Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro

March 1 2023

Episode 83 — Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro: meet Fiona Simon who went “Gambling on Granola” and found unexpected gifts on the path of entrepreneurship

Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro
Episode 83 — Margaritas with Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro: meet Fiona Simon who went "Gambling on Granola" and found unexpected gifts on the path of entrepreneurship
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March 1, 2023: A Note from Marguerita Cheng, CFP® Pro — I invite you to tune in for this week’s episode of my podcast and video show, Margaritas with Marguerita, where for 15 minutes each Friday at Happy Hour, we start the weekend off learning from industry experts how to flex our financial muscles. 

Meet our guest: Fiona Simon

Today’s Topic: The entrepreneurial path

Rita asks Fiona:

  • What was your inspiration for wanting to write this book?
  • What made you decide that you wanted to start your own granola business?
  • What was the most unexpected challenge you encountered while starting your business?
  • What started your passion for healthy food?
  • What’s one piece of advice you have for people (especially women) looking to start their own businesses?

About our Guest: “I was lured by the adventures of entrepreneurship and launched my own organic granola company. It led to success, despite having no business background and simultaneously juggling the demands of being a single mom.” So, truly amazing Fiona decided to turn her experience into a book documenting the challenges, hardships, and triumphs, both personal and professional. The result is her book, Gambling on Granola: Unexpected Gifts on the Path of Entrepreneurship. In it, Simon shares a tale that is uplifting and inspiring but also raw and honest. This is a business memoir but also a love story―the love for her daughter, a journey in uncharted waters, of the products and company she created, and the continued challenge to follow her dream. “You’ll see my growth and healing over 15 years as mistakes, weaknesses, and naiveté, evolve into resilience, resolve, and inspiration. It started as all new businesses do―with an idea. But my world quickly became more complex as I established my company, developed new product lines, forged personal relationships in a competitive environment, grew the business, and held onto my deepest values―all while raising my daughter, Natalie.” Click here for more!

Learn more about our host at MargueritaCheng.com • Don’t miss a single podcast: MargueritaChengRadio.com • Watch all of our TV episodesMargueritaCheng.tv! Cheers!

Your Host: Marguerita Cheng, CFP® is the CEO of Blue Ocean Global Wealth, a Washington, DC-based firm that focuses on helping women, and their families, achieve financial success.

About Margaritas with Marguerita: Every Friday evening at 5pm EST, we start the weekend off right with 15 minutes of financial tips by Rita to help women flex their financial muscles. Based on the information from Rita’s upcoming book, “Diary of a CFP® Pro,” the show is also part of a monthly webinar series you won’t want to miss. Learn more at MargueritaCheng.com and watch all of her interviews on MargueritaCheng.tv. 

Questions about your financial future? Send Rita an email.

Photo by Kate Hauschka

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