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May 9th, 2024

A Vision for America's Small Businesses

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Learn about the world of entrepreneurship and the power of small businesses in the United States.

In this episode of The Angel Next Door Podcast, host Marcia Dawood welcomes Congressman Aaron Bean to discuss his fascinating journey to becoming a member of the US House of Representatives. Congressman Bean’s story is one of Resilience and determination, as he talks about successfully building four small businesses, including a putt-putt golf business and a retail insurance agency, while also serving in various elected positions. As he shares his experiences, Congressman Bean emphasizes the importance of entrepreneurship and the role of government in supporting small businesses, making this episode a must-listen for anyone passionate about fostering entrepreneurship and economic growth.

Throughout the conversation, Congressman Bean reflects on his journey from serving as a city commissioner and mayor to being elected to the Florida House of Representatives before becoming a member of the US House of Representatives. He highlights the challenges he faced, the victories he achieved, and the impact of his work on supporting small businesses. The episode dives into the role of government in creating an environment conducive to entrepreneurship, addressing regulations, and providing opportunities for private investors to support innovative ideas. Listeners will gain valuable insights into the intersection of politics and small business, highlighting the importance of engaging with government to foster an entrepreneurial spirit and drive economic progress. Congressman Bean’s perspective offers a unique understanding of the legislative process and how it intertwines with the entrepreneurial landscape, making this episode essential listening for those interested in the future of small business and economic policies in the United States.


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Marcia Dawood TEDx Speaker/Author/Podcaster

Marcia Dawood is an early-stage investor who serves on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Small Business Capital Formation Advisory Committee, is a venture partner with Mindshift Capital, a member of Golden Seeds, and the chair emeritus of the Angel Capital Association (ACA), a global professional society for angel investors.
She is also an associate producer on the award-winning documentary Show Her the Money.
A TEDx speaker and the host of The Angel Next Door podcast, Marcia walks the talk and holds investments in over fifty early-stage companies and funds. She is committed to expanding support for diverse companies that overcome the world’s biggest problems and accelerate positive change. She is passionate about bridging the gap from early-stage inception to building thriving, profitable companies.
She is a founding member and chair of the ACA’s Growing Women’s Capital Group, which is building syndication and collaboration among US investment groups focused on women-led companies.
She is also a co-author of the book You Can, You Will, which was an Amazon bestseller in thirty-nine categories in four countries.
Prior to that, Marcia worked in sales, marketing, and operations for Kaplan Education for over sixteen years. Marcia received an MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.
Marcia currently lives in North Carolina with her husband, Izzy, and she feels lucky to be the stepmom to three amazing sons.

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