Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in food and beverage but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Derris Owens, Owner of Proper Nutrition Cafe, located in Odenton, CA, USA.

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

Proper Nutrition is an all-natural Healthy cafe that serves a variety of healthy products. Our products are an easy way to treat your body to balanced nutrition in a moment's notice. At Proper Nutrition, we offer different flavors of low-sugar, vitamin-filled protein shakes and smoothies that we can teach you how to make at home.

Tell us about yourself

Three years ago, I was overweight, pre-diabetic, and depressed. I needed to make a change to boost my self-esteem and instill self-confidence. After learning about Herbalife products through a high school friend, I lost over 50 lbs, and my confidence skyrocketed. I came up with the idea of Proper Nutrition because I wanted to help people gain the same confidence and get the same results I now have. What motivates me is that I want to help people change their lives and feel better.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

Our biggest accomplishment has been serving hundreds of people in the Pasadena, MD area, helping them become healthier, and getting them the RESULTS they have been wanting. We have one customer who has lost over 50 lbs once we formulated the right program to help her reach her nutrition needs.

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

The road has been anything but smooth. Finding the right location is the biggest obstacle for a brick and mortar. You want adequate foot traffic while being visible from a main highway. Unfortunately, the right location doesn't come cheap. After being outbid numerous times, we finally settled on our location in Pasadena, MD.

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

That's easy; it's the 3 P's. Plan excessively, Promote Heavily, and Positive Vibes when it comes to dealing with customers/clients, and even in the tough times of the business, be optimistic and positive.

Where can people find you and your business?


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