OCONOMOWOC — CJ’s Premium
Spices, LLC is a finalist in the American Small Business
Championship and will compete for a $25,000 grand prize.
The competition is held by SCORE
National, a nonprofit organization offering free mentoring to
startups and existing small businesses. CJ’s Premium Spices, a
family-owned, organic spice-blend company based in Oconomowoc, will
now compete for a $25,000 grand prize to be awarded at the SCORE
Awards Gala in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 16.
The company, owned by Laura and
Alan Swan, is among 103 winners representing 48 states.
“We are taking the seasonings
and spices industry to a whole new level — providing organic spices
and herbs that maintain their physical composition to ensure a fresh
tasting and appealing looking product for every cook,” Alan Swan
said in a statement. “Winning the championship would allow CJ’s to
gain additional funding and offer even greater exposure for the
growth of our innovative company.”
Sponsored by Sam’s Club and
SCORE National, the ASBC program provides expert training, resources
and networking opportunities to small business owners. Finalists
are selected by online voting and a panel of judges comprised of
small business experts, according to the announcement.
As a national finalist, CJ’s
Premium Spices will receive a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, an
all-expense-paid trip to one-of-three SCORE training events, SCORE
mentorship for one year, and promotion throughout the year to
showcase the company’s story. White Witch Paranormal Museum in
Green Bay, is a second national finalist from Wisconsin.
CJ’s Premium Spices is a member
of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, the Organic Trade
Association, the Midwest Organic Services Association, the Specialty
Food Association and Something Special from Wisconsin.