The We Are Here podcast celebrating entrepreneurs living and working in the South Coast MA area. Host Matt Medeiros interviews some of our area's leading business owners and community builders to learn how they've built their business. From New Bedford to Fall River, listen to the podcast to learn key business-building advice from entrepreneurs in our area.
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Buy Black NB: Justina Perry on building community
One of the greatest opportunities we have as business owners on the South Coast is to co-promote, brand, and create content.
If there's one thing COVID taught us (okay there's many, but…), its that we need to keep awareness and communications going for our brands to survive. Over the last year and a half it came in the form of online through our web sites, social media accounts, and newsletters.
We were zooming and we were posting. From e-commerce to curbside pickup, showing up online became a priority for those of us who could.
Justina Perry, founder/director/and so much more of Buy Black NB joins us today to talk about taking that idea and expanding it into an online directory for Black owned businesses in New Bedford.
We'll explore how she's growing the brand, supporting the business community and learn what went into Buy Black NB's upcoming in-person event. Fun fact: I love that she's already seeing opportunity in the Fall River area…look for a pop-up event coming soon.
Discover Southcoast Spring Arts
Art-going…heck, an art gallery…wasn't something that was ever on my radar growing up, even with an artist as a neighbor.
Referring to myself as an artist…for doing a podcast? Not a chance.
However, you put me on a busy street corner with a lemondade stand, and I'll turn it into a franchise.
So maybe artists feel like they aren't business types either. The thought of selling out or taking direction from someone who doesn't appreciate the nuances of the craft, isn't why they do this.
But, we need eachother, artists and civilians do, to complete the circle of life. With local movements like Southcoast Spring Arts, we have a common place to meet and learn from each other.
I think what we'll discover is that art is alive and well on the Southcoast and it goes well beyond what you might consider art. Stay tuned to hear from Jodi Stevens Executive Director for the Marion Art Center and returning guest Patti RegoMarketing Director at the Marion Institute and owner of WeLoveFallRiver.
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Launching SRVHUB for on-demand hair & beauty services
It was June of 2020 when I interviewed Brandan Burke, co-founder number 1 of 3 of what’s known today as SRVHUB.
Brandan & team were not only knee-deep in finding a new brand name for the company, going through the intense EforAll accelerator, trying to build a mobile app, and make sense of the greatest thing on all of our minds — a global pandemic.
How do you go from a whirlwind scenario when all of these elements are swirling around you and you don’t even know if getting in-home hair and beauty services will even cease to exist after we come out of the other side?!
Luckily for our South Coast community Brandan, Devaughn, and Grantham weathered the storm, launching their mobile offering this March 2021.
While we’re not clear of the pandemic yet, for better or for worse, it did bring some opportunity to the team seeking to empower the beauty professional through their support and mobile application.
In today’s episode, Devaughn and Grantham join us to provide an update on where they were almost a year ago, to what comes next for the South Coast’s latest on-demand mobile app service.
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The team behind the New Bedford SourceLink
Putting the global pandemic aside, which I know isn’t easy, I feel the South Coast has felt a certain resurgence — allure even — to the entrepreneur.
As you’ll learn today, it’s not like the South Coast is new to budding businesses and market makers. You’re looking at a region that was once home to the world’s textile manufacturing industry along side being one of the most important whaling ports of the 19th century.
New Bedford SourceLink, lead by New Bedford EDC Executive Director Derek Santos & Director of Business Development Jessica Silva — guests of todays episode — are here to fortify the resources available to New Bedford entrepreneurs.
Like any other startup in the area, we’ll address some of the challenges they face growing the program and how they plan to achieve their goals through 2021.
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Building the Communal Space New Bedford w/ Peter Walker
Nothing is going to stand in the way of today's guest from achieving the success that he's after.
Not COVID, not politics, and certainly not from a lack of hustle. In a time where you might be hard pressed to figure out how to bring people physically together to enrich their cultural, artistic, and business lives -- Peter Walker knows how to do it.
He's leading the development of the Communal Space NB -- find it at: www.facebook.com/thecommunalspacenb -- It's A Diverse Arts Cultivator Community Space and Modern Art Gallery.
We're going to talk about today's challenges of rallying around an opportunity like this and what his grand visions are for the space.
From social captiliasim, to branding, to sales, to Beyonce -- we cover it all in today's episode. Please welcome Peter Walker to the We Are Here podcast, I had an amazing time learning of the work and the effort he puts in every day.
His wife is pretty cool too. Okay, let's dive into the show with the first question -- from the outside looking in, does the south coast feel that fast paced?
Jennifer Potter: A South Coast babysitting service when parents need it most
If you had a business building crystal ball and it told you that a global pandemic was about to hit right before launching your business, you'd be crazy to keep going.
Especially if you were launching business around in-person babysitting, where your employees and customers were connecting in a home. The blessing in disguise for today's guest, Jennifer Potter founder & president of Mamasandbabysitters.com, is that COVID created a whole new "Work from home" group of parents. A rift that caused the demand to find high-qualified but professional babysitters to step in and relive parents during a busy work day.
Needless to say, business is booming for the online portal of sitters here on the south coast -- but not without it's challenges. Let's Dive in to Jennifer's story on launching the brand, growing a Facebook group of over 5,000 members, and what's next to drive traffic to her business in these wild n crazy times.
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Matt keeps me thinking about my business and ways to streamline/improve/retool my marketing in ways that are manageable and not overwhelming for me. Thank you, Matt!
Thank you for sharing stories of folks making entrepreneurship tangible and real for everyone. Inspiring humans. Empowering Ideas.
I'm really looking forward to learning more about new ideas in business in the local area and the people behind them.