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exclusive interview chief THE POPSICLE 20 ENTREPRENEUR moms YOU’LL LOVE “The organizational skills alone of being a mother are huge transferable skill that will help you run your business.” MMIA: How did you get started in your business? FELICIA: I’ve always been a horrible employee, I honestly wish I would have made the jump sooner. I started my first business as a college freshman, but Feverish has been my most successful venture. I got to a point working for various companies and projects that were not fulfilling I remember working for a professional basketball team where my job was physically making me sick. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do but I had a long list of things that I knew I no longer wanted to do. Working in a cubicle was high on the list. Inspiration can strike anywhere! For me I got the idea for Feverish after landing face first chasing behind an ice cream truck in heels. MMIA: How long did it take you to go from business idea to actually seeing income? FELICIA: It took 2 1/2 years because although I came up with the idea. I didn’t launch it for 2 years until I lost my job. MMIA: Do you ever regret your decision to become a full-time entrepreneur? FELICIA: No I don’t I was born to be an entrepreneur MMIA: How do you balance the roles of mommy and entrepreneur? FELICIA: I have one rule! Nothing comes before my child. I have learned everything else can be rescheduled. MMIA: How do your children feel about mommy being an entrepreneur? FELICIA: Well my daughter is only 7 months old but I think she’s proud of me. MMIA: What advice can you give to the woman who is reading this right now and thinking there’s no way she can run her business. FELICIA: Whether you think you can or can’t either way you are right. The organizational skills alone of being a mother are huge transferable skill that will help you run your business. Felicia Hatcher Founder & CEO of Feverish Pops & Code Fever Miami, Florida As an Author, Social Entrepreneur and the Chief Popsicle of Feverish Ice Cream & Gourmet Pops Felicia Hatcher has been honored by the White House as a 2014 Champion of Change for STEM Access, Black Enterprise Innovator of the Week and Essence Magazine Tech Master. Hatcher has been featured on the NBC Today Show, T he Cooking Channel, and Grio’s 100 African American’s Making History. Felecia runs the Miami based gourmet popsicle company Feverish that serves clients like Google, Capitol Records, Adidas, 32 Degrees, Vitamin Water, Wholefoods and Forever 21 with custom vegan friendly gourmet pops and private label frozen desserts. Before launching Feverish, Felecia worked as a marketing manager for Nintendo, Sony, and the NBA. Felecia has presented engaging talks on Embracing Failure at Google London, Entrepreneurship and Managing Investor Relations at SXSW, White House Young America Series, Coca Cola HQ, TEDxMiami and TEDxJamaica. Felecia is also the author of 2 books How to Start a Business on a Ramen Noodle Budget, and the C Students Guide to Scholarships. Felicia Hatcher IG: @feliciahatcher Twitter: @feliciahatcher June 2014 | MMIA Magazine | 17