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Episode 180: What Small Businesses Need to Consider to Thrive During and After the Pandemic: 6 Experts Weigh In

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I’m writing this to you as my girls sit on the kitchen floor painting giant pieces of paper that I traced their bodies on.

It’s risky, but you and your business’s (and psyche’s) ability to thrive during this time are worth all the paint I’m going to be cleaning off the floor and my babies after.

Last week I found myself curious about what some of my friends who I admire in business are thinking about this unusual moment we’re in, and what they’re sharing with their communities.

So, I asked them.

And then I decided I’d share their answers with you because what’s mine is yours.

We’ve never done anything like this before on the podcast, and we’re super excited to share the wisdom of the following incredible friends/business experts with you:

  • Patrice Washington, bestselling author of Real Money Answers for Every Woman and host of the Redefining Wealth Podcast
  • Rachel Rodgers, Esq., IP lawyer, founder of the Hello Seven Podcast and We Should All Be Millionaires: The Club
  • Gina Gomez, Business Strategist and Advisor aka “the Olivia Pope of the personal development industry”
  • Amy Porterfield, host of the top podcast Online Marketing Made Easy and creator of Digital Course Academy
  • James Wedmore, host of the Mind Your Business podcast and creator of Business By Design
  • Rha Goddess, bestselling author of The Calling, Entrepreneurial Soul Couch, and founder and CEO of Move The Crowd

In this week’s episode of The Kate & Mike Show, you’ll hear them all answer this simple question:

How are you thinking about this moment as a small business owner and what are you sharing with your community?

Their answers are as diverse as their backgrounds, and in this episode you’ll learn:

  • The biggest opportunity to focus on right now for small businesses
  • The 3 areas you need to consider when making a timely pivot
  • 3 simple steps to navigating this moment of change to make sure your business stays solid
  • 2 stories of thriving businesses birthed in the 2008 recession (one of which rose from the ashes of a 7-figure business that was lost)
  • The paramount question to ask about your business to ensure sustainability
  • 4 Vital Practices to engage in to ensure you’re getting the message and gift this moment has for you specifically

Listening to the wisdom that these 6 humans shared in their messages was salve to my soul.

May it be the medicine you need right now, too.

After you’ve listened, we’d love to know:

Which piece of wisdom resonated with you the most? How are you going to implement it?

Leave a comment and let us know. Being in conversation with you during this time (and always) is such a gift.

I’m sending you tons of love and lots of strength for navigating this moment in your business and your life with grace, compassion, and power.

What Small Businesses Need to Consider to Thrive During and After the Pandemic: 6 Experts Weigh In

More About Our Incredible Friends/Business Experts:

Patrice C. Washington is the Founder and CEO of Seek Wisdom Find Wealth, a personal finance consulting firm based in Atlanta, GA. Seek Wisdom Find Wealth is devoted to teaching professional women and youth around the world how to consistently eliminate financial stress and implement financial strategies that support the lifestyle they desire and deserve. Patrice has been making money educational yet fun since 2003 as a nationally recognized featured columnist, television commentator, author, speaker, radio host and leading authority on personal finance, entrepreneurship and success for women and youth.

Patrice’s Website, Instagram and Podcast

Rachel Rodgers is a woman of color, a mother of four and a seven-figure business owner—in that order. Rachel started her career working as on The Hill with nonprofits, federal judges and Hillary Clinton. When she realized that changing the world is easier when you have some cash in your bank account, she decided to build a million dollar business and then teach other women how to do the same. Her mission is to help women hit seven-figures without sacrificing their families and sanity. Rachel is the creator of the Hello Seven Podcast, the founder of We Should All Be Millionaires: The Club and the Million Dollar Badass Mastermind. Every week, her no-bullshit business and life advice gets delivered to over 30,000 fans and her visionary guidance for female entrepreneurs has been featured in Time, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Fast Company and the Washington Post.

Rachel’s Website, Instagram & Podcast

Gina Gomez is a Business Strategist & Advisor working with some of the most well-known and well-respected professionals in the entertainment industry and public figures in the personal development industry. Gina has a certificate in Diversity & Inclusion from Cornell University, has been published in Forbes, featured on Hay House Radio,,, Prevention, and is a mentor for Marie Forleo’s B-School. Due to the emerging needs arising in the marketplace, Gina has become a prominent voice in the field of Diversity & Inclusion, one that garners a great deal of respect and trust. Alongside her thriving consulting business, Gina recognized the market need for workshops on how to overcome fear and have hard conversations both online and for live events and has built a reputation as a go-to facilitator for business owners across the globe.

Gina’s Website, Instagram & Her Guide to Navigating Change Profitably

Amy Porterfield is an online marketing expert and the host of the top-ranked podcast, Online Marketing Made Easy. Before building a multi-million dollar digital course business, Amy worked with mega brands like Harley-Davidson and Peak Performance Coach, Tony Robbins, where she oversaw the content team and collaborated on ground-breaking online marketing campaigns. Through her bestselling courses and popular podcast, Amy’s action-by-action approach proves that even the newest online entrepreneurs can bypass the overwhelm, and instead generate exciting momentum as they build a business they love.

Amy’s Website, Instagram & Podcast

James Wedmore is an introvert from Laguna Beach, CA who has spent the past 8 years teaching online entrepreneurs how to leverage the power of online video and YouTube with such courses and programs like Video Traffic Academy and 48Hr Film School. Starting in 2016, he made a massive shift to focus on a big gap that he saw missing in the marketplace: The Mindset of Entrepreneurs. He launched a podcast (Mind Your Business) and a new flagship program (Business By Design) to help other content creators, authors and coaches thrive online. James also facilitates a high-level mastermind called The Inner Circle.

James’ Website, Instagram & Podcast

Rha Goddess is the entrepreneurial soul coach behind hundreds of breakthrough changemakers, cultural visionaries and social entrepreneurs, from New York Times bestsellers to multi-million dollar social enterprises. As CEO of Move The Crowd, Rha is galvanizing a movement of three million entrepreneurs dedicated to re-imagining “work” as a vehicle for creative expression, financial freedom and societal transformation. She’s passionate about creating a “whole self” approach to entrepreneurship, and her unique methodology has empowered a new generation of conscious entrepreneurs to stay true, get paid, and do good.

Rha’s Website, Instagram & Blog Post, A Sacred Pause For The Cause

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