Essie Bartels is the Founder of Essie Spice, spice blends that combine the seasonings of her native Ghana with the flavors from her travels around the world. On this episode of ITS, ali and Essie talk about representation — how Essie's business is about more than spices — and why research and gut instincts need to work together as you build your business.

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