Diverse entrepreneurs share their experiences, strength, and hope to help mission-driven businesses thrive. In a series of intimate conversations, attorney and CFP Brian Thompson and his guests provide practical steps to create businesses with impact and profit.
Being Profit First with Mike Michalowicz
Brian chats with Mike Michalowicz, the mastermind behind Profit First Professionals and author of books for entrepreneurs and small business owners. Mike shares his experience growing several multi-million dollar companies only to lose almost everything. He then details how hitting rock bottom became the foundation upon which he built the Profit First method, which has yielded him 14 years of profitable quarters and is now used by more than 500,000 small businesses.
Eradicating Entrepreneurial Poverty with Ron Saharyan
Brian chats with Ron Saharyan, co-founder and managing partner of Profit First Professionals, an exclusive community of accounts, bookkeepers, and business coaches who help their clients build profitable businesses. Ron discusses the merits of using an envelope-based budget system for business. He also preaches the strengths of running a profitable business and breaking the entrepreneurial doctrine of sacrifice in the process.
Building Brunch & Budget with Pamela Capalad
Brian talks with Pamela Capalad, a CFP, Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC), and the founder of Brunch & Budget. Through Brunch & Budget, Pam helps people who feel ashamed or embarrassed about money have a safe and friendly place to talk about it and make real financial progress. Pam shares why it’s important to tackle both the technical and emotional sides of money and why running a business mostly sucks.
Taking the Entrepreneurship Leap with Phuong Luong
Brain talks with Phuong Luong, CFP, an educator, financial planner, and investment strategist focused on economic justice. In the episode, Phuong shares her winding path to founding Just Wealth, a financial planning firm for individuals and families. You’ll also learn the best piece of advice she received when starting her business and why she believes education about structural barriers to wealth can be empowering.
Values-Based Leadership with Jacob Padrón
Brian talks with Jacob Padrón, an artistic director working to create a more inclusive American theater. In this episode, Jacob praises the merits of values-based leadership and a practice-what-you-preach organizational culture. You’ll also hear why Jacob admires leaders who can ask for help -- a strategy he tries to employ in his role as artistic director of the Tony-award-winning Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, CT.
Advancing Opportunity in the Deep South with Bill Bynum
In this episode, Brian chats with Bill Bynum, the founder and CEO of HOPE, a family of financial institutions serving economically distressed areas of the Deep South. You’ll learn Bill’s definition of a mission-driven business, what motivated him to found HOPE, and the unique challenges he faces working in the Deep South as opposed to in Silicon Valley or New York City. Bill also shares why institutions like HOPE are part of the solution to closing racial wealth gaps.
Brian and his guests do an amazing job demonstrating why having a mission behind your business soooo important!
I really appreciate the balance of business, passion and leading with an authentic mission. It’s an inspirational reminder that work can be more holistic and that your values can drive real change.
Love this new podcast!
Bringing together personal passion, values and business through a smart and experienced lens. ❤️