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  • Joining us today is Sucheta Bhide, Owner of The Resplendent Crow, a small business located in University City. Missouri that refinishes vintage furniture in glossy paint and lacquer. Sucheta is a dynamic entrepreneurial leader with a proven record of achievement and she demonstrates success in leading a franchise with sales close to 1 million dollars while maintaining over 96% customer satisfaction.  In this episode: Cheryl Watkins-Moore gives us an update on REAL Cannabis Company and the intense application process they have just undergone in order to get a permit to manufacture, distribute, and infuse cannabis.  Also in this episode: Sucheta explains that she moved to the United States from India in 1997. She talks about going to Washington University, St. Louis as an adult and once she qualified to legally hold full-time employment she started in retail. She tells us how The Resplendent Crow was birthed and says that entrepreneurially thinking to her means chasing your dreams and going after them hard.  Sucheta talks about what media outlets she uses to promote her pieces. She started by using ETSY and now uses Instagram, Facebook and many other avenues for her business. She also tells us where the name The Resplendent Crow came from.  Sucheta talks about the day to day task of running the business and how she makes working with her husband, who is by chance a cabinet maker by trade, an asset not a hindrance.  Sucheta talks about where she sees The Resplendent Crow in the future. She talks about the things her customers are asking for and how her team strives on a daily basis to make sure the demands are met.    Learn More: Email Website:  Facebook: Instagram: https;//www/

  • Joining us today is Dr. Cheryl Watkins- Moore, Co-Owner and Chief Marketing Officer of REAL Cannabis Company. REAL Cannabis Co. hopes to put their locations in a predominately minority communities in the St. Louis region and hire in those areas. Cheryl says she is encouraged that this strategy should boost its application, which seeks licenses for 5 dispensaries as well as a cultivation and processing center.  In this episode: Cheryl tells us what REAL Cannabis Company hopes to do in the future and explains not only how the process came about but how they raised capital and even had folks wanting to give them more than they were needing when it came down to it.  Cheryl talks about the intricate and exhausting process of obtaining a cannabis license in the State of Missouri. The first hurdle was to get the cannabis amendment passed. The second hurdle was the tedious task of filling out and writing the applications.  Cheryl tells us about the 'capped market' structured around the application process. The State of Missouri only allowed applications for 60 cultivation centers, 80 manufacturing centers, and 194 dispensaries in total. Cheryl talks about the future of REAL Cannabis Company and she shares with us how she manages her busy life schedule from family to entrepreneurship.  Learn More: Email: Company Website:

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  • This week we are re-airing our interview with Derek Mays of REAL Cannabis Company and John Payne of Amendment 2 Consultants. You may recall that Cheryl is working with Derek to launch its vertically integrated medical cannabis venture. Next week will feature Christy’s conversation with Cheryl about what it means to build a new business in an emerging market. In the following weeks be sure to listen for the REAL Cannabis in Real-Time in-show mini-series chronicling Cheryl’s adventures in entrepreneurship.  REAL Cannabis Company is a St. Louis based group that seeks to open combined cannabis cultivation, manufacturing and dispensing facility. John Payne is Co-Founder of Amendment 2 Consultants which pioneered Missouri's new approach by leading the campaign for medical marijuana in Missouri.  In this episode: Derek talks about what motivated him to leap into the field of cannabis amendment support and business development. Derek talks about the lack of access to capital for minority entrepreneurs and how he felt the need to use his skill sets to change that in the cannabis industry. John discusses regulatory requirements to apply for a cannabis license in Missouri.  John tells us what needs to be taken into account when entering the cannabis industry. Derek describes all of the different stages of cannabis distribution. John reviews Amendment 2, recently put forth in legislation.   Learn More: Email: Derek Mays - John Payne -   Company Website: REAL Cannabis Co. - Amendment 2 Consultants:   We pioneered Missouri's new approach by leading the campaign for medical marijuana in Missouri.

