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192: Shutting Down: Navigating the Entrepreneurial Journey of Business Closure w/ Netta Dobbins

podcast March 21, 2024

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Entrepreneurship is like a rollercoaster ride with moments of triumph and moments that test our resilience. But what happens when you find yourself at a crossroads where shutting down your business becomes a reality? In this episode we dive  into the often unspoken journey of closing a business with our guest, Netta Dobbins. She recently made the difficult decision to close her business Mimconnect, a digital community of over 15,000 members helping professionals of color navigate their careers in media.

We empathize with the weight of difficult decisions. We understand that as a Black entrepreneur, each step you take is not just a business move but a piece of your heart and soul that builds your legacy. So, when the time comes to consider shutting down your business, we know it’s not just a financial decision—it’s an emotional one too. It’s grappling with the dreams you’ve nurtured, the goals you’ve chased, and the challenges you’ve overcome. We understand the hesitations, the doubts, and the fear of what comes next. But amidst it all, we’re here to walk alongside you, offering support, guidance, and tools as you navigate this chapter of your entrepreneurial journey


  • Understanding the importance of acknowledging shifts in goals or missions and how they may impact the trajectory of your business.

  • How to  recognize when the purpose or mission of your business has evolved or reached its conclusion.

  • Strategies to assess the viability and sustainability of your business.

  • How to effectively  navigate the emotional and practical aspects involved in closing a business.

  • Tips and insights for moving forward after closing a business.

  • How to communicate effectively with stakeholders throughout the process of closing a business.


To learn more check out the show notes at blacktobusiness.com/192




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