March 21, 2020
Listen to the special episode of Shining Bright now.
No matter who you are, where you are, what you do or how you do it, odds are you’re wondering what the future brings. In the small business community, the world has changed overnight. Customers have stopped coming, spending has slowed to a crawl and that in turn is forcing doors closed, layoffs and a very uncertain future. Whether you are a small business owner, you work for a small business or use one in your day-to-day life (which is pretty much everyone) this is a topic that matters and needs attention.
Cue a Facebook post from Daniel Winegarden, Lead Faculty at Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses in Iowa. I met Dan while going through the Goldman Sachs 10kSB program in 2019 and have much respect for his knowledge and outlook. His post on Facebook (see details below) was straightforward and informational and just what I didn’t know I was looking for in this turbulent time. To take it a step further we got on the phone for a special episode of Shining Bright and discussed in more detail about the Push Pause response he is advocating.
Our discussion also focused in a little closer on the effects of this emergency on rural communities. Realistically, while there are fewer people and potentially less spread for the actual virus, vulnerability due to far fewer medical resources is very real. According to a Kaiser Health News report, more than half the counties in America have no intensive care beds, posing a particular danger for more than 7 million people who are age 60 and up.
Additionally, the majority of businesses in rural communities are small and thus much more susceptible to this emergency situation. Listen to our conversation here.
I hope you enjoyed and found insight in my discussion with Dan. You can check out his blog, Aging With Freedom, here.
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