Amanda Yu-Nguyen is the creator of Barkuterie Boards, the highly Instagramable charcuterie boards for dogs. I am so impressed with how fast Amanda has grown her business. In under a year, she’s gone from door-to-door deliveries in the Atlanta area to local markets and now she ships non-perishable Barkuterie Boards all over the United States.
In this interview, Amanda shares advice on how to manage it all while building an engaged community for her pet industry business. We also discuss the challenges of shipping her doggy charcuterie boards in a way that is eco-friendly and aesthetically pleasing.
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Starting a Business Making Dog Charcuterie Boards
Amanda Yu-Nguyen is the owner of Atlanta-based Barkuterie Boards, where she curates charcuterie boards for dogs. The idea for Barkuterie Boards was born from a casual conversation with her sister during the pandemic in 2020. As a dog lover since her first dog at 13 years old and as a self-proclaimed foodie, Barkuterie Boards combines two of Amanda’s passions: pups and snacks!
Overview of this Episode:
- How the idea for charcuterie boards for dogs came about
- What growth into vendor and farmer market events looked like
- How being featured in the New York Times affected the business
- The hardest part of figuring out product shipping
- Downsides of fast growth and figuring out your true capacity
- Advice for balancing your time between social media and the rest of your business
- New York Times: Dogs Can Have a Little Charcuterie as a Treat
Where to Find Amanda:
- Website: www.barkuterieboards.com
- Instagram: @barkuterieboards
- Facebook: @barkuterieboards
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