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Episode Info: e are working at the satellites Val has been describing, and what is her vision for them? [11:05] - Tom clarifies: Val is using her primary location as a hub and for training, with satellite operations around it to increase distribution and employ more people. [11:27] - Val talks about how she plans on managing all of this. [14:35] - We back up a bit to hear how “home base,” the Chocolate Spectrum retail store, is doing these days. [18:18] - Tom has a couple of suggestions for ways that Val (and listeners, of course!) can market online. He recommends using Mogl and geofencing. [21:36] - Val shifts into talking specifically about employee growth, and discusses certifications for training and placing people in the community. [24:53] - The biggest thing that Val’s company provides is teaching their employees how to be employed, since they don’t typically have experience in what is involved in the process and what the expectations are. [26:04] - Val has always wanted to work with teens, because she feels like the process of teaching the skills that she has described should be started younger. Tom then elaborates on the need for this kind of training. [27:35] - We learn that Val was able to secure a separate grant for teen training, and will be working with the first group of teens this year. [28:57] - The biggest challenge Val has experienced with the teens she’s worked with so far is having them learn to work together. [31:10] - The last thing Val is developing right now to increase their revenue is a wholesale business, which she describes. [34:12] - How can listeners support Val? In her answer, she talks about a piece of advice that Tom’s dad gave her that she didn’t really believe before. [36:58] - Tom shares his thoughts on why people who have been touched by autism don’t automatically support businesses like The Chocolate Spectrum and Rising Tide Car Wash, instead of bigger businesses. Links and Resources: The Chocolate Spectrum Cafe and Academy The Chocolate Spectrum: shop online Valerie Herksowitz Valerie Herksowitz on LinkedIn Tom D’Eri Rising Tide Car Wash Rising Tide U University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism & Related Disabilities Mogl Geofencing The Loving Push by Temple Grandin Special Treats...
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