WASHINGTON, DC – There are many veteran entrepreneurs out in the world doing exciting things. Today we focus on a local coffee roaster in Northern Virginia that is making waves in the coffee industry (pun intended). Ricks’ Roasters Coffee Company, surprisingly, is not owned by a “Rick.” The Fredericksburg coffee business is owned by Navy Veteran, Sean Ricks.
On this episode of Borne the Battle, Sean talks about his unique military career. Starting out as a merchant marine and as a reservist, Sean explains how he switched between a couple of different occupational specialties before settling onto active duty as a Naval Intelligence Officer
Additionally, we break down how Sean started a business on active duty. Starting the business in 2013, Sean and his wife Keely went from bagging a single bag of coffee on their kitchen table to a $500,000 revenue-generating business within six years. Sean also discusses the importance of diversifying your company. From wholesale, to brick and mortar, to coffee stands – Sean breaks down each one of his revenue streams for the listeners.
From an entrepreneur perspective, Sean shares his initial inspiration (which did not include coffee), getting started, the amount of effort needed and the benefits of working for yourself. In addition, Rick shares with us the future of Ricks’ Roasters and importance of giving back to local and veteran communities. Enjoy.
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