  • In this episode we're actually highlighting four amazing female entrepreneurs: Episode 9.8 — Psyche Southwell | Economy Of Style Episode 6.11 — Reine Bayoc | Love and Magic and Purpose and Business Episode 11.8 — Rachel D’Souza Siebert | Gladiator Consulting Episode 10.1 — Lisa Hu | Lux & Nyx Each of whom has a very different business but shares her thoughts on what it means to grow up with different expectations of success, how they've redefined those expectations and what success means to them. How the following their passions, embracing new identities and in some cases being a mom and an entrepreneur. But kids or no kids, being a working woman full-time, managing life and family of all shapes and sizes takes a lot and so we're really excited to highlight a few really powerful clips from our conversations with each of these women and if you find them as powerful as we did you can go and listen to the whole interview because those are pretty awesome conversations themselves.

  • Joining us today is Michael Dehn Breault, CEO of Gibson & Dehn. In 2017, Michael launched the namesake home fragrance brand Gibson & Dehn, building on his family’s entrepreneurial history in the floral and design business. As a 5th generation business owner, Michael brings over 125 years of family experience in botanicals, scent development and business acumen to his role as CEO. In this episode: Michael tells us about a long line of entrepreneurs in his family starting with his great-great grandparents who emigrated from Europe in 1892 and opened one of the first flower shops in the country in Saratoga Springs, NY. From his early experience in the family business and up-bringing in rural NY to international corporate executive roles, Michael shares how he made the transition to Founder and CEO. He says that Entrepreneurially Thinking to him means the opportunity to make a difference in business and in peoples’ lives through commerce and he explains how his collaboration with two nuns making candles on Long Island lead him to locate his production facility in Clarksville, MO (population ~420) where he's created jobs and supply chain partnerships, while actively working to bridge the urban/rural divide and supporting survivors of human trafficking. Michael shares how his hands-on approach and focus on building business relationships at a human scale allow him to scale globally and create exceptional experiences for wholesale and retail customers through a distinctive home fragrance brand. From placing candle wicks alongside employees and scrambling to relocate operations up hill when the Mississippi flooded the production facility to finding local craftspeople to create wooden candle lids, Michael reflects on what it means to build a business with intention, with an eye on opportunity and a willingness to invest in people who are willing to experiment and quickly learn from mistakes. Learn More: Email: Company Website: Facebook: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gibsonanddehn

  • Joining us today is Cbabi Bayoc, an internationally known Visual Artist and Illustrator. Cbabi's subjects include family, children, music and much more all designed with line, bold color and phunk. Cbabi is the creator of a project titled '365 Days with Dad', a journey that paints a positive image of black fatherhood. Cbabi spends his time working on a variety of projects including community murals, school murals, children's books, illustrations and is always up for a new challenge. In this episode: Cbabi discusses how art became his passion and how that continues to evolve through his everyday life. He talks about how he went from being commissioned to do an art piece for a local company to working in an art gallery in Union Station to doing caricatures at Six Flags to now being a known internationally as an Artist. Entrepreneurially Thinking to Cbabi means authentically sharing himself with the world. Cbabi talks about preparedness and how experience has played a large role in his efforts to further his portfolio which has allowed him to go on and be a Seminole Artist while at the same time picking up on the "entrepreneurial language". Cbabi discusses his project titled '365 Days with Dad' and he also talks about how the artist Prince contacted Cbabi to do album artwork for his 28th album titled 'The Rainbow Children' in 2001. Cbabi tells us how his work has now also shifted to murals and cultural representation with the school communities. Cbabi says he loves to talk with the children at the schools where he is commissioned to do murals; he hopes that they can see with their own eyes that if you have a dream to be an artist or an entrepreneur and you follow that dream, it can come true. Learn More: Email: cbabibayoc@gmail.com Website: http://cbabi.bigcartel.com Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cbabibayocoriginals Personal Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cbabibayoc

