Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Paul Beck, Founder of Willamette Wine Concierge, located in Portland, Or, USA.

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

I am a personal travel concierge. I work with guests traveling to Willamette Valley for food and wine tours.

Tell us about yourself

I love how food and wine bring people around a table to talk and share stories. This is a human nature thing. We strive to feel connected to others, and there is no other way to do it better than by sitting together at a table. It is all about building connections with others. I have been working in Oregon wine for over 10 years and wanted to share all of what this area offers. I want to show my guests that places that bring out the local personality are harder to find and are still great. I want to leave them with the last memories.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Surviving in a hospitality and tourism industry through COVID, when very few people were traveling.

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

The time and energy I have to put into everything to show everyone a great time. It’s my business and only as strong as you, the owner.

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

Figure out how to start it without destroying your future from a financial point of view to prove the concept works. Then go all it.

Where can people find you and your business?


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