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Black History Month 2022

Sophie Smith February 25, 2022

In honor of Black History Month, Frederick Factor celebrates the history, achievements, talents, and resilience of the Black and African-American community. Throughout our first season, we had the opportunity to interview some incredible Black and African-American-owned businesses here in Frederick County. We hope you take the time to listen to some of them!

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Owned By Person with Disability

Episode 12: The Uniqueness Factor with Nikki Reineck of Sisters in Style

Frederick Factor January 5, 2022

Show Summary: For 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 […]

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Asian-American-Owned

Episode 11: The Culture Factor with Elizabeth Chung of the Asian American Center of Frederick

Frederick Factor December 22, 2021

Show Summary: Our 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 Notes / Highlights from the Show: The original inspiration behind starting Asian American Center of Frederick (AACF) How the […]

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Black-Owned

Episode 10: The Hope Factor with Aje Hill of I Believe In Me

Frederick Factor December 15, 2021

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 / Highlights from the Show: Aje’s […]

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Woman-Owned

Episode 9: The Entrepreneurship Factor with Janece Lee of HEISIS

Frederick Factor December 8, 2021

Show Summary: This 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 / Highlights from the Show: How Janece got the inspiration for her plus-sized young adult fashion company Where the inspiration for her brand’s […]

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Hispanic Owned

Episode 8: The Friendship Factor With Jose Bueso of Dynamic Automotive

Frederick Factor December 1, 2021

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 / Highlights from the Show: How Jose and his business partner went from working in Jose’s garage for 4 years to opening the doors of their […]

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LGBTQIA

Episode 7: The Always Learning Factor With Em Perper

Frederick Factor November 24, 2021

Show Summary: If 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 / Highlights from the Show: How Em identifies Why being well-meaning […]

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Veteran-Owned

Episode 6: The Empowerment Factor with Xavier Bruce of Uplift Energy Coaching

Frederick Factor November 17, 2021

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 […]

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Minority Owned

Episode 5: The ‘Cheering On the Underdog’ Factor With Sue Hough of Octavo Designs

Frederick Factor November 10, 2021

Show Summary: Sue 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 owner The […]

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Woman-Owned

Episode 4: The Mentorship Factor With Ashleigh Kiggans of MacRo Commercial Real Estate

Frederick Factor November 3, 2021

Show Summary: Our 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 started The rigorous interview process Ashleigh went through and what made her stand out to her future employer Experiences she’s had as a minority woman in real estate development Her mentor’s […]

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