REWIND: From Selling Tea Out of Her Trunk to Selling in Major Retailers: Nailah Ellis-Brown of Ellis Island Tea
Today’s REWIND guest is Nailah Ellis-Brown. I first heard about Nailah from my roommates, Nydia and Stefanie at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
They supported her business as part of the MBAs Across America program that they participated in (and you’ll hear more about this in the episode).
I’ve been fascinated by Nailah every since. A Black Woman from Detroit with Jamaican roots, Ellis-Brown has made a name for herself as part of the Detroit manufacturing renaissance. Her distinctive hibiscus Ellis Island Tea, based on a family recipe and bottled in an urban 4,000 square foot plant, has expanded sales into six airports and locations across 12 Midwestern states along with shelf space in regional retailer Meijer, Whole Foods and most recently Sam Club stores.
She’s been named one of the Forbes 30 Under 30, has been featured on MSNBC for a small business makeover, and she’s only getting started.
Her plan was to go to school, work on wall street then quit and be an entrepreneur. But when she realized the student loan hustle, she wanted no parts of it.
On today’s episode, Nailah gets into:How she’s been able to brew and bottle a recipe steeped in family tradition How she went from selling out of her trunk to selling in Sam’s clb Learning the science behind her How she took a leap of faith and started over from scratch How investing in herself and her business led to big rewards in major brand partnership Plus how she’s continuing to grow her brand Ellis Island Tea Michigan State Product Center Think & Grow Rich Book
Click here to subscribe via RSS feed (non-iTunes feed): http://sidehustlepro.libsyn.com/rssAnnouncements
If you’re looking for a community of supportive side hustlers who are all working to take our businesses to the next level, join us here: http://sidehustlepro.co/facebookSocial Media Info
Connect on Instagram:
Ellis Island Tea – @EllisIslandTea
Side Hustle Pro – @sidehustlepro
188: How this Busy Mom Created Play Pits All-Natural Deodorant for Kids (w/ Chantel Powell)
187: Meet Imani Ellis, The Side Hustler & Visionary Behind The CultureCon Conference
186: How Attorney Turned Founder Tracey Pickett Created the Hairbrella: The Rain Hat Reinvented
185: How TGIN Founder and Breast Cancer Survivor Chris-Tia Donaldson Built A Natural Hair Empire
184: How Real Housewives of Atlanta Star Tanya Sam Pivoted from Nursing to Tech Investor
183: How to Make Money Podcasting: The Guide to Having a Profitable Podcast
182: Entrepreneur Diaries: Kicking Off 2020 + My Pregnancy News
181: REWIND: How To Start Charging For Your Expertise And Stop Doing Things For Free W/Sakita Holley
180: REWIND: Danielle Leslie Is Growing Her Online Course Into A Million Dollar Business And She Wants To Teach You How
179: REWIND: From The Kitchen Sink To Target Shelves: Melissa Butler Of The Lip Bar
178: REWIND: Meet The Woman Behind DC’s SpiceSuite And Entrepreneur Hub
177: REWIND: How Lisa Price Turned Her Side Hustle Into A Multimillion-Dollar Business
176: REWIND: CurlMix Founder Kim Lewis On How To Market Your Physical Products
175: REWIND: Meet Janice Bryant Howroyd: The first African American Woman To Run A $1-Billion Business
174: Ask Nicaila Anything: How I pay taxes, My biggest challenges getting started and more!
173: How Podcasting Helped Me Find My Voice and My Purpose
172: Entrepreneur in Residence Check-In with Lisa Pegram, Founder of Belle 51
171: How this CEO Opened a Successful Bed & Breakfast on the Side (Lisa Brown Alexander of Wellspring Manor & Spa)
170: How Black Women Can Build Legacy Wealth (w/ Dr. Pamela Jolly)
169: How Karleen Roy Created A Boutique Creative Agency for Celebrity Clients