130: Grow a Business that Builds a Better World with Vanessa Nichols, Co-Founder of the Trans Love Project

130: Grow a Business that Builds a Better World with Vanessa Nichols, Co-Founder of the Trans Love Project

Vanessa is the co-founder of the Trans Love Project. The project was first conceptualized when actor Don Cheadle appeared on Saturday Night Live, making a bold statement with a T-Shirt that read “Protect Trans Kids.” Vanessa wanted to make it possible to be like Don, to be a proud ally for trans youth and LGBTQ+ people of color. And Vanessa sure is a bad ass ally – she’s the parent of an amazing trans son, she is a business owner, and she’s a describes herself as an “accidental activist and  advocate for the LGBTQ+ community.”

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129: Transform Your Life Through Building a Dream Business with Dan Clements, Co-Owner of Sin-able Sweets

129: Transform Your Life Through Building a Dream Business with Dan Clements, Co-Owner of Sin-able Sweets

Dan Clements is the co-owner of Sin-able Sweets, a dietetic bakery in which all of the delicious baked goods fit into the American Diabetes Association guidelines for people living with Diabetes. After surviving gastric bypass surgery, Dan recommitted to improving his health sparking the motivation for opening up his bakery with his partner in 2017. Just shy of their two year anniversary, the bakery is rapidly growing and serves customers here in Oregon as well as across the United States.

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OH3: Recognize Revenue is Vanity, Profit is Sanity and Cash Flow is Queen

OH3: Recognize Revenue is Vanity, Profit is Sanity and Cash Flow is Queen

This week, Rhodes and Allon open up their office hours to friend of the show and “Wizard of Tax,” Jax Wheatley. Together, the group unpacks why “revenue is vanity, profit is sanity, and cash flow is queen.” Whether you are a seasoned business owner, or just thinking about taking the entrepreneurial leap, you’ll gain fresh and meaningful insights of how to manage money flowing into your business, and evaluate the health and sustainability of your business.

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OH2: Gracefully Transitioning Your Mindset from Employee to Entrepreneur

OH2: Gracefully Transitioning Your Mindset from Employee to Entrepreneur

On this week’s episode, we continue with the show’s Office Hours to support those of us thinking about, starting or growing a business. This week we’ll be discussing how to gracefully transition from an employee to entrepreneur mindset. During the episode, Allon and I discuss strategies on how to shift our mindset to begin thinking like the CEOs and business leaders we were meant to be. Please note the Office Hours Series differs from our normal weekly episodes – on the regular show, I continue to interview business owners sharing their wisdom and guidance with me. If you love these interviews, please know they will continue on this platform every other Tuesday.

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127: Don’t Just Start a Business, Solve a Problem with Martha Pellegrino, Founder + Chief Bravissima of Brava Point

127: Don’t Just Start a Business, Solve a Problem with Martha Pellegrino, Founder + Chief Bravissima of Brava Point

Martha Pellegrino is the Founder and Chief Bravissima Officer of Brava Point LLC, a company that helps clients navigate the complex worlds of public affairs and organizational change. Martha specializes in accelerating strategic outcomes, advancing equity, and creating effective teams. Prior to starting her own company, Martha served as the Director of Government Relations for the City of Portland, where she oversaw state, federal and international affairs. She holds a B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in English Literature from the University of East Anglia, U.K., and a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law.  She and her wife Alisa live in SE Portland with their two amazing cats.

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OH1: Office Hours Launch! Manifest a Winning Business Idea

OH1: Office Hours Launch! Manifest a Winning Business Idea

This week’s episode introduces a new chapter for the Out Entrepreneur Podcast, as we are launching the show’s inaugural “Office Hours” Series! The Office Hours series features new episodes of the podcast that dive deeper into some of the many themes guests over the past 2+ years have shared. Some of these themes piqued our curiosity and have inspired us to amplify our guest’s wisdom in order to deliver the best business advice, centered around leveraging our rainbow superpowers.

To make the content more engaging, our faithful sound engineer and nonbinary business owner of PodDream, Allon Bealesoli, will be riffing with Rhodes. Note the Office Hours Series differs from our normal weekly episodes – on the regular show, Rhodes interviews business owners sharing their wisdom and guidance with him, 1:1. If you love these interviews, fear not, they will continue on this platform every other Tuesday. In between these episodes, we will feature engaging Office Hours content.

