A podcast for creative small biz owners hosted by Nina L. Kovner

Let’s be honest, building and growing a creative small biz is not for the faint of heart. It takes passion, purpose, courage and an insane commitment to make it through the highs and lows, the failures and successes. As a creative small biz coach and Chief Awesomeness Empowerer at Passion Squared, Nina L. Kovner experiences these stories every single day. Now it’s time for you to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly behind what it takes, how to persevere, the lessons learned and the wisdom gained from real humans who are in the trenches creating awesome businesses, brands and lives.

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Andi Scarbrough of Crown Works people passion purpose podcast Passion Squared hd

In this we chat with Andi Scarbrough, a salon owner, educator, reiki master and founder of Crown Works. We talk the meaning and power of 11:11 (we recorded this episode on 11/11 OMG!), how energy impacts how you show up for yourself, your clients, your team, and so much more deep and profound wisdom. You […]

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Nina L Kovner people passion purpose podcast Passion Squared hd

In this episode Nina shares some thoughts around the ongoing test of Instagram hiding likes and the test coming to the US. In addition, Nina helps provide some perspective around the purpose of social media and getting back to what really matters, relationships, solving problems, adding value and listening. You can find Nina on the […]

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In this episode I share my very personal journey of joy, courage, fear, depression and all the things this past year that brought me to this moment of immense gratitude, the day of my 53rd birthday. This is a very vulnerable and potentially triggering episode for those who deal with depression, eating disorders and suicidal […]

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In this episode we sit down with Melanie Guzzo of Virtue Vegan Salon and Stay Sharp Education. Melanie is a salon owner, leader, educator, vegan, and all around courageous bad ass. Melanie shares her journey as an artist, how she found clarity around the Virtue Vegan Salon brand values, healthy boundary setting, moving from behind […]

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racy people passion purpose podcast Passion Squared hd

In this episode, we sit down with Tracy Ftacek, salon owner, educator, leader and creator of the on-demand beauty brand Pretty Convenient. Tracy shares her journey into salon ownership, why culture + communication has become her foundation for success, advice for new owners and so much more. You can find Tracy on the gram @prettyconvenientapp […]

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Celeste people passion purpose podcast Passion Squared hd

In this episode, Nina talks with Celeste Gonzalez, hair + make up artist, salon owner, educator and mama! Celeste’s story is a must listen as she shares her wisdom around being a newer stylist in the pro beauty biz and how her passion for advanced education has propelled her success in just two short years […]

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Nina L. Kovner people passion purpose podcast Passion Squared hd

In this episode Nina shares her thoughts on putting clients on blast on social media and the not so awesome impact it can have on your business and brand, along with sharing a blog she wrote back in 2015 on the topic. A big shout out of gratitude to @erin.mills on the gram for inspiring […]

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Katie Tellor people passion purpose podcast Passion Squared hd (1)

In this episode Nina talks with Katie Tellor, salon owner, leader, educator and owner of Abstrakt Studio in Frisco Texas. Katie shares her story about finding the beauty biz, making the leap into ownership and leadership, how she grows her assistants, how social media has helped empower her biz and so much more! You can […]

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In this episode, Nina takes it all the way back to the beginning of the podcast and reads the reviews our awesome listeners have shared along with the wisdom, power, and intel that comes when you take the time to dig deep into the experiences your clients are sharing online. This is a must-listen episode […]

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Brenda Amaral people passion purpose podcast Passion Squared hd

In this episode, Nina chats with Brenda Amaral, leader, salon owner, educator, board member of ABCH and all around awesome human being. Brenda shares her story about how she discovered her love for the pro beauty biz, why she opened a salon, how she handles team members that leave, the importance of inclusivity and integration […]

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Gina Bianca_people passion purpose podcast Passion Squared hd

In this episode, Nina chats with Gina Bianca, salon owner, educator, coach and beauty influencer. Gina shares her story about becoming a hairdresser and salon owner along with what inspired her to open and most recently close her first salon. Gina also shares her thoughts on social media, purpose, burnout and more. You can find […]

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Lisa_passion purpose podcast hd

In this episode, Nina chats with Lisa Walker, colorist, educator, mama and founder of Balayage Boot Camp + Hairbangers Academy. Lisa shares her inspiring story of how she went from being an excuse maker to taking responsibility for her career, and in doing so, discovered her gift for empowering hair colorists through her honest, tough […]

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Stacey_Nikki passion purpose podcast hd

In this episode Nina chats with Stacey Rackham, owner of Mint Hair Crafting salon. Stacey shares her journey on becoming a salon owner, leader, why inclusivity became a brand promise at Mint, and how growth can sometimes be super uncomfortable, and we even hear the sweet story of how Stacey found her fur baby Walter! […]

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Riawna_Nikkipassion purpose podcast hd

In this episode Nina sits down with the leaders and co-owners of Nine Zero One Salon, Academy, Beauty Coach TV, In Common Beauty and BeYOUtiful Foundation. Riawna + Nikki share their story of the early days of being salon owners, the lessons they learned, how they have remained awesome business partners and friends, along with […]

