Seattle Growth Podcast 7.6: surviving the first wave, bracing for the second

COVID-19 case numbers are spiking and new restrictions are being imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Many businesses find themselves—again—in a fight for survival with major sources of revenue shut off for the foreseeable future. Seattle residents—again—find themselves with a profound sense of isolation.

Where can we find hope that this next round of challenges can be overcome?

Episode 6 of the Seattle Growth Podcast, Season 7, shares stories of coping and adapting during the pandemic (recorded prior to new restrictions imposed on businesses and social gatherings in mid-November).

Dhruv Agarwal, owner of a variety of businesses including True Brands, Landmark Events & Catering, Flexe and a commercial real estate portfolio, offers his perspectives on the challenges created by COVID-19 and how he has worked to overcome them.

Ann Davison, a Seattle mom, attorney and former candidate for lieutenant governor who once worked in basketball operations for the Seattle Supersonics, shares how she is coping with the pandemic and how COVID-19 has shifted the campaign to bring NBA basketball back to Seattle—as well as her hopes for the future of Seattle.

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The Seattle Growth Podcast is hosted and produced by Jeff Shulman, the Marion B. Ingersoll Professor of Marketing at the UW Foster School of Business.

Shulman is also the co-director and producer of On the Brink, the acclaimed documentary of history, hope and determination to save the soul of Seattle’s vanishing Central District.