41 minutes | May 19, 2023
Mental Challenges & Triumphs in Entrepreneurship: How Rebekah Murray Built Dare & Co.
Episode 32 of We Built This Life with Rebekah Murray from Dare & Co. is about mental challenges in entrepreneurship—and the rewards that come with getting through them. In 2014, Rebekah Murray, an entrepreneur throughout her adult life, was looking to transition from international wedding photography to something new. Her parents suggested she start a clothing line. Three years later, Rebekah launched Virginia Dare Dress Co. with a line of timeless, high-quality women’s dresses. In 2020, she added heartfelt gift boxes to her offerings. And today (May 18th, 2023), she unveiled her new brand name: Dare & Co. On this episode, Rebekah talks about: · The various outlets she used to launch her company, from a Kickstarter to a Facebook focus group; · An unexpected outcome in her business due to customer interest; · How she has dealt with challenging life seasons while still being an entrepreneur who needs to keep her business going; · What success as an entrepreneur looks like to her; · Her best advice for other small business owners (I think anyone launching something in public will identify with this); and more. A Few of My Favorite Dare & Co. Products: · Samantha Wrap Dress · June Floral Dress · Floral Apron · Cookie Hello · Get Well Care Package · Cottage Kitchen Follow Dare & Co. on Instagram Follow We Built This Life on Instagram Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow and get in touch on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email email@example.com (but getting in touch through IG DM is better!)!
28 minutes | May 4, 2023
From Educator to CEO: How Ashley Williams Built Clymb
Episode 31 of the We Built This Life podcast with Ashley Williams from Clymb (@clymb_up) is about persistence and mindfulness and how these two skills were assets as Ashley built her own company. In 2018, Ashley Williams, a former educator and school leader in Baltimore City, founded Clymb (then known as Infinite Focus Schools), her company that produces emotional health software for school-aged children. In this episode, Ashley talks about: · The steps she took and resources she used to build Clymb from an idea to a thriving small business; · The benefits of learning emotional regulation and coping skills in childhood—and how these skills carry into adulthood; · How Clymb works to help children build these emotional health skills; · How Ashley has used these skills herself to respond to challenging feelings that came in her early days of entrepreneurship; · her take on an underrated skill in business—and in life, and more. Mentioned in this Episode: · Clymb, Ashley’s company that produces emotional health software for children · The Johns Hopkins Social Innovation Lab · Innovation Works at the Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University Follow Clymb on Instagram Follow We Built This Life on Instagram Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow and get in touch on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org (but getting in touch through IG DM is better!)!
27 minutes | Apr 19, 2023
6 Small Businesses to Support for Earth Day 2023
Welcome to Episode 30 of the We Built This Life podcast! I’m your host, Jennifer Walker, and I’m talking this week about six small businesses that make low waste or sustainable products and that you can support for Earth Day 2023. I’ll share my favorite products from these businesses or the products I am hoping to try in the categories of personal care, reusable items, cleaning, clothing, and planners. You can also check out the We Built This Life podcast archive for more ideas. Thank you so much for listening! Follow We Built This Life on Instagram 6 Small Businesses to Support this Earth Day: · Good Juju · Marley’s Monsters · Branch Basics · Evolverie · Tradlands · Wisdom Supply Co. Products Mentioned in this Episode: · Good Juju Shampoo Bar for Normal/Balanced Hair (Keep these bars on a soap saver—I use these inexpensive ones from Osmia) · Good Juju Conditioner Bar for Normal/Balanced Hair · Good Juju Laundry Strips · Who Gives a Crap Toilet Paper (They have recycled toilet paper and premium toilet paper made of bamboo. We used to use the premium version, and it is nice!) · Marley’s Monsters UnPaper Towels · Marley’s Monsters