Episode 89: Kaden Ave Communications

This week, I sat down with Kady Hobbins and Avery Johnson, two friends who recently quit their full-time jobs to partner up and create Kaden Ave Communications, a social media and influencer marketing firm based in Edmonton, Alberta. 

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!

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All photography by Andrea Beça.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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I've recently encountered some frustrating changes to how my website host and podcasting fit together (or don't, really), and as a result, the costs of running my podcast are going up. 

That's So Maven! is not a paying job, but is something I devote a ton of time, money, and energy to alongside running my business because I see the importance of it, the need for it, and the incredibly positive impact it has on the community.

If you love what I do with this podcast, please consider becoming a patron of the show by pledging as little as $1USD/month. You can get behind-the-scenes access and cool That's So Maven! swag for doing so!

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Learn more and become a patron today on Patreon

Thanks so much as always for tuning in to the show! Your support means the world. The next guests on the show will be announced on social media soon, so stay tuned!

See you in a couple weeks!

Andrea

Episode 88: Funmi Omotade-Tan

This week, I sat down with Funmi Omotade-Tan, the owner of FO Photography with a Master's in Mechanical Engineering, who works with her partner, Adrian, and often has to answer to their toddler before she answers to anyone else. (But hey, she's learning words now, so it's a lot easier to do!)

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!

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Above four photos from FO Photography's Instagram.

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All photos of Funmi by Andrea Beça.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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As mentioned on today's episode of the show, I've recently encountered some frustrating changes to how my website host and podcasting fit together (or don't, really), and as a result, the costs of running my podcast are going up. 

That's So Maven! is not a paying job, but is something I devote a ton of time, money, and energy to alongside running my business because I see the importance of it, the need for it, and the incredibly positive impact it has on the community.

If you love what I do with this podcast, please consider becoming a patron of the show by pledging as little as $1USD/month. You can get behind-the-scenes access and cool That's So Maven! swag for doing so!

Learn more and become a patron today on Patreon

Thanks so much as always for tuning in to the show! Your support means the world. On our next episode, I'm chatting with brand new business owners Avery Johnson and Kady Dobbins of Kaden Ave Communications. I love chatting with entrepreneurs at all different phases of business, and it's been a while since we've heard from a business this fresh. Looking forward to hearing how it's been going for Kady and Avery so far!

See you in a couple weeks!

Andrea

Episode 87: Kari Skelton

This week, I sat down with Kari Skelton to learn about her journey into becoming a professional blogger, and to chat content development, consistency, monetization, juggling motherhood, and all those times friends and family ask creative entrepreneurs when they're going to "get a real job."

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!

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That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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As mentioned on today's episode of the show, I've recently encountered some frustrating changes to how my website host and podcasting fit together (or don't, really), and as a result, the costs of running my podcast are going up. 

That's So Maven! is not a paying job, but is something I devote a ton of time, money, and energy to alongside running my business because I see the importance of it, the need for it, and the incredibly positive impact it has on the community.

If you love what I do with this podcast, please consider becoming a patron of the show by pledging as little as $1USD/month. You can get behind-the-scenes access and cool That's So Maven! swag for doing so!

Learn more and become a patron today on Patreon

Other events mentioned on this episode:

Thanks so much for tuning in! On our next episode, we'll be chatting with Funmi Omotade-Tan of FO Photography about her journey to launching a photography business. I'm very excited to share her story with you.

See you in a couple weeks!

Andrea

Episode 86: Esther Hempel

This week, I sat down with Esther Hempel, the self-taught leather maven behind DUVAL, a leather handbag and accessory brand from right here in Edmonton, Alberta. We talked working in retail, creative education, and what it's like to hand stitch leather bags with children running around you at all hours of the day.

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!

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Photography by Andrea Beça.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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Remember, listeners of the show can get $5 off a ticket to see Doug Hoyer & Strings at CKUA presented by the Alberta Podcast Network by using the code APNROCKS at checkout.

Other events mentioned on this episode:

Thank you so much for tuning in! This is the official start of the new publication schedule for That's So Maven!, which means there's no new episode next week. On March 20, we'll be meeting Kari Skelton to talk about what it's like to build a career as a blogger and influencer. 

See you in two weeks!

Andrea

Episode 85: Lorna Mutegyeki

This week, I sat down with Lorna Mutegyeki, owner and designer at Msichana, a stunning and unique line of clothing designed here in Edmonton and made to measure in Uganda. The word "msichana" means “young woman” in Swahili, a language dating back to the 18th century that was born of blended cultures including Africans, Arabs, and Europeans and is used in different countries across Africa to this day. I was deeply inspired by Lorna's business model, and by everything she shared with me during our conversation - I only wish we could have chatted for longer!

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on iTunes and Google Play!

