We had the good fortune of connecting with Sari Kimbell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sari, what do you attribute your success to?
Failure. Getting comfortable with failing is the most important factor I have found in my own business and working with other entrepreneurs. I call it failing forward. I take massive action. I fail. I take what I learned from the “failure” and I try again. My success is inevitable if I am willing to keep taking action and I willing to feel the discomfort of getting it wrong, being judged or just plain falling flat on my face. Being willing to fail is what allows me and my clients to try new things like YouTube lives, a podcast, a new email, webinars, masterclasses and more. I will attempt big things and so I am always moving forward in my business.
What should our readers know about your business?
I help people take their delicious idea from their home kitchen and turn it into a business they love. I also help people who got started, but now it is time to level up their business and go to the next level of success. I do this in my online program, Food Business Success™ and one-one-one business coaching. There aren’t many people who do what I do. I have built up an impressive array of skills in the CPG industry and provide a holistic solution to help my clients succeed including profitability and forecasting, production oversight, legal and licensing, branding and marketing and go-to-market strategies for wholesale, farmers market and online sales channels. In 2016, I pulled together all of my skills and talents in project management and processes that I used in my roles at Whole Foods Market, as a commissary kitchen manager and a sales rep for a local farm, to create a unique business that serves passionate foodpreneurs who know they want to launch their product, but have no idea how to start. The food industry is fraught with pitfalls, both legal ones like the FDA, opportunities to waste money and time and putting on the hat of being a business owner. I help bridge that gap for my clients and it is the most rewarding work I could think of. My biggest lesson is to never give up. My success, and my client’s success, is inevitable as long as we don’t quit. So, I will continue to put myself out there, do the hard things and show up wholehearted so that I can continue to reach people where they need me.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Food is my thing! I always design my vacations and pleasure time around food. On my list is definitely El Five for amazing food and a great view of the city. Union Station or Larimer Street have some great restaurants too. RiNo is great for walking the alleys taking in the street art and has amazing food and drink to keep our energy up. We might need to work off all this food, so a hike near Golden is in order as well as walking the Cherry Creek or S. Platte trails.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have so many amazing mentors, coaches and advisors in my life who have helped me achieve amazing success in my business (and life). First, my business coaches, Dave Moreno and Franklin Taggart who cheer me on and talk me off the ledge when I get scared. Industry mentors include Brandon Hernandez, Tara Johnson, Doug Helbig and Alli Ball. Amazing colleagues that help me overdeliver to my clients: Kim Mayo, Justin Chinchen, Lauren Kaufman, Karyn Savory, Christopher McLaughlin. And finally, my amazing assistant, Dena Burkhart who helps me accomplish more in a week than I ever thought possible!
Other: Private Facebook group for food founders: https://www.facebook.com/groups/foodbizsuccess/