A Deeper Focus


Congratulations to our local winners of the SBA’s Business Person of the Year!

Andrea Wasko and Meaghan Gilbert, owners of Los Osos-based Connoisseur Creations, Inc., were recognized by the U.S. Small Business Association as the 2019 Small Business Persons of the Year for the SBA’s 15-county San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast region.  On hand to present the award to Andrea and Meaghan were Salud Carbajal, Bruce Gibson, and a representative from Jordan Cunningham’s office.

Established in 1996, Connoisseur Creation’s flagship product, the Quick Pickle Kit uses recipes handed down through Andrea’s family and is sold online and at local retailers.  The kit can be used to pickle any vegetables and besides creating healthy snacks the kit helps reduce food waste.  Connoisseur Creations donates part of their sales from their website to local nonprofit agencies.  The kits are assembled by disabled adults.

The nonprofit wing of Connoisseur Creations is fiscally sponsored by Ecologistics and we are very proud of Andrea and Meaghan’s accomplishments.  “Andrea and Meaghan give back so much to this community,” said Stacey Hunt, CEO of Ecologistics.  “Besides the Quick Pickle Kit they are also the movers and shakers behind Economics of Being a Woman, the training program that teaches women how to be financially independent.”

Quick Pickle Kits make great gifts for yourself and others and can be purchased at QuickPickleKit.com.

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