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Exploring Life & Business with Kaneisha Dotson of KB Popcorn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kaneisha Dotson.

Hi Kaneisha, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
We are a homemade gourmet popcorn company located in Gallatin, Tennessee. We got started about three years ago and in 2018 after I fell in love with gourmet popcorn. My wife Brenda who is the “B” of KB popcorn had already started playing around with flavors. It started out as just a side hobby as both myself and my wife Brenda both had full-time jobs when we first got started.

To begin we started with a program called Start-up Gallatin which is an entrepreneur program that walks you week by week through the steps if you need to run a successful business.

By the end of the program, we had done over a dozen festivals and gotten our name out in the community. Fast forward three years later, we are in several retail locations in and around Gallatin we have a very thriving online market and still love to get out in the community at local festivals

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Entrepreneurship is not an easy road I must admit that when I started my entrepreneur journey, I assumed I would have more time to myself and less time working after quitting my corporate job, I quickly realize running your own business is just as if not more time-consuming than a traditional 9 to 5 job.

While it definitely has its perks, it’s not like I can turn my brain off to my business is like my baby, and of I am always thinking about it’s kind of always in the forefront of my brain whereas with a traditional job you know when I clock out a lot of times you have the opportunity to not deal with it and while I definitely have had to learn over the years work-life balance.

As you know, we’re big fans of KB Popcorn. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
We are most known for our custom flavor color combinations. All of our core flavors are pretty much based on recipes that our family loves. But we love when people come to us with new and innovative ideas for popcorn that is specifically geared towards their event. We love getting in the popcorn lab and experimenting to try and make our customer’s visions come true.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
We are a family-owned company that is run by myself and my wife Brenda. A lot of times we utilize the help of our children, grandchildren, and our other family members. Our popcorn is truly made by hand with love, from our family to yours.

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