Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in personal care but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Dale King, Co-Founder of Doc Spartan, located in Portsmouth, OH, USA.

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

Doc Spartan is a successful Shark Tank Company that handcrafts all-natural skincare and grooming products. Our mission is to fight the opioid epidemic in our town through purposeful employment. The growth of our company is directly tied to the personal growth of our employees who are in recovery and the town of Portsmouth, Ohio.

Tell us about yourself

After leaving the Army, I started a CrossFit gym that would ultimately lead to co-founding Doc Spartan. My employees and making a difference in my hometown motivate me every day.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Landing a successful deal with Robert Herjavec on Shark Tank was our biggest business accomplishment.

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

There are so many difficult things to being a business owner. One thing you need to accept is that business is like a garden - it will always require constant attention and work.

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

  1. Research - read and analyze as much as you can about your given area.
  2. Tie your business to a larger mission. Find a way for your company to be an agent of good.
  3. Overdeliver on customer service and experience.

Where can people find you and your business?


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