Katie Robbins, owner of The Taste of Tuscany and last year’s winner of BMBC’s Sell it to the Sharks talks about how BMBC has helped her grow her business and continue to succeed.
Two years ago, The Taste of Tuscany was just a pipe dream. I never imagined running a business, let alone a business within the world of food. Now, thanks to my personal passion for food and the BucksMont BizCon last year, my dreams have become a reality. I am successfully running my business in a world of talented entrepreneurs and like-minded small business owners.
About a year ago, I wanted to expand my business by starting a new product line. I knew the desire for my product was there, and I had already built up a loyal customer base. My sauces were being sold in a variety of retailers in the tri-state area, and people were eager to see what I was going to come up with next. I didn’t know where I was going to get the funding for the new materials I would need.
When I heard about the Sell it to the Sharks competition, I knew this was an unbelievable chance to grow my business and obtain the funding I needed. In addition to competing against some of the bravest (and youngest!) entrepreneurs in the area, I was able to learn more about other aspects of running a small business.
Since winning, I have been able to launch a new product line and expand my offerings to other stores. In addition, BMBC has helped me move outside of my comfort zone! Presenting my business idea to a jury of my peers definitely gave me a confidence boost. Now more than ever I feel prepared to open new doors as a business owner.
It’s been a crazy ride, but I couldn’t be happier. Through my business, I am establishing a future for myself and my family. I am so glad I entered the Sell it to the Sharks competition – without doing so, I’m not so sure I would be where I am today.
Interested in growing your business like Katie did? Sign up for the Sell it to the Sharks competition today! We are seeking Bucks and Montgomery County-based entrepreneurs and business owners who want to pitch their marketing plan to a panel of local experts at our second annual BucksMont BizCon. Similar to the hit television show Shark Tank, our “sharks” will evaluate your idea based on a number of factors, including your unique plan, longevity, financial considerations, etc.