Happy Saturday! Saturday mornings are the best, especially during Small Business Month. And now, as part of our #31daysofbiz celebration, we'd like to present today's featured entrepreneur: David Valder of Crown Town Compost.
Once a week, the Crown Town Compost team bikes through parts of Charlotte, collecting compost in their effort to "close the loop on food waste in the Queen City".
Keep reading to learn more about David!
CBRbiz.com: If you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice when you first started, what would it be?
David Valder: If I could go back, I would establish routines, and I wouldn't cut corners.
CBRbiz.com: Tell us about your first entrepreneurial experience as a kid.
David Valder: Probably selling brownies at my neighbor's lemonade stand. A better story is when I was 14, I sold my dad's old Palm Pilot on eBay for $100 and offered free shipping to get a fast sale.
CBRbiz.com: How would you like for people to remember you? And your business?
David Valder: My motivation for our business–and Crown Town Compost's motivation–is not to get rich quick, that's obvious. We see a problem in food waste – it's bad for the planet, filling up our landfills, and it's a waste of nutrients that could be going back into our soil. Our motivation is to solve that problem by making it easy for households and businesses to compost their food waste with us. Whether we do it as a private business or the local government does it as a public service, it's something that must be done now.