We had the good fortune of connecting with Malliron Hodge and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Malliron, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I am from a small town in rural eastern North Carolina called Bunn, NC. Bunn is a quaint town 30 miles northeast of Raleigh, tucked away from the rest of the world. It is the sort of town where everybody knows everybody, and at the same time, they know all your business. lol.
I was raised on a farm and spent my youthful summers working on the land. We had everything from tobacco to collard greens. Our farm was a place of release and connection for me, however, this is something I did not realize until my 20s. The release came from being able to “workout” the stress of the world by tending the land through chopping or pulling weeds. The connection came from the power of watching a tiny seed that was a spec in my hand become this huge plant that would feed a family. That is powerful.
My hope with Baddies with Business is to plant seeds of hope, abundance, support, and love into the lives of Black women entrepreneurs across the world, so they might harvest ventures that flourish and sustain.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
With the support of my community, friends, and family, I was able to launch Baddies with Business on June 1, 2020. Baddies with Business is a podcast that creates space for Black women entrepreneurs in years 0-5 of their venture to share their stories.
As an early-stage entrepreneurship coach, I have continually heard stories from Black women about the challenges they face. So, my goal with creating this platform was to create a space for them to get seen, connect with other Baddies who may be experiencing the same feelings, and create a network of Black women supporting one another.
The dream is to expand the space for Black women to engage in a mass exodus from organizations and businesses that don’t value us or our communities. Not only will this have economic impacts on our communities, but the impacts will also be witnessed through the healing of our minds, bodies, and souls.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are so many gems in the area (Eastern, NC), the list could go on forever. Here are a few that I really like. Have a sip at Uncorked, Seven Springs Farm and Vineyard, Jeddah’s Tea, Beyu Cafe, Zweli’s, Saltbox Seafood, and Oro Restaurant & Lounge. Grab some food/sweets at The Chicken Hut, Smithfield Chicken and Barbecue, Bestow Baked Goods, and Pure Juicery Bar. Things to do checkout Perkins Orchard, Wytha Balance Yoga, The Bath Place, Zen Succulent, and Morehead Manor.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout all the Baddies who allowed me to share their story with the world. Thank you. This podcast is successful because of you.
I appreciate my Mom, Sisters, Aunts, Nieces, Friends, and all the Baddies that help shape the woman I am today. I love y’all!
My supporters from the feedback, donations, to encouraging words.
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