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REDUCING SINGLE-USE PLASTIC with Lindsey McCoy, Co-founder of Plaine Products

“My first boss told me that if you keep telling the story, and tell it well, you just have to hang in there until people find you. So I think that being able to have the passion about it,  and communicate that passion, be it blog posts, be it social media, be it great podcasts, and just keep telling that story. And it takes time. That’s the hard thing about being an entrepreneur... is that it’s as much patience and perseverance as it is anything else.”

Episode 18:
BUILDING CAPACITY with Jo-Ann Tan, Lead Architect of the +Acumen Community

“Ordinary people are capable of extraordinary things. When you think about community, what we’ve found the most helpful is to actually set the bar fairly high. If you come into your community and expect more from them, they will give you more and probably surprise you in return. It is something we've constantly seen with both our volunteer chapters, online community, and our online course community....If you expect more, you can accomplish more together. Don’t lower the bar for your community. Be clear about what it is you have set out to achieve, and then challenge each other! In constructive ways of course.”

Episode 17:
LEVERAGING NEW OPPORTUNITIES with Chris Janssen, Founder of Textbooks for Change

"Looking 3-5 years out, it’s really hard to see what the publishing industry is looking like.... So we’re chatting about a new type of direction. Still keeping our Canadian model - it is sustainable and creates an amazing amount of impact, and we have an amazing team to running the model. But we’ve pivoted in 2 different directions. One is that in the early days, it is a nightmare for any organization who sells products online, but we have learned the shipping and fulfillment game inside out. So we’ve recently had a few organizations reach out to us to ask if we could fulfill and ship products out of our warehouse. So we’ve opened a new arm, Impact Fulfillment, to house product and handle the backend for other charities as well."

Episode 16:
BUILDING COMMUNITY with Manu & Ruxandra, Co-Founders of Babele

“In the social innovation sector, beyond a few large organizations (like Ashoka, +Acumen, Skoll Foundation, etc), it is full of small programs, accelerators and incubators, that we are slowly bringing to the platform. We try to get these organizations to work together, to exchange mentors, to exchange best practices from other organization. It’s helping interconnect all these actors, and helping create an aligned ecosystem.”

Episode 15:
VALIDATING YOUR BUSINESS MODEL with Sammy Wachieni, Founder of Crowd Farm Africa

“The thing that remains constant is that we are still working in agriculture, and we want to transform it, but in terms of the how, the how keeps on changing. And as a startup, you have to be open to all those changing things. You cannot say, this is it. It might take 2 to 3 years before you can say, this is it. The world is changing really fast. If you are static, it may actually work against you. So we are willing to be open to learn, to change, to mutate.”

Episode 14:
COLLABORATING CROSS-CULTURALLY with William + Kareen Durbin, C0-Founders of Companion & Co.

“For me it’s the personal interaction with the former refugees, and going over to their houses, and sometimes being surprised by their incredible hospitality, and being given so much food that I try my best to eat. And also going over there and seeing what they have for me. One week I’ll take over over a piece of wood to give to one of the men, and then next week I’ll come back the next week and he’s created this incredible piece of art. The first time that happened it was a real thrill for me, and I was totally inspired to keep moving and keep going.”

Episode 13:
STARTING A BRICK AND MORTAR BUSINESS with Amanda Neely, C0-Founder of Overflow Coffee Bar

“We had this sense, that we knew that we knew that we knew that this was was something that we had to do with our lives. And if we got to our deathbed and we hadn’t given it the best shot that we could, that we’d be disappointed. So every single time (and there’s been a lot) that we felt like quitting or giving up, we came back to that sense that we knew this what we were do with our lives, and the importance of it. Even for our own selves and meaning and purpose for our lives, despite all the other things we were trying to do, impact wise and changing the world, that’s kept us going through the thick and thin of things when it’s been really hard.”

Episode 12:
CREATING WITH YOUR BENEFICIARIES with Matt Dickson, Founder of Eggpreneur

“From the beginning when Eggpreneur came to mind, it took me almost 3 months. First of all, because my background is in medical sciences, pharmacy and global health, I had to move to an egg farm outside the city to be able to learn the basic skills about poultry farming, and how to understand different varieties…. Number 2 was to see how I could develop a business model that was going to be sustainable, beyond aid and beyond grants... I flew into Kenya and did a feasibility study to give me an idea of where to start in terms of locations…”

Episode 11:
AUTHENTIC SELLING with Jessica Magoch, Founder of JPM Sales Partners

“If you really do examine your beliefs, ask yourself, is that a belief that is holding you back or propelling you forward? If it’s propelling you forward, hold on to it. If it’s holding you back in any way from what you want to accomplish, then you want to work on how you are going to change that. The first thing is to look for is examples in your life that disprove what you think you believe. If you believe that money is the root of all evil, then look for examples of people in your life who are wealthy and who are not evil!”

