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Discover what it takes and what it means to think entrepreneurially from thought leaders throughout the St. Louis region. Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore and Christy Maxfield bring to you the best and most experienced trailblazers around to share insights that can unlock your pioneer potential for creativity, innovation and experimentation.

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Joining us today is Lusnail Haberberger, President of LUZCO Technologies, a top-notch electrical engineering consulting firm. Lusnail drew her skills as an Electrical Engineer and seasoned Project Manager for large scale infrastructure projects to deliver best-in-class services and continues to make a name for herself in this modern industry.  In this episode: Lus tells us about coming to the states from Venezuela through an exchange program at 16 years of age. Lus says she realized early on the importance of becoming bi-lingual and says she took her schooling very seriously. Lus says her entrepreneurial spirit was conceived while working on her MBA and feels that entrepreneurial thinking to her means having the courage to not let your fears depict who you are.  Lus explains that upon moving to St. Louis she was contracted by Ameren to provide her consulting expertise. Lus says Ameren gave her the tools she needed such as training programs and incubators to help her launch her business which is by the way the fastest growing businesses in the St. Louis region with 28 employees in just three years' time. Lus talks about how as a business owner, she has had to pivot business procedures during Covid. She says good computers, good technology, and constant contact with her clients has helped her maintain good relations in an effort to keep the business moving forward. Lus tells us what it means to her to be connected to certain entities in an effort to help her maintain business growth and profitability and explains that the Hispanic Chamber has helped her directly in so many ways. In closing, Lus tells us about a few of the challenges she has faced and how she has conquered those challenges.  Learn More:  Email: Website: Company LinkedIn: https:
Joining us today is Michelle Robinson, Owner of DEMIblue natural Nails and Creator of DEMIblue 10-Free Vegan-Friendly Nail Polish line. Michelle has serviced the healthcare and education industries for over 18 years and was inspired to incorporate her research, experience, and love for servicing others by providing healthier manicures and pedicures, through her personal nail polish brand. In this episode: Michelle tells us about being a first-time family college graduate and entrepreneur. Michell explains that education was and still is very important to her and says that she started out wanting to make sure that future students had a proper academic future. As an employee of Vatterott College, Michelle says she was thrust into entrepreneurship when the school closed its doors for good. Michelle started working on her plan in 2017 when her mother was diagnosed with cancer. Michelle says that it wasn't until her Mother's diagnosis, that she realized that cancer-causing toxins are very prevalent in most beauty products. With that, she set out on a mission to create a healthier, non-toxic alternative - born was DEMIblue Natural Nails. Michelle tells us how she developed her formulations, arranged a business plan & partnered with manufacturers in an effort to grow and launch her business. For Michelle, entrepreneurial thinking means taking your passion, creating a business around it, and giving back to the community. Michelle talks about the process of choosing the nail colors and says that every year she hosts an event called "Name that Color" which allows women in the community to select the seasons' colors and to name them. Michelle loves getting the community involved in her business and her brand. Michelle gives advice to new entrepreneurs and says it is key to do the research and use the resources around you to develop a successful brand. She encourages entrepreneurs to ask for help and listen to your followers. Michelle also talks about a few of the challenges she has faced and how she has overcome those challenges. Learn More: Email: Website: Company Facebook:
Joining us today are a power couple, Chavelle and Phillip Sangokoya, of BRAND of St. Louis. Chavelle and Phillip created BRAND of St. Louis to serve as a social enterprise whose mission is to co-create, pilot, and fund innovation that promotes collaboration and equitable wealth building. In this episode: Phillip and Chavelle talk to us about how they moved into the world of entrepreneurship. Chavelle explains that she never really pictured herself as an entrepreneur but happened to fall into the path while helping Phillip with daily operations and problem-solving within his established business.  Phillip says that entrepreneurial thinking to him means exploring the intersection between what the world needs and what you are good at, passionate about, and what there is a market for. Chavelle says that to her, entrepreneurial thinking means embracing failure and being willing to learn along the way.  