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Our Digital Online Schedule

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March 30 – City (Regional) Leader Takeover with Southwest Experience Director Johnathan Wojtewicz

April 1 – The Breakdown with guest Jaime Chapman, military spouse business owner of the year

April 6 – The Breakdown with guest Tiffany Haywood, founder of themrstee.com

April 8 (5:30PM ET) – The Breakdown with guest Chris Miano, founder of Memory Fox and guest facilitator Chris Carlson, North Region Experience Director

April 13 – Office Hours

April 14 (5:00PM ET)– Launch + Learn Session

April 15– The Breakdown with guest Dr. Patrice Carter, founder of Breakpoint Coaching

April 16 – The Breakdown with guest Cameron Cruse, co-founder and co-CEO R. Riveter

April 20 – Office Hours

April 28 (5:00PM ET)– Launch + Learn Session

April 29 (5:30PM ET) – The Breakdown with guest Darius Mahajer, SVP, Regional Lending Director – Southern California at Veteran Launch

Join the conversation:  Click on the link to schedule a time to speak on facing challenges such as COVID19 while building your business and how you overcame these external factors. Give your advice on what to Keep Doing, Start Doing and Stop Doing.

Content for Entrepreneurs

D'Shawn Russell - Southern Elegance Candle Company
D'Shawn is a former teacher, military spouse, motorcycle rider, mother, entrepreneur, and owner of a fast-growing candle enterprise, Southern Elegance Candle Company.
Paul Jun - Filmocracy
Paul Jun is the Co-Founder and CEO of Filmocracy, a gamified movie streaming platform built for filmmakers to showcase their work and reach audiences directly.
Shaydi DeJesus - Sancura Biotechnologies
The Bunker Labs team recently took a trip to Austin with peaked interested in learning more about our city leader: Shaydi DeJesus. Shaydi hails from a family of veterans and is an Army veteran spouse.
Dr. Lauren Hubbard – Chicago Dental Studio
Dr. Lauren Hubbard, a milspouse who was once in our EPIC program (now Launch Lab Online). Hubbard was challenged with opening a franchise dental studio called The Chicago Dental Studio in the west loop area of Chicago.
Mike Sehzue - Miseh Distilling
After six years in the Army, Mike Sehzue worked 5 years in project management for ExxonMobil followed by 3 years in management consulting with Deloitte. He currently supports EPMA Inc while building Miseh Distilling.
Carson Goodale - FanFood
Carson Goodale is the Founder of FanFood, a mobile ordering platform dedicated to enhancing the guest experience at live events. The consumer app allows fans to explore concessions, order-ahead for express pick-up, or get them delivered to their seat.
Zach Scheel + Drew Dewalt - Rhumbix
Zach Scheel and Drew Dewalt are the Founders of Rhumbix, a mobile platform for construction field supervision to ensure crews have the materials, tools, equipment, and approved drawings to complete the day’s work.
Valerie Rivera - Take Back Work
Valerie Rivera is the Founder of Take Back Work, a workplace culture consultancy that integrates social science and organizational behavior research into their methods and approach.
Daniel Alarik - Grunt Style
We chat with the CEO, Daniel Alarik of Grunt Style LLC, an American military-themed clothing designer
Melissa Petak - Banded Recovery
Banded Recovery provides recovery support services for individuals who have been diagnosed with chronic opioid use and desire a confidential, trusted, safe alternative detox program that respects each individual's unique circumstances.
James Rolin - Cowboy Crickets
Cowboy Cricket Farms is that largest edible insect farming operation in the USA. Through their Network of Partner Farmers, they raise and process high-quality food-grade crickets in Belgrade, Montana.

Resources for Entrepreneurs

SBA to Provide Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses Impacted by Coronavirus

SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance for a small business. These loans can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan Worksheets

New federal legislation and appropriations has opened up the possibility for small businesses to receive assistance for economic loss due to COVID-19.  Details of eligibility and administration of this assistance from SBA are still being addressed by the SBA. However, some information from the traditional SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program will still apply for COVID-19.

Google rolled out free access to advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite customers globally to be more productive while working remotely. 

This includes hosting larger meetings, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers, and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive.

These are the same tools that the GFS team uses on a daily basis and can attest to their usefulness for staying virtually (and globally) connected.

We know that for many of you, working from home is a big and unexpected change. To help with the transition, we’re sharing best practices on how teams can work together when they’re not together, including G Suite tips for remote teams, and free Primer lessons including  Working Remotely and Productively at the Same Time, Collaborate While Working Remotely, and Transitioning to Remote Work. These resources are available—and more will continue to be added —at https://grow.google/remotework and on Google for Startups social channels.

JPMorgan Chase Makes $50 Million Philanthropic Investment to Help Address Immediate and Long-Term Impacts of COVID-19

Helps address humanitarian and economic challenges, supporting vulnerable and underrepresented communities, small businesses and existing nonprofit partners

Managing Your Business

  • How Chinese companies are responding – Are there lessons to be learned from how businesses in China are coping with coronavirus?
  • Supply chain pressure – James B. Rice, deputy director of the MIT Center for Transportation Logistics, explains measures companies can take to overcome disruptions in your sourcing, production, and distribution pipelines, and how to better prepare for future crises.

Managing Your Teams

The Big Picture

US health system under stress – What the US needs to do––right now––about coronavirus, from three health and public policy experts.

Coronavirus and the global economy – Business leaders are asking: will there be a recession, how bad will it get, and what are the scenarios for recovery and growth?

Surviving a sustained crisis – HBS Dean Nitin Nohria discusses the qualities of organizations that are best equipped to cope before, during, and after a pandemic.

What to do about bad news – HBS Professor Amy Edmondson says transparency is “job one” for leaders in times of crisis.

Additionally, we recommend checking out the following resources to get yourself prepared for the interruptions that might come our way in the coming weeks:

Crisis Ready Checklist

Don’t let yourself or your team be blindsided. With readiness and resiliency being the goal, following are some lines of thought that should be a part of your internal discussions.

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