Laura Hester, owner of Red Gingham Gourmet, LLC, a Florence Woman Owned Business (WOB) was recently invited to participate in Walmart’s Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative in Bentonville, Arkansas. Laura was among a select group of Women Owned Business executives that attended the Accelerator Training Program sponsored by the Walmart Women’s Economic Empowerment Team.
The conference, held July 8 – 10 at Walmart’s Bentonville headquarters, was established in 2014 to provide women-owned businesses with knowledge and skills that they can apply toward “accelerating” the growth of their business with Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Red Gingham Gourmet, LLC, (RGG) founded in 2005 by Laura, produces a variety of cornbread muffins now offered in over 400 Walmart stores, including stores in North Alabama.
Laura stated that she appreciated being selected to attend the Walmart conference and benefited greatly from the sessions taught by Walmart and Sam’s Club associates who are experts in their respective subjects.
Red Gingham Gourmet utilizes the Shoals Entrepreneurial Center’s Commercial Culinary Kitchen for production of products sold to Walmart. Laura has been associated with the Culinary Kitchen for several years and credits her success, in large part, to the availability of the Culinary Kitchen facilities; she also credits her success to the advice and direction afforded by Giles McDaniel, Director of Shoals Entrepreneurial Center, and the Center’s talented staff.