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Brave + Boss is designed to help purpose-driven eCommerce bosses level up your businesses! I'll help you stand out in the sea of competition, make a plan and grow your online store to new heights. Through running my 7-figure ethical clothing brand, I bring a unique combination of my real-world experience of what works in scaling your online business. Let's get your mindset + business right. You've got this.
 
Our weekly 30 minute podcast helps you, a small business owner with 5 to 30 team members, take your company to the next level. The Grow A Small Business community, weekly cast, blog and leadership email supports leaders get through the pain of growth. With insights, lessons learned, books and tools as well as habits these experienced small business owners suggest you develop, our interviews unearth tremendous value for anyone wanting to grow their business with less stress.
 
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In this episode, I interview Kristi Soomer, the Founder, and CEO of Encircled, a slow fashion brand based in Toronto, Canada, which makes workwear perfect for active individuals that embrace everyday adventure in style, and in comfort. Encircled is a Certified B Corporation, as sustainability and ethics are the core of everything they do. A former …
 
In this episode, I interview Andy Miller, the Co-founder, and CEO at Heaps Normal, an independent non-alcohol beer company based in Canberra, Australia, changing the drinking culture to a new drink standard. Heaps Normal was co-founded by four mates, each with their reasons for wanting to reduce their alcohol consumption. Aged 39 in 2020, Andy and …
 
In this episode, I interview Michael Denehey, an adviser at Collins SBA based in Hobart, Australia. Collins SBA is a financial advice and accounting service for Australian businesses. They work with small and medium business owners and assist them in growing and scaling their business. Michael is an adviser who specializes in providing proactive, f…
 
In this episode, I interview Jennifer Seeno Tucker, a Real Estate Associate Broker at eXp Realty, one of the world’s fastest-growing real estate brokerages. Services include offering unique tools to help agents and clients buy and sell stress-free and ensuring the highest quality standards throughout the transaction. Jennifer came to real estate fr…
 
In this episode, I interview Punit Dhillon, the President, CEO & Chair of Skye Bioscience Inc. based in San Diego, California, USA, a public pharmaceutical company with a leading program in ophthalmology, developing a drug for glaucoma. Punit is a biotech and life sciences entrepreneur passionate about helping the community. He’s also an author of …
 
Today’s episode is all about upcycling. Meriam Webster defines upcycling as “to recycle (something) in such a way that the resulting product is of a higher value than the original item: to create an object of greater value from (a discarded object of lesser value).” In our private Facebook community group Love Earth Big (you can find the link to th…
 
In this episode, I interview Ieuan Williams, the Co-founder and Director of Mane Consulting, Sydney-based recruitment and workforce solutions consultancy, specializing in the Finance, Digital, and Data space. They deliver talent solutions and provide the right resourcing strategy for their clients. Ieuan had been working in accounting and finance t…
 
In this episode, I have an amazing conversation with Meghan Forest Farmer. We talk about her mission to kick start a garment factory that is utilizing sustainable fabrics and empowering women who are often over looked. In this episode, we will learn about The Bright Factory and Meghan provides amazing tips at the end of the show on how to shop sust…
 
In this episode, I interview Bianca Welsh, the Co-owner of Stillwater Restaurant, and Founder of From Experience, a mental health service based in Launceston, Tasmania. Bianca Welsh is a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor who aims to equip business owners with the tools they need to help identify mental illness in the workplace, understan…
 
In this episode, I interview Arjun Rai, the founder, and CEO of HelloWoofy based in New York, USA, a social media and blog management platform, driven by artificial intelligence that helps small to medium-sized businesses with smart marketing for the digital age. Arjun is always passionate about social media and he’s full of ideas on how it helps s…
 
In this episode, I interview Mariae Leckie, the Interim CEO, and Senior Consultant of The Project Lab, a consulting and advisory firm based in Hobart, Tasmania. They are experts on cyber security and they work with small to large organizations to ensure the safety and security of their assets. Mariae Leckie was also the former CEO of Crime Stoppers…
 
