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1 Million Cups: Kiva Convo with Gabrielle Williams

January 25, 2023 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am

From behind, 1 Million Cups crowd members applaud a presenter

This Week

We are excited to welcome Gabrielle Williams of Meal Prep Queen to 1MC Cedar Rapids! Gabrielle is a funded Kiva borrower who runs a meal preparation business in Iowa City. Meal Prep Queen offers healthy and affordable pre-prepared meals for weekly pick-up, as well as nutrition and fitness coaching!

Gabrielle grew up in Chicago, and cooking has been a passion of hers since she was a little girl. She became fascinated with cooking while spending summers at her grandparents house, helping her grandma tend to her massive garden each morning. After several years of considering cooking as a career, she took a leap and started her own meal business from scratch. The name of this business: Meal Prep Queen.

Meal Prep Queen recreates your favorite food with a local twist, and her unique cooking style merges healthy food choices that tastes great. In addition to this business, Gabrielle has written two cookbooks and has also developed her own signature sauce, which she has been promoting and selling locally to people in her community. Being located in Iowa City has been a blessing, and the thriving agricultural resources help ensure she has access to fresh and healthy ingredients.

Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with our community!


Program schedule

  • 8:30–9:00 – Coffee & Conversation
  • 9:00–9:45 – Official Program
  • 9:45–10:00 – Q&A

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About 1 Million Cups Cedar Rapids

The Kauffman Foundation developed 1 Million Cups (1MC) on the notion that entrepreneurs discover solutions and network over a million cups of coffee. We welcome early-stage businesses and established companies facing interesting challenges to present their companies. Typically, one or several representatives present before a panel of experts. They seek advice and then engage the audience in a question-and-answer session to encourage collaborative and honest conversations. We also feature expert speakers, founder fireside interviews, and explorations of business failures and the lessons learned!

The Cedar Rapids chapter is the sixth in the U.S., and events take place almost every Wednesday. Every event is free, and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!

Join us Wednesdays @ 8:30 a.m. at The Olympic Theater South Side (1202 3rd St SE #200, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401)! Each event features a presentation or conversation with a new founder, entrepreneur, business leader, subject matter expert, or creative. Find a list of upcoming events and presenters on our Calendar.

We update events as new information is available, so check the calendar often!

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January 25, 2023
8:30 am to 10:00 am
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1 Million Cups: Cedar Rapids
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The Olympic South Side Theater
1202 3rd St SE #200
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 United States
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(319) 214-0392
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