Lola’s Local Food LabWELLFLEET
When Kim Shkapich re-located to the Lower Cape from New York City almost a decade ago, she was prepared to ‘reinvent’ herself. She had had a thriving career in the city, but it was time for something new. Her background and expertise is in architecture and design. But, she had life-long talents for cooking and preserving—skills she had learned as a pre-teen from her working mother. She knew she wanted to incorporate these skills into her new livelihood. So shrubs and rubs, drinking vinegars, spices, and jams and jellies became her focus.
Creating the products came naturally to Kim, but on the business side she needed some support. Early on she participated in the CDP’s Smart Start workshop and SCORE Cape Cod’s business planning series. From these she learned some business basics to kick start her business—Lola’s Local Food Lab. After that she started meeting monthly with SCORE mentors at the CDP offices. During these sessions she receives individual guidance for her business. “The mentors have been helpful with the business structure and financials. They keep me on track", said Kim about the meetings. "They have also been so enthusiastic and supportive. With thought provoking conversations that provide me with a different perspective on the business, they have been a tremendous resource as my business has grown.”
We offer entrepreneurs one-on-one guidance on best business practices, including record keeping, sales & marketing, financial management and recruiting and retaining staff. Partnering with the Cape Cod Chapter of SCORE enables us to provide just the right business counseling services to a wide range of local businesses. To complement these services, we offer a variety of business development workshops throughout the year.