Entrepreneur Struggle

DCP Entertainment

DCP Entertainment & Podstream Studios CEO, Chris Colbert, talks with fellow business owners and freelancers about the challenges and lessons learned as they start and grow their companies. Regardless of what you do for a living, each week you’ll learn ways to help improve your life and your business. Stay updated and join our live Entrepreneur Struggle conversations live by following me on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-colbert-dcp read less
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The Life-Changing Power of Shifting Your Mindset - Chris Atley
Jul 7 2023
The Life-Changing Power of Shifting Your Mindset - Chris Atley
Chris Atley was just a freshman in high school when she had a poor experience with a discouraging teacher–and she internalized it with a message that she was not good enough. Chris has since flipped that narrative on its head, and is a successful coach, speaker, author, podcast host of “One Simple Truth,” and founder of Decisions by Design Coaching, where the goal is to specifically help female entrepreneurs with the unique challenges of growing a business. She went from discouraged to thriving through a slow and steady process of shifting her mindset; she realized that her limiting beliefs about herself and her business were the invisible barriers standing in her way of growth. She tells us what resources helped her break free from persistent negativity and perfectionism, and the key mantra she relied on in some of her worst moments of spiraling into doubt. And now that she’s done a lot of healing, she shares how she helps her clients connect their own healing to business growth and success. Support Chris’s Work-> https://decisionsbydesign.com/ Support My Business -> www.dcpofficial.com Support My Business -> www.podstreamstudios.com Stay updated with our weekly newsletter and join our live monthly Entrepreneur Struggle events by following me on LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-colbert-dcp/ Support the show: https://www.dcpofficial.com/entrepreneurstruggle Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Working From the Heart - Amikaeyla Gaston
Jun 19 2023
Working From the Heart - Amikaeyla Gaston
Amikaeyla Gaston was out having one final celebration before heading to medical school–but tragedy struck when she was the victim of a hate crime and it changed the course of her life. Now, after years of healing inside and out, she’s living the life of a socialpreneur, as the Founder and Executive Director for The International Cultural Arts and Healing Sciences Institute (ICAHSI), a contemporary interdisciplinary cultural arts and educational institute. Through her years-long journey in and out of hospitals and doctor’s offices, she decided healing and wellness would be the focus of her life’s work, where she now weaves together arts, activism, and advocacy by conducting training courses on conflict management, resolution, and cultural competency at organizations throughout the country. Ami speaks to how she handles the potential situation where a client is just trying to check their “diversity and inclusion” box without doing the real work, and how she works through resistance within a group. Ami is also an incredible storyteller and shares a few of her favorites, including the time she accidentally called the Dalai Lama “daddy” and when she had to do a news segment alongside the grand wizard of the KKK.   Support Amikaeyla’s Work-> https://amikaeyla.com/ Support My Business -> www.dcpofficial.com Support My Business -> www.podstreamstudios.com Stay updated with our weekly newsletter and join our live monthly Entrepreneur Struggle events by following me on LinkedIn -  https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-colbert-dcp/ Support the show: https://www.dcpofficial.com/entrepreneurstruggle Support the show: https://www.dcpofficial.com/entrepreneurstruggle See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Build the Service You Need - Raine Madhi
Jun 12 2023
Build the Service You Need - Raine Madhi
Raine Madhi wrote a note to himself when he was first starting out: build the platform you wish you had when you started. From where he sits now, he can see he did exactly that. Raine is the founder of ZipFox–along with a laundry list of other businesses he’s created since childhood, like selling donuts at school and pushing products in AOL chat rooms–a company he was inspired to create after a series of harsh burns from faulty product distributors and a scam that lost him $20,000 dollars and some customers. Gathering up the lessons learned throughout his colorful entrepreneurial journey, he set out to build a safer platform to increase access to suppliers in Mexico and other countries, relieving the pressure to source products from China. Raine shares how he’s committed to creating an international standard for suppliers and buyers in a place where they can come together to responsibly source whatever they need to run their own businesses. In the process, he’s not only assisting manufacturers in countries like Mexico, but he’s demystifying the process for those who thought shipping to the U.S. was too complicated and expensive.   Support Raine’s Work-> https://www.zipfox.com/  Support My Business -> www.dcpofficial.com Support My Business -> www.podstreamstudios.com Stay updated with our weekly newsletter and join our live monthly Entrepreneur Struggle events by following me on LinkedIn -  https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-colbert-dcp/ Support the show: https://www.dcpofficial.com/entrepreneurstruggle Support the show: https://www.dcpofficial.com/entrepreneurstruggle See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Busting Fear and Imposter Syndrome - Alisha M. Pennington
Jun 5 2023
Busting Fear and Imposter Syndrome - Alisha M. Pennington
Alisha M. Pennington graduated with her master’s degree in 2011 and into an economy that was still struggling from the recession that hit hard in 2008. The gig economy hadn’t been fully realized yet, but with the ever-present need to create income, she started working her way into that space, and over time that developed into her two businesses: ATvantage Athletic Training, and Pennington Perspective, a business consulting company. Alisha explains how through a lot of trial and error, and attempts at replicating successful processes across different industries, their growth was happening in the “unsexy” stuff and identifying that helped them communicate what they have to offer and why they’re different from their competitors. Alisha also shares her three-step method to beating her persistent imposter syndrome and how it’s helped elevate her to the Inc. 5000 list and a seat on the Forbes Business Council.   Support Alisha’s Work-> www.penningtonperspective.com  Support My Business -> www.dcpofficial.com Support My Business -> www.podstreamstudios.com Stay updated with our weekly newsletter and join our live monthly Entrepreneur Struggle events by following me on LinkedIn -  https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-colbert-dcp/ Support the show: https://www.dcpofficial.com/entrepreneurstruggle Support the show: https://www.dcpofficial.com/entrepreneurstruggle See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Building the Family Business - Sesealy and Najee Owens