  • Joining us today is Lakesha Mathis, Director of Inclusive Business Solutions for the St. Louis Regional Chamber. Lakesha is a practiced Business Consultant with demonstrated history of developing and implementing operational excellence focused growth strategies. Lakesha is skilled in Non-Profit Organizational Management, Budgeting, Strategic Planning, Policy Analysis, Team Building, and Program Development.  In this episode:   Lakesha explains how her role as Director of Inclusive Business Solutions is helping minority-owned businesses as well as women business owners to identify and implement strategies that move their businesses in a forward direction. Lakeshas' idea of entrepreneurially thinking means to build up the community.  Lakesha discusses the challenges that many minority business owners face such as steep learning curves and the lack of knowledge of how to get the right things done. Lakesha talks about the mental preparedness you must have when going into business and when creating a profitability strategy. These things include asking yourself, "What do I want"?, "When do I want it"? and "What am I willing to give up to get it"? Lakesha tells us about a few of her most favorite success stories of minority business owners she has worked with and she explains why it is important to not skimp on the marketing of your business.  Learn more: Email: Website:

  • Joining us today is Marissa Paine, Founder of Painefree Coaching & Consulting. Marissa started Painefree in 2012 as a vehicle for living out her life’s purpose, which is to inspire and support other leaders in realizing their full potential. Marissa Paine and her dynamic team are passionate about serving you and helping you become your best you!  In this episode: Marissa talks about the launch of the new brand “Marissa Q. Paine” and reasoning for it, plus putting all the services offered under that umbrella & being a “culture shifter.”  Marissa talks about taking a pause from the work she is good at doing with Painefree Coaching & Consulting but not finding the joy in it anymore and get back to self-care habits.  Marissa speaks about 25 years of marriage and the next chapters on the home front and shifting of roles of each partner in the marriage.  Marissa explains how “shifts” open things for transformation and then allows change to happen.  Marissa shares about the new media platforms on the horizon for “Marissa Q. Paine” and importance of vision boarding.  Learn More:  Email:  Website:  Linkedin:  Twitter:  https:twitter.com/Painefreegroup  Facebook:   

  • Joining us today is Tami Lange, CEO and Founder of Save the Girls Touchscreen Purses! Tami is a resident of Edwardsville, she is married and has 5 wonderful children as well as 3 dogs and a plethora of cats.  Simply put, Tami was fed up! In one week, both of her daughters had mishaps with their phones. One had lost it on a hike and the other sent her phone into the washing machine abyss, by accident of course. Tami’s sister in law suggested the girls carry their phones in their undergarments (bra) to avoid any future mishaps. That just didn’t seem like the solution either. This drove the inner entrepreneur in Tami to the drawing board. It didn’t take her long to come up with the PERFECT solution. Tami created a one of a kind purse that not only carries credit cards, license and our cheaters, but it also has a clear backing pouch that your phone slides into that allows you to fully operate your phone without ever having to take it out of your purse.  Just when you thought this concept couldn’t get any better, it does!!! Save the Girls organization, donates 10% of their profits to breast cancer research. In this episode: – Where the purses are manufactured – The products that are used in the making of her purses – Steps Tami took in researching the companies that would manufacture her product – The different styles of the purses she has in her line – What’s in the works for the future? – How Tami promotes her product – Where we can find out more and buy her purses – Why did Tami choose to give a portion of her profits to breast cancer research? Email:  Website:  Facebook:  Instagram: ‘s

  • ETHINKSTL 153: Khalia Collier |  St. Louis Surge 18 December 2019 Joining us today is Khalia Collier, Owner and General Manager of the St. Louis Surge, a women's professional basketball team that plays all home games at Washington University, St. Louis. As the Owner and General Manager of the St. Louis Surge, Khalia has taken on the challenge of building the first sustainable women's professional franchise. A St. Louis native with a deep commitment to the city, Khalia is taking the city by surge!   In this episode:   Khalia tells us about how entrepreneurship not only runs in her family but also how she got her start as an entrepreneur at an early age, from selling things door-to-door and cold calling to selling cars for Plaza Motors just to name a few to start with. For Khalia, entrepreneurially thinking means to her, creating a vision that you can scan. Khalia explains how she purchased a professional women's basketball team at 23 years old. She talks about the fact that she is fortunate to have the love and support of family and friends as well as the community and the lessons she has learned in the 8 years as owner of the team. Khalia talks about the trials and tribulations of building a brand from scratch. This includes raising attendance records from 50 fans in the beginning to a now record amount per game of 3000, to earning broadcasting rights and sponsorship dollars, along with being more entrenched in the community. Khalia discusses the importance of women investing in women and the struggles women face in business lending and funding ventures. Learn More: Email: khalia.collier@stlsurgebasketball.com Website: http://stlsurgebasketball.com Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/stlsurgebasketball Personal LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/khalia-collier-a7b23240

