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Business Partner Partners

Chrissy & Ryan McCrary

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Hi, we’re Chrissy and Ryan McCrary, spouses and business partners running a coffee shop and bar in Greenville, SC called Mountain Goat. We’re here to bring you along for the roller coaster of running a business together. We’ve experienced firsthand the loneliness of running a business - even together. We’re here to help you feel less lonely in your journey. Whether you run a business with your partner, on your own, or are just thinking of starting your journey. Join us for a behind-the-scene ...
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Join Chrissy on this solo ep about how to handle seasons of burnout. We discuss practical tips and mindset shifts to learn how to cope and make it out on the other side. Burnout is coming for you, but it doesn't have to take you down. Tune in! insta: @businesspartnerpartners website: www.partnerpartners.net…
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The story of Kendall and Dave Daly, the couple behind Amend Market, a sustainable plastic free refill shop located in Greenville, SC, may seem like a classic Romeo and Juliet tale: a Sustainability Coordinator and an Exxon Employee. Kendall’s family taught her the love for nature, which she eventually translated into a passion for sustainability in…
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The “Summer Reading Series” kicks off with Chrissy and Ryan discussing a book that is jam packed with short pieces of advice and storires for any business owner or entrepreuner. They break down some of the big points including the controversial opinion of this author who says that you should be working 24x7x365 on your business, what you should act…
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Corinne and Cory Wickline aren't just regulars at Mountain Goat, they are business owners in the very early days of opening a franchise of a business called "Another Round." What is that you may ask? Well, it started in Charlotte, NC and it is centered around the game growing in popularity- Frisbee Golf. Another Round is a community hub for frisbee…
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Jerry Chapman has spent the last 22 years in identity, specializing in the integration of Cybersecurity tools to place Identity and data at the center of Security. In 2021, he published the book “Zero Trust Security: An Enterprise Guide” with co-author Jason Garbis. In this fascinating conversation, we discuss what it was like to co-author and publ…
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This special edition episode is a zoom call between Chrissy and Ryan who is 9.5 hours in the future in India. We discuss what it's like operating a business when one partner is out of town, how the days look different, what Ryan stresses about from abroad, and how Chrissy has to actually process her emotions before verbalizing them. How lame. We di…
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Mark and Sarah Batory may have gone to high school together, but their real connection began on Facebook (thanks Marky Z!). In this episode you'll hear the beautiful story of Mark and Sarah moving to Wisconsin for grad school two weeks after getting married, but ending up working at a pottery studio and learning how you can take studio art and make…
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Patch Charron was fascinated by live production. He loved both the creative and technical aspects of lighting. So he spent time working on tours and learning the ropes. But live production is a tough and exhausting life. He hit a point where he knew he was done and ready for a change. He met someone willing to give him his time and advice about the…
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Chrissy and Ryan give their take on what's working so far in 2024 from people's drinks of choice to members programs, to how companies are using technology in their business. They even generate some ideas mid-recording for what to do differently at Mountain Goat! This casual conversation will surely leave you with at least one take away or one gigg…
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JP may have been Ryland's 'safe bet' when they met and became friends in college, but their friendship grew and they both realized they were meant for each other. As newlyweds, they learned to love customer service and the beginning stages of a small business through volunteering at some of their friends' brand new brewery (for tips!). After moving…
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Chrissy is a mom and Chrissy is a business owner but is one more important than the other? This is a question that you must answer for yourself, but in this ep you’ll hear about Chrissy’s thoughts around work as identity, deep playground thoughts, and tips for how to manage the mental load of motherhood and business. An easy listen and great insigh…
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How does the “guy behind the keyboard” become a public speaker and move into a management role? Andrew Glasser shares how joining a SharePoint user group helped him grow from developer, to team lead, to the Director of Pre-Sales at Cognizant Microsoft Business Group in this great conversation. You will want to hear this episode if you are intereste…
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Joan Herlong plans to one day be the ‘dusty figurehead’ of her real estate company, but until that day she will be defying everyone’s expectations of her to propel her company, Joan Herlong & Associates Sotheby’s International Realty, to set the standard for luxury real estate in upstate South Carolina. She tells the story of how William, her husba…
