Biz Boot Up Podcast Episode 64: Learn from Experiences with Johnny Sompholphardy and Simply Suddz

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 of our episodes includes interviews with our youngest and more experienced entrepreneurs who will inspire, educate and give you an action step to help your leadership and business!

Powered by the Norman Chamber of Commerce and sponsored by First United Bank.

Johnny Sompholphardy: Phaya Naga Foods

Johnny Sompholphardy is a first-generation Laotian-American with a bachelors in chemical engineering. He left the engineering industry after 8 years to found Phaya Naga Foods, a food manufacturing company based in Oklahoma City. His company owns Vatsana’s, an Asian food brand with products inspired by food from Laos. Vatsana’s has hot sauce, seasonings, and salsas in 15 stores across the U.S., the U.K., and France.

Sophia: Simply Suddz

Sophia is 12 years old and is in the 7th grade at All Saints Catholic School. She first got the idea to create a soap business from participating in an entrepreneurship class at her school. She loves creating and thought making soap would be fun and solve the sometimes problem of convincing kids to bathe. She sold out at her first school event and has had the opportunity to participate at the Farmer’s Market and will be selling at the Farm Girl Fair this October. She’s also the winner of the first Early Event sponsored by Loveworks where she won the grand prize for her age group in the booth and pitch competition. In Sophia’s free time she also enjoys drawing, singing and playing soccer and volleyball.

Key Takeaways:

  • Find where your abilities and skills coincide with your passions!
  • Life lessons are best learned through experience.
  • Know you WHY. Ask yourself “what value do I want to add to the world?”

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