Benjamin Arts and Matthew Reis stand side by side with a note that reads "Dear Future Me"
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Dear Future Me: Té Piña founders reflect on small business hopes, dreams, and immune-boosting tea

Dear Future Me spotlights the newest generation of small business owners — their achievements, challenges, hopes, and dreams. These Gen Z entrepreneurs get honest about the barriers they face and their most memorable wins in letters written by them, for them, to their future selves. 

Name: Benjamin Arts and Matthew Reis

Location: San Luis Obispo, California

Business: Té Piña

A handwritten letter by Benjamin Arts and Matthew Reis to their future selves.
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Dear future me,

Té Piña is doing how well?! I knew we could do it! 

Quick update from August 2023, we are currently finalizing the formulation of our first product line and are providing our pineapple-based beverage to friends and family! People have given us the first bit of feedback saying that it has helped them overcome their common day illnesses and we could not be more proud. 

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Remember to always be proud of your work and to always go with your gut!

However, it’s not always sunshine and pineapples, we also have to raise money right now for our initial product launch, which has been a struggle, but I know that we can do it. I mean... just look at us! It had to have gone right! How did we even get there? What struggles did we have to go through? How many people is Té Piña helping?! 

Well, I know you’re a busy founder, so I will leave you with this final message. Remember to always be proud of your work and to always go with your gut! Stay strong!

Salud,

Benjamin Arts and Matthew Reis

The Té Piña Guys!

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To support Té Piña, check out their website or follow them on Instagram.

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