Soda City Pharmacy & Compounding is one of very few Black-owned pharmacies in Columbia, SC. Dr. Tremain Cooper is one of those that is leading the way and providing opportunities for the local community. In this episode of S.T.A.R.V.E. Talk, J Haleem sits down with Dr. Cooper as they discuss his journey to becoming a pharmacist, how the Pandemic pushed him into entrepreneurship, and why he believes you have to become an entrepreneur before you become an entrepreneur.
Show Notes -
1:27 - J Haleem welcomes Dr. Tremain Cooper to S.T.A.R.V.E. Talk
2:44 - Dr. Cooper shares his journey to being a Pharmacist
4:31 - Dr. Cooper describes growing up and sharing with his friends that he wanted to be a pharmacist
7:32 - Transitioning to college and his level of dedication to his studies
9:00 - Misconceptions about being a Pharmacist
10:31 - What it means spending 15 years working for someone else and using that to prepare yourself for entrepreneurship
12:28 - Becoming an entrepreneur - before becoming an entrepreneur
15:00 - Dr. Cooper describes what it’s like starting up a pharmacy
18:56 - Dr. Cooper speaks on the problem he solves as a pharmacist
21:16 - Is information being withheld from the Black community or are we not seeking it?
22:18 - Feedback from the community
24:35 - Did the Pandemic push him into entrepreneurship?
26:50 - Opportunities for entrepreneurship
32:04 - Making the success of your company, your focal point
34:23 - Community partnerships
37:01 - Dr. Cooper speaks on what S.T.A.R.V.E. means to him
42:21 - J Haleem thanks Dr. Cooper for creating a business the community needs