We had the good fortune of connecting with Laura Larkin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
One of the most rewarding things about getting to know so many entrepreneurs and creatives is seeing first-hand how many of them are focused on so much more than just financial results. So many of the folks we connect with are focused on having a positive social impact on their community or the world at large. Can you talk to us about how you are helping the community?
Charity Pots is a Benefit Corporation created to help small non-profits across the world. We are building a business model to support our own non-profit and others. We believe in earth-friendly products, like our Hemp Plant Pots; this one of a kind pot composts in the soil over time and decomposes without leaving any residue. The hemp fibers return to the earth and thus back into the natural cycle. The plant can take root and take root in the soil without repotting.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I spent almost 20 years as a senior technology specialist for the City of Phoenix Law Department. I saved diligently into my 401K and used those funds to retire early to start the non-profit The Delia Foundation. I soon found out that fundraising and asking for money was not my strong point. So the challenge became how to support the non-profit. I found myself partnering with a new software company Next Step Accelerated Transitions, and starting a new Benefit Corporation Charity Pots with my daughter and grandson because, as they say, where there’s a will, there’s away.
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?
I’m excited to have some friends from England visiting next year and can’t wait to take them to some of my favorite eating spots like Becketts Table, Ingos, Tonto Bar & Grill, and our local Glossy Heifer and Tennessee Grill. A hike in Sedona will be a must, and drinks at The Point and a little top golf.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents raised me with the never give up attitude. As a volunteer, much of my life, my dream was always to have a non-profit that could help others. Thanks to my husband, family, friends, Lauren, David, and Jenny, that dream came true. However, the goal came with things I was not prepared for. That’s where my entrepreneurial spirit came forward once again, and with a little push from my friends Pam and Schanell, Charity Pots was born.
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