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Felicia Sia

Owner / Director, Little Kitchen Academy

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Lianna Harrington

Who is Felicia Sia, could you please introduce yourself?

I am a mom, traveler, business owner, and a diehard foodie.

What is your business and when did you start?

I started Little Kitchen Academy in Oakville and Mississauga and we are offering our first session in July 2021.

Little Kitchen Academy is the first-of-its-kind Montessori-inspired cooking academy for kids ages three through teen. We are focused on providing a safe, inspiring, and empowering space for children to identify, develop, and refine their senses. Through joy, mindfulness, and learning we are creating a foundation for a healthy lifespan through responsible eating choices: from scratch to consumption.

What inspired you to start your business?

My son and my passion for food. I have a BSc. in Food Science and a minor in Business Administration and I have worked in the food industry for over a decade. I started Little Kitchen Academy as a way to share my passion with kids in the kitchen. When my son and I spend time cooking together, I can see how much joy and learning he gets out of it. He has become more independent and confident, and this is reflected in all aspects of his life. I want to bring this to all kids in my community.

What were the challenges in the initial stages of your business and how did you overcome them?

Starting a business during a global pandemic has definitely been challenging but it has allowed me to be innovative and creative in new ways.

What motivates you about your business?

I want to be a good role model to my son. I want him to see his mom starts a business, takes risks and does something she is passionate about.

What advice would you give to other entrepreneurs?

When things seem too big to handle, take the next small step. If it feels right, then proceed. If it does not, then take a moment to re-evaluate.

Interesting fact most of the people do not know about you?

I love Ballroom and Latin dancing.

The best business advice I ever received was…

If you have the right people at the table, it makes for an extraordinary experience.

My definition of success is…

Making a positive difference in someone’s life.

If I could go back in time when I started my business, I would tell myself to…

Take a deep breath and go on.

Three books I recommend for entrepreneurs are…

There are so many books mentioned on this series already. How about podcasts?

How I Built This

Girlboss Radio

Women Taking the Lead

My personal tagline is…

Curiosity is the one ingredient that is always in my kitchen.

 

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