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Hosts Jesse Torres and Sid Voorakkara, cofounders of Small Business Front Inc., have important and valuable conversations with guests such as policy makers, economic development agencies, CEO's, entrepreneurs, and more to provide resources and assistance to small businesses to hack their way to success.
 
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Shari Friedman and Denise Odaro

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Did you know we can fight climate change and reduce poverty by investing in sustainable businesses and greener practices? Join Climate Biz co-hosts Shari Friedman and Esohe Denise Odaro as they explore inspiring global trends in green finance, buildings, agriculture, energy, manufacturing, and more - with world leaders, groundbreaking CEOs, and titans of international investment. No one knows about these emerging opportunities better than IFC, the world’s largest development institution focu ...
 
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Ever wondered how to get your start as an entrepreneur in the entertainment industry? Well you’re in luck, today we are joined by entertainment expert, Bianca Quesada, the CEO and Founder of ARCUS Studios and Zone One Productions. The entertainment industry is teeming with small businesses and Bianca is here to inspire you to take your first steps …
 
Julia Hoggett, CEO of the LSE, discusses voluntary carbon markets and the role of stock exchanges in the green economy. She believes that "the only way we get to net zero and stay there is if the entirety of the economy moves on a global basis." Going forward, she lists her three chief objectives to be: o creating better ESG and climate disclosure …
 
We are joined today by Renee King the CEO of FundBLACKFounders, a Black owned crowdfunding platform for Black founders and entrepreneurs. Renee shares how to utilize online platforms and resources in order to obtain the funds your business needs to take off and succeed. She defines the difference between non-dilutive and diluted capital, and how im…
 
When it comes to planning a new business, prioritizing is key. Today we welcome onto the show a very special guest, Tony Whatley, a best selling author, creator, podcaster, and startup entrepreneur. Tony is best known as the co-founder of LS1Tech, an online automotive community with over 300,000 members that sold for millions! He has taken on the r…
 
Burnout is one of the largest challenges that small business owners face today. The amount of work and responsibilities that build up can feel like a landslide that quickly buries you. Anyone can experience burnout, but with the proper tools you can avoid getting too lost or overwhelmed in your work. Today we are joined by Christina Barsi, the prod…
 
When it comes to running a business, no matter how big or small, it’s all about consistently delivering an exceptional product. You have to keep your brand in mind every single time you engage with your customers. We are so excited to welcome back Mark Villalovos onto the show once again! Mark is the Senior Director of Operations Implementation at …
 
When you fall it is imperative to get back up and try again. You should never let failure stop you from something you are supposed to do, instead take it as a learning opportunity. We are joined today by the Founder of PodMatch and host of the Creating a Brand podcast, Alex Sanfilippo. He is here today to help us understand the best way to take cal…
 
How do you know when to take the leap to start or expand your business? Today we are joined by founder and CEO of Equilibria, Inc, Alicia Butler Pierre to help us answer these questions. She’s an organization expert as well as a podcast host, who encourages us to do our best by embracing our natural abilities. We dig into her journey and how she fo…
 
On today’s episode we’re excited to be joined by our attorney, Alex Bruno of the Bruno Group Inc. Alex works with small businesses and entrepreneurs alike to help them set up their own successful ventures by preventing any and all legal obstacles. He guides us through the proper steps and legal processes needed in order to bring our ideas to fruiti…
 
One key to every net zero path is comprehensive reporting, but that can't happen if key variables are excluded. For example, if you're tracking emissions, it's important to track not only the amount of carbon in the air, but how much is being burned. Another factor may be fit. That is, are market actions matching what the science is telling us? Wel…
 
Why are you looking to entrepreneurship? What strengths will you leverage to be successful, and how will you create a strategy when things don’t go as planned? On today’s episode, we focus on how you can move forward in your entrepreneurial journey by bringing you the get-started checklist. We’ll share with you how to decide when to hire and trust …
 
According to Arlan Hamilton, the founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital and one of the most accomplished venture capitalists in the world, “striving for perfection in your business can be detrimental”. In this episode, we had the special opportunity to hear this advice directly from the record-breaking Arlan Hamilton herself. Arlan’s com…
 
