In the lead up to Two Feet 2017, we want to look back on some of the incredible work our alumni are doing.
This week, we look to Nora’s Plantation Foods, an enterprise that runs out of both Samoa and Brisbane. Nora’s produce true Samoan food goods including Cocoa Nibs and Cocoa Cubes, with all the ingredients coming straight from the fruits of the rich Pacific soil.
We spoke to Nora’s Plantation Foods Executive Director, and Two Feet 2016 participant Lisa about what she gained from the Two Feet program.
Hi Lisa! So, how did Nora’s Plantation Foods evolve throughout the Two Feet program?
The Two Feet program helped Nora’s Plantation Foods refine some of the strategies that we were working on; for example by making our aspirations in concrete terms we were able to make our goals more definitive and achievable. We are more comfortable in making decisions in terms of value propositions as we move forward.
How did you change and grow as an entrepreneur?
With the skills and tools learned at Two Feet, I became more confident in setting strategies and developing ideas for our company.
What tools, skills or knowledge did you gain through the Two Feet program that you continue to apply to Nora’s Plantation Foods today?
I continue to refine our Value Proposition from the Two Feet Canvases for each product and each new market. We have also included into our strategies the key tools on measuring our social impact on Samoan farmers as well as using the Logic Model as a base in our weekly management discussions.
Where is Nora’s Plantation Foods going in 2017?
We have recently been successful in entering the Japanese high end market and we wish to fully establish our Nora’s brand there, as well as continuing to serve and increase our market presence in Australia. These goals directly impact our productions that will help improve sustainability for the farmers of Samoa.
What would you say to an entrepreneur considering Two Feet 2017?
I would encourage them to participate in the Two Feet programs because the course offers expert advice in 1-on-1s that are useful and specific to your own business and there is also the extra benefits of learning from the other business owners during class time.
Check out Nora’s Plantation Foods and the awesome cross-Pacific work they’re doing here. If you think Two Feet could be for you, find out more here, or come chat to us!