning Brews

March 23rd, 2022


Sticking to Your Plan | Wednesday Morning Brews

  1. Don’t make exceptions
  2. Communicate
  3. Check calendar and list often

Planning Your Day | Tuesday Morning Brews

March 22nd, 2022


Planning Your Day  | Tuesday Morning Brews

  1. Review week’s plan and add specifics (Gym time)
  2. Prioritize tasks
  3. Include everything

Leaders Make Leaders with Yamil Cruz | Business & Brews

March 21st, 2022


In this episode, Ryan Smeltz talks to Yamil Cruz about Yamil & Brenda Cruz-Leadersmakeleaders. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear from a USMC Veteran about business, finances, and leadership.

My name is Yamil …

Planning Your Week | Monday Morning Brews

March 21st, 2022


Planning Your Week | Monday Morning Brews

  1. Do it at the beginning (Sunday)
  2. Get a good picture of what you need to do
  3. Use a calendar and checklist

Reward Ideas | Friday Morning Brews

March 18th, 2022


Reward Ideas | Friday Morning Brews

  1. Massage chair
  2. Flavored water
  3. Snacks
  4. Extra money

What Are Your Rewards? | Thursday Morning Brews

March 17th, 2022


What Are Your Rewards? | Thursday Morning Brews

  1. Good rewards
  2. Bad rewards

How To Alter Your Habits | Wednesday Morning Brews

March 16th, 2022


How To Alter Your Habits | Wednesday Morning Brews

  1. Change the queue
  2. Change the reward

What Are Your Queues? | Tuesday Morning Brews

March 15th, 2022


What Are Your Queues? | Tuesday Morning Brews

  1. What made you want to start your habit?
  2. Change the reward, not the queue.

Vet Gigs with Brett Currier | Business & Brew

March 14th, 2022


Brett of VetGigs is a 12 year Army Veteran with service in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a former workforce strategy consultant from Deloitte …

What Habits Do You Have? | Monday Morning Brews

March 14th, 2022


What Habits Do You Have? | Monday Morning Brews

  1. Good habits
    1. Gym
    2. Healthy eating
    3. Positive attitude
    4. Hard work

Wear the Same Outfit Every Day | Friday Morning Brews

March 11th, 2022


Wear the Same Outfit Every Day

  1. Interview with Frank of Crayons Ready to Eat on the Veteran Talk Show
  2. Steve Jobs
  3. Simplicity

How to Organize your Day | Thursday Morning Brews

March 10th, 2022


How to Organize your Day

  1. Check all your emails one time throughout the day
  2. Respond to all your phone calls and texts one time throughout the day

Prepare for your Day | Wednesday Morning Brews

March 9th, 2022


Prepare for your Day Plan it out, write it down Get ready the night before Do one thing at a time

Charge More | Tuesday Morning Brews

March 8th, 2022


Start Charging More

  1. What do you do and why aren’t you charging for it?
    1. Coaching
    2. Consulting
    3. Skills and crafts
  2. Why …

Foster Security Group with Nick Foster | Business & Brews

March 7th, 2022


Nicholas of FSG was an Infantryman, deployed, Joined young, got out of army worked for triple canopy, created own business, Search Fsginvestigations …

Choose Your Hard | Monday Morning Brews

March 7th, 2022


Choose Your Hard

  1. Putting in the effort
    1. Building habits
    2. Learning new things
    3. Helping other people when you feel like you need …

Social Media | Friday Morning Brews

March 4th, 2022


Social Media

  1. Why it’s necessary
  2. Why it doesn’t replace your website
  3. How to learn it

Experience Vs. Education | Tuesday Morning Brews

March 1st, 2022


Experience Vs. Education

  1. What’s their work history?
  2. What’s their degree in?
  3. Which is better?

Take Responsibility | Friday Morning Brews

February 25th, 2022


Take Responsibility

  1. Know What You’re Responsible For
  2. Learn How to Take Control of It
  3. Understand Passing the Buck Doesn’t Solve the Problem

Solutions | Thursday Morning Brews

February 24th, 2022



  1. Be quick to fire.
  2. Realize the people you have who are worth it.
  3. Focus your energy on those who put in the effort.

Why you must have a business plan | Thursday Morning Brews

February 17th, 2022


1. It will help you steer your business as you start and grow.

2. It’s not as hard as you think.

3. It will help you to reach business milestones.

4. It can help …

Why Introverts could make better entrepreneurs | Wednesday Morning Brews

February 16th, 2022


  1. Pros and cons of being an introverted entrepreneur
  2. How to make the most of your introverted personality
  3. What does it mean to be called an …

Why you need both short and long-term goals in business | Tuesday Morning Brews

February 15th, 2022


  1. Start With Determining Your Long-Term Business Goals
  2. Establish Your Short-Term Business Objectives
  3. Understand What The Long-Term Goal Means On …

Emerald Pine Collective | Business & Brews

February 14th, 2022


My name is Jenn, and I am a local of Fuquay-Varina. My business spans several creative offerings, such as photography, art, event planning, floral …

Your business will fail if you lack social intelligence | Monday Morning Brews

February 14th, 2022


Your business will fail if you lack social intelligence.

