Arthropodcast - A Pest Control Podcast for Industry Professionals. We Cover Pest Control News, Pest Control Topics, Pest Control Products
Arthropodcast is a weekly pest control podcast that promotes professionalism and industry expertise to business owners, pest control operators, sales reps, and inspectors.

Jerry Bryan and triple d talk about professionalism in pest control 

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Bryan and Patrick talk about seo

Bryan learns (among other things) that there is no plural seo

How to keep website in top 3

And how pro can help

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The Loneliness of Route Techs and Hello to Scott Ballard

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In Bryan's first Webster Wednesday, he discusses graphing programs with long-time host Patrick Baldwin. Don't miss it!

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For this edition of WPTC, there are two main subjects: 
1. How many trips around a residential service?
2. Website for new business?
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After three years of podcasting, Co-host Steve Jackson has decided to pass the baton. Bryan and Steve briefly talk about the transition.

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Bryan and Steve talk flies vs spiders and the jumping spider mating dance. Bryan also shares a PR move gone wrong.

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This episode, the guys talk about tiny spiders with big brains, they discuss a study that makes a case for pest control, and Bryan shares a recent bed bug story.

Direct download: 110_A_Case_For_Pest_Control.mp3
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Maria leads the sales & strategy department of Coalmarch Productions. She works with prospective clients on their website and marketing strategies.

Join her and Patrick as they discuss the importance of recruiting, interviewing tips, and much more!

Don't miss this one!

Direct download: WW22_Maria_Mayorga_of_Coalmarch_Productions.mp3
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For at least five years, Rick Vetter at UC Riverside has been reporting a trend - Black Widows are being pushed out by their less-venomous cousin, the Brown Widow spider. 

Direct download: 109_Black_Widows_vs_Brown_Widows.mp3
Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 9:13pm CST

Back with another special edition of WPTC, the very popular Daniel Dye stops by to discuss Fall aggregating Insects with Jerry Schappert. Like always you DO NOT want to miss this show!

Direct download: WPTC_Fall_Aggregating_Insects_With_Daniel_Dye.mp3
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Thanks to Michael from All American Pest Control for helping us clarify details of the newest method of mosquito control. In addition, Bryan talks about the effects of Hurricane Irma.

Direct download: 108_Mosquito_and_Irma.mp3
Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 8:55pm CST

While waiting for Hurricane Irma to arrive in Valdosta, Bryan and Steve discusses the pest control industry's top general liability claims involving animals.

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For episode 106, Steve talks about how bees overwinter and the roles of honey, nectar and pollen in the overwintering process. In addition, Bryan discusses a new method of mosquito control that involves a pesticide-spiked nectar. 

Direct download: Honey_Pollen_and_Nectar.mp3
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For episode 105, Bryan talks with Anna Marie of Bug Mafia. In business since the beginning of May, Anna shares some of her entrepreneurial experiences.

In addition, Bryan talks about a recent WDIR that went wrong.

You don't want to miss this episode!

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In the latest edition of Whistling Passed Cemetery, the guys cover three threads:

  1. P.C. Pro
  2. Jerry’s trip to Bayer’s Headquarters.
  3. A thread posted by Franklin Hernandez about truck logos.

To hear Jerry’s and Bryan’s responses, download the episode today!

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The first week of August brought a slew of new posts on the PestCemetery.com Facebook page. Jerry Schappert and Bryan Baird talk about a few of the most interesting ones. Listen today!

Direct download: WPTC-August-9-2017.mp3
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Join Jerry and Daniel on an extended episode of WPTC as they discuss wood destroying beetles.

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Join Bryan and Steve as they discuss histoplasmosis. In addition, Bryan shares a story that serves as a reminder - when it comes to customer service, it's the little things that make a big difference.

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For this special episode, Aaron Bray and Patrick Baldwin talk about exciting things happening with PestBoost and PestWorks. If you're interested in growing your business, don't miss this one!

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Each week, Jerry Schappert and Bryan Baird recap some of the most interesting posts from the Pest Cemetery Facebook Group.

If you’re not a member, you can join here: PestCemetery.com

Maybe you've been away for a while and have not seen some of the things that have went down in the Facebook group. This week, the guys talk about what happened and why some decisions were made. 

In addition, Jerry and Bryan discuss a post by Anna Marie on perseverance and patience.

Don't miss this one!

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Trey is an interesting dude. In 2015, he launched Bug Out Pest Solutions in DeQueen AR. In this 45 minute interview, Jerry asks Trey a variety of questions including how he came into the industry and about his brief golf and music careers. Don't miss this one! 

Direct download: WPTC-Trey_Howard.mp3
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Recorded on Independence Day, this episode has Bryan and Steve discussing a new and interesting method of controlling Lyme Disease through the use of CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats). In addition, Bryan tells us about a bed bug heat treatment gone wrong.