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This episode goes over the Mountain Goat Hiring Process from application to hire. Chrissy and Ryan discuss the insight they've gained from hiring for a non-profit outdoor organization, a for-profit climbing gym, and a for-profit coffee shop and bar (Mountain Goat as it is today). If you are in a position to hire in any capacity, I know you'll have …
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Everyone implicitly knows that relationships are important. Building the right relationships that can turn into partnerships is a skill that Mark Pierce has perfected throughout his career. Now, Mark Pierce is the General Manager of the ivision Microsoft Group. He leads developing and delivering innovative and secure cloud and AI solutions across v…
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David and Sarah Baker met in Boy Scouts as kids and although they took turns (that didn't align) being interested in each other, they finally got together in college. Soon after graduation, the moved to Prague, Czech Republic to open a hostel where they would live and work for five years and eventually have their first child. A barista competition …
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Who knew setting up a private text number would lead to so many great discussions!? Warning: this episode does not have a lot of meat or 'key takeaways,' just Ryan and Chrissy discussing what people have anonymously texted into Mountain Goat. Whether relationship advice, what they should eat, or if they should take a nap or exercise, we have all th…
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Tomasz Onyszko is the co-founder and CTO of Predica, a 400-person consulting practice headquartered in Warsaw, Poland. He’s a 14-time MVP and Microsoft Regional Director recognized for technical excellence and community leadership. Tomasz and his founding partners scaled Predica from a handful of people to a 400-person international Microsoft pract…
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This week Ryan goes rogue on his own. Join him for a solo episode that Chrissy couldn't censor as he unpacks his perspective on Mountain Goat. From creating community, to creating magic, to making the right decision and saying no to things. Ryan also wanted to thank all the current staff: Georgia, Grace, Joy, Kara, Kira, Kate, Casey, Lauren, Maddie…
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Sean and Kate Gaffney met in line at a concert (rom com?) and were engaged in less than nine months. After having two kids together, Kate recognized a problem and wanted a solution- so she created it. She imagined being able to carry her kids and/or hold their hands and also be able to stylishly and comfortably carry her keys. From the moment they …
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Are you familiar with The Entrepreneurial Operating System (or EOS®)? It’s risen in popularity over recent years—and for good reason. It’s driven powerful business results for numerous companies. It’s one of the reasons why Rob Horton’s company, ThreeWill, implemented it. Rob Horton is the Executive Director of ThreeWill, an Atlanta-based Microsoft…
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In this episode we talk to our friends and fellow business owners, Matt and Sarah Sain who own and operate Sain Homes- a home renovation company which provides full service general contracting, builds, additions and design services for families all over the Upstate of South Carolina. They compliment each other daily in the business of remodeling ol…
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This ep is a dining room table discussion about beer, and although this info is boring to Chrissy and Ryan who are alone on this ep, some may say it's fascinating. We go into depth about Ryan's only job at Mountain Goat (this is mostly a joke- he does a lot); ordering the beer and designing the beer menu. We discuss getting a liquor license,using d…
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The Hardest Working Man In Azure Security - David Steadman, Ep #2 Have you thought about branching out and launching a consulting firm? Or building out and launching a tech startup? David Steadman left Cognizant to do just that. David is an expert technology solution provider and independent consultant who’s accrued over two decades of experience a…
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This week, Ryan and Chrissy are joined by their friend: published author, writer, and "home cook" Beth Brown Ables to discuss the beginning of the food program at Mountain Goat. When Mountain Goat first opened in 2018, making our own food was nowhere on the radar, but when the pandemic forced us to find other revenue sources, we went the path of li…
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Jamie and Allison Nadeau met in middle school and would go on to wed and create Ink Meets Paper, the letterpress greeting card and paper goods company that beautifully makes people more connected in our digital world. In this episode we discuss their start as entrepreneurs (an eBay store selling random goods!) all the way to printing cards one by o…
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Building a business from scratch can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned business leaders. Asen Petrov knew he was up for the challenge. After 11 years between HP and Microsoft delivering infrastructure, identity, and enterprise mobility and messaging solutions (in the cloud and on-premises), Asen built the cybersecurity team for the Pred…
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Join Chrissy and Ryan on this duet ep where we discuss our journey with Instagram and the four categories that have been the most successful! We may or may not concede at the end of this episode that we don’t actually know how to go viral, but we promise it will encourage our listeners to rethink why you’re posting and the desired outcome. Social m…
