Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Meghan Nardone, Co-Founder of Savage Snacks, Inc., located in Phoenix, AZ, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
Savage Snacks manufactures protein bites for the hard-charging, fast-moving, passionate ones. Beyond nutrition, our bites drop a pep talk on every bag. Three flavors, three functions, one mission. GO BE HAPPY! Savage Snacks are for the part-time snackers and the full-time savages!
Tell us about yourself
I have been dominating the business development game for over a decade with a specialty in converting impossibilities into successful ventures. A packaging aficionado, I create literal and figurative high-volume “out of the box” solutions for large-scale brands nationwide, creating efficiencies in production and optimizing the manufacturing process. My partner and I started making nutrition bars 9 years ago, and through natural evolution and time giving us the gift of experience, we elevated the bars to bites and made them Savage. My boys are the greatest motivation, they are right with me through every step of the process and jump in to help every chance they get. Showing them that I can do hard things and being a Savage motivates me daily.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My partner and I launched the entire brand, including buying equipment, setting up in a manufacturing facility, sourcing raw materials, developing packaging, scaling the formulations, and having a product to sell in less than 3 months, while we both had and still have full-time jobs and kids.
What's one of the hardest things that comes with being a business owner?
The unknowns, there are always more than you think, and they always happen at once. Taking a page out of Jocko Willink’s playbook, we look at every problem and say, “good.” It helps you to reframe quickly and find the solution rather than hanging out in the misery of what is going wrong.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Develop the most insane grit - and then exercise it regularly, and do hard things.
- Think about what could happen in the next 6-12 months as you are making decisions today.
- When s*it hits the fan, and it will, take action immediately.
Where can people find you and your business?
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