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Episode 10:
Surrounding Yourself with the Right People with Jim Verzino,
Entrepreneur in Residence of Windham Grows Food + Agriculture Business Accelerator

“The best investment I’ve made in myself was turning off the news. I either listen to audiobooks or I listen to podcast interviews like this one, that - again, surrounding myself with people who I want to emulate and take in that knowledge… to get the attitude I needed. There was this period where I knew the kind of person I wanted to be, but I didn’t know any people like that. At first, I found them on podcasts. Then once I found them on podcasts, they would give their tips of what to do, like deliver value to people you want to be around.”

Episode 9:
ETHICAL PRODUCTS with Jérôme Gagnon-Voyer + Gelaine Santiago, Co-Founders of Cambio Market

“The first challenge in terms of the storytelling marketing aspect, was getting people to understand what we do. A lot of people, when they think about products that have a story, or products that support artisans, they think about it as a charity or a nonprofit. And it’s challenge to explain that we aren’t a non profit, we are a business that operates with ethical principles, and that exists with a social mission. When we first started, we kept using the term ‘social enterprise’ to describe ourselves. And we realized quickly that no one really knows what that word means, especially in Canada where the awareness is low. So we quickly realized you can’t use those terms. At the same time, we didn’t want to say we’re like TOMS, for example, where it’s a 1 to 1 donation model. Because that’s not what we do either. We work with our partners as business partners, where we purchase the product from them, and then as we scale, they are able to scale at the same time.”

Episode 8:
BRANDING with Anne Miltenburg, Founder of The Brandling

"When you feel like you're really making a difference for someone, that's a magical moment. When we're doing these sessions, sometimes we'll uncover entirely new revenues streams, sometimes we'll discover a great way to help them cut costs, sometimes we find amazing ways to develop events to get publicity. ... When you're developing something for yourself it's really hard often to see your strengths. When someone else can come in a say like hey, let's go into the mine together, find the gold, and dust it off and bring it back up and put it in the spotlight, that's a great way of working together."

Episode 7:
FINANCIAL HEALTH with Christine Rico, Founder of CFO on Speed Dial

"My whole premise is that if you don't have a stable financial base, then you can't very fair in really delivering the social impacts that you want. ... The other thread that runs through my work is the thread of storytelling. Everybody now understand the power of story. ... The stories are often visual, and definitley verbal, but if you're running a business, the other part of the story is the numbers. If you can't look at the numbers and have them tell you a story, you're missing part of the narrative."

Episode 6:
AUTHENTICITY with Kari Enge, Founder and Editor of Rank & File Magazine

"Purpose-driven entrepreneurs see good in the world and want good for the world. That means we want good for the people who inhabit it. For the purpose-driven entrepreneur: people intrinsically matter."

Episode 5:
COMMUNITY with Tara Byrne, Founder of Under 30 Changemakers

"You can't steer a parked car. You just have to start and just go for it, no matter where you are, no matter with what you have. It's easy to think that you don't have the resources already available to you. But you do. If you're on here, you have the internet. You have an ability to literally reach out to anyone in the world and ask for their help or their support. You have an ability to sell almost anything you can think of. The limitations, and why we are personally a mental support group, is because it's getting over yourself. We put up so many obstacles to what we can and cannot do, and it's ultimately just going for it and seeing how it works out. Because no matter what you can dream up, you can achieve."

Episode 4:
MARKETING STRATEGIES with Mike Volkin, Founder of 800lb Marketing

"I see being an entrepreneur as an art form. Like a painter approaches a canvas. One of the things I do differently is approach problems and growth strategies differently. I like to look at a whole 360 degree view of a company. A lot of clients come to me and they say 'ok I have this product, I want to market it'. The first thing I look for is other opportunities to #1 help them grow that product better, but #2 help them cross-sell and up-sell given the 360 view of what they need to do. That's the art form. There's no set process. Every company is unique; everyone is different."

Episode 3:
IMPACT/REVENUES BALANCE with Ozzy Lang, Co-Founder of Green Cup

"It costs us a lot more to go with compostable cups and to offer them at the same price if not lower than a regular cup to get into these different environments. We are losing money on that. But at the end of the day, that's the mission behind this, to reduce waste. To have a good social business you need to be profitable and keep pushing forward but the reason you started your business is to provide that social gain."

Episode 2:
PROJECT MANAGEMENT with Luisa Saavedra, Founder of The Project SME

"A common mistake is I see is 'to-do lists on fire'. A project is an articulated goal with a start and a stop. It helps you strategize about what exactly your goal is, and the activity that you have to be doing to reach that goal, and how long you want to spend time on it... THAT is what gets you from A to B."

Episode 1:
INSPIRATION with Beth Palm, Founder of BAM Essentials and Social Good Impact

"I've been reading a lot about Buddhism and studying that philosophy. I think my calling is in relieving suffering. Whether thats relieving suffering of humans, or the planet, or other form of suffering. We are all suffering in some way. And so the more that I can do to relieve that suffering - that's what gets me out of bed in the morning."

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