Phillip explains how BRAND of St. Louis (Business Resource Association for Networking and Development) operates and its mission to help entrepreneurs who need additional assistance getting business loans and getting the financials in order so that they can get their business off to a great start.  Chavelle discusses how BRAND of St. Louis has helped business owners trudge through the PPE Loan process during Covid-19. Chavelle says that BRAND of St. Louis has created a program called The Start-Up League Rewards Program and she explains the benefits of the program.  Phillip says the goal of BRAND of St. Louis is to uplift St. Louis' business ecosystem through a Theory of Change concept which engages the Black and Latinx business community to partner up with win-win partners to create a positive change within the community.  Learn More: Email: Website: Company Facebook: Company Twitter:  BRANDofSTL
Joining us today is Olamide Adeboye, Founder and CEO of Wakava Food and Beverage, an organic health-conscious company that provides a better tasting, healthier food, and herbal drink options using herbs from Africa. Ola is a Nigerian immigrant who utilized St. Louis' Business Community resources to bring his vision to life.  In this episode: Ola shares with us his early start in entrepreneurship with a Blockbuster type business in Nigeria and an export business in India. Ola says he feels he maybe was inspired to be an entrepreneur by his Mother who was an entrepreneur in the foodservice industry.  Ola discusses what brought him to St. Louis (HINT - a girl) and says that entrepreneurially thinking to him means taking the St. Louis entrepreneur to a different level.  Ola explains what Wakava is and tells us about the steps he took to create his business and business plan. Ola says that he owes a lot of his business success to St. Louis' own Square One Program. Ola says his mission and purpose in starting Wakava was to innovate African food and to bring an aesthetic to the brand but also flavors to the palate that Americans may not be accustomed to. Ola goes into detail about how his products are made and what fruits and ingredients are used.  Ola shares with us his advice to other aspiring entrepreneurs. Ola says that networking is of utmost importance and says it is important to surround yourself with like-minded people. Ola highly recommends the Square One Program and urges others to check it out as well.  Learn More: Email: Website: Company  Facebook: https: Company Twitter:
Joining us today is Minerva Lopez, a small business owner, and non-profit Founder. Minerva returned to St. Louis in early 2020, since then she has been deeply involved in identifying, understanding, and successfully applying for small business COVID relief loans and grants. In this episode: Minerva discusses growing up in California and says that she can remember there always being a need for help in business development throughout the Latina community and minority populations, amongst other needs.  Minerva says her passion for community-based programs that focus on making underserved communities a better, more resourceful place to live. Minera says that entrepreneurially thinking to her means being an informative tool for people of all walks of life to become aware of information and to create and lead your business.  Minerva talks about her experiences while owning a soccer apparel store on Cherokee Street.  A big fan of soccer, Minerva knew in her heart, even before the prospect of a professional soccer team was established, that St. Louis was a soccer city. Upon realizing that there was not a store in St. Louis to purchase soccer apparel, she had to open one of her own.  Minerva tells us what she feels would be more impactful for Latina and minority owned businesses in the area.  Minerva tells us what her future holds in the business world. She says she has left her mark on St. Louis and is ready to take her talents to other underserved areas that also need resources and a person with the knowledge that can rise them up. Learn More: Email:
Joining us today is Mena Darre', Owner of Mena Darre' Photography and Video. In 2017, Mena stepped out on faith and quit her teaching job to pursue Mena Darre' full time to focus on professional branding. When Mena is not behind the camera, you can find her in the classroom working with students who have an interest in entrepreneurship and photography.  In this episode: Mena talks about her educational background and explains that she took her time figuring out what career really spoke to her soul. Mena says that it wasn't until some friends pointed out to her how well of a photographer she is that she considered making a career of it. Mena says that entrepreneurially thinking to her means building a life and career that you love and being able to provide opportunities for future generations.  Mena talks about self-identifying as an entrepreneur and recognizing her gifts and talents as an entrepreneur, which in turn manifests itself into a career and impacts the world. Mena says that her customer interactions with clients in the exercise science field helped her with building a good report and business base for her photography business.  Mena tells us how she established her business from its birth to its current state.  Mena says she found herself working with a lot of women, who like her, had a dream of creating a life doing what they love. Mena says it was a no-brainer to lean towards the 'Branding' side of photography in an effort to help those women build their brand and their businesses. Mena goes into detail about a new form of experience she has undertaken that consists of classes and workshops that help entrepreneurs learn the ins and outs of branding a business.  Mena speaks about her love for working with students in the classroom who have an interest in becoming entrepreneurs or photographers.  Learn more: Email: Website: Company Facebook:
