Some people follow their dreams to change their lives. Some do it for their families. And some do it to prove the world wrong. But for one Small Business Owner, following her dream meant more than changing her life for herself.
For Chantelle Bourdeaux, following her dream means changing her community. It means positively impacting the lives of 200 thousand people. And it means creating a community, a culture, and a world that values the impact of food. This is Chantelle Bourdeaux. And this is her Difference Maker Story.
The Footprint of Food
For Bourdeaux, the love of food runs deep. With a family steeped in Creole heritage and tradition, food has always been a huge part of Chantelle’s life.
"Being Creole, food has always been a huge center for our family"
And, when it came to starting her own business, she drew on her familial connection with food. Today, Chantelle is the proud owner of The Creole Juniper, a sustainable food advocacy company that helps support food producers and food-based businesses.
But, before setting out on her own, or joining the food scene, Chantelle was pursuing a very different corporate path. “I was working in insurance and making six figures, but I left those material things and that comfortable life style, because I wanted to better myself as a human being, and even humanity itself.”
Driven to make a difference for herself, and for others around her, Chantelle left corporate America, and joined Slow Food USA®, an organization determined to change the world through food that is, “good, clean, and fair to all.”
After working with several food organizations, Chantelle decided it was time to step out on her own and make a direct impact on her community by improving the quality of life available to her, and her fellow citizens, by improving access to good, clean, whole foods.