Warrior Energy partners, Brent Garret, Arthur Ebeling and Chris Perkins at a recent news conference.
Arthur Ebeling can now add Young Entrepreneur of the Year to the string of accolades bestowed upon him as a result of his work with Warrior Energy Inc., his tea-based energy drink company.
MARTINSBURG â€" Arthur Ebeling
can now add Young Entrepreneur of the Year to the string of accolades bestowed upon him over the past several years as a result of his
endeavors with Warrior Energy Inc.
tea-based energy drink company.
, 26, founder and CEO of Warrior Energy, formerly Warrior Tea, said he
was notified last week that he
would be honored by the Small Business Administration following his
nomination by Nancy Ferner, a business coach with the West Virginia Development Office.
will now advance to the national level of selection.
Every year since 1963, the U.S.
president has proclaimed National Small Business Week to recognize the contributions of small businesses to the economic well-being of America.
The U.S. Small Business
Administration recognizes this special impact made by outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners.
National Small Business Week will take place May 16-20 in Washinton, D.C., honoring the estimated 27.2 million small businesses.
The announcement followed on the heels of Warriorâ€™s most recent production of 200,000 units of energy tea now available at many Eastern Panhandle retailers at a cost of $2.50 per 16 oz. unit, according to Ebeling and partners Brent Garrett and Chris Perkins who hosted a press conference April 1 in Martinsburgâ€™s Newberry Executive Center.
Ebeling founded Warrior Tea in 2008, from an existing tea company he owned.
The energy tea startup and its owners have seen a fair share of struggles since the companyâ€™s inception.
Late nights laboring in the kitchen, consultations with food chemists, production mishaps, shipping losses and the continual struggle to generate capital have all befallen the three friends who credit persistence as the principle that has facilitated the continual evolution of the product, business and the Warrior brand.
â€œMany days we thought, â€˜how are we going to do this?â€™â€ Ebeling said.
The tea is marketed to a demographic including athletes, students and even children.
said anyone can identify with the Warrior archetype instilled through the green or white flavored, low-calorie, low glycemic tea drinks featuring a formula containing l-theanine, an amino acid that offsets the plant-based caffeine in tea, providing energy without the crash and supporting mental focus.
During the press conference, Ebeling
said the friends wanted to herald their product as back and better than ever.
According to Ebeling
, local distributors include Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper of Charles Town, Sure Bet Vending Services and BP Lesky Distributing Co.
said itâ€™s always a struggle for anyone trying to be an entrepreneur.
recent award and the growing success of Warrior
said more work to be done as the friends now look to scale distribution of their â€œdream in a canâ€ into the larger market.
As for the SBA honor, Ebeling
is quick to note it is one inextricably linked to Garrett and Perkins.
During an interview following the April 1 event, Ebeling
recalled nights of sleeping on beaches during the long process and social events passed by in lieu of late-night brewing episodes.
said many people helped him along the way.
But as quickly as he
spoke of hardships, Ebeling
pointed out the tenacity of the three to bring their dream to fruition.
The idea that Warrior
will establish contracts outside of U.S. borders is somewhere on the horizon, the three agreed.
business is based in, and has reaped the benefits of sound practices, principle, solid planning and unfailing belief.
said after the April 1 press conference that his
declaration to go global was no April foolery.