Gene Marks

Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) dedicate 60% of their lending to low- and moderate-income communities. Listen in to see how Senator Mark Warner is working to encourage increased investment into CDFIs which in turn could result in more funding for small businesses in those communities.

Topics Include:

00:24 — An introduction to CDFIs
03:14 — The prevalence of unbanked or underbanked businesses
05:38 — Examples of CDFIs
07:44 — The State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI)
09:57 — Incentivizing private investors to invest in CDFIs
14:31 — Who does the CDFI bill target?
15:41 — When might this bill pass?
17:50 — The importance of going out and borrowing money

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Wondering what success looks like for a shipping company during a supply chain crisis? Well, just ask Greg Hewitt, CEO of DHL Express U.S.. Listen in as he talks with host Gene Marks about how DHL Express is focusing on their employees in order to help their customers during this challenging time.

Topics Include:

01:11 — About DHL Express
02:48 — Greg Hewitt’s background
03:17 — Reflecting on the past two years
08:09 — How DHL is attracting and retaining talent
15:37 — Compensation vs. workplace environment
18:03 — The importance of your people
19:20 — Happy employees, happy customers
21:32 — Advice for managing shipping costs
23:55 — Sharing the cost of shipping

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Gene Marks

Gene Marks

Columnist on smallbiz, economy, public policy, tech for The Guardian, The Hill, Philly Inquirer, Wash Times, Forbes, Entrepreneur. Small Business owner and CPA