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126: Take Pride in Your Leadership Prowess with Steve Yacovelli, Owner & Principal of TopDog Learning Group

126: Take Pride in Your Leadership Prowess with Steve Yacovelli, Owner & Principal of TopDog Learning Group

Dr. Steve Yacovelli, aka the gay leadership dude, is the Owner & Principal of TopDog Learning Group, LLC. Steve’s company is a global consulting practice based in Orlando, FL specializing in human learning and performance. Steve is also the author of Pride Leadership, Strategies for the LGBTQ+ Leader to be the King, or Queen of their Jungle.

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125: Forge Authentic Relationships with Robert Turvey, Founder of Connecting Your Customers

125: Forge Authentic Relationships with Robert Turvey, Founder of Connecting Your Customers

Robert Turvey has two decades working as a marketing expert. In 2015, he started his business Connecting Your Customers, a marketing agency that connects your ideal and dream customers with your business. Robert appreciates concrete, data driven strategies, and incorporates them into his practice to help his clients’ businesses grow and thrive.

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124: Find Your Entrepreneurial Voice and Kick Start Your Audio Career with Ginni Saraswati, Founder of Ginni Media

124: Find Your Entrepreneurial Voice and Kick Start Your Audio Career with Ginni Saraswati, Founder of Ginni Media

Ginni is the founder of Ginni Media, a boutique Podcast Production Company serving the vision of entrepreneurs, celebrities and influential organizations around the world. She is an award-winning journalist known to stun many a personality – including Paula Abdul, Havan Brown, k.d. lang, Jennifer Beals, and many more - with her quick-witted introductions and on-air antics. She recently launched her brand new podcast The Ginni Show—Curry, Comedy & Connectivity, which invites listeners to follow the hilarious journey life of a young Sri Lankan, gay, immigrant woman growing up in Australia.

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123: Getting Comfortable with Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace with Lily Zheng, Author, Consultant and Executive Coach

123: Getting Comfortable with Gender Ambiguity in the Workplace with Lily Zheng, Author, Consultant and Executive Coach

Lily Zheng is an organizational consultant, executive coach, and diversity & inclusion expert who works with organizations to turn positive intentions into positive impact. She works to create just, inclusive, and innovative workplaces for her clients through data-driven assessments, strategic advising, training, and collaborative content creation. A dedicated changemaker and advocate, she has co-authored multiple books and had her work published in the New York Times, Quartz at Work, Entrepreneur, and HR Executive.

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122: Believe in Plenty, and Believe in Enough with Georgia Lee Hussey, Founder + CEO of Modernist Financial

122: Believe in Plenty, and Believe in Enough with Georgia Lee Hussey, Founder + CEO of Modernist Financial

Georgia Lee Hussey is the Founder and CEO of Modernist Financial, a B Corp wealth management firm dedicated to helping progressive people structure their wealth around their values. Her mission is to build a world where smart, creative people feel permission to enjoy today while providing a stable financial base for our common future. Before launching Modernist, Georgia worked for national and local financial firms as a CFP. Prior to working in finance, she was a sculptor and writer.

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121: Come Out of the Entrepreneurial Closet with Seth Vermilyea, Founder of the ComingOutTarot

121: Come Out of the Entrepreneurial Closet with Seth Vermilyea, Founder of the ComingOutTarot

Seth Vermilyea is a tarot reader with a passion for serving the LGBTQ community. Since launching ComingOutTarot, Seth has helped his queer clients confirm where they are today and gives them the steps they need to achieve their goals tomorrow. He received his first tarot deck at 10, came out of the closet at 19, and officially came out of the tarot closet at 40 with ComingOutTarot. He uses tarot to make sense of his client’s queer experiences in an increasingly challenging hetero-and-cis-normative world. Seth and his husband live in Chicago with their rescue ferrets.

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120: Let Executive Coach, Danny Ceballos, Inspire You to Define Your Personal Values and Align Them with Your Business

120: Let Executive Coach, Danny Ceballos, Inspire You to Define Your Personal Values and Align Them with Your Business

Danny Ceballos, is a leadership consultant, trainer and executive coach helping the nonprofit and healthcare leader to be "the kind of best boss everyone wants to work for." He is the founder and principal for Unleashed Consulting, and he firmly believes that people will bring their best, authentic, and most productive selves to their work when they nurture their own personal "performance operating system" - that unleashes their unique leadership superpowers.

