Posts tagged entrepreneurship
FOX BYTE #2: Community and Competition

This week's little FOX BYTE is near and dear to our hearts - we talk about community and competition and how to really gut check yourself to make sure you're promoting collaboration. It's easy to throw a hashtag in your post saying #communityovercompetition but it's another thing to embody that idea. We've run into some SUPER not supportive people since starting our businesses, as well as some AMAZINGLY collaborative people as well. Here's our take on what we've learned. 

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Episode 46: Slowing Down to GROW BIG with P.S. Snacks Founder and CEO Nikki Azzara

HEY FOXIES! We have a special TREAT (pun intended) for you guys this week. Nikki Azzara of P.S. Snacks is in the Foxhole to talk ALL about her journey in creating the popular bean-based cookie dough, P.S. Snacks. And, yes, it is HEALTHY!

The 26 year-old CEO has always had a passion for healthy food and even started a blog in college where she shared her home-made recipes that are easy enough to make in a dorm room. After graduation and an “a-ha” moment with her dad, Nikki turned her attention towards her most popular recipe: the edible cookie dough. Now, P.S. Snacks is sold in Whole Foods and is scaling to be sold nationwide!

Nikki shares all the ins and outs of her journey so far - from finding support in mentors and advisors to her struggles with "micro-speed and macro-patience" in building a strong infrastructure. She is super down-to-earth, mega inspiring, and - well she made a healthy cookie dough guys, do we need to say more?! ENJOY!

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Episode 42: Running the Wellthy Empire with Shizu Okusa, CEO + Founder of JRINK Juicery

This week, we talk to Shizu Okusa, Founder + CEO of JRINK Juicery, a juicery that has been booming in Washington D.C. since 2014. After an Eat, Pray, Love-type experience, Shizu was inspired by all the different ways to incorporate wellness into your everyday life and JRINK was eventually born. Now, the brand has evolved to cover all your wellness needs with the opening of their sister company, Apothékary. JRINK focuses on reactionary health - think: I am hungover and so need the ‘Clean Me Up’ right now. Apothékary is more about proactive wellness and covers anything from mental health to sexual health. Shizu talks about the journey of the brand, the challenge of finding her niche, and how she’s been able to define her business in an ever-changing health and wellness industry. Plus, Shizu introduces us to the Dosha quiz, a personality test to help you identify what wellness strides are best for you - and we ALL know how we’re suckers for a good personality quiz.

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Episode 41: Carving Your Own Path with Mimi Miller, CEO + Fashion Designer of Mimi Miller Womenswear

This week, we sit down with Mimi Miller, Founder + CEO of Mimi Miller Womenswear, a clothing brand that is dedicated to designing timeless garments for the everyday girlboss.  Even from a young age, Mimi has always been fashion-forward and studied Fashion Design at Marymount University. When she was having trouble looking for more ‘conservative but cute’ clothing options, she decided to launch her own line of loose fitting and longer pieces.  Mimi’s formula for beautiful clothing is simple: Ethical Production + Quality Fit + Excellent Textiles = Effortless & Modern Pieces. We talk to her about where she finds inspiration, living a natural lifestyle, and her EIGHT bunnies. Basically, she is the coolest woman in the world ya’ll.

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Episode 39: Going ALL IN on Your Dreams with IVY WILD CEO + FOUNDER, Rachel Mulcahy

This week we chat in person with Rachel Mulcahy, CEO + Founder of Ivy Wild Beauty, non-toxic beauty retail store located in Washington D.C.'s Manhattan Laundry building. Rachel's story and perspective on starting her business is refreshing, humble and super practical. We talk about the emotional and mental lead up to leaving the cushy corporate world, Rachel talks about why she skipped the side hustle and went all in on Ivy Wild, our reoccuring feelings about cutting out toxic people comes up and LOTS more. 

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Episode 38: REAL LIFE Dermatologist Dr. Lucey is BACK! Fall/Winter Skincare, Micro-needling, Dermaplaning and Probiotics for Your Face

Back by popular demand, Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Patricia Lucey is BACK to talk about fall and winter skincare, the working mom life, her newest celebrity crush and obvsiouly so much more. We ask Dr. Lucey what is microneedling and who should get it, what the heck is dermaplaning, what are the best cosmetic treatments to get during the fall/winter and she explains why ingesting collagen might not be all it's cracked up to be.

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Episode 37: WHAT'S IN YOUR VITAMIN?! Redefining the Vitamin with Sara Cullen, CEO & Founder of GEM

In this week's episode Casey is super, awkwardly pregnant and Erin rants about why Zika is still a real thing (I mean DUH). But more importantly, we talk to Sara Cullen, the CEO & Founder of GEM, she is redefining the vitamin with daily real food bites. Sara tells us about her journey to wellness, what it was like to start her second business, her INSANELY interested perspective on life and how she built community around GEM before she even launched, so genius. Sara's interview is interesting, inspiring and out favorite, REAL. Enjoy foxes! 

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Episode 36: The One Thing to Ask Your Network with Rachel Silver, CEO & Founder of LoveStoriesTV

This week we're talking to Rachel Silver, CEO and Founder of LoveStoriesTV about how she started her business, raised funds and built her team. Rachel talks about the unique and underestimated value of tapping into your network. We also talk to Rachel about LoveStoriesTV's marketing and partnership strategies and why sometimes it's better to jump and figure it out on the way down than get stuck in over planning and preparing.

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Episode 35: Salt + Sundry CEO & Founder, Amanda McClements

You guys asked for it and we DELIVERED. Our Foxhole interview with Amanda McClements, CEO and Founder of Salt + Sundry and Little Leaf Shop. Amanda was a write for Food + Wine for 15 years before she decided to take the leap into retail opening her first Salt + Sundry shop in Union Market. Amanda's take on business and life is just SO DOWN TO EARTH but still so positive - her perspective is refreshing and inspiring at the same time. Also, don't mind Erin asking her how she gets her teeth so white LOL. This one is GOLD so listen, tell your friends and spread love little foxes. 

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Episode 34: A Year in Review with Casey + Erin

IT'S JUST US in today's episode where we test out our new PROFESH microphone in which we surprised ourselves and set it up with no outside help - AYYOOO! And we talk in detail about our first year of self employment, the highs, the lows, the learning experiences and even some things that happened for us outside of business. Of course it wouldn't be an episode of Down the Foxhole if we didn't talk about something inappropriate so we open with thrombosed hemorrhoids and getting a colonoscopy.

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Episode 33: Take Your Business to the Next Level with Florist Brenna Reppert - LIVE Coaching Session

We're back recording after TWO WHOLE MONTHS with a really awesome live coaching session with Brenna Reppert, the florist behind Thistle & Lace Florals. Of course we talk about non-sensical things like butt sweat and overalls for pregnancy but really this episode cover SO MUCH for side hustle entrepreneurs or even entrepreneurs in their first few years of business.

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Episode 31: A New Lease on Life & Beauty: An Interview with Indie Lee, founder of Indie Lee

Prepare to be blown away this week by our interview with Indie Lee, creator and founder of Indie Lee and eco-chic beauty care line. In 2008, Indie (who then went by Lisa) was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given six months to live. Her perspective and honesty is inspiring and so beautiful. When we weren't laughing with Indie, we had chills. The insight and motivation you'll get from this episode is UNREAL and we are so excited to help Indie tell her story so you can gain her wisdom. Enjoy! 

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