Hey Mom, what's for dinner? Rachel Carlyle-Gautthier's answer to this question turned into a successful business venture. Finding tasty gluten-free foods and recipes for her gluten intolerant daughter led Rachel to begin experimenting on her own with wheat flour substitutes and new recipes. As favorable comments came pouring in from friends and relatives, Rachel realized she had a marketable product, but she needed guidance in turning that product into a successful business.
Enter MCDC. Rachel worked closely with the Montana Community Development Corporation (MCDC) to establish realistic production, distribution and marketing strategies. MCDC then provided Gluten Free Mama with a rural enterprise loan to restructure current business debt and a line of working capital for inventory and expansion.
Don't be surprised to see Gluten Free Mama products at your local grocery store. Twenty-nine grocery stores throughout Montana, Idaho and Washington currently sell the Gluten Free Mama flour products including pancake and pizza crust mixes and a gluten-free cookbook. The cookbook was so well received, Rachel is working on a sequel. Her collections of old family recipes converted to gluten-free meals provide an alternative answer to the age old question of what's for dinner.
As Rachel will tell you, Gluten Free Mama would not be the success it is today without MCDC. MCDC's assistance with the vision, planning, branding and financing of Gluten Free Mama set Rachel on the road to success. With MCDC's help, another rural Montanan has turned her entrepreneurial spirit into a livable success for herself, her family and her community.