  1. What is Social Intelligence?
  2. The Benefits of Social Intelligence
  3. The Risks of no Social …

How to Move Your Business A Generation Ahead | Thursday Morning Brews

February 10th, 2022


Use Goal-Setting to Push Boundaries

  1. Put the Focus on Customer Service
  2. Commit to Continuous Learning
  3. Learn How to Delegate
  4. Increase Your …

Evolve Physical Therapy with Chelsea and Amanda | Business & Brews

February 7th, 2022


Evolve Physical Therapy is a performance-based practice that allows for high-quality individualized care to help you become the best version of …

Be Passionate | Thursday Morning Brews

February 3rd, 2022


Shoutout to Christine Walorz - Life Insurance Agent for the topic.

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Progress Over Perfection | Wednesday Morning Brews

February 2nd, 2022


Tune in to hear Ryan Smeltz talk about his morning routine.




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Prioritize Company Culture III | Tuesday Morning Brews

January 25th, 2022

  1. Employees that feel engaged and inspired are 125% more productive.
  2. Survey your staff culture-wise.
  3. Work toward a better culture.

Prioritize Culture II | Monday Morning Brews

January 24th, 2022


Prioritize company culture

  1. Employees that feel engaged and inspired are 125% more productive.
  2. Survey your staff culture-wise.
  3. Work toward …

Prioritize Culture | Friday Morning Brews

January 21st, 2022


Prioritize company culture

  1. Employees that feel engaged and inspired are 125% more productive.
  2. Survey your staff culture-wise.
  3. Work toward a …

Look for Automation Opportunities | Thursday Morning Brews

January 20th, 2022


Look for automation opportunities

  1. Areas to automate
    1. Invoicing
    2. Inventory
    3. Customer service
    4. Bookkeeping
    5. Sales

Identify Customer Service Missteps | Wednesday Morning Brews

January 19th, 2022


Identify customer service missteps

  1. Identify the problems
  2. Create a plan
  3. Highlight your strengths

Expand Your Network | Tuesday Morning Brews

January 18th, 2022


Expand your network

  1. Schedule networking
  2. Use your existing network
  3. Set goals

Responsibility | Monday Morning Brews

January 17th, 2022



  1. The boss is responsible
    1. You are the boss of you
    2. Not always seen by the team
    3. Must be self aware

The Children's School of Yoga | Business and Brews

January 17th, 2022


The Children's School of Yoga teaches yoga to children of all ages directoy in the childcare, preschools, afterschools, camps, yoga studios, health …

Marketing | Thursday Morning Brews

January 13th, 2022



  1. Year in review
    1. What worked?
    2. What didn’t?
    3. Budget?
    4. Channels?
  2. Update your plan
    1. Insight …

Business Plan | Wednesday Morning Brews

January 12th, 2022


Business Plan

  1. Write one
    1. Other owners
    2. Small business association
  2. Update your current one
    1. Check off accomplished …

Outsourcing | Tuesday Morning Brews

January 11th, 2022



  1. Overcome the hesitation
    1. Learn what you suck at
    2. Have someone else do it
  2. Learn about virtual assistants

Organizational Processes | Monday Morning Brews

January 10th, 2022


Organizational Processes

  1. Organize your business
    1. Create realistic processes
  2. Review the year
    1. Sustains

Bare Knuckle Farms with Matt Camp | Business and Brews

January 10th, 2022


Matt Camp has been farming in NC since 2019 - Bare Knuckle Farms is currently licensed to sell both pork and beef products that are raised on our land in Cameron, NC and processed at state and federally licensed …

Hunter Edwards Comedy | Business and Brews Show

January 3rd, 2022


Hunter is the talent of Hunter Edwards Comedy, host of the Don’t Tell My Mom Podcast, and owner of Elf Ear Media LLC.

