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Incredible brands and small businesses are being built all over Atlanta. The founders and entrepreneurs behind them tell the stories of their successes, failures, and even provide some inspiration on building a brand that lasts in the capital of the south.
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On this show, we’re always looking to find entrepreneurs that have built new and innovative brands in the city. We’ve had guests from a multitude of fields and this week we’re diving deeper into the tech industry.  Dr. Bara Cola is a professor of mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech and the founder and CEO of Carbice. Carbice is a materials solution company -- producing Carbice Carbon, which helps to lower temperatures within devices from space satellites to laptops. We sit down with Dr. Cola today to talk about his journey from playing Division 1 football at Vanderbilt to joining the faculty at Georgia Tech and why he felt Atlanta was the best place to grow his company! If you’re interested in learning more about Carbice and the products they’re producing, you can find them online at www.carbice.com.
Our guest this week is Carmelle Kendall, co-founder of greeting card company Neighborly Paper. Carmelle and her business partner, Robin, were first neighbors growing up just outside Atlanta. They found themselves as neighbors again in their 20’s living in Harlem, NY and that’s where Neighborly Paper starts.  Then, in 2017 the duo decided to come home and build their business right here in the ATL. We talk with Carmelle today about why Atlanta is one of the best places to start a business and where she and Robin see Neighborly Paper going forward. If you’re interested in carrying Neighborly Paper products in your store or are looking for the perfect greeting card, you can find Neighborly Paper online at neighborlypaper.com.
Support is a verb. This is the guiding statement behind The Village Market. A few months ago, we had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Key Hallmon -- visionary behind the village. She shared with us the amazing successes so many Black owned businesses have seen from the support and guidance of the The Village Market. But she also shared with us the struggle. On average Black-owned businesses have a life span of 0 to 3 years, something that has only been compounded by the ongoing COVID19 pandemic.  When we heard that The Village Market team was opening a brick and mortar space in Ponce City Market, we were intrigued and excited! Last week, we finally got to check out the new space and catch up with Dr. Key. We wanted to bring you this updated episode just before Christmas, so that The Village Market Retail was at the forefront of your minds as you do some last minute holiday shopping. Without further ado, we’re proud to bring you Dr. Key Hallmon. You can find The Village Market team on social media @thevillagemarketretail. The new store is located on the second floor of Ponce City Market, next to Root Baking Co.
Today, we’re catching up with founder of Fire Maker Brewing, Elliot Hall. We started a series with Fire Maker back in season two called “The Brand is Born” where we planned to follow Elliot and his team from the beginning stages of construction to grand opening. Due to COVID-19 we haven’t been able to finish out the series just yet. We will one day when it’s safe for us all to gather and celebrate together again! But for now, we’re sitting down with Elliot to talk about the experience of opening a brewery just days before the city was shut down and how they’ve navigated and weathered this challenge. Follow the Fire Maker team on Instagram @firemakerbeer! The brewery is open and you can find their weekly hours, specials and more on social media.
Encourage wisdom. That is the personal motto of our guest this week. Casey Ryals, lives in Clermont, Georgia with his wife and three daughters. For the last 11 years, he has managed an insurance agency and started a specialty dump truck business with his brother, called Ryals Bros. The man kind of does it all.  Today we’re going to talk about his latest venture, a self-management book titled “Last to Least”. So many leadership authors are fond of the phrase, “before you can lead others you must learn to lead yourself” but never go in depth on HOW to lead and manage yourself. Today, we talk with Casey about his personal journey to writing the book and how to be the most productive version of ourselves. Follow Casey on Instagram @jcaseyryals for a daily dose of wisdom and more details on the book release! You can also find him on LinkedIn for some great business advice!
Integrity. Accountability. Transparency. Dedication. These are the core values guiding our guests this week. Lawrence Johnson, founder and owner of Helix Cleaning Services, is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan and served in the United States Army for nearly 7 years. The values instilled in him through his service are present in his work and entrepreneurship today.  We sit down with Lawrence and manager of Helix, Andrew Fincham, to discuss the triumphs and challenges they have faced this year, how they plan to continue supporting the Atlanta veterans community and plans to move Helix forward. To book an appointment with Helix, head over to helixcleaningservices.com. Find the team on social media @helixcleaningservicesllc. Make sure to subscribe to Atlanta Born & Brand in Apple Podcasts or wherever you happen to be listening. If you like the show we’d really appreciate a review and a rating. And of course, share it with your friends. Keep up with the show on social media: we’re @atlbornbrand on Instagram and Twitter, and you can also like our Atlanta Born and Brand Facebook page. Finally, you can find all the previous episodes of the show on our website atlborn.com.
