Frederick Factor

Sandy Dubay

Everyone who’s lived in, worked in, or visited Frederick, Maryland knows there’s just something… special… about this place. Frederick is known for its economic potential, quality of life, charm, and prime location outside of Washington D.C. and Baltimore. Like many communities around the USA, Frederick is working to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive. Our goal with this podcast is to be a part of that conversation. In the Frederick Factor Podcast, you’ll hear from Frederick’s underrepresented business owners, entrepreneurs, and community leaders. They’ll share their personal stories and career journeys and what makes Frederick so special to them. Tune in to get inspired and be a part of this conversation with us! read less

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The Uniqueness Factor with Nikki Reineck of Sisters in Style
Jan 5 2022
The Uniqueness Factor with Nikki Reineck of Sisters in Style
Show SummaryFor our final episode of Season One of the Frederick Factor, our guest is Nikki Reineck, the owner and CEO of the clothing boutique Sisters in Style. Nikki shares her journey as a business owner and discusses how Sisters in Style evolved from an at-home business to opening a storefront in Frederick, Maryland and a facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. Nikki is also part of the deaf community, and her employees are all deaf as well. She shares with us the unique experience people can have in her store and how communities can make events more accessible and inclusive for the deaf community. Show NotesHow Nikki and her sister got the original inspiration to start selling clothing as a side businessHow they made the transition from direct sales to opening their first storefront The encouragement they received from their customer base to open a boutique in FrederickWhat it was like expanding the business during the pandemicThe ways that sisterhood supports Nikki and her sister to be successful in their businessSome of the goals they have to support other deaf-owned business owners and suppliers in their businessThe unique and valuable experience customers can have in their store (including hearing people and those with deaf children)The benefits of being located in Frederick, Maryland, where there’s a deaf community of over 3,000 people Nikki’s Frederick FactorGuest Bio:Nikki Reineck is the owner and CEO of the clothing boutique, Sisters in Style, located in Frederick, Maryland, on Shab Row at 116 N. East Street. They’re open Wednesdays through Sundays. They offer a variety of styles and sizes in their boutique so that there’s something everyone can enjoy. Everyone on their staff is in the deaf community, and they have a whiteboard in the store to communicate with hearing people. They welcome all customers to their boutique to explore the variety of clothing and those who want to learn more about deaf culture, sign language, or who are interested in supporting deaf-owned businesses. In addition to the Frederick location, there is a Sisters in Style location in Indianapolis, and they also sell their clothing online and through the Sisters in Style app. Show Links:Sisters in StyleFollow Sisters in Style on InstagramSisters in Style App on AppleSisters in Style App on GoogleiYellow InterpretingAbout the Frederick Factor:The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:Instagram:
The Uniqueness Factor with Nikki Reineck of Sisters in Style
Jan 5 2022
The Uniqueness Factor with Nikki Reineck of Sisters in Style
Show SummaryFor our final episode of Season One of the Frederick Factor, our guest is Nikki Reineck, the owner and CEO of the clothing boutique Sisters in Style. Nikki shares her journey as a business owner and discusses how Sisters in Style evolved from an at-home business to opening a storefront in Frederick, Maryland and a facility in Indianapolis, Indiana. Nikki is also part of the deaf community, and her employees are all deaf as well. She shares with us the unique experience people can have in her store and how communities can make events more accessible and inclusive for the deaf community. Show NotesHow Nikki and her sister got the original inspiration to start selling clothing as a side businessHow they made the transition from direct sales to opening their first storefront The encouragement they received from their customer base to open a boutique in FrederickWhat it was like expanding the business during the pandemicThe ways that sisterhood supports Nikki and her sister to be successful in their businessSome of the goals they have to support other deaf-owned business owners and suppliers in their businessThe unique and valuable experience customers can have in their store (including hearing people and those with deaf children)The benefits of being located in Frederick, Maryland, where there’s a deaf community of over 3,000 people Nikki’s Frederick FactorGuest Bio:Nikki Reineck is the owner and CEO of the clothing boutique, Sisters in Style, located in Frederick, Maryland, on Shab Row at 116 N. East Street. They’re open Wednesdays through Sundays. They offer a variety of styles and sizes in their boutique so that there’s something everyone can enjoy. Everyone on their staff is in the deaf community, and they have a whiteboard in the store to communicate with hearing people. They welcome all customers to their boutique to explore the variety of clothing and those who want to learn more about deaf culture, sign language, or who are interested in supporting deaf-owned businesses. In addition to the Frederick location, there is a Sisters in Style location in Indianapolis, and they also sell their clothing online and through the Sisters in Style app. Show Links:Sisters in StyleFollow Sisters in Style on InstagramSisters in Style App on AppleSisters in Style App on GoogleiYellow InterpretingAbout the Frederick Factor:The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:Instagram:
