Lawrence has been in the spice-making industry for 10 years now and has an established business called Ty’s Spices, Smoked Meats & Catering. He is a popular chef who often caters special events and recently has seen an increase in business since his return from culinary training in Italy.
His original and zesty mixes are low in salt, his plum and lemon flavors have zero salt, and all spice mixes are free of MSG, gluten, preservatives, additives and dyes. In addition to offering these seasonings for sale, he uses them to liven up his catered offerings of baked, grilled, sautéed and smoked meats, as well as stir-fried and steamed vegetables.
Lawrence’s main goal is to create seasonings that are both delicious and healthful, offering everybody tasty options – even people who must follow restricted diets.
Since 2000, Lawrence has sold his products at Williams-Sonoma in Sugar Land, Texas, where he resides, and he regularly sells at the Farmer’s Market at Imperial, also in Sugar Land. His next goal is to attract the interest of a major grocery chain. In order to reach that goal, he needed financial assistance to purchase more ingredients to produce more inventory. His Accion Texas loan enabled him to do this and now he is seeking a major contract. He says that by partnering with a major chain, he could increase his business by as much as 30 percent.
Accion Texas Inc. (www.acciontexas.org) is an award-winning nonprofit organization with a mission to provide credit and loans to small and start-up businesses that have limited or no access to credit from commercial sources. Established in 1994 in San Antonio, Accion has helped Texas and Louisiana entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment, and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. Learn more at www.acciontexas.org.