CHARLESTOWN — A local mustard-maker has been feted as an American Small Business Champion.
Ruth’s Mustard was one of two New Hampshire companies honored in Reno, Nev., by SCORE, a national nonprofit organization that serves the small business community. The award included an complimentary training and network event, and winners are entered for a chance to win one of three $15,000 grand prizes, which are made possible by funding from Sam’s Club, according to a news release from SCORE.
“The Championship Training & Networking Celebration was a fabulous experience.” Laurel Smith, owner of Ruth’s Mustard, said in the release. “The two-day event was filled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. with informative and entertaining presenters, all SCORE volunteers and among the tops in their field. … Thanks to our faithful clients, customers and supporters, Ruth’s Mustard has been named an American Small Business Champion by SCORE and Sam’s Club! It is only with your continued support that we have gotten to where we are today and achieved success in our community.”
To be considered for the award, small businesses had to apply online. Applications were then voted on by the public, and a panel of small business experts chose two winners from each state, and the District of Columbia, from among those that received at least 100 votes. The release noted that Ruth’s Mustard stood out for many reasons, and among those was its charitable donation of 10 percent of its profits.
Ruth’s Mustard’s products are made at Genuine Local, a shared-use kitchen in Meredith, and sold online at www.ruthsmustard.com. According to its website, it sells nine varieties of mustard, including the original Hot & Sweet Mustard, cracked black pepper and horseradish. Its products can also be found in several area stores, including the Hannah Grimes Marketplace, Stonewall Farm and CC&D’s Kitchen Market in Keene; Monadnock Oil and Vinegar Co. in Peterborough; and Emma’s Deli and Ralph’s Supermarket in Charlestown.