Ep. 116: Small Business Booksellers with James Beale
Arlene J.M. Grant, Esq., host of GOD & Matter, chatted with James Beale, a publisher and owner of a small business selling books. James has been in the publishing and bookselling industry for over 25 years and founded his own company, Russia Online Inc, back in 1999, russia-on-line.com. Since then he has also started a publishing house, Bergstrom Press, to print a wide variety of titles from textbooks and readers for students of Russian, to Curly Girl, an English language children’s book about one girl’s struggle with and acceptance of her crazy, curly hair. Before working in publishing, he also previously served in the US Air Force and taught Political Science at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock. He completed a Master’s in Soviet and East European Studies at the University of Kansas and also studied with a Fulbright at the University of Hamburg in Germany. His hobbies include learning foreign languages, photography and jiu jitsu.
This episode addresses the change resulting from the pandemic and James navigating the change for the sake of his book store and family. We taped two months ago when the pandemic was not as serious and the current civil unrest for social justice was not on our radar.
Since this episode, James received his loan, pivoted to sell greetings cards in addition to books. James is hosting a fundraiser for his birthday benefiting the Equal Justice Initiative, eji.org. For those wishing to support James, please visit: Russia-On-Line.com. For those interested in taking action to promote equality - please look at eji.org. For those seeking small business assistance due to the impact of the pandemic, visit sba.gov.
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