What is your story?
After spending nearly twenty years in Asia, moving from place to place for my husband’s work, we moved to Buffalo in 2015. Having paused my career to bring up our three children, I was eager to get back into the workforce, but opportunities with the flexibility I desired were limited.
I had always wanted to setup my own business so when we arrived here I decided it was now or never.
I took some time to think about what my passions were and decided to combine my love of good food and nutrition and Top Seedz was born!
What message does Top Seedz like to promote?
We love good simple food!
In what capacity do you LEAD UP in your community?
Top Seedz likes to participate in local community events such as the Ride for Roswell and the Turkey Trot this past year. We have also sponsored sports events in our local Clarence community. Top Seedz is also involved with 716 Squash, an academic and athletic youth development program for Buffalo inner city kids. We provide snacks for them and host nutrition learning events at our Cayuga Rd. facility. Top Seedz also has an affiliation with Journey’s End, a Buffalo organization that looks to help refugees find work and integrate into the local community. Several of our most dedicated and able employees have joined Top Seedz via this affiliation. As an immigrant to this country myself, and given the demonization of foreigners that is all too common these days, this is an issue that is very personal for me. All people, irrespective of their racial background or country of origin, deserve an opportunity to be productive members of society and make a better life for themselves and their families. And what better place to do it than in Incredible Buffalo!
In business and/or in life, share a struggle you overcame that other women can relate to?
I had always been told that it would be hard coming back into the workforce after having raising a family. Sadly I didn’t listen to these people. I saw myself as a confident, smart and able person and thought that this couldn’t possibly apply to me! How wrong I was. After arriving in the US I realized that having a ten year break in my career had created big gaps in my knowledge and experience in the eyes of the employer. I overcame this by setting up Top Seedz and creating a job for myself! It hasn’t been easy but I love what I do!!
Did you have a Mentor, Coach or Sponsor along the way that was essential to your growth and success? If so, who was it and why?
I’m a New Zealander and we’ve had some pretty incredible women to lookup to and admire along the way. Kate Sheppard led the suffrage campaign which gave New Zealand women the first in the world the right to vote in 1893. Our current New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Adern is incredible Leader and is someone I aspire to daily.
In Buffalo I’ve been welcomed into the incredible food / entrepreneurial industry. Everyone I talk to is happy to share their wins and losses which creates a thriving community, we all make mistakes and by sharing these we can all learn. I feel incredibly lucky to be here in Buffalo during this resurgence.
What is the most rewarding aspect of what you do at TopSeedz?
Having your own business isn’t easy but it has given me the flexibility to be able to still get to most of my kids soccer games, swim meets, concerts and various other activities. I set my hours to suit the operating hours of our family and the things that are most important to me.
On the business side of things, over the past couple of years the feedback I get from customers letting me know how much they love my product reinforces that Top Seedz has created a great product that people love.