This episode of the Success Fundamentals Podcast features Margaret Barrow, an English professor and founder of It's Nola Snack. A passion for sharing and a desire for more people to eat healthily became the catalyst for It's Nola's birth.
As a testament to Margaret's ability to impact others, it was through her students' initiative which made her realize that her product is viable. And true to her passion to teach, 10% of her company's sales are used to support college mentorship programs.
Margaret's mission is to disrupt the granola bar industry which has become increasingly unhealthy. By creating a bite-sized, vegan alternative, she hopes for people to retake their health in a delicious way. She also shares the importance of mentorship in creating a successful business and having a why that keeps you going.
14:03 "The fact that they went out and did something because they believed in me, they believed that this was something I could do and that I had something worth their attention and their belief, really stopped me in my tracks."
19:37 "I wanted to be authentic in providing something that was truly healthy for people, that I believe was healthy for people. It's something that was helping me manage my snack monster."
23:22 "I think about those students, I think about how important mentoring programs are and I think about the legacy that I want to leave behind, and they are it. My children and my students."
26:27 "Wealth does not always have to do with money. It's the quality of life that you live and how you help others. We are the stewards of other people. I believe that wholeheartedly."
34:11 "Make sure you do your homework. Make sure that you are connecting with all of the amazing services there are across the United States that support small businesses before you even spend a penny."
04:33 It's Nola is born through a desire to share healthy snacks
10:59 Margaret's students create It's Nola's proof of concept as a surprise to her
18:03 Mission to disrupt: Make granolas round, chewy, and healthy
22:56 Being a reluctant entrepreneur and finding the drive for success
25:33 Money and power are best used to help others
33:16 Tips for aspiring entrepreneurs: Check free resources and get a mentor
39:53 Connect with Margaret and It’s Nola
You can connect with Margaret through the links below.