Biz Boot Up Ep 25: To Dream is to Change with Mike Eilts and Sporty Sweets

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 Loveworks Leadership 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!

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Mike Eilts: Weather and Nature Photography

Mike is passionate about saving lives and helping companies manage operations through effective communication of weather risks to businesses and the public. He was a co-founder of Weather Decision Technologies in 2000 and was the President and CEO for the 18 years in operation until the business was sold to DTN in late 2018. Mike then ran the 700-person Weather Business Unit of DTN for 2.5 years, leaving them in March 2021 to form his own consulting business. At present he consults with numerous companies in the weather industry, helping them with strategy and mergers and acquisitions. Before founding WDT, Mike worked at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) for 16 years, the last 7 as the Assistant Director. He has 3 degrees from the University of Oklahoma: B.S. and M.S. in Meteorology and an MBA. Today he is pursuing his photography passion and being an entrepreneur by launching a new business with his two daughters, Weather and Nature Photography.

Levi and Nathanael Park: Sporty Sweetz

Brothers Levi and Nathanael Park started Sporty Sweetz as a way to combine two things they love—cookies and sports. They spent several years living abroad in Thailand, where they started their first business, a driveway stand selling snacks, when Levi was just starting kindergarten. Now in the third and fourth grade, they are avid football card collectors and love playing a variety of sports, from baseball to flag football to daily GaGa ball matches at school.

Key Takeaways

  • Shifting your dreams
  • Find your niche
  • Respect your customer and they’ll respect you

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