Entrepreneur Before 25

On EB25, Chelann Gienger interviews inspiring entrepreneurs who started their journey at the age of 25 and under. The topics discussed dig deep into their entrepreneurial journey- the good, the bad and the learned. Through the stories told you will learn the art of being YOUNG and SUCCESSFUL. And not just entrepreneurial success, but LIFE success. So, this podcast is for YOU, the young entrepreneur who wants to be inspired and empowered to live in freedom and life balance while still chasing your entrepreneurial dreams and goals.
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Feb 28, 2018

Is it possible to build a business that supports your dream lifestyle even when you're young and in the early stages of entrepreneurship? Hanson Grant proves that the answer to this question is YES. He builds businesses that support his ideal lifestyle and makes him happy. He doesn't just build them for the money and status.

In today's interview, we talk about and break down how Hanson does this, what's worked for him and what hasn't worked for him. 

A little about Hanson:

Hanson is a recent graduate at Babson College, an avid traveler, and serial entrepreneur. His most recent business, Think Board, has created opportunities that have allowed Hanson to be recognized by EO as one of the Top 25 Student Entrepreneurs in the US and by BETA Boston as one of Boston's Top 25 Innovators Under 25. Think Board has been named the Top Collegiate Consumer Brand in the US, the winner of Babson's B.E.T.A Challenge, a finalist in MassChallenge and the winner of MassInnovation Night. When Hanson is not at the office, he can be found rollerblading around town, practicing yoga, teaching entrepreneurship, or relaxing in his hammock.

Feb 21, 2018

I really enjoyed this conversation with Kelli Calabrese!

We talk about finding your passion, chasing your purpose and then how to turn that purpose into profit. Kelli breaks down what that process looks like and proves it through her own personal and fascinating story. Kelli has had so much experience in the entrepreneurial realm and listening to the perspectives and wisdom she's gained throughout the years was incredible.

Favorite quote of the interview:

"If there's passion and purpose behind it, there has to be value that will generate profit from."

A little more about Kelli:

Kelli is a 32-year old fitness, nutrition & lifestyle coach and professional. At the age of 13, she wrote in her journal that she would be an exercise therapist. She was a certified fitness pro at age 17. By the age of 25, she wrote her life's mission statement, completed 3 science degrees with honors, was a partner in a chain of health clubs, founded a school and was managing corporate fitness centers for companies like Calvin Klein & BMW. She is an executive and top achiever in a billion dollar nutrition company. Has appeared on all of the major networks and is an #1 Amazon Best Selling author. She loves helping people rise up as leaders. Married for 24 years with 2 teenagers, she currently lives in a suburb of Dallas.

Feb 14, 2018

"The journey of taking an idea and turning it into a business doesn't actually start with the idea, it starts with the mindset that you take on as an entrepreneur."

This is one of my favorite quotes from today's interview!

Do you have a CRAZY idea but you're not sure if it will work or even where to start to try and make it work? Today, we are with idea expert, Kyle Herron, who really breaks down the process of going from dream to reality.

"So many entrepreneurs don't take the strategic steps in month 1 to 3 so they can flourish in year 1 to 3."

Kyle doesn’t want to just build a company; he wants to create a movement. As a founder and the Chief Growth Officer of siëo, Kyle and his company are focused on catalyzing independence, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Since the inception of siëo, Kyle has gotten in his hands involved in multiple global initiatives. From being a TED Talk speaker at 18, to working with the Malaysian government’s startup program, to building apps with underserved communities, to helping start more than 50 companies, to even teaching college classes, Kyle continues to support and spread siëo’s mission. He now is taking his progressive approach to tackle three emerging problems: environmental degradation, political instability, and automation. All in all, Kyle shatters any image that may exist of an unmotivated millennial generation.

Feb 7, 2018

Are you interested in what the international trading industry is like? At just 25-years-old, Thomas Raad is breaking into a field where young entrepreneurs usually aren't seen.

