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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    Derrick Knudsen - Podcast

    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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    Nomad Artisan Company - Podcast

    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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    Steven Carse - Podcast

    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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    Sean Furey - Podcast

    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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    Kat Carney - Podcast

    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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