Season 3 of National Television Series “START UP” Profiles More Creative Entrepreneurs from the Midwest and Down the East Coast

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START UP Season 3, a television docuseries highlighting the struggles and victories of entrepreneurs in 17 cities across the United States, returns for its 3rd season (check local listings). Sponsored by Chrysler Brand, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, North American Bancard (Pay Anywhere) and A Bakers Tale, START UP provides an up close and personal look into today’s small business success stories. In each episode, creator and host Gary Bredow, director Raisa Churina and producer Jenny Feterovich continue to reveal the experiences of individuals who have taken ideas and established successful businesses in an uncertain economy.

The series is distributed nationally to more than 350 PBS stations, Create TV Network and World Channel nationwide and is shown in over 96% of the country.

“The entrepreneurs that we feature on the show are committed to their community, they have overcome serious hardships to make their dream happen, and we share their valuable experiences each week on the show," says Bredow. “They embody the spirit of the American entrepreneur and we hope that they will inspire viewers who dream of taking a leap to start their own business.”

Each episode of START UP features a well-known business leader who provides insight into the triumphs and pitfalls of entrepreneurship. Among those featured in Season One and Two include Daymond John, CEO of FUBU and Shark Branding and TV Personality on ABC Shark Tank, Slava Rubin, Founder and CEO of Indiegogo, Alexa von Tobel, Founder and CEO of LearnVest, and Angie Hicks, Creator of Angie's List.

Among the entrepreneurs featured in the series are second career husband-and-wife team Claudia and Ken Raessler, owners of Saco River Dye House in Biddeford, Maine– an organically certified yarn dying operation that has been offering contract-dyeing services for a range of yarn and textile customers.

"Ken and I raised our children, and had full careers as a physician and lawyer, so some folks may have expected us to slow down, but we saw an opportunity to start something new and exciting that would create jobs in our community. I believe that it's important to have a strong level of social responsibility," said Claudia Raessler, Co-Founder of Saco River Dye House. "We went all in financially and then some, so yes, we definitely have skin in the game. But I'm extremely happy, and we would do it all over again" Raessler added.

In its third season, START UP features small business owners in Detroit, MI, Hamtramck, MI, Ferndale, MI, Buffalo, NY, S. Burlington, VT, Waitsfield, VT, Montpelier, VT, Portland, Maine, Biddeford, ME, York, ME, Concord, NH, Amherst, NH, Boston, MA, Cohasset, MA, S. Kingstown, RI, Providence, RI, New Haven, CT, Wallingford, CT.

“It’s estimated that 85 percent of new businesses fail,” says Bredow. “Through the mid-west and down the east coast, we are seeing average Americans doing extraordinary things, and we're very excited to share their stories."

For more information about the television docuseries, please visit

About Chrysler Brand

The Chrysler brand has delighted customers with distinctive designs, craftsmanship, intuitive innovation and technology all at an extraordinary value since the company was founded in 1926.Whether it is the groundbreaking, bold design of the Chrysler 300, the simple elegance and extraordinary driving experience of the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200 or the family-room-on-wheels functionality of the Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler brand vehicles reward the passion, creativity and sense of accomplishment of its owners. Beyond just exceptionally designed vehicles, the Chrysler brand has incorporated thoughtful features into all of its products, such as the innovative center console with pass through storage and sliding cup holders in the 2015 Chrysler 200, the industry-exclusive Stow 'n Go® seating and storage system on the Chrysler Town & Country and the fuel-saving Fuel Saver Technology in the Chrysler 300.The Chrysler brand’s succession of innovative product introductions continues to solidify the brand’s standing as the leader in design, engineering and value. The premium for the Chrysler brand is in the product, not the price.

Michigan Economic Development Corporation
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation helps to create more and better jobs by accelerating business investments, increasing community vitality, matching talent supply with demand and building the state’s exceptional Pure Michigan brand. For more on the MEDC and its initiatives, visit

About North American Bancard
Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, North American Bancard is a multi-faceted payment solutions provider dedicated to providing the latest technology as well as the highest service levels to non-profit organizations and businesses of all sizes with round-the-clock technical and customer service support. As a registered MSP/ISO since 1992, North American Bancard provides its clients with a full suite of products and services. North American Bancard processes more than $17 billion in electronic transactions annually for more than 250,000 merchants nationwide.

Launched by North American Bancard, PayAnywhere is powering a payments revolution with its enterprise-grade, "pay-as-you-go" mobile payments system and its PayAnywhere Storefront tablet with industry leading business intelligence features. Pay Anywhere’s mobile point of sale (POS) technology combines the industry's most comprehensive enterprise-grade features with live customer support.

Our Story- A Baker’s Tale LLC
It all started at a classic yet distinctive Wicker Park Bakery in Chicago, where the good are rewarded with delectable fresh-baked delights. Each of our handcrafted baked goods, enchanting dainties, and mouthwatering delights tell an appetizing story complete with a just and happy ending, surely signaled by a smile and full stomach. Just like a worthy fairy tale ending, our tasty baked treats are now available across the land through our online mail order site. Sometimes all it takes is something sweet to change your story…

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