030: Conquer Self-Sabotaging Thoughts, Keep Trucking, and Make Your Dreams Come True with Gina Pecoraro, Founder of 7E Clothing

030: Conquer Self-Sabotaging Thoughts, Keep Trucking, and Make Your Dreams Come True with Gina Pecoraro, Founder of 7E Clothing

Gina Pecoraro is the creator of the LGBTQ clothing line, Seven Even Clothing. Her company provides LGBTQ merchandise that differs from items that typically marketed to the rainbow family. And to be clear, Seven Even Clothing is not about rainbows – instead, it's about representing our LGBTQ Pride through the logo, 7E. Gina Resides in the Big Apple, and we are thrilled to welcome this creative entrepreneur to the show. Check out the show notes, and enjoy a generous 25% discount on your next purchase of Seven Even Clothing.

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029: Seek Out the Seed of Triumph in Every Adversity, and Become a Better Business Owner w/Kedma Ough, SBDC Director

029: Seek Out the Seed of Triumph in Every Adversity, and Become a Better Business Owner w/Kedma Ough, SBDC Director

Kedma Ough serves as the Director of Innovation for Small Business Development Centers across the state of Oregon. In her role, she supports inventors from vision setting and execution all the way to achievement and success. Kedma regularly contributes to Entrepreneur Magazine, and has received many distinguished recognitions including the SBA’s Women Champion of the Year, Small Business State Champion Award, and National Small Business Influencer Leadership Award. Kedma definitely is a true powerhouse and someone you want in your corner as a proven champion to out entrepreneurs just like us.

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028: Expire Out of Pretending, and Step Into Your Miraculous, Unapologetic Self with Davide Di Giorgio, The Experience Alchemist

028: Expire Out of Pretending, and Step Into Your Miraculous, Unapologetic Self with Davide Di Giorgio, The Experience Alchemist

Davide Di Giorgio is a longtime theater producer, creator, director, educator and audacious entrepreneur. His unapologetic approach that shatters the mold of following blueprints, formulas, and systems has quickly made him the go-to creative expert for on purpose coaches, entrepreneurs, and speakers who want to deliver their message unforgettably so they can transform their audiences forever! Simply put, Davide produces unique signature talks, keynotes, TED talks, and audience experiences that make speakers UNFORGETTABLE!

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027: "So What? Do it Scared," and Embrace the Empowering Side of Fear with Heather Vickery, Success Coach with Vickery & Co.

027: "So What? Do it Scared," and Embrace the Empowering Side of Fear with Heather Vickery, Success Coach with Vickery & Co.

Heather Vickery is a Success Coach & Event Planner with over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur. Heather helps her clients build better business strategies and identify boundaries that together help elevate their lives and businesses to new levels of success. She runs a series of workshops and is a public speaker where she trains other entrepreneur’s on getting to the empowering side of fear, creating balance, time management, as well as countless systems, strategies, and boundaries. Working with Heather inspires people to say, “So what, do it scared” and take real action towards their dreams.

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026: Convert Your Side Hustle into Your Full-Time Business with Author, Jeff Adams, Host of the Big Gay Fiction Podcast

026: Convert Your Side Hustle into Your Full-Time Business with Author, Jeff Adams, Host of the Big Gay Fiction Podcast

When not working his day job as a regional director of project management for a tech services company, Jeff authors books in the m/m romance genre as well as LGBTQ+ young adult fiction. Jeff lives in rural Northern California with his husband of twenty years, Will. Along with Will, Jeff hosts the weekly show, Jeff & Will’s Big Gay Fiction Podcast. Since 2016, Jeff’s treated the writing as a business rather than a hobby with the goal to have it be the primary source of income by 2020. If you are seeking a pathway to transform you side hustle into a full-time business enterprise, this is the episode for you!

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025: Know that You Already Have Everything in Your Closet to Help You Get Out with Rick Clemons, The Coming Out Coach

025: Know that You Already Have Everything in Your Closet to Help You Get Out with Rick Clemons, The Coming Out Coach

Rick Clemons is the Author of Frankly My Dear I’m Gay, Host of The Coming Out Lounge podcast, certified life coach, TEDx Speaker, world record holder, and a guy who’s helped 1000’s of people in over 50 countries across the globe come out of the closets of their lives to escape their BS, explore their fears, and elevate their authentic self-expression. Rick’s signature mantra is “make your quirk work,” whatever that beautiful quirk is. Tune into the episode, and check a special offer listed in the detailed show notes.

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024: Travel Beyond the Rainbow and Find Your Business Superpowers with Jenn T. Grace, Founder of Purpose Driven Publishing

024: Travel Beyond the Rainbow and Find Your Business Superpowers with Jenn T. Grace, Founder of Purpose Driven Publishing

Jenn T. Grace is a nationally recognized business strategist, speaker and author specializing in the LGBTQ market. Guided by the mantra, “change happens in business,” Jenn believes social change happens first in the workplace before spilling over into mainstream society. She is an Amazon Best Selling author and has been featured in Forbes, The Huffington Post, The Hartford Courant, and on CNBC. Passionate about helping people share their stories of adversity, Jenn is the Founder of the Purpose Driven Authors Academy and Purpose Driving Publishing. On this episode, Jenn offers powerful insights on how you can leverage your superpowers to crush it in business beyond the rainbow.