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For this special holiday edition on WPTC, Jerry checks in with Tim Williams of Bad Bugs Pest Control. They talk about Bed Bug heat treatments, customer service, Tim's YouTube channel and much more. Be sure to give this one a listen!

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For this special episode of Whistling Past the Cemetery, Jerry and Daniel Dye talk silverfish.

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Each week, Jerry Schappert and Bryan Baird recap some of the most interesting posts from the Pest Cemetery Facebook Group.

If you’re not a member, you can join here: PestCemetery.com

In the latest edition of Whistling Passed Cemetery, the guys cover three threads.

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For episode 102, we had a request from Michael of All American Pest Management to discuss honey bees. Who better to talk about bees than the one and only Critter McCool? Critter talks about inspections, equipment, extraction and much much more.

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In this episode of Webster Wednesdays, Patrick and Steve cover texting apps, texting etiquette and much more. Be sure to check this one out!

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On this special edition of Whistling Passed the Cemetery, Jerry speaks with Josh Alpert of Green Earth Pest Control. 

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In this episode Jerry and Bryan discuss the IPM "paradox", the supplier blues and dealing with domestic squabbles. 

Don't miss this one!

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Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 10:34pm CST

Let's face it, the pest control industry has a lot of customers looking for the lowest price. Some of these customers can be combative when they feel they're being charged too much. In this episode, Bryan and Steve give suggestions on how to deal with these potential customers.

In addition, Jody Green gives us some insight on what it's like to assist individuals suffering moderate to severe cases of delusory parasitosis.

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Should you use the same profile pic for all your social media platforms? Find out on episode 20 of Webster Wednesday!

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For episode 100, Bryan and Steve enlist the help of Dr. Jody Green and Daniel Dye. With all the new products flooding the market, Jody gives us advice on how to determine which products best suit our individual needs.

Daniel Dye talks about the relationship between rain and exterior treatments and how to communicate with customers that might be concerned with potential rainfall.

Daniel also shares some of his experiences in becoming an Associate Certified Entomologist.

Thanks to both Jody and Daniel for helping make this landmark episode an informative one!

Direct download: EP100.mp3
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On this special edition of Whistling Past The Cemetery, Jerry Schappert talks with Joe Hawkins of Earthwise Pest Management. Since starting Earthwise, Joe has grown his business at a scorching pace. Don’t miss this episode, as the guys cover goal setting, motivation, processes and much more.

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For episode 19, Patrick talk about the best ways to respond to good, bad, ugly, and illegitimate business reviews. You won't want to miss this one. 

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For episode #99, Bryan and Steve discuss the three biggest reasons German cockroaches would avoid gel bait. They also share stories about elevator pit infestations and Steve's recent cricket infestation.

In addition, Bryan introduces his ACE Challenge. He'll be interviewing PCOs about the victories and challenges they face while preparing for the ACE exam.

Direct download: EP99.mp3
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For this special edition of Whistling Past the Cemetery, Jerry talks with Associate Certified Entomologist Daniel Dye about springtails. You won't want to miss this episode, as these seasoned professionals discuss control methods, food sources, habitats, and much more.

Direct download: WPTC_Springtails_With_Daniel_Dye.mp3
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Each week, Jerry Schappert and Bryan Baird recap some of the most interesting posts from the Pest Cemetery Facebook Group.

If you’re not a member, you can join here: PestCemetery.com

For the latest edition of Whistling Past the Cemetery, the guys cover two questions by Jody Mills.

Jody’s first question placed Cemeterians in a “hypothetical” situation. Jody posted:

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Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 10:26pm CST

For the latest edition of Webster Wednesday, Steve explains how to use the websites of your competition to grow your pest control business.

Step 1. Use a website analysis tool

The really good website analysis tools charge a monthly fee, but you can find a few of the premium ones that offer a free trail period.

has generated. Analysis tools can also tell you what search queries were used by viewers to discover the page. 

Once you get signed up and registered with one of these tools, it's just a matter of entering your and the competitions' website addresses. Most tools allow room for five or more competitors. 

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On this episode, Bryan and Steve discuss a new extortion tactic used against small businesses, Bryan reviews ActiveGuard Mattress Covers. The guys also chime in on weed in the workplace.

Direct download: EP98_Weed_Active_Guard_and_Extortion.mp3
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The pest control industry recently lost a legitimate "Hall of Famer".

For episode 97, Michelle Senner reflects on her father's pest control legacy.

Truly Nolen was far ahead of his time. He adopted "Green Pest Control" in the 1970's, helped change public perception of our industry, and displayed several acts of marketing genius.