In this episode, I interview Simon Davies, the Founder, and CEO of Bastion Brands, a Melbourne-based healthcare marketing agency specializing in health marketing, advertising, and medical communications. They work with pharmaceutical companies, medical devices, and consumer health businesses. Simon is passionate about innovating and pioneering the …
 
In this episode, I interview Annemarie Hayek, the Founder of Global Mosaic, a Chicago-based cultural consultancy that helps clients deeply understand the culture and organically grow corporate or brand initiatives that connect. Annemarie Hayek is a cultural consultant, generational expert, and social agitator who deeply understands society’s evolut…
 
In this episode, I interview Michael Earp, the co-founder at Earp Distilling Co, a distilling company based in Newcastle, Australia, with a vision to demystify the world of spirits and offer premium spirits together with food events, education, and some great little experiences. Michael together with his brother decided to open a distillery as the …
 
In this episode, I interview Pauleanna Reid, the founder and celebrity ghostwriter at WritersBlok, a full-service ghostwriting agency based in Toronto, Canada that helps high-profile leaders and doers turn their personal stories into brand assets. Pauleanna is widely known as a journalist and she’s also a freelance reporter at Forbes Business Insid…
 
In this episode, I interview Chris “Mercer” Mercer, co-founder of MeasurementMarketing.io based in Austin, Texas, USA, a marketing and advertising company that helps marketing teams and agencies build measurement marketing systems to increase their sales and produce scalable results. Chris has more than two decades of experience in sales and market…
 
In this episode, I interview Danielle Allen, a business leader and co-founder of Two Birds Brewing, a brewing company based in Melbourne, Australia, developing and manufacturing craft beers for retail and on-premise sales in venues across Australia. This is Australia’s first female-owned brewing company. Danielle, together with her friend Jayne Lew…
 
In this episode, I interview Yaro Starak, the Co-founder at InboxDone, a company that offers email assistants for busy entrepreneurs. This email management service is based in Montreal, Canada, an expert in organizing messages and creating follow-up systems to direct representation of their client’s business. Before launching InboxDone in 2017, Yar…
 
In this episode, I interview Shauna Armitage, the Chief Marketing Strategist at Shauna Armitage-Moxie, LLC, a marketing and advertising company based in Denver, Colorado, USA, guiding early-stage startups in building a marketing strategy that gets results. They teach founders how to own their brand, reach their audience and scale their startups thr…
 
In this episode, I interview Rocco Carriero, a private wealth advisor and founder of Rocco A. Carriero Wealth Partners, a private wealth advisory practice based in Southampton, New York. This wealth management is dedicated to helping clients achieve their financial goals through truly personalized experience and from planning to developing strategi…
 
In this episode, I interview Gail Mercer-Mackay, the Founder and CEO of Mercer-Mackay Digital Solutions based in the province of Ontario, Canada. The company is dedicated to helping technology companies market their brands through storytelling using website copy, blogs, case studies, eBooks, and other digital content. With years of sales & marketin…
 
In this episode, I interview Chris de Bono, the Founding Director, and Miso Master at Meru Foods, a food manufacturer based in Launceston Tasmania, specializing in fermented products. They supply premium ingredients to the food manufacturing sector. Meru Foods is the company behind Meru Miso and Umami Pantry. Chris and his wife founded Meru Foods i…
 
In this episode, I interview Trena White, the Co-founder, and Principal of Page Two based in Vancouver, Canada. Page Two is a book publishing company that helps non-fiction authors publish brilliant books, and helps organizations with their publishing activities. With over 10 years of experience in a traditional publishing company, Trena and her bu…
 
In this episode, I interview Mickie Kennedy, the Founder and President of eReleases, a traditional press release distribution company based in Baltimore County, Maryland, United States, an expert at helping small businesses, authors, and startups increase their visibility and credibility. Mickie Kennedy developed eReleases in 1998 with the belief t…
 
