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Business with Purpose takes you “behind the scenes” with some of the world’s most generous entrepreneurs with host Molly Stillman of "still being molly blog - stillbeingmolly.com." From the CEOs of mission-driven brands, to directors of small, community non-profits, and everything in between, Molly is sitting down with men and women who believe in changing the world through not only their personal lives, but also their professional careers. We believe that every person was created with a purpose, for a purpose and this podcast gives inspiration for how we can all make an impact by supporting businesses with purpose.

Business with Purpose Molly Stillman - Blogger, Speaker, Believer, and Social Change Agent

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Business with Purpose takes you “behind the scenes” with some of the world’s most generous entrepreneurs with host Molly Stillman of "still being molly blog - stillbeingmolly.com." From the CEOs of mission-driven brands, to directors of small, community non-profits, and everything in between, Molly is sitting down with men and women who believe in changing the world through not only their personal lives, but also their professional careers. We believe that every person was created with a purpose, for a purpose and this podcast gives inspiration for how we can all make an impact by supporting businesses with purpose.

    Bringing Clean Running Water to American Families | George McGraw, DigDeep

    Bringing Clean Running Water to American Families | George McGraw, DigDeep

    My guest this week is George McGraw, founder and CEO of DigDeep, a human rights nonprofit serving 2.2 million+ Americans without sinks, bathtubs or toilets that the rest of us take for granted.
    While most people think of the “water crisis” as a problem in Africa or India, more than 2 million Americans still don't have clean, running water or basic plumbing at home. George started DigDeep to help those communities build and manage their own water systems, advocate for their rights, and teach all Americans to use our precious resources more intelligently.
    George is an avid speaker and writer and has been published by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Nation and many others. He has been profiled by NPR, Vice, and Forbes, and spoken at events hosted by the Clinton Foundation, The Atlantic and Ford.
    4:35 – George 101 DigDeep is based in Los Angeles and is a non-profit, not a charity. George has always been a little bit of a water nerd. He started working in Africa and realized people in the U.S. need help with water, too. 9:36 – Educating people about water DigDeep was the only organization working on the water issue in the U.S. Tens of millions of more Americans have a water tap, but they can’t use the water. 21:01 – Working water Water systems usually work very well and are so reliable that when you walk to your sink and turn it on, you’re not surprised that it works. Most people take water for granted. Most people lack a connection to water problems, because they have not experienced it. We have more of a connection to our wifi signal than we do to our water. 30:42 – Economic impact He published a new report this past summer about the water crisis and the economic impact. People without access to water are more likely to get sick. People experience anxiety and depression because they can’t get access to water. 41:40 – Get to know you Memorable experience in past year? George’s best friend moved to New York and has impacted him emotionally. Something we’d never guess about him? He is an artist and makes neon signs. FEATURED QUOTES How am I going to get enough clean water for me and my family to survive?
    I’ve always been a little bit of a water nerd.
    We have more of a connection to our wifi signal than we do to our water.
    CONNECT: https://www.digdeep.org/
    Thank you to our partners of the show!
    Are you looking to clean up your household cleaning products this year? MamaSuds would like to help! The best way is to simply start with one product. Every time you run out of a specific cleaning product, replace it with a non-toxic one. Another tip, purchase a product that has multiple uses. The MamaSuds Collection has many multiple use products (castile soap or the toilet bombs are just a few!). Their blog has lots of great tips and a castile soap recipe that you can print and make a lot of your own effective cleaners! Give them a try at www.mamasuds.com and don't forget to use the coupon code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
    I’d like to thank our other partner of the show and that’s Tradlands. Tradlands is an INCREDIBLE sustainable fashion brand that believes in clothing that you can live in NOW and love forever. Clothing that not only makes you feel like your best self, but also fits in a way that flatters. Their gorgeous dresses, pants, tops, and more are designed to move with you throughout your busy days. Their Nico dress is my dress in a love language —not only does it have sleeves, but also POCKETS and you know how I feel about dresses with pockets. I love how comfortable and stylish each piece - and they come in colors like classic neutrals or vibrant hues. One of the things I love most about Tradlands is their focus on sustainability and creating small batch clothing that lasts… they never over produce what they make and focus on only the highest quality materials. And you know how much I love supporting small businesses, too. Check them out at https://tradlands.

