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The Business Brew Podcast

The Business Brew Podcast

By Josh King
Business Brew started as a simple idea—just coffee with a business expert.

Business owners and entrepreneurs could gather around that expert, ask questions, and get answers in real-time. It was an informal gathering created to support the small business ecosystem in the Spokane region.

Typically, we met the morning of the first Thursday of the month in Downtown Spokane. Josh King served as the facilitator.

In May 2020, Business Brew, like many things, had to shift gears and we switched to an online format. This podcast is the result of that shift.

Features music from bensound.com.
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The Business Brew Podcast - Leading with Emotional Intelligence Part II
Toward the end of 2020, Whitworth Professor David Sloan joined Business Brew to talk about Leading with Emotional Intelligence. The information David presented was so impactful, Business Brew fans asked for David to come back and continue the conversation. So, on January 7th, 2021, David returned to Business Brew to continue the conversation about Emotional Intelligence.
01:32:37
February 01, 2022
The Business Brew Podcast - The Benefits of Being a Purpose-driven Business
On December 3rd, 2020, Mark Odegard and Annie Wissmiller joined Business Brew to talk about how to operate a purpose-driven business. Please note that Mark and Annie reference some visual aids used during the conversation. You can find the video version of this on YouTube.
01:32:10
November 29, 2021
The Business Brew Podcast - Leading with Emotional Intelligence Part I
David Sloan, a professor at Whitworth University, joined Business Brew on November 5th, 2020, to talk about how to lead your team with  Emotional Intelligence.
01:29:38
October 21, 2021
The Business Brew Podcast - Elevating Your Brand Image with Storytelling Photos that Sell
On October 1st, 2020, Tanya Goodall Smith, owner of WorkStory Photography, joined Business Brew to talk about ‘Elevating Brand Image with Storytelling Photos that Sell’. This conversation touched on everything from brand to marketing to working on a budget.
01:20:42
September 15, 2021
The Business Brew Podcast - Small Business Tips Learned During a Pandemic
On September 3rd, 2020, Ashley and Scott Ansel were guests for the fourth Business Brew Work-From-Home Edition. The Ansels own and operate Northwest Pet Resort in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. This conversation centered around what the Ansels learned during the pandemic and what shifts they made in their business to accommodate stay-at-home orders and other pandemic-based requirements.
01:16:20
August 12, 2021
The Business Brew Podcast - Making Hold Time Worth the Wait
On August 6th, 2020, Staci Clary joined Business Brew to talk about the importance of the customer experience as it relates to phone greetings, on-hold messaging, voicemail best practices, and how to handle online chat. Staci Clary was 12 years old when she began working for her dad in his pizza parlor. She was quick to notice that the little things brought her the biggest results. Staci continued working in pizza parlors through high school, eventually earning enough money to graduate with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Gonzaga University. After graduation, the newsroom was her next step, then she married and started a family. A few years into her family, a friend introduced her to INPHO Information On-Hold, a business that provides hold messages that entertain callers, which keeps them holding longer. She thought, "Producing original on-hold soundtracks that replace silence or horrible music is the perfect combination of my skill set. The soundtrack gives customers the attention they deserve, and business owners don't lose phone calls!" Now, 29 years later, Hold On Now, Inc. works for over 500 companies throughout the U.S., and over 10-thousand customers per day hear her productions. Staci is an optimist and known in the community as a connector of people. She is seen regularly on the local PBS station as an on-air Pledge Host; she is also a voice actor, community volunteer, board member, and local Chamber Agora Award Nominee and semi-finalist. You will find her working a lot, and when not, outdoors as much as possible, enjoying the four seasons the Pacific Northwest naturally offers. Fun facts: Staci loves coffee, drinks soda water like it was the best thing ever invented, and enjoys red wine. You will observe her talking and moving fast, exercising every day, and spending time with her favorite people on the planet; her family & her two dogs. Oh, and her favorite food is pizza. Featuring music from www.bensound.com. ***** Business Brew started as a simple idea—just coffee with a business expert. Business owners and entrepreneurs could gather around that expert and then ask questions and get answers in real-time. The agenda and structure of Business Brew was designed to be simple and meant to inspire a natural conversation. It was an informal gathering created to support the small business ecosystem in the Spokane region. Typically, we met the morning of the first Thursday of the month at Fellow Coworking in Downtown Spokane. But as you know, things aren't typical right now. In May of 2020, Business Brew, like many things, had to shift gears and we switched to an online format meeting on ZOOM and then broadcasting on Facebook Live. One of the silver linings was that each Business Brew was recorded. This podcast is the result of that shift.
01:29:04
May 26, 2021
The Business Brew Podcast - Getting Back to Work Safely
The June 2020 Business Brew focused on a conversation about getting employees back to work safely after working from home. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused, among other more tragic things, lots of adjustments and changes for employees, families, communities, and cities.    Gretchen Renz from Bernardo Wills Architects brought her 28-years of experience at Bernardo Wills Architects in Spokane to the conversation. As the firm has grown from five people to 40, Gretchen has progressed from receptionist to business manager.  She holds a B.S. in Accounting from Western Governors University and has primary responsibility for the operations and business strategies of the firm. Featuring music from www.bensound.com. ***** Business Brew started as a simple idea—just coffee with a business expert. Business owners and entrepreneurs could gather around that expert and then ask questions and get answers in real-time. The agenda and structure of Business Brew was designed to be simple and meant to inspire a natural conversation. It was an informal gathering created to support the small business ecosystem in the Spokane region. Typically, we met the morning of the first Thursday of the month at Fellow Coworking in Downtown Spokane. But as you know, things aren't typical right now. In May of 2020, Business Brew, like many things, had to shift gears and we switched to an online format meeting on ZOOM and then broadcasting on Facebook Live. One of the silver linings was that each Business Brew was recorded. This podcast is the result of that shift.
01:02:11
April 15, 2021
The Business Brew Podcast - Photography and Videography on a Budget
This episode of Business Brew was recorded on May 7th 2020 and featured Matt Slotemaker from 12 Acre Films. Matt joined Business Brew to talk about tips and tricks to doing videos for your business. Matt's specialties are photography, film, shooting, editing, design, copywriting, photoshop, premiere, final cut pro, and sound engineering. Featuring music from www.bensound.com.  ***** Business Brew started as a simple idea—just coffee with a business expert. Business owners and entrepreneurs could gather around that expert and then ask questions and get answers in real-time. The agenda and structure of Business Brew was designed to be simple and meant to inspire a natural conversation. It was an informal gathering created to support the small business ecosystem in the Spokane region. Typically, we met the morning of the first Thursday of the month at Fellow Coworking in Downtown Spokane. But as you know, things aren't typical right now. In May of 2020, Business Brew, like many things, had to shift gears and we switched to an online format meeting on ZOOM and then broadcasting on Facebook Live. One of the silver linings was that each Business Brew was recorded. This podcast is the result of that shift.
01:09:10
March 09, 2021