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Life Butta

Submitted by: Arron Barnes
Business Website: http://www.lifebutta.com
State: Washington
City: Vancouver

Business Description

I handcraft a super nutrient dense raw almond butter. Mixed with superfoods. Giving consumers a much healthier alternative to processed nut butters.

What one unique aspect of your business will make you succeed over the next year?

By building great relationships with Barre3, Bunker Labs, Team RWB, & many other companies & individual business owners. I must also include many Instagram influencers, who are helping with brand building. This will allow Life Butta to thrive this year & beyond.

How does your business make a positive impact on the community?

Since going into business for myself. I have done a lot of self improvement & business research. I share this knowledge openly with other small business owners in the community. Making the small business community stronger & more likely to succeed. I was also a mentor at Lifeline Connections, however the program lost funding and was dissolved.

What would you do with a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, training, and help from a SCORE mentor to grow your business?

The $1000 would be used to purchase the 8oz. jars from Walmart, that I use for my product. I would gain a ton of knowledge from the training. This level of training is like a dream come true, I understand how important this type of training & mentorship is. There will be tons of networking & relationship building at the training as well. SCORE continued mentoring will be used to gauge my progress. As I move forward with task from my mentor, I can re-engage after 30-60-90 days to report progress or make more adjustments to achieve goals.

The following responses will be considered in judging for a SCORE Award.

How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?

He gave me task, challenged me. I have executed on all task with the exception of one. I will contact him so we can discuss that one item. He has helped as an accountability partner. Mastermind buddy!

Have you had to overcome any obstacles along the way to build your business?

Yes, I had to let go of the 2 employees I had on staff as part-time workers. I was painful. I have made changes in my business model & will be bringing one of them back on as a contractor. I am no longer paying full month to month rent, I am renting time in a certified kitchen.

How will you utilize the marketing video and national recognition of winning a SCORE Award to help take your business to the next level?

It will be shared on all my social media platforms & website. This will help validate my company & branding. It's validation from a great organization in the business world. This would help relieve self doubt by many potential consumers. Opening the door for many new consumers to trust and try my brand.
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