Bowl Covers · Marley’s Monsters Coffee Filter · Dish Washing Block · Branch Basics concentrate · Branch Basics starter kit (plastic or glass) · Branch Basics Oxy Boost · ThredUp · Tradlands Dresses · Wisdom Supply Co. Binders · Wisdom Supply Co. Notebooks · Wisdom Supply Co. Planners · Baltimore Compost Collective Resources Mentioned in this Episode: · History of Earth Day · Acure Recycling Program · How My Family Has Built a More Low Waste Lifestyle, We Built This Life Episode 8 · How Designer Amy Homan Built a Sustainable and Ethical Fashion Company, We Built This Life Episode 7 · National Overview: Facts and Figures on Materials, Wastes, and Recycling, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency · Mapping Urban Access to Composting Programs (I can’t find a master list of composting programs in the U.S., but you can search for your city/state/community)
41 minutes | Mar 16, 2023
How Mandy Memmel Built The Well and Hon's Honey
Episode 29 of We Built This Life with Mandy Memmel of Hon’s Honey is about building relationships and community and helping women rise through social enterprise. After spending a decade serving the community of Curtis Bay in Baltimore, Mandy Memmel founded Drink at the Well (The Well) to provide an opportunity to build relationships, as well as a range of support services, for women experiencing trauma, including addiction, abuse, and/or generational poverty. Five years later, Mandy took the next step for her nonprofit and opened Hon’s Honey, a social enterprise business. Hon’s Honey offers local honey, bath and body products, and gifts, all made with raw local honey, beeswax, or royal jelly powder. But most importantly, the business provides stable employment and financial independence to women from The Well. In this episode, Mandy talks about: How the decade she spent mentoring women and building relationships in Curtis Bay led to this idea of opening a nonprofit, The Well, and how she has built trust in the community through the years; How The Well provides a range of support and community to women, from making sure they have basic needs to helping them build their own life plan through the COR Life Mentorship Program; How she got Hon’s Honey off the ground and developed the concept of The Hive for her business model; A critical thing to consider when hiring within the nonprofit world, and how Mandy approaches her role as manager to an organization with a number of employees; The challenges, what she is most proud of, and what she wishes she knew when she started her nonprofit and social enterprise business. Mentioned in this Episode: Drink at the Well (The Well) Hon’s Honey Hon’s Honey Specialty Honey Flight Hon’s Honey “Warsh” Soaps Follow Hon’s Honey on Instagram Follow We Built This Life on Instagram Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow and get in touch on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email email@example.com (but getting in touch through IG DM is better!)!
75 minutes | Feb 12, 2023
How Emma Reisinger Built Yellow House Farm
Episode 28 with Emma Reisinger of Yellow House Farm is about finding your place in the industry that interests you, even if the road is slightly winding to get there. Since 2017, Emma has owned Yellow House Farm, her small business that started as a tiny farm and CSA outside of her yellow house in Baltimore’s Waverly neighborhood. Today, the business has evolved to focus on ecological gardening and landscaping. In this episode, Emma talks about: How she found her place within agriculture and built Yellow House Farm while working as a line cook (which she describes as essentially working one job to support the other); Her business strategies for CSAs vs. farmers' markets; Her ideal clients, and how she manages people as a leader and a boss; How her business has evolved to focus on ecological gardening; and The romanticizing of farming as a lifestyle and the reality of her experience with finances as a business owner in the agriculture industry. Yellow House Farm’s website Follow Yellow House Farm on Instagram (Emma is not active on this account, but you can check out some old content) Follow We Built This Life on Instagram Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow and get in touch on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org (but getting in touch through IG DM is better!)!
