With 2017 coming to a close, we wanted to share with you some updates on what we’ve been up to the past couple of months and what we’re looking forward to in the New Year!
We can’t believe 2017 is almost over - where did the year go?! It will definitely be a year we always remember vividly because it’s the year Izza Pops was born! What started out as just an idea in January is now a real live business, with a production facility, physical product, and store locations. Sometimes during the entrepreneurial journey you can get frustrated about setbacks or kinks in the plan, but when we look back at all that we’ve accomplished this year, it’s impossible not to be grateful.
We learned a lot over the course of the year. From food safety protocols to popsicle machine operation, there was a lot of new material to cover. We got involved with some great organizations (details below) who inspired us along the way and introduced us to some amazing people. We won our first ever pitch competition (pictures below)! And we couldn’t have done any of this without the love and support from our family and friends. You guys seriously ROCK and we’re so thankful for your constant feedback, advice, and words of encouragement. We love you.
As we look towards 2018, we’re filled with excitement and readiness to share Izza Pops with more people. We’ll be attending the Winter Fancy Food Show from January 21-23 in the New Brands on the Shelf Pavilion. We’re also in the process of a packaging redesign that we think is really going to make us POP! Lots is on the horizon and we look forward to sharing updates as we go. Make sure you sign up for our newsletter here (if you haven’t already) to stay in the loop!
Happy Holidays and see you in 2018!
Alexia & Lisa
Organizations we’re currently loving:
- Kitchentown: We’ve been making our popsicles in their shared commercial kitchen space and couldn’t imagine producing anywhere else. The staff are so supportive and have patiently answered our millions of questions.
- Veggie Rx: This program is intended for people with diet-related health conditions; in a series of 8 classes over 16 weeks, participants receive “prescription” vouchers to spend on produce at local farmers’ markets in addition to nutrition education, health monitoring, and hands-on activities about healthy eating. We volunteered with the most recent cohort in Oakland and had an amazing time - and even learned some great recipes!
- Fearless Female Founders: We got involved with this organization in November and have enjoyed attending their empowering monthly meetings and connecting with other entrepreneurs. Alexia spoke at their December event about her top three tips for being a fearless female founder. If you missed the event and want to watch, click here.
- Present: Present is an app that launched this past month that allows you to discover and connect with organizations or women nearby who share your personal and professional interests. They’re launching in a bunch of cities soon so be sure to check them out and sign up!