Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Aaron Cousins, owner of Copa Bev Co, a line of all-natural CBD-infused sparkling water located in Bend, Oregon.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

We develop and produce delicious, beneficial beverages to provide a healthy lineup of options to the market. We are proud to have helped pioneer the CBD beverage segment from a craft perspective.

Tell us about yourself

After two decades as an Oregon winemaker, my curiosity and outdoor pursuits led me down a different path. I wanted to create the non-alcoholic, beneficial beverages that I wanted to drink and produce them for the market.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Thriving and surviving. As I come into ten years as owner/operator of a craft beverage company, looking back, I’m really proud of myself for what I’ve learned. My definition of success isn’t how big you are or how much you make; it’s being proud of what you’re accomplishing and how happy you are in the world.

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

The sacrifices. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

The three words written inside my climbing helmet. Adapt, adjust, excel.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Have fun, stay safe.

Where can people find you and your business?

Instagram: @copabevco

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