Business coach cooks up a secret sauce for success

Chicago entrepreneur Niquenya Collins now works for Cocoa Chili Foods.
2:08 | 04/02/21

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We are back with a Chicago business coach cooking up something new by taking her own advice, and launching her own restaurant and food line. Let's meet the cocoa chili brand. I was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Here, I have started cocoa chili restaurant and catering, which is an afro-caribbean soul restaurant, serving up delicious authentic Jamaican jerk chicken and cocoa chilly. As far back as I can remember as a little girl in the kitchen with my mom and grandmother and even my great grandmother, I remember us trying out all different types of dishes. My grandmother used to make chop suey which is very unusual for an African-American family. We really have used foods throughout the years as a way to create memories. I've always seen food as a catalyst to spark conversation, and encourage learning. So whenever I've had a really great experience as something that could spark my interest and get me to really learn about a different ethnicity, and their values, their culture, how they come together, and experience food, I would just go home and be extremely motivated to recreate that meal. When the world was kind of slowing down, I found myself in a position where I needed to pivot in some way as well. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to learn more about how I could use food as a business and so I want to make sure that I use cocoa chili as an opportunity to connect people to delicious food but also share with them things that are going to improve their lives. One of the things that the pandemic has really highlighted right now is that you can't always depend on a job to get you through, and so having additional skills, additional resources that you can turn to and tap into is very important, and now that I'm in this space, I did not use the pandemic or anything else that's going on in the world as a road block. Instead, I looked for ways that I can just keep moving forward. Still ahead here, on "Gma3,"

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