By now, you probably know the story of Lauri Jo’s Southern Style Canning. The Norman Park store known for it’s pepper jellies is a true South Georgia success story.
Lauri Jo Bennett of Lauri Jo’s Southern Style Canning said, “we started with four products, we now have 28 products. We just introduced – this week – a regular line of jams and jellies, without pepper.”
Since it opened in 2009, its products have found their way to kitchens all over.
Bennett said, “we’re in 39 states now and four countries.”
Given how much it’s grown over the years, it’s no surprise that Lauri Jo and her husband Mike were the guest speakers at the Grow Smart graduation ceremony in Albany today.
“My advice to them was to use the resources that the state offers,” said Bennett.
Resources that Bennett herself took advantage of. Some of those state resources are coming from the University of Georgia.
The University’s Small Business Development Center Network wants to show other businesses how to be just as successful as Lauri Jo’s has become.
The program is designed for businesses who have been around for at least two years and want to take the next step.
Finney said, “once you’re in business, that’s when you need to step back and plan for future growth.”
Over the seven week course, participants were challenged – and supported.
Finney said, “you feel like you’re
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