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Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall during a couple's counseling session- specifically a couple that runs a business together? Well this is your chance. Ryan and Chrissy sit down with Lee McDerment, one of their best friends and a pastor at Newspring Church in Greenville, SC. We hit the hard questions about friendship, communication, and s…
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Welcome to the Business of Microsoft Partners Podcast where we empower the Microsoft community through conversations with leaders, practitioners, and consultants of Azure and Microsoft solutions.โดย Scott Eastin
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Cam and Joy Hill started a neighborhood-focused ministry together that they never intended to grow to the size it is now. Their family has grown alongside the ministry and they have learned to manage both as a team through the ups and downs. Ryan and Chrissy have a fun convo with them at an off-site location discussing everything from how Cam was i…
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Join Ryan and Chrissy at their kitchen table in this year of Twenty Twenty Four. We talk about our biggest wins of 2023 and what we want to see in 2024 for our business, Mountain Goat, and for our personal lives! We even give each other goals for next year on the spot- some are received better than others. Taking the time to think about all of the …
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Matt and Jen Moreau met in college and truly fell into the screen printing business. Dapper Ink began when Matt saw a need; people on campus needed a way to print their t-shirts for special events. Jen eventually joined with her ability to "make sense of chaos" and they built the business together. The Landmark Project, a completely separate brand,…
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In this episode we talk to Mikey Hayes, who Ryan met as a 6th grade student when he started going on GOAT trips as as middle schooler and decided he would work at GOAT one day (spoiler- he does.) We break down the difference between GOAT and Mountain Goat and hear more about Mikey's experience. The tables are then turned and Mikey asks us questions…
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Dive into a big money convo with Chrissy & Ryan from their dining room table. We discuss business expenses from the beginning of starting Mountain Goat, our coffee shop and bar, in 2018 including the ones that are exciting (espresso machine) to the ones that are painful and unexpected (broken HVAC). This is an insiders look into how we each feel ab…
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“WE SHOULD START A BREWERY!” The phrase that many people declare, but Brian and Nicole Cendrowski followed through with… After meeting in high school youth group and eventually joining a club to drink craft beer, Brian and Nicole started brewing beer by testing an Irish Red Ale on their home stove. Nicole and Brian both had winding career paths tha…
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Chrissy & Ryan are interviewed by their friend, Tabi Cooper, who was the realtor representing the sale of the building where Mountain Goat resides (a former speed shop). Tabi has a unique insight into the growth of Mountain Goat as someone who lives within walking distance of Mountain Goat and has been a sounding board for ideas and changes since t…
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Matthew and Sarah Bradford met because they were matching- true romance. Much later, Matty's Pattys food truck was born and is based out of Anderson, SC. This smashburger foodtruck (which makes cookies, too!) truly completes the Bradford's mission of bringing a great burger to the small town where they live ( idea inspired by a TV show!). In this e…
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Join Chrissy & Ryan on this date night convo discussing all the mistakes we've made in the business (thus far). We want you to learn from us so you can avoid making the same mistakes (or make them and say 'oh yea, we're not alone). Even if you're not in the same industry, you'll get a peek into how making mistakes has humbled us and made us better …
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Chrissy & Ryan are interviewed by Ryan's co-worker and friend, Eric Dodds, on the vulnerable inner thoughts of running a business with your spouse. We cover a variety of topics including our personal philosophies on why we keep the business running when it feels like we want to burn it all down. If you're running a small business and have ever felt…
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Michael and Caitlin Hayes from Clare's Creamery had ice cream in their future since the day they met. They've built a successful business and brand focused on community with two locations in Greenville, SC. We discuss chasing the ultimate goal over the money and how they've created a strong culture within their business of Customer Service, Cleanli…
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In this episode, you'll meet Ryan and Chrissy and learn why the Business Partner Partners podcast exists by hearing the backstory of how we met and got to where we are now! This tale includes love, intrigue, tears (what makes Ryan cry), disappointments, goals and dreams. What more could you want from an Origin Story! You'll learn how we work togeth…
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Welcome to Business Partner Partners! We’re Chrissy and Ryan McCrary, spouses and business partners running a coffee shop and bar in Greenville, SC called Mountain Goat. We’re here to bring you along for the roller coaster of running a business together. We’ve experienced firsthand the loneliness of running a business - even together. We’re here to…
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