Joining us today is Fatimah Muhammad, Managing Director of Apiary @ The Park, a co-working and co-living space located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of St. Louis. Fatimah has had a passion for building communities and self-sufficiency most of her life and continues listening to the community and delivering on her promises, the needs of so many.  In this episode: Fatimah shares with us her many business experiences she has ventured on including one that took her to Africa and the inspiring journeys that followed. Fatimah says that entrepreneurially thinking to her means to follow your path, looking inward for your purpose, listening to yourself, trusting yourself, and to be a problem solver.  Fatimah tells us about her love for the community and building a stronger support system within that community. It was this passion that led her into her most recent venture Apiary @ The Park and what she calls the 'Queen-Bee Hive'. Fatimah explains the importance of getting organized and getting to know the people in the community. She says with the help of other concerned residents, she started a neighborhood Association. Upon forming the association, and listening to the people, Fatimah came to the conclusion that the neighborhood needed a space that would speak to the culture of black and brown entrepreneurs, freelancers, and small businesses.  Fatimah discusses affirmations and supportive feedback she has received. Fatimah says she is following her lifes' purpose and feels inspired by the outpouring of love.  Fatimah talks about how the build and design is coming along and discusses Covid-19 prep and gives advice to others looking to be engaged with the community.  Learn More: Email: Website: Company Facebook:
Joining us today is Sara Stock, Founder and Managing Partner of Stock Legal and a sponsor of the Entrepreneurially Thinking Podcast. As a Corporate Attorney, Sara advises her clients in all aspects of the business lifecycle including entity formation, financing, general business matters, scaling, and mergers and acquisitions.  In this episode: Sarah talks about growing up in the midst of the family business that was run out of her childhood home. Through the ups and downs of business, Sara recalls wanting to be a trusted advisor when she grew up much like the advisors her parents relied upon.  Sara discusses the multitude of emotions that come with being a female entrepreneur. Sara says that fear is a huge factor when starting a business or becoming an entrepreneur but you must push past the fear and believe that when you jump, a net will appear.  Sara tells us about her concept of building a competitive advantage by getting out of the "office" and getting to know all of the like-minded service providers in the market. In doing so, Sara says that she has had lunch, dinner, drinks, or coffee with over 4000 people.  Sarah talks about how during the downtime presented by COVID, she and her team have turned to look inward at the company in an effort to improve on everyday business processes.    Sara shares with us her thoughts on entrepreneurship and life lessons. Sara says that to her, entrepreneurially thinking means to think independently, creatively, and strategically and then to have the courage and vulnerability to put that out into the world.   Learn More:  Email: Company Website:  Company Facebook: Company LinkedIn:
Joining us today is Jeanet Wade, Managing Partner and Certified EOS Implementer of Business Alchemist. As a Certified EOS Implementer, Jeanet has helped businesses struggling with complexity and leadership alignment to be focused as a team on outcome achievement. An entrepreneur for 20 years, Jeanet loves helping companies implement strategic growth initiatives.    In this episode:  Jeanet tells us about her early years in her career in innovation and the many fun projects she took on. Jeanet says entrepreneurially thinking to her means to become fascinated by people because people are the common denominator between whether you fail or succeed.   Jeanet explains what compelled her to leave corporate life in order to venture out on her own journey of entrepreneurship. Jeanet says her specialty lies in the execution of helping companies achieve revenue through product and service development, pricing and placement, or through promotion strategies.   Jeanet explains what EOS (Entrepreneurial Operating System) is and fills us in on her pivot from marketing to a Certified EOS implementer.   Jeanet tells us what it means to implement EOS and the strategies she uses with the clients she works with. She says that dealing with people in the industry inspired her to write her book The Human Team. Jeanet says that in the last 7 years she has facilitated 438 full day, off-site leadership team sessions to help companies to align the Vision, get traction on that vision, and become a cohesive healthy team.   Jeanet says her book The Human Team covers the 6 facts of human needs from the human team and says that she has been approached to write other books regarding needs in other aspects in life such as relationships.   Learn More:  Email:  Website:
