Appalachian Startup is a podcast about entrepreneurs that began startup businesses in areas considered to be a bad investment.

The series launched in 2019 hosted by self-made business owner and videographer J.D. Belcher of McDowell County, West Virginia. Appalachian Startup is a biweekly podcast series that highlights entrepreneurs and how they built their successful businesses in rural communities. This show takes some of the mystery out of business basics. We talk about the initial beginnings of how these entrepreneurs raised the capital to start building their dream, and the process along the way of how they arrived at their current success.


You can listen to Appalachian Startup in many places: right here on our website or on Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud.

A podcast is the equivalent of a radio show that you can experience online and on-the-go, so you can listen any time you want. You can listen to our podcast through this website or via our links to Apple Podcasts and Soundcloud.

STREAM: Go to our website and select to listen to an Episode or you can watch a condensed Webisode.

DOWNLOAD: Get new podcasts delivered to your phone or tablet using an app. 

  • For iPhones, iPads and other Apple devices, it is best to use the Podcasts app. It typically comes installed and ready to use or you can get it on the App Store. In the Podcasts app, simply search for Appalachian Startup and subscribe.
  • For Android phones and tablets, you can use Google Podcasts, available on the Google Play store. In the Google Podcasts app, search for Appalachian Startup and subscribe.


Support Appalachian Startup by donating with Patreon or PayPal.

Your support of Appalachian Startup helps keep us going! Become a patron of $5 or more today on Patreon and get access to some really cool exclusive merch and a shoutout in our Patron Hall of Hillbillies. Patreon is a creator-founded company, helping creators build relationships with fans and contributors. You can also donate $5 on PayPal.

Become a patron in one of five tiers and help us tell the stories of Appalachian entrepreneurs.


Donate $5 with PayPal and receive a cool Appalachian Startup bumper sticker as our gift.


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