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Duba & Company

Duba & Company (formerly Duba's Steaks) is an online merchant of heritage meats. dubasteaks.com

What's the big idea?

Duba & Company, through both an e-commerce storefront and—eventually—a retail “nose-to-tail” butcher shoppe (or butcher shoppes) will introduce a unique line of beef and other meats that will offer a wonderful “flavor palate” to a marketplace which largely only knows the taste of conventional beef. These are heritage meats: the meat equivalent of heirloom vegetables and craft beers. They come from rare breeds of animals which—in the case of heritage beef—are raised primarily on pasture and on small farms and ranches.

Describe the nearest player in your field.

One well-known (relatively speaking) company whose business model resembles ours is Heritage Foods USA, based in Brooklyn, New York.

How are you different from that player?

Heritage meats derive their distinctive flavor from the terroir on which they are raised.  Because Duba & Company works with different farms and ranches, ours is a unique product. We also engage the marketplace differently, seeking to educate and inspire our customers through use of social media.

How does this idea scale into a big business?

Because of our ability to ship product anywhere in the United States via UPS or FedEX, ours is a national market. Further, we will work to develop strong partnerships with restaurants in Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and Ann Arbor.

Why are you the one to run with this idea?

Personal attributes of the Company’s founder include: patience, perseverance, discipline, passion, and vision. The Founder is motivated not primarily by profits but by the desire to create something truly great. Yet, profits are a key indicator of a company’s health and meeting marketplace demand.

What is a $5,000 experiment you can do to move your idea forward?

For $5,000 Duba & Company could engage a true trial run of the online aspect of the business, offering for sale retail cuts of two or three varieties of heritage beef via an e-commerce “storefront”. Further, the funding could be used to effectively market our product through use of social media.

There have been 33 replies to this idea

  1. Lori Visser Miles

    Looking forward to seeing this take off, Jeff.  Let me know how I can help.

  2. Kevin Miles

    Hey Jeff- Lori and I are excited to see this thing take off and will help in any way we can.

  3. Jeffrey M. Duba

    Owner

    Let me go on the record by saying that Duba & Company did NOT invent the Segway, as the freeze frame on the above video implies. Nevertheless, if your thinking so moves you to endorse the idea, by all means…(Although, seeing the image does bring back my affinity for Gob Bluth on Arrested Development.)

  4. Jeffrey M. Duba

    Owner

    Thank you Lori and Kevin!

  5. Amy Ann Deel

    Hoping for the best Jeff! I think this is going to be great :)

  6. Rick McNeill

    Wishing you all the best with this Jeff.  I’m looking forward to seeing your passion prosper!

  7. Joe Kadzban

    This is going to be GREAT!!!  Good luck Jeff and Company!

  8. Rita Johnson

    Good luck! Let us know when you are looking for heritage pork and chicken to sell. :)

  9. Mark Postma

    Heck yeah, I will endorse Duba & Company! That video was amazing. Well done, Jeff! I can’t wait to buy some Heritage Beef from you.

  10. Jeffrey M. Duba

    Owner

    Publicly thanking Amy, Rick, Joe, Rita (with whom we’ll be in touch), and Mark: thank you.

  11. Cathy Buehler

    Good luck, Jeff!

  12. Tony Buto

    Good Luck Jeff. After watching the video I’m definitely interested in doing business with your company!

  13. Dana Doll

    Love this!  So exciting Jeff!  Now everyone else, go tell your friends!  That’s what makes this work.

  14. Jeffrey M. Duba

    Owner

    Tony and Dana: I don’t know if I properly thanked you. But thank you!

  15. Mike Koelzer

    Very exciting Jeff! I enjoyed our breakfast together and hearing about your plans. Seeing it in the video nails it.

  16. Jeffrey M. Duba

    Owner

    Much appreciated, Mike. And while I’m at it, I got the CDs you sent me just the other day. Thank you!

  17. Matthew Kutz

    Looking forward to getting some of that transcendent taste and texture in Kansas City!

  18. Scott Jay

    Bring it, Jeff!

  19. Rick Tormala

    Great idea Jeff!! You’re going to do very well!

  20. Leandra Large

    Can’t wait to eat some of this amazing meat! It’s going to be epic! :)

  21. Burnetta Robinson

    Can’t wait to get some of this yummy meat! I’m thinking for Easter!  You’ll do great Jeff!

  22. Jeffrey M. Duba

    Owner

    Matt: you’re cracking me up. And many thanks to Scott, Rick, Leandra, and Aunt Burnetta for your support.

  23. Patrick Newcombe

    We are behind you all the way, Jeff.  Loved the video.  A “nose-to-tail” butcher shoppe?  Really?  (Reminds me of a great line from Tommy Boy)  Hmmm.  I mean MMmmm. Can’t wait!

  24. Linda Parker

    Great idea, product and video Jeff!  Best of luck…..can’t wait!

  25. Jim Teeter

    You will have my business, as well as any taste testing help, or video-dinner party guest needs.

  26. Jim Teeter

    You will have my business, as well as any taste testing help, or video-dinner party guest needs.

  27. Jamie Goudie

    Way to go Duba!

  28. Micah Pritchard

    Duba!  This was awesome.  I think the video was really well done.  And seeing that steak made me hungry… and it’s only 9:30 in the morning.  Do you do 2-hour deliveries for lunch?

  29. Ben Rexroat

    Looking forward to seeing these fine steaks make their way up to T.C. soon I hope. Congratulations brother,  I really like the idea.

  30. Bob Quick

    Good Luck Jeff! Let me know when can try it!

  31. Steve Jones

    Very impressed with your vision and the marketing video. Well done! Looking forward to trying the product.

  32. Kevin DeVries

    Great Concept. I like the ancient/future , experience/product marketing angle. This is not about a steak. It’s about a literal digestion and connection to a heritage once lost now found and restored to its sacred roots.  If we are what we eat, then this is rare but well done meat for the soul. Bravo!

  33. Brian Vlasich

    Great Idea!  Beautiful branding with a great foundation of true passion….you can tell that Duba & Company is about more than meat! Duba & Company’s Customers will seem more like Family Members with their hospitable spirit….welcome to the table everyone!

  34. Cheri Hippensteel Becerra

    Congratulations!

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This idea is funded

This idea was funded by public endorsement on February 28, 2013.

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