Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Penny Velk, owner of Henny Penny Cupcakes, located in Havre, MT, USA.

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

We are a cozy shop that serves fresh homemade products. Our specialty is gourmet cupcakes. We serve Havre and the surrounding communities.

Tell us about yourself

A bakery was a dream of my Mother and myself. After she passed away, I had the opportunity to open Henny Penny Cupcakes. Sharing my love of good food brings me great joy and satisfaction.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I started out as a small cupcake shop and have moved to a larger building and have expanded my menu to include family soup and bread recipes.

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

The most challenging thing for me is being the sole baker/cook/ decorator. I’ve had to learn to be organized.

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

Have a business plan in place, learn to delegate responsibilities and listen to your customers and fill their needs.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Owning your own business is a challenge, and very hard work is involved in creating an experience for your customers. Don’t be afraid to try new things and be prepared to work long hours.

Where can people find you and your business?


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