The Culture Factor with Elizabeth Chung of the Asian American Center of Frederick
Dec 22 2021
The Culture Factor with Elizabeth Chung of the Asian American Center of Frederick
Show SummaryOur guest for today’s episode is Elizabeth Chung, the founder and Executive Director of the Asian American Center of Frederick. The AACF brings together cultures, helps people become citizens of the US, and supports immigrants with essential skills to be independent and successful contributors to our communities. With passion and dedication, Elizabeth shares her journey creating AACF and growing the many successful programs that are powerfully impacting individuals, strengthening communities, and creating ripple effects throughout society at large. Show NotesThe original inspiration behind starting Asian American Center of Frederick (AACF)How the AACF has evolved beyond serving only the Asian American communityThe many different services offered by the AACF to support immigrants to become independent and contributors to the communityElizabeth’s joy in offering AACF’s Citizen and Naturalization ProgramThe power of food festivals to bring different communities together What the Chinese Five Elements can teach us about community buildingThe domino effect of different cultures helping one anotherWhy it’s so important to see your own unconscious biases to help fight injusticeElizabeth’s ideas of how AACF could continue to grow and expandElizabeth’s Frederick FactorGuest Bio:Elizabeth Chung is a native of Hong Kong, China, and immigrated to the United States in 1970. For 45 years, she has been an advocate for minority health. She is the founder and Executive Director of the Asian American Center of Frederick (AACF), an organization dedicated to supporting immigrants with essential skills to be independent and successful contributors to the community. Under her leadership, AACF is a leading entity in addressing health disparities through partnership with collective impact. Elizabeth serves and has served on various advisory committees, boards, and commissions in various capacities, including the Asian Pacific American Commission of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiative. She has received many awards and accolades throughout her career, including becoming the national recipient of the New York Life Foundation – Love Takes Action Award. Show Links:Asian American Center of FrederickFrederick’s EmPOWER ProgramAbout the Frederick Factor:The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:Instagram:
The Hope Factor with Aje Hill of I Believe In Me
Dec 15 2021
The Hope Factor with Aje Hill of I Believe In Me
Show Summary:We’re sure this conversation with Aje Hill will leave you as inspired and as it left us. He shares his story of going from a “dope dealer” in his youth to becoming a “hope dealer” today. After going to prison at a young age, Aje had a wake-up moment where he decided that he believed in himself. Since then, he has committed himself to serving the community, helping at-risk youth through his nonprofit, I Believe In Me, Inc. He continues to serve “hope” everywhere he goes -- including this episode!Show Notes:Aje’s story of going to prison at a young age and ending up lonely, hopeless, and full of painThe pivotal moment when Aje had to decide whether or not he believed in himself and would find a way to changeThe closed (and locked) doors in the community Aje faced after getting out of prisonThe inspiration behind starting his non-profit organization, I Believe In Me, Inc. Why it is so important for communities to provide safe spaces and healthy role models for at-risk youth The story behind “Hope Boxes,” the mobile food distribution program providing food to Frederick families in needAje’s dedication to his mother, who was there for him through all the challengesThe “self-inventory” practice that allows Aje to step into leadership each dayAje’s Frederick FactorGuest Bio:Aje Hill is the Executive Director and Founder of the nonprofit, I Believe in Me Inc, based in Frederick County. Their mission is to reach at-risk youth and inspire and challenge them through programs that foster self-respect and respect for the world around them.Along with other leaders, Aje started a mobile food distribution program, Hope Boxes, which has delivered 4.1 million meals into the Frederick community and provided food to over 125,000 families. Aje strives to deter today’s youth from making the mistakes he made and prevent them from facing the same situations and consequences that he once faced. Show Links:I Believe In Me, Inc.I Believe In Me on InstagramI Believe In Me on TwitterI Believe in Me on FacebookAbout the Frederick Factor:The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:Instagram:
