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Regulr Guests on Wild Pitch Wed, Airstream Startup Pivots to First Responders, Atlatl, LocatorX, Powerhome, AcreTrader, Oracle Webinar

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Healthcare practitioners are being encouraged, if they can, not to stay under the same roof as their families. Family medicine physician Eric Berryman is working shifts in Ocala emergency rooms and commuting back to the bay area. Two years ago, his mother-in-law found GuestWings, booked it during a family visit here and loved it.

The connection is an example of how the disruption of the moment is forcing small business owners to quickly adapt to new opportunities. GuestWings co-founder Terri Shapiro is looking to help other first responders.

“What shocked me was when he told me about how many doctors are sleeping in their garages.” Berryman was dressed in personal protection gear when they met, Shapiro said. “Now, I am thinking about survival on a day-by-day basis.” She’s gaining counsel and strategic feedback from her BNI Group for networking, trying to get the word out to first responders. 

Original story published on Tampa Bay Inno.

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