Inside Sweet Beginnings:

A Podcast About Social Enterprise

Have you ever wondered what exactly goes on inside Sweet Beginnings?

Now's your chance to find out! We'd like to welcome you into our hive to see how our worker bees make the honey and how we collectively create sweet beginnings for returning citizens.

Inside Sweet Beginnings gives you a special look at the inner workings of our social enterprise. We'll tell you about our many challenges and successes, and share some of the lessons and best practices we've accrued over the past fifteen years.

Whether you're curious about how to achieve social impact through business, passionate about creating job opportunities for returning citizens, or you just really love bees, we have something to share with you. Our queen bee, Brenda Palms Barber, has so much wisdom to offer, and we can't wait to get started.

Have a question you'd like us to answer in the podcast? Want to tell us about your idea for a social enterprise? Send us a note through the form on the right and join the Sweet Beginnings community!

Ready to check out the first episode?

Full Episode List

How did Sweet Beginnings get started in the first place? And why would we choose to work with bees, of all things? In our first episode, Brenda Palms Barber talks about how she launched a social enterprise to address the impact of mass incarceration in North Lawndale.

How does Sweet Beginnings provide a stable work experience for people with high barriers to employment? In this episode, Brenda shares how Sweet Beginnings serves our clients as a workforce development program. You’ll learn about the core components of our U-Turn Permitted program, how Sweet Beginnings builds on that foundation, and how the program helps clients build confidence in their skills and restore their sense of self-worth.