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One day, 6 years ago, I literally burned my hands right through my gloves making pepper jellies in mason jars for friends and family with habaneros from my vegetable garden in the heart of Temecula, CA. (Sour cream works to stop the pain, incidentally). Today, June 7, 2019, our little pepper jelly business is being recognized as one of 12 honorees by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Orange County/Inland Empire District at the Disneyland Hotel Grand Ballroom.
We are so very grateful for friends and family supporting us from the beginning, and for excellent advisors from the SBDC OCIE District (Read their Press Release here), SCORE San Diego and support from our local Temecula Chamber of Commerce. We are especially thankful for our loyal customers and our retailers that carry our pepper jellies; our local vendors for production and marketing; and of course, our CEO. We consider our business a gift from God, and we are stewards of what we've been given, acknowledging where the recognition really belongs. We are grateful for the opportunities and guidance we have received and look forward to what's ahead!
MRS.G'S began with a small vision to be a quality local Temecula product, selling at the Temecula Farmers' Market and local retail. We knew little about the food industry or launching an artisan food product, but with the help of good advisors, we kept moving ahead, saying "yes" to baby steps along the way and our vision grew. What looked overwhelming in the beginning is now normal and we are excited to take the next steps that we never would have envisioned from the beginning!
We are humbled and honored to represent our community of Temecula and the artisan food community, which is comprised of some of the most passionate and hard-working people I've ever met.
The stories of the award winners were inspirational and motivating, particularly the mother/daughter team of Techniglove who forged ahead after the death of their husband/father, to fulfill his dream of success; and the CA Small Business Person of the Year, who admitted he had been afraid his business would outgrow his ability to lead it, but then found the resources and support in the organizations represented to get behind him and help him succeed.
We were amazed at the over 550 business owners, legislators and administrators present at the luncheon, representing resources for small businesses in our area. We left with an appreciation that we are not limited by our individual abilities, but have a rich supply of resources available for our Micro Business of the Year!