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Above quartet of photos taken from Msichana's Instagram page.

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Photography by Andrea Beça unless otherwise noted. 

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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Just in case you missed the news, there will be no new episode of That's So Maven! next week as I am taking a week off to enjoy a vacation with my partner. When I return, the podcast is shifting its publication schedule from weekly to biweekly episodes to allow me (Andrea Beça, your host and creator of the show) more time to focus in on my own business. I'll make sure to remind you when new episodes are coming out, but you should also subscribe on iTunes and Google Play so you don't miss a beat, because there are many, many more amazing interviews yet to come!

Our next episode, coming out on Tuesday, March 6, features Esther Duval Hempel, owner and creator at DUVAL, a handmade leather bag and accessory company based in Edmonton, Alberta. 

See you in a couple weeks!

Andrea

Episode 84: Mandy Balak

This week, I sat down with Mandy Balak, founder of It's Date Night and The Ace Class, with whom I have been working to bring fantastic events like Babes Who Brunch to Edmonton. From the time she had a lemonade stand, Mandy knew she wanted to be a CEO, but she didn't necessarily think she'd be CEO of her own company...now she runs two businesses from her home base in Calgary - one of which is quickly spreading across the country!

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on iTunes and Google Play!

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Photo by Stephanie Landry

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Photo by Anastasiia Fursa

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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This week's episode is brought to you in part by Alberta Women Entrepreneurs' Learning Day on February 20! This one-day conference features keynotes and workshops about human resources, operations, financing, marketing, technology, and mindset. You’ll get tangible skills, information, and access to expert resources to help build your business. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other entrepreneurs so you feel less alone in your journey.

That's So Maven! listeners can get 10% by using the promo code “Podcast” at checkout. Hooray!

In case you missed the news, That's So Maven! is now live on Patreon

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If you're not sure what Patreon is, it's an amazing way to support creators, and it functions a lot like a monthly subscription - in this case, to the podcast. 

Please check out the Patreon page to learn more, and to become a patron of the show. If you can't support the show financially, you can still help in a huge way by sharing the Patreon campaign on all your social media! I would be oh so grateful!

Thanks as always for tuning into the show this week! Next week, we'll meet Lorna Mutegyeki of Msichana, a clothing line and global village of women coming together to build bridges across the world: sharing cultures and building self-sustaining local communities.

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 83: A Deep Dive into Mental Health with Nicole Perry

This week, I was re-joined by Nicole Perry, Feminist Counsellor Edmonton, to take a deep dive into the mental health of entrepreneurship. We had a fantastic conversation about making space for yourself, boundaries, stress, and how to say, "That's enough for today" when you know there's always work to be done.

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on iTunes and Google Play!

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All photography by Andrea Beça.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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This week's episode is brought to you in part by Alberta Women Entrepreneurs' Learning Day on February 20! This one-day conference features keynotes and workshops about human resources, operations, financing, marketing, technology, and mindset. You’ll get tangible skills, information, and access to expert resources to help build your business. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other entrepreneurs so you feel less alone in your journey.

That's So Maven! listeners can get 10% by using the promo code “Podcast” at checkout. Hooray!

In case you missed the news, That's So Maven! is now live on Patreon

If you're not sure what Patreon is, it's an amazing way to support creators, and it functions a lot like a monthly subscription - in this case, to the podcast. 

Please check out the Patreon page to learn more, and to become a patron of the show. If you can't support the show financially, you can still help in a huge way by sharing the Patreon campaign on all your social media! I would be oh so grateful!

Thank you so much, as always, for tuning in to this episode of That's So Maven! Next week, we'll be meeting Mandy Balak, owner of It's Date Night and The Ace Class, with whom I've been working to bring events like Lady Balls, Wing Woman, and Babes Who Brunch to Edmonton! 

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 82: The Nook Cafe

This week, I sat down with Lynsae and Marnie, the mother-daughter duo behind The Nook Cafe, a cozy new spot bringing accessibility and inclusivity to the heart of Edmonton. I've had siblings on the show, as well as many guests who run businesses with their partners, but it was super cool to have my first interview with a mother and daughter who work together!

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on iTunes and Google Play

 Photo provided by The Nook Cafe

Photo provided by The Nook Cafe

Note: The above shots were taken during filming for my upcoming documentary web series pilot, featuring past guest Alexis Hillyard! Learn more HERE

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All photography by Andrea Beça unless otherwise noted.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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This week's episode is brought to you in part by Alberta Women Entrepreneurs' Learning Day on February 20! This one-day conference features keynotes and workshops about human resources, operations, financing, marketing, technology, and mindset. You’ll get tangible skills, information, and access to expert resources to help build your business. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other entrepreneurs so you feel less alone in your journey.

That's So Maven! listeners can get 10% by using the promo code “Podcast” at checkout. Hooray!

