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Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart

The global pandemic hit small business owners hard, most facing tough decisions on whether they would be able to stay open and, also, how to best help their local communities. Our guest today, Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart, co-founder of Koval Distillery in Chicago, was able to pivot her business to remain open and also provide essential hand sanitizer to her community and the health care professionals who needed it most.

Changing her business to produce hand sanitizer was an uphill battle, and Sonat had to deal with regulatory challenges and slumping sales as countries locked down and bars closed across the world.  Luckily this is not the first challenge that Sonat had to overcome: from starting a distillery midway through her career, being a working mother, and being one of the few women in her industry, these hurdles prepared her for the COVID crisis.

Tune in to this episode of Women on the Move and hear how a small business was able to make a big impact in the community.

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