Joining us today is Katie Silversmith, Founding Partner of ThriveCo, a personalized co-working space located in Clayton, MO. Entrepreneurship and a passion for helping others have been in Katie's blood since childhood. Katie completed her Masters' of Social Work at Washington University, St. Louis, and in 2018, Katie and her husband Alex opened ThriveCo with one goal in mind - To help small businesses succeed.   In this episode: Katie tells us about growing up in St. Louis and fills us in on some of her earliest business ventures. Katie says as a child, she loved making and inventing and spent a lot of time selling those things door-to-door. Katie says that entrepreneurially thinking to her means having a 'the shy is the limit' mentality. Katie speaks of her lifelong passion for helping others through operations and building communities. Katie explains how ThriveCo works and who she intends to help through having a place for small businesses and entrepreneurs to connect with each other. Katie says that ThriveCo offers a unique 'wrap-around' model service that no other co-working space in St. Louis offers. Katie talks about how Covid-19 has had an impact on ThriveCo. Katie says that the space has remained open through COVID and that she enjoys giving her tenants advice on how to succeed even in the hardest of times. Katie gives us advice on her take on entrepreneurship and says it's important to get out of your own way and to connect with other small businesses and entrepreneurs on social media. Learn More: Email: Website: Company Facebook: Company LinkedIn:
Joining us today is Patrice Johnson, Owner of Patrice J. Bridal, St. Louis' first black-owned bridal retailer. Patrice has over 15 years of sewing experience and creating classic and timeless dresses for weddings, special occasions, and prom for women of all sizes and curves. Patrice says, "Fit is Key" and loves pattern making, drafting, draping, and making even the most curvaceous women feel great on their special day.    In this episode:   Patrice explains that hurricane Katrina forced her out of New Orleans and straight to St. Louis, Missouri. Patrice states that She learned at an early age how to sew and has always had an eye for fashion. Patrice says that entrepreneurially thinking to her means being able to design the life of your dreams.   Patrice talks about forming a relationship with her bridal clients that she works with and the importance of those relationships in order to keep your business performing at its best.   Patrice tells us how she conceived the bridal shop concept, built the business and how she conceived her product line.   Patrice discusses bridal trends. She explains that COVID has really put a limit on event planning and explains what a micro-wedding is. Patrice talks about making right for her clients that had put deposits down on prom dresses and wedding dresses once COVID took over.    Patrice tells us about a new business venture she is starting which consists of a sewing academy that will train future bridal designers. Patrice reflects on being a serial entrepreneur and gives advice such as never quitting and always learning from your mistakes.   Learn More: Email: Company Website: Company Facebook: Company Instagram:
Joining us today is Andre Holman, Production Manager of STL-TV and Creator of MINE, YOUR Biz Networking Events. Andre is an experienced Production Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the government relations industry, Nonprofit organizations, Sales, Event Management, Team Building, and Media Relations. Andre carries a Bachelor's Degree focused on Communications-Electronic Media/Broadcasting from Missouri State University. In this episode: Andre tells us about growing up in St.Louis and how a shocking change in schools turned his interest towards TV and TV production. Andre says that entrepreneurially thinking to him means being a 'super-connector' and says he enjoys connecting people and loves seeing others shine when given the opportunity to do so.  Andre talks about finding balance in television coverage in a way that caters to not just one community but all communities and their needs. Andre and his team then took a look at those needs and branded STL-TV as a channel that airs many different topics that would engage a wide audience.  Andre tells us about his most recent business venture called MINE, YOUR Biz Networking Events. Andre felt the need to create an event and a space where entrepreneurs or future entrepreneurs could come and have a dialogue with other business owners.  Andre explains how he plans to continue his MINE, YOUR Biz Networking events in the midst of COVID. Andre has a plan to gather top young professionals and connect them through zoom networking events.  Andre gives some advice to entrepreneurs and says to set yourself apart from the others and find what it is that you do really well - and that you love and stick to that.  Learn More: Email: Company Website:
