Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Taylor Chapman, Owner of Good Spirit Kombucha, located in Regina, SK, Canada.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Good Spirit Kombucha is a local brewery in Saskatchewan. Our mission is to provide a fizzy functional alternative to the people in the prairies.
Tell us about yourself
When I was finishing my kinesiology classes at the University of Regina, the opportunity to join Good Spirit Kombucha arose. With an interest in wellness and entrepreneurship, the opportunity to run a kombucha brewery was perfect! Over a few short years, I grew Good Spirit Kombucha from a side gig with friends to a commercial-scale brewing company that provides a fizzy functional alternative to those in Saskatchewan. One of the most satisfying things in my role is creating a product from start to finish!
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
Our biggest accomplishment so far in the company has been our expansion and growth throughout the early years of the pandemic. In 2020, Good Spirit took a leap to massively expand and grow the business. With this growth came the opportunity to distribute our product in major Canadian grocery chains such as Save-on-Foods, Safeway, Sobeys, and Co-op.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
One of the most challenging things that come with owning a business is the realization that you're going to make mistakes along the way. It can be disheartening to have setbacks, but ultimately that is how we learn and make better decisions in the future.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
One of the most important things to starting a business is having a firm grasp on the numbers needed to make a profit and grow.
Secondly, have an understanding of the market and your target demographic.
Lastly, and possibly the most important, is to believe in yourself! It sounds cliche, but at the end of the day, your growth is often a direct reflection of the hard work and dedication you put in.
Where can people find you and your business?
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