CJ’s Premium Spices named national competition finalist

Freeman Staff

April 18, 2016

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.