It’s no secret that the hospitality industry has been one of the hardest hit throughout this pandemic, and with winter approaching they’re bracing for another challenge. At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael Lennox founded #ATLFamilyMeal, a non-profit with the goal of feeding, as well as providing jobs and resources for the hospitality community.  Restaurants, chefs, food service businesses, community leaders and more have come together to support those experiencing food insecurity and joblessness due to the pandemic. Today, we sit down with Michael to hear how he got his start in the restaurant business and what we all can do to support this incredible industry and “Feed the Fam” through the winter! The hospitality industry and it’s workers are a huge part of what makes Atlanta so great. We want to do all we can to see them through this challenging time, so when this is all over we can gather and celebrate together again. To get involved and donate today, head to atlfamilymeal.org. Then head on over to social media and give them a follow @atl_familymeal to stay up to date on all their latest efforts. Make sure to subscribe to Atlanta Born & Brand in Apple Podcasts or wherever you happen to be listening. If you like the show we’d really appreciate a review and a rating. And of course, share it with your friends. Keep up with the show on social media: we’re @atlbornbrand on Instagram and Twitter, and you can also like our Atlanta Born and Brand Facebook page. Finally, you can find all the previous episodes of the show on our website atlborn.com.
In recent years, Atlanta has become home to the fourth largest tech hub in the country -- Atlanta Tech Village. We’ve been lucky enough these last few seasons to host a few founders of tech companies from ATV and today we have the awesome honor to host another.  SweatPack is an app designed to help you find group workouts and sports leagues in your area. It provides an accountability source as you set new goals to stay active and is an awesome way to stay connected with friends or even make new ones! Today, we’re sitting down with co-founder Umama Kibria to talk about how the coronavirus has impacted SweatPack and her vision for the app moving forward! To stay up to date with Umama, give her a follow on Instagram @smallandstrong.co, then head to sweatpack.co to join a team and check out the app! Make sure to subscribe to Atlanta Born & Brand in Apple Podcasts or wherever you happen to be listening. If you like the show we’d really appreciate a review and a rating. And of course, share it with your friends. Keep up with the show on social media: we’re @atlbornbrand on Instagram and Twitter, and you can also like our Atlanta Born and Brand Facebook page. Finally, you can find all the previous episodes of the show on our website atlborn.com.
Back in 2012, Jesse Grossman was a recent college graduate looking for a way to serve his community and make a few new friends. It was with this idea that Community Bucket, a nonprofit dedicated to building community connections through social volunteering, was born.  Started right here in Atlanta, Community Bucket has now grown to Austin and Denver. Today we sit down with founder, Jesse Grossman, and President of the Board, Jacey Lucus, to hear how they’re helping these communities “Make An Impact Where You Live”. To keep up with the latest from the Community Bucket team and “Make An Impact Where You Live” head to communitybucket.com. Make sure to also give them a follow on social media @communitybucket.
In an urban area, a food desert is defined as a community located more than one mile from a reliable source of fresh produce. There was a time when the community of South Atlanta was home to many neighborhood grocery stores. Sadly those local stores have been pushed out and replaced with large supermarkets, located miles away.  This week we’re talking with Jeff Delp, Director of Economic Development for FCS Ministries. FCS is the team behind Carver Neighborhood Market, one of the only neighborhood groceries stores in South Atlanta. We sit down to talk about how they are hoping to bring food justice to the South Atlanta community through access to fresh produce and other healthy foods. Jeff and the team at Carver Market want to provide access to fresh and healthy foods without changing the South Atlanta community. To find more information about the work they’re doing head to fcsministries.org.
A constant theme with so many of the guests on this show, is that their businesses have been born out of a need within their communities. Who better to find a solution to a need or problem than those directly dealing with the issue themselves? Our guest this week is no different.  Candace Mitchell is the co-founder and CEO of Myavana, an app that combines technology and science to help women through their hair journey. Today we talk with Candace about how she is leading a startup revolution and how her education at Georgia Tech encouraged her to get here. Candace and her team at Myavana are using a combination of artificial intelligence and hair experts to guide women to healthier hair. To give the app a try head to myavana.com and make sure you follow them on social media @myavanahaircare. Make sure to subscribe to Atlanta Born & Brand in Apple Podcasts or wherever you happen to be listening. If you like the show we’d really appreciate a review and a rating. And of course, share it with your friends.
Civic engagement improves our communities. Whether it’s working to get out the vote, campaigning for officials you believe in or volunteering with advocacy groups -- being engaged in your community helps to affect real change. With the Get Empowrd app it’s never been easier to make a difference right in your own neighborhood! This app places democracy right at your fingertips by giving you access to local officials and news. Today, we sit down to talk with Horace Williams, founder and CEO of Empowrd, to hear how he hopes the app will inspire change in local communities across the country. Empowrd’s goal is to inspire civic engagement beyond elections by giving you access to local officials, engagement events and community groups. An update of the app is launching October 12 -- head to the iOS App store or Android App store to download and get involved today.