Thomas is the founder of Raad Trading - an international trading company. Raad Trading was born with the necessary fundamentals and experience within the coffee trading industry. Between their roots in Brazil and experiences around the world, they are professionals with extensive knowledge and know-how in the coffee market and now other markets. Since its inception, Raad Trading Company has a difference-making role in the international coffee market. Thomas believes his outgoing nature and optimism are two of the main reasons why his entrepreneurial journey so far has been a success.

Don't miss this episode and also Thomas's main piece of advice at the end which is something we can all implement in our lives today!

Feb 5, 2018

You're listening to the first official solo episode on EB25! From now on, a bonus episode will be released the first Monday of every month!

These episodes could be solo episodes with just yours truly, or they could be episodes on trending topics where I bring in an in-house guest.  I haven't officially named this segment of the podcast, so if you have any ideas... Let me know. ;) 

On today's episode, I share my personal growth and journey through hosting EB25 for almost two years. I also go into the top success traits of the successful young entrepreneurs I've brought on the show. 


- Chelann

Jan 31, 2018
Today's interview is with financial coach and content creator, Tess Wicks. We talk taxes, anti-budgeting, credit card hacks and break down some of the financial barriers and logistics that can sometimes seem extremely daunting. 
Tess's YouTube channel, Wander Wealthy, empowers women in their 20s and 30s to get educated and build confidence around their finances, travel desires, and personal development journey. From one-on-one coaching to her online money program, Tess has helped high-performance female business owners get a grip on their personal and business money management. Tess doesn't teach how to coupon or cut back on expenses, but how to strategize and optimize your financial life, build a budget that actually works (even if you suck at budgeting), and afford the things you want in life, because you can have anything, just not everything.
Feel like you're in a financial rut? Spend an hour with us at today's interview and see the light! 
Jan 24, 2018

In today's interview, I get to chat with THE Boss Babe herself, Natalie Ellis- the CEO of Boss Babe.

She's a 26-year-old serial entrepreneur. Natalie first founded Oh My Glow, a nutritional supplement company and is now Partner & CEO at Boss Babe, one of the largest communities of ambitious women in the world. Natalie’s passion lies in helping women build confidence and live out their true potential through entrepreneurship.

Her trademarked brand, Boss Babe, has had more than 6 million tags on social media alone. Natalie has notably worked with both Government and University on their young entrepreneurship policies, been recognized for her work in entrepreneurship at Buckingham Palace and appeared on TV for her work in the field.

Natalie shares SO much value on today's episode and you're not going to want to miss it!

Jan 17, 2018

Bri was on track to become an icon in the fashion world and had been working in the industry for years. One day, everything changed and she gave it all up overnight. 

In order for Bri to take the leap into entrepreneurship, she had to redefine who she was and give up her ego. This journey resulted in who she is and what she is doing today. 

Bri Seeley is an inspirational woman who supports women around the world to bring their visions to life. She is motivated by a deeply-held belief that every woman deserves to live a life that inspires her, and her work reflects this deep remembering that our desires are ultimately inevitable.

A catalyst, speaker, and best-selling author of Permission to Leap, you may have seen her on NBC’s The TODAY Show, Forbes, Inc, Medium, PBS, and Free Enterprise.

Don't miss this authentic and inspiring conversation about real-life stuff we face as entrepreneurs:

