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Inspired by Success

Cyndy Radovich +Owner, Sweet Zola's +Entrepreneur +Mother +Therapist

What is your definition of success?

Success is living a life that is full of love, joy, and laughter. It is important to help others find their success as well.

What is something you are passionate about?

I am passionate about working with individuals with developmental disabilities.

How did you find your career path?

I moved to Boise from Georgia with my teaching degree but had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was working at the Olive Garden when I responded to an ad on Craig's list that was looking for people who were interested in working with children with disabilities. I was fortunate enough to be hired by the company and then was also hired by a local developmental psychologist who trained me in relational developmental therapy. Throughout the years, I had supervisor positions in local agencies and then broke off on my own doing autism consultation and crisis intervention. I kept thinking that there needed to be a business in the Treasure Valley that exclusively hires individuals with developmental disabilities. I originally wanted to open a coffee shop (The Growing Perk) and did a lot of fundraising but was unable to come up with enough money for all of the supplies and equipment. Sweet Zola's Candy for Inclusion was the direct result of not coming up with enough money, and it has been an absolute success. I get to see my employees working hard and interacting with customers daily, and there is nothing more rewarding.

What advice do you have for someone who is interested in pursuing your career?

This is not for the faint of heart. You must be able to deal with disappointment and constant changes, but if you are willing to stick with it, it will reward you tenfold.