Alderney Landing: When did you first start Vessel Meats
Brianna Hagell: Vessel Meats started in December of 2015.
Alderney Landing: What was the biggest obstacle at the beginning to start your business?
Brianna Hagell: The most difficult part for me was (and still is) putting myself out there, representing the face of my business in my community. Getting up at 3 am twice a week isn’t easy either
Alderney Landing: If you were to look back at the beginning of your business and now, what features have changed?
Brianna Hagell: I’m constantly trying to improve avenues to help people learn about the local meat system here in NS. I can see now there is a huge demand and interest in learning about the processes and the farming aspects of meat in this province, which I didn’t really predict.
Alderney Landing: What do you sell that is different from the beginning?
Brianna Hagell: Sausages! I had no idea how much people loved sausages.
Alderney Landing: Where do you see Vessel Meats in five years from now?
Brianna Hagell: We will continue to grow as long as the community continues to supper it (thank you)
Alderney Landing: How has social media helped your business?
Brianna Hagell: I’m still learning about social media but it certainly had helped spread the word and helped legitimise what I’m doing. I basically thrive on the energy from the market. I’m still a very small 5 hour a week business.
Alderney Landing: What advice do you have for other young entrepreneurs who wish to do the same kind of business as you?
Brianna Hagell: Be prepared to work all the time with little to no reward. – “If it was easy everyone one would do it” – My dad
Alderney Landing: What Suggestions do you have for Alderney Landing to improve?
Brianna Hagell: Alderney could better communicate with its vendors. Engage them and involve them in decision-making processes. We all want the market to work and a successful market helps all of our businesses.
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