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Prior to the pandemic, it was already challenging enough to be a smaller, micro-business trying to break into retail, trying to understand the ins and outs and move forward and grow the business. Growing from the initial one store to the three stores to then 15 stores is hugely challenging because each store is different and it's not a process where somebody is holding your hand and saying, "Okay, let me walk you through this". So you're stumbling along the way, figuring it out.

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A podcast featuring stories of entrepreneurs from disinvested communities across the United States, and their journeys of moving from ‘marginalized to mainstream’. It also features the ESOs, community stakeholders, and institutions that support grassroots economics. Each episode interviews individuals in which they discuss their issues, challenges, failures, opportunities and successes on the road to establishing a sustainable small business. The entrepreneurs themselves span across many different cultures and backgrounds, with most operating among historically disadvantaged communities and marginalized contexts. What each has in common is their desire to provide steady income for their families. This is not about going from welfare to becoming a millionaire; this is about the slow and steady process of moving from working class to middle class amidst an ever-changing gig economy.

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Ethan Daly

Ethan Daly is a speaker and social entrepreneur with over fifteen years of experience in building programs and initiatives within disinvested communities. He was Co-founder of Sunshine Enterprises, an entrepreneurship training program headquartered on Chicago’s South side. Ethan specializes in new initiatives, organizational development, and creative projects. He passionately promotes grassroots transformation and economic revitalization for communities across the country.

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