Life's Tonic: Discovering Self, Permanence, and Taste Through Business
“I've always wanted to contribute to this world of food and beverage that I love so much. It's just so exciting to see people enjoy it and to see it go on amazing cocktail lists and be made into these beautiful cocktails.”
Tara Jasper
Founder of Sipsong Spirits
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Deep Clean: One Company's Idea to Revitalize the American Dream
“And so our view is that if we can utilize some of the resources the business creates to make sure their kids have a path to college and career through tutoring through mentoring through a variety of things then we're going to have a workforce that you just can't beat.”
JP Hernandez
CEO & Founder of American Dream Clean
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The Gig Army: Diapers, the Philippines, and Invading the Talent Gap

"Hiring these remote workers was incredible because no longer did I just have access to the talent around me and the talent next to me, I now had access to talent all over the world, people who can work on different time zones so business could run 24/7, people who specialize in different things who had use of experience and that was really my first entry into that remote hiring world and I became addicted to that I really saw the power and how much it helped me grow my business"

Nathan Hirsch
CEO & Founder of Freeeup
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Family Spirits: A Story Of Wine and Legacy
"If you're thinking about a new venture or taking on more responsibility, just do it, take that leap and act despite the fear, sometimes it's more important to get your feet wet and not to overthink"
Elizabeth Martin
CEO & Owner of Martin Brothers Wine
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Keeping the Flame Alive: Zarvana's Quest to End Burn Out
“Don’t try to implement the habits of others to you because you need to fit it in your own working style in a way that you want to develop habits... Start small: If you want to develop a habit of flossing your teeth, start by flossing one tooth”
Matt Plummer
CEO & Founder of Zarvana
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The Art of the Possible: The Story of Stepwell
“Don’t wait for permission to make change”
Anmol Kaur
CEO & Founder of Designers of Tomorrow/Stepwell
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Breaking The Cycle: How One DC Small Business Is Finding Its Niche
"When you walk into Laurie’s store, there is a distinct smell. It smells like bikes. And it’s a really cool smell because you feel like you’re in a garage where things are happening. Bikes are being fixed. Bikes are being spun. Another challenge that small business owners face is being able to market themselves as this unique location. Not as another shop that popped up in College Park in 2017. But as a shop that’s been here and that’s been part of the culture, the history. As a shop that’s founded by two Terps, two University of Maryland students."
Ankit Sheth
University of Maryland
Class of 2020
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Life Hacks: Public Speaking Tips from an Executive Turned Small Business Owner

"My biggest message the one that I am most passionate about for student audiences is about reclaiming our power of belonging. What I mean by that is that many of us at any age, at all ages, rely on other people to tell us that we belong. And I have been through some really painful experiences in my life and I have come out on the other side of them having figured out that I own my sense of belonging. I determine when I belong and when I don’t. Since I made that discovery, I have blossomed into being me and I have gained strength and confidence in being me and not trying to be who you think I am. And I want to reach people at early ages so you don’t waste time trying to be someone else and you can have more time being you."

Wendy Gates Corbett
CEO of Refresher Training
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From Whiteboards to Teach For America

"I would make people more empathetic or make them think more about empathy. And the reason is because you have never walked a day in another person’s shoes. You may think that you’ve walked very similarly or you may have spent a great deal of time with them, but if you really dig deep, everybody is so different. So so so different. And I think, on the surface, we as humans tend to make things seem as if they’re one when they’re really not. With empathy I think comes understanding that you’re different and really seeking to understand other people’s stories."

HUNTER DAVIS
NC STATE CHAPTER FOUNDER
TEACH FOR AMERICA TEACHER
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American Dream Clean
"One of the things that's been exciting about working with this company is realizing how we can use these tools, which are used in big consulting firms, for small businesses. For us to be able to go in and use open source software and set this up completely for free marks a coming together of our technological knowledge, the goals of this business, and starts a model that can be very scalable to other industries."
Jesse Cohen
Wesleyan Chapter Founder
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