Jan 10, 2018
I've never seen a magic show live let alone talked to a magician in person! Well, I got to do one of those two things in today's interview!
Shaun Jay has been seen on ABC 11 News, WRAL Morning News, NBC 17, and most recently FOX TV’s Masterchef. Shaun is a magician, speaker, and man of many diverse talents who inspires others with his story of success as a Magical Entrepreneur.
Shaun has found a way to create a business, lifestyle, and career out of his PASSION.
Think of the things you're passionate about and then if you haven't already, ask yourself how you can do that passion full-time. Easier said than done. But if you can relate to the statement I just made, you will love this interview.
Shaun has had to go through some incredibly hard experiences to get where he is today and has such a powerful story that I know will inspire you to take the next step in making your passion, your career.
Jan 3, 2018
This title is not click bate. Cherie Aimée actually died for 90 minutes and lived to tell the story.
Cherie's story is one that will rock your world if you let it. Not only did her entire life change after facing adversities such as cancer, end-stage heart failure, and receiving the gift of life through a heart transplant, but her worldview did as well.
Cherie is on a mission to inspire 1 billion lives around the world—through her various initiatives and message of resilience and empowerment.
I was so captivated by her story and what she learned through her 90 minutes of being dead that I almost forgot we were in an interview!

More about Cherie:

Cherie Aimée is a Near-Death Survivor, International Speaker, Forbes Featured Brand Influencer, and Social Media Consultant for top-level innovative business leaders in medicine and technology.

Cherie has 17 years experience in corporate, tech startups, non-profit, and digital advertising and marketing. She was CEO of a technology firm before her near-death tragedy in 2010.

Dec 27, 2017

It was an honor to be able to talk with the legendary Brandon Steiner about his entrepreneurial journey on today's episode! We covered topics that don't normally get covered in interviews with him. These questions give so much context to how he managed to buy the Yankee Stadium and create the sports empire he has.

Brandon's authenticity, core personal values and continual desire for growth definitely show through in our conversation.

I love bringing guests on the show who have a little age, wisdom, and experience on the rest of us. It sheds so much light and perspective on where we might be in our journey today and how we should view where we are.

A little about Brandon Steiner-

He is the CEO and Founder of Steiner Sports. Steiner began in 1987 with a one-room office, $4,000 and a single Mac computer. Today, Steiner Sports is the most successful memorabilia company of its kind with over $35 million in annual sales. Brandon's mindset has always been to be fearless – that mentality has helped him secure partnerships with the most elite names in sports; Derek Jeter, Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Chris Paul and the New York Yankees among others. Brandon is also the bestselling author of "You Gotta Have Balls" and "The Business Playbook."

Dec 20, 2017
Jay and I have known of each other for a while now, but this episode was the first time we've talked live. We dove deep right away!
I found myself taking notes during and after this interview because the wisdom Jay shared hit home for me in so many different aspects.
I walked away having stuff to implement right away and those things have already made a big difference in my life!
One of my favorite quotes in this episode is: "Instead of trying to change the world, I'm just going to try and change myself and become the best version of myself that I can be."

Jay Wong is a serial entrepreneur, business advisor, real estate investor and host of The Inner Changemaker; rated #1 Self-Help Podcast on iTunes.

Jay’s mission is to create empowering media that summarizes all of these great lessons covered in on his show by other successful Changemakers, in hopes that these combined journeys will help business owners grow their business through online marketing and elevating their leadership.

With interviews from game-changing entrepreneurs such as Bob Proctor (The Secret (movie)) Sean Stephenson (American Therapist and top Motivational Speaker) Grant Cardone (Multi-millionaire and real estate guru) and many other prominent names around the world, it's no surprise that his podcast has risen on top of the podcasting charts and is actively listened to in 123+ countries.

Dec 13, 2017

I'm LOVING all of the branding experts that we've been having on the show lately! I feel like you can never know enough about how to craft your BEST personal brand. 
So, in today's episode that's exactly what Brodie Pierson and I chat about.

Fun fact about Brodie: Not only is he an international leader in Personal Brand Photography, but he also travels around the world helping people build their personal brand.
Talk about molding your business around the lifestyle you want to live!

I had so much fun on this episode! There was definitely a lot of laughing too, which I'm all about.

Like I said, Brodie is an international leader in Personal Brand Photography. He empowers entrepreneurs to seamlessly craft an irresistible brand that will standout online. At the age of 20, he has traveled to Florence, Paris 2x, Miami, Hawaii 2x, Chicago, and Mallorca working with over 50 entrepreneurs he attracted through Facebook and Instagram. He has crafted personal brands for entrepreneurs in the Forbes, Thrive Global, HuffPost, TEDX Speakers, and #1 International Best Selling Authors.

