Episode 56: What it Takes to Start a Business with Melissa Wedman

Welcome to the Loveworks dreamers and doers Podcast # 56. At Loveworks we believe you are NEVER too young to be a dreamer and NEVER too old to do your dream.

If this is your first time, thank you for joining us and giving us the thing that means the most to you – your time. If you’re returning, welcome back! We know you have lots of options out there in the Podcast universe.

Our hope with Dreamers & Doers podcast is that each week’s special guests will connect with you wherever you find yourself today and inspire you to become the best version of yourself for tomorrow.

Melissa Wedman: CEO of Mollycoddled Hash Slinger

Melissa Wedman is the Head Sugar Slinger (CEO) of Mollycoddled Hash Slinger; an artisan candy company focusing on supporting micro-small businesses through supply chains. Although Melissa did not grow up dreaming of being a professional candy maker, she was born with an entrepreneurial spirit which was encouraged by her dad at a young age. After pursuing a horticulture degree from Oklahoma State University, she found herself in a role as an upper level sales trainer and coach within the culinary smallware industry for nearly 13 years. In 2011, she lost her father which was the inspiration for the accidental start of Mollycoddled HashSlinger.

What her business stands for: Make old school candy with new world profiles.

Melissa says she is split down the middle between dreamer and doer!

Learning Entrepreneurship

When Melissa was younger she loved Beanie Babies. Her dad would spend time in pawn shops to help their family get some extra cash, and one day Melissa found a Beanie Baby at a pawn shop. She was able to clean the toy and resell it for more than she bought it for! She and her dad were both proud of her accomplishments.

Sugar-Slinging Beginning

When Melissa’s dad passed away rather suddenly, Melissa wanted to create something in his memory. She remembered he loved caramels! She began researching how to create caramels and experimenting with flavors to create.

Melissa’s Advice

Don’t be afraid to fail. Failures always lead to success. Find what you’re passionate about and give it a go! Go and get experiences to help you figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life.

Do what truly makes your heart happy. Don’t listen to the negative talk around your dream. Sometimes those close to you will discourage you to protect you. Be able to continue pushing yourself, failure is important! Find a support system to encourage you.

Key Takeaways:

  • Support the small businesses in your community.
  • Don’t be afraid to fail.
  • Find what you’re passionate about and pursue it.

Connect with Melissa:

Instagram: @mollycoddledhashslinger
Facebook: @Melissa Wedman
LinkedIn: @Melissa W.

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