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Buying Black: The Importance of Spending with Black Businesses.

Buying Black: The Importance of Spending with Black Businesses.

July 1, 2020

Black-owned businesses need fuel to sustain, grow, and hire. If we support eliminating the Black wealth divide, we need to commit to buying from Black businesses. Our guest Kezia Williams, the founder of the Black UpStart, launched a new movement called "My Black Receipt" to promote buying from Black-owned businesses.  She asks all communities (Black and Allies' alike) to commit to showing support from Juneteenth through July 6, by buying from Black businesses and then uploading the receipt online. In this episode, we discuss how Kezia started The Black UpStart and My Black Receipt, and the importance of buying, creating, and hiring in the Black-owned space. 

Corporate Response to Black Lives Matter: How PayPal Stepped Up.

Corporate Response to Black Lives Matter: How PayPal Stepped Up.

June 16, 2020

Lisha Bell, one of the most senior executives at PayPal’s family of companies, felt empowered to speak up on behalf of her black colleagues in the workplace. The effect of her actions caused PayPal to join other major corporations who made donations in the black community in solidarity of the Black Lives Matter movement. The news of pledging over $500 million broke the internet as PayPal chose to support minority-owned businesses. Lisha joins us on today's show to discuss how the pledge came about, the difficulty – and necessity – of speaking out, and her thoughts on other corporations pledging to give money to the black community in the wake of police brutality. 

The Perfect Pitch: An interview with Mikea Hugley.

The Perfect Pitch: An interview with Mikea Hugley.

May 28, 2020

Learning how to pitch your ideas to the right people is one of the most critical and most stringent steps you can take for securing funding for your business. That’s why we are sitting down with our very own Mikea Hugley, who was one of the winners in the MICA’s Up/Start Pitch Competition for her new shoe company “Makers for Humankind.” We discuss how she came up with the idea for her company, the steps she took to win the competition, and what we can expect in the future. 

Why Community Banks can be a better option for small businesses.

Why Community Banks can be a better option for small businesses.

May 7, 2020

In the wake of the first round of PPP loans, GFGF co-hosts describe some of the issues that big banks had in administering the loans- and why Community banks may be a better option. With Congress releasing the second phase of a stimulus package for small businesses, it’s more important than ever to make sure your business has everything in place (even if you don’t need a loan). In today’s episode, we discuss a personal experience in applying for the PPP funds and how Main Street Bank was supportive. 

Pivoting in a time of COVID-19

Pivoting in a time of COVID-19

April 17, 2020

As we all adapt to the new normal as presented by COVID-19, we come together virtually to discuss how the Coronavirus has affected us, our friends, and brainstorm strategies that entrepreneurs and small business owners could use to pivot during these unprecedented times.

Pocket Palette: mastering product positioning, testing, and distribution

Pocket Palette: mastering product positioning, testing, and distribution

November 20, 2019

The hosts sit down with Lynda Peralta, founder of Pocket Palette, as well as Terrand Smith, a retail professional and CEO of 37 Oaks Consulting, LLC. In this episode, we discuss building Pocket Palette as a beauty brand that is about being accessible for the "on-the-go-woman." Lynda addresses the importance of the entrepreneur's gut and listening to your own messaging. Terrand reminds us that positioning for any product is essential. Finally, we talk about sales from distribution channels, the importance of testing, and staying focused on the problem you're trying to solve.

Part One: Black and Brown Wealth

Part One: Black and Brown Wealth

November 12, 2019

In light of the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court hearing that pits cable giant Comcast against TV mogul Byron Allen, the hosts sat down with two veteran GFGF guests, Melissa Bradley of 1863 Ventures and Rashad Moore of the Score 3 Foundation for a special episode on the importance of black and brown participation in the financial and entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Financial Education for Athletes: Drew Hawkins and Edyoucore

Financial Education for Athletes: Drew Hawkins and Edyoucore

October 10, 2019

In this Mac Moment, Drew Hawkins sits down with the hosts to discuss his work at Morgan Stanley and how that prepared him to found Edyoucore, which educates and equips and empowers individuals in sports and entertainment to make better financial, business, and lifestyle decisions.

Satoshi is Black: Sinclair Skinner on Bitcoin, blockchain and the evolving world of crypto

Satoshi is Black: Sinclair Skinner on Bitcoin, blockchain and the evolving world of crypto

September 10, 2019

With bitcoin and blockchain on the rise, Sinclair Skinner, Co-Founder of BitMari, the largest Pan-African Bitcoin wallet provider, sat down to talk to the hosts about the growth and direction of this ever-expanding field in tech.

Financial Resources for Athletes: Amobi Okugo and A Frugal Athlete

Financial Resources for Athletes: Amobi Okugo and A Frugal Athlete

September 3, 2019

Amobi Okugo of A Frugal Athlete sits down in this Mac Moment to talk about balancing life as a pro-athlete, an entrepreneur and a young investor. A Frugal Athlete is an online resource that highlights prudent financial decision-making among athletes.