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Seattle Business Builders
22 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 12: Jenefeness Tucker, Washington Small Business Development Center
Jenefeness Tucker is a business advisor at the Washington Small Business Development Center. She has been coaching, educating, and training entrepreneurs for more than 18 years. She teaches Economics at Seattle Central College and is the author of several books, including “Finesse My Business: From Launching to Levitating,” “21 Day FI$CAL Bootcamp Workbook” and “Finesse My Time Management System.” She joined the Seattle Business Builders podcast to talk about how local business owners can access free (but high quality) business coaching and what Washington business owners should focus on as we move forward in the wake of a pandemic. You can learn more about Jenefeness at her website, and you can learn more about services offered by the Washington Small Business Development Center right here.
29 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 11: Dan Adams, McMillen Jacobs Associates | Seattle Business Builders
Dan Adams is the CEO of McMillen Jacobs Associates, a mid-sized heavy civil engineering firm specializing in tunnel and dam projects and featuring design-build capabilities. Dan sat down with Will to talk about his long history as a field and design engineer and, now, as a C-suite executive managing the challenges of leading 500+ employees at a global firm in the midst of a pandemic. He has a unique perspective that’s been shaped through work on many notable projects – like the UW Link Extension, the SR 99 Tunnel, the West Seattle Bridge, and Boston’s “Big Dig” – and it results in valuable insight; in the interview, he shares how Seattle is coping with its infrastructure needs in comparison to the methods of other cities around the nation and globe. The discussion included topics like: Crisis management, maintaining a dynamic corporate culture with a remote workforce, the challenges of managing a sales pipeline in the COVID-19 era, and employee communication. Listen in to find out Dan’s perspective on how things will likely change – both for the worse, and, potentially, for the better – in the wake of the pandemic. Learn more about Dan and McMillen Jacobs Associates at the company’s website.
17 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 10: Ken Graff, Realtor
Ken Graff has a background working in the hospitality industry. He spent years working downtown coordinating operations for venues, and even had a 10-year stint at the Space Needle. Today, Ken is a REALTOR® specializing in the greater Seattle area, who offers offers his clients superior skills in negotiation, up to date market knowledge, excellent customer service, and a relentless work ethic. Will sat down with Ken to talk about how he got into real estate, how his business moved to adapt in the wake of COVID-19, and what Seattle’s housing market looks like now. Learn more about Ken at his website.
34 minutes | 9 months ago
Special Episode: The Market Impact of COVID-19
In the wake of the worldwide coronavirus outbreak – and amidst a developing outbreak in the Seattle area – Will and Laura sat down to discuss how citizens and investors should approach the situation. From clinical data to market analysis and from China to the US, this conversation covers a breadth of information on what impacts to watch for. This podcast is for informational and educational purposes only. It should not interpreted as medical or financial advice. Nothing in this podcast should be viewed as a substitute for talking to a qualified professional about any personal financial or healthcare issue. Here are some helpful links (referenced in the podcast). World Health Organization Advice: who.int/emergencies Center for Disease Control Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
29 minutes | 9 months ago
Episode 9: Dr. Brant Carroll From Eye Associates Northwest, PC
Dr. Brant Carroll is the owner of Eye Associates Northwest PC, a healthcare practice with a team comprised of ophthalmologists, optometrists, and opticians. Will sat down with Brant to talk about how technology and government regulation are impacting the practice, how Brant got started 25 years ago, and what’s coming next in the world of specialized healthcare. Learn more about Eye Associates at their website.
23 minutes | a year ago
Episode 8: Terri Morgan from TCM Models | Seattle Business Builders
Terri Morgan is owner of TCM Models, a modeling and talent agency that provides a boutique approach, a personalized atmosphere, and hands-on coaching. Will sat down with Terri to talk about how she came to own the business 40 years ago, how she scouts talent, and how TCM Models has adapted to the industries many changes over the years. Learn more about TCM Models at their website. Subscribe at:
26 minutes | a year ago
Episode 7: Haley Keller from Peddler Brewing Company | Seattle Business Builders
Haley Keller is the cofounder of Peddler Brewing Company, a microbrewery with a tasting room and large beer garden located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle, WA. Will sat down with Haley to talk about how she and her husband Dave decided to make their brewing hobby a business, how they found their space, and what’s coming next. Learn more about Peddler Brewing Company at their website. Subscribe at:
23 minutes | a year ago
Episode 6: Janis Segress & Krijn and Judy de Jonge from Queen Anne Book Company | Seattle Business Builders
Janis, Krijn, and Judy are the three co-owners of Queen Anne Book Company. Will sat down with the trio to talk about how they stepped in after the previous owner of the business closed down, what it’s like working together, and how the independent book seller market is growing and changing. Learn more about Queen Anne Book Company at their website. Subscribe at:
26 minutes | a year ago
Episode 5: Diana and Steve Naramore from Sip and Ship | Seattle Business Builders
Diana and Steve are the founders of Sip and Ship, Seattle’s trusted and reliable shipping center and community hub. Will sat down with the two of them to talk about how the business got its start, how they’ve persevered through a recession, and what the future looks like for woman-owned businesses in Seattle. Learn more about Sip and Ship at their website. Subscribe at:
25 minutes | a year ago
Episode 4: Scott Cooper & Amanda Erven from Blue Highway Games | Seattle Business Builder
Scott Cooper is the founder of Blue Highway Games, a Seattle board game store that offers an alternative to electronic media with a carefully curated game selection and a community of like-minded customers. Will sat down with Scott and Amanda Erven, the store manager, to discuss how the business was born out of a job at Microsoft, how it’s grown, and what the future holds. Learn more about Blue Highway games by visiting their website. Subscribe at:
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