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This week, Jerry and Bryan discuss Jerry's trip to New Mexico and why it's important to grow your pest control arsenal. The guys also chime in on whether they prefer bed bug or termite jobs.

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We skipped a week or two, but we're finally back. This week, Patrick and Steve talk about creative ways grow your business through the use of email.

 

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This week, we have a treat! Frank and Sandy Honess (founders of Ladybug Pest Management) are best known for their highly trained and certified bed bug scent detection beagles, Daisey, Dolley and Dixie.

Join them and the Arthropodcast team as they discuss K9 certifications, training, inspection techniques, and much, much more.

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For the latest episode of Arthropodcast, we had the privilege of speaking with Joseph Latino, Chief Operating Officer of Allergy Technologies. In this episode, Joseph talked about active ingredients, repellency, formulations, bed bug preventative strategies and a unique product called ActiveGuard(TM) Mattress Liners.

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This week, Jerry and Bryan talk about the Pest Cemetery Live 2017 cruise. In addition, Jerry shares the experience of losing a 15 year technician to retirement and the joys of interviewing the tech's replacement.

The guys also chime in on an outstanding Facebook post by Renee Vickers Ferree. Renee wrote:

"As the wife of an aspiring pest control owner/operator, what can I do to help start the business and give moral support to my husband during the startup phase?

What should I NOT do during this time?"

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For the final installment of Pest Cemetery Live 2017, Jerry sits down with the highly respected Daniel D Dye of Florida Pest Control.

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As promised, Here's another epic interview from Pest Cemetery Live 2017. For this episode, Jerry interviews the one and only Paul Bello. 

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What happens when a legend sits down with an icon? Find out when Jerry Schappert interviews arguably the brightest mind the pest control industry has ever seen. 

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To become an A.C.E. in the United States, you must:

  • Hold a current pesticide applicator's license issued by a state, federal, military, or tribal authority.
  • Have a minimum of 5 years experience in the structural pest control industry.
  • Submit two letters of reference from professional colleagues (ACEs, BCEs, employers, past employers, major clients, government officials, etc).
  • Sign the ACE Code of Ethics
  • Submit your application 30 days in advance of taking the test (and pay membership fee $355-$395).
  • Pass the examination with a score of 75% or higher.
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Patrick and Steve discuss their favorite apps for pest control. Be sure to check this episode out!

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This week, Bryan and Steve cover a CDC report about a few acute illness cases involving Nuvan Pest Strips. Steve also shares the story of Ben Feldman and Bryan reminds us the importance of keeping your axe sharp.

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First off, Jerry and Bryan cover a post made by James Sneed.
 
James writes:
 
"There are a lot of business owners on this page. Kudos to you men and women. This post isn't for you, this post is for the plethora of employees that work hard day in and day out. My best advice is this, not everyone is meant to be an entrepreneur. Some are meant to be #2, #3 or tech for life. Nothing wrong with that. Work hard. Master your craft. Serve with purpose. You are in a field of work that has done more for mankind's health and safety than they will ever know. Thank you all. And thanks to the great owners out there!"
 
Next up, the guys share the last part of Bryan's interview with Harry Bryan. This time they talk about Niban.
 
The second Facebook post the hosts cover came from Hunter Hughes.
 
Hunter asks, "What're you guys doing for winter services? Say you're doing quarterlies and their spray comes up but there's snow on the ground, what's your guys' process and how do you go about explaining to the customer the need?
 
Lastly, Jason Yrigoven posts a question about reinvesting: 
 
"How much of your yearly earnings would you say go back into the business? Not looking for specifics just a ball park guess. Maybe in percentage? 30-50%?"
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Here's the bad news: There is no home run. You have to put the work in. Buying "Likes" is not an option.

The good news? Patrick gives two AWESOME tips! One is an app and the other is a new Facebook feature.

What are they? Check out this episode of Webster Wednesdays and find out!

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What's the difference between spying and observing from afar? Is it possible to maintain your tech's trust if you practice either method? Bryan and Steve share their thoughts on the topic.

In addition, Bryan shares his findings on his Altriset research. Thanks to Daniel Dye for supplying a TON of information we would not have found elsewhere!

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Jerry sits down with Daniel Dye to discuss discontinued products, roaches, termites, how to become better at identification and much, much more.

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For episode 91, Steve rants about edible insects and challenges the demands we put on new hires. Bryan shares a story about the need to be thorough and mentions a termite product named Altriset.

Direct download: EP91.mp3
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Each week, Jerry Schappert and Bryan Baird recap some of the most interesting posts from the Pest Cemetery Facebook Group.