Dec 6, 2017

Sunny is an executive design strategist who has crafted intelligent design systems for the earliest of startups to some of the top Fortune companies: Bosch, Coca-Cola, LG, IBM, SAS, Lowe's, to name a few. His work in design-driven innovation and strategy has been recognized for over 25 awards and honors. Sunny's main goal is to help companies challenge the status quo and realize extraordinary new products and experiences!

Nov 29, 2017

Tance Hughes, who was recently named on the 2018 Forbes 30 under 30 list, founded Southern Designs at 17-years old as a printing business for things like t-shirts, business cards, signs, etc. Five years into the journey, him and his team pivoted the business to a manufacturing model where they sell personalized metal wall decor and signs. After the pivot, they went from $430,000 in revenue to $3.8 million in a two-year span. They are already leaders in their category and are now focusing on diversifying their product offerings and building brand awareness as they head to the next level. They made the 2017 Inc. 5000 at #558 and have secured deals with brands like Walmart, Wayfair, Amazon and others.

Nov 22, 2017
A few weeks ago, I had Jarrod Warren on the show and we talked about WHY the hustle mentality is driving millennial entrepreneurs to an early grave.  After ending that interview we realized we weren't nearly done talking about this topic. So, I invited Jarrod on for a part 2! We talked about the WHY in episode 75 and in this episode we talk about the HOW. Namely- How to create SUSTAINABLE peak performance for our lives. Hustling isn't bad, it's just the way we hustle that can be bad and have extreme and not so great results in the near future. We really dig into two main points in this episode. Two super unexpected things that you're doing or partaking of that are sabotaging your peak performance. I was super surprised by these two points. Jarrod even gets a little scientific which was fun too to have on the show.
For those of you who didn't listen to my first episode with Jarrod, I highly recommend listening to his first episode. But just to give you a quick summary of who Jarrod is in case you don't want to do that: He's the founder and host of the Success 101 podcast where his goal is to help others find a way to live more optimal through new concepts and ideas, that can be accomplished without experiencing burnout, fatigue, and an unproductive mindset. Super successful and amazing businessman.
He speaks about this stuff because he was there. He had hit rock bottom because he worked too hard without balance. I love learning from people who are living passionately from their experiences.
Anyways, sit back, relax and enjoy this show where we really dig deep into HOW we can maximize our peak performance and work SMARTER not harder.
Nov 15, 2017

Adi Arezzini is the Co-Founder & CEO of Teami Blends, an All Natural Loose Leaf Tea Company based in Tampa Bay, Florida. Adi started her business literally from her bedroom, just 4 years ago. In that time she has created a strong brand name and online presence, dominating the social media and digital world. Teami has grown to over 35 employees and has moved into a 10,000 Sq Ft. HQ location in order to continue its’ expansion. Adi is an expert at creating a social media presence (Teami has over 448K followers on Instagram!) and knows what it takes to build a "cult following” online.

Nov 8, 2017

Since growing up lost, numb, and disconnected, hitting rock bottom, and winding up in a VERY scary place years ago, Chris Burns has hired numerous coaches and invested well over 10,000 hours into the fields of communication, business, and leadership. Now, Chris coaches entrepreneurs and high-achievers to develop a fiery, unstoppable mindset, take courageous, confident, and consistent action, and create MASSIVE impact in the world. He’s spoken at 90+ live events across the United States, to rooms of more than 250 people, and in the last 8 months, Chris has interviewed over 150 inspirational role models, influencers and leaders on his weekly, 12-hours-straight live-streamed podcast called Becoming Your Greatest Possible Self.

