Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Kyle Martinez, Co-Founder of The BSZ, located in Denver, CO, USA.

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

Our business is to gather as many cruelty-free products in one convenient store as possible for easy, no-hassle purchases. Our customers are people who want to purchase products from companies that do not test on animals.

Tell us about yourself

I first got started in this business after seeing the Youtube video called Saving Ralph. It showed an animated day in the life of a test animal. It truly broke our hearts, so we decided to go cruelty-free. After trying to shop, we found it was hard to find, and some brands claim to be cruelty-free but sell in countries where they are required to test on animals. That means they are not truly cruelty-free. This made us want to be an ethical Amazon.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

I am proud of the fact that I was able to see a dream come true. Being a business owner is a big accomplishment all by itself.

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

Gaining customers has been the most challenging part of being a business owner. We know our people are out there. We will reach them.

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

  1. Do research on everything you will need to start a business.
  2. Make sure you have a business plan.
  3. Make a budget so you don’t blow all of your capital at once.

Where can people find you and your business?


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