Sweet Taste of Success

Entrepreneurship is a challenging endeavor. It’s not always as glamorous as it may seem. Any entrepreneur who has been in business for a while has learned a few key things. One is that it’s essential to use your experience and skills to solve the problems you’re facing. Another lesson is to have determination and grit […]

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Connecting and Scaling – Food and Bev Brands

In our latest episode, we speak with Jordan Bucker, founder of FoodBevy.com. He is a young entrepreneur who has a passion for food and beverage companies. He wants to help other newcomers create success by providing information, mentorship, and advice to help build their brands. At this point, he has over 600 CPG brands on […]

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LifeWeb360

In this episode, we speak with Rachele Louis, a former successful career architect who wanted to understand how to get money to finance the thing she wanted to build. She decided to return to school to earn her MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management. She is the co-founder of LifeWeb360. LifeWeb360 is […]

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A Healthy Spin On Soup

Today we’re going to talk about soups. In this episode, we’re joined by Elliott Cohen, the president, and chief operating officer of Parks & Nash. This Chicago-based startup has been around for about two years now. It has been getting a lot of attention for its unique twist on a beloved American dish. Elliott was […]

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Episode 20: Justice of the Pies

In this episode, we speak with Maya Camille Brossard. She is the founder of Justice of the Pies, founded in 2014. Her inspiration was her late father’s. He was a Criminal Defense Attorney. And he loved pies. She calls him the “pie master.” Justice of the Pies is an L3C social enterprise. It positively impacts […]

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EPISODE 19: TURNING SCENTS INTO CENTS

Keena Ward of AK Candles was always interested in creating a candle business. During the pandemic, many companies were forced to downsize. Keena decided to use that uncertainty and her desire to be her own boss as a catalyst for her business. After a year of research, while the crisis was in full swing, she […]

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Episode 18: Buzzing with Excitement

Happy New Year, listeners! A new year means an all-new episode of Zora Talks. Joining us for episode 18 is Thad Smith, owner and founder of Westside Bee Boyz, a black-owned Chicago apiary that specializes in selling beekeeping supplies and honey products. Back when Thad worked as a beekeeper, he wanted to find a way […]

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Episode 17: Finding Your Zen with Zenfuel

Just before nationwide COVID-19 lockdowns hit, Lori Lefcourt took a trip to New York to meet with investors to help fund her plant-based coffee creamer business, Unicreamer. On this trip, she met with an investor who offered to buy out Unicreamer’s SKUs and unite the coffee creamer brand with Zenfuel. Now as a co-founder of […]

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Episode 16: Before The Butcher Makes Plant-Based Mainstream

Three months after adopting a plant-based diet, Before the Butcher founder and president, Danny O’Malley’s cholesterol level dropped over 70 points. Thinking that high cholesterol ran in the family, he was shocked by his results. This diet paired with more exercise, Danny knew that a plant-based diet was the best for him. This lifestyle change […]

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Episode 15: Vous Vitamin is the Right Vitamin for You

Over six years ago, Chicago physicians, Romy Block and Arielle Levitan noticed that they spent a lot of time discussing vitamins with their patients. They’d dealt with many patients who were confused on what multivitamins they should be taking and had seen multiple patients who came into their offices with bags full of vitamins unsure […]

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