In this episode, I interview Nike Anani, founder and CEO of Nike Anani Practice, Ltd., a strategic consulting company in Austin, Texas. Nike helps clients bridge generational gaps, to enable family businesses to successfully transition to the next generation and leave a lasting legacy. With over a decade of extensive experience in the family busine…
 
In this episode, I interview Andrew Jones, the owner, and operator of Invercarron Wines, a young Tasmanian vineyard producing premium wines. The Jones family have maintained their farming origins and after constantly looking to diversify and grow the farm- Invercarron Wines was born. Andrew and his wife owned and operated one of the state’s most su…
 
“In the workplace, when we start to micromanage other people, nobody gets anything done. It’s just another example of how control gets us farther from our desired goals.” - Dr. Brooke SmithWelcome to Brave and Boss! I’m Kristi Soomer. Today’s episode is our season finale! I have Dr. Brooke Smith to discuss entrepreneurs’ biggest challenges and how …
 
In this episode, I interview Natalie Yeadon, the Co-founder, and CEO of Impetus Digital, a company that designs and builds privately branded online healthcare communities for stakeholder engagement through its fully customizable and very own platform, multilingual interface, and its robust, pharma-compliant security, making it the ideal choice for …
 
“What we really focus on is the luxury concierge style of doing business. Really knowing those top 20% of your clients, knowing their tastes and not necessarily automating everything in your business, but having that human touch.” - Kathleen CutlerWelcome to Brave and Boss! I’m Kristi Soomer. On this episode, I welcome Kathleen Cutler to talk about…
 
In this episode, I interview Alan Miltz, the Co-founder and Director of Cash Flow Story, a technology company based in Melbourne, Australia. CFS helps business owners, managers, and financial coaches understand what the numbers mean in the simplest way possible to improve their profit, cash flow, and value. The company is based on the successful fi…
 
In this episode, I interview Nicole Rycroft, the Founder and the Executive Director of CanopyPlanet, an award-winning environmental nonprofit organization based in Vancouver, Canada, dedicated to protecting the world’s forests, species, and climate. Canopy works collaboratively with brands to develop environmental policies and help them implement t…
 
It goes without saying that running a business is CHALLENGING. If you're just starting to grow your business and you’re finding yourself looking for a self-care system, unable to let go of control, wishing there were 50 hours in a day, or Googling possibilities for you to clone yourself, then this episode is a must-listen! Welcome to Brave and Boss…
 
In this episode, I interview Mike Geller, the co-founder and President of Tegrita, a marketing technology consulting firm based in Canada that enables clients’ marketing strategies through marketing automation and technology. The company has helped clients who begin with small projects and become long-term and dedicated. Tegrita started in 2008 whe…
 
In this episode, I interview Erica Hakonson, the Principal and Founder of Maven Collective Marketing, a digital marketing agency based in Vancouver, Canada, working with B2B software and services companies to transform their marketing to measurably improve your results. The agency brings the expertise and experience to translate, navigate and execu…
 
Is summer procrastination getting to you? Or do you feel like you’re not getting enough done? I'm here to give you my best productivity tips to get stuff done and get them done efficiently! Welcome to Brave and Boss! I’m Kristi Soomer. On this episode, we're talking all about productivity. I’m sharing my favorite prioritizing methods for how you ca…
 
In this episode, I interview Devin Miller, the Founder, and CEO of Miller IP Law, an expert on Intellectual Property that specializes in helping start-ups and small businesses protect their assets with patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Devin established his own patent and trademark law firm after working as an IP lawyer in a large firm for 9 yea…
 
In this episode, I interview Nicole Laino, the Startup Founder, and Business Coach at Nicole Coaching in Austin, Texas, USA. She also founded a network marketing business named Hilo CRM, helping network marketers grow their teams and their businesses by means of technology. Nicole was originally an actress but after taking a short break in acting, …
 