31 minutes | Dec 12, 2022
How Kate Christian Built Bliss Woodworks
Episode 27 is a small business story about saying yes to opportunities and having the courage to follow new paths. After moving to Baltimore in 2014, Kate Christian—who had worked as a business analyst, a boat captain, and as chief operating officer for a company that made at-home STD tests—got a gift certificate to the Station North Tool Library from her wife. She took a cutting board class, fell in love with working with wood, and ultimately found a new career path. Today, Kate owns Bliss Woodworks, which specializes in custom woodworking projects and furniture like vanities, bookshelves, tables, wardrobes, and more. She also teaches one-on-one classes on topics like buying rough sawn lumber and project planning, and offers private instruction in her large studio space. In this episode, Kate talks about: Her early careers before she discovered woodworking; Why that cutting board class was so pivotal for her, how she approaches her woodworking projects, and how she built Bliss Woodworks; Taking big leaps and when she knew it was time to do so, such as when she moved from a 200-square-foot studio space to a 1,200-square-foot warehouse; The psychological challenges of being a business owner, as well as her successes and advice for other small business owners; Evolving as an entrepreneur and what her vision is for Bliss Woodworks going forward; and more. Follow Bliss Woodworks on Instagram Follow We Built This Life on Instagram Mentioned in this Episode: Bliss Woodworks, Kate Christian’s Baltimore-based small business specializing in custom woodworking projects and furniture and one-on-one classes Station North Tool Library, a nonprofit tool-lending library that offers 30,000 tools, 30 classes, and more Made in Baltimore, an organization that supports makers and manufactures in Baltimore City (and is a great place for consumers to learn about Baltimore-based small businesses) Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow and get in touch on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email email@example.com (but getting in touch through IG DM is better!)!
38 minutes | Dec 2, 2022
2022 Small Business Holiday Gift Guide
Welcome to Episode 26! For this episode, I'll talk you through a fun holiday gift guide highlighting 10 small businesses in a few categories: jewelry, planners and stickers, skincare/body care, photos and related products, wood creations, clothes for kids and adults, gift boxes, and, briefly, home goods. For the most part, I’ve either already purchased amazing products from these businesses or I plan to this month. You can also check out the We Built This Life podcast archive for more ideas. Thank you so much listening! Follow We Built This Life on Instagram Mentioned in this Episode: Sela Designs Annie Hoop Earrings Sela Designs Known Necklace Sela Designs Leopard Cork Jo Earrings International Justice Mission (IJM) Ashley Shelly Luxury Lined Notebook – “You are Magic” in Lavender Ashley Shelly Planners (Daily, Weekly, Monthly) Once More with Love Annual Holiday and Celebration Stickers Once More with Love Sports & Fitness Stickers Once More with Love Prescription Pills, Medications, and Vitamins Reminder Once more with Love Wedding Stickers Beauty Heroes Integrity Botanicals SoBotanical Deep Repair Hand Cream SoBotanical Neroli Hydrolat SoBotanical soaps Persnickety Prints Photo Calendars Persnickety Prints ornaments Persnickety Prints photo prints Persnickety Prints holiday cards L. Kriss Studio for beautiful wooden creations Virginia Dare Dresses & Gifts Cookie Hello Box (the Cookie Hello can also include tea instead of coffee) Virginia Dare Dresses & Gifts Friendly Hello Box Virginia Dare Dresses & Gifts Farmhouse Christmas Box Tutti Frutti Clothing organic leggings Fair Indigo Women’s Organic Cotton Long Sleeve Crew Neck Shirt Fair Indigo Men’s Organic All-Cotton Long Sleeve Crew Neck Shirt Jaclyn James Company Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow and get in touch on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org (but getting in touch through IG DM is better!)!
36 minutes | Nov 20, 2022
How Nina Ross Built Nina's Cookie Explosion
During the pandemic, Nina Ross’ full-time job suddenly became part-time, and she needed something to do with the extra hours in her week. Her family holds cookie parties every December, and these are some of Nina’s most cherished memories.So Nina started baking again to fill her free time and gave the dozens of cookies she made to friends and family. After a few months of this, Nina decided to turn her passion into a small business and founded Nina’s Cookie Explosion, a company that offers specialty and customizable cookies and doughs, in September 2020. In this episode, Nina talks about: How she got Nina’s Cookie Explosion off the ground and how her most popular products are not necessarily what she anticipated; How she balances her day job, which is now full-time again, with being a small business owner; How she builds collaborations both through organic connections and intentional outreach; Her big break when it felt like her business started to experience exceptional growth; How she views rejection as an opportunity for growth and learning; and more. Follow Nina’s Cookie Explosion on Instagram Follow We Built This Life on Instagram Mentioned in this Episode: Nina’s Cookie Explosion’s website, where you can order specialty and customizable cookies and doughs. WJZ story, “Coffee with: Nina’s Cookie Explosion” **Please note that I mistakenly said that Nina was supporting the Tyanna Foundation through her November Cookie of the Month. In November, she is actually supporting the Maryland Food Bank. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow and get in touch on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email email@example.com (but getting in touch through IG DM is better!)!
