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Christina Wing and Sam Eder are Powering the Local Food Revolution with Big Wheelbarrow

Posted by: Connor Nolan on 3/7/19 10:33 AM

For most of us, rooting for the home team is a given; after all, it’s easier to identify and support the city, town, or region that we’re most familiar with. That support extends to what we eat as well -- and though everyone loves a good local farmers market -- that doesn’t always help local food distributors. However, Christina Wing and Sam Eder of Big Wheelbarrow are hard at work ensuring that local farm vendors are reclaiming their place as hometown heroes.

Shante Elliot Helps Students in Foster Care Make the Grade with TasselTurn

Posted by: Connor Nolan on 8/22/18 9:55 AM

Less than one-third of all youth in foster care will earn a high school diploma. It’s an astonishingly low figure that doesn’t get much attention -- however, Shanté Elliott’s first-hand experience of adoption has given her an affinity to make a difference for this oft-neglected demographic. As the Founder and CEO of TasselTurn, Elliott shares her insights on foster care, diversity in tech, and the significance of second chances.

Jessica Mann’s Ari Rose is the All-Natural Answer for Better Skin and Better Health

Posted by: Connor Nolan on 8/22/18 9:45 AM

You’ve heard the old saying many times -- take care of your body and your body will take care of you. Unfortunately, most of us are actually harming ourselves when we think we’re healing; after all, today’s body care products contain a distressing amount of toxins. Fortunately, Jessica Mann is helping the health-conscious with Ari Rose, a holistic body care company that offers a healthy clean without all of the harmful chemicals.

Art Caines Helps Potential College Graduates Leap Across the Finish Line

Posted by: Connor Nolan on 8/14/18 9:00 AM

Debt, family, work, stress, and service. These are just a few of the many reasons why college students will suspend their studies. Fortunately, Art Caines, a former near-completer himself and the CEO of Max-Grad, is helping this demographic take the final step in their higher education journey.

Retailers Have Found Their Magic Genie with Geetha Natarajan’s WishYourPrice

Posted by: Connor Nolan on 8/2/18 1:27 PM

For many people, shopping is therapy -- and just like a good therapist, the best retailers are the ones that truly understand their customers. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen as often as most retailers or shoppers would like. Fortunately, Geetha Natarajan, CEO and Co-founder of WishYourPrice, is using her magic to help retailers step into the shoes of their consumers and get a feel for what they really want.

Shayna Atkins is Building the Workforce of the Future with AtkCo Inc.

Posted by: Connor Nolan on 7/25/18 9:33 AM

Technology is constantly evolving, but Shayna Atkins, Founder, and CEO of AtkCo Inc., offers learning with in-person certification courses, online curated curriculum, and coaching for lean product development to prepare employees for tech’s next curveball. In this interview, Atkins shares her insights on the rapidly changing Fintech space, the importance of recruiting from underserved communities, and why it’s important to have great expectations.

Five to Nine's Employee Experience is Changing the World of Work

Posted by: Connor Nolan on 7/18/18 9:00 AM

Denise Umubyeyi and Jasmine Shells are putting their own spin on company culture with Five to Nine, a culture engagement solution that increases workplace connectivity and inclusion while providing analytics to drive people strategy. In this interview, Umubyeyi and Shells share their thoughts on community, culture, and confidence.

Karrie Sullivan Brings Health Insurance Into the 21st Century with Culminate Health

Posted by: Connor Nolan on 6/20/18 9:18 AM

The healthcare and insurance industry can be strenuous at times but Karrie Sullivan, CEO and Founder of Culminate Health, is building a solution that empowers employers to regain control over the quality and cost of their health plans. In this interview, Sullivan shares her insights on the healthcare finance space, supporting female founders, and why it’s important to break the rules every now and then.

Hema Trukenbrod Bridges the Gap between Parents and Specialists with PediaSource

Posted by: Connor Nolan on 6/13/18 9:17 AM

Parents with struggling children often sink a tremendous amount of time searching for reliable support for their kids. Fortunately, Hema Trukenbrod, Founder and CEO of PediaSource, is increasing accessibility to the right specialists. In this interview, she talks about following her passion, the need for parent-employee engagement, and why giving is the best entrepreneurial strategy that no one’s talking about.

Great Startup Advice That Actually Sucks

Posted by: Connor Nolan on 5/17/18 5:10 PM

You’ve heard it all before. “Just be yourself.” “If It’s not broken, don’t fix it.” “Everything happens for a reason.” If you haven’t thrown up yet, give it a second -- it’ll come. We’re just as sick of hearing silly, counterintuitive advice as you are. But given the fast-pace of business, it can be hard to distinguish useful advice from harmful ‘help.’ Fortunately, we’ve got Victor Abundis, Co-founder and COO of Interpreter Tap, and Garry Cooper, CEO and Co-founder of Rheaply, to help us weed out a number of terrible tips.

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