Brennan and Tara began their WKU experience as student athletes, and their desire for healthier food options sparked the start of their business, Gone Nuts.
“We started the business over a year ago (2015) as we are truly passionate about health and fueling our bodies with real food. We saw a lack of healthy nut butters made without nasty oil, refined sugar, and preservatives. We decided that we could fill that gap, and we did just that,” Brennan said.
Gone Nuts is an all-natural nut butter company. The products are made fresh with the highest quality ingredients. They currently sell peanut, cashew, almond, and pecan butters.
Brennan comes from an agriculture background. He enjoys and values of the business side of the industry, and sought a way to combine those interests. He is pursuing a degree in Agriculture Business with a minor in marketing. Tara is pursuing a degree in social media marketing.
Samantha earned her Bachelor of Science degree in entrepreneurship in December 2014 and returned to WKU this year to study social media marketing and business management. “I wanted to take upper level business classes to more effectively run my business,” Samantha said.
Samantha owns the only non-traditional dance and fitness studio in Bowling Green, Taboo Dance and Fitness Studio. “When I opened my business there was a clear need for women to try something new,” Samantha continued. “I wanted the satisfaction of not having to work for someone else.”
Samantha describes countless resources in Gordon Ford College of Business the contributed to her success. She utilized the Small Business Accelerator, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and multiple competitive programs. Samantha also received support from several faculty. Read the full story of Samantha’s WKU experience.
Minh chose to enroll in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program because she wanted to learn more about business and eventually start her own company. She believes an MBA will give her more well-rounded business knowledge.
“I am really impressed with faculty and staff here. They really care about student success. They are willing to go extra miles to make sure you are taken care of,” Minh said describing her experience. “I like the diversity that we have here and how WKU really wants the students to become global citizens because that is very important for our ever-changing world today.”