In Episode 69, Dan Dissinger talks to the founder of Progress Playbook, Lloyd Cambridge about practicing mindfulness to be a better entrepreneur and person, community building, and supplementing the gaps in higher education with experiential project-based learning.
Lloyd J. Cambridge is the founder & CEO of Progress Playbook, a small business training and economic development consultancy. Lloyd partners with government agencies, nonprofits and small businesses nationally to design customized learning experiences and inclusive growth strategies that support entrepreneurs in starting and scaling businesses locally and beyond. Progress Playbook’s clients includes but is not limited to NYC Department of Small Business Services, City Harvest, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, The Actors Fund, New York City Housing Authority.
Prior to starting Progress Playbook, Lloyd was the Director of NYC Business Solutions, and prior to that, he was an underwriter and credit analyst at JPMorganChase for their middle-market division. Lloyd has supported over 10,000 entrepreneurs and business owners throughout his career and has shared his expertise on entrepreneurship and business development with organizations like Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, the Small Business Administration and New York University. He earned his B.S. in Economics from NYU and is an Alumni of the Coro Leadership network.
People and Texts Mentioned in the Episode
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- Progress Playbook
- The Creative Entrepreneur Project
- Bodega 2.0
- Start An Empire
- The Actor’s Fund
- NYC Small Business Services
- What’s a Bodega?
- Styles P
- Juices For Life
- Farmacy For Life
- Henry Ford
- Jack Kerouac
- Allen Ginsberg
- Naropa University
- Steve Jobs
- Tyler Perry
- Project Based Learning
- CUNY York College
“My passion and joy is really helping people to create what they believe should exist in the world, helping them to create a living for themselves, to add value to the world and really being able to do that through entrepreneurship.” –Lloyd CambridgeTweet
“As a business owner, you want to really identify what you’re good at and just do that.” –Lloyd CambridgeTweet
“A lot of entrepreneurship is around adjusting people’s mindset around different topics, and [relationship to] money is one of them.”Tweet
“When it comes to entrepreneurship, most people want to jump right into finance, or they want to jump right into business planning or jump into sales and marketing, but the first thing you need to focus on is you.” –Lloyd CambridgeTweet
“[Progress Playbook] starts with, what do you want to have, but then the second question is who do I need to be?”Tweet
“So everything in business or life I think is about practice […] You set the intention and then you build habits, and through routines you get better and better and stronger and stronger.” –Lloyd CambridgeTweet
“You’re essentially living life from the inside out when it comes to business.” –Lloyd CambridgeTweet
“Your business will never grow beyond your personal development.” –Lloyd CambridgeTweet
“I’ve interviewed a ton of entrepreneurs myself and many of them say that the hardest part is changing yourself.” –Lloyd CambridgeTweet
“Everybody’s an artist.” –Lloyd CambridgeTweet
“You never burn bridges, because your employer can become your customer.” –Lloyd CambridgeTweet
“What does local prosperity look like, not only from an economic standpoint, but just like socially?” –Lloyd CambridgeTweet
“I think the purpose of business is to add value to people.”Tweet
“[Empathy] is my secret sauce. That allows me to be innovative.”Tweet
“Customers make their choices based off of their value system.”Tweet
“If you want to grow as a person become an entrepreneur, because it’s going to force you to grow.” –Lloyd CambridgeTweet
“Nobody is self-made […] you need community in order to grow.”Tweet
Progress Playbook is a business training and service platform that designs customized experiences that help entrepreneurs start and grow businesses in NYC and beyond.
We are on a mission to equip entrepreneurs to design the business, life and world they love.
This episode was recorded on July 23rd, 2021. Because we recorded via Zoom, there may be occasional audio hiccups. Our theme song is “4 am” by Makaih Beats. You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Stitcher and follow us on Twitter @WritingRemixPod.