Go behind the scenes with female entrepreneurs as they reveal the struggles, strategies, and inspiring stories of successful small businesses. Hosted by Pepper Makepeace, an online business strategist for female solopreneurs and side hustlers and founder of the Small Business Sisterhood - an online membership community serving small business owners in the first stages of business. If you’re interested in connecting with like-minded women, learning effective business strategies from the experts, and getting inspired to keep moving forward in your business – then you’re in the right place.
#33 - Samantha Griffin - Small Business Sisterhood Podcast with Pepper Makepeace
In this episode, Samantha and Pepper talk about niching, an area many business owners struggle with. Samantha shares about her own fears around the process, but also about how niching has really helped her business change organically, shifting into an agency model working with independent contractors.
A Certified Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula and Certified Childbirth Educator, Samantha came to the realization that as one woman, she could only support one woman at any given time. With strengths in leadership, education and organization, Samantha multiplied her efforts by founding DC Metro Maternity, a boutique parenting support agency. She brought on a team of other passionate female certified doulas of color and together, they have been supporting black families in the DC, suburban Maryland, and Northern Virginia areas since 2018.
#32 - Jyssica Yelas - Style Opal + Upper Left Ladies - Small Business Sisterhood Podcast
Jyssica Yelas is an entrepreneur whose digital marketing agency helps businesses create social content. She began her journey into social media for business while at college and moved into running her own business when she was unexpectedly let go from her job.
She’s passionate about helping business owners embrace social media for their business, the connections and collaborations that can be grown on the various social platforms, and is a lover of Instagram in particular.
Jyssica and I talked about her business journey, how social can be used by businesses and how to determine what you post and what you keep private. Jyssica shared a useful exercise to help you figure out those boundaries which I’m looking forward to completing myself!
#31 Shannon Kenny - Mama Eco - Small Business Sisterhood Podcast
Shannon Kenny is a sustainability consultant, helping eco-friendly businesses become more sustainable without sacrificing profit. Her journey into fighting climate change, supporting people in their journey to eco consciousness, began with a piece of plastic packaging she wasn’t certain could be recycled.
From there, Shannon began educating herself, and then others, to help them learn how to reduce their carbon footprint and help them understand that any action, however small it feels, does make a difference.
In this episode, Pepper Makepeace talks with Shannon about her journey into entrepreneurship and the difficult decision-making and numerous pivots she navigated to get to where she is today. They talk about following your core values and mission to help steer your path through the choices we have to make and the learning curve that comes with being an entrepreneur.
#30 Susan Elford - Coaching & Consulting - Small Business Sisterhood Podcast
Susan Elford believes relationship building is the key to a successful venture. In this episode she shares how that belief came about, the steps she took to build her businesses and the relationships she’s built. She offers practical steps for how people can start to build business relationships, give back to causes they’re passionate about, and build a business based on caring about other people.
#29 Sagan Morrow - Small Business Sisterhood Podcast
Sagan Morrow is a productivity strategist for multi-passionate creatives, and is also an indie author of romantic comedies. She started back in 2008 as a healthy living blogger and has slowly pivoted into a small business resource for solopreneurs, adding in different strands and interests to her business as she went.
In this episode, Sagan shares the practicalities of running a multi-passionate business - from managing an email list and how she describes what she does - and gives great tips on how to create and run a multi-passionate business yourself, without getting overwhelmed.
#28 Benedetta and Valeria Bianchini - Local Aromas - Small Business Sisterhood Podcast
The sisters have successfully transitioned their business from 100% in person to 100% online in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, and have recently created an online product tailored to fit their business and niche perfectly. In this episode they talk about how they navigated that transition, their new product and how the marketing has worked for it, as well as their planning process for 2021 so we can all hit the ground running.