Entrepreneur launches venture in the Charleston region
Jan. 1, 2005For Immediate Release
In taking the business from concept to reality, company founder, Sandra Reddy, found a broad network of organizations ready to lend a hand. Assisting Reddy were: the S.C. Women’s Business Center; the S.C. Manufacturing Extension Partnership; the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE); the S.C. Small Business Development Center; the Charleston Regional Development Alliance; the Berkeley County Economic Development Department; the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce; and Clemson University’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.
“I have been overwhelmed by the assistance and support I’ve received from the various organizations I contacted,” said Reddy. “Going into this, I knew I’d face challenges in getting the business off the ground. But the network in place to assist small businesses with everything from developing a business plan to locating appropriate real estate was a very pleasant surprise.”
Carolina’s Harvest has developed a basic baking mix recipe that can be easily adapted to make everything from cookies and muffins to breads and cakes. The versatile mix is ideal for companies or organizations buying and baking in bulk, such as school systems, departments of corrections and the military. The company will initially serve customers throughout the Southeast, with employment projected to reach 20 people within its first three years.
Jim Rozier, Berkeley County supervisor and county council chairman, welcomed Carolina’s Harvest to the county’s diverse business community. “It’s wonderful to be home to a company with such large potential. Great things come from humble beginnings, and we’re eager to help this fledgling company grow beyond its wildest dreams.”
In considering where to locate the business, a key factor was finding a suitable existing facility, noted Reddy. “After much searching in the Charleston region and adjacent counties, we found the perfect building right in Moncks Corner,” she said. After its retrofit, the facility must meet stringent FDA regulations. Reddy expects to have all licensing in place and to begin production by January 31, 2005.