13 episodes

Everyone who’s lived in, worked in, or visited Frederick, Maryland knows there’s just something… special… about this place. Frederick is known for its economic potential, quality of life, charm, and prime location outside of Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Like many communities around the USA, Frederick is working to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Our goal with this podcast is to be a part of that conversation. In the Frederick Factor Podcast, you’ll hear from Frederick’s underrepresented business owners, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. They’ll share their personal stories and career journeys and what makes Frederick so special to them. Tune in to get inspired and be a part of this conversation with us!

Frederick Factor Sandy Dubay

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Everyone who’s lived in, worked in, or visited Frederick, Maryland knows there’s just something… special… about this place. Frederick is known for its economic potential, quality of life, charm, and prime location outside of Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Like many communities around the USA, Frederick is working to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Our goal with this podcast is to be a part of that conversation. In the Frederick Factor Podcast, you’ll hear from Frederick’s underrepresented business owners, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. They’ll share their personal stories and career journeys and what makes Frederick so special to them. Tune in to get inspired and be a part of this conversation with us!

    The Uniqueness Factor with Nikki Reineck of Sisters in Style

    The Uniqueness Factor with Nikki Reineck of Sisters in Style

    Show Summary
    For our final episode of Season One of the Frederick Factor, our guest is Nikki Reineck, the owner and CEO of the clothing boutique Sisters in Style. Nikki shares her journey as a business owner and discusses how Sisters in Style evolved from an at-home business to opening a storefront in Frederick, Maryland and a facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. Nikki is also part of the deaf community, and her employees are all deaf as well. She shares with us the unique experience people can have in her store and how communities can make events more accessible and inclusive for the deaf community. 
    Show Notes
    How Nikki and her sister got the original inspiration to start selling clothing as a side businessHow they made the transition from direct sales to opening their first storefront The encouragement they received from their customer base to open a boutique in FrederickWhat it was like expanding the business during the pandemicThe ways that sisterhood supports Nikki and her sister to be successful in their businessSome of the goals they have to support other deaf-owned business owners and suppliers in their businessThe unique and valuable experience customers can have in their store (including hearing people and those with deaf children)The benefits of being located in Frederick, Maryland, where there’s a deaf community of over 3,000 people Nikki’s Frederick FactorGuest Bio:
    Nikki Reineck is the owner and CEO of the clothing boutique, Sisters in Style, located in Frederick, Maryland, on Shab Row at 116 N. East Street. They’re open Wednesdays through Sundays. They offer a variety of styles and sizes in their boutique so that there’s something everyone can enjoy. Everyone on their staff is in the deaf community, and they have a whiteboard in the store to communicate with hearing people. They welcome all customers to their boutique to explore the variety of clothing and those who want to learn more about deaf culture, sign language, or who are interested in supporting deaf-owned businesses. In addition to the Frederick location, there is a Sisters in Style location in Indianapolis, and they also sell their clothing online and through the Sisters in Style app. 
    Show Links:
    Sisters in StyleFollow Sisters in Style on InstagramSisters in Style App on AppleSisters in Style App on GoogleiYellow InterpretingAbout the Frederick Factor:

    The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  https://frederickfactor.com/. Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frederickfactor_/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrederickFactor1748

    • 29 min
    The Culture Factor with Elizabeth Chung of the Asian American Center of Frederick

    The Culture Factor with Elizabeth Chung of the Asian American Center of Frederick

    Show Summary
    Our guest for today’s episode is Elizabeth Chung, the founder and Executive Director of the Asian American Center of Frederick. The AACF brings together cultures, helps people become citizens of the US, and supports immigrants with essential skills to be independent and successful contributors to our communities. With passion and dedication, Elizabeth shares her journey creating AACF and growing the many successful programs that are powerfully impacting individuals, strengthening communities, and creating ripple effects throughout society at large. 
    Show Notes
    The original inspiration behind starting Asian American Center of Frederick (AACF)How the AACF has evolved beyond serving only the Asian American communityThe many different services offered by the AACF to support immigrants to become independent and contributors to the communityElizabeth’s joy in offering AACF’s Citizen and Naturalization ProgramThe power of food festivals to bring different communities together What the Chinese Five Elements can teach us about community buildingThe domino effect of different cultures helping one anotherWhy it’s so important to see your own unconscious biases to help fight injusticeElizabeth’s ideas of how AACF could continue to grow and expandElizabeth’s Frederick FactorGuest Bio:
    Elizabeth Chung is a native of Hong Kong, China, and immigrated to the United States in 1970. For 45 years, she has been an advocate for minority health. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Asian American Center of Frederick (AACF), an organization dedicated to supporting immigrants with essential skills to be independent and successful contributors to the community. Under her leadership, AACF is a leading entity in addressing health disparities through partnership with collective impact. Elizabeth serves and has served on various advisory committees, boards, and commissions in various capacities, including the Asian Pacific American Commission of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiative. She has received many awards and accolades throughout her career, including becoming the national recipient of the New York Life Foundation – Love Takes Action Award. 
    Show Links:
    Asian American Center of FrederickFrederick’s EmPOWER ProgramAbout the Frederick Factor:

