We had the good fortune of connecting with Dawn Sands and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Dawn, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Yes, Big Risk, Big Rewards! This is true but it really depends on how one views reward. Almost three years ago, I walked away from a six figure paycheck and fully paid medical insurance. I was always big on saving so I had what I deemed as enough cushion to so to speak to last me a year. I gave myself two options, take the big leap to open the business I’ve been planning for three years prior to the Decision to resign or find another similar job. I realized only a few weeks after I resigned that I was jot going back to work for another firm right away but rather I would take the risk and invest my savings into a business. I gave my self peace in knowing that I the option to return to a job would always be there. Immediately, I went all-in. It was the most scariest feeling ever. Never ever had I felt this vulnerable and out or control. My livelihood now depended on whether or not people liked my product. I couldn’t be more proud to say that 2.5 years later, through covid 19 and all the challenges, NRG is making its mark in the Bahamas. My biggest reward today is seeing repeated customers and new faces come in and watching them change their relationship with food one meal at a time.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
NRG Nutrition Ready To Go is a Smoothie, Juice and Health Food Restaurant and store. Our mission is to help the community build a sustainable relationship with food. We truly believe that Food is our medicine and that making the right choice each time we eat, we put our bodies in a better position to fight disease. What sets us apart from our peers is that we are committed to your needs. We remain flexible and able to adapt to individual needs by allowing you to create your own smoothie or meal based on any menu item available. We are committed to serving size and portion control.
I believe our success thus far is our commitment to our product and our service. The restaurant industry is tough, the biggest challenge being maintaining consistency close to perfection. As we all know you are only as good as your last product. I’ve learned how difficult and important it is to have to right team in place, people who are like minded.
I would like NRG to be known as the place that transforms lives.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would definitely take a friend to NRG to eat, to fish fry to Alice Hut for a Fried snapper and Peas and grits and a quick get away to Exuma cays for the weekend.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My Parents for being Entrepreneurs My Brothers for inspiring me to he road of Healthy Eating
To my Husband for standing by my side when I made the decision
To my Children for understanding and believing mummy could do it.