Business Video Roundup: Leadership and the Pandemic, Pivoting & Bouncing Back

Posted on 24.April.2020 by Mike Winters | @amcomcap

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In this week’s business video roundup, small business owners discuss how they are changing operations in the face of COVID-19 and bouncing back. Zac Triemert of Brickway Brewery & Distillery talks about making thousands of gallons of hand sanitizer to give away to those in need, while Luke Saunders of Famer’s Fridge explains their quick move into the direct-to-consumer market. Plus, Entrepreneur explores what to expect long-term after a COVID-19 pivot, Mark Cuban offers up a four-point guide to surviving the pandemic, and Columbia Business School professor Todd Jick discusses organizational leadership under quarantine.

Small Business, Big Heart: Brickway Brewery & Distillery (Omaha, Nebraska)

“These are like World War I, World War II times where people are jumping in and making things that are completely different than they did before,” says master brewer and distiller Zac Triemert of Brickway Brewery & Distillery in Omaha, Nebraska. His company is continuing to make craft beer and spirits, but they’ve also started producing hand sanitizer with just a few extra ingredients. They’ve already given away and donated over a thousand gallons of it. In this episode of Small Business, Big Heart, he encourages other businesses to think about how they can pivot their operations to keep going and help through these difficult times.

Forbes: How One Entrepreneur Bounced Back from an 80% Drop in Business

Luke Saunders, founder and CEO of Farmer’s Fridge, talks about how his business managed to pull through after experiencing an 80% drop in business due to the coronavirus pandemic. Just weeks ago, they were selling meals and smart refrigerators to schools, offices, shops, and airports, but now they’ve changed their focus to hospitals and have just entered the direct-to-consumer arena—a move that has allowed Saunders to rehire the three employees he had initially been forced to let go.

Entrepreneur: “I Changed My Business Because of COVID-19. Now What?”

If you’ve had to change your business operations due to COVID-19 and are concerned about the long-term viability, this enlightening conversation answers a lot of the questions you’ve probably been mulling over.

Inc.: Mark Cuban’s 4-Point Guide to Survive COVID-19

In the first installment of Inc.’s new “Real Talk” Q&A series, editor-in-chief Tom Foster talks with Shark Tank star and serial entrepreneur Mark Cuban about the challenges facing small businesses all over the country. Over the course of an hour, Cuban offers terrific advice and answers questions from business owners.

Columbia Business School: Leadership and the Pandemic – Rising to the Occasion

This 45-minute presentation from Columbia Business School professor Todd Jick focuses on how to maintain effective organizational leadership and business management during a global health crisis.

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