    The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  https://frederickfactor.com/. Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frederickfactor_/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrederickFactor1748

    • 49 min
    The Hope Factor with Aje Hill of I Believe In Me

    The Hope Factor with Aje Hill of I Believe In Me

    Show Summary:
    We’re sure this conversation with Aje Hill will leave you as inspired and as it left us. He shares his story of going from a “dope dealer” in his youth to becoming a “hope dealer” today. After going to prison at a young age, Aje had a wake-up moment where he decided that he believed in himself. Since then, he has committed himself to serving the community, helping at-risk youth through his nonprofit, I Believe In Me, Inc. He continues to serve “hope” everywhere he goes -- including this episode!
    Show Notes:
    Aje’s story of going to prison at a young age and ending up lonely, hopeless, and full of painThe pivotal moment when Aje had to decide whether or not he believed in himself and would find a way to changeThe closed (and locked) doors in the community Aje faced after getting out of prisonThe inspiration behind starting his non-profit organization, I Believe In Me, Inc. Why it is so important for communities to provide safe spaces and healthy role models for at-risk youth The story behind “Hope Boxes,” the mobile food distribution program providing food to Frederick families in needAje’s dedication to his mother, who was there for him through all the challengesThe “self-inventory” practice that allows Aje to step into leadership each dayAje’s Frederick FactorGuest Bio:
    Aje Hill is the Executive Director and Founder of the nonprofit, I Believe in Me Inc, based in Frederick County. Their mission is to reach at-risk youth and inspire and challenge them through programs that foster self-respect and respect for the world around them.Along with other leaders, Aje started a mobile food distribution program, Hope Boxes, which has delivered 4.1 million meals into the Frederick community and provided food to over 125,000 families. Aje strives to deter today’s youth from making the mistakes he made and prevent them from facing the same situations and consequences that he once faced. 
    Show Links:
    I Believe In Me, Inc.I Believe In Me on InstagramI Believe In Me on TwitterI Believe in Me on FacebookAbout the Frederick Factor:

    The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  https://frederickfactor.com/. Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frederickfactor_/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrederickFactor1748

    • 32 min
    The Entrepreneurship Factor with Janece Lee of HEISIS

    The Entrepreneurship Factor with Janece Lee of HEISIS

    Show Summary
    This conversation with Janece Lee was truly an inspiring one! As a recent college graduate, Janece is taking the fashion industry by storm as she fills an unmet need: plus-size young adult fashion. In this interview, Janece shares why it’s so important to create trending, stylish plus-size clothing for young adults. With determination, commitment, and a passion for her mission, Janece is building a powerful brand that’s dedicated to serving her target audience. 
    Show Notes 
    How Janece got the inspiration for her plus-sized young adult fashion companyWhere the inspiration for her brand’s name, “HEISIS,” came fromThe first “bathroom selfie” moment that confirmed that her fashion line will be popular with the young adult marketHow Janece used Instagram to conduct target market research with her ideal demographicHow growing up in a family business impacted her as an entrepreneurThe biggest lesson she’s had to learn since starting her businessJanece’s visions for scaling her business in FrederickTips for aspiring underrepresented entrepreneursJanece’s Frederick FactorGuest Bio
    Janece Lee is the CEO/Founder of HEISIS, a fashion brand soley for plus-size teens and young adults. In December of 2019, Janece graduated from Kent State University, earning her degree in fashion merchandising. While in college, she had the opportunity to live in New York City and abroad in Florence, Italy. Janece aims to combine her authenticity and leadership skills to continue to grow her brand HEISIS, and to achieve her company’s mission of boldly redefining style without compromising size. 
    Show Links:
    Shop HEISIS
    HEISIS on Instagram
    Platinum PR TikTok
    WGSN
    Woman to Woman Mentoring

