W4CY 6/10/2021 2:00 PM ET and W4VET 6/13/2021 9:00PM ET

Our first guest is Dr. Lynette Reed, Educator, Author, Podcaster, Dabbler In Photography and Songwriting. Her mission is to help people and organizations feel more connected to the world around them and the relationships that are most important to them. She is a People and Culture Partner for both individuals and organizations. Her mission is to help people feel connected to the world around them and the relationships that are most important to them. She has found that when your expectations and reality connect, you will see an increase in personal self-awareness, improvement in relationships with others, and expansion of your understanding of how humanity impacts the world. This way of thinking translates into increased employee engagement, improved corporate culture, and decreased conflict for organizations. Her current literary contributions include a workbook titled, Fixing the Problem, Making changes in how you deal with challenges, book contributions, syndicated articles, guest radio appearances, and a series of children’s books with Abingdon Press.  For more information go to: https://www.expectations2reality.com/

Our 2nd guest is Margaret Ference. Senior Vice President, BB Credit & Ops Director, Huntington National Bank. The economic uncertainty sparked by the pandemic has highlighted the need for an increased financial opportunity for all people who are starting or growing their small businesses. Maggie Ference from Huntington National Bank will discuss the opportunities that exist for small businesses today, including support and funding for startups and especially for minority business owners.

America’s small businesses have been particularly hard hit during the pandemic. Even in its early weeks, February to April 2020, the number of active businesses plummeted by 22%, according to a report from the National Bureau of Economic Research. As states continue to see stay-at-home orders come and go, small businesses are still feeling the brunt of the pandemic. For those that have managed to stay afloat during this unprecedented time, what has helped them pivot and remain in business? And is now is the wrong time to consider starting a new business.

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