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023: Embrace Your Intrapreneurial Spirit & Side Hustle with Katie Barnes, ESPNW.com Journalist

023: Embrace Your Intrapreneurial Spirit & Side Hustle with Katie Barnes, ESPNW.com Journalist

Katie Barnes is a pop-culture obsessed writer for espnW.com, covering culture, LGBTQ issues, women’s basketball, and whatever else is thrown at them. Since joining ESPN in August 2015, they have written on myriad topics, such as campus sexual assault, the sports world’s response to North Carolina’s controversial law, HB2, "American Ninja Warrior," "Pitch," and more. In addition to Katie’s TV obsession, they are known to argue about the redeeming qualities of "Bring It On" (the first one), and play copious amounts of video games (including Mafia III). Tune into this episode and learn about Katie’s intrapreneurial superpowers, and how they are transforming workplace culture from within ESPN and beyond.

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022: Step Away from the Pack and Create a Purpose Driven Business with Dr. Jon Higgins, QPOC Media Curator

022: Step Away from the Pack and Create a Purpose Driven Business with Dr. Jon Higgins, QPOC Media Curator

Dr. Jonathan Higgins is an educator, speaker, and social media influencer proudly hailing from Southern California. He serves as a LGBTQ media curator focusing on the needs of queer people of color (QPOC), and his work has been featured in Mused Magazine, Contrast Magazine, and on sites like Blavity, TheRoot, and Attn. A mutual friend and colleague highly recommended that I interview Dr. Jon because of the knowledge bombs he was sure to throw on the show. I am thrilled he accepted the invitation to be a guest, and I am proud to say he delivered on the promise of inspiring a thoughtful conversation that will no doubt keep you hungry on the path of entrepreneurship. Tune in and prepare to learn what Dr. Jon’s authentic truth looks like.

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021: Let Writer and Coach, Nabill Idrisi, Remind You that People Need You and Your Unique Gifts to Heal the World!

021: Let Writer and Coach, Nabill Idrisi, Remind You that People Need You and Your Unique Gifts to Heal the World!

Nabill Idrisi studied math, computer science, and Chinese at Stanford University and previously worked at the United Nations Global Compact. Realizing he had a deeper calling, he left the comfortable and familiar four years ago to purse his own adventures. He has been excavating family history, the journey around which has taken him to India and Germany. Moreover, his written travel reflections form Bangladesh, Palestine, and Germany have been published in the Huffington PostJaggery, and Muftah. As the founder of Nabill Idrisi Coaching, he works with fellow wanderers to create adventurous, passionate, and productive lives. Learn more about his belief that through healing yourself, you can heal the world on this latest episode of The Out Entrepreneur!

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020: Bust Through the Struggles of Being a Minority Woman Entrepreneur with Annie Weller from the Leadership Lab

 020: Bust Through the Struggles of Being a Minority Woman Entrepreneur with Annie Weller from the Leadership Lab

Annie is a business coach, consultant, author, and passionate serial entrepreneur. She identifies as a proud Spudder from Ridgefield, Washington, and is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. Annie has more than 16 years of experience as a small business owner, and has extensive experience with workplace strategic development, brand management, and marketing among may other talents. I had the pleasure of meeting Annie at the world's first ever Podcast (Un)conference last year in Portland, Oregon. Annie will be releasing her first book, The ‘E’ Word – Struggles of a Minority Woman Entrepreneur (THIS IS NOT A SELF-HELP BOOK) later this year. This episode is for anyone seeking guidance on how to unapologetically be themselves in the world. 

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019: Gain a Million Dollar Mindset with Author, Speaker, and Entrepreneur, James R. Nowlin

019: Gain a Million Dollar Mindset with Author, Speaker, and Entrepreneur, James R. Nowlin

James R. Nowlin is a survivor of a childhood riddled with domestic violence and alcoholism in the rural foothills of southern Virginia. Today, James serves as the founder & CEO of the award winning firm Excel Global Partners (EGP), an executive consulting firm. He founded the company in 2007 and has since led successful engagements in 15 countries and in more than 20 states. He is also about to release his first book, The Purposeful Millionaire, a guidebook featuring 52 rules that teaches people about mastering the millionaire mindset and getting the most out of life – doing more, living more, and achieving more!

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018: Create the Business Solution that You See Missing with Karen Peterson from Green Thumb Natural Medicine

018: Create the Business Solution that You See Missing with Karen Peterson from Green Thumb Natural Medicine

Karen Peterson is a naturopathic physician and licensed acupuncturist providing primary and adjunctive care at GreenThumb Natural Medicine LLC based in Portland Oregon. I had the pleasure of meeting Karen last year through Portland’s LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce, and I know first hand how passionate she is about helping promote the businesses of fellow out bosses. On this week’s episode, it’s Karen’s time to step into the spotlight, and amplify the successes she’s accomplished since starting her business. Karen offers a source of deep inspiration for those aspiring to take the entrepreneurial leap.

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017: Build a Business Around Your Passions, Skills, and Target Market’s Needs with Stan Kimer from Total Engagement Consulting

017: Build a Business Around Your Passions, Skills, and Target Market’s Needs with Stan Kimer from Total Engagement Consulting

After 31 years of working in the corporate America, Stan Kimer retired and started his "encore career" forming Total Engagement Consulting, a diversity and career development consultancy. In the diversity arena, Stan is conversant in all areas of diversity and inclusion, and has deep expertise in the LGBTQ marketplace and workplace. I had the pleasure of meeting Stan through the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), where we discussed many strategies to help workplaces build more inclusive and equitable cultures for LGBTQ employees, customers, and suppliers. Stan offers some excellent advice on this week’s episode about building a business enterprise around your passions, skills, and your target market’s needs.

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016: Learn How to Solve a Deep Problem for Your Target Market with Ajay Bam, an International Serial Entrepreneur

016: Learn How to Solve a Deep Problem for Your Target Market with Ajay Bam, an International Serial Entrepreneur

Ajay Bam is an accomplished serial entrepreneur, educator and innovator with 13+ years of experience building startups with successful exits and launching products with world class brands in areas of e-commerce, digital payments and mobile marketing. He currently serves as the co-founder and CEO of Vyrill.com, and I had the pleasure of meeting him through StartOut, a vibrant network of dedicated LGBTQ entrepreneurs and supporters who care deeply about expanding economic opportunities to LGBTQ people. On this episode, Ajay offers insights of how he has brought his authentic self to his work, and how he is committed to building an inclusive workplace for his colleagues. Be sure to check out a very special offer Ajay is providing for listeners to this episode in the show notes!

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015: Identify Your Business Values with Jacob Levine from Chorus Connection

015: Identify Your Business Values with Jacob Levine from Chorus Connection

Jacob Levine is the founder of a software startup called Chorus Connection, a company that builds technology making it easy for choirs to manage all aspects of their organization in a single place, from their membership directory and calendar to attendance and dues. I was fortunate to connect with Jacob through StartOut, a vibrant network of dedicated LGBTQ entrepreneurs and supporters. During this conversation, Jacob shares why he established his business values centered around passion, fun, and authenticity. He also talks about the importance of finding mentors further along the entrepreneurship path to offer support and guidance.

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014: Get the impulse to soar with Laura Laban from Flying Development Studio

014: Get the impulse to soar with Laura Laban from Flying Development Studio

Laura Laban is the Co-Founder & CEO of Flying Development Studio. After six years of working in the tech industry, she broke out on her own and turned her side hustle into her full time job – developing a flight simulator software program, called Infinite Flight. I was fortunate to connect with Laura through StartOut, a vibrant network of dedicated LGBTQ entrepreneurs and supporters. During this conversation, Laura shares how she developed a successful business enterprise all while managing coming out as transgender last year. On this episode, Laura gets vulnerable and shares some valuable insights on how to navigate the challenges of transitioning on the job, all while maintaining a thriving business.

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013: Let Jonathan Lovitz Share the Secrets on How to Grow Your Business by Earning Certification Through the NGLCC

013: Let Jonathan Lovitz Share the Secrets on How to Grow Your Business by Earning Certification Through the NGLCC

Jonathan Lovitz is a Senior Vice President at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), as well as the Director of the New York LGBT and Allied Business Network of NGLCC. I had the pleasure of connecting with Jonathan at the NGLCC leadership conference last year, and learned first hand how his work and the work of the NGLCC is helping nearly 1,000 LGBTQ-owned businesses thrive. In this special episode, Jonathan shares fresh findings from the ground breaking report, America’s LGBT Economy, and offers several secrets as to why out bosses should consider getting their businesses certified with the NGLCC.

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012: Live Your Truth and Do Your Best Work with Devra Polack from Spinster Design

012: Live Your Truth and Do Your Best Work with Devra Polack from Spinster Design

Devra Polack is the Founder and Creative Director of Spinster Design, a tech consulting and creative digital services firm specializing in web, mobile and print applications. Spinster Design basically helps your agency or small business find the best technical solutions to match your needs, and then executes with expertise and passion. Devra is an out boss based in Portland, Oregon, and I had the pleasure of learning from her 15 years of experience running Spinster Design. In this episode, Devra offers a ton of knowledge gems for those aspiring and current out bosses. Check out the show, and prepare to be dazzled by Devra’s brilliance!

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011: Build a business foundation for growth and success with funding strategist, Ron Flavin

011: Build a business foundation for growth and success with funding strategist, Ron Flavin

Ron is a funding strategist, specializing in helping startups, early stage firms, and businesses of every size build strong foundations for growth and funding success. He is passionate about supporting LGBTQ business owners, and those aspiring to take the entrepreneurial leap. I was fortunate to connect with Ron through StartOut, a vibrant network of dedicated LGBTQ entrepreneurs and supporters. During this conversation, Ron offers sage advice about how to build a thriving business without compromising your values or covering aspects your authentic self. Give it a listen, and consider connecting with Ron if you are in the early stages of building your own business.

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