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In this episode Nina sits down with Alicia, owner of two salons, educator, new mama and super awesome human! Alicia shares her story of finding the beauty biz, lessons on leadership, delegation, releasing judgement and how she finds her rhythm. You can find Alicia on the gram @alicia.the.alchemist Thank you Alicia for sharing your inspirational story with us!   […]

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Tina DeSeta people passion purpose podcast hd

In this episode Nina sits down with Tina DeSeta, salon owner, colorist, community builder and mental health warrior. Tina shares about why she became a hairstylist and how her purpose fuels her passion for people to feel seen. You can find Tina on the gram @tinadesetahair and on Facebook at Deseta Hair Design. Thank you […]

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Nina L. Kovner people passion purpose podcast care hd

In this episode Nina shares three simple ways you can show your clients you care and grow your business long term. These basic fundamentals are not fancy, new or revolutionary, but if you are not doing them consistently, you will find yourself on the struggle bus more often than not. You can find Nina on […]

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Nina L. Kovner people passion purpose podcast courage hd

In this episode Nina shares a recent experience she had getting stuck on a highway, alone, at night, in the mountains, in a snowstorm, and all the lessons she learned about being brave, our capacity for strength in scary situations, and the incredible kindness of strangers. Warning: this story may cause some fear and anxiety, […]

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J Ladner people passion purpose podcast hd

In this episode we sit down with J Ladner, salon owner, educator, artist, influencer, husband and father. We talk purpose, leadership, LGBTQ rights, influencer marketing and OMG all the feels and more. You can find J on the gram @itsmrjladner and at salonjladner.com     You can also listen + subscribe to our podcast on; […]

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Nina L. Kovner people passion purpose podcast hd

In this episode Nina shares some reflections and thoughts on this past year and some insights into some things to think about as you get ready for 2019. It’s super raw and honest as she breaks down biz + life stuff, online and off. A big shout of gratitude to our guests and listeners who made […]

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Keya Artistically Neal people passion purpose podcast hd

In this episode, I sit down with the beautiful and passionate Keya Neal, artist, educator, master colorist, and founder of Kolour Kulture and Texture Versus Race. Keya shares her story of how she became a hairdresser and why she has created a movement designed to break barriers and open up important conversations to empower artists […]

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Benjamin Jay people passion purpose podcast hd

In this episode I sit down with my long time friend Benjamin Jay, Salon Owner, Marketer + Leader at the Hair Loft LTD in Chicago. Ben shares his wisdom about marketing, social & digital media, recruitment, retail, passion and more. You can find Ben on the gram @bnjmnjy and his salons @thehairloftltd       […]

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Dre Demry-Sanders people passion purpose podcast hd

In this episode, I have the honor of sitting down with Dre Demry-Sanders, session stylist, hairdresser + passionate activist. We talk about Dre’s inspiring story, women of color, hair, discrimination, inclusion, mental health and so much more! You can find Dre on the gram at @dre_on_hair and on her website at dreonhair.com   You can also listen […]

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Kellyn Anderson people passion purpose podcast hd

In this episode we sit down with Kellyn Anderson, Leader + Educator at Bow and Arrow Collective in Boston. We talk about Kellyn’s journey as a salon owner, developing and staying true to her purpose and brand, what leadership looks like, and the emotional journey of being a small business owner. You can find Kellyn […]

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Danielle Green people passion purpose podcast hd

In this episode we sit down with Danielle Green, activist and creator of the Radically Curly brand, whose purpose is to empower women to embrace and celebrate the hair texture they were born with. We talk purpose, brand, society’s twisted notion about how women of color should wear their hair, where the name Radically Curly […]

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Gordon Miller people passion purpose podcast hd

In this episode Gordon Miller, CEO (Chief Engagement Officer) of Hairbrained shares some thoughts on digital disruption, the rise of Amazon in beauty, it’s effects on salon retail, retail in general and what we can do about it. You can find Gordon on the gram @gordnm and Hairbrained at @hairbrained_official + hairbrained.me + hblive.me You […]

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Nina Kovner people passion podcast Passion Squared hd

In this What’s On My Mind episode Nina shares the truth behind her current state of mind, why it’s so important to acknowledge the lows as well as the highs and how to pull through it all. She also shares a little riff on comparison, knowing your brand, finding time for social and content creation. […]

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Kristin Rankin The Dress Code Project people passion podcast Passion Squared hd

In this incredibly emotional and inspiring episode we talk with Kristin Rankin, owner of Fuss Hair Studio in Toronto + Founder of Dress Code Project and Gender Free Haircut Club. This is a must listen to any small business that offers services traditionally defined by gender, specifically, salon owners + hairstylists. As Kristin so powerfully […]

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Gordon Miller people passion podcast Passion Squared hd

In this episode we bring back our bestie Gordon Miller and talk online learning, education, context (yes, again!), voice, digital, social, inspiration and more. You can find Gordon at hairbrained.me, @hairbrained_official + on his personal Insta @gordnm You can also listen + subscribe to our podcast on; iTunes Google Play Stitcher Your experience matters. We […]

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Nina Kovner people passion podcast Passion Squared

