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Columbia Business Monthly

Kombucha Entrepreneur Presents to 1MC

Feb 09, 2018 01:03PM ● By Kathleen Maris
By Kasie Whitener

Debey Ann Hancock, owner of Lil Duck Kombucha, shared her journey and the importance of Kombucha (a brewed, tea-like herbal drink) in healing illness and prevention at this week’s 1 Million Cups Columbia. Kombucha, which originates in Asia, has been around for centuries and has long been popular for its probiotic health benefits.

Hancock's story began when she adopted Kombucha to treat her daughter during a bout with breast cancer. After brewing gallons for her family and then for friends and ultimately for Soda City Market goers, Lil Duck was born. The company’s name is taken from Hancock's nickname for her daughter.

The problem Hancock brought to 1MC Columbia was demand outpacing operations. She asked for help with growth. Our community responded with lots of advice, including: 1) go see the SBDC about writing a business plan, and 2) consider recruiting interns to help with volume.

Kambucha is popular in health and wellness circles, but Lil Duck has no direct competitors in Columbia. Hancock's insights encouraged listeners to make informed decisions about their life, health, and well-being.