Join Shari and Denise as they dive into the biggest news in climate business over the last few months. They focus on the new IPCC report, major announcements at the UN General Assembly meeting, and wrap up with a conversation about the world's newest (and biggest) Direct Air Capture Plant: The Orca plant in Iceland. Podcast show page: www.ifc.org/c…
 
We have a big announcement to share! We’re introducing our latest endeavor, Small Business Front, a start-up designed to create community, resources, and tools for the small business owner. Using our new platform, we will bring you various business experts, provide updated resources, and answer your burning questions. The journey is lonely and burn…
 
In Season 4, Climate Biz will build upon the blueprints presented in episodes past in areas such as heating/cooling, cement, fashion, sustainability linked investing, so that together we can consider better practices, avoid past mistakes, and devise a pathway to Net Zero. Listen in to get a head start and discover where financing is looking for sol…
 
Cement is often literally the foundation of our infrastructure. It’s an essential product, but also a problematic one. Globally, 8% of our carbon footprint comes from its production. Mahendra Singhi, CEO of India’s Dalmia Cement is taking on the problem using a multi-pronged strategy he describes as “clean, green, and profitable.” But utilizing alt…
 
Green bonds have become more than just fashionable and a new trend in sustainability-linked bonds. Globally, regulators aim to incentivize and elevate green bonds to become the gold standard for companies looking to raise money for climate-friendly projects. This move could make green bonds an essential part of every corporate wardrobe. Fittingly (…
 
When the first Green Bonds were issued in the late 2000s, no one imagined the demand to come. The first public offering was done by IFC and it sold out in only a few hours. Since then, Green Bonds have grown from around $2.5 billion in 2012 over $270 billion in 2020 with analysts projecting even further growth this year. Today, bonds are sought out…
 
It's one thing to fit all the puzzle pieces together when constructing your energy portfolio, but another to do so while trying to design a whole new picture at the same time. Rafael Mateo, CEO of Energy at Acciona, says growth in the renewable energy market requires flexibility, nimbleness, and the ability to keep an eye open for innovative techno…
 
Shari and Denise are back with the second edition of the new and improved Sustainability Trends: Top 3 Picks for May 2021. They start with the latest IEA report on net-zero emissions pathways, then unravel some game changing news from global oil majors, and share an update on the booming electric vehicle sector. This month’s picks: IEA’s Net Zero b…
 
ClimateBiz hit the red carpet for the fifth annual Innovate4Climate conference. This year, over 8,000 delegates from more than 80 countries attended the World Bank Group's flagship climate event. That roster included a Who’s Who in Climate: Patricia Espinosa (Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change), Larry Fink (CEO, B…
 
The World Bank Group’s fifth annual Innovate4Climate (I4C) Conference runs from May 25th to May 27th. The event promises to bring together leaders focused on transformative and innovative action on climate change. Join ClimateBiz hosts Shari Friedman and Denise Odaro as they offer a quick peek at what's to come and then check out the conference sit…
 
Sustainability Trends: Top 3 Picks for May 2021 Join Shari and Denise for the new and improved Sustainability Trends: Top 3 Picks for May 2021. They start off by checking in on where we are regarding global GHG emissions and what groups like IEA and the UN have to say. This month's picks: The US Climate Summit: Who made what kind of climate commitm…
 
Words can inspire or rally the troops, but in the end, they must lead to action. On this episode of ClimateBiz, Shari and Denise speak about turning corporate commitments into results, and what's being done to mitigate the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss with the International Finance Corporation’s Makhtar Diop and the World Wildlif…
 
Plastic. It's everywhere. And that's part of the problem. In our oceans alone, the equivalent of a truckload of plastic waste is dumped every minute. This impacts the food chain, livelihoods, and our health. What can be done? What is being done? ClimateBiz takes on the issue of marine plastic waste with Rob Kaplan, founder and CEO of circulate capi…
 
On this episode, ClimateBiz celebrates some women with a very green thumb indeed. Women in leadership roles have helped businesses become greener on multiple fronts. When it comes to profits, on average, gender balanced businesses yield 10-20% greater profits. And the success isn't limited just to the bottom line, but can be seen on multiple fronts…
 
