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BizX founder Bob Bagga launched his bartering currency company in the recession that took place after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. He sees parallels with the fear now gripping the local business community because of the Coronavirus. Given this expertise, Bagga reached out to Aaron Blank, CEO of The Fearey Group, a West Coast public relations firm. Within 11 minutes of that converastion the pair launched an online group on Facebook to help business owners gather ideas and resources to help keep businesses afloat. And since then they’ve started a “Business Saving Business” movement to bring together local business owners with advice and innovation ideas for weathering the crisis and beyond. Thanks to the digtial world, we can all help each other in ways we've never done before. We’re all in this together. And that's when “Corona: SEATTLE Business Owners Fight Back!’’, a private Facebook group for local business owners was launched. With the help of broadcast veteran-turned-podcast producer consultant Josh Kerns — launched a likeminded “We got this SEATTLE!’’ podcast.
Bob Bagga is the Founder and CEO of BizX, a community of local business owners who buy from and sell to one another without spending cash, within the BizX network. Bob is a pillar of the barter industry, earning international accolades for his work in the private currency and trade industries. BizX has also been recognized by Inc Magazine as one of the fastest growing businesses in the US seven different times. Bob has been awarded the 2015 Hall of Fame Award by IRTA (International Reciprocal Trade Association), the highest honor awarded by the organization. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and 40 under 40.
Aaron Blank is the President and CEO of The Fearey Group, a 39-year-old public relations and public affairs firm in Seattle. Aaron started as a radio reporter, anchor and producer in Connecticut. In 2004, he and his wife moved to Seattle, where he began his public relations career. He has been with The Fearey Group since 2006 and propels the company forward with his mottos of “Fearless Thinking” and “Never Eat Lunch Alone.” In 2014, he became the firm’s next owner, following the path of the firm’s founder, who built the company in 1981. Aaron is a Puget Sound Business Journal 2015 “40 Under 40”. He is also on the Boards of ArtsFund, the Public Relations Society of America’s Puget Sound chapter and Public Relations Global Network. He helped launch 15 to 1: the Jermaine Kearse Foundation and supports PR activities for the Lenny Wilkens Foundation and EB Research Partnership. He and his wife, Lacey, have three children. They are actively fundraising to help improve the community of Woliso, Ethiopia, where they adopted their son, and to find a cure for Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a rare affliction that renders their son’s skin and connective tissue unbearably fragile.
Josh Kerns is a veteran Emmy and Edward R. Murrow award winning journalist and strategic communications consultant now specializing in podcasting and video production. As the principal at Cypress Point Strategic, he is currently hosting, producing and consulting for a number of clients including The University of Washington School of Medicine, Brain Injury Alliance of Washington, The National Children’s Campaign, Zero Hour (a national youth climate activism organization), Goal 17 Media, ACT Theater, and others. Josh is also the host of the weekly radio show and podcast Golf Talk Washington on Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle. His diverse services include conceiving, creating and executing successful strategic communications campaigns for Fortune 500 companies including Microsoft and Boeing, working directly with executives and other top leaders. Josh regularly volunteers his time as a public speaker, emcee and host for charity events. He is a passionate advocate for nonprofits and has served on the board of directors for organizations including The Humane Society of Seattle/King County, Melodic Caring Project, and The Nick of Time Foundation.