    • 52 min
    From Serial Entrepreneur to Non-profit Powerhouse | Cary Heise, Designed for Joy

    From Serial Entrepreneur to Non-profit Powerhouse | Cary Heise, Designed for Joy

    My guest this week is Cary Heise, executive director and founder of Designed for Joy, which provides women in crisis with stability through employment and support.
    Cary grew up in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and has lived most of her adult life in Raleigh. Her faith and international mission experience working with women’s artisan co-ops in Central America and Africa inspired the birth of Designed For Joy.
    Cary is a serial entrepreneur and has founded small several businesses around creating community for women in the Raleigh area. She is a big believer in encouraging women to pursue their passion.
    2:41 – Cary 101 Cary is married and has two teenagers. She works with about 20 other nonprofits in her area to help women in difficult situations. She sells jewelry, bags and home décor. Her company is five years old, and she has hired 97 women. 7:27 – Becoming an entrepreneur When her kids were toddlers, she was a stay-at-home mom but kept creating businesses. Cary is thankful for her mistakes and wins, because they have made her more confident. 11:15 – Growing pains Her first two months in business, she felt overwhelmed and realized she had some growing to do. 21:03 – Devotion and prayer Her business starts with devotion and prayer, but you don’t have to be religious to work with them. Cary helps women trust each other again. Some women need to earn more money. Others need help with mental health, childcare, etc. 31:43 – Same fears, worries, anxieties Many of the women they work with have the same fears, worries and anxieties. 43:55 – Get to know you Something memorable that happened in the past year? Seeing her teens dating, driving and applying for college. Something she did that people wouldn’t know? She skied the Alps. FEATURED QUOTES
    You’re important here. We need you. You bring value to the workplace.
    I’m so thankful for all those little mistakes or wins, because they make me so much more confident now.
    You do not have to be a believer of Christ to work with us.
    https://www.designedforjoy.com/
    Thank you to our partners of the show!
    Are you looking to clean up your household cleaning products this year? MamaSuds would like to help! The best way is to simply start with one product. Every time you run out of a specific cleaning product, replace it with a non-toxic one. Another tip, purchase a product that has multiple uses. The MamaSuds Collection has many multiple use products (castile soap or the toilet bombs are just a few!). Their blog has lots of great tips and a castile soap recipe that you can print and make a lot of your own effective cleaners! Give them a try at www.mamasuds.com and don't forget to use the coupon code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
    I’d like to thank our other partner of the show and that’s Tradlands. Tradlands is an INCREDIBLE sustainable fashion brand that believes in clothing that you can live in NOW and love forever. Clothing that not only makes you feel like your best self, but also fits in a way that flatters. Their gorgeous dresses, pants, tops, and more are designed to move with you throughout your busy days. Their Nico dress is my dress in a love language —not only does it have sleeves, but also POCKETS and you know how I feel about dresses with pockets. I love how comfortable and stylish each piece - and they come in colors like classic neutrals or vibrant hues. One of the things I love most about Tradlands is their focus on sustainability and creating small batch clothing that lasts… they never over produce what they make and focus on only the highest quality materials. And you know how much I love supporting small businesses, too. Check them out at https://tradlands.com/businesswithpurpose and use the code MOLLY20 for 20% off!

