Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Christy Miller, Owner of Triangle Bakery, located in Raleigh, NC, USA.
What's your business, and who are your customers?
The Triangle Bakery specializes in fresh and tasty baked goods while avoiding the use of processed sugar and flour. Our treats are sweetened with all-natural plant-based sweeteners that are low Glycemic Index. Nut and coconut flours are used in place of wheat-based flour. All our items are Diabetic friendly, Gluten Free, and Keto friendly. We have Keto Vegan options as well. Our target customers are those with GLUTEN-FREE allergies, those on a low carb/KETO diet, VEGANs, & DIABETICs.
Tell us about yourself
In 2018, I decided to change my health. I decided I was addicted to sugar and wanted to break that addiction. I started the keto diet. In doing so, I had to learn to cook in a manner that avoided high-carb ingredients and inflammatory oils. When I didn't have time to cook, I learned my options for buying foods prepared in the way that provided my success in improving my health was very limited. Originally, this was "My Why" for starting Triangle Bakery.
I soon learned there was a demand for my bakery items from more than just the Keto dieting community. My customers came from the diabetic community who needed to keep their desserts low carb. My customers came from an allergy community where traditional products' gluten, grains, and dairy products caused allergic reactions in those with sensitives. The mission of Triangle Bakery broadens to not only service keto dieters but a whole host of dietary limitations.
What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?
My biggest accomplishment to date after the initial startup:
- Learning a need that I intended to target but has found great value from my products. Those with Gluten Allergies.
- Production with a manufacturing partner where I can scale my products up or down as demand shifts.
What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?
You work hard, but you may not be able to pay yourself, so you must enjoy the work and the process.
What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?
- Look at the financials and determine if you are willing to live with the return. Not all businesses are profitable, and will you be ok with that?
- Find a support system. A network of business owners to share and talk with like your local chamber.
- Have fun. Make sure your doing something you love, and the money won't be a factor.
Is there anything else you'd like to share?
If you have a passion and want to do it for business, just get started. One step at a time. It will all come together.
Where can people find you and your business?
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