Keep Going: Small Business Motivation

Keep Going: Small Business Motivation

Keep Going features real people and real businesses as they set out on their business journeys. These powerful stories demonstrate that just because your business is not an overnight success does not mean you are failing or falling short. We focus on the triumphs, struggles, and small successes that come with building a business. Tune in to discover the intangible but invaluable benefits of your business journey. Pause to celebrate everyday business successes. And, most of all, rekindle the hope and motivation that drives you to keep going.

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May 23, 2022 20 min

Andrew always thought he was going to be an engineer. It was, after all, the "high-quality" profession his family dreamed he'd have. But when he found himself making short videos for fun while attending college, Andrew began to think to his career may lie on a different path.  Listen as Andrew shares how he turned his love for making videos into Dad Verb, a YouTube channel that provides resources and advice for new fath...

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Twice Jamee had tried to buy her dream boutique Bella Me—and twice the offers fell through. As the owner of a successful preschool, Jamee already had experience as a small business owner. But something about Bella Me kept her hoping that one day she could own that business as well. And when COVID-19 hit, Jamee saw a way to help save Bella Me while finally making her dream come true. Listen as Jamee shares how she became the owner o...

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May 9, 2022 16 min

Marriage proposals can be nerve-wrecking affairs under normal circumstances. But when the proposal all hinges on your fiancée solving a series of puzzles in an escape room you created, that's a completely new level of stress. Fortunately for Mitchell, his homemade escape room proposal worked in his favor, and gave him and his family an idea for a unique business opportunity. Listen as Mitchell shares how he and his family began...

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May 2, 2022 19 min

When April bought a few goats as a form of lawn care for her three-acre property, she had no intention of starting a goat yoga studio. But when a friend proposed the idea and a video of April and her friends doing yoga poses with her goats caught the eye of news outlets, one thing led to another. Listen as April shares how three goats and eight friends led to the founding of her business: Arizona Goat Yoga.

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April 25, 2022 23 min

Ben wanted a change. As an auditor, he noticed that his clients, no matter how friendly, were relieved whenever he left. And so while sequestered in the small basement of a business he was auditing, he came across two words in a headline on his phone that seemed to be the answer: "fun" and "accounting." Intrigued, he clicked on the link to discover Mazuma, a company that provided revolutionary tax services to small ...

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April 18, 2022 20 min

Like most people raised in the 80s and 90s, Derek has a love of music. But it isn't the lyrics to Journey or AC/DC songs that he enjoys, it's the composition. And after making video game theme song remixes for his friends in his teenage years, Derek felt like he could turn his love of music composition into a career. Listen as Derek shares his story of how he went from making Mario remix songs to scores for movies and podca...

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April 11, 2022 26 min

While working in the tech industry, Tai noticed something others lacked—organizational skills. In fact, Tai's skills were so impressive, she would use them to help her struggling colleagues. And when an email turned into a meeting that turned into a $100,000 deal, Tai knew she could create a business from her unique skillset. Listen as Tai shares her story for how she began her small business: Organizely.

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April 4, 2022 12 min

It all began when Daon ordered what he thought would be the perfect sectional for his home from a website. But when it arrived, it became clear the sectional was more suited for a doll house than his house. Yet this online mishap gave Daon an idea. Listen as Daon shares how online ordering led him to starting his own small business: M and D Ventures Group. 

 Find more small business stories at mazumausa.com

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March 28, 2022 25 min

Teachers have always been unsung heroes. Whether it's funding school projects with their own money or spending unpaid time to check in on students, a lot of teachers go above and beyond their job description with little to no recognition. Add COVID-19 to the mix and one day a year doesn't feel like a enough to show appreciation for what teachers do. Listen as Juanita, the founder and CEO of Teachers Support Teachers, shares...

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It's tax season. If those three words caused you to sweat a little bit as you thought about your small business, you're not alone. In this episode, Ben and Greg answer common questions from small business owners about how to file taxes with as little stress as possible.

YouTube: Mazuma USA
Website: mazumausa.com 

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March 14, 2022 14 min

Even before the days of YouTube, Dominic loved creating short videos with his friends. But as he passed into adulthood, Dominic wondered how he could use this passion to create a business. Listen as Dominic shares how he used his passion for video to become the CEO of La Rondie Media Inc.,  a business that creates viral advertisements for social media.

Learn more about Mazuma at: mazumausa.com

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March 7, 2022 15 min

Qiana wanted one thing after her HVAC broke in the middle of summer: tacos. But as a dietary vegan, she couldn’t use animal meat. Instead, she did something she had never done before—she used ground walnut meat. In this episode of Keep Going, Qiana shares how her creative decision to use this plant-based ingredient led to her starting her own business, The Walnut Tree. 

Find Qiana’s business on Instagram at @thewalnuttreenutmeat...

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February 28, 2022 33 min

Data drives everything, and as a small business owner, you need to understand your data if you want to grow. Derek Doel, founder of Analytics Odyssey, joined the Keep Going podcast to share his insights on how small business owners can effectively use data to help manage their company.

Before starting his own company, Derek was working with a startup that grew incredibly fast. In the span of two years, the company grew from 10 emplo...

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February 21, 2022 28 min

What are the biggest mistakes small business owners make when creating a website?

That’s a question Rebecca Wilson knows inside and out. In fact, she and her team help business owners avoid these mistakes and build professional, seamless websites.

Rebecca and her husband, Ian, own ThemeSupport, a company that specializes in web development for WordPress sites. From bug fixes to complete website rebuilds, ThemeSupport provides expert ...

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February 14, 2022 27 min

When Bobby lost his mother two years ago, he wanted to make sure he stayed connected with her. He found his answer through his small business: Essence of Soul Creations LLC, a restaurant providing quality dishes built uniquely for each customer. 

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February 7, 2022 25 min

Michelle Dy is the founder of African Abroad Date, a dating app for Africans to meet online. After moving to the United States from Cameroon, she realized how difficult it was to connect with other Africans. Her friends and family were running into the same issue, so she took it on herself to find a solution. 

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January 31, 2022 36 min

 Today's episode of Keep Going features an entrepreneur who had to make a dramatic life change due to the market collapse of 2009. Brent Howard, of Howard & Howard Insurance, shares his story about the decisions he made in pursuing a new career, the work it took to get to where he is today, and his advice for other small business owners. 

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January 24, 2022 40 min

"You work 100 hours weeks because it's not actually work and you love what you are doing, or because you don't have a choice because you have 3 mouths to feed at home". Thiefaine , founder of Prouduct, a global sourcing and trade company, shares his insights as an entrepreneur that helps other small business owners expand their opportunities.

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January 17, 2022 34 min

Kerry & Kevin are the founders of ESports Furniture Store. Their goal is to be the leading provider in quality in e-sports and gaming furniture, for anyone that just enjoys gaming as a hobby, to up and coming professionals in the space. As gamers themselves, they wanted to start something that mattered to them, in a space that they understood.

 

Kerry & Kevin are twins, and have always had an entrepreneurial spirit. They ment...

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January 10, 2022 24 min

From protecting the President of the United States, to protecting the 9-5 office, Charles Roselle, founder of Trinity Risk Solutions, shares his story of starting a security and risk management company designed to provide companies exceptional workplace security, safety and training. 

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