Joining us today are Steve Ewing and Danni Eickenhorst of Steve's Hotdogs. Steve is a longtime musician and owner of Steve's Hotdogs located in the Tower Grove East neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri. Steve, the lead singer for The Urge, started his business as a hotdog cart in 2008 after realizing St. Louis lacked a place that served fun food before and after live music shows. It didn't take long for St.Louisans' to realize that Steve's culinary creativity was worth coming out for all on its own. The accolades and business growth soon followed.    In this episode:  Steve and Danni discuss their early journeys into entrepreneurship, Steve with The Urge and Danni in Freelance work.   Steve fills us in on how the concept of Steve's Hotdogs came to be. He explains that while playing many of the Urge Shows, He noticed that there was a lack of food to be found outside the music venues - Steve's Hot Dog cart was born. Steve says that entrepreneurially thinking to him means being creative, finding partnership and putting your ideas into play.   Steve talks about the challenges he faced while trying to get the proper permits and licenses to sell food within different municipalities.   Danni explains how their business relationship formed with Steve's Hotdogs and talks about the importance of having the right team to make a business successful. Danni says that entrepreneurially thinking to her means always looking for new ways to serve people and to fulfill their needs.    Steve talks about the love that the community gave them when they announced that Steve's Hotdogs had to close up shop. Danni tells us about how the local community rallied together in an effort to keep Steve's Hotdogs a neighborhood staple.   Steve talks about the current momentum building around his business and talks a bit about what the future holds.   Learn More:   Email:  Company Website:
Joining us today is Jeffrey Blair, Co-Owner of Eyeseeme African American Children's Bookstore. Jeffrey and his wife Pam opened their brick and mortar store 5 years ago based upon their own experience raising their children and finding it is difficult to find black children's literature. Jeffrey believes that education starts with self and says that he has seen first-hand how the reflective images in a book can resonate with African American children. In this episode: Jeffrey talks about his career in law and what experiences made him transition to be an entrepreneur in a different field. Jeffrey explains his life long passion of being involved in youth programs. Jeffrey says that entrepreneurially thinking to him, means solving problems.  Jeffrey goes into detail about the tipping point for him and his wife when it came to their children's schooling and the lack of children's books that included African American culture and history.  Jeffrey explains how his legal and tech background and his wife's banking background helped in setting up and maintaining the business.  Jeffrey talks about the many different avenues Eyeseeme Bookstore is able to market and sell their African American children's literature.  Jeffrey tells us about the many challenges they faced while operating the business and gives us his take on the government-issued SBA assistance during Covid-19.  Learn More: Email: Website: Company Facebook:
Joining us today is Johnnica Bolden, Owner of J Star Construction and COO of iJustOrder. Johnnica comes from a family of entrepreneurs, her Grandfather being her driving force. While helping her Grandfather, Johnnica learned everything from filing papers to learn how to process payroll and billing to bidding on contracts. With this vast experience and a love for the business, Johnnica knew that being an entrepreneur herself was a must! In this episode: Johnnica fills us in on her family entrepreneurship background and how she got her start as a business owner. Johnnica says that entrepreneurially thinking to her means thinking differently from the rest of the world and making your vision come to reality even if it means taking risks.  Johnnica tells us about her role as the owner of J Star Construction and how that came to be. She also discusses how she runs the North County, St. Louis business from Dallas, Texas.  Johnnica tells us about her newest business venture which is an app called ijustorder. She explains that iJustOrder is an app on your phone that allows spectators at arena or stadium events to order food or merchandise without ever having to leave their seats.  Johnnica shares with us her reflections on being an entrepreneur and how she has taken on her numerous roles. She explains that the tech business is much faster paced than the construction business and the challenges she faces while trying to keep up with her counterpart.  Johnnica discusses how iJustOrder is working on developing a COVID-proof version of the app that ensures all state-mandated safety regulations are followed and that their employees stay safe as well.  Learn More: Email: Website: Company Facebook:
