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Street StartUps

By: Tracey Syphax

Mercer County, NJ, USA

Street Startups is a podcast for entrepreneurs who are looking to take the skills and talents they h... Read More


  • Ep 20: People's Perception

    Customer perception refers to the customer's opinion of your business or products. It summarizes how customers feel abou ... Moret your brand including every direct or indirect experience they've had with your company. By monitoring customer perception, your businesses can spot common user pain points and improve the customer journey—however, friends from your past and sometimes even your family's perception of you is an entirely different thing. These people knew you BEFORE you ever became a business owner or entrepreneur. They've seen you at your worst, and now, you expect them to see you as a successful business owner? Well, it's not impossible but it is rare. Remember, other people's perception of you is none of your business. Listen in as Tracey and CJ discuss that very topic. Less

  • Ep 19: The Power of Entrepreneurship in Communities - FREE LIVE EVENT!

    This past Saturday was SBS (Small Business Saturday) in Trenton, NJ. Tracey and CJ discuss the value they bring to the t ... Moreable with Street StartUps and ReEntry Ventures. The guys are also gearing up for a very special graduation ceremony on Saturday, December 7 at Mercer County Community College located at 102 North Broad Street. The event starts at 10:00am and it's FREE! Homework: Find some entrepreneurs in your community, support them, and spread the word of its importance! Less

  • Ep 18: The Underground Economy

    The underground economy refers to economic transactions that are deemed illegal, either because the goods or services tr ... Moreaded are unlawful in nature, or because transactions fail to comply with governmental reporting requirements. If you want to understand long term wealth, listen in as Tracey and CJ unpack this hot topic! Less

  • Ep 17: To Pivot or not to Pivot

    A pivot in business usually occurs when a company make a fundamental change to their business after determining that the ... Moreir product or service isn't meeting the needs of their intended market. CJ likens it to changing lanes while driving on a highway; "You're not necessarily exiting the highway, you're still going in the same direction, you're just changing lanes". Join Tracey and CJ this week as they discuss when to change lanes and pivot and when the time for exiting the highway is appropriate. As Tracey says, "If it doesn't make sense (cents) then the business won't make dollars" - if the pivot isn't logical, beneficial, or profitable, don't do it. Less

  • Ep 16: Q&A

    This week, Tracey and CJ introduce a new segment to the podcast — The Listener Q&A! That's right, the guys will start ... Moreanswering questions from YOU the listener!
    This week: What do I do if I have a partner who's engaging in unethical business behavior? Less

  • Season II - Ep 15: Balance between Big and Small Businesses

    Big-box retailers lure customers with the promise of saving money by buying in bulk. But do they really pay off for the ... Moreaverage consumer, or can you get better deals by shopping at smaller retail stores and local shops? Where's the balance or Is there even one? CJ shares an experience he had while in Harlem recently after taking a look at the business landscape. Less


    Here's a special message about Season II of the Street StartUps Podcast!

  • Ep 14: Technology in Business

    Tracey and CJ discuss the role technology plays in business (and sometimes doesn't play, lol!). Communication is key. Co ... Moremmunication with your partners, with your customers, with groups of people, whether your using technology or not, if you can master communication, and overcome the obstacles that sometime rear their head, you're well on your way! Less


    BEST OF EPISODE!! This week's guest is Monika Jackson from Royalty Ministries. Royalty Ministries is a 501(c)3 organiza ... Moretion founded to inspire and support individuals in pursuing their purpose, thereby making moral and ethical decisions that will effect positive change within themselves and within the greater community. Less

  • Ep 12: Learn to Earn

    Entrepreneurship education is gaining momentum–it is one of the big emerging trends in education. It has also taken so ... Moreme interesting shapes due to its unique audience and the rigorous (when well-designed) requirements that result from its unique position at the intersection of opportunity identification and problem solving, design and creativity, finance and team leadership. In this episode, Tracey and CJ discuss ReEntry Ventures Entrepreneurs' Workshop as well as other focal issues regarding entrepreneurship. Less

  • Ep 11: Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?

    Something has gotten CJ fired up. It's how people answer this question: "Are Entrepreneurs Born or Made?" Well, don't be ... Morelieve the hype. What does THAT mean? It means you have to listen to this episode to hear the truth on this topic. Less

  • Ep 10: Today's Entrepreneur

    CJ and Tracey take you through "today's entrepreneur". Today's entrepreneurs are using social media. Yesterday was about ... More needing a store front—but today's entrepreneur needs an App! Today's entrepreneur is selling stuff from the beach while on vacation!! Being in the thick of it, Tracey explains how yesterday's entrepreneur is not tomorrow entrepreneur or even TODAY'S entrepreneur! Less

  • Ep 9: Ethics

    CJ and Tracey tackle the topics of ethics this week. Ethics are always important, whether you’re a business or not, bu ... Moret as our world changes and becomes more mobile, we’re becoming more tightly governed by our ethical (or not-so-ethical) behaviors. This is Tracey's favorite topic, so get ready, buckle up, and take some notes! Less

  • Ep 8 - Street StartUps Origin

    This week, Tracey and CJ discuss the origin of Street StartUps — an opportunity for entrepreneurs who are looking to t ... Moreake the skills and talents they have and apply them in a way that they can be successful entrepreneurs. Less

  • Ep 7 - An Interview with CJ Meenan

    Tracey Syphax talks with his Street Start Ups podcast co-host, C.J. Meenan this week. CJ is an entrepreneur and educator ... More with over 30 years’ experience teaching entrepreneurship and starting small businesses. He holds an MBA from Babson College and is a leader in entrepreneurial education specializing in curriculum design for individuals as well as groups. He has designed entrepreneurship programs at all levels from elementary to adult learners. Less

  • Ep 6 - An Interview with Tracey Syphax

    CJ Meenan sits down with down with entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and community activist Tracey Syphax. Tracey is a ... Morelso the author of the book, "From the block to the Boardroom" and is the co-host of the podcast "Street Start Ups". During the interview, Tracey discusses with CJ his passion not only for entrepreneurship but also his deep commitment in giving back to the community. Less

  • Ep 5 - An Interview with Brian Stokes

    In this episode Trace and CJ check in with Brian Stokes and discuss how you take skills you have and turn them into a bu ... Moresiness. Brian also talks about how entrepreneurs are always helping the community and why that is a great way to do business. Less

  • Ep 4 - An Interview with Kareem Mathis

    This week's guest is Kareem Mathis from Slap Mobile.

  • Ep 3 - An Interview with Monika Jackson

    This week's guest is Monika Jackson from Royalty Ministries. Royalty Ministries is a 501(c)3 organization founded to ins ... Morepire and support individuals in pursuing their purpose, thereby making moral and ethical decisions that will effect positive change within themselves and within the greater community. Less

  • Ep 2: An Interview with John Harmon

    This week's guest is John E. Harmon, Sr. IOM, who has served as the Founder, President, and CEO of the African American ... MoreChamber of Commerce of New Jersey, since 2007. Harmon is the former President and CEO of the Metropolitan Trenton African American Chamber of Commerce (MTAACC). Under his guidance, MTAACC grew its membership substantially, forged alliances with business associations/organizations and government, and forged strategic partnerships in the public and private sectors to benefit African American businesses throughout New Jersey.

    In this episode, John shares his powerful insights on Leadership, Entrepreneurs and the Power of Giving Back in our Communities. Don’t miss this insightful episode! Less