 

If you’re not a member, you can join here: PestCemetery.com

 

The first post mentioned came from Chris Rowland. Chris asked, “For all the one man bands....what do you do when you get sick or injured? I pulled my back out on Tuesday and I haven’t been able to work all week. Still in pain and can't work. I never have issues like this and don't have a back-up plan.

 

Next up, the guys play a clip from an interview about Bora-Care with Harry Bryan.

 

Calvin Moehle had an excellent question in regards to marketing a new business. Calvin asked, “When opening a new Pest Control business is it best to let the area you’re in know you’re a New Pest Control business just starting or is it best to kind of just start marketing like you have been around for years?

Lastly, Kyle Parker asked, “What is your preferred method of finding employees? Websites etc…”

 

Until next week, take care!

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This week, Patrick and Steve share ideas on how to make your content more creative.

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His week, the guys talk to Harry Bryan of the Nisus Corporation. Harry has been on our radar for a long time, so we were Uber excited when he agreed to be on the show. In addition, Jerry and Bryan talk about offices, hose reels and starting a pest control business.

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Let's face it, the end goal is to make money. So this week, we ponder whether Twitter is a viable tool to generate revenue for your pest control business.

Direct download: WW13_Twitter.mp3
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Each week, Jerry Schappert and Bryan Baird recap some of the most interesting posts from the Pest Cemetery Facebook Group.

If you’re not a member, you can join here: PestCemetery.com

Direct download: WPTC11.mp3
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Tommy is a sharp guy! A University of Florida graduate, Tommy has spent his entire career in the pest control industry. On this episode, he talked about MGK's latest product - a HIGHLY regarded bed bug product called Crossfire. He also clears up a few questions we had about Vendetta and Vendetta Plus. 

Listen closely! Tommy shares a lot of gems on this episode!

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What's the best way to boost your company's visibility? It depends on the stage of your company's development.

Attention Start-ups! You'll definitely want to follow these suggestions!

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Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 9:48pm CST

Each week, Jerry Schappert and Bryan Baird recap some of the most interesting posts from the Pest Cemetery Facebook Group.

 

If you’re not a member, you can join here: PestCemetery.com

 

01/30/17

 

The first post discussed was by Ed Gregorich. Here’s what Ed posted:

Just left Jeff Bagwell's house.

What famous people have you met on your PC route?

Others for me:

Ray Childress

Tillman Fertitta and

Joel and Victoria Osteen”

While in Oakland, Bryan bumped into Clint Eastwood. Jerry mentioned that, although similar posts have appeared in the past, the answers continue to get more interesting as the pest cemetery membership grows.

 

Bryan then brought up the “raccoon in a tank” video. Jerry shared a few funny raccoon stories.

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Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 8:55pm CST

This week, we share Jody Green's fascinating conversation about termite reproduction. Why do we see fewer swarms then we did years ago? What goes down after a swarm? Find out on this episode!

In addition, Bryan and Steve cover the conversational "no-nos" when servicing customers.

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This week, Patrick and Steve cover the best "bang for your buck" in your SEO strategy.

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Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 11:17pm CST

To kick things off, Bryan shares his experience with an early termite season and a new addition to his team. His son Dakota is ready to take a route. These are exciting times for Bryan.

Direct download: WPTC09.mp3
Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 2:40pm CST

We've been trying to get Daniel on the show for a long time. Through some of the strangest of circumstances, we've had several obstacles that delayed this episode. Either way, the wait is finally over!

Direct download: 88_Daniel_Dye.mp3
Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 11:59am CST

For episode 10, Patrick and Steve discuss calls to action, their purpose, and how many you should have per website/webpage.

Direct download: webster10.mp3
Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 9:44pm CST

Jody was such a popular guest, we HAD to bring her back. On this episode, she talks about the major difference between termites, ants and honey bees. Jody also discusses the "advantage" of being an older termite and the manner in which termites forage. In addition, Bryan and Steve recap the book titled "The Power of Habit".

Direct download: 87_Jody_Green_Termites.mp3
Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 5:16pm CST

This week, Patrick and Steve discuss the importance of having blog on your pest control business' website. 

Direct download: Webster9.mp3
Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 9:04pm CST

Join Jerry and Bryan as they discuss bed bug monitors, the Amarillo incident, and a business owner's perception of success/happiness on this week's Whistling Past the Cemetery.

Direct download: WPTC10.mp3
Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 8:40am CST

Ever wonder how to service grocery stores? Steve and Bryan and chime in on the subject. In addition, Bryan shares his experience with Green Gorilla's customer service and he also gives a shout out to the Bayer Pest Practices Team.

Direct download: 86.mp3
Category:Pest Control Podcast -- posted at: 9:55pm CST

For the first installment of 2017, Jerry and Bryan highlight posts about jealous spouses, aggressive techs, and start up funds.

Direct download: WPTC9.mp3
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