President / Massachusetts Specialty Foods Association
Carol Coutrier offers consulting services to specialty foods entrepreneurs through her company, The Launching Pad & Co. Her entrepreneurial journey began when she co-founded “Just Kids,” the first after school program for the Lincoln and Sudbury, MA public schools, focusing on the arts and performing arts. She was the co-founder and president of The Hommus Factory, Inc., the first company to introduce hommus to supermarkets in New England and the first company to add flavors to hommus. She uses the skills developed and lessons learned from this 16 year experience to help entrepreneurs grow their enterprises. Special skills include determining marketability of products, naming of products/companies, new product development, long range planning and pricing. All of her resources and contacts are available to clients for strategic advice. She is president of the Massachusetts Specialty Foods Association and is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, Northeast Chapter. She was a finalist for New England Women Business Owner’s “Business Woman of the Year” award, 1995.