Welcome to the Business Boot-Up Edition of The Dreamers and Doers Podcast! We believe you are never too young to start a business. We’re bringing you live interviews from the Norman Farmer’s Market in Norman, OK. Each episode will feature one of our student-run businesses where they will be sharing what they’ve learned by starting a business to encourage you to start yours too!
Mike Hoang: Social Entrepreneur + Bucket Lister
Mike Hoang is the founder of KM Communities- a social enterprise merging residential real estate investment and community development- as well as the owner of KM Marketing- a digital marketing firm in downtown Oklahoma City.
Mike is a Leadership OKC alumni, Salt and Light Leadership Training alumni, former President of Toastmasters of Oklahoma City, and a founding board member of both the Asian Chamber of Oklahoma and the Asian District Cultural Association. He was recognized as among the top up and coming leaders in Oklahoma City under 30 years old and became financially independent at the age of 31.
Mike advises business owners who want to make money in business that teamwork is essential. Setting clear expectations and accountability to meet your goals will grow a successful business. Mike encourages all young entrepreneurs to surround yourself with people that are doing what you want to do.
Abe Hunnell and Maxwell McIntyre with Big Dipr
Abe founded Big Dipr in order to create tasty treats to share with friends and family. Big Dipr is a way to try out business and learn the life changing lessons that accompany entrepreneurship. Plus it is really fun to dip things in chocolate. Abe has grown up watching his parents and family members start businesses and felt like 5 years old was plenty old to start a business. So Big Dipr was born. The Big Dipper Skipper (Abe’s name for himself) is at the helm of a tasty enterprise. Maxwell joined the team prior to the Norman Children’s Business Fair, which Abe knew would ensure that their business would win!
Abe and Maxwell advise entrepreneurs to be nice to your customers and know your business to make the sale. Their favorite part of starting a business is the partnership they’ve built and just going for it!