A podcast that gives an inside look at women who own & run small businesses on California's Central Coast. Brought to you by the Pacific Coast Business Times.
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Jill Agonias, Founder & Director, Sol Seek Yoga
Jill Agonias is the Founder and CEO of SolSeek Yoga, a yoga studio based in Santa Barbara, California. Jill started her career in nonprofit marketing, and eventually quit to travel the world for a year and a half. When she returned to Santa Barbara, Jill decided to buy Divinitree yoga, and in 2021, has completed a successful rebranding
Listen to Jill talk about how to rebrand a business logistically and spiritually, what it takes to own your own business, and how to find the fullest version of yourself.
Please enjoy this talk with Jill Agonias.
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Allison Costa, Founder & CEO, Ventura Food Tours
Allison Costa is the Founder and CEO of Ventura Food Tours, a food walking tour servicing Ventura, Ojai and Santa Barbara.
Allison started Ventura Food Tours by herself in 2011, and has since grown her company to 5 tour guides and a vast list of restaurant partners.
Listen to Allison talk about how to start a customer service-based business, how to face finances as a small business owner, and how to structure your own small business from scratch.
Allison also recommends some great local dining later on in the episode, so tune in!
Please enjoy this talk with Allison Costa.
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Gayle Lassen, Managing Partner, Lassen's Natural Foods & Vitamins
Gayle Lassen is the Managing Partner of Lassen’s Natural Foods & Vitamins, a health food store with locations all over California. Gayle began her career as an English teacher and eventually pivoted careers to focus more on the family business.
Listen to Gayle tell the story of her mother-in-law, Oda Lassen, who founded Lassen’s when she was 52-years-old. Oda created the much-loved Central Coast health food store after living through World War II, and seeing how important it was for communities to have access to higher-quality nutrients.
We hope you enjoy this talk with Gayle Lassen.
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Jennifer Peck-Wheir, Owner & Co-Founder of Beacon Coffee
Jennifer Peck-Wheir is the Co-Founder of Beacon Coffee, a coffee shop and roaster with locations in Ventura and Ojai.
Jennifer began her career in food service and started Beacon Coffee in 2010 with her partner, John, after realizing the lack of connection between grower and consumer. Since then, Jennifer and John have scaled their small business to be an iconic Central Coast experience, sourcing from family-owned farms around the world.
Listen to Jennifer talk about building a business model based off transparency and education, being a woman in the coffee industry, and maintaining an honest work-life balance.
Seriously, this episode is so good. Please enjoy this talk with Jennifer Peck-Wheir.
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Michelle Richardson, Owner of Sugar
Michelle Richardson is the Founder and Owner of Sugar, a natural hair-removal salon and boutique based in Santa Barbara, California.
Michelle began her business journey as an aesthetician out of high school, and slowly worked her way through Los Angeles, which led her to founding her own brick-and-mortar in Santa Barbara.
Listen to Michelle talk about running a business as a single mother, the importance of creating strong relationships with employees, and how learning from your mistakes can often lead you to the right place.
Please enjoy this talk with Michelle Richardson.
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Maya Schoop-Rutten, Owner of Chocolate Maya
Maya Schoop-Rutten is the Founder and Owner of Chocolate Maya, an artisan chocolate store and kitchen based in Santa Barbara, CA.
Originally from Switzerland, Maya began her career working on boats in Greece and eventually found her way to California. After a successful career owning her own restaurant, Maya decided to open a chocolate shop similar to the ones she grew up with in Switzerland.
13 years later, Chocolate Maya is thriving.
Listen to Maya talk about the necessity of passion in the business world, advice for those who want to start their own business, and the importance of believing in yourself.
Please enjoy this talk with Maya Schoop-Rutten.
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Kudos to PCBT and Veronica for highlighting success women in our region. Great stories for all business leaders to listen and hear how many of these stories have similar background. Veronica asks great questions and let’s her guests share personal insights and ideas to become successful. Louie Valdez, Managing Director, Wells Fargo Advisors
I love learning about new businesses in my area and the behind the scenes work that started it all. Great commentary, insight, and advice that can be broadened to other aspects of life. Very empowering and fun to listen to!
Loved hearing about her journey as well as her strategies for retail and creating local community.