The Entrepreneurship Factor with Janece Lee of HEISIS
Dec 8 2021
The Entrepreneurship Factor with Janece Lee of HEISIS
Show SummaryThis conversation with Janece Lee was truly an inspiring one! As a recent college graduate, Janece is taking the fashion industry by storm as she fills an unmet need: plus-size young adult fashion. In this interview, Janece shares why it’s so important to create trending, stylish plus-size clothing for young adults. With determination, commitment, and a passion for her mission, Janece is building a powerful brand that’s dedicated to serving her target audience. Show Notes How Janece got the inspiration for her plus-sized young adult fashion companyWhere the inspiration for her brand’s name, “HEISIS,” came fromThe first “bathroom selfie” moment that confirmed that her fashion line will be popular with the young adult marketHow Janece used Instagram to conduct target market research with her ideal demographicHow growing up in a family business impacted her as an entrepreneurThe biggest lesson she’s had to learn since starting her businessJanece’s visions for scaling her business in FrederickTips for aspiring underrepresented entrepreneursJanece’s Frederick FactorGuest BioJanece Lee is the CEO/Founder of HEISIS, a fashion brand soley for plus-size teens and young adults. In December of 2019, Janece graduated from Kent State University, earning her degree in fashion merchandising. While in college, she had the opportunity to live in New York City and abroad in Florence, Italy. Janece aims to combine her authenticity and leadership skills to continue to grow her brand HEISIS, and to achieve her company’s mission of boldly redefining style without compromising size. Show Links:Shop HEISISHEISIS on InstagramPlatinum PR TikTokWGSNWoman to Woman Mentoring About the Frederick Factor:The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:Instagram:
The Friendship Factor With Jose Bueso
Dec 1 2021
The Friendship Factor With Jose Bueso
Show Summary:Our guest Jose Bueso is well-known in the Frederick community. For over 25 years, he has been the owner of Dynamic Automotive. In this episode, Jose shares his journey from working on cars in his garage to owning five different Dynamic Automotive locations with 46 employees. While Jose has faced fears and challenges along the way, he’s stayed relentlessly committed and determined to grow the thriving business he has today. Show Notes:How Jose and his business partner went from working in Jose’s garage for 4 years to opening the doors of their brick and mortar business, Dynamic AutomotiveHow Jose got the courage to take the leap and quit his job to run the business full-timeWhy their growth has been a result of not focusing on making money but on making friendsThe challenges Jose and his business partner faced when opening their second locationHow they worked through the challenges they faced to now be successfully running 5 locations today with 46 employeesPractical ways that they support their business and staff to be on the cutting edge of car technologyWhat Jose’s best mentor, his father, taught him about how to be successfulJose’s tips for aspiring entrepreneursJose’s Frederick FactorGuest Bio:Jose Bueso is the COO, past president, and co-founder of Dynamic Automotive, which has five locations in Frederick County. Jose has 49 years of experience in the automotive industry and has been an ASE Master Certified Technician since 1982. Jose is a member of the AutoCare Associations Government Affairs Committee, president of the Mechanical Trades Foundation, Chair of Career and Technology Advisory Council, a member of Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, and past president of Carroll Creek Toastmasters. Jose also serves as a mentor in the Frederick Office of Economic Development’s Empower Mentor Program.Show Links:Dynamic AutomotiveFrederick County Career & Technology CenterAbout the Frederick Factor:The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:Instagram:
The Always Learning Factor With Em Perper
Nov 24 2021
The Always Learning Factor With Em Perper
Show SummaryIf you live in Frederick and frequent the Curious Iguana bookstore on the weekends, chances are that you’ve gotten a book recommendation from our guest Em Perper. The Frederick Factor team got to know Em when they led a Frederick OED Empower Program workshop. In today’s episode, Em shares their journey as a transgender nonbinary person and some of the experiences they’ve had helping to educate people about the LGBTQ community. This includes both formal workshops as well as daily experiences working in downtown Frederick. Show Notes How Em identifiesWhy being well-meaning and progressive doesn’t stop a person from needing to educate themselves about nonconforming gender identitiesEm’s Frederick journey and how they ended up being the lead bookseller at Frederick’s popular independent bookstore, Curious IguanaWhat Em loves about Frederick and what would make it better for othersHow the pandemic created an atmosphere to explore gender identity and sexual orientation (and which popular TikTok resulted from it)Em’s experiences around people who make derogatory statements about the use of nonconforming pronouns and how they respondHow to know which pronouns to use if someone refers to themselves with multiple pronounsEm’s Frederick FactorGuest BioEm Perper (they/them) is the lead bookseller at Curious Iguana, downtown Frederick’s independent bookstore. For five years, they served on the board of directors of The Frederick Center, which supports and advocates for Frederick’s LGBTQIA+ community. They’re passionate about creating queer-inclusive environments for folks who work, live, and visit Frederick.Show Links:Curious Iguana BookstoreHere are some of Em’s LGBTQ book recommendations:The Pronoun Lowdown by Nevo Zisin How to They/Them by Stuart GettyA Quick & Easy Guide to They/Them Pronouns by Archie Bongiovanni and Tristan JimersonQueerstory: An Infographic History of the Fight for LGBTQ+ Rights by Rebecca StricksonA Queer History of the United States by Michael BronskiTransgender History by Susan StrykerTrans Like Me: Conversations for All of Us by CN LesterEverything You Ever Wanted to Know about Trans (But Were Afraid to Ask) by Brynn TannehillYou can find or order these books at Curious Iguana (12. N. Market St. & info@curiousiguana.com) or on Bookshop.org, a wonderful alternative to Amazon.About the Frederick Factor:The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:Instagram:
The Empowerment Factor with Xavier Bruce of Uplift Energy Coaching
Nov 17 2021
The Empowerment Factor with Xavier Bruce of Uplift Energy Coaching
Show Summary:In this conversation with Dr. Xavier Bruce, we hear his story firsthand and what led him to become the change he wanted to see in the world. In this episode, Xavier (or Dr. X) shares his experience retiring from the military and his struggle to identify the mental health support he desired and needed. Ultimately this led to becoming a coach himself. He shares some of this journey that included encountering racism in the military, pursuing his doctorate while an active-duty officer, and building a business that supports underrepresented men and women in the military -- and building it in the midst of COVID. Show Notes:Xavier’s experience working towards his doctorate while stationed in the most dangerous part of the world in Kandahar, AfghanistanWhat many Black veterans have faced when transitioning to civilian life after being on active duty How Xavier first knew that he wanted to coach Black veteransWhy it’s so important to be able to find support that looks like youWhy pursuing a doctorate was so important and empowering in his careerXavier’s advice for underrepresented entrepreneurs just getting startedHis three tips for excelling and enhancing lifestyleXavier’s Frederick FactorGuest Bio:Dr. Xavier Bruce, CEO/Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force (Ret.), was an active-duty officer in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Qatar. During his time in the Air Force, he dealt with several stressful situations at once, including a rocky marriage, raising a son with autism, struggling through the doctoral dissertation process, microaggressions in the military, and experiencing rocket attacks while deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan. With no one to guide him, he turned to self-learning and created a self-development framework he calls Strategic Energetic Transition™ (SET), which serves as the basis of his unique approach to coaching and speaking. Through his businesses Uplift Energy Coaching and Uplift In-Powerment, he supports underrepresented men and women veterans experiencing stress and anxiety associated with life transitions. He also commands the Western Maryland Chapter of the National Association for Black Veterans.Show Links:Visit his website: www.xaviervbruce.comUplift In-Powerment Western Maryland Chapter of National Association for Black Veterans About the Frederick Factor:The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:Instagram:
The 'Cheering On the Underdog' Factor With Sue Hough of Octavo Designs
Nov 10 2021
The 'Cheering On the Underdog' Factor With Sue Hough of Octavo Designs
Show SummarySue Hough is a long-time friend and collaborator of Platinum PR (the team behind the podcast) and is a force of creativity and good in Frederick, Maryland. In this episode, Sue shares her perspective on starting and growing a business as an Asian-American woman business owner. Sue also shares her experience as an engaged and active community member who is passionate about helping the people in Frederick, Maryland. Show Notes / Highlights from the Show:How Sue’s career path took a turn from pursuing fashion design to offering graphic design Her inspiration behind becoming a business ownerThe creative idea that raised $9,000 for local Frederick businesses during the pandemicWhy Sue is so passionate about fighting for the underdogAdvice for aspiring underrepresented entrepreneurs A common stereotype about being Asian -- debunkedSue’s Frederick FactorGuest BioSue Hough is the creative director, founder, and CEO of Octavo Designs, a graphic design studio in Frederick, Maryland. Sue has been a creative force in Frederick since 2000 when she founded Octavo