  • Dec 11, 2019 ETHINKSTL 152: Janna Westbrook | Provider Pool [Season 12, Episode 8]  Joining us today is Janna Westbrook, Founder, and CEO of Provider Pool, an online labor marketplace created for the healthcare industry. Janna is a Registered Nurse and is fueled by her passion for healthcare. She has dedicated her efforts to tackle challenges within the industry.  In this episode: Janna talks about her early years of nursing and her concerns with the 'old ways' of nursing technologies as well as her frustration with nurse staffing issues which prompted her inner entrepreneur to start Provider Pool.  Janna talks about inviting a co-worker to join her on her new adventure and the process of immersing themselves in the start-up world and how St. Louis' own T-Rex became a home and a family for their new business.  Janna explains how Provider Pool streamlines staffing models in healthcare organizations while appealing to the modern-day Nurse. The Provider Pool platform algorithmically matches hospitals to their ideal nursing professional on-demand, virtually creating an 'UBER for Nurses' concept.  Janna discusses the Midwest product 'road map' and how Provider Pool is filling nursing needs in the  Midwest region.  Learn More: Company Website: Company Facebook: Company Instagram:

  • Dec 4, 2019 ETHINKSTL 151: Jeff and Randy Vines | STL - Style [Season 12, Episode 7]  Joining us today are Jeff and Randy Vines, Creators and Owners of STL-Style. Jeff and Randy are identical twins who have a fierce love for everything STL. Together, the two have created STL-Style, A St. Louis inspired graphic design and apparel company that has been featured in publications such as The New York Times and Fast Company. In this episode: Jeff and Randy tell us about how a hobby and a love for city nostalgia turned into a full-time business venture that went from screen printing shirts on a friends kitchen table to a now -much larger scale screen printing operation in their shop located on Cherokee Street on St. Louis' South Side of town. Jeff and Randy talk about getting involved with civic affairs such as historic preservation and urban advocacy. With much support from St. Louis Contemporaries, this caught the attention of The New York Times in 2008. Jeff and Randy discuss the term entrepreneurship and what entrepreneurship means to each of them. They explain the importance of being employers and how their love for the city of St. Louis has sparked a new revolution in making St. Louis a little brighter on the map. Learn More: Email: info@stl-style.com Website: http://www.stl-style.com Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/STylehouseSTL Company Twitter: https://twitter.com/STLstyle

  • ETHINKSTL 150: Keisha Mabry |heyFRIEND! [Season 12, Episode 6]  Joining us today for our 150th episode is Keisha Mabry, Founder of heyFRIEND!, a platform that teaches people how to build authentic relationships. Keisha believes that by connecting people to people and people to resources she can increase movements, access, communication, and progress to get the right people in the right seats to end inequality. She is on a mission to change the world one connection at a time. In this episode:  Keisha shares how, after leaving positions at Dot Foods and KIPP, she joined College Bound to manage their technology portfolio. As part of her mission to cultivate strategic partnerships with funders, innovators, techies, and educators to increase college access for under-resourced communities she met 100 people in 100 days – laying the groundwork for what would become the premise behind her book, heyFRIEND! Today, Keisha is an author, national speaker, creator of the Friendworking method and host of the mastHerclass event.  From intrapreneurship to entrepreneurship, Keisha shares her perspectives on what it means to think entrepreneurially.   Keisha tells us about how in 2016 she embarked on a journey to know herself as a way of finding her place and living into her authentic self, including how she used numerous assessments to hone her abilities, strengths, and passions.  Keisha talks about her personal mission, as a millennial woman of color, to help others build networks and connections, bridging the gap between the online and offline world and her efforts to highlight women of color by creating a speaking platform.   Learn more:  Email: keisha@keishamabry.com  Website: Company Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FriendKeisha  Company LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/keishamabry