48 minutes | Oct 17, 2022
How Jaz Erenberg Became an Independent Community Artist and Muralist
While she was a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore-based artist and muralist Jaz Erenberg worked on her first community-centered art piece with the homeless population residing along Falls Way. Then, around graduation, Jaz was part of artist Michael Owen’s HOME Artist Residency. This opportunity allowed her to continue to focus on public art while painting her first mural, a large, quote-filled piece in Highlandtown that centers on the theme of “What is home?” Today, Jaz is an independent muralist with 25 brightly-colored works throughout Baltimore, including one on the exterior of her home in Upper Fell’s Point. In this episode, Jaz talks about: How she developed her style as an artist and the process behind five of her pieces and projects, including the Highlandtown mural and her work with the East Baltimore Midway neighborhood as a Designer in Residence with the Neighborhood Design Center; How she engages communities in her art, how this process has evolved over time, and how her background as a teacher has been an asset in her work; The time when she was contemplating leaving teaching to focus on her work as an independent muralist and how she reached this decision; What she wishes she knew when she started her business, her advice for other artists, and more. Follow Jaz Erenberg on Instagram Follow We Built This Life on Instagram Mentioned in this Episode: Jaz Erenberg’s website, where you can see photos of her work and to learn about her services, including residential, commercial, and community murals. The Designer-in-Residence program at the Neighborhood Design Center Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow and get in touch on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org (but getting in touch through IG DM is better!)!
59 minutes | Sep 5, 2022
How Michele Dickinson Became a Life and Business Coach
Michele Dickinson had been building her successful corporate career at a large investment firm for more than a decade. But after having her third baby in 2018, she started to think about her life’s purpose and began to feel she was meant to be doing something else. Michele ultimately became a life and business coach who focuses on helping women build legacies and make a difference in the world through entrepreneurship and online businesses. In this episode, Michele talks about: When she reached her own turning point professionally and began to feel a nudge to shift away from her corporate career; How she found her first client and refined her offerings, including private and group coaching, and a few examples of clients who have made major shifts while working with her; Building community on social media and how she strives to share vulnerably and authentically while also providing value; Money, pricing, and knowing your own worth; Finding balance as a business owner; a consultant at her corporate job, a position she held until recently; and a wife and mom of three. Follow Michele Dickinson on Instagram Follow We Built This Life on Instagram Mentioned in this Episode: Working Moms Wanting More Soul Circle, Michele’s Facebook group Intuitive: Speaking Your Truth, a multi-author book. Michele wrote Chapter 11, “A Sixth Sense: The Call of the Soul.” Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow and get in touch on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email email@example.com (but getting in touch through IG DM is better!)!