Designs. Since then, Octavo Designs has become locally and nationally recognized. Sue also devotes her efforts to the community and enjoys sponsoring activities and volunteering her design services for numerous regional non-profit organizations, such as Women in Business Committee for the Frederick County Chamber, Rotary Club of Frederick and DEI Committee Member, DBE Panel Member for the City of Frederick, Greater Frederick Advertising Federation, and many more. She was recently recognized as a 2021 George Delaplaine Distinguished Citizen Award Honoree by the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America -- only the second female to receive this honor.Show Links:Learn more about Sue at Octavo StudiosConnect with Sue on LinkedIn About the Frederick Factor:The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:Instagram:
The Mentorship Factor With Ashleigh Kiggans of MacRo Commercial Real Estate
Nov 3 2021
The Mentorship Factor With Ashleigh Kiggans of MacRo Commercial Real Estate
Show SummaryOur guest Ashleigh Kiggans is a stand-out CRE agent, Vice President of MacRo, dedicated community member, and passionate Frederick resident. Sandy spoke with Ashleigh on her career journey, her tips for young underrepresented females, and of course… what the “Frederick Factor” means to her. Show Notes / Highlights from the Show:Why finding a good mentor is the #1 tip Ashleigh would give young Black women getting startedThe rigorous interview process Ashleigh went through and what made her stand out to her future employerExperiences she’s had as a minority woman in real estate developmentHer mentor’s best tip for herWhat Ashleigh would love to see Frederick County (continue to) do Her #1 tip for connecting with the Frederick community Ashleigh’s “Frederick Factor” (what she thinks makes Frederick so special)Guest BioAshleigh Kiggans is the Vice President of MacRo, Frederick County and Frederick City’s go-to brokerage for value-added commercial real estate and land transactions. After being their senior sales and leasing associate for a few years, she was promoted to Vice President. Kiggans plays a key role within the organization, assisting the leadership team across a wide range of initiatives, including market research, data analysis, client communications and marketing while assisting with the sales and leasing transactional process. She works closely with MacRo’s President, Rocky Mackintosh, on a wide range of key projects. Ashleigh is one of few full-time women active CRE agents in Frederick County, as well as one of the only full-time Black women CRE agents in Frederick County. Show Links:Connect with Ashleigh: LinkedInMacRo Commercial Real Estate Ashleigh is a dedicated volunteer of the following nonprofit organizations: Mental Health Association Community Foundation of Frederick CountyFrederick County Association of Realtors (FCAR)Federated CharitiesShe also mentioned the nonprofit, I Believe in Me.About the Frederick Factor:The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:Instagram:
The Impact Factor With Dr. Jackie Douge of What is Black?
Oct 27 2021
The Impact Factor With Dr. Jackie Douge of What is Black?
Show Summary:As a pediatrician with a health background and as a parent, Jackie Douge has seen the impact of health disparities on Black children and adults in an up-close and personal way. As the host of the podcast What is Black? and the owner of the company What is Black, LLC. Jackie aims to help as many families and children as possible by bringing these conversations to the forefront. In this episode, Jackie shares more about the inspiration behind What is Black? and the impact she’s working to make in the world.Show Notes / Highlights from the Show:The history of Jackie’s podcast, What is Black? and how it got startedThe many different factors that can create health disparitiesJackie’s journey having “the conversation” with her kids about being BlackAs a front-line worker, the health disparities Jackie has witnessed during COVID-19Jackie’s passion for helping families and children and making a differenceThe necessity of uncomfortable conversations to dismantle the various “ism’s” (racism, sexism, etc.) as well as uncomfortable conversations with family membersJackie’s tips for the next generationSome exciting projects in the works for What is Black?Jackie’s Frederick FactorGuest Bio:Jacqueline Dougé, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a pediatrician, speaker, and writer. Dr. Dougé holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, a Medical Degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from Rutgers University. She has been featured in several media outlets (e.g., CNN, NPR, NY Times, Washington Post, and Today Show) and is the founder and CEO of a media company, What is Black?, which creates diverse and inclusive programming to uplift and affirm Black families and children.Show Links:What is Black? websiteWhat is Black? - Talking About Race CourseJackie’s personal website - jackiedouge.comConnect with Jackie and What is Black?:Twitter: @drdougeTwitter: @whatisblk Instagram: @whatisblk Instagram: @drjacquelinedouge  Facebook: @whatisblkAbout the Frederick Factor:The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:Instagram:
