Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Adam Thatcher, co-founder of Grace Farms, located in New Canaan, CT, USA.

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

Grace Farms is a brand for good people with great taste. A new business model of philanthropy, Grace Farms Foods is a 100% not-for-profit-owned company that gives back 100% of its profits to help end forced labor worldwide. Full of flavor and filled with purpose, each of our ethically and sustainably sourced teas and coffees will not only satisfy your thirst for great taste but also make you feel great about a healthy indulgence.

Tell us about yourself

As the founding Director of Operations and Sustainability at Grace Farms Foundation, I noticed that thousands of our visitors loved our coffee and tea and kept coming back with friends. We wanted to let everyone experience Grace Farms by sharing our signature coffee and teas with everyone and creating a community of people who want to do good.

It is incredibly rewarding to start a business that is focused on not only demonstrating and educating about ethical and sustainable supply chains but also one that gives back to helping end forced labor as well.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

We are pioneering a new model of 100% not-for-profit-owned business. Grace Farms Foods is one of the first companies since a recent change in the IRS code that is 100% owned by a private foundation. On top of that, we have created the company with the charitable purposes of the not-for-profit to be embedded in our business operations, marketing, and products.

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

Sleep. It's exciting to manage a business, but it also commands a lot of your brainpower. Sometimes the best ideas come right before bed, and it keeps you up late at night!

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

Get the facts. Get a team of mentors. Don't give up.

Where can people find you and your business?


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