Work Pays, School Doesn’t | Monday Morning Brews

January 3rd, 2022


Work Pays, School Doesn’t

  1. Degrees don’t equal knowledge
    1. Not required to get the position
  2. Take advantage of your age

Hard lessons are hard to learn | Friday Morning Brews

December 31st, 2021


Hard lessons are hard to learn

  1. You are who you hang out with
    1. You are the average of your 5 closest friends
  2. A true …

Remember where you came from | Thursday Morning Brews

December 30th, 2021


Remember where you came from

  1. Treat people accordingly
  2. People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care
  3. Business …

Forget the competition | Wednesday Morning Brews

December 29th, 2021


Forget the competition

  1. There’s no such thing
    1. Everyone’s business is different
    2. Have a niche and focus on it
  2. Worrying about …

Family is Not Your Customers | Tuesday Morning Brews

December 28th, 2021


Family is not your customers

  1. There are not enough of them
  2. They will want a discount
    1. Easier to market for new customers than convince …

Brian E. Smith with iWatch Security | Business and Brews

December 27th, 2021


My talk with Brian E. Smith of Iwatch Security was one of the best ones I've had recently. We talked about everything from our Military experience to what it means to be a leader. This is definitely an episode you don't …

WYDMOTT | Morning Brews

December 24th, 2021


What You Do Most of the Time

  1. Learn to build slowly
  2. Running for the long game
    1. Marathons in the Army
  3. Consistency leads …

Delegate | Morning Brews

December 23rd, 2021



  1. You don’t have to do everything
  2. Train to lead
  3. Provide support

Be Uniform | Morning Brews

December 21st, 2021


Be Uniform

  1. Uniforms instill camaraderie
  2. Uniforms remove differences
    1. Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

Communication | Morning Brews

December 20th, 2021


Learn how to communicate when you’re not in charge

  1. Explain things in different ways
  2. Ask questions that clarify the point
  3. Don’t be …

Ballash Woodworks with Kurt Ballash | Business & Brews

December 19th, 2021


Ballash Woodworks is a Veteran-owned small business envisioned by Kurt Ballash and his wife: when his wife passed away, he continued pushing the …

Retire Old | Morning Brews

December 17th, 2021


Retire Old

  1. Don’t get in a hurry
  2. Learn to build piece by piece
  3. Take advantage of old people

Unsubscribe, Bro | Morning Brews

December 16th, 2021


Unsubscribe, bro.

  1. Don’t get mad at emails
  2. Take time to evaluate them
  3. Unsubscribe from newsletters you don’t want

Quantity over Quantity | Morning Brews

December 15th, 2021


The amount doesn’t matter

  1. When asking for more, it’s measured different
  2. Setting expectations matters
  3. Make sure to meet the expectations

Networking to Network | Morning Brews

December 14th, 2021



Networking to Network

Meet people for the sole purpose of building relationships

Learn what you can from others

Help without expectations

Start your week off right | Morning Brews

December 13th, 2021


Monday Start your week off right 

Get going and execute 

Don’t start by thinking about last week 

Choose your focus   

Time on Target with Kevin Snow | Business & Brews

December 12th, 2021


The co-host of the top-100 Apple Podcast, Growth Mode, and CEO of Time On Target, Kevin Snow is a sales expert and a serious technology geek who …

Transparency and Communication | Morning Brews

December 10th, 2021


Welcome to a short part of the day where I give you the kick in the ass you need to dominate your day.


Transparency and communication

Take Care of Yourself | Morning Brews

December 9th, 2021


Welcome to a short part of the day where I give you the kick in the ass you need to dominate your day.


Take Care of Yourself

Embrace the Suck | Morning Brews

December 8th, 2021


Welcome to a short part of the day where I give you the kick in the ass you need to dominate your day.


Embrace change (embrace …

Richon Planning with Peter Richon | Business and Brews

December 5th, 2021


Peter is a published author, radio show and podcast host, an independent, fiduciary financial, investment, and retirement planning, advisor. He is a Dave Ramsey SmartVestor Pro. His advice and guidance have been heard …

Box Drop Southern Wake with John Stout | Business and Brews Show

December 4th, 2021


As we relaunch the show, I had the pleasure of sitting down with John Stout of BoxDrop Southern Wake. John and I talk about everything from work-life balance to cars... and even a little about mattresses. John talks …

Quality Service Today | Business & Brews

October 24th, 2021


This is a special episode where we gathered three professionals to answer questions homeowners may have about contractors doing work on their homes legally and professionally.

In this episode:

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October 19th, 2021


This Sunday is a special episode where we gathered three professionals to answer questions homeowners may have about contractors doing work on their homes legally and professionally.

In this episode:

Aaron Smeltz owner …

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October 12th, 2021


As we relaunch the show, I had the pleasure of sitting down with John Stout of BoxDrop Southern Wake. This is a sample of his upcoming episode …

Who is Gevin?

September 4th, 2019


In this week's episode of Business & Brews, The Bearded Veteran learns all about Gevin Vinson, who he is and what he does.

Check out the rest of the show at

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Who is Ryan Smeltz?

August 28th, 2019


Starting off with episode 1, Gevin Vinson interviews The Bearded Veteranand asks questions surrounding e-commerce and life in general.

Feel free to …

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