72 minutes | Jul 24, 2022
How Aaron Dante Built the No Pix After Dark Podcast
For about a decade, Aaron Dante was one of the hosts of an annual party called No Pix After Dark. So in 2018, when he was planning to start a podcast to tell positive stories, he used the same name. Back then, the people who came to his parties—which had grown to about 1,000 attendees, including his college friends and their friends—naturally became his audience. Today, the No Pix After Dark podcast has nearly 200 episodes, and Aaron has several corporate partners and sponsors and just celebrated his third consecutive Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Podcast” from The Baltimore Sun. (Photo cred: Schaun Champion) In this episode, Aaron talks about: How No Pix After Dark’s focus shifted to Baltimore, and how he’ll be expanding to include areas outside of the city in episodes to come; Boundaries and how Aaron balances working full-time and being a dad to two young kids with his regular podcast schedule; How Aaron managed the time when he wasn’t sure he should continue his show—a common feeling after doing a project like podcasting for a while—and the experience that made him want to keep pushing forward; How he got his first sponsors and developed relationships that led to corporate partnerships; What’s next for the No Pix After Dark podcast, including the new season in the fall and some hints into a Patreon page that Aaron plans to launch; and more. Follow No Pix After Dark on Instagram Follow We Built This Life on Instagram Mentioned in This Episode: No Pix After Dark podcast Episode 35, “Mrs. Robinson, We Need to Talk” – Aaron interviews his mom, a breast cancer survivor Episode 37, “Family and Fatherhood Part I” – Aaron and his cousin Demetrius talk about being fathers and how this role has changed them. Episode 57 “Aaron, I Have COVID” – Aaron interviews Karen, who at the time was recently diagnosed with COVID-19. This episode dropped on March 20, 2020, at the very beginning of the pandemic. Episode 76 NoPixAfterDark Round Table Part I and Episode 77 Part II - Four guests talk about race, Black history, and the police. Episode 79: “The Camera Always Eats First” – Aaron interviews Simone, a Baltimore-based food blogger with CharmCityTable Episode 84: Florida COVID-19 Whistleblower Story Featuring Rebekah Jones Episode 90: New Era of Black Podcasters Episode 105: CAnE Collective Episode 108: The Notorious Stoop Storytelling Series Featuring Jessica Henkin and Laura Wexler Episode 178: Ashish Alfred, Owner of No Way Rosé and Duck Duck Goose Episode 185: Baltimore Pride Week Featuring Unique Robinson and Kenneth Morrison Baltimore Beat – A Black-led, Black-controlled nonprofit newspaper and online outlet Charm City Media Collective Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow and get in touch on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org (but getting in touch through IG DM is better!)!
34 minutes | Jun 28, 2022
7 Tips for Reaching Big Personal Goals
Episode 21 of the We Built This Life podcast is about 7 Tips for Reaching Personal Goals. Last month, I reached my big personal goal of 20 podcast episodes, which is a number I have been working toward since starting my podcast in September of 2019. In this episode, I talk about the steps I took to reach this goal, including: Finding time; Dealing with feelings of rejection and protecting the ego; Making adjustments along the way; and more. I also talk about why I started this podcast and my new goals going forward. Although I focus on the steps I personally took to reach my podcasting goal—I mainly speak in terms of my own experience so as not to seem like an expert—I think you can apply these tips to whatever personal goal you are working toward, whether it’s podcasting or something else. As always, thank you so much for listening! Mentioned in this episode: Elise Blaha Cripe’s website – She has a lot of content about goals including a book (Big Dreams, Daily Joys) and a recent podcast episode about how she keeps track of her plans (five episodes back at the moment). You can find both of these on this website. Get to Work Book – Elise Cripe’s planner plus goal setting book. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow and get in touch on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email email@example.com (but getting in touch through IG DM is better!)!
