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Join us for the Fundbox Forward podcast, featuring insightful talks from experts in fintech covering news, tips, Q&As, and more on topics about small business growth, funding options, net terms, and more. This is the official aural channel of Fundbox.com.

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Join us for the Fundbox Forward podcast, featuring insightful talks from experts in fintech covering news, tips, Q&As, and more on topics about small business growth, funding options, net terms, and more. This is the official aural channel of Fundbox.com.

    How a Private Insurance Company Weathered COVID to Succeed in 2020 and Beyond

    How a Private Insurance Company Weathered COVID to Succeed in 2020 and Beyond

    Fundbox CEO, Prashant Fuloria, speaks with Ahmande "Mondo" Grimes about the origins and growth of his company, Spartan Financial, an insurance provider specializing in final expenses. 


    Mondo talks about his personal journey that took him through the Nashville music industry, sales, insurance, and ultimately led to him becoming an entrepreneur.  Though he experienced tough times through COVID, he emerged stronger with the help of a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan that he applied for through Fundbox. Now his business has bounced back and diversified, and continues to grow. 


    From the experience and wisdom he's gained, Mondo offers tips for other small businesses on how to succeed.

    • 9 min
    R&B Music History with Small Business Insights to the Music Industry | Interview with Akim Bryant

    R&B Music History with Small Business Insights to the Music Industry | Interview with Akim Bryant

    In honor of Black Music History Month (every June), we're sharing a brief history about R&B (rhythm and blues) music as well as some small business  aspects of the music business today. We’ll even suggest some tips for entrepreneurs and others who want a piece of the music business action.


    Our podcast guest is Akim Bryant, Head of R&B Programming at Pandora, one of the leaders in streaming music. Akim is an entertainment/media professional with extensive expertise in media relations including: creative writing, artist booking, and content programming. He is also a small business owner himself—an author, being not only an accomplished music journalist but also a published, independent novelist.

    Want to learn more about how to support your music-related venture? Read this article to learn how one music store used a Fundbox Line of Credit to grow their business: https://fbx.bz/musicstore

    • 21 min
    How to Maximize Your PPP Loan Forgiveness - Updated for 2021

    How to Maximize Your PPP Loan Forgiveness - Updated for 2021

    Join our conversation on how your small business can maximize forgiveness for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan, designed to help companies, their employees, and even independent contractors during the economic impact of coronavirus/COVID-19. This podcast was updated on January 29, 2021.

    In this podcast, we share and discuss some of what we've learned to help clarify the #1 question topic about the PPP loan: forgiveness.
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    A text version of this podcast is available here.
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    Disclaimer: Fundbox and its affiliates do not provide financial, legal, or accounting advice. You should consult your own PPP lender for specific needs, or your own financial, legal, or accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.

    • 31 min
    How a Digital Marketing and Branding Agency Helped Its Clients Grow During COVID-19

    How a Digital Marketing and Branding Agency Helped Its Clients Grow During COVID-19

    When COVID stay-at-home mandates hit, Philadelphia-based digital marketing agency Brand Llama moved their operations 100% online and also showed their clients how to pivot and go digital themselves. Sagan Medvec, co-founder and creative director of Brand Llama, talks about how they used innovative design, website, and ecommerce expertise to help manufacturers, trade shows, and other face-to-face industries survive and even grow when traditional ways of doing business were interrupted.

    • 21 min
    How Can Minority Lending Do Better? A Conversation with Henry Childs, II

    How Can Minority Lending Do Better? A Conversation with Henry Childs, II

    Minority businesses, particularly Black-owned small businesses, have been the hardest hit by the economic impacts of COVID. This comes atop a stark, historical disadvantage. On average, minorities have less access to start-up capital, are less likely to receive loans, and when they do, they typically get lower dollar amounts and pay higher interest rates. 

    What can be done to help solve the huge funding gap facing Black and other minority small businesses, especially start-ups? 
    In this Fundbox podcast, our guest is Henry Childs, II: the world’s #1 minority business strategist. CEO of the Minority Wealth Commission, and a former National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), Henry Childs is an expert in Black wealth, and a champion in the fight for financing the minority economy. 

    • 21 min
    How a K-12 Education Business Pivoted to Teaching Online

    How a K-12 Education Business Pivoted to Teaching Online

    Learn how one small business, a K-12 education company that had a business model dependent largely on face-to-face interaction, quickly adapted to a fully-online operation when the COVID pandemic shut down schools and non-essential businesses and social distancing and Zoom meetings became the new normal.

    This interview features Rosy Cohen, the founder, and educator at Grupology, a company that specializes in designing after-school educational experiences for K-12 students. 

    • 19 min

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