One of the best parts about doing this show is that we get to learn something new with each guest we bring on. Today’s guest gave us a chance to learn a different side of the food industry, the ~butter~ side you could say. On a trip to France, Drew and Elizabeth McBath became enamored with the small French creameries and how they were selling their butter. The butter was all locally sourced and made, churned right on the very farm the cream came from in many cases.  Inspired by the French, upon returning home the two decided to take the plunge and start churning out their own small batches of slow-cultured butter. In the United States, most of the butter we eat has natural flavorings added to it and there are only a small amount of suppliers. The team at Banner Butter is on a mission to change that, one batch at a time.  You can find Banner Butter throughout the southeast and Texas in your local Whole Foods, Earth Fare and Central Markets. Don’t have one of those shops around? Have no fear, you can also order online at bannerbutter.com.
From the very beginning, we’ve tried to make this podcast about building community. If that’s truly the case, you don’t interview people and forget about them. We think of the people who’ve been on this show like friends, or family even. That being said, when a family member has tough times, you pick them up and when they have a major breakthrough, you celebrate -- and celebrate is what we are here to do today. On September 18th, 2020, Netflix released The American Barbecue Showdown. It’s an 8-episode reality show pitting some of the nation’s best barbecuers against each other in a competition-style format -- and one of the eight was Atlanta's own Rasheed Philips, founder of Philips Barbeque Co. We originally met Rasheed in season two of the show, but we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bring him back for a catchup about this incredible experience. If you haven’t already, you have got to check out The American Barbecue Showdown on Netflix. And check out everything else Rasheed has going on at philipsbarbeque.com. Also, Rasheed is launching his own podcast as well! Search Entro Podcast on your favorite podcast app to find it.
The sad truth is, that in today's economy Black-owned businesses have a shorter lifespan and make far less money than comparable white-owned businesses that provide the exact same service. Our guest today is doing everything in her power to change that! A few weeks back we jumped on a Zoom call to chat with Dr. Key Hallmon, founder and CEO of The Village Market. The Village Market team has coined the phrase, “Support is a verb.” Through various educational and community events, Dr. Key is on a mission to empower Black entrepreneurs and unite her community. Amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, so many small businesses have had to pivot their business plan and The Village Market is no different. To stay up to date and find out how you can get involved, head to thevillagemarketatl.com or follow @thevillagemarketatl on social media!
We are back this week to kick off season four! And what better way to start the season than sitting down to chat with one of the men behind the rainbow umbrella? Today, we’re sitting down with Steven Carse, founder of Atlanta favorite King of Pops. After being laid off from his corporate finance job back in 2009, Steven took a leap of faith and -- inspired by frozen treats he had tasted on his travels through Central America -- started King of Pops. A few months later, his brother Nick joined the team. 10 years on, the pair are still working every day to create UMoHs (Unexpected Moments of Happiness) for the community. To keep up to date on all the latest UMoHs, follow @kingofpops on Instagram or for more information check out kingofpops.com/partners.
We're so excited to announce that season 4 of Atlanta Born & Brand will begin next week! We will continue to introduce you to the stories of the city’s top startups and small business men and women. We can’t wait to see where this new season will take us! Make sure to subscribe to Atlanta Born & Brand in Apple Podcasts or wherever you happen to be listening. If you like the show we’d really appreciate a review and a rating. And of course, share it with your friends. Keep up with the show on social media: we’re @atlbornbrand on Instagram and Twitter, and you can also like our Atlanta Born and Brand Facebook page. Finally, you can find all the previous episodes of the show on our website atlborn.com.
This week we’re catching up with Atlanta Born & Brand Alumni, David Clapper, co-founder of the camping adventure company sCAMPer Van. David was one of our very first guests on the show back in Season One. Today, we talk about the roller coaster ride that has been COVID-19 and how sCAMPer Van has started to see record breaking traffic, as folks look for a safe escape in nature.  To keep up with sCAMPer Van follow them on Instagram @scampervan or head to www.scampervan.com.
Today on the show, we’re catching up with Atlanta Born & Brand Alumni, Krystle Rodriguez. Krystle is the owner, co-founder and boss lady extraordinaire behind Hodgepodge Coffee House. We first spoke with Krystle at the very beginning of March, just as the COVID-19 pandemic was about to pick up steam. Being a traditional brick and mortar store, Hodgepodge has faced some challenges the last few months. But Krystle and her team have found a way to pivot their business and give back to the community at the same time. Without further ado, we proudly present to you, Krystle Rodriguez. To follow Krystle and her team, follow them on Instagram @hodgepodgecoffee or head to their website www.hodgepodgecoffee.com.
Today on the show, we're catching up with Atlanta Born & Brand Alumni, Scott Fuller. Scott is owner of The Studio Temporary, where he uses his graphic design talents to help businesses build a standout brand and identity! We catch up with Scott to hear about a few of his ongoing projects and what we can expect to see from The Studio Temporary in the future. Without further ado, we proudly present to you, Scott Fuller.
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