REB 018: Discussing the Differences Between Public Investing and Private Equity Investing

  We just closed on a couple businesses and previously discussed considerations for purchasing a business (in episode 16).  In this episode we discuss some of the differences between investing in private equity and investing in the stock market. In this episode Ben and Brandon discuss: A recent business purchase Marginal theory of value Net/net […]

REB 017: Chocolate Making and Food Incubators with Adam Kavalier

Adam Kavalier is a chocolate maker (not to be confused with a chocolatier) and the owner of DC-based Undone Chocolate.  Undone is located and operates out of DC food incubator Union Kitchen, which works with numerous food startups in the DC area.  The REB Team (Ben and Brandon) were lucky enough to get a tour […]

REB 016: Considerations When Purchasing an Existing Business

Following the trend of atypical episodes this episode is not an interview, but a discussion on purchasing businesses.  We (Brandon and Ben) have been working on some small business acquisitions of our own and thought it would be a good time to do a knowledge dump on what we have learned so far and the […]

REB 015: Ben and Brandon

Ben Piper is the editor and technical side of the Real Everyday Business blog and podcast.  Ben and Brandon are also business partners in the ATM and merchant services industries.  This episode is a little different from a typical REB show.  In this show Ben and Brandon explain some of their business and discuss what […]

REB 014: Showtime with Paul Vivari

Paul Vivari is the owner and proprietor of Showtime, a dive bar located in Washington, DC.  Paul was our first client for Merchant ATM Solutions.  Paul bartended, worked as a door man at bars, and DJed (under the moniker Soul Call Paul) in DC for nearly a decade and in 2013 opened Showtime.  Showtime boasts […]

REB 013: Bare Bites with Allison Levitt

Allison Levitt is the founder of Bare Bites, a pet product company out of Frederick, Maryland.  Bare Bites produces all natural treats for dogs, cats, and horses.  Allison previously owned a retail pet store which she sold so she could focus on Bare Bites. In this episode Brandon and Allison discuss: Creating natural products for […]

REB 012: Johann Moonesinghe and Equity Eats

Johann Moonesinghe is the CEO of EquityEats, a crowdfunding platform for restaurants.  Johann and his partners opened EquityEats in 2014.  They currently have four investments on the site and will be opening a pop-up space to showcase chefs and restaurants in Washington D.C.  The founders believe the food and beverage service industry is perfectly positioned […]

REB 011: Easy Caring with Cristina Twigg

Cristina Twigg is the founder of the babysitting agency Easy Care Sitters. She started the company in Brooklyn, New York in 2000 and now runs the business from Boulder, Colorado.  Easy Care contracts a large roster of background-checked, CPR-certified sitters.  Cristina is very passionate about Easy Care and is now considering options for expanding her […]

REB 010: Naomi Reis – Piece O’ Cake

Naomi Reis is the proprietor of Piece O’ Cake bakery in Frederick, Maryland.  Piece O’ Cake started with catering at weddings and opened a retail location in August 2014.  They specialize in gluten free baked goods and wedding cakes.  Naomi operates the business with her sister.  They serve breakfast and lunch at their location and […]

REB 009: The Wine Business with Matt Cimino

Matt Cimino is the founder of Great Shoals Winery, located in Mount Vernon, Maryland.  He also operates a tasting room at Heyser Farms in Silver Spring, Maryland.  Great Shoals has been around for four years.  Matt started out by converting his father’s barn into a winery.  The majority of fruit used in his wines are […]