51 minutes | May 26, 2022
How Theresa Cangialosi Built SoBotanical
Theresa Cangialosi was drawn to essential oils in the 1980s, long before they were readily available in the United States. She was one of the first people to start an aromatherapy bar in the U.S. and has had some form of this type of retail space for more than 30 years. Today, SoBotanical, Theresa’s aromatherapy apothecary in Baltimore, has two retail locations and a warehouse; carries essential oils, as well as its own skincare, haircare, and specialty lines; and offers education and events on a variety of topics related to aromatherapy. In this episode, Theresa talks about: Her connection to essential oils, what it was like being one of the first people in the U.S. to open a business that focuses on aromatherapy; and how her business has evolved over more than three decades; The benefits of essential oils, particularly during end-of-life care; What she wishes she knew when she started her business; Her advice for other small businesses owners (hint: don’t let the need for perfection keep you from getting your thing out there); and much more. Links Mentioned in This Episode: SoBotanical (Aromatherapy + Apothecary) SoBotanical’s SoBo Black Soap SoBotanical Deep Repair Hand Cream SoBotanical Soaps (I’m actually not sure they offer the “soap bar” as mentioned in this episode, but here’s the collection of their soaps that are available online) SoBotanical Roman Chamomile Hydrolat Follow SoBotanical on Instagram! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow and get in touch on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
34 minutes | Apr 27, 2022
7 Tips for Eczema and Grover's Disease + Thoughts on Food Elimination for Skin Issues
Episode 19 of We Built this Life is Part 2 of a three-part series about my experiences with naturopathic care for skin issues and more. This episode focuses on my seven tips for dealing with eczema and Grover’s disease. I’ll cover resources, products (beauty, clothing, home), and supplements that I have found to be helpful in addressing itchy skin and rashes. Many of the products I mention are made by small businesses, which ties back in to the podcast’s original (and hopefully soon to be again) focus on entrepreneurs and small business owners. I’ll also talk about my experience with food elimination for skin issues, which is when you give up certain foods for a limited time and then reintroduce them to see if they trigger a reaction on the skin or otherwise. Basically, eliminating many foods at once did not go well for me, but I did successfully test a few foods, some of which did cause a reaction on my skin after being reintroduced. This continues to blow my mind. Finally, the disclaimer: This episode is intended to simply give an idea of one person’s experience with trying to heal eczema and Grover’s disease. Especially when it comes to supplements, please do you own research or talk to your provider to see if they will work for you. Thank you so much for listening! Mentioned in this episode: Osmia Organics Instagram account The Healthy Skin Show Podcast Grover’s Disease Support Group on Facebook Ice packs FlexiFreeze ice vest (I haven’t tried this, but could be a good option if you get very itchy in the heat) Osmia Itchy Body Kit Osmia Facial Soaps Avène XeraCalm A.D. Lipid-Replenishing Cream Everyone Nourishing Lotion, Citrus + Mint Province Apothecary Healing Eczema Balm EmuaidMAX First Aid Ointment SoBo Black Soap by SoBotanical Osmia Oh So Body Soap Violets are Blue Magnesium Deodorant Evolverie Knit Tiered Maxi Skirt in Black Vetta Blossom Capsule (100% tencel) Vetta The Boyfriend Shirt AirDoctor Air Purifier (I do not have personal experience with this brand, but this might be a good place to start in your research) Branch Basics for laundry detergent, hand soap, cleaning products* RiseWell Toothpaste Molly’s Suds Dish Soap NOW Foods Biotin 1,000 mcg HMF Super Powder (I get this through my ND so I don’t have experience with the company linked here.) L’Amour et la Musique on Patreon and YouTube Radiant Life Desiccated Liver Vitamin E – lots of brands out there at different doses to investigate Skin Friend supplements The Eczema Detox by Karen Fischer *This is an affiliate link. If you choose to use it, I thank you so much!
32 minutes | Feb 10, 2022
Storytime: My Experience with Naturopathic Medicine
I'm breaking from this show's normal format today to tell a story about my experience with naturopathic medicine. I'll cover why I sought out this type of care (eczema, Grover's disease), how this type of care was structured, what tests I had done, and my treatment plan/recommendations from my naturopathic doctor (ND). This episode is intended simply to give an idea of one person's experience with naturopathic medicine. How this type of care is structured and more may and probably will vary depending on the ND, and all of the treatment recommendations mentioned here were tailored to me for my specific situation. Please take this episode as an example not health advice. Thank you so much for listening! Mentioned on this episode: What is a Naturopathic Doctor? – American Association of Naturopathic Physicians The Eczema Detox by Karen Fischer (I said “diet” on this episode, but it’s “detox”) Year of No Sugar by Eve O. Schaub Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email email@example.com!
