Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Hana James, Co-Founder of Greenhouse, located in Toronto, Canada.

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

Greenhouse is a Canadian beverage company seeking to make healthy and sustainable the new normal. We offer a wide range of products, including cold-pressed juices, probiotic lemonades, kombuchas, functional boosters, and plant milk. Our customers are health-conscious individuals who are looking for convenient health without compromise.

Tell us about yourself

I am the Co-Founder and Head of Community at Greenhouse. My partners, Emma Knight & Anthony Green, and I started Greenhouse to bring healthy, delicious, cold-pressed juice to the city we loved and grew up in (Toronto). We wanted to create products that did not compromise and were not only healthy and functional but enjoyable to drink as well. And we continue to do that every day. I feel proud that I am able to offer products to our customers that I truly enjoy and know work - whenever I am feeling sick, Fiery Ginger is the first thing I reach for!

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

It is hard to choose just one as there have been large and small wins along the way, but these days I am very excited about our expansion across Canada and into the US.

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

Again - hard to choose just one! It is definitely hard to stop and appreciate your accomplishments because there is always something that is coming up next!

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

  1. Don’t give up. There will be a lot of obstacles and bumps along the way, but persistence is key.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Talk to everyone and anyone who may have some insight into the business you want to start. People are more willing to sit down with you than you may think, and it is a great way to build a network.
  3. Build a good team. You can’t do everything yourself, so figure out what kind of people you need and work on building that team.

Where can people find you and your business?



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