Entrepreneurially Thinking

Entrepreneurially Thinking

Discover what it takes and what it means to think entrepreneurially from thought leaders throughout the St. Louis region. Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore and Christy Maxfield bring to you the best and most experienced trailblazers around to share insights that can unlock your pioneer potential for creativity, innovation and experimentation. Visit http://entrepreneuriallythinking.org... Show More

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February 10, 2021 26 min

Joining us today is Dr. Nadia Shakoor, Founder and CEO of Agrela Ecosystems, an agtech start-up focused on delivering research quality data collection products and services in an effort to accelerate breeding cycle time within agricultural communities. Nadia is a crop phenotyping expert and co-inventor of the PheNode and is speaking with us today to help us better understand the world of agriculture.

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Nadia talks ab...

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Joining us today is Valerie Liddell, Founder and CEO of Grind + Growth, a non-profit co-working space that empowers, educates, and inspires people in underserved communities throughout the St. Louis and Illinois region. Through trial and error, Valerie gained a wealth of knowledge and skills, which inspired her to help other aspiring entrepreneurs like herself.

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Valerie explains that she got her entrepreneurial ...

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Joining us today is Elise Miller Hoffman, General partner at Cultivation Capital, a Venture Capital Firm that manages a family of funds focused on early-stage investing. Elise is active in St. Louis' entrepreneurial ecosystem and invests in promising digital health and life sciences start-ups. In addition, Elise was named as a St. Louis Business Journal "30 under 30" awardee in 2018.

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Elise talks about g...

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Joining us today is Ron Story, Jr., Serial entrepreneur and Founder of PitchDB, a search engine for speaking engagements that saves hours of digging for leads and contacts in just a few clicks. Over the past 20 years, Ron has been instrumental in the creation, development and leadership of over 30 companies with a potential market value of over 200 million.

 

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Ron explains that while he was born and raised in East...

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Joining us today is Bob Miller, CEO and Founder of Melio, a company that offers products that harness the power of the sun, all while upcycling plastic bottles for a more sustainable future. Bob followed his passion of design and environment by creating a solar charging back-pack and says he envisions Melio as a lifestyle brand. 

 

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Bob says growing up in a small business environment may have played a role in his ...

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Joining us today is Whitney McClendon-Gregory, CEO and Founder of Eemerg.com, a local company that is reinventing how drivers request roadside services. Whitney is ambitious and dedicated to providing an open marketplace platform and has pledged to build a service where her customers can choose a suitable price option for their needs.

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Whitney explains that roadside assistance and businesses of the like, have always...

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Joining us today is Keith Turner, Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of Happy Doggy Treats. With almost 20 years of entrepreneurial experience and community service, Keith has found his niche in life not only as a businessman but also a community do-gooder.

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Keith gives us some insight into his lifelong passion of being an entrepreneur; from crafting and selling to selling items out of his college dorm room to being a ...

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Joining us today is Debra Corrie, CEO of Acumaxum, LLC, a financial consulting company that helps privately held businesses generate more cash, increase company profits, and scale their businesses. Debra surrounds herself with many other entrepreneurs and is dedicated to helping business owners reap the financial benefits within their company while building personal wealth for themselves.

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Debi talks about the ups a...

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Joining us today is Tashara Earl, President and Co-Founder of Techrein, a company that specializes in innovative safety solutions with wearable technology. Tashara is a talented marketing idea generator and business professional implementing ideas to maximize brand exposure and increase sales. 

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Tashara talks about growing up as a St. Louis native and tells us about her many passions, from dance to cosmetology to DJ...

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Joining us today is Frank Williamson, CEO of STL Black Restaurant Week. Frank is a St. Louis native and loves being involved in the community by serving as Engagement Chair for Urban League-St. Louis and by spearheading STL Black Restaurant Week in an effort to promote restaurants that are owned and operated by African-Americans.

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Frank starts the conversation by explaining that he grew up and went to school in St.L...

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Joining us today is Nalini Mahadevan, Founder of MLO Law, LLC. As a distinguished attorney, Nalini is helping St. Louis Corporations attract and retain top international talent for the region's growing industries.

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Nalini starts the conversation by explaining that she grew up on three different continents - born in England, grew up in India, and came to the United States, specifically St. Louis, to attend Washin...

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Joining us today is Murielle Gaither, CEO of Venku, the easy way to list and look for unique outdoor experiences across America. Mirielle is a 'do-er' with the ability to transform a vision into a reality through years of experience with strategic planning, goal setting, and rallying her team and stakeholders around a unified calling. 

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Murielle says she grew up in a facility full of entrepreneurs and attrib...

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Joining us today is Michael Fritzius, Chief Technology Officer of Arch DevOps, a software testing and automation provider who amid Covid-19, got edgy and added a few more things to the list of services the company provides. Michael, aka "Fritz" comes from a long line of "nerds" and says that he loves that he gets the chance daily to use technology while blending it with communication, relationship building, consulti...

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Joining us today are Jane Molina and Joy Williams, Co-Founders of Covenant Partners, LLC, and Ninni Co., an online baby product company. Jane and Joy are not strangers to entrepreneurship after running a successful HVAC business. Six years ago, the sisters started an extraordinary mission to create the first truly, 'breast-like' pacifier.

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Jane and Joy talk about their extensive and exciting education career...

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Joining us today is Bradley Loyet, Owner of BP Fabrication LLC, a fabrication and manufacturing business located in St. Louis, Missouri whose focus is on the MotorSports industry. Brad, a race car driver at heart, found himself on the wrong side of a freak accident in 2018, however, his determination is allowing him to finish his racing career on his own terms AND as an entrepreneur.

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Brad talks about how his Father...

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Joining us today is Lusnail Haberberger, President of LUZCO Technologies, a top-notch electrical engineering consulting firm. Lusnail drew her skills as an Electrical Engineer and seasoned Project Manager for large scale infrastructure projects to deliver best-in-class services and continues to make a name for herself in this modern industry. 

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Lus tells us about coming to the states from Venezuela through an exchan...

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Joining us today is Michelle Robinson, Owner of DEMIblue natural Nails and Creator of DEMIblue 10-Free Vegan-Friendly Nail Polish line. Michelle has serviced the healthcare and education industries for over 18 years and was inspired to incorporate her research, experience, and love for servicing others by providing healthier manicures and pedicures, through her personal nail polish brand.

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Michelle tells us about be...

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Joining us today are a power couple, Chavelle and Phillip Sangokoya, of BRAND of St. Louis. Chavelle and Phillip created BRAND of St. Louis to serve as a social enterprise whose mission is to co-create, pilot, and fund innovation that promotes collaboration and equitable wealth building.

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Phillip and Chavelle talk to us about how they moved into the world of entrepreneurship. Chavelle explains that she never really ...

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Joining us today is Olamide Adeboye, Founder and CEO of Wakava Food and Beverage, an organic health-conscious company that provides a better tasting, healthier food, and herbal drink options using herbs from Africa. Ola is a Nigerian immigrant who utilized St. Louis' Business Community resources to bring his vision to life. 

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Ola shares with us his early start in entrepreneurship with a Blockbuster type business...

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Joining us today is Minerva Lopez, a small business owner, and non-profit Founder. Minerva returned to St. Louis in early 2020, since then she has been deeply involved in identifying, understanding, and successfully applying for small business COVID relief loans and grants.

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Minerva discusses growing up in California and says that she can remember there always being a need for help in business development throughout...

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