Are you a small business owner?

The Chatter that Matters podcast and it’s new series Small Business Matters presented by RBC is here to help you navigate your way through the ever changing landscape of today’s economy.

Chatter that Matters is a podcast created and hosted by Tony Chapman. The podcast cuts through the chaos and clutter to focus on what matters most to you, your livelihood, your community and your planet. Each CTM episode begins with an essential question followed by a quest to identify the insights and ideas that you get to where you need to go.

This week, bedridden with Coronavirus for 12 days, recovered Ernesto Gomez, refuses to let it take down his business.

Check out this week’s episode as well as past episodes here.

Ernesto Gomez is a first-generation Canadian who fell in love with food watching and then helping his mother and grandmother prepare meals in their Mexico kitchen. Curiosity led him to explore Chinese and Italian food and when he was old enough, travel the world, feeding his mind with possibilities. Ernesto returns to Mexico and opens a restaurant and attends the school of hard knocks. After five years with his knapsack packed with experience, he goes off on another exploration and returns to Vancouver, where his family has immigrated. Bored and restless he wanders into Nuba restaurant and meets Victor and then, well, I won’t spoil that part of the story.

What Ernesto and Victor build in terms of restaurants, formats, culture and community is a case study in entrepreneurship. Armed with a war chest, they set their sights on a new location in Spain and then COVID-19 attacks in more ways than one. They have to shut down their restaurants, and Ernesto catches the virus. For anyone thinking this is a common flu pay attention to how Ernesto, strong and healthy has to fight for every breath and during that time, fight to keep their dream alive and jobs for his employees.

Small Business Matters series, presented by RBC.