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We R Nuts

In 2006, Pearl Omphelius and her son Kody started selling the candied nuts they’d been making forever as a side hustle, selling at farmers’ markets and on show routes while also working full-time jobs and going to school. As Pearl and Kody refined their product offering and their business model, they steadily grew the business, Learn more 

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Yoga Me Blac

Taminka Jones has been a practicing yogi for over a decade, receiving her 200-hour RYT and numerous other certifications. In 2018 she turned that passion into a business, starting Yoga Me Blac to open up “access to liberating and conscious yoga practice to people of color”. Offering a mix of group classes and private lessons, Learn more 

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What’s Pop-In Gourmet Popcorn

After spending over two decades as a chef, Stefan Coker decided to put his culinary and business skills to work in a slightly different business venture: gourmet popcorn. He did it for many reasons, but starting a business around a product his kids loved was one of the strongest influences. He wanted to show his Learn more 

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