Episode 21

Mark Miller (Performance Industrial)

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Mark Miller – his old boss, and the main man behind Performance Industrial! They talk about the struggles early businesses face and how they overcame them, Mark’s well-studied practices and methods, and even how Mark overcame a complete relabeling and brand change! You won’t want to miss this informative episode!

Episode 20

Luke Michaels (Michaels Group Homes)

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Luke Michaels, the main man behind Michaels Group Homes! His third-generation business has undergone a lot of trials and changes throughout the years, and Derek and Mike can definitely relate – find out just what they went through by giving this episode a listen!

Episode 19

Anthony Caruso (Caruso Builders)

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Anthony Caruso, the main man behind Caruso Builders of New York! They discuss Anthony’s start at 20 years of age, how he grew his business to work on multi-million dollar homes, how his company dealt with the COVID crisis and the labor shortage, and more in this in-depth episode!

Episode 18

Tom Brizzell (Custom Craft Builders)

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Tom Brizzell, the main man behind Custom Craft Builders of Brunswick! They discuss Tom’s zen-like approach towards his business, the challenges he faced starting both his business and his family in his twenties, and more in this in-depth episode!

Episode 17

Matt Phelps (Metabolic Fitness)

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Matt Phelps, the owner of Metabolic Fitness! They discuss how Matt got started, the stellar programs the facilities offer, and more in this informative episode!
Episode 16

Vince Laurenzo (Quick Response)

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Vince Laurenzo from Quick Response Restoration! Vince’s story really hammers home that sometimes, working in a Blue Collar field chooses you, and it’s up to you whether you answer the call with your own hard work and dedication!
Episode 15

Anthony Guadagnino

In this Episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Anthony Guadagnino, owner and operator of Veteran-Made Woodworks! Anthony shares some great stories about past successes – and failures – and discusses his workman’s philosophy in this brand new episode!
Episode 14

Patrick Farnan

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Patrick Farnan from Next Level Finishes! Patrick really hit it home for us that running a successful business doesn’t need to wait – it can start as soon as you’re willing to put the time and work in!

Episode 13

Matthew Perry

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Matthew Perry from the Auto-Body Program at Hudson Valley Community College! Matt highlights for us that there need not always be a line between a college degree and trade schooling; sometimes, you can have both!

Episode 12

Matt DeFazio

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Matt DeFazio from DeFazio’s Pizza in Troy and Albany! This episode really highlights that starting with an already-successful business is one thing, but it’s what you (and your team) put into it that can make it grow… Or let it crash and burn!

Episode 11

Jennifer Lawrence

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Jennifer Lawrence from SEAT Center! Jennifer makes it clear for us that with the right training and support, anyone can succeed!

Episode 10

Mike Robyck & Matt Roberts

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Mike Robyck and Matt Roberts from MR² Construction Services! They make it clear for us that no matter what your background or how you start up, you can make your business shine with enough work – and a little luck!

Episode 9

Randy Rowe

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Randy Rowe from Farrell Brothers Plumbing & Heating! Randy makes it clear for us that running a franchise (or two) can be in the cards for anyone who’s willing to put the work in!

Episode 8

Bryan Berry

In this episode, our hosts Mike Nelson and Derek Foster interview Bryan Berry from Color Code Painting! Bryan makes it clear for us that no amount of adversity is insurmountable as long as you’re willing to put your nose to the grindstone and work towards your goals!

Episode 7

Dr. Turina Parker

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Dr. Turina Parker from New York BOCES! Dr. Parker makes it clear for us that properly directed education is the best route towards success – whatever you happen to study!

Episode 6

Matt Smith

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Matt Smith from Ace Home Inspections! Matt makes it clear for us that the best thing about blue-collar businesses is the motivation that goes behind them – if you believe, you can achieve!

Episode 5

Josh Jewett (Cole’s Collision)

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Josh Jewett from Cole’s Collision… Some really great stories here on growing a business from zero to 90 employees, with multiple locations and more! Definitely a must-hear episode!

Episode 4

Jamie Magur

In this episode, our Host Mike Nelson interviews Jamie Magur from Troy Grooming Company. Jamie really highlighted for us that no matter what your story is, no matter where the road has taken you… You CAN start over, and you CAN be successful!

Episode 3

Devon Camenga

In this episode, our host Mike Nelson interviews Devon Camenga from Camenga Construction. Devon really highlights how to go from no-hustle to side-hustle, and then how to turn that side-hustle into your full-time gig! Big secret to success here? We’ll give you a hint: Reputation.

Episode 2

Derek Foster

In this episode, Mike interviews Derek Foster: co-founder of Blue Collar StartUp, president of Daigle Cleaning Systems, and CEO of DCS Franchises. Derek has grown a commercial cleaning and janitorial business from his side hustle to a thriving multi-million dollar business with over 100 employees! In this podcast, Derek fills us in on how he got started, going from side hustle to full time, and what it takes to grow a successful business in the janitorial industry.

Episode 1

You Gotta’ Start Somewhere

In our first episode, Derek Foster and Mike Nelson discuss what the podcast is about, who it is for, and what is behind it all. 

We (MIke) did make a couple mistakes while recording so our audio is a little off on this one. We also discovered that Mike should not be allowed to chew gum during recording. As the title says though: “You gotta’ start somewhere”, and we look forward to improving the quality of the recording as we go.


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. 


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  • Creators

    Mike Nelson
    Derek Foster


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