51 minutes | May 30, 2021
How Rachel Wagner Bought and Shaped FIT4MOM Baltimore City
Rachel Wagner’s path to fitness company franchise owner began in a pub with a near stranger about 7 years ago. This is when Rachel, a former teacher and a mom to one young daughter at the time, got to talking to another mom about how FIT4MOM Baltimore City, a company that offers fitness classes and community for moms, was going up for sale. The two didn’t have more than a passing relationship, but they decided to go into business together. Today, Rachel, now a mom of 2, is the sole owner of FIT4MOM Baltimore City. On this episode, Rachel talks about how she has taken on the role of business owner without having a background in business; how she has shaped FIT4MOM Baltimore City, an already-existing business when she bought it, and made it her own; how she transferred into sole ownership of FIT4MOM Baltimore City and how she got through her most challenging year as a business owner; and the biggest lesson she has learned along the way. Rachel also discusses FIT4MOM’s (the national organization) United in Anti-Racism/United in Motherhood initiative and how she is striving to share resources and offer safe spaces for dialogue within her community in Baltimore City about racism and white supremacy. FIT4MOM programs are available in more than 2,600 locations throughout the country with 310 franchise owners like Rachel who are running their own FIT4MOM businesses. This is the fourth episode in a series highlighting small businesses in Baltimore. Mentioned in this episode: FIT4MOM Baltimore City Main Page FIT4MOM Baltimore City Programs FIT4MOM Baltimore City United in Anti-Racism/United in Motherhood Resources FIT4MOM Guide to Black-Owned and Black-Created Businesses in Baltimore Body Kindness by Rebecca Schritchfield, RDN The Body Liberation Project Follow FIT4MOM Baltimore City on Instagram Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
52 minutes | Apr 22, 2021
How Jerron Johnson Built the Hidden Know-Hows Podcast
Writer and Director Jerron Johnson realized his dream when he started his podcast, Hidden Know-Hows. In this episode, he'll talk about growing up in a small North Carolina town that didn’t offer many options for young people in terms of activities and future opportunities and finding his place and his voice through writing. Jerron will also talk about Hidden Know-Hows, his podcast that focuses on conversations with creative people who are doing amazing things but maybe not yet getting the recognition they deserve. (Hence the “hidden” part of the show’s name.) He’ll share the episodes that still stick with him, his biggest challenges and accomplishments, the power of patience and staying the course, and what he has learned along the way. And if you want to check out my episode, I was very honored to be Jerron’s guest on Episode 29 of his show. Mentioned in this episode: The Hidden Know-Hows Podcast The Experiment that Shows the Power of Negative Words: I think this might have been Dr. Masaru Emoto’s rice experiment, and if not, this experiment sounds similar. The link shows how you can recreate this experiment at home (maybe a fun project for kids!) Episode 16 with Duran (Hidden Know-Hows) Episode 20 with Big Katt/El Grande Gato (Hidden Know-Hows) Episode 5 with Oliver from The 76 Club (Hidden Know-Hows) Episode 35 with Danny Viiirgo (Hidden Know-Hows) Episode 29 with We Built This Life (Hidden Know-Hows): I was so excited to be a part of Jerron’s podcast. You can listen to my episode of his show here! Follow Hidden Know-Hows on Instagram! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email email@example.com!
