We had the good fortune of connecting with Christine Klahn and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christine, how do you think about risk?
As a scientist and engineer, I tend to be risk adverse. So, starting my own business was a calculated risk, particularly as a single mom. I waited until my son was 13 and more independent so that I could afford the time to dedicate to a start-up. I also maintained a full-time job, working nights and weekends for several years to get ChemE Queen Bee off the ground. I now have a wide range of services that I can offer my clients and customers, to allow for challenging economic times. I began my business with product development (R&D) and have expanded into small-scale manufacturing, compliance and Quality Management, as well as my own retail and wholesale brand, The Sunflower Queen. I often seek out partnerships on brands that I create for clients, so that I get returns as those brands become more and more popular. Risk is still a bit of a challenge for me, but by diversifying my business, I feel more secure and confident that my company will survive these challenging times.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
ChemE Queen Bee is unique in that it is a woman-owned company focused on developing and manufacturing natural products. As a mom, I won’t make anything that I wouldn’t feel safe using on my child. I spend more to get the world’s highest quality ingredients, so that my products are superior to others on the market. As a scientist and engineer, I test every product I make to ensure it meets my standards, which are often above and beyond what regulations require. I believe in quality, safety and efficacy and run my business with the highest of ethics. It’s not easy turning away clients sometimes, but maintaining my reputation is critical to my success.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
My happy place is La Jolla Cove, hanging out and taking selfies with the sea lions. Originally from Texas, it tickles me to see these amazing creatures playing in the sand and waves.. I often take clients and friends to Brockton Villa for brunch and a walk along the beach. San Diego has captured my heart and I don’t ever plan to move away. It’s too beautiful here!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to my mom, who has encouraged me to go my own way and has tested and given me feedback on all of my products. She loves being a guinea pig for science! Also, a shoutout to my brilliant attorney Mariza Lockhart of Lockhart Legal Firm, for always giving me the best advice, both legal and personal. A final shoutout to Corrine Ishio, my great friend and HR/PR guru, and my marketing team of Elise Pimentel, graphic designer, and Marissa Benton, website designer and social media queen, who have stayed with me through the ups and downs and made ChemE Queen Bee and The Sunflower Queen come to life.
Other: https://thesunflowerqueen.com/, #thesunflowerqueencbd
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