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119: Recognize that Everything You Want is Just on the Other Side of Uncomfortable with Heather Vickery, Founder & CEO of Vickery and Co.

119: Recognize that Everything You Want is Just on the Other Side of Uncomfortable with Heather Vickery, Founder & CEO of Vickery and Co.

Heather Vickery is a Success Coach & Fellow Podcaster with over 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur. Heather helps her clients build better business strategies that 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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118: Get Inspired to Start Your Own Business with Francine Love, Founder & Managing Attorney of Love Law Firm, PLLC

118: Get Inspired to Start Your Own Business with Francine Love, Founder & Managing Attorney of Love Law Firm, PLLC

After 24 years of corporate life (including 6 years with a start-up), Francine pursued a lifelong dream of opening her own law firm. In 2015, she began her entrepreneurial journey starting Love Law Firm, which serves entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes. When she’s not busy running her law firm, Francine also serves as the founder & ED of the Long Island Business Forum, an organization helping businesses thrive while benefiting the greater communities of NYC.

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117: Learn How You Can Get Your Story Published with Jenn T. Grace, Founder of Publish Your Purpose Press

117: Learn How You Can Get Your Story Published with Jenn T. Grace, Founder of Publish Your Purpose Press

Jenn T. Grace is a nationally recognized business strategist, speaker and author specializing in the LGBTQ market. Passionate about helping people share their stories of adversity, Jenn is the Founder of Publish Your Purpose Press. 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.

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115: #OutBosses, Get Your Money Together with Lillian Karabaic, Founder of Oh My Dollar!

115: #OutBosses, Get Your Money Together with Lillian Karabaic, Founder of Oh My Dollar!

Lillian identifies as a Laywoman’s Investing Expert for the Median Wage Earner and she is passionate about helping people create new financial stories. She runs boot camps called, “Get Your Money Together,” helping artists, small business owners, nonprofit worker bees, college students, and millennials SMASH DEBT, save up for their goals, and budget like the bad asses they are. She is also the podcast host of the popular podcast, Oh My Dollar!, which with the Out Entrepreneur was recently featured as a notable LGBTQ+ business & money podcast on Forbes.

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114: Learn about the History of the LGBTQ Movement 50 Years After the Stonewall Riots with Wes Enos, Executive Director of the Generations Project

114: Learn about the History of the LGBTQ Movement 50 Years After the Stonewall Riots with Wes Enos, Executive Director of the Generations Project

Wes Enos is the founder and Executive Director of The Generations Project, a nonprofit based in NYC that preserves the history of the LGBTQ Movement and promotes intergenerational support through storytelling. While the organization is a charity, there is a bit of overlap between starting a social enterprise, regardless of the tax structure, and given that most of the listeners run purpose driven businesses, I thought it made good sense to sit down and chat with Wes about his organization.

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113: Make Your Next Bold Move with Author and Speaker, Rick Clemons, Host of the Life Uncloseted Podcast

113: Make Your Next Bold Move with Author and Speaker, Rick Clemons, Host of the Life Uncloseted Podcast

If you didn’t listen to episode 25, here’s a little background about Rick: He is a well-known culture disruptor (in a good way), “closet buster,” and bad ass bold move strategist. Tapping into his 25 years’ experience in hospitality, technology, branding, marketing, and personal development he’s created a no B.S. approach for success - live your truth with no apologies. As a result, individuals, teams, and organizations embrace his approach, busting out of their suffocating closets to make the bold moves!

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112: Learn How to Scale, Sell and Restart Your Consulting Business with David Wells, Founder + President of Wells Consulting

112: Learn How to Scale, Sell and Restart Your Consulting Business with David Wells, Founder + President of Wells Consulting

David Wells is the Founder and President of Wells Consulting, a global firm that customizes database system design and development services for clients across a wide range of industries. David started his business as a solopreneur in 1989, and added employees as his client list grew, building a company over the course of the 90’s which he sold in 2000. He then started a smaller, boutique consulting firm because he missed the more direct interaction with clients when his role became management focused. Restarting in the early aughts and still continuing, David now focuses on working with a small but highly effective team for a client list that he believes he is best positioned to serve.

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