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Bethany Dario of Divergent Dietitian, LLC calls us to shift in the way we think about nutrition and invites individuals paralyzed by their relationship with food or their bodies to heal. As you’ll read in her blog, she is an inspiration in learning and growing through each challenge we face as small business owners. You can learn more about Divergent Dietician at www.divergentdietitian.com.
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Tell us about yourself! What makes you, “you”?
I was born and raised in Northwest Ohio but my education and career took me to the south (Austin, Texas) and southwest (Phoenix, Arizona) for 12 years. I moved back to Northwest Ohio in 2019 with my husband, two children, two German shepherds, and one feisty cat. I love being outside, reading, and traveling.
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Describe your business/services and then tell us about what brought you to creating this business and why you’re passionate about it.
Divergent exists to provide eating disorder treatment for freedom and a full recovery. Our services include individual nutritional therapy, eating disorder support groups, and body image groups. We also offer free services to the community including a Journal Club for dietitians and free size-inclusive exercise groups in the summer months.
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What goals do you have for your business in the future?
The primary goal at Divergent is to introduce a paradigm shift in the way we think about nutrition and invite individuals paralyzed by their relationship with food or their bodies to heal. Our current mission is to partner with providers in the area to offer excellent patient care, train eating disorder dietitians in Northwest Ohio, and double our income in the next fiscal year.
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What is your proudest achievement?
My children’s relationship with food and their bodies.
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What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a business owner and how did you overcome it?
I am a trained clinician but have no education or experience in business. In 2021, I unknowingly moved tax brackets and owed all of my profit in taxes. I was devastated. I read Everything is Figuroutable by Marie Forleo and resonated with her writing, “I win or I learn. You only truly fail if you stop learning”. I picked myself up and decided to go all in with Divergent. One of those steps was joining the NWO Business Mentoring Program, Women of Toledo, and now HerHub. I’m proud to say that I was able to make every quarterly payment in 2022 and paid my taxes, as expected, at the end of the year with plenty of profit leftover.
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What advice would you give to a woman looking to start a business or get into a leadership role? Is there one thing that has helped you specifically?
Find a mentor! NWO Business Mentoring Program has changed the trajectory of my business.
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What made you want to join HerHub?
Opportunities to connect with other powerful women! I’m also interested in opportunities for grants for my clients as eating disorder treatment is costly and often not covered by insurance.
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Why do you feel it’s important to collaborate and empower other women?
I’m passionate about closing the gender wealth gap. I want to purchase from women owned businesses. I also am a fan of Ellevest whose reach states that “women who have a best friend at work are more than twice as likely to feel engaged and perform better”. We need each other!
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If you could recommend one resource (book, podcast, quote, class, website, etc.), that has helped you in life or in business, what would it be and why?
Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard. This book helped me to identify my values and align my life (and business) with them.
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We love spreading love to other woman-owned businesses and we bet you do too.  Give a shout out here to your favorite, local, woman-owned business (besides your own)!
The Anxiety Center owned by Dr. Elaine Bruckner
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BONUS FACT: They have a therapy dog, Boaz, who joined their team in 2022 and is the only male on staff!