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The Small Business, Big Deal Podcast is where entrepreneurs deconstruct their businesses, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made.

The goal of the podcast is to help young entrepreneurs turn their dreams into businesses and to meet the brightest entrepreneurs of present and future.

The host of Small Business, Big Deal is Tracy Jepson, a Small Business Strategist, Certified Mastery Profit First Professional, and CEO of Jepson Solutions, LLC.

With 16 years of experience in small business administration, Tracy understands the unique needs that companies face, especially in those critical first five years. As a small business strategist, Tracy helps her clients understand their numbers and how they impact the overall health of their business. She develops a strategic plan based on industry best practices to support her client’s growth goals and then meets with them on a monthly basis to ensure they achieve those goals and ultimately get out of debt.

Tracy has expanded her business by sharing her expertise to everyday entrepreneurs and start-up business owners via her signature Path to Profit System. This multidimensional approach in her online academy helps entrepreneurs create a profit-focused foundation for their business so they can effectively manage their cash flow, get out of debt, and create a sustainable business.

Jul 17, 2020

Barry Feaker has held the Executive Director position at the Topeka Rescue Mission for more than three decades. During that time, his organization has made a huge impact on the community and the people that need support. He’s seen a lot of change through the years, including the most recent shift that COVID-19 has caused. Join us as we learn more about the TRM.


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Today's schedule: 

1:21 – Background on our guest today, Barry Feaker  

2:53 – Why did he leave the mental health field to TRM?

6:37 – Benefits and challenges for an organization like this.  

8:16 – How COVID changed funding.  

8:59 – Has the government tried to get involved at any point?

10:54 – Every rescue mission is different.

12:06 – How many people do you shelter each year and how COVID impacted that.

14:14 – They’ve lost a lot of volunteers due to COVID as well.

15:00 – Processes they use to manage these large numbers of people.  

16:47 – The process for homeless coming in.  

24:14 – Scary moments he’s had on the job.

27:50 – Does he have a favorite failure?

31:31 – The anti-human trafficking division

33:45 – Human trafficking in Topeka

37:07 – Is there a program he’s most proud of?

40:43 – What do you wish knew early on?

42:13 – Best way to get plugged into the Topeka Rescue Mission.