    • 49 min
    From Gutters to Filmmaking | Robert Craig, Robert Craig Films

    From Gutters to Filmmaking | Robert Craig, Robert Craig Films

    My guest this week is Robert Craig, an innovator, entrepreneur and creator of Robert Craig Films. He has a long history of taking start-ups and guiding their growth to become successful companies. Before he produced movies, Robert founded Gutterglove in 1996, the leading gutter guard supplier in the U.S.
    In 2019, he founded Robert Craig Films to produce inspirational and hopeful movies that make people smile and bring a high level of entertainment with spiritually uplifting storylines to the viewer. Robert believes God has a plan for him to make quality films with spiritually uplifting messages.
    3:25 – Robert 101 He wanted to produce money for more than 30 years. He wanted to be rich and famous when he was young but realized that was the wrong approach. In the last 30 years he has been on a journey where the Lord was molding him in a bunch of different ways. Robert had a passion for filmmaking and decided to follow his dream. 9:01 – Waiting for the right opportunity Robert would often talk to God and ask, “When are you going to release me?” so he could focus on films. He could tell the timing was right to become a filmmaker because his heart was different than it was back then. Robert was tithing at church when it was convenient for him, but he realized he wasn’t being obedient. 20:50 – Faith-driven projects To Robert, making a movie is like making a widget in business. God was directing Robert’s steps. 32:17 – Family-friendly content There’s a need for good, family-friendly content. Visit RobertCraigFilms.com and learn more about his films through his newsletter. 36:23 – Get to know you Favorite movie as a kid? Star Wars FEATURED QUOTES The last 30 years I’ve been on a journey where the Lord was molding me in a bunch of different ways.
    Now my attitude is completely different. It’s not about me. It’s about God.
    I can tell the timing is right, because my heart is so different now than it was back then.
    https://www.robertcraigfilms.com/
    Thank you to our partners of the show!
    Are you looking to clean up your household cleaning products this year? MamaSuds would like to help! The best way is to simply start with one product. Every time you run out of a specific cleaning product, replace it with a non-toxic one. Another tip, purchase a product that has multiple uses. The MamaSuds Collection has many multiple use products (castile soap or the toilet bombs are just a few!). Their blog has lots of great tips and a castile soap recipe that you can print and make a lot of your own effective cleaners! Give them a try at www.mamasuds.com and don't forget to use the coupon code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
    I’d like to thank our other partner of the show and that’s Tradlands. Tradlands is an INCREDIBLE sustainable fashion brand that believes in clothing that you can live in NOW and love forever. Clothing that not only makes you feel like your best self, but also fits in a way that flatters. Their gorgeous dresses, pants, tops, and more are designed to move with you throughout your busy days. Their Nico dress is my dress in a love language —not only does it have sleeves, but also POCKETS and you know how I feel about dresses with pockets. I love how comfortable and stylish each piece - and they come in colors like classic neutrals or vibrant hues. One of the things I love most about Tradlands is their focus on sustainability and creating small batch clothing that lasts… they never over produce what they make and focus on only the highest quality materials. And you know how much I love supporting small businesses, too. Check them out at https://tradlands.com/businesswithpurpose and use the code MOLLY20 for 20% off!

    • 43 min
    Finding Significance Beyond Success | Traci Schubert Barrett

    Finding Significance Beyond Success | Traci Schubert Barrett

    My guest this week is Traci Barrett. She was one of the founding members of the national cable network, HGTV. Traci enjoyed the exciting and amazing ride of taking an idea and turning it into a billion dollar media empire. But almost two decades later, with a family and plenty of life ahead, success was no longer the beacon it once was.
    Traci took a risk and walked away from the comfort of corporate life to embark on a soul-searching journey – one that would answer her questions, validate her instincts, and change her life forever.
    7:01 – Traci 101 Traci grew up in West Palm Beach, Fla. She moved to Chicago and knew she always wanted to work in television. She stayed in Chicago for 25 years and helped start HGTV. After 20 years with HGTV, she woke up one morning and wondered what else was out there. Traci decided to merge her decades of experience leading, strategizing, managing and mentoring by starting the business consulting firm, Navigate the Journey. 17:39 – HGTV’s early mission and vision HGTV wanted to be loyal to the brand and have a common thread. It was always clear from the top down that HGTV was going to stick with the brand. It’s always good to know what the competition is doing, but Traci and her coworkers didn’t fear what the competition was doing. Believe in the mission, and stay true to the mission. 29:56 – Navigate the Journey Traci and her husband started a business, Navigate the Journey. She coaches people and helps them connect the dots in their lives. Her business took off, and she began hiring people to work with her. 39:26 – Helping those who struggle Women who stay home with their kids and want to re-enter the workforce often come to Traci for help. Traci helps people figure out what’s holding them back and how they can lean into their purpose. 45:03 – Get to know you Something we’d never guess about Traci? She loves to sing. FEATURED QUOTES
    I just woke up and asked myself: What more is out there?
    It’s always good to know what the competition is doing, but we don’t fear what the competition is doing.
    Believe in the mission, and stay true to the mission.
    CONNECT:
    https://www.tracischubertbarrett.com/
    https://www.navigatethejourney.com/
    Thank you to our partners of the show!
    Are you looking to clean up your household cleaning products this year? MamaSuds would like to help! The best way is to simply start with one product. Every time you run out of a specific cleaning product, replace it with a non-toxic one. Another tip, purchase a product that has multiple uses. The MamaSuds Collection has many multiple use products (castile soap or the toilet bombs are just a few!). Their blog has lots of great tips and a castile soap recipe that you can print and make a lot of your own effective cleaners! Give them a try at www.mamasuds.com and don't forget to use the coupon code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
    I’d like to thank our other partner of the show and that’s Tradlands. Tradlands is an INCREDIBLE sustainable fashion brand that believes in clothing that you can live in NOW and love forever. Clothing that not only makes you feel like your best self, but also fits in a way that flatters. Their gorgeous dresses, pants, tops, and more are designed to move with you throughout your busy days. Their Nico dress is my dress in a love language —not only does it have sleeves, but also POCKETS and you know how I feel about dresses with pockets. I love how comfortable and stylish each piece - and they come in colors like classic neutrals or vibrant hues. One of the things I love most about Tradlands is their focus on sustainability and creating small batch clothing that lasts… they never over produce what they make and focus on only the highest quality materials. And you know how much I love supporting small businesses, too. Check them out at https://tradlands.com/businesswithpurpose and use the code MOLLY20 for 20% off!

