Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Blake Jones, Vice President- Sales & Marketing of Pot O' Gold Coffee Service, located in Bellevue, WA, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Pot O' Gold Coffee Service works with businesses in the Greater Seattle Area to provide their employees with a high-end and affordable office coffee program. We provide all coffee equipment, water coolers, and an extensive list of coffee and breakroom supplies. We work with offices of all sizes and can provide those offices with basically any breakroom solution. Whether they're looking for a high-tech sparkling water cooler, snacks, or a kegerator with beer kegs, we can supply it all.
Tell us about yourself
My name is Blake Jones, and I'm a second-generation owner of Pot O' Gold Coffee Service. My father, Larry Jones, started Pot O' Gold in 1986. We have grown the company to become the largest independent office coffee service in the state of Washington. I am currently the Vice President of Pot O' Gold, where I run the Sales and Marketing Department.
I started working at the company when I was 16 during the summers and came to work full-time after graduating from The University of Oregon in 2016.
What motivates me each day to do what I do is help my family grow their business and keep pushing towards the goal of being the #1 go-to office coffee service in the state of Washington.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment as a business owner is seeing my employees grow in our company and seeing them really take pride in their jobs and the company that they work for.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
One of the hardest things that come with being a business owner is finding out how to make everyone happy and make everyone feel like their voice is heard. You might not always be able to make everyone happy, but you should always make sure people can voice their opinions.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
My top 3 tips are to make sure you are passionate about the business you plan to run, make it a rule that the customer is always right, and always strive to innovate and grow.
Where can people find you and your business?
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