Combine honesty, integrity, reliability and positive attitude for best results

Written by William Holdipp Jr on . Posted in Career Development

Society today demands a lot from its workforce. Employers value employees who understand and possess a willingness to work hard. Doing more than is expected on the job is a good way to show management that you utilize good time management skills and don’t waste valuable company time attending to personal issues not related to the job.

Recent College Graduate Turns to Entrepreneurship

Written by William Holdipp Jr on . Posted in Entrepreneurial Development

I want to share with you a great story of a Hiram College graduate Nana Kwamena Takyi-Micah who developed the entrepreurship bug while in school.  When Nana was a toddler growing up in Ghana, he loved to ask his mother several questions while she prepared various dishes such as her delicious peanut butter chicken soup and her famous versatile gourmet sauce. As he grew older, he developed an appetite and a unique passion for food that he decided to enroll in culinary courses by the age of thirteen. After graduating from Ghana Christian International High School, he enrolled into Hiram College and realized he had developed an interest in entrepreneurship. Hence, he was selected to represent his college in the Entrepreneurship Immersion Week, a competition for aspiring entrepreneurs representing schools throughout Ohio. This allowed him to pitch the idea of his mother’s versatile gourmet sauce to a panel of judges. It is a product anyone can use as a salsa, a marinara, a marinade, a cocktail sauce or cooking ingredient for many Ghanaian dishes. Although his team didn’t win the competition, this birthed the idea of Supreme Sauce. 

Initially, he did not have the funds to start his business. So he saved up all the allowances his parents sent him as well as picking up three jobs at Hiram College’s campus such as a teaching assistant position, orientation leader and dishwasher. Eventually, he managed to raise about $10,000 which he used to acquire a vehicle, a website, a pallet of sauce, a bar code and a label. Ultimately, Nana’s goal is to share his delicious sauce with all food lovers, vegans and the diverse communities across the country. 

After only a few months in the food business, his sauce is now available in over fifteen store locations throughout Ohio. Some of his biggest clients include Zagara’s Marketplace, Krieger’s Health Food Market, Pepper’s Market, Gibb’s Butcher Block and Narrin’s Sauce and Spice in the Westside Market. In the future, he hopes to expand his product line by including a spicier flavor of Supreme Sauce and plantain chips. Outside work, he enjoys inspiring others through the music he writes and inspirational speeches.

CAAO is looking forward to sharing resources and connections to help Nana take his business to the next level.


Showing the Heart of your Business through Philanthropy

Written by Ellen Burts-Cooper on . Posted in Entrepreneurial Development

Philanthropy has been defined in a broad sense as goodwill to fellow members of the human race in an active effort to promote overall human welfare.  As it pertains to individuals and enterprises of all sizes, philanthropy is described as the practice of giving resources and time to help make life better for other people. Many organizations give because it is “the right thing to do,” but there are benefits that come with truly having a heart for philanthropy. Most people only think of the obvious tax benefits, or other vain reasons to give. However, true philanthropy can create a genuine organizational culture of service, and will place the focus on the community and a vision greater than the business itself.

Five best practices to help you develop a quality supplier diversity program

Written by William Holdipp Jr on . Posted in Entrepreneurial Development

Supplier diversity is a proactive business process that seeks to provide historically disadvantaged suppliers equal access to purchasing opportunities. It promotes supplier participation reflective of a company’s diverse customer base and the diverse business community.

How building business connections before you need them is critical to success

Written by William Holdipp Jr on . Posted in Entrepreneurial Development

One of the most important lessons I have learned over the last 14 years in Cleveland is to build business relationships before I need them. You never know who will be your next boss or next business investor. In most cases, if you try to build business relationships right at the time you need them, it is already too late.

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