    • 53 min
    When Collaboration Over Competition Really Happens | Jessica Honegger & Liz Bohannon, Noonday Collection

    When Collaboration Over Competition Really Happens | Jessica Honegger & Liz Bohannon, Noonday Collection

    My guests this week are Jessica Honegger and Liz Bohannon. Jessica is the author of Imperfect Courage and founder of the socially conscious fashion brand Noonday Collection.
    Liz is the founder of Sseko Designs, an ethical fashion brand that works to educate and empower women. She is also the newly named chief growth officer of Noonday Collection.
    Today we're talking about the merge heard around the fair trade world that happened this summer when Noonday Collection and Sseko Designs came together. Jessica and Liz have been on the show before, but today’s conversation will be extra special.
    6:05 – Jessica 201 Jessica’s company is a one-stop fully ethical shop that creates opportunities for artisans living in some of the world’s most vulnerable places. She is a mom of three and has a book, a podcast and a love of queso and margaritas. 7:20 – Liz 201 She joined Noonday and is working to grow the company’s global artisan impact and community of entrepreneurs in the U.S. Liz believes every girl should have the opportunity to learn and to lead. She has three young boys and also loves queso and margaritas. 17:22 – Counterculture Liz and Jessica are living counter culturally by working together instead of competing against each other. They spent many hours having difficult conversations about how to merge their businesses. Their business cares for women around the world. 32:23 – Going into business together Long ago, I felt like Liz and Jessica should go into business together but never told them. Their work is a beautiful testament to who they are. 40:35 – A faithful, consistent partner 11 years ago, Liz hired Agnes “Aggie” Netunze, of Uganda, as an intern. She later became the company’s general manager. Aggie has been the most faithful, consistent work partner Liz has ever had. Aggie is now the majority owner of Sseko Uganda. 46:16 – Running a business with purpose Liz and Jessica are leaning into their shared purpose. They are using business to create opportunities for women by staying curious and gritty and open. FEATURED QUOTES Every girl should have the opportunity to learn and to lead. – Liz
    This is why women should run the world. You can do hard things. – Liz
    Our business is what cares for so many women around the world. – Jessica
    You don’t know what God is doing. Someday we’ll get to see the full picture. – Jessica
    CONNECT:
    https://mollystillman.noondaycollection.com/ 
    https://www.jessicahonegger.com/
    http://lizbohannon.co/
    Thank you to our partners of the show!
    Are you looking to clean up your household cleaning products this year? MamaSuds would like to help! The best way is to simply start with one product. Every time you run out of a specific cleaning product, replace it with a non-toxic one. Another tip, purchase a product that has multiple uses. The MamaSuds Collection has many multiple use products (castile soap or the toilet bombs are just a few!). Their blog has lots of great tips and a castile soap recipe that you can print and make a lot of your own effective cleaners! Give them a try at www.mamasuds.com and don't forget to use the coupon code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
    I’d like to thank our other partner of the show and that’s Tradlands. Tradlands is an INCREDIBLE sustainable fashion brand that believes in clothing that you can live in NOW and love forever. Clothing that not only makes you feel like your best self, but also fits in a way that flatters. Their gorgeous dresses, pants, tops, and more are designed to move with you throughout your busy days. Their Nico dress is my dress in a love language —not only does it have sleeves, but also POCKETS and you know how I feel about dresses with pockets. I love how comfortable and stylish each piece - and they come in colors like classic neutrals or vibrant hues. One of the things I love most about Tradlands is their focus on sustainability and creating small batch clothing that lasts… they n