Are you cool? No, I mean... do you have air conditioning? A refrigerator? A freezer? According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, the cooling sector is expected to grow from $135 billion dollars in 2018 to approximately $170 billion in 2030. During this same period, the associated electrical energy costs are expected to triple. Focusing on more im…
 
The road to a green rebuild passes through all sectors—even traditional energy sectors like oil and gas. As we roll forward, it’s hard not to wonder what the future look will like for some of the biggest players in the field? One company looking into this question is Royal Dutch Shell. Director of Integrated Gas and New Energies for Royal Dutch She…
 
“I’d say that the most important thing going into 2021 is to try to not be too emotional about the past and remain optimistic about the future because you never know when Rudy Guliani is gonna call and show up in your parking lot.” A call, a deleted tweet, and a press conference changed everything for Four Seasons Total Landscaping. Suddenly the sc…
 
Since the pandemic hit the country in March, over 100,000 restaurants have closed their doors. Lilly Rocha, CEO of the Latino Restaurant Association, recognizes the struggle of restaurant owners and workers and is here to provide resources, advocacy, and education. Today she shares her insights into the culinary industry as well as her newest initi…
 
In Part I, ClimateBiz spoke with the CEO of Standard Bank Group in South Africa. For Part II, ClimateBiz is bringing in another emerging markets voice – Parwati Surjaudaja, the CEO of OCBC NISP bank in Indonesia. Indonesia is a country of more than 268 million people spread across 17,000 islands and is especially vulnerable to climate change. OCBC …
 
Small businesses are struggling more than ever. And the time for emergency solutions is over. It is now an inflection point, where these businesses either get through or close down. It is time for survival solutions. Mark Herbert, Vice President of Small Business Majority, is back on the podcast to discuss the priorities, programs, and resources th…
 
In this season 3 premiere episode, Mark Villalovos, marketing guru and Principal of Zenon Consulting, is back on the show! He is here to share his top 5 small business trends for next year. Taking into account the changes brought about by the pandemic, Mark has predicted what small businesses should lean into in order to thrive in 2021. Tune in to …
 
Is it only a matter of time before climate risk disclosure is mandatory? Increasingly, government financial regulators are addressing climate change in the financial sector. Steven Rothstein of Ceres, a nonprofit that works with investors and companies to drive sustainability solutions, joined ClimateBiz to discuss the regulatory landscape in the U…
 
Look forward to Season 3 premiering on November 30th! In the interim, Jesse is here to provide some quick tips to accelerate you and your business. This week he is sharing how he defines an entrepreneur and what it means to have an entrepreneurial mindset. How do entrepreneurs approach barriers and what sets them apart from the average? Check out s…
 
From all of us at Hack My Business, thank you for listening to Season 2! We hope you enjoyed the season and look forward to what we have to share in Season 3, premiering on November 30th. In the interim, Jesse is here to provide some quick tips for you and your business during this planning time. Tune in to learn about Jesse’s three quick recommend…
 
It's has been six long days since Election Day 2020 and hosts Jesse & Sid have some updates to discuss around the coming Covid-19 Vaccine, electoral votes, what we might expect of the coming winter and our new president announced: Joe Biden. Today's hack: Have a plan. " Figure out exactly what kind of resources you're gonna need to pull together in…
 
Last week was election week for 2020 and we may now know a lot about the outcomes but what about the nuances that effect HOW people vote, who it impacts and how one proposition's vote may affect another? Jesse & Sid hash out the details that will influence the effect of how we voted will have on ourselves, our communities, our small businesses, the…
 
What does it mean to be innovative in a rural county tucked into the mountains of the Sierra Nevada? How does a county stand out, attract new businesses, and support their own unique economy? Cole Przybyla, the Director of InnovatIon and Business Assistance for the County of Tuolumne, is here to discuss his role in fostering new businesses and new …
 
How is COVID impacting the outlook for green finance? And how can green finance be part of the recovery, especially in emerging markets? ClimateBiz caught up with Sim Tshabalala, CEO of Standard Bank Group, South Africa’s largest bank. He shared his views on how COVID is leading to unprecedented levels of public and private collaboration and green …
 
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