Angel Carrier, owner of the Tennessee Pour House, has won the SBA Woman Owned Business of the Year for Tennessee. She was nominated by the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Volunteer State Community College.
Located at 880 Greenlea Blvd. in Gallatin, Tennessee Pour House uses fresh, ethically-sourced products for its coffee and other offerings. Angel says her goal is to help improve the local and global community one cup at a time.
Angel came to the TSBDC at Volunteer State Community College in the fall of 2013. Coming from Colorado, Angel wanted to open a specialty coffee shop in the rural community of Westmoreland. She learned steps to open a business in Tennessee, created a business plan and financial projections to reach her goal.
And in the spring of 2014 Angel opened the Tennessee Pour House. She used the business plan and projections to self-finance and hire employees.
After creating a following and reaching break-even, Angel decided to move the business to Gallatin in 2015, to reach a larger population.
Carrier again used the services of TSBDC and did her own research to find her next location and develop a new marketing strategy.
“The TSBDC has been a great resource in helping us start and grow our business,” Carrier said.
"Working with Angel has been awesome," said Charles Alexander, director of the TSBDC. "She is a bundle of energy and has worked very hard to create a niche here in Gallatin. She has a loyal following and brings something new to our area.”
Since moving the business to Gallatin, Tennessee Pour House has expanded into a breakfast and lunch menu that provides a multitude of organic and vegan options.
Tennessee Pour House coffee is also sold at 40 Kroger locations throughout Middle Tennessee, including the Kroger Marketplace on Nashville Pike near Cages Bend Road.