Meet courageous entrepreneurs who followed their passion

Learn to work smarter, not harder, from those who started a business while working a full-time job, but never lost sight of the need for balance.

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Meet courageous entrepreneurs who followed their passion

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Season 2

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How Rekindle Candle Co. prioritizes value in handmade goods

Matthew Mewbourne has been creating things since high school. Starting with ceramics, he transitioned his maker mindset to candles while at the University of Georgia, becoming a regular vendor at the Athens Farmer’s Market. Matthew and his wife started Rekindle Candle Company after graduation and have since focused on high-quality ingredients, environmental sustainability, and prioritizing value in their wooden wicked candles.

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Curating immersive African safaris while protecting wildlife

While Saurabh Khetrapal was creating tech startups in Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas, he was also advising his friends and colleagues on how to plan meaningful and individualized African safaris in his home country of Tanzania. After exiting his third tech startup, Saurabh decided to combine his two passions — preserving African wildlife and entrepreneurial ventures — into his nonprofit startup Fair Trade Safaris.

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How two teachers branched out to Restore More

Claudine Miles and Kimberlie Milton are friends and experienced educators, who met while working at the same school in Atlanta, Georgia. After a 10-year stint at a top charter school, Claudine was beginning to feel burned out. With the encouragement of now-business partner Kimberlie, Claudine created Restore More Consultants, an education-forward consulting firm rooted in expanding restorative practices, anti-racism, and social-emotional health.

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Recruiting passionate candidates in an emerging space

Derrick Knudsen was working at a Fortune 500 recruitment firm in Denver, Colorado when he recognized a gap in the industry. Traditional firms were hesitant to help fill open positions at cannabis companies. In response, Derrick created a boutique recruitment firm, Meta Talent Group, which helps fill roles at cannabis, hemp, and psychedelic-focused companies. Derrick’s firm is focused on recruiting top-tier talent while maintaining its core values: People, Planet & Profitability.

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Encouraging creatives to make space for their dreams

Mary Nakaya and Melissa Porras met at church in Los Angeles, California. While Mary had an art background, Melissa was just excited to play with clay on Mary’s pottery wheel. As their friendship blossomed, they started a ceramic-focused jewelry business: Nomad Artisan Company. Since 2018, Mary and Melissa have expanded their business by going door-to-door to LA boutiques and growing their social media presence.

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How King of Pops refreshes, reinvents, and refines their model

If you live in the southeast, you’ve seen them — carts with rainbow umbrellas bearing popsicle treats dubbed “King of Pops” — at public parks, live events, and music festivals. Steven Carse, who founded King of Pops in 2010 along with his brother Nick, shares their origin story, how the company innovated through the COVID-19 pandemic, and the new programs King of Pops is spearheading, including a “Cartreprenuer” franchise program.

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An Olympian helps other athletes set and reach their goals

Sean Furey is an Olympic javelin thrower who represented the US in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. Now retired from competition, he’s channeled his athletic career into a side business, Furey Athletics, and helps athletes and coaches realize their dreams. Sean balances a full-time job as a mechanical engineer, his family, and his side hustle. Hear how his experience as an athlete has influenced his side hustle journey, and how he makes it all work.

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Marrying a love of adventure with photography skills

Kat Carney knew she wanted to be a photographer — she had always loved taking pictures, particularly in natural settings. She tried being a full-time wedding photographer, but found there wasn’t enough variety to suit her. So she started Swell & Stone, and now she plans and photographs adventure weddings and elopements in exciting outdoor locales. Hear what she learned when turning her side hustle into a full-time business.

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Helping college students apply for the right jobs

Elle Overholt took a career-track consulting job right out of college, but discovered pretty quickly that it wasn’t what she wanted. So she started working with college students to help them understand how to identify and apply for jobs they’d love. Now, her company, Forth LLC, helps young adults achieve their dream careers with guidance on resume and cover letter writing, networking, interviewing and more.

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