42 minutes | Feb 22, 2021
How Mora and Henry Reed Built Zoe & Co. Candle Company
Parents Mora and Henry Reed had a big year in 2020: They got married and started their business, Zoe & Co. Candle Company, both during the pandemic. Since launching Zoe & Co. in May, they've met all of their targets and have seen steady growth. In this episode, Mora and Henry talk about how they began making their hand-poured soy candles as a hobby and how an unfortunate job loss during COVID times led them to turn their hobby into a business. They’ll also talk about their creative process and building a brand for their candles, how their products have evolved over the last nine months, how they balance being a couple, business partners, and parents to 3-year-old Zoe, and their biggest successes and challenges during Zoe & Co.'s first year. This is the third episode in a series highlighting small businesses in Baltimore. Mentioned in this episode: Zoe & Co. Candle Company – Mora and Henry’s business that offers candles that currently fall under five scent profiles: fall & holiday, fresh & clean, relax & unwind, masculine, and floral. “Is It Insane to Start a Small Business During Coronavirus? Millions of Americans Don’t Think So.” The Wall Street Journal. September 2020. “It’s a Terrible Time for Small Businesses. Except When It’s Not.” The New York Times. December 2020. Tortuga Kombucha – The first episode in the Baltimore series featured Davon Pulliam from the tea-focused kombucha company, Tortuga Kombucha. Row House 14 – The second episode in the Baltimore series featured Heidi Shenk from Row House 14, an independent stationery brand. The “Sweater Weather” candle – The candle I have and love, which has notes of pecan, cedar, cinnamon, chrysanthemum, apple, berry, and green leaves. The “For the Love of Chocolate” candle – The first candle on my wish list with notes of sugar, cream, walnut, fudge, vanilla, and butter. The “Roxanne” candle – This candle has notes of jasmine, fresh lavender, musk, cedar, and Asian sandalwood. It reminds Mora of her mom, whose middle name is Roxanne. Follow Zoe & Co. Candle Company on Instagram! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
43 minutes | Jan 27, 2021
How Heidi Shenk Built Row House 14
Nearly a decade ago, Heidi Shenk, a middle school teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools at the time, began illustrating at night as a way to relieve stress after long days in the classroom. She opened an Etsy store for her greeting cards and other stationery-type products and got her big break when a major retailer ordered 2,000 of her cards. This made Heidi think that her part-time side hustle could actually become her full-time business. She left teaching in 2013 and began working on Row House 14 full-time. In this episode, Heidi talks about the highs and lows from her career in teaching, how she got into design and her first shop on Etsy, and that big break that pushed her to leave her teaching position and focus on Row House 14. She’ll also touch on how she decided on the style for her cards (often funny + drawing on what’s relatable; see her social distancing card line), where she gets inspiration for new designs, and how she began working with wholesalers/retailers, and her successes and challenges that have come with launching and running her business. This is the second episode in a series highlighting small businesses in Baltimore. To find more amazing small businesses in this city, check out Made in Baltimore’s business directory. Mentioned in this episode: Row House 14 – Check out Heidi’s line of Valentine’s cards in particular for the upcoming holiday Zoe & Co. Candle Company – Sneak peek at the next episode! These candles + Heidi’s cards/products would make a great gift for loved ones. Follow Row House 14 on Instagram! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email email@example.com!
54 minutes | Jan 5, 2021
How Davon Pulliam Built Tortuga Kombucha
Chef Davon Pulliam had his first taste of kombucha at an early morning farmer’s market in Baltimore about five years ago. He began making his own kombucha as a hobby, then opened his business three years later. Tortuga Kombucha offers several varieties of kombucha that showcase the teas' natural flavors, including Oolong, Jasmine, and Genmaicha. Today, Davon, who has left the restaurant industry for the moment, runs his business while taking care of his young daughter. In this episode, Davon talks about his experiences as a culinary school student and a chef, how his goal-oriented nature propelled him to be a sous chef by age 25 and a chef by age 30, how he built Tortuga Kombucha and why he decided to highlight the flavors of the teas he uses in his products, and how he is shaping his business to represent what is important to him, including moving at a slower pace (hence the "Tortuga" in his business name) and taking time for loved ones. This is the first episode in a series highlighting small businesses in Baltimore. To find more amazing small businesses in Baltimore, check out Made in Baltimore’s business directory. Mentioned in this episode: Tortuga Kombucha – Read about Davon’s kombucha flavors and buy individual bottles or join the Kombucha Club Kombucha Brewers International How to Run a Business Debt-Free by Dave Ramsay A few restaurants where Davon has worked: Petit Louis Bistro, Baltimore La Cuchara, Baltimore ANXO, Washington, DC 5% Wine Bar, Baltimore Follow Tortuga Kombucha on Instagram! Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, or listen on my website, follow on Instagram (where I am most active), like on Facebook, or email firstname.lastname@example.org!