Reis is one of the most tenured Entrepreneurs at Break Into Business. He earned his “CEO” title by succeeding at B.camp for 4 sessions, has participated in several advanced programs, and has even pitched TWICE at the Final Pitch. Reis is excited to take on a new role this summer as Apprentice Business Coach at our Chick-fil-A B.camp session.
Q: When was your first year at BiB? Was it a B.camp?
Reis: My first year at BiB was roughly 4-5 years ago. It wasn’t a typical summer B.camp - it was a special event over Winter Break for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. My good friend Max did B.camp the summer before and introduced me to Break Into Business. The event was roughly 3-4 days and we were able to sell right before the Peach Bowl!
Q: What did you sell during that first event?
Reis: Rainbow loom bracelets themed with the different CFA bowl (TCU and Ole Miss) school colors. We did make a profit during the event and got to go home with some cash! The best moment wasn't making a profit though - it was selling to the CFA CEO, Dan Cathy! He made a huge order and we worked extra hard to deliver!
Q: After the CFA Peach Bowl event, what was your next BiB experience?
Reis: The next summer B.camp was my next experience with Break Into Business. I continued attending each summer until I became a “CEO” level.
I've loved every event BiB puts on. I’ve done the sports marketing camp, two advanced camps, and the final pitch twice. Currently I am looking forward to doing the apprenticeship program this coming summer.
Q: What were the different businesses you launched during every B.camp?
The first two years at B.camp I stuck with rainbow loom bracelets because I was younger and wasn't as keen on trying something new. The third summer I went alone and was going to make new friends and make a new plan.
I then moved into the dessert business world. This B.camp was my time winning the overall award. I made s'mores cones and s'mores brownies! I continued to attend B.camp and stick with the dessert theme as I saw good success and lots of interest from customers. I made three new friends from his continued years at camp and I am still close friends with them today. I think that’s pretty cool!
Originally my team was going to do toothpaste didn’t taste bad with Orange Juice. We were really excited by this brilliant idea but after performing market research the customers weren’t interested in this idea! We asked Monica about it and she asked us “are you really passionate about toothpaste?” NO!
We decided on edible cookie dough and called it "dough bros." It was such a success we are still working on it today!
The Final Pitch #1:
First time around, I was less prepared and didn't think we needed to spend as much time outside of The Final Pitch events and practice. Our business was "Super You" supporting a charity for our friend battling cancer: Kids Who Care. We created a product and sold at the final pitch fair. We donated a portion of the proceeds. We went door to door in our neighborhood asking if people wanted to buy the product and this continued for a couple months.
The Final Pitch #2: 2018
This time we continued with Dough Bros for The Final Pitch. This event was more successful the second time because we were truly passionate about our product and knew what went into the process.
We sold out at both of the selling markets prior to the presentation! We went into the event and had heard there would be a celebrity surprise but we were shocked to see Zac Brown!
We went on the stage and presented our business idea. We didn't get the most investment from the investors but we blew every team out of the water during the sale after the event. The guests were able to come outside after the pitch and place any orders they wanted. We had to hire our parents to sell with us because we had a line out the door of people wanting to purchase!
Q: What is the biggest business or entrepreneurship lesson you've learned from BiB?
Reis: Compromise and Passion. Compromise especially at such an early age because you're working with a team of people. You have to open your mind and learn what it takes to be successful. Passion comes from the toothpaste and orange juice story. We kept learning this lesson during the B.camps, advanced programs, and The Final Pitch.
Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?
Reis: Right now, I’m thinking about where I want to go to college and what I want to do after. I want to pursue either Psychology or Business.
I definitely want to continue Dough Bros. We are thinking of events we can cater for and other ways of increasing our marketing. That’s my priority right now. My dream would be to work on that. Entrepreneurship is definitely something I love!
Thanks for sharing your Break Into Business story with us, Reis! We are excited to see what is next for you and for Dough Bros!