HOUSTON INNOVATORS PODCAST EPISODE 37
Houston entrepreneur on why social impact innovation is important — now more than ever
As the pandemic hit, most entrepreneurs had only their own company to focus on keeping afloat. Aimee Woodall had her own creative agency — as well as its entire client list.
Her company, The Black Sheep Agency, is brand strategy for exclusively impact-based businesses. Sixty percent of business is nonprofit, she says.
"We write, we design, we build campaigns, we work in the digital space — whatever it takes to tell the story of the organization and to rally other people to not only pay attention to what the organization is doing but to also find their own way to participate in moving that mission forward," Woodall shares on this week's episode of the Houston Innovators Podcast.
Thinking back to when COVID-19 really started affecting business and her campaigns, Woodall remembers how she and her team had to reevaluate existing content, pivot planned projects, and, in some cases, cancel events or programming.
"Not only were we responsible for figuring out how our business will operate and be able to come through this on the other side in a healthy way, but also how do we take this roster of clients and make sure that we are a solid partner to them and that they all come through this in a positive way," Woodall says.
"How we could turn lemons into lemonade and harness this chaos and sustain and stay productive when we can, but also find some silver linings. It was a lot all at once."
She says she's still learning as they go along — something the entire country is doing. But, with social impact being important now more than ever, she's seen an opportunity to grow her company, which has been a silver lining to all the challenges she's faced during this time.
Woodall shares resources for advocates and social impact startups, as well as her thoughts on how companies and individuals can be more cognizant moving forward through the pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement. Listen to the full interview below — or wherever you get your podcasts — and subscribe for weekly episodes.