Joining us today is Zach McGee, Founder, and CEO of Black Brew Tea, a specialty tea company that blends tisanes and teas to make great tasting herbal products. Zach comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and believes "you are what you drink". Zach was inspired to develop a bottled beverage as a way to set black brew tea apart in the market.  In this episode: Zach explains how Black Brew Tea came to be and talks 'Tea Community' jargon. Once a hobby to Zach, Tea Blends, and the science behind it came naturally to Zach so friends convinced him to make his blends available in the retail market. Zach says entrepreneurially thinking to him means putting the right things into your body and putting positive vibes out into the world.  Zach discusses some future business projects and fills us in on where Black Brew Teas are available locally. Zach tells us about a product of his that helps with viruses that can brew in your lungs.  Zach tells us how his process of creating and making Black Brew Teas happen. As a seasoned Herbalist, Zach has educated himself on 72 herbs, all of which contain healing properties. Black Brew Tea currently offers 22 teas and 'herbal palmers' in flavors such as Honey-Pot, Beehive, Hibiscus Healer, and Vibe Drink. Zach says that St. Louis has given Black Brew Tea a lot of love and support. He explains that sometimes as an entrepreneur you can get caught up in your own mind and hearing how much consumers love his product helps move him out of his head and able to move forward.  Zach tells us where Black Brew Tea is made and packaged and explains the challenges he sometimes faces with delayed order fulfillment due to delays in shipping especially now with COVID.  Learn More: Email: Company Website: Company Facebook:
Joining us today is Kristy Jackson, serial entrepreneur and CEO of DK Solutions Creative Consulting, a firm that offers business inspirational coaching and marketing/media resources. Kristy is also the co-founder of the social synergy project and has been identified as a community connector and a strong advocate for closing the diversity gap in the St. Louis start-up community.  In this episode: Kristy talks about the need to shift and pivot in these unsure times as a way to keep her business sustainable. She talks about leaving the field of education after 20 years in order to take DK Solutions to the next level of profitability. Kristy says that entrepreneurially thinking to her means to think and see differently.  Kristy discusses how DK Solutions found a new niche of customers in response to Covid-19. She says that a customer asked if DK Solutions could use their expertise to provide a live taping of a memorial service so that loved ones who could not be present in person could also attend in spirit through video. Streaming of memorial services has become a huge profit strategy that without COVID may not have been thought of.  Kristy tells us about some amazing projects that DK Solutions is working on such as innovative ways to tell stories and collaboration projects with smaller groups. She also talks about the many ways DK Solutions helps other small business owners stay on track with workshops and on other media platforms. She speaks in volumes about her venture titled Bizperation and what attendees can expect.  Kristy fills us in on her book titled 'Girlfriends and God'. Kristy says that she has always been a natural leader and the book is one that follows her entrepreneurship journey. Being an author to Kristy means helping others to become the best entrepreneur that they can be. Kristy tells us that her newest book, titled 'Dream, Synch, Launch', is a high-level view of entrepreneurship so that you can enter it with preparation.  Learn More: Email: Company Website: Company Facebook:
Joining us today is Andrew Dearing, a geospatial entrepreneur and GeoFutures Initiative Project Lead for Spatial STL Advisors. Prior to joining Spatial STL, Andy was the CEO of boundless Spatial where he led the organization in over 200% growth in a 2-year period. Andy serves as an advisor to St. Louis University's GEOSLU program, he is on the advisory board for St. Louis T-Rex/GeoSaurus Innovation Center as well as serves as a co-chair for the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. In this episode: Andrew talks about growing up in a small town on a farm and how his college roommate piqued his interest in spatial technologies, which ultimately caused him to switch his major from Pre-Med to Aviation. Andrew says that Entrepreneurially Thinking means to him is thinking about something completely different and taking that leap and risk, being very passionate about something that you feel needs to be better and putting 100% of your energy into that something. Andrew defines what the geospatial industry is and how geospatial plays a large part in St. Louis communities. Andrew explains that geospatial efforts help with so many things from business development and asset allocation to consumer behavior. Andrew discusses Covid-19 and how geospatial technologies in other countries were used to track, identify and locate where a person had been in the country and decide if they were a risk to others. Andrew also explains security and privacy issues that can be brought about by geospatial technology. Andrew talks about St. Louis' very own geo-future and what the geospatial industry has in store for not only regional advancement but for job opportunities. Andrew tells us about being an entrepreneur and raising capital and the challenges he faced when explaining to institutional investors what the geospatial industry was/is and what the potential was/is. Learn More: Email: LinkedIn:
