Java Raiz credits SBDC for setting the foundation of company
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“I never liked raisins,” admits Linda Griego, “but I knew I should be eating them for my health.” Her creation of coffee-infused raisins was originally an accident. “But it made the raisins taste so much better!”
Linda’s business, Earth2Man, was created with the hope to promote environmental education for children throughout the world. Java Raiz, which she started selling in May of 2011, is a subset of that goal. A percent of profits goes to environmental programs that educate youth and provide hands-on opportunities that teach children how to protect our planet. Her beliefs are echoed on all Java Raiz packaging: Earth2Man = Conserve.
Linda was a field service engineer before starting Earth2Man, and knew nothing about starting a business or the process of getting a food product to market.
“The classes and people at the Larimer County Small Business Development Center were, without a doubt, the foundation for my business. They were so committed to my needs and questions—without them, I’d still be doing research. They even helped me push my old truck to get it started one day!"
“The SBDC provided knowledge, resources and business contacts.” One contact Linda made through the SBDC was especially helpful: Amy and Gregg Lasley, owners of the commercial kitchen where Linda now makes Java Raiz.