Passion For Fate Of Bees Helps Drive Growth Of Business

Why did you choose to become an entrepreneur?

Sanner: That's all I ever knew. It was never pre-planned, it just happened.

To what do you credit your business' success?

Welsh: The community's support. If they didn't keep coming and getting from us we wouldn't be able to do any of it.

Sanner: Our loyal supporters, for sure.

What advice would you give to new or burgeoning entrepreneurs?

Welsh: Don't give up. It truly is frustrating at times. Sometimes you think, "Is it even worth it?" But you've got to just keep working and putting all of your energy into it, and if it's meant to be it will.

How do you define success?

Welsh: To me personally, success isn't money, it's being able to do what you love to do. The fact that people want to come here and do things with us or for us -- to me that's success.

Sanner: Going back through our guest book of guests that stay -- that's success. Reading what they have to say after being here for a night, that makes me feel just fabulous. That's not money or things, it's people and how you affect them. What was the most significant turning point in the success of your business?

Sanner: Moving to this location. We couldn't do most of what we do without this place.

Welsh: Being able to get this place and do what we've been able to do here has been huge for the business.

Which individuals were the most influential in your success and why?

Welsh: Our families. They've always been positive about what we wanted to do.

Sanner: Sheree Speicher and Darl Susko. It was (Speicher's) idea for us to start the (bed and breakfast), we had never heard of it until her. She also helped us with looking for the farm. Darl was my mentor beekeeper. He was invaluable, too.

What is your legacy that you want to leave behind?

Sanner: The bees are important, but it's a little more than that, too.

Welsh: Being sustainable and respecting the land. If we're not here and we sell the place, hopefully it's somebody just as passionate about the same things that would want to keep doing what we're doing.

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