Joining us today are Dan Schaefer and Pat Barron, Founders of Native Pet, a pet food and nutrition company that makes organic, highly effective and limited ingredient pet supplements for cats and dogs. Pat and Dan are St. Louis natives, friends and passionate pet parents who were discouraged by the declining health of U.S. pets with more pets suffering from obesity, extensive health issues and shorter life spans.  In this episode:  Dan explains the long-running friendship that he and Pat have shared and explains that they were bouncing business ideas off each other, long before Native Pet was born. Dan tells us how the concept of Native Pet came to be and says that as first-time pet owners, they became very conscious consumers and realized that the marketing of a healthy pet product didn't exactly meet up with the product ingredient list. Dan says that entrepreneurially thinking to him means shining the light on the hardworking, most interesting people in business which are the entrepreneurs in the community.   Dan talks about the evolution of Native Pet. He explains the importance of having a 'clean' food for pets and also says that instead of spending a lot of time developing the product, first, they decided to test the brand. Dan explains how they went about with their research to make that part of the phase happen.   Pat discusses his ornate skills in market research and his ability to dig deep into the bowels of the internet in an effort to build knowledge necessary for the market of 'clean' eating organic-based pet foods. Pat says that entrepreneurially thinking to him means local support for the small business community.   Pat explains what a 'clean label' food means and tells us about Native Pet's product line and what types of products are available for your pets' individual needs. Pat says he hopes that Native Pet is the leader in functional nutrition for pets and wants to become a trusted brand.   Dan talks about the importance of making Native Pet a sustainable business and tells us about how friends, family and a few angel investors helped as well as getting involved with Leap Venture Studio, hosted by Mars Petcare, RGA Venture and Nicholson Found Animal Foundation all which landed them the opportunity to be involved in an effort that included a $200,000 investment in Native Pet and a 12-week business mentorship.   Learn more:  Email:  Company Website:    Company Facebook:
Joining us today is Reshaunda Thornton, Founder of Better Vessel Nutrition. Reshaunda is a competent dietician and nutrition expert, a TedX and wellness speaker, consultant and author. Reshaunda prides herself on building a bridge between the desire to live healthy and to feel confident in one breathe as she aligns the connection of nutrition to life, where they can live together and be a better representation of self and purpose. In this episode: Reshaunda tells us about moving to St. Louis from Houston, Texas twelve years ago to attend St. Louis University in their graduate program. Upon completing her studies in dietetics, Reshaunda realized she wanted to help people live healthier lives and says entrepreneurially thinking to her means recognizing you've got one life to live and how important it is to decide how to live that life. Reshaunda enlightens us on the difference between a dietician and a nutritionist. She says that both are great, however, a nutritionist is food-focused practice and does not require a regulatory degree and a dietician is a regulated healthcare professional with a license to access, diagnose and treat nutritional problems. Reshaunda says her private practice allows her to help people meet halfway with their nutrition so they can learn a different way to interact with food and how to change perspective on living healthier and living a happier life as well. Reshaunda talks about how she manifests change as an entrepreneur. She says that in having her private practice and working with clients, she has recognized the things she has learned from them and is taking that and then turning around and helping even more people. This led her to authoring a book titled 'Play to Win the Food Fight'. Reshaunda says she loves to follow her passion of nutrition and helping others find happiness. She tells us about her podcast and live speaking engagements including her TedX Talk. As an entrepreneur, Reshaunda is always looking for new ideas to expand her business and says she is looking forward to starting workshops on a corporate level. Learn More: Email: Website: Company Facebook:
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