Nov 1, 2017

Jarrod is the founder and host of the Success 101 podcast where his goal is to help others find a way to live more optimal through new concepts and ideas, that can be accomplished without experiencing burnout, fatigue, and an unproductive mindset. This podcast was born out of Jarrod's own personal experience of hitting burnout and fatigue both mentally and physically from running a full-time financial planning practice for several years coaching and developing other financial advisers, and still trying to find time for his wife and 3 kids at home. His hope is that the strategies discussed on the Success 101 podcast will help you to live a life of maximum potential, and allow you to crush your personal and professional goals like never before.

Oct 25, 2017

Kyle Hayungs is a serial entrepreneur currently running 5 businesses. Though from a loving family, Kyle had a troubled youth which ultimately resulted in 17 arrests in high school. By the time he was in college, Kyle had already spent two years in federal prison.

After his release, Kyle turned his life around. Not able to find a job, he started Onsite ATM Solutions which now generates $50,000 per month in passive income. When starting out, Kyle couldn't afford business cards and thus started his own printing company MRG Print, still in operation to this day.

For Kyle, it’s important that everything he ties himself to is deeply in line with his purpose. Due to his prison stint, it made him value so much more the ability to take actions that count. Kyle also runs a non-profit in addition to being a co-found in the Athletic Gaines gym franchise. Kyle’s story shows even in the face of adversity, anything is possible.

Oct 18, 2017

Rachel is an Instagram influencer and co-founder of Trill Media, an Instagram marketing agency focused on helping brands grow a large, 100% organic following so that they can boost influence and go viral. Rachel has used these tactics to form partnerships with other influencers, create a network of over 200 million users, and amassed a total following of over 600,000 across different accounts. Based in San Diego, she now consults with brands to grow their audience on Instagram.

Oct 11, 2017

Robert Harary began his career at 16 years old as Director of Social Media Marketing for Research Frontiers. At 17 he was promoted by the Board of Directors to serve as Director of Market Development - the youngest person in the company's history to hold such position. Here, he was directly responsible for developing two advertisements featured in Times Square and played an integral role in bringing the company's technology out to the USA Pavilion at the Milan World's Fair. At 18, Robert left Research Frontiers to become one of the youngest angel group managers in the country through his angel group, GlassHorse Ventures. Robert sits on the advisory board for Silicon Valley companies alongside Guy Kawasaki and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Today, Robert is building OneH - OneH connects startups with investors from around the world based on what they have in common. They've built out a collection of different matching and machine learning algorithms that learn investor interest, analyze deals and share them with relevant investors.

Oct 4, 2017
It started at 12 years old, selling candy and soda out of his backpack in junior high school. Fast-forward 12 years and he woke up only to see his face on the front page of for the innovative platform he invented called RentHoop which many people describe as "Tinder for Finding Roommates." RentHoop has thousands of users and has connected many happy roommates.
Even with growing this app without any marketing budget, Paul Burke has managed to solve what he would call one of the biggest problems facing his generation.
Sep 27, 2017

Laila Alawa is the Founder and CEO of The Tempest, the fastest-growing media company changing the narrative of diverse millennial women in the world. The Tempest has helped connect millions of people with over a thousand female thought leaders on every issue. She recently presented on her work through a TEDx Talk around the disruption of media and the world. Prior to founding the company, Laila worked at the White House and Congress.  Since founding The Tempest, Laila has been quoted in nationwide outlets like The New York Times, The Guardian, and CNN Money as a disruptive force in media.

Sep 20, 2017
Brennan Agranoff is a 17 year old senior attending high school in Sherwood, Oregon. He has been pursuing entrepreneurship since age seven where he first began selling his first products and flipping garage sale items on eBay. He's been featured in numerous publications and was named the 2017 Youth Entrepreneur of the Year by Baylor University.
At age 13, he founded his current business HoopSwagg, a sock customization company which he has grown to seven figures in sales. HoopSwagg is currently working to expand into retail stores and malls across the nation along with helping raise money for multiple local and international charities. Recently, they acquired one of their competitors,, and are looking to grow revenue through their channels along with Hoopswagg's steadily growing social media following.
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