“There are three things that have to happen before anybody will ever purchase from you. Your customers have to know you, they have to like you, and they have to trust you.” - Allie MartinWelcome to Brave and Boss! I’m Kristi Soomer. On this episode, we're talking all about social media with Visibility Expert, Allie Martin. If you’re scared to show …
 
It’s one thing to go on a usual shopping spree and another to buy at a marketplace that empowers women-owned businesses around the world while contributing to taking care of the environment. That’s what Sam and Lance are all about. Alora May joins us in this episode to talk about the idea of “ethical shopping” and how to grow your business in a wor…
 
In this episode, I interview Craig Will, the Executive Chef and Co-owner of Tasmania’s finest restaurants, Stillwater and Black Cow Bistro, and just above Stillwater is a two-year-old hotel business, Seven Boutique Accommodation. Craig is passionate about local products and the seasonal nature of Tasmanian agriculture which he describes as ingredie…
 
In this episode, I interview Stacey Brown Randall, the Creator of Growth By Referrals (GBR) based in North Carolina, USA - an online business coaching practice helping small business owners how to generate referrals by providing them online programs, training, and presentations. These programs help small business owners take control of their referr…
 
It’s often said that what gets you to the level you’re at in your business, won’t get you to the next level. If you want to be a $1,000,000 business, thinking like a $100,000 business will not get you there. Welcome to Brave and Boss! I’m Kristi Soomer. On this episode, I’m sharing my best tips for when you're feeling super with your business. At m…
 
In this episode, I interview Dan McKinley, the CEO of Dog and Bone Consulting based in Victoria, Australia. The company helps organizations improve their planning and implementation. Dog and Bone’s core services include ICT strategic advisory, procurement, governance and management. McKinley is passionate about running a progressive business with a…
 
In this episode, I interview Susan Groeneveld, the Co-founder of WS | Marketing With Soul based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. WS is an integrated communications agency that gives clients a competitive marketing advantage by means of finding solutions to marketing complexities. Susan is an expert in marketing consultancy, business model development, …
 
Here’s an eCommerce nightmare; Having too much inventory of a slow-moving product while being sold out of all your popular items. Inventory can be really, really messy. Welcome to Brave and Boss! I’m Kristi Soomer. On this episode, I'm going to be talking all about inventory and forecasting. How do you ensure that you have the right product in at t…
 
In this episode, I interview Mikey Moran, the CEO of the Private Label Extensions in Atlanta, Georgia, a hair business that helps entrepreneurs start their own by providing them with wholesale hair extensions, branding, and websites. Mikey Moran is the best-selling author of the book Fearless Beauty: The Hair Business Blueprint. Started the hair an…
 
In this episode, I interview Kalynn Crump, the Founder of ReBLOOM, Canada’s first flower recycling company that helps corporations by repurposing events and fundraising florals, converting waste into bouquets for charities, non-profits, and hospices across Canada. A distinctive company handling the best for the environment and for the people who ha…
 
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes find myself browsing through eCommerce stores and thinking, “Wow, this brand looks very similar to that other brand.” On this episode of Brave and Boss we’re covering how to infuse more of you into your online store. It’s so easy for brands to just blur together. We don’t want that. So we're going to be talki…
 
In this episode, I interview Eddie Brook, the CEO of Cape Byron Distillery. This family-owned business is specializing in premium spirits inspired by the region of the Northern Rivers. The distillery and distillation are situated in the hinterland of Byron Bay, Australia. Eddie Brook is passionate about nurturing the tradition and art of distillati…
 
In this episode, I interview Vicky Stothard of Luxury Staycations in London, UK. Luxury Staycations help their clients save time and money over a vacation by providing the best accommodation, at the best price. What’s more exciting is they also offer Dog-Friendly staycations. Vicky was a victim of embezzlement. In her previous business, she appoint…
 
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