Business Class: Build It Braver

Owning a small business takes courage, resilience, and a little help from our friends!聽Business Class: Build It Braver is a podcast from American Express聽where small business owners can learn from the real-world experiences of seasoned entrepreneurs turned mentors.


Listeners will follow host and entrepreneur聽Vivian Kaye聽through conversations with some of Canada鈥檚 brightest entrepreneurial minds as they provide fresh perspectives to small business owners to help them on their business journeys.聽People like Joe Mimran, founder of Joe Fresh and Club Monaco, and Wes Hall, Dragon on CBC鈥檚聽Dragon鈥檚 Den.


Each episode explores a different business challenge, and demonstrates the commitment, connection, and hope that springs up when small business owners have meaningful discussions with experienced entrepreneurs who really care.聽As small business owners, the stakes couldn鈥檛 be higher, which is why you really need the backing of trusted experts. The mentors on this show offer just that: real-time learning in a super-charged package. #AmexBuildItBraver



About American Express Business Class


American Express Business Class is an educational resource for today鈥檚 business leaders. It provides modern business education through compelling stories, timely tips, and inspiring insights from business experts, industry leaders, and savvy entrepreneurs.聽



About Vivian Kaye


Vivian was born in聽Tema, Ghana, and immigrated to Toronto, Canada as a toddler. After dropping out of college and battling depression in her early adulthood, she worked a series of jobs as a French bilingual for several startups in fintech,聽Medtech, and at the home office of a multinational franchise company. She took these entrepreneurial lessons and started a 6-figure wedding decor company.


While running that business, her 2nd business,聽KinkyCurlyYaki聽was born. Tired of not being able to find high-quality hair extensions that matched her afro hair texture, and realizing she wasn鈥檛 alone, the company took off. In the first year (2012) it hit 6-figures. Then in 2016, it hit 7-figures, as it remains today, which has allowed her to run the business while single-handedly raising her son, sharing her story internationally, and helping others reach their goals.

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