Monica and Kicker Kalozdi talk about running a family business.

The Family That Made Your Kid’s Potty Seat 

The Family That Made Your Kid’s Potty Seat 

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April 13 2015 11:04 AM

The “How Does a Family Business Work?” Edition

Monica Kalozdi and her son, Kicker, explain how they manufacture everything from diaper bags to jewelry boxes while still maintaining Sunday night dinners. 

Monica and Kicker Kalozdi.
Monica and Kicker Kalozdi.

Photo illustration by Slate. Photo by Adam Davidson.

Listen to this episode of Working with guests Monica and Kicker Kalozdi:

In this installment of Slate’s podcast about work, host Adam Davidson talks with mother-and-son duo Monica and Kicker Kalozdi about their New Orleans–based business, Kalencom Corp. They discuss how they design, manufacture, and distribute a wide variety of products including toddler potties, diaper bags, and men’s briefcases.

The Kalozdis walk Davidson through the process of choosing overseas manufacturing and explain why it is hard for small American businesses to survive without some international outsourcing.

Adam Davidson is co-founder and co-host of Planet Money. He also writes the weekly "It's the Economy" column for the New York Times Magazine.