Client Success Story | Element Kombucha

Elements of Success
The Situation: Kombucha is a lightly effervescent tea drink fermented by a friendly colony of bacteria and yeast, or as Kevin and Tim will tell you is “powered by herbs” and brewed with only the best teas sourced directly from small tea farms, and it does not contain any juices or flavorings, and is low in sugar. Located just a bit southwest of downtown San Antonio, the small manufacturer brings much-needed economic growth to an underserved area. Originally sold only wholesale to grocers in most major Texas cities, customer demand led to the launch of online batch orders and a presence at The Pearl Farmer’s Market. Working closely with the SBDC and poised for growth with the support of a private investor and an SBA-guaranteed loan through Frost Bank, they expanded to new markets. Then, along came the pandemic.
SBDC Assistance: In the months that followed, SBDC Business Advisor Lisha Garcia was in constant touch by phone, zoom and email to support as the business applied for available disaster assistance. After a very difficult 2020, they now are beginning to grow again and have national distribution in various states and are expanding to New York and the northeast of the United States. They also have participated in various trainings at the SBDC and are Profit Mastery graduates, whose tools they use daily in their operations. The SBDC also recommended and they were chosen to participate in the Frost Bank Small Business Series. Assistance received includes a 7(a)a SBA loan for the expansion, and an increased line of credit with Frost Bank. Element Kombucha automatically received Section 1112 Cares Act assistance for their existing 7(a)a loan. Additional disaster support included two rounds of PPP loans which have since been forgiven. Element Kombucha also obtained an EIDL advance and loan as well as a recent additional EIDL loan increase. The company was also a recipient of a Bexar County Grant to maintain a manufacturing presence on the West Side.

” Of all the resources for small businesses in San Antonio, SBDC is the only one I’ve come back to again and again. Their assistance during the pandemic helped keep us afloat and meet payroll, operating expenses and retain 8 employees.”
Kevin Rayhons, CEO