Derek CHA SweetFrog Founder and CEO

  • Born and raised in South Korea
  • Art and Frame Depot
  • 80 stores and $10M in revenue
  • Declining success and bankruptcy
  • Relocated to Richmond, VA
  • Sweet Frog was founded on Christian Principles
  • "FROG" Fully-Rely-On-God
  • Simplicity and low cost to start
  • #22 on Inc. list of fastest growing private companies during 2014
  • Over 356 Stores in 26 states
  • Not done yet

Ethical Impact

  • Never Compromised
  • Worked day and night
"We turned to God, and we prayed day and night for a new business venture that would thrive in this economy" -Derek Cha

"When we're considering opening a store, we look for a well-rounded market with plenty of young families, as well as a high density of nearby schools and churches."-James Denison

"The Christian atmosphere makes work a more positive place to be. It makes the workers get along better. Even when we make mistakes, we grow together by relying on each other's strengths," -Chelsea Kobinson

Biblical Integration

  • Strong Faith
  • "But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded." 2 Chronicles 15:7

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am you God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."

Isaiah 41:10


  • Miraculous growth
  • Little to no marketing
  • Heavily reliant on social media
  • How did Derek Cha's Biblical principles help him become successful?
  • Is there anything we can take away from Derek Cha's example as an ethical business leader?


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