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America’s #SBDC Client Showcase – Bear Creek Smokehouse

9 Days to the Congressional Showcase!

State and Region: Texas, North Texas
SBDC: Kilgore SBDC
SBDC Advisor: Brad Bunt
SBDC Client: Bear Creek Smokehouse

Bear Creek SmokehouseNestled in the East Texas piney woods of Bear Bottom, four generations of family tradition surround Bear Creek Smokehouse. Originating in 1943, Hick and Nellie Shoults have raised and cured their own smoked meats. Since then, the Smokehouse has grown from a backyard venture with 600 birds to one of East Texas’ largest facilities, producing a wide variety of smoked delights. Bear Creek Smokehouse is one of the oldest stores in the United States, offering products such as ham, peppered pork tenderloins, smoked ribs, pork loins, brisket, a variety of birds and much more! The store also offers a range of soups and beverage mixes, along with chocolate fudge and praline pecan desserts. Bear Creek Smokehouse just released a beautiful cookbook and has been featured on the Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay and Rachael Ray TV shows.

“Working with the SBDC has been a great experience.  They have helped sustain our company in various ways by showing us how to improve our cash flow, our bottom line and our competitiveness in the marketplace through resources available to small businesses in East Texas. Brad Bunt has been a pleasure to work with through this process and has been very attentive to our individual business requirements. I would highly recommend any small business owner to the SBDC staff and let them put their expertise to work for you.” — Robbie Shoults, Owner, Bear Creek Smokehouse

Read more about Bear Creek Smokehouse here. Follow Bear Creek Smokehouse on Twitter @BearCreekSH.

Watch videos of Rachael Ray and the Shoults preparing two Bear Creek Smokehouse recipes: Cranberry glazed appetizer meatballs and sweet and spicy bacon chicken bites.


The America’s SBDC 2017 Client Showcase Reception will be at 5:30 pm on Monday, February 6, 2017, at the Rayburn House Office Building. Invite your Members of Congress now!

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