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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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    The challenge of raising funds for your small business

    It takes a lot to start a small business, and often, individuals face many barriers along the way. Today, we are diving deep into a common barrier many entrepreneurs face when jumpstarting their small business: a lack of funds. Through interviewing three individuals who have successfully raised money to launch their businesses, we will answer the following questions: How can I raise money for my small business? What tools are out there to help with my money-raising goals? What challenges might I face while doing so?

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    Balancing a Side Hustle alongside a full-time job

    Ada Teme is the Founder and Owner of Cherish August, a destination event planning firm that has been in business for over two decades.  Ada and her team at Cherish August want to ensure that your event is tailored perfectly to your needs, whether a small gathering or a large event. Ada and Sanjay discuss charging the appropriate amount, balancing your time, and working around your full-time job.

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    Build Her World

    Helping girls overcome barriers to become entrepreneurs

    After working in Silicon Valley, Ebony Peay Ramirez quickly realized that young girls are not being taught entrepreneurial skills like their male peers are. So she launched Build Her World, an online platform aimed at helping girls aged 9-13 to build ideas and develop entrepreneurial skills. Sanjay and Ebony discuss the next generation of leaders, career transitions, and having a creative outlet.

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    Loli’s Streatery

    How a Craigslist ad changed Sarah Flores’ life

    In early 2021, sisters Sarah Flores and Sabrina Lozano were at a crossroads. At the time, Sarah was a student and Sabrina was a travelling COVID nurse. After seeing an ad for a food truck on Craigslist, they decided to take the leap into entrepreneurship by opening Loli’s Streatery in May of 2021 in Corpus Christi, Texas. Loli’s Streatery specializes in Tex-Mex fusion, with their signature dish being the Original Loaded Mexican Street Corn Bowl. 

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    Jean Tully, Pearlescent Photo

    Finally following a lifelong passion in photography

    Jean Tully had a career as a paralegal, but in 2012, decided to follow her lifelong passion of photography. She founded Pearlescent Photo, a photography business dedicated to helping women and girls look and feel their best. Jean and Sanjay discuss starting a business different from your day job, believing in yourself, and maintaining a healthy work-life balance while owning your own business to ensure your relationships still take priority.

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