The Business Gay

The Business Gay

The Business Gay is a weekly podcast all about business, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Hosted by Calan Breckon, it's a mix of 1-on-1 interviews as well as round table discussions with experts on hot topics happening in the world of business and tech, as well as tips and ideas to help grow your business.

Episodes

June 12, 2024 44 mins

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with DEI consultant, Geffrye Parsons.

in 2022, Geff retired from a 35-year front office executive career in financial services to set up his own Diversity, Equity & Inclusion consulting practice, The Inclusion Imperative.

Formerly based in the UK and now living in Canada, Geff has received multiple decorations for his work around LGBTQ+ inclusion, incl...

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In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with the Founder and CEO of Reya Health, Dallas Barnes.

Reya Health is a company founded by a birth control user for birth control users. After years of experiencing the gruelling trial and error process of trying to find a suitable contraceptive, founder and CEO Dallas Barnes set out to change the way people approach birth control. Building a birth control m...

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In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with the Founder and CEO of EqualityMD, Justin Ayars.

Justin is a former healthcare trial lawyer turned serial entrepreneur. His latest endeavour, EqualityMD, is an LGBTQ+ healthcare and data analytics company that blends healthcare and technology with marketing and data science.

EqualityMD is changing how the underserved LGBTQ+ community perceives and rec...

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In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with special guest, Gregg Brown.

With a career spanning 30 years, Gregg is an internationally recognized speaker, advisor, entrepreneur, and business mentor. Gregg was part of the team that opened the first wave of Starbucks in Canada. His insights on change and the future of work have been featured in Forbes, Newsweek, Rolling Stone, and Entrepreneur, as wel...

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In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with co-founder and CEO of Orgmatch, Trevor Loke.

Trevor has worked with dozens of community investment teams around the world, including Patagonia, to move over $100M in capital. He currently lives in Vancouver, Canada, where he was previously a locally elected official.

Now Trevor is working to grow Orgmatch, which is revolutionizing philanthropy by part...

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In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with California licensed attorney and tax professional, Braden Drake.

Braden works primarily with online and creative small business owners through his law firm, the Not-Your-Average Law Firm and his online programs and memberships.

He’s also the host of the “Unf*ck Your Biz” podcast and is the author of his book by the same title. When not doing business ...

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In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with Andrew Gurza.

Andrew is an award winning Disability Awareness Consultant and the Chief Disability Officer and Co-founder of Bump’n, a sex toy company for and by disabled people. Their work has been featured on BBC, CBC, Gay Times UK, Huffington Post, The Advocate, and Out.com just to name a few.

Today Calan is talking with Andrew about bringing access...

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In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with small business marketing coach, Lauren Tilden.

Lauren teaches small business owners how to do better marketing more consistently. Her podcast, Making Good, explores all things marketing, mindset, and doing good through small business.

As an ex-corporate marketer, Lauren fell in love with small businesses through her first small business, the plant-ins...

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April 17, 2024 58 mins

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with Real Estate Investor and Entrepreneur, Jason Muth.

Jason stepped away from corporate life after decades of work at some of the biggest media companies in the US including Comcast, NBC Universal, and iHeartMedia to name a few. Jason became a full-time entrepreneur in 2022 when his ongoing real estate investing side hustle became more profitable than his c...

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In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with Sam Naylor.

Sam is the Chief of Staff for Deloitte Canada’s Consulting Technology Executive, as well as the firm’s National Pride ERG Co-Chair. On the side, Sam is a Venture Partner for Chasing Rainbows and provides operations/strategy advice to a handful of start-ups and scale-ups. Outside of work he is the Director of Gradient Spaces - a 2SLGBTQIA...

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April 3, 2024 30 mins

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with the founder of Advisor AI, Arjun Arora.

Advisor AI is a AI-Technology startup designed to increase student engagement and satisfaction by providing personalized academic guidance and career recommendations.

Based in San Francisco, Arjun is on a mission to empower every student to realize their boldest career dreams. With over a decade of exp...

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March 27, 2024 36 mins

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with co-founders of Level Studio, Vinh Le and Luca Campacci.

Level Studio specializes in creating unique, functional, residential interior design projects with an exciting, enjoyable and collaborative design process inspired by their client’s story. They continuously innovate and redefine the possibilities of interior design, shaping environments that inspire...

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March 20, 2024 25 mins

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with entrepreneur, Swish Goswami.

Swish is the heart and soul behind Surf, a loyalty platform shaping ethical consumer connections and data collection. As CEO, Swish has woven Surf into the fabric of internet browsing and worked with giants like Netflix and Amazon Prime Gaming, raising over $8M and sealing two impactful acquisitions. Beyond the boardroom, he ...

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In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with entrepreneur, CEO and Co-Founder of Hangtight, Armando Vera Carvajal.

Hangtight is an AI-powered social planning app that is transforming how people come together in life. This is Armando’s second startup and he’s been in the Austin founder ecosystem for 10 years. Originally from Mexico City before immigrant to America at age 4, Armando grew up in McAlle...

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March 6, 2024 35 mins

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with...himself?

Today's episode is going to be a little different. I usually have a guest I'm interviewing but today I wanted to share with you a workshop I recently did on the importance of SEO for small businesses.

This episode is from the live recording of that workshop where I share practical tips about SEO, why SEO is important, and how it can truly b...

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February 28, 2024 45 mins

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with Nik Varlamov and Benjamin Gibson from Toronto Creatives.

Toronto Creatives is a multidisciplinary content creation and marketing agency located in Toronto, Canada, that help their clients internationally achieve their goals through high-quality content, storytelling, and strategic marketing campaigns that they custom-design and tailor to each client.

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February 21, 2024 34 mins

A study done by StartOut found that LGBTQ+ founders created 36% more jobs, 114% more patents, and 44% more exits, despite raising 16% less funding compared to the average cis founder.

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with Brian Richardson.

In March 2023, Brian was named the CEO of StartOut, the national nonprofit organization that accelerates the growth of the LGBTQ+ community to drive it...

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February 14, 2024 55 mins

It's clear what the LGBTQ+ community wants from marketers and companies targeting them for business: do the work.

We're over the lip service and once-a-year pinkwashing. It's time to put your money where your mouth is and hold the line with us all year round and not only when it's easy or profitable to do so, because when times get tough we don't have the luxury of being able to retreat from the line. After all, it's our lives.

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February 7, 2024 28 mins

In this episode of The Business Gay Podcast, host Calan Breckon speaks with Yousuf Allidina.

Yousuf is a marketing leader and consultant in the B2B technology space who has over 12 years of experience developing and honing demand generation and digital marketing strategies for leading technology brands, particularly in the conversational AI space.

Currently, he heads up Account-Based Marketing at LivePerson, a leading Convers...

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January 31, 2024 38 mins

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 45% of small businesses fail in the first 5 years of business and only about 25% of new businesses will ever make it to 15 years or more. But what can be done to improve these numbers?

In this episode of the Business Gay podcast, that’s what host Calan Breckon is going to be talking about with today’s guest, Business Consultant Inbar Madar.

Inbar is a seasoned consultant equip...

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