  • ETHINKSTL 149: Britany Sarhage | Rudy’s Flower Truck Joining us today is B​rittany Sarhage​, Founder of Rudy's Flower Truck. Brittany felt the need to make flowers more accessible to the community by creating a unique flower buying experience. After more than a decade of dreaming, Rudy's Flower Truck can be found all over town.  In this episode:​ Brittany talks about how "click bait" sparked an idea within her to start a mobile business that would bring floral's to the community. Brittany jumped into action by first purchasing a Vintage 1958 FC170 Jeep Truck. Brittany talks about the need and the excitement of building a unique shopping "experience" by teaming up with other small business owners such as one of a kind clothing boutiques and coffee shops.  Brittany discusses some of the challenges she faced in starting a mobile flower truck such as maintenance of the vintage 'mobile' part of the business, geographics and placement plans of the truck and of course financials.  Brittany talks about getting creative with her business and the techniques she uses to "stand-out" in the world of flower design, mobile delivery, and special occasion floral design.  Learn More:​ Email: hello@rudysflowertruck.com Website: Company Facebook:

  • ETHINKSTL 148: Charli Cooksey | WePower  [Season 12, Episode 4]  Joining us today is C​harli Cooksey​, Founder, and CEO of WEPOWER STL, Executive Director of Inspire STL and the Interim Executive Director of Forward Through Ferguson. Charli is a firm believer that a different St. Louis requires a different kind of leadership. In this episode:​ Charli talks about coming from a long family line of artists and shares her opinion on the similarities between arts and entrepreneurship as well as creativity and believing in things you can't see tangibly then taking that vision to make it tangible.  Charli discusses how she merged entrepreneurship and social injustice through Inspire STL and her newest venture WEPOWER STL. Charlie says she felt the need to introduce the concept of positive performance early on in education by providing college preparatory course and intense college preparatory Summer programs as early as the 7th grade.  Charli tells us in detail about WEPOWER and its mission to create solutions that lead towards transformation WE POWER is focused on building political and economical power within the Black and Latinx communities by partnering with those communities and activating change makers.  Charlie discusses a new accelerator called Elevate/Elevar, which gives elevation to companies that elevate communities. This accelerator offers 6-month programs that help Black and Latinx based start-ups by giving them access to capital, providing them with connections and coaching that can help them build their capacity in an effort to be investment-ready.   Learn More​:   Email: charli@wepowerstl.org WEPOWER STL Website:

  • ETHINKSTL 147: Jennifer Garcia | Garcia Properties [Season 12, Episode 3] Joining us today is ​Jenifer Garcia​,  Owner, and Broker at Garcia Properties. Jenifer is a mentor to many agents who have become some of St. Louis' Top Realtors. Having been in the industry for 20 years, Jenifer instills in her tribe a focus on making life long customers through integrity and thoughtful service.   In this episode:​ Jenifer talks about how she started as an entrepreneur at the very young age of 14 and how an infomercial took her by chance down a path that would eventually steer her towards real estate. Jenifer discusses how Garcia Properties got its start with apartment buildings and how that grew into a much larger business model and what her vision for the future is for Garcia Properties.  Jenifer explains how a multi-faceted family run business fits under one business umbrella and how they make it work so smoothly.  Jenifer gives us advice on business and how to "let your freak flag fly". She says that most importantly, you should trust your gut and do what you love and what makes you happy.  Learn More:    Email: Info@gpstl.com  Company Website: Company Facebook: https:​  

