Waitsfield’s Liz Lovely discusses success in tough times on NPR

first_imgLiz Lovely, Inc. received national exposure when company co-founders Liz and Dan Holtz were featured on The Story, a nationally syndicated program on National Public Radio, on Thursday, March 5th. The show was one in an on-going series called What s Working? Who s Working? that focuses on people and companies that are thriving despite the downturn in the economy.During the 30-minute interview, host Dick Gordon cited pundits who have said survival is the measure of success in 2009. Liz responded, People are saying that to us this year and we re thinking, that was our story last year. Liz and Dan elaborated to listeners on how they turned their embattled business around in 2008 despite a failed West Coast expansion and unserviceable debts for new equipment.Mr. Gordon s asked them about the resuscitation of the business to which the founders credited creative solutions like new products, such as Gluten Free cookies, an e-commerce website, and shipping directly to retailers rather than focusing on a big distributor. Through the process of almost going out of business we actually learned how to write a business plan, Dan said. For the first time in a few years, the business is actually on track to grow significantly this year.Liz and Dan were also very candid about their marriage and how the challenges in their business affected their 15 year relationship. Mr. Gordon skillfully maneuvered the interview into very personal territory for the couple, which may have contributed significantly to listener appeal.According to Andy Campbell, Marketing Coordinator, We received a number of positive emails and calls from listeners, especially people who were inspired by Liz and Dan s personal struggles while trying to stay in business. The Story with Dick Gordon debuted in February 2006 and has grown from a weekly local broadcast to a daily national broadcast airing in more than 60 cities across the country. The audio from the show can be found at www.thestory.org(link is external) and at www.lizlovely.com(link is external).Liz Lovely, Inc. bakes and distributes Certified Organic and Certified Vegan cookies and dark chocolate products to leading natural foods retailers throughout the country. They also recently launched a line of Gluten Free cookies with three more flavors slated for an April release. Liz Lovely makes its products and eco-friendly gift samplers available for consumers, corporate gifts, and events directly from their website. The company s socially responsible mission is summed up in their tagline, Baking a DifferenceTM. Liz Lovely was founded in 2003 by high school sweethearts Liz and Dan Holtz and is located in the Green Mountains of Vermont. For more about Liz Lovely, visit www.lizlovely.com(link is external).Waitsfield, Vermont (March 10th, 2009)last_img read more

British pair head Power weights

first_img His trainer Gillian Callaghan said: “We were delighted with him at Navan and I suppose ideally he’d prefer a good cut in the ground, but he ran well the last day on what was nice ground. “He is also in the Topaz Novice Chase (Grade One), but at the minute we are more inclined to go for the Paddy Power Chase.” Goonyella has been installed as the 10-1 favourite by the sponsors with the Paul Nicholls-trained Ruben Cotter, Nicky Henderson’s Prince Of Pirates and Jonjo O’Neill’s Alfie Sherrin sure to have their supporters if they run. Questions Answered has had his enthusiasm rekindled over hurdles of late and has been given the option by Eric McNamara. McNamara said: “He has won his last two handicap hurdles very well and we’ll see. He will also get an entry in the Pertemps Qualifier. We’ll decide what race he’ll go for a bit closer to the time.” Noel Meade’s promising Sword Of Destiny, Jim Culloty’s Spring Heeled and former Irish National winner Lion Na Bearnai are others in the mix. Silver By Nature and Sydney Paget have been given joint top-weight in the valuable Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown on December 27. Press Associationcenter_img Lucinda Russell’s 11-year-old Silver By Nature showed the fire still burned bright when chasing home the six-year-old Sydney Paget at Haydock last month, but the pair would be meeting on 13lb different terms if both ran. Home Farm and Sweeney Tunes are the next two on the list, followed by Mad Brian, second in the Troytown last time out on just his third run over fences. last_img read more