2020 was a lot, but some people came out of it stronger than before. Each week ForbesBook's Joe Pardavila features a company, a movement or a person that is helping make the world a better place.
Episode 44 - You Down with IRA
Saving money for retirement can be hard, especially if you are behind or cannot save much. For some people retirement is the last thing on their mind. Just contributing 1% of your salary to retirement savings to start and slowly increasing that contribution can make a big difference over time.
But what happens when you do have a retirement plan? What do you do? Nothing? Think again.
This week Joe talks to Ed Slott. Ed has taught millions of Americans and financial pros how to get the most out of their retirement savings…he is a nationally recognized IRA distribution expert and the author of The New Retirement Savings Time Bomb.
Episode 43 - Selling The Drama
The public relations industry has taken a big hit due to pandemic induced budgets cuts. According to a survey of PR and marketing professionals, almost two-thirds of clients reduced communications budgets as a result of the pandemic, 90% of PR agencies said clients had postponed campaigns, and one in five agencies laid off staff and instigated furloughs. Now one year after COVID-19 locked down the planet, what is the current state of the PR and marketing industry? Joining Joe this week is Amanda Whitcroft, the Founder of Panda PR & Marketing who talks about how she successfully pivoted her agency's focus from the hospitality industry to the health and tech sectors during the pandemic.
Episode 42 - You've Got a Friend in Us
The last year has been tough, that’s an understatement, we’ve all needed some assistance along the way, especially the folks on Main Street USA. So what is big business doing to help small business through the pandemic? Joining Joe this week is Mark Tina, the Executive Director of Verizon Business Group East. Mark talks about how Verizon is actively assisting small businesses during the pandemic, how Verizon's senior leadership inspired their team over the past year, and how 5G will change the game in telecommunications.
Episode 41 - Test Drive
If you want a driver’s license you need to take a test. If you want to pursue higher education, you need to take the SATs or ACTs. And if you want to know "Which Friends Character Are You?," you have to take a quiz on BuzzFeed. And now there's a test for CEOs. Joining Joe this week is Adam Bryant, the creator of the popular New York Times Corner Office series, the managing director of executive mentoring firm, Merryck & Co., AND the co-author of THE CEO TEST: Master the Challenges that Make or Break All Leaders.
Episode 40 - Fits Like a Glove
We all became armchair experts in healthcare for over the past year, terms like contact tracing, social distancing, COVID variants have all entered our everyday lexicon. One of the first to enter the global conversation was the acronym for Personal protective equipment, PPE. We're well aware of the mask and glove shortages that sprung up in the early days of the pandemic, but what’s happening in that space exactly one year later? This week Joe is joined by Sean Evans the CEO of Gloves.com. Sean talks about how his team acquired the Gloves.Com domain name, why he got involved in PPE and why Nitrile gloves have become the Cadillac of rubber gloves.
Episode 39 - Can you Take Me Higher?
A year ago, we started this podcast dedicated to business owners surviving during the pandemic and we’ve spoken to entrepreneurs in all sorts of industries including the tech, social and hospitality space. But we’ve never spoken to a cannabis entrepreneur, until now.
Recreational marijuana is now legal in dozens of states and according to Politico about one in three Americans now live where all adults have access to it. That's nearly 100 million people. Plus, next year states like New York, Florida, and Ohio could pass legalization efforts.
Joining Joe this week is Charlotte Hanna, the founder of Community Growth Partners and the founder of Rebelle, a cannabis brand and store located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Charlotte talks about her love of marijuana, the challenges of being a cannabis entrepreneur and what the future of her industry looks like.