  • ETHINKSTL 146: Betsy Nacrelli |Collections by Joya [Season 12, Episode 2] Joining us today is B​etsy Blancett-Nacrelli, ​ Founder of Collections by Joya. Betsy's lifelong passion for Women empowerment and her 14 years of experience in international retail and design, afforded her many opportunities to travel to amazing places such as Istanbul, Bali, and India where she fell in love with the vast selection of artisan jewelry. Founded in 2016, Collections by Joya continues to grow and inspire women all over the world. Betsy believes fully that when women support each other, incredible things can happen!   In this episode​:    Betsy tells us about how her journey in product development and design in the furniture industry turned into a whole new journey in jewelry design and development which Betsy has since turned into a full-time career and business.  Betsy fills us in on the long line of entrepreneurs with her family and how she knew from a very young age that she too wanted to be an entrepreneur. She talks about the long line of leaders who taught her the many principles of business such as retail to product development and supply chain management.   Betsy discusses the process of testing the market and the conclusions she reached formed that process and how testing helped her have a better understanding of the needs of the market. She also gives us some insight into the testing timeline.   Betsy tells us about the growth of Collections by Joya and how with a lot of support from family and friends she was able to grow from a company of 1 in her home to a company of 12 in a studio here in St. Louis, Missouri.    Learn More​:   Email: betsy@collectionsbyjoya.com  Company Website: Company Facebook: ​ ​ Company Instagram:

  • ETHINKSTL 145: Jeremy Goss | LinkMarket [Season 12, Episode 1] Joining us today is Dr. Jeremy Goss, Founder, Chairman and CEO of The Link Market. Jeremy is an advocate for low-income communities on issues related to food justice, hunger and health. Upon graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, Jeremy took notice to the fact that healthy food options were not available to certain communities in the St. Louis Region. Jeremy's frustration turned into a life changing idea for many St. Louis residents. In this episode: Jeremy discusses the challenges he faced upon his arrival here in St. Louis and how he began to tackle poverty and inequality in the region and how he turned the art of science and healing to a reality for a city that so badly needed it. Jeremy talks about how he reached out to his peers in the medical community to help research how he could best fill the void in the food deserts of of St. Louis and the next steps he took to make his idea take form. Jeremy discusses his very own experience with racism within his own team and the challenges he faced as an out-ofstate entrepreneur. Jeremy talks about the training program set up specifically centered around the community each Link Market serves. Learn More: Email: Company Website: Company Facebook:

  • ETHINKSTL 144: Shannon Thompson | Indie Eatery [Season 11, Episode 11] Joining us today is Shannon Thompson, Proprietor of Indie Eatery and Indie 4 Catering. Shannon devoted 12 years of her life to the United States Air Force. Upon returning , she spent a short time in the corporate world. It didn't take long for Shannon to realize that the corporate world just didn't fill her passion within; It was then that she and her husband started Indie 4 Catering and the rest is history. In this episode: Shannon discusses how Indie 4 Catering maintains sustainability not only in the business aspect but also on the menu side of the business with items such as 'compost nachos' and health based all natural juice drinks. Shannon talks about how being laid off from her full-time job thrust her into entrepreneurship by incident and the process of transitioning into the business with her husband by her side. Shannon discusses the difficulties she and her husband faced in trying to find a new form of employment once exiting the Air Force and how she has to teach herself to ask others for help and how through mentoring, she was able to learn how to be 'coachable'. Shannon tells us about where she sees herself and Indie 4 catering in the future through partnerships, collaborations and franchising. Learn More: Email: Company Website: Company Facebook:

  • ETHINKSTL 143: Alexces Bartley | MO SourceLink [Season 11, Episode 10] Joining us today is Alexces Bartley, Director and Network Builder of Missouri SourceLink. At her core, Alex is a connector with a deep passion for helping communities and individuals grow through access to entrepreneurial opportunities. Prior to her work with Missouri SourceLink, Alex served as Outreach Programs Manager at Oklahoma State University Riata Center for Entrepreneurship. In this episode: Alexces talks about how she fills her role as a Network Builder and the idea of the concept that entrepreneurship is a team sport wherever you go and how social networks are extremely valuable to the growth of a business. Alexces talks about the importance of unlocking the talent that Missouri holds within it many territories and accepting that what is good for Missouri is good for its towns and what is good for our towns is good for Missouri. Alexces explains how Missouri SourceLink connects rural communities who may not have the ability to connect otherwise, with the tools the need to get their business to the next step. Alexces gives a detailed summary of the resources available to small business owners and start ups through Missouri SourceLink such as a hotline number, referrals, a personal action plan and a Resource Navigator that gives you access to 500 business resource organizations with the click of just one button. Learn More: Email: Company Website: Company Facebook: Company Twitter: