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Episode 38: Heartbreak, Heroes, and the HVCC Community

Welcome to Blue Collar StartUp, the podcast!
Our Mission is Simple: To facilitate the growth and development of Blue Collar businesses. We will showcase REAL Blue Collar businesses in interviews, and use these stories to help educate and empower the next generation of trades workers to become Blue Collar business owners.

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview four students at the Blue Collar College - Tim, Jonathan, Jawid and Edon! Their incredible stories showcase the strength of the Blue Collar spirit - between preserving heritage, community values, working hard to chase those dreams, and even acts of genuine heroism, the future for the next generation of Blue Collar workers is looking bright!

00:15 - Be Careful with Gas Fires!

01:32 - Live from the Welding Room!

03:05 - Introductions: We’ve Got a Full Room!

08:46 - Honda Gang!

09:11 - Time Keeps on Slippin’

10:11 - Chasing the Dream

14:56 - Restoration Takes Dedication!

16:12 - Honda Gang Strikes Again!

17:23 - Blue Collar Gives Back

19:31 - Escaping a Fire… And Saving a Family!

24:54 - No Stranger to Danger

26:41 - An Incredible Community

27:47 - Gaining Experience, and Seeing Opportunity

31:28 - Security and Opportunity: Blue Collar’s Where It’s At!

35:42 - Attracting Talent: Show Some Support, and Respect!

38:50 - Owning a Shop Isn’t for Everyone… But What a Ride!

41:38 - A Creative Battering Ram to the Experience Wall

43:45 - Bringing the Modern and the Classic Together

47:44 - Closing Remarks



  • Interviewers

    Mike Nelson & Derek Foster

  • Guests

    Tim, Jonathan, Jawid, & Edon

  • Runtime

    49 Minutes, 53 Seconds

  • Air Date

    October 9th, 2023