    About the Frederick Factor:

    The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  https://frederickfactor.com/. Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frederickfactor_/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrederickFactor1748

    • 36 min
    The Friendship Factor With Jose Bueso

    The Friendship Factor With Jose Bueso

    Show Summary:
    Our guest Jose Bueso is well-known in the Frederick community. For over 25 years, he has been the owner of Dynamic Automotive. In this episode, Jose shares his journey from working on cars in his garage to owning five different Dynamic Automotive locations with 46 employees. While Jose has faced fears and challenges along the way, he’s stayed relentlessly committed and determined to grow the thriving business he has today. 
    Show Notes:
    How Jose and his business partner went from working in Jose’s garage for 4 years to opening the doors of their brick and mortar business, Dynamic AutomotiveHow Jose got the courage to take the leap and quit his job to run the business full-timeWhy their growth has been a result of not focusing on making money but on making friendsThe challenges Jose and his business partner faced when opening their second locationHow they worked through the challenges they faced to now be successfully running 5 locations today with 46 employeesPractical ways that they support their business and staff to be on the cutting edge of car technologyWhat Jose’s best mentor, his father, taught him about how to be successfulJose’s tips for aspiring entrepreneursJose’s Frederick FactorGuest Bio:
    Jose Bueso is the COO, past president, and co-founder of Dynamic Automotive, which has five locations in Frederick County. Jose has 49 years of experience in the automotive industry and has been an ASE Master Certified Technician since 1982. Jose is a member of the AutoCare Associations Government Affairs Committee, president of the Mechanical Trades Foundation, Chair of Career and Technology Advisory Council, a member of Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, and past president of Carroll Creek Toastmasters. Jose also serves as a mentor in the Frederick Office of Economic Development’s Empower Mentor Program.
    Show Links:
    Dynamic AutomotiveFrederick County Career & Technology CenterAbout the Frederick Factor:

    The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  https://frederickfactor.com/. Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frederickfactor_/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrederickFactor1748

    • 26 min
    The Always Learning Factor With Em Perper

    The Always Learning Factor With Em Perper

    Show Summary
    If you live in Frederick and frequent the Curious Iguana bookstore on the weekends, chances are that you’ve gotten a book recommendation from our guest Em Perper. The Frederick Factor team got to know Em when they led a Frederick OED Empower Program workshop. In today’s episode, Em shares their journey as a transgender nonbinary person and some of the experiences they’ve had helping to educate people about the LGBTQ community. This includes both formal workshops as well as daily experiences working in downtown Frederick. 


    Show Notes 
    How Em identifiesWhy being well-meaning and progressive doesn’t stop a person from needing to educate themselves about nonconforming gender identitiesEm’s Frederick journey and how they ended up being the lead bookseller at Frederick’s popular independent bookstore, Curious IguanaWhat Em loves about Frederick and what would make it better for othersHow the pandemic created an atmosphere to explore gender identity and sexual orientation (and which popular TikTok resulted from it)Em’s experiences around people who make derogatory statements about the use of nonconforming pronouns and how they respondHow to know which pronouns to use if someone refers to themselves with multiple pronounsEm’s Frederick Factor
    Guest Bio
    Em Perper (they/them) is the lead bookseller at Curious Iguana, downtown Frederick’s independent bookstore. For five years, they served on the board of directors of The Frederick Center, which supports and advocates for Frederick’s LGBTQIA+ community. They’re passionate about creating queer-inclusive environments for folks who work, live, and visit Frederick.
    Show Links:
    Curious Iguana Bookstore
    Here are some of Em’s LGBTQ book recommendations:
    The Pronoun Lowdown by Nevo Zisin How to They/Them by Stuart GettyA Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan JimersonQueerstory: An Infographic History of the Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights by Rebecca StricksonA Queer History of the United States by Michael BronskiTransgender History by Susan StrykerTrans Like Me: Conversations for All of Us by CN LesterEverything You Ever Wanted to Know about Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask) by Brynn TannehillYou can find or order these books at Curious Iguana (12. N. Market St. & info@curiousiguana.com) or on Bookshop.org, a wonderful alternative to Amazon.

    About the Frederick Factor:
    The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  https://frederickfactor.com/. Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/frederickfactor_/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FrederickFactor1748

    • 42 min

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