The Accessibility Factor With Eric Jorgenson of Special Needs Navigator
Oct 20 2021
The Accessibility Factor With Eric Jorgenson of Special Needs Navigator
Show SummaryWe loved this conversation with Eric Jorgensen, and we’re sure you’ll walk away with as many insights as we did. If you’re a parent of a child with special needs, you’ll gain tremendous value from hearing Eric’s story and learning about the resources he’s created. Eric also shared valuable tips and an insider's perspective on making the hiring process more accessible for people with special needs, why it’s so important, and practical ideas on accessible accommodations in the workplace. Listen in to be a better advocate and ally to those with disabilities or special needs. Show NotesEric’s journey of navigating the benefits and services in the disability world for his son that ultimately led to creating Special Needs NavigatorWhat’s inside of the booklets he creates for families in all 50 states to help them figure out how to transition their child from child services to adult services successfullyThe difference between the terms “disability” and “special needs” Practical tips for employers to make job interviews more accessibleWhy employers shouldn’t be overly intimidated by the term “reasonable accommodations” and key mindsets to think about accessibility in the workplaceAn insider's perspective on accommodations within the workplace and the big difference these can makeWhy it’s so important to be mindful about trying to do things for someone with special needs and to give them instead a chance to go at their own pace Eric would like other parents with children with disabilities to know: you aren’t aloneTips for aspiring underrepresented entrepreneurs Eric’s Frederick FactorGuest Bio:Eric Jorgensen, ChSNC, is the founder of Special Needs Navigator and a retired Navy Chief Petty Officer. His company was born out of his journey of being the father to a son with autism. After his wife's sudden and unexpected death right when he was retiring from the Navy, Eric was thrust into navigating the special needs world as a single father in a new state. He promised himself he would do what he could to prevent other families from experiencing what he’d lived through. This led to starting his business, Special Needs Navigator, which helps caregivers, families, and individuals navigate the maze of benefits, resources, and services for their children with special needs.Show Links:Learn More About Eric’s Business and Get In Touch: Special Needs NavigatorTeaching the Autism Community TradesAbout the Frederick Factor:The Frederick Factor Podcast highlights the stories of underrepresented business owners, professionals, and community leaders making an impact in Frederick, Maryland. You can visit our website at  Or, follow the Frederick Factor on:Instagram:
The Authenticity Factor with Angel and Crystal Rivera of Puerto Rico Distillery
Oct 14 2021
The Authenticity Factor with Angel and Crystal Rivera of Puerto Rico Distillery
Show SummaryThis episode features a lively and fun conversation with the team behind Frederick’s Puerto Rico Distillery, Angel Rivera and Crystal Rivera. They shared their love of Puerto Rican moonshine and what makes it so special--and Sandy even enjoyed sampling some during the interview. Sandy spoke with this father-daughter team and they shared their journey of bringing this beloved beverage to the USA, opening a business during the Pandemic, and falling in love with Frederick. Show NotesWhy Angel and Crystal decided to start their business and only serve the Puerto Rican rum, PitorroFrederick’s “siren call” that led them to open their distillery hereHow they’ve been supported by the Frederick community with open armsThe distances people will drive to try their authentic Pitorro, which can only be found in Puerto RicoTheir experiences being an underrepresented business in Frederick, and how they share their native culture with the beauty, integrity, and pride it deservesThe many ways this father-daughter team is committed to giving back through distillery offeringsHow they had to creatively “pivot” on their opening plans due to opening at the beginning of COVID in March 2020Angel and Crystal share their Frederick Factor Guest Bio Puerto Rico Distillery is located in Frederick, Maryland, and is led by father-daughter team Angel Rivera and Crystal Rivera. They are part of a career Navy family, and are award-winning ambassadors of their culture in the state of Maryland. Puerto Rico Distillery specializes in high-quality artisanal Puerto Rican diaspora rum. Affectionately known on the island as Pitorro, it’s been close to impossible to find it anywhere outside of Puerto Rico. Pitorro is a rum distilled from sugar cane molasses that for centuries has been enjoyed by Puerto Rican families and friends. Puerto Rico Distillery aims to share the unofficial national spirit of Puerto Rico and its rich traditions. Show Links:Learn More About the Puerto Rican Distillery: www.puertoricodistillery.comVisit their distillery in Frederick, Maryland: 1341 Hughes Ford RoadUnit 113AFrederick, MD 21701Pitorro Workshop Series - Youtube VideosOnline StorePuerto Rican Distillery on Instagram  Attend a tasting (Reservations are encouraged but not required)