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Diane Hardy – The Mom and Pop Alliance: Advocating for Small Business Owners

Dr. Oran P. Smith

Dr. Oran P. Smith

Oran P. Smith has developed a reputation as a trusted adviser and public policy advocate during his many years of service in the Palmetto State.

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Welcome to the Beyond Policy Podcast! In this week’s episode, we are thrilled to have Diane Hardy, a remarkable guest and symbol of the Palmetto Promise. Diane’s journey from a dual degree holder in psychology and nursing to becoming an entrepreneur and advocate for small businesses is truly inspiring.

Diane opened the Nothing Bunt Cakes Bakery in Greenville seven years ago, and she has experienced both the challenges and triumphs of starting a small business firsthand. Join us as she shares her entrepreneurial journey, including the obstacles she faced and the strategies she employed to overcome them.

As a small business owner, Diane also navigated the complex landscape of government regulations. She will shed light on the intricacies of dealing with regulatory frameworks and provide valuable insights on how small business owners can effectively navigate these challenges.

Diane’s background as a nurse adds a unique perspective to her entrepreneurial story. She will discuss her transition from the medical field to entrepreneurship, highlighting the skills and mindset that proved invaluable in her journey.

Furthermore, we delve into Diane’s involvement with the Mom and Pop Alliance, an organization dedicated to advocating for the rights and needs of small business owners. Discover the important work of this alliance and gain a deeper understanding of the issues faced by small businesses in today’s economic landscape.

Finally, Diane will share her experiences and struggles with remodeling her bakery and obtaining a Certificate of Occupancy. She will discuss the bureaucratic hurdles she encountered and provide advice for other small business owners who may face similar challenges.

Tune in to this episode of the Beyond Policy Podcast for an insightful conversation with Diane Hardy. Gain valuable knowledge about the challenges and triumphs of starting a small business, navigating government regulations, transitioning from nursing to entrepreneurship, and the important advocacy work of the Mom and Pop Alliance. Don’t miss out on this empowering and informative discussion!