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Episode 45: Revolutionizing Workforce Development with BoomNation

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 Brent Flavin and David Johnson, co-founder & CEO, and Sales VP respectively of BoomNation! Finding workers and finding work - that's the biggest challenge the trades are facing. BoomNation breaks through the drawbacks of job boards, combining effective professional services with a fun and personal user experience. If you breathe Blue and want to work Blue, BoomNation is your solution!

00:15 - Introductions: Welcome to BoomNation!

04:00 - Not a Recruiter, Not a Forum: A Community

08:37 - Facilitating the Connection: Cutting Through the Noise of a Typical Job Board

10:58 - 90 Days, 98-Million Users Reached!

12:11 - Professional and Fun: All in One

16:40 - Helping Not Just Employees, But Employers, Too!

18:24 - 92% Application Dropoff Rate?! How BoomNation Fixes It

22:11 - The Upsides of a Union… Without the Downsides

23:54 - Derek Arrives, Thumbs Appear

24:40 - Getting Into the Trades: Never Too Early, Never Too Late!

27:17 - Getting (And Staying) In the Trades

30:56 - See a Need, Fill a Need: The BoomNation Origin Story

36:34 - From Passive Project to Top App

38:10 - A Great Project Starts With a Great Team!

39:30 - You Want Quality? Pay For It…

43:45 - …But Pay Alone Isn’t Enough! Be Responsive!

46:40 - How to Get in Touch

47:28 - Shoutout to MLB Construction and Michaels Group!

48:15 - Closing Remarks



  • Interviewers

    Mike Nelson & Derek Foster

  • Guests

    Brent Flavin & David Johnson

  • Runtime

    49 Minutes, 11 Seconds

  • Air Date

    January 2nd, 2024