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America’s #SBDC Congressional Showcase – KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn

January 26, 2016

6 Days to the Showcase!

KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn
Seattle, Washington

KuKuRuZa-Gourmet-PopcornCreate great gourmet popcorn and the world will beat a path to your door.

At least that’s been Grant and Ashley Jones’ experience with their Seattle-based business, KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn. This winter, popcorn is flying off shelves in the Puget Sound as tasty treats for Christmas and Kwanzaa celebrations, but its appeal is broader than that.

Earlier this year, a KuKuRuZa store opened in the Hayat Mall in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where customers were invited to break the fast of Ramadan with flavors first developed in the Jones’ Woodinville garage just three years earlier. The franchise agreement calls for up to 25 KuKuRuZa stores to open in the Middle East in the next five years. Other possibilities are being discussed in Japan, New Zealand, Australia and India.

With assistance from the Washington Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Jones was able to build a comprehensive export and franchise strategy, without short changing the needs of his growing domestic market. The Washington SBDC provides no-cost business advising to small business owners.  (more…)