In this What’s On My Mind episode I share my thoughts context, Insta experts, Insta education and importance of understanding and using The Celery Test as shared by the awesome Simon Sinek in the book Start With Why when both giving and getting advice. You can find me on the gram @passionsquared Thank you so […]

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Erica Santos people passion purpose podcast Passion Squared

In this episode Erica Santos of House of Cabelo Salon talks about how she handles the tough stuff of salon ownership, lesson of working with a business partner, career paths, growth, opening a second salon location + more. You can find Erica on the gram @hairbyericasantos Thank you so much for listening.   You can […]

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Podcast art_ Nina kovner people passion podcast April-2

In this What’s On My Mind episode I share some insights on control issues, finding perspective when plans go sideways, and why and how consistent social media breaks are critical to being an awesome leader. You can find me on the gram @passionsquared Thank you so much for listening. You can also listen + subscribe […]

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Nina L Kovner people passion purpose podcast passion squared

In this extended What’s On My Mind episode I share some social media 101, why it’s time to get back to the fundamentals of social and my thoughts on the Vero app. You can find me on the gram @passionsquared Thank you so much for listening.   You can also listen + subscribe to our […]

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Shurie Saxelby people passion purpose podcast passion squared

In this episode Shurie shares her journey from photographer to studio owner, her thoughts on understanding the millennial generation + what it takes to create awesome content to build awesome engagement on Instagram. You can find Shurie on the gram @shurie You can also listen + subscribe to our podcast on; iTunes Google Play Stitcher […]

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Noelle Weatherwax people passion purpose podcast

In this episode, Noelle Weatherwax of Concrete Rose Salon in Santa Cruz, shares her journey from being homeless to becoming an unexpected salon owner, why she chose the name Concrete Rose for her business along with the little things that fueled her passion for growing people. You can find Noelle + Concrete Rose Salon on […]

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Mahogany Plautz people passion purpose podcast

In this episode Mahogany Plautz, owner of Carve Salon in Minneapolis, shares her journey into becoming a salon suite owner, how being an educator has empowered her as a leader, and stepping into her purpose of inspiring more equal representation of people of color in pro beauty. You can find Mahogany on the gram @mahoganyhairstylistmpls Thank […]

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Gordon Miller people passion purpose podcast Passion Squared hd

In this EXTENDED and oh so honest episode with special Guest Gordon Miller, CEO of Hairbrained, Gordon talks about some of the most common challenges he has experienced with small business ownership + leadership. The pain that sometimes comes with owning a salon, what to consider before opening, and lots of other juicy wisdom and […]

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In this episode Jason shares his unplanned journey from stylist to owner, one thing he wish he knew before becoming an owner, the wisdom found in his recovery and what passion + purpose means to him, and how social media changed everything for him. Thank you Jason for sharing your inspiring story with us, and […]

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Caron passion purpose podcast hd

In this episode Nina sits down with Caron, an Army and Navy veteran, hairdresser, makeup artist, small biz owner and mental health advocate. Caron shares her story about discovery the beauty biz as a child, entrepreneurial lessons learned in her military training, and the importance of erasing the stigma of mental health and wellness. You […]

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In this What’s On My Mind episode, I share my thoughts on living and thriving with anxiety and panic disorder and my personal process for dealing with it all.     Other ways to enjoy the people passion purpose Podcast Voice Echo Alexa, play people passion purpose Podcast Google Home Google, play people passion purpose […]

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people passion purpose podcast Aura Mae

In this episode Aura shares her journey of moving with grace through two major burnouts, on how self care has become her guiding light and how purpose her purpose to teach brings her joy. You can find Aura at Azarra Salon & Wine on the gram and if you want to take a peek at […]

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In this What’s On My Mind episode, I talk about the perception that I am always positive and the tools I use to keep my promise to you and live my purpose.   Other ways to enjoy the people passion purpose Podcast Voice Echo Alexa, play people passion purpose Podcast Google Home Google, play people passion […]

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people passion purpose podcast Ash Fortis xostylistxo

In this episode Ash shares her journey from beauty school to ownership, how she navigates the sometimes not too pretty part of social media and how she has managed to stay true to her creativity as an artist. You can find Ash on the gram @xostylistxo Thank you Ash for sharing your story with us, […]

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In this “What’s On My Mind” episode, I share my thoughts on the latest Instagram algorithm rumors and why you need to ignore it and what you should do instead.   Listen to What’s On My Mind + be sure to subscribe!   Other ways to enjoy the people passion purpose Podcast Voice Echo Alexa, […]

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In this What’s On My Mind episode, I share my thoughts on how balance is unattainable and why finding your rhythm is where I suggest you focus your energy. Other ways to enjoy the people passion purpose Podcast Voice Echo Alexa, play people passion purpose Podcast Google Home Google, play people passion purpose Podcast Podcast […]

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people passion purpose podcast Amber OHara

In this episode Amber shares her experience from 17 years of being a creative small biz owner and how self-care and self-awareness is a big reason she has been able to move through the struggle with grace. You can find Amber on the gram @amberoharahair at her salon Gold and Braid and in her new […]