When Nicole Drives graduated from CALS in 2011 with a degree in dietetics, she wanted work that would draw on her devotion to good food as well as her creativity, passion and discipline. Drives decided to take a bold leap by starting a business based on some treats from her grandmother’s kitchen — for example, a nut confection called sugar and spice pecans. With her parents’ encouragement, Drives wrote up a business plan, formed a limited liability company (LLC) and secured a $10,000 loan to launch her business in a shared commercial kitchen space. Today, the products made by her company, called Lala’s Nuts, are finding a growing audience in the higher-end specialty snack market—online, a five-ounce bag costs $7.99—and are sold at nearly a dozen retail locations in Wisconsin as well as at expos, markets and festivals and directly to customers online. Read more in the summer issue of Grow magazine.This entry was posted in Highlights by . Bookmark the permalink.
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