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Episode 6: From Bee Stings to beelove®

By Brenda Palms-Barber | August 6, 2020

Growing a business, everything takes longer than you ever think it will . . . So don’t feel like you’re off track if things are taking longer than you want.…

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Episode 5: Understanding the beelove® Brand

By Brenda Palms-Barber | July 17, 2020

What defines the beelove® brand, and how do we get to know our customers? How do you tell your story as a mission-driven business? What is it like to lead…

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Episode 4: A Social Enterprise That Is Sustainable for the Long Term

By Brenda Palms-Barber | June 29, 2020

What are the benefits of setting up your social enterprise as a subsidiary of a nonprofit? How can you balance social mission with your business priorities? Where can you find…

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Episode 3: Working With People That Walked in My Shoes

By Brenda Palms-Barber | June 4, 2020

In this episode, you’ll hear from Charlotte Austin, our lead operations assistant and a former client of both NLEN and Sweet Beginnings. Charlotte shares how she created a sweet beginning…

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Episode 2: Building Confidence, Restoring Self-Worth

By Brenda Palms-Barber | May 22, 2020

How does Sweet Beginnings provide a stable work experience for people with high barriers to employment? What kinds of programming and supports are most important for formerly incarcerated individuals? In…

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Episode 1: The Beginning of Sweet Beginnings

By Brenda Palms-Barber | April 23, 2020

Are you searching for an innovative and sustainable way to carry out your social mission? Or already planning to start a social enterprise, but struggling to come up with a…

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Why Returning Citizens?

By Neila Adams | November 13, 2019

Our Neighborhood If you don’t know, beelove was born out of the North Lawndale Employment Network, a non-profit organization that was founded on a simple idea – if you give…

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Three rewarding ways to participate in #WorldHoneyBeeDay

By Neila Adams | July 27, 2018

You eat food, right? And since you’re a fan of beelove® honey and our apiaries, you know that honeybees are responsible for pollinating around 35% of our food crops. For…

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Ricquia Learned Resilience and Determination Early

By Neila Adams | July 6, 2018

While drugs were exchanged and bullets flew outside, Ricquia handled the cooking and cleaning. Growing Up At 10 years old, with her parents often out of the house, Ricquia was…

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Watch: BeeLove | A TEDWomen 2016 Short Film

By Chris Conley | June 28, 2018

A beautiful film directed by Kristi Jacobson captures the story of Sweet Beginnings where we hire citizens returning from incarceration.

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