eSAX podcast featuring Michael Curran of the Ottawa Business Journal and Great River Media with Jarrod Goldsmith

Jarrod is joined on the phone by Michael Curran, Publisher of The Ottawa Business Journal and president of Great River Media. Michael believes that when you are at networking events with other entrepreneurs, you should focus on building relationships, try to give more than you take, and help others make connections. 

ABOUT Michael Curran:

Michael Curran is the president of Great River Media. He joined the company in August 2010, when he helped acquire the Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa At Home.

Previously, he was the Regional Manager in Eastern Ontario for Transcontinental Media, one of Canada’s largest media companies. During his 20 plus years in the media business, Michael has acquired experience in all aspects of media, including news, digital, event production, sales and marketing.

Michael is a graduate of Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communications and a frequent commentator on Ottawa’s business and technology scene for CTV Ottawa and CFRA.

Michael has chaired the selection committee for Ottawa’s prestigious Forty Under 40 Awards and CEO of the Year Award for more almost 20 years.

ABOUT the Ottawa Business Journal:

The Ottawa Business Journal is the leading source of business news and information in Canada’s national capital region. For almost 25 years, readers have turned to OBJ for the business news they can’t find anywhere else – unique and relevant articles and features tailored to local business managers, owners, professionals and executives. Since its inception, OBJ has engaged its audience through a variety of platforms, including newspapers, magazines, events, digital and broadcast. OBJ’s website, located at, is the city’s largest business website, updated hourly with unique content. Each month, 65,000+ readers rely on the website for breaking local and national business news. OBJ produces video content each week. Visit to see OBJ’s YouTube channel. OBJ newspaper is published biweekly. A digital version of the newspaper can be found at OBJ magazines include the Book of Lists, Meeting In The Capital and BOMA Office Space Directory. Again, visit to see digital editions. OBJ produces events with its partner, the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce. Events include Forty Under 40, CEO of the Year, Mayor’s Breakfast Series, Fastest Growing Companies and the Employees’ Choice Awards

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eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience – is an entrepreneur networking community for small business located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. #eSAX Makes Networking Work!

eSAX was founded by entrepreneur and musician Jarrod Goldsmith. Jarrod is a Canadian small business community builder and is the embodiment of the small business spirit. He is one of Ottawa’s best known entrepreneurs and founded Sax Appeal (Canada’s Premier Saxophone Ensemble), Sax Appeal Productions (an agency for all live music in Ottawa and Gatineau providing live jazz music, classical music, Christmas and holiday music, cocktail music, or wedding music), eSAX (The Entrepreneur Social Advantage Experience); Ottawa’s largest entrepreneur networking community for small business, eXclusive eXperience and hosts both Ask the Fedora (a YouTube video series on entrepreneur networking for smallbiz) and the eSAX Podcast series.

This podcast was produced by Barking Monkey Studio.