We're excited to announce the launch of Commonwealth Insight, a biweekly podcast where we'll bring you conversations with thought leaders and influencers from around our state and the country.
In our first episode, I interview Evan Baehr, president & co-founder of Able Lending which helps small businesses find the capital they need to survive and thrive. Evan is also the author of best-selling fundraising guide for startups, Get Backed.
I talk with Evan about the challenges facing entrepreneurs, why regulatory uncertainty keeps small business owners up at night, and the importance of entrepreneurialism.
Evan says, “The number one thing that troubles small business owners is uncertainty about the future of government regulation.” Look no further than the struggles Pennsylvania vape shops owners are going through for real-world affirmation of this truth.
I also talk with Matt Brouillette, president & CEO of the Commonwealth Partners Chamber of Entrepreneurs, about the greatest challenges he sees in Pennsylvania. Matt is the former, long-time president & CEO of Commonwealth Foundation. He explains how “impatient patience” is needed to change the course of our state.
Matt notes, “The policy problems we face today weren’t created overnight.” Reformers, he says, “must be willing to take incremental improvements while impatiently pushing for even bigger ones.”
Let us know what you think and keep an eye out for our next episode in two weeks!