Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Daniel Earles, Owner of Epic Gourmet Popcorn, located in Dyer, IN, USA.

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

Epic Gourmet Popcorn is deliciously hand-crafted small batch gourmet popcorn available in more than 300 flavor and color combinations. From birthdays to graduations, fundraising to corporate gifting, there is no more universally-loved snack food than popcorn. We are also the first and only NGLCC-certified popcorn company in America and are proud to support a variety of local, regional, and national causes and foundations.

Tell us about yourself

Epic Gourmet Popcorn began as an investment opportunity and quickly has grown into a fun business that allows us to create a great product while giving back to the community.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Without a doubt, the past few years have been extremely challenging as a business owner, and I'm very proud of the storms we've been able to weather and ultimately come out stronger on the other side.

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

Staffing is by far one of the most challenging aspects of owning a business, especially post-COVID.

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

  1. Love what you do.
  2. Enjoy the people you do it with.
  3. Be willing to do the hard work.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

The past few years have shown us that time and our relationships with others are some of the most important and valuable assets we have. I'm proud to be a part of a company that focuses on helping our customers and their friends and families celebrate every Epic moment.

Where can people find you and your business?


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