May 29 2023
Building the Family Business - Sesealy and Najee Owens
It started with a need to find a good school for their daughter, and it became their most successful entrepreneurial endeavor. Sesealy and Najee Owens are the owners of Decatur Montessori School, a business they acquired in the midst of COVID-19. Sesealy and Najee’s respective business ventures had failed to take off, so they decided to rethink their approach and acquire an existing business, and this time, do it together. They discuss the difficulties of running a school during a pandemic, how they came together to work with parents and earned their trust and loyalty, and how they navigate making unpopular judgment calls when they know it’s best for the business. Najee and Sesealy also share what it’s like to run a business as a husband and wife duo with three kids at home, and how they are demonstrating for their kids the freedom and possibilities that entrepreneurship can provide, with the hope that they’ll one day grow the family business that they now refer to as the House of Owens.   Support Their Work-> https://www.decaturmontessori.com/  Support My Business -> www.dcpofficial.com Support My Business -> www.podstreamstudios.com Stay updated with our weekly newsletter and join our live monthly Entrepreneur Struggle events by following me on LinkedIn -  https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-colbert-dcp/ Support the show: https://www.dcpofficial.com/entrepreneurstruggle Support the show: https://www.dcpofficial.com/entrepreneurstruggle See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
From Unpaid to Lucrative Upswings - Tim Schumm
May 22 2023
From Unpaid to Lucrative Upswings - Tim Schumm
When Tim Schumm graduated from college, he was stumbling over what he should do next, when he was offered an opportunity to join a recruiting firm. He spent the next ten years there wearing every hat available, learning and steadily climbing the ladder while remaining quietly passionate about his desire to strike out on his own–until he did exactly that when he founded Lucas James Talent Partners, his very own recruiting and talent acquisition firm. It was a challenging start with waves of uncertainty and sacrifice, and Tim went three years without collecting a paycheck, but his strategic planning and steadfastly loyal core team allowed them to endure the roughest times, and just last year they brought in more than $20 million dollars in revenue. Tim explains how he broke out of a scarcity mindset in order to better manage the financial side of business, why he offered equity to the employees who joined before it was a “sexy company,” and how pushing through the pandemic taught him to remain even-keeled, no matter the upswing or downturn.   Support Tim’s Work-> https://lucasjamestalent.com/  Support My Business -> www.dcpofficial.com Support My Business -> www.podstreamstudios.com Stay updated with our weekly newsletter and join our live monthly Entrepreneur Struggle events by following me on LinkedIn -  https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-colbert-dcp/ Support the show: https://www.dcpofficial.com/entrepreneurstruggle   Support the show: https://www.dcpofficial.com/entrepreneurstruggle See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
The Artrepreneur - April Russell
May 15 2023
The Artrepreneur - April Russell
April Russell’s story begins on the streets of Los Angeles, where she worked as a performer and created the character Black Hollywood Marilyn. April’s corporate background had her looking at her creative pursuits from a business perspective, and after trademarking her character, she became what she calls an “artrepreneur”--a person who connects their artistic passions with a business mindset. April has since founded Revolutionize Hollywood and RevHo House, two different sources for creative talent and space. She talks about finding patience through developing long-term strategy as she built her dream vision for RevHo House, why she never works without a team, and why that team no longer consists of her family members or close friends. She also shares a piece of advice from Nick Cannon’s dad that changed her perspective on creative output, and how she manages her imposter syndrome and commits to the idea that she is enough. And somehow, April also found the time to write a book, “Blahom,” a fantasy fiction novel.   Support April’s Work-> https://blackhollywoodmarilyn.com/  Support April’s Work-> https://revhohouse.com/  Support April’s Work-> https://www.revolutionizehollywood.com/  Buy April’s Book-> https://www.blahom.com/    Support My Business -> www.dcpofficial.com Support My Business -> www.podstreamstudios.com Stay updated with our weekly newsletter and join our live monthly Entrepreneur Struggle events by following me on LinkedIn -  https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-colbert-dcp/ Support the show: https://www.dcpofficial.com/entrepreneurstruggle Support the show: https://www.dcpofficial.com/entrepreneurstruggle See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Peaks and Pitfalls of PR - Megan Brown Bennett
May 8 2023
Peaks and Pitfalls of PR - Megan Brown Bennett
When Megan Brown Bennett set out for a career in public relations, she jumped right into a position working with A-list celebrities–and quickly realized, that type of PR wasn’t right for her. She switched gears and worked her way to where she sits now, as CEO and President of Light Years Ahead, a full-service boutique public relations agency that specializes in products, brands, and small businesses. Since she found her sweet spot, she’s learned some crucial lessons from fielding rejection and how it can inform future pitches to publications, as well as her approach to her clients. She also details the key differences between PR and marketing, what large PR firms get wrong, how her business avoids those pitfalls, and how Light Years Ahead took the challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic and turned them into the greatest profits they’d ever seen. Bonus: she tells the story about how one ad placement for a hotdog turned into a quarter million dollars in profits.   Support Megan’s Work-> https://www.lightyearsahead.com/ Support My Business -> www.dcpofficial.com Support My Business -> www.podstreamstudios.com Stay updated with our weekly newsletter and join our live monthly Entrepreneur Struggle events by following me on LinkedIn -  https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-colbert-dcp/ Support the show: https://www.dcpofficial.com/entrepreneurstruggle Support the show: https://www.dcpofficial.com/entrepreneurstruggle See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices