Once In A Lifetime

Two years ago today, Cowgirl Bike Courier opened its doors for business.

Reaching such a milestone creates a rare opportunity for reflection and looking back on all that we’ve accomplished. Clients we’ve amassed, trials and tribulations, like-minded businesses that are no longer in service, and especially, how we’ve accomplished what we initially set out to do and create. Specifically,

“How have we fulfilled our mission statement?”

Cowgirl Bike Courier is a professional courier service promoting sustainability and empowering women through cycling in San Jose.

Without a doubt, we have sustainability in spades. Through the use of bicycles, we’ve traveled over 20,000 miles in the past two years; resulting in 9.5 metric tons of pollution being offset. Eat your heart out Fed-Ex.

What’s interesting is the approach we’ve taken to empowering women through cycling. As a business, we have always ensured that our couriers are treated fairly and paid equal regardless of identity. Social equity for women has always been at the forefront of our business, and will continue to be so.

What we didn’t account for was the impact created in our community.

As of the publication of this post, over two-thirds of our regular clientele are women-owned businesses. These clients include, and are not limited to, artists, bakers, cafes, lawyers, and start-ups. It was never our intention to specifically target women-owned businesses. Rather, we targeted businesses who shared in and appreciated our values.

Cowgirl Bike Courier provides CSA Delivery because we believe local agriculture should be as sustainable as possible. We now deliver 60 subscriptions a month for Veggielution. Cowgirl Bike Courier delivers fresh-baked goods every morning because we thrive off carbs and love our local bakeries. We now handle all Manresa Bread and Sweetdragon bread and pastry delivery for Chromatic Cafe. All four of the aforementioned clients have one thing in common: there’s an intelligent, badass woman at the helm pursuing her dreams and leading a team of like-minded individuals to create something beautiful in Silicon Valley.

Clockwise from top left: Cayce Hill, Executive Director of Veggielution, Avery Ruzicka, Co-Owner/Head Baker of Manresa Bread, Otessa Crandell, Retail Director of Chromatic Coffee, and Hway-Ling Hsu, Owner/Head Baker of Sweetdragon Baking Company.

Clockwise from top left: Cayce Hill, Executive Director of Veggielution, Avery Ruzicka, Co-Owner/Head Baker of Manresa Bread, Otessa Crandell, Retail Director of Chromatic Coffee, and Hway-Ling Hsu, Owner/Head Baker of Sweetdragon Baking Company.

We do more than delivery. We connect clients, friends, and like minds to help our community grow. We brought the Manresa Bread contract to Chromatic Cafe. We introduced 2nd Story Bake Shop to our friends at the Silicon Valley Business Journal. We stepped up to take over Veggielution’s entire CSA delivery program when they no longer had the capacity in-house.

To say we do these things only because it’s our mission statement would be a lie. We do all of this and more because we love the people and businesses we work with. Our clients are far more than a paycheck; they’re family. And we are beyond blessed to have them be a part of our lives. Not every small business is as lucky to be surrounded by the love and support we have everyday.

Thank you, to each and every individual who have invested their time, finance, and faith into our work. The only feeling better then being able to wake up every morning and do what we love, is to be able to share our joy with those who matter most to us.

And you may ask yourself, well...how did I get here? <3

And you may ask yourself, well...how did I get here? <3

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