Honoring the Heart of Ballard: Small Business

KuKuRuZa Gourmet Popcorn on NW Market Street in Ballard is a great example of local innovation excelling on a global scale. When owner Grant Jones spent six months experimenting with different gourmet popcorn flavors in his father-in-law’s garage, he didn’t think the product would be selling in 19 locations across six countries just seven years later.

His innovation, creativity and drive – along with support from an SBA guaranteed loan and advising from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) – have substantially grown his business and even earned him the honor of being named the SBA Washington State Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2015.

Read the full story by Calvin Goings in the Ballard News-Tribune: http://www.ballardnewstribune.com/2016/05/02/commentary/honoring-heart-ballard-small-businesses