In case you missed the news, That's So Maven! is now live on Patreon

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If you're not sure what Patreon is, it's an amazing way to support creators, and it functions a lot like a monthly subscription - in this case, to the podcast. 

Many think That's So Maven! is my job, but that's not the case! Like everyone on the show, I am an entrepreneur, and I donate all the time required to create That's So Maven! every week - between 15-18 hours per week, with a total of over 1,100 hours donated so far

Please check out the Patreon page to learn more, and to become a patron of the show. If you can't support the show financially, you can still help in a huge way by sharing the Patreon campaign on all your social media! I would be oh so grateful!

Thanks so much for tuning in! Next week, we're taking a deep dive into mental health and entrepreneurship with Nicole Perry - Feminist Counsellor Edmonton! This one's such an important topic to discuss, so make sure not to miss it!

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 81: Louise Casemore

This week, we're back in Calgary for the last conversation I had during my visit to Calgary in December. Louise Casemore is a long-time friend and generally amazing and inspiring human who recently moved from Edmonton to Calgary to become an Artistic Associate at Ghost River Theatre. We talked about life in the arts, work-life balance (if there is such a thing) and self-care, and feminism.

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on iTunes and Google Play

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All photography by Andrea Beça.

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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This week's episode is brought to you in part by Alberta Women Entrepreneurs' Learning Day on February 20! This one-day conference features keynotes and workshops about human resources, operations, financing, marketing, technology, and mindset. You’ll get tangible skills, information, and access to expert resources to help build your business. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other entrepreneurs so you feel less alone in your journey.

It’s only $99 until January 19 and That's So Maven! listeners can get 10% if you use the promo code “Podcast” at checkout.

In case you missed the news, That's So Maven! is now live on Patreon

If you're not sure what Patreon is, click the image above and check it out. It's an amazing way to support creators, and it functions a lot like a monthly subscription - in this case, to the podcast. 

Many think That's So Maven! is my job, but that's not the case! Like everyone on the show, I am an entrepreneur, and I donate all the time required to create That's So Maven! every week - between 15-18 hours per week, with a total of over 1,100 hours donated so far

Please check out the Patreon page to learn more, and to become a patron of the show. If you can't support the show financially, you can still help in a huge way by sharing the Patreon campaign on all your social media! I would be oh so grateful!

Thank you so much for tuning in! I am hoping to return to Calgary very soon to interview many more of the amazing femmes who live and own businesses there! If you know someone who would make a great guest on the show from Calgary (or anywhere else, really), get in touch and let me know so that I can add them to my ever-growing database!

Next week, we're back in Edmonton to meet Lynsae Moon, who co-owns The Nook Cafe with her mom, and who has so much wisdom to share about food and accessibility and so much more.

See you next week!

Andrea

 

Episode 80: Kyle Fairall

This week, I sat down with Kyle Fairall, founder of Queerflex, Canada’s first non-profit gym centred on creating safer space for LGBTQIA2S+ folks in the fitness world through personal training, public education and direct advocacy. We had a great conversation about so many things, from building - and sometimes demanding - space for the queer community to the importance of asking someone's pronouns to how to sustainably run a non-profit and beyond. 

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Listen to our chat here:

You can also tune in and subscribe on iTunes and Google Play

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All photography by Andrea Beça.

In case you missed the news, That's So Maven! is now live on Patreon

If you're not sure what Patreon is, click the image above and check it out. It's an amazing way to support creators, and it functions a lot like a monthly subscription - in this case, to the podcast. 

Many think That's So Maven! is my job, but that's not the case! Like everyone on the show, I am an entrepreneur, and I donate all the time required to create That's So Maven! every week - between 15-18 hours per week, with a total of over 1,100 hours donated so far

Please check out the Patreon page to learn more, and to become a patron of the show. If you can't support the show financially, you can still help in a huge way by sharing the Patreon campaign on all your social media! I would be oh so grateful!

That's So Maven! is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network, powered by ATB Financial. The network is growing as we speak, so make sure you check out all of the local podcasts who are a part of it!

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This week's episode is brought to you in part by Alberta Women Entrepreneurs' Learning Day on February 20! This one-day conference features keynotes and workshops about human resources, operations, financing, marketing, technology, and mindset. You’ll get tangible skills, information, and access to expert resources to help build your business. Plus, it’s a great way to meet other entrepreneurs so you feel less alone in your journey.

It’s only $99 until January 19 and That's So Maven! listeners can get 10% if you use the promo code “Podcast” at checkout.

Thank you so much for tuning in! Next week, we're heading back to Calgary once more for the final interview I completed during my December visit. We'll be meeting Louise Casemore, Artistic Associate of Ghost River Theatre, for a fantastic conversation on life and work in the arts.

See you next week!

Andrea