"Wicked Whoopies" honored by Small Business Administration

6:38 PM, Mar 29, 2013   |    comments
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GARDINER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Amy Bouchard, President of Isamax Snacks, has been featured on shows from Good Morning America, to Rachel Ray, to 207 -- and now, she's getting recognized by the Small Business Administration.

As part of Women's History Month, the SBA is honoring Bouchard for growing her small business out of Gardiner.

About twenty years ago, Bouchard started by making three dozen whoopie pies in her kitchen. Now, her company makes up to 12 thousand "Wicked Whoopies" each day out of her 18 thousand square foot factory.

"Everything I've ever done, I've taken baby steps," said Bouchard. "I never wanted to grow too fast and too big."

Every time she expanded and invested in capital, she worked with the Small Business Administration for loans.

"I think Amy is a model of someone who didn't try to do it all on her own," said Jeanne Hulit, Acting SBA New England Regional Administrator.

Hulit said women entrepreneurs make up a growing population of start ups, but often, their businesses don't expand as much as their male counterparts.

"Many of them are businesses that start small and stay small," said Hulit. "That could be a lifestyle choice, but it may also be that htey don't konw about the resources that are available to help them get to the next level."

She said the SBA offers everything from loans to counseling services, but many entrepreneurs don't realize all that's available. To learn more, visit the SBA website.


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