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A Houston-based oil and gas consulting firm was ranked among the top 10 best small workplaces in the country. EAG Services came in No. 9 on Fortune’s list. The small business also made it on this year's Inc. 5000 list with 116% revenue growth over three years.On this episode, we talk with EAG Services Founder and CEO Elizabeth Gerbel. Small Biz Insider is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.
Finn Hall Feeds the Frontlines launched earlier this year to support Houston's health care workers and small business owners at the same time. We talk with Finn Hall’s Culinary Director, David Buehrer, and Hunain Dada, Director of Real Estate Portfolio Management for Lionstone Investments.Small Biz Insider is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.
 Dallas Garrison is president and CEO of Garrison Construction Group.  Founded in 2013, the small business was recently named on the Inc. 500 list. Small Biz Insider is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.
Abbey Donnell is founder and CEO of Work and Mother, which provides private, dedicated spaces in office buildings for new moms who are breastfeeding. Small Biz Insider is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.
How did two Houston entrepreneurs quickly change from making cold brew coffee to hand sanitizer? Houston entrepreneurs Constantine Zotos and Mitchell Webber talk about launching Modern Chemical, which produces EPA-registered hand sanitizer and disinfectant products with B2B clients across the country. Small Biz Insider is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.
We talk with Chris Williams, chef-owner of Lucille's, a locally-owned restaurant in Houston's Museum District co-founded in 2012 by Chris and his brother, Ben. The restaurant's name and cuisine is in honor of their great-grandmother, Lucille B. Smith. Key topics:Switching from a profitability to sustainability model How COVID-19 prompted Lucille’s to launch its non-profit, Lucille’s 1913How Houston chefs are banding together through Lucille’s pop-up program to support for Houston's bar community during the pandemicWhat success looks like for Lucille’s in 2020Small Biz Insider is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.
Entrepreneurs and small business owners are well-known for innovating, taking risks and bouncing back from crisis again and again. 2020, though, has been exceptional. Nearly every facet of the economy has been incredibly impacted in some way.On this episode, we talk with Sara Brook, founder and CEO of Dessert Gallery Bakery & Cafe. The small business is a Houston staple that's been around for 25 years. Key topics:How small businesses are integral to Houston's broader economyThe significant milestones to reach as a small business owner in the hospitality industryAdvice on retaining employeesWays customers can give constructive feedback to small businesses and how it’s usedSmall Biz Insider is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.
We've been exploring how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Houston's small business community and the resources these business owners should leverage. And while the community at large has been impacted, a report from McKinsey & Company said the pandemic could disproportionately affect minority-owned small businesses.On this episode of Small Biz Insider, we take a look at the challenges and resources for Houston's minority-owned small businesses. Our guests on this episode are:Justin Moore, founder of Holly Hall Supply Company, a local skincare business. Justin was also a member of the City of Houston Women and Minority-Owned Business Task ForceMaya Durnovo, Chief Entrepreneurial Initiatives Officer, Houston Community College's Office of Entrepreneurial InitiativesJennifer Kellough Holmes, Director of HCC's Corporate CollegeSmall Biz Insider is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.
Houston-area colleges and universities graduate more than 100,000 students each year. With a a dual economic challenge stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the oil downturn, 2020 is an especially challenging year for Houston's newest entrepreneurs. Our guests on this episode are:Dr. Yolanda Norman, Assistant Director of the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering Career Center and founder and CEO of FirstGenCollege Consulting.Dr. Hesam Panahi, Interim Executive Director of the Liu Idea Lab for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He's also a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the Jones Graduate School of Business.Small Biz Insider is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.
The City of Houston recently launched a program providing free legal advice to small businesses affected by COVID-19. The Houston Small Business Legal Consultations Program is led by the city's Office of Business Opportunity as well Vinson & Elkins, an international law firm headquartered here in Houston. Our guests on this episode of Small Biz Insider are Ellyn Josef, Pro Bono Counsel for Vinson and Elkins, and attorney Anton Krayniy, also with V&E.Small Biz Insider is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.
June first marks the official start of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, one that federal scientists predict to include frequent and powerful storms. It also poses a dual challenge for small businesses - preparing for an above-normal hurricane season while navigating a global pandemic. Our guest on this episode of Small Biz Insider is Mark Winchester, Deputy District Director with the Houston SBA office. 
This is a special episode of Small Biz Insider, a podcast from the Greater Houston Partnership. While many Houston restaurants have been operating with just takeout and delivery for nearly two months, not all are reopening for dine-in customers at the same time. We spoke with two restaurant owners about their different plans.On this episode, Alli Jarrett, owner of Harold's, a restaurant in the Heights, talks about her decision to reopen May 1. 
This is a special episode of Small Biz Insider, a podcast from the Greater Houston Partnership. While many Houston restaurants have been operating with just takeout and delivery for nearly two months, not all are reopening for dine-in customers at the same time. We spoke with two restaurant owners about their different plans.On this episode, Tracy Vaught, president of H-Town Restaurant Group, which oversees restaurants such as Hugo's, Xochi and Backstreet Cafe, explains her team's decision to reopen mid-May. 
This is a special episode of Small Biz Insider, a podcast from the Greater Houston Partnership. We're talking about making smart decisions with the financial assets you have on hand to guide your small business through COVID-19. Our guest is Maurice Champion, who runs the business banking group in Houston for Cadence Bank.
This is a special episode of Small Biz Insider, a podcast from the Greater Houston Partnership. The COVID-19 crisis has forced small businesses to quickly adapt. Today, we're helping you take your small business strategy from a reactive position to a proactive plan.Small Biz Insider host Maggie Martin talks with Aimee Woodall, president and founder of The Black Sheep Agency, a marketing, brand strategy and design agency.
This is a special episode of Small Biz Insider, a podcast from the Greater Houston Partnership. The COVID-19 crisis poses mounting challenges for small businesses here and across the country. On today's episode of Small Biz Insider, host Maggie Martin talks with Yusef Muhammad, chapter chair and president of SCORE Houston. It's a network of volunteers offering small business entrepreneurs practical business advice. 
What does it mean to reinvent yourself into your career? What does that transition or shift look like? On today's episode of Small Biz Insider, host Maggie Martin sat down with Johanna Chryssikos, president and CEO of Artemis Partners, to talk about how to reinvent yourself in your career. We'll get into how professionals can use their experience to launch themselves in a new direction and what they offer as small business employees.
Welcome back to a brand new season of our Small Biz Insider podcast, part of our digital series highlighting entrepreneurs in the greater Houston region who are making a big impact in the small business community. On today's episode of the Small Biz Insider, host Maggie Martin sat down with Anna McKay, founder of Parents Pivot. This small business offers career coaching for stay-at-home parents who want to return to paid work. 
The Small Biz Insider podcast is part of a digital series from the Greater Houston Partnership, where we highlight the innovative business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders of the greater Houston area making a big impact in the small business community. On this episode of Small Biz Insider, host Maggie Martin sits down with Jeff Miller, CEO of Potentia. It’s a technology-focused recruitment firm that connects top employers with tech leadership candidates, and also has a passion for autism employment when working on more junior tech roles.
The Small Biz Insider podcast is part of a digital series from the Greater Houston Partnership, where we highlight the innovative business owners, entrepreneurs and leaders of the greater Houston area making a big impact in the small business community. On this edition of Small Biz Insider, host Maggie Martin sat down with Mila Golovine. She is the founder, CEO and President of MasterWord Services. It provides translation, spoken and language interpreting, and other services to enable language access and ensure the success of international organizations.
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