When Billie Jo Delfin sent her husband to work with healthy, homemade snack bars during an overseas assignment in 2013, little did she know that her love for baking would be a business that she would still be running nearly a decade later. In some ways, B’ Bites was a natural outcome of Billie’s educational background and degree in Health Education and her extensive business experience. But it also reflects her passion for creating healthy snacks that people who have food intolerances can trust and enjoy.
Read about Billie’s story and then try her delicious snack bars! They are all handcrafted in small batches and made with eight ingredients or less from Organic, Non-Gmo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Kosher, and Certified-Vegan ingredients.
What inspired you to start B’ Bites?
B’ Bites was launched in November of 2013. I was inspired to implement B’ Bites after I was living in Europe with my husband on an overseas work assignment. The snack bars I made for him to take to work become such big hit with his colleagues. Being that Europe has very fresh and clean ingredients, this was something that inspired me to carry this Healthy Snack on in the states. I also come from a Nutrition and Wellness background so healthy eating, snacking, and baking has been one of my main focuses personally and professionally. Additionally, I wanted to create a product that those with dietary restrictions could enjoy our snacks while reaping the benefit of a healthy clean snack.
Is your experience or education related to your current business?
Yes, I have a background in Health Education and Business. I was able to take my education and experience and apply it to my business.
What is one piece of advice you wish you had taken to heart earlier?
One of my networking members from a previous job had told me to be open to change as it’s another opportunity for success.
What motivates you or gives you joy in life or in business?
Determination is something I live by. I am determined to have a successful business and will try my hardest at whatever comes my way.
What are your hopes for the future?
That my snack bars are purchased by a major manufacturer.
What aspect of your business wakes you up in the middle of the night?
I wake up excited about new accounts and wanting to make sure that I fulfill their orders in a timely manner.
Who are your biggest supporters in business or life?
My husband, my dad and my sister!!!
What is the one word that describes you the best, and why?
Optimistic. Because owning a business has its ups and downs. Being positive about that will help you overcome the hurdle.