    • 49 min
    A Story of Resilience and Hope | David Pruitt

    A Story of Resilience and Hope | David Pruitt

    My guest this week is David Pruitt, a first-generation college graduate from UNC-Greensboro. As a senior leader in the U.S Bicycle industry, he served on the board of “People for Bikes,” a national organization with 1.3 million members that works to make riding a bicycle in America safer, easier to access, and more fun.
    A licensed CPA, David started his business career in an entry-level accounting position before advancing to first CFO, then CEO, of Performance Bike, for a time the largest cycling retailer in the United States.
    He is an avid reader, a happily married husband for more than 30 years, and a proud father of two successful children. He currently resides in Chapel Hill.
    5:24 – David 101 He was raised in Greensboro with two older brothers. David had a dysfunctional, chaotic upbringing. His mother had mental health issues and his father was mentally and physically abusive. 20:12 – Breaking cycles 30% of children who are abused end up abusing their children David knew he was never going to put his hands on his kids. There was never a doubt, given his experience with abuse. 22:16 – 10 traumatic events The CDC identified 10 traumatic events that can happen to a child before the age of 17. If enough of those events happen, it can dramatically change the quality of the rest of their life. Some include: physical/verbal/sexual abuse, neglect, domestic violence on mother, alcoholic parent, etc. 29:30 – Easy and difficult writing Writing is not a cathartic experience. There are tough things in his book, but it has a good ending. 42:32 – Forgiveness David used his faith to help him forgive his father before his death. 45:00 – Missing the mother-son connection David never had a connection with his mother. Mother-son relationships are supposed to the closest, but it wasn’t. 52:03 – Get to know you Strange pet peeve? Mess. He’s a neat freak. Hobby we wouldn’t guess? FEATURED QUOTES I wanted to stop the cycle with my kids. So I was focused on being a good dad.
    I knew I was never going to put my hands on my kids. I knew it. There was never a doubt.
    There’s nothing worse than seeing a child’s potential stolen.
    CONNECT:
    https://gosparkpress.com/portfolio/david-pruitt/
    Thank you to our partners of the show!
    Are you looking to clean up your household cleaning products this year? MamaSuds would like to help! The best way is to simply start with one product. Every time you run out of a specific cleaning product, replace it with a non-toxic one. Another tip, purchase a product that has multiple uses. The MamaSuds Collection has many multiple use products (castile soap or the toilet bombs are just a few!). Their blog has lots of great tips and a castile soap recipe that you can print and make a lot of your own effective cleaners! Give them a try at www.mamasuds.com and don't forget to use the coupon code MOLLY for 15% off your order!
    I’d like to thank our other partner of the show and that’s Tradlands. Tradlands is an INCREDIBLE sustainable fashion brand that believes in clothing that you can live in NOW and love forever. Clothing that not only makes you feel like your best self, but also fits in a way that flatters. Their gorgeous dresses, pants, tops, and more are designed to move with you throughout your busy days. Their Nico dress is my dress in a love language —not only does it have sleeves, but also POCKETS and you know how I feel about dresses with pockets. I love how comfortable and stylish each piece - and they come in colors like classic neutrals or vibrant hues. One of the things I love most about Tradlands is their focus on sustainability and creating small batch clothing that lasts… they never over produce what they make and focus on only the highest quality materials. And you know how much I love supporting small businesses, too. Check them out at https://tradlands.com/businesswithpurpose and use the code MOLLY20 for 20% off!

    • 58 min

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