Jordan and Jenna Lamey, a dynamic husband-and-wife duo from Avis, Pennsylvania, shared a dream – to break free from the corporate grind and run their own business. That dream took shape in the form of Eat For Life Nutrition, a venture born out of a passion for cooking and a desire to promote healthier, tastier eating options.
Starting a business is never easy, and Jordan and Jenna encountered their fair share of challenges. Finding the time to launch Eat For Life amidst their busy lives and full-time jobs as an engineer and office manager, respectively, was the initial hurdle. They also grappled with the delicate balance of family, work, and business operations. The overwhelming prospect of starting a business and navigating through the complexities of establishing an LLC posed additional obstacles.
Time, however, proved to be their most significant obstacle, as the process of launching their venture took longer than expected. Delays in obtaining licenses and the unexpected downfall of their initial choice for a community kitchen tested their resolve. Fortunately, their persistence led them to a remarkable historical venue, The Fallon Hotel in Lock Haven, PA, which ultimately became their commercial kitchen space.
In their quest to overcome these challenges, Jordan and Jenna found invaluable support from the Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Tom Keiffer, an SBDC Business Consultant, connected them to legal services and provided guidance on business planning, financial projections, and marketing strategies. The Penn State Law Entrepreneur Assistance Clinic helped with legal documents, privacy policies, and terms and conditions. This collaborative effort simplified the otherwise complex process and instilled a sense of confidence in their venture.
Since launching Eat For Life Nutrition, Jordan and Jenna have achieved remarkable growth. They’ve expanded their weekly meal production from 50 to nearly 120, filling a crucial niche in their communities by offering convenient and nutritious meal options
While they haven’t acquired capital or received special grants, their impact on the community is evident. They’ve filled a crucial niche in Lock Haven, Jersey Shore, and Williamsport by providing convenient and healthy meal options. Their service extends beyond just meals; they have helped individuals like an elderly customer regain a healthier eating routine.
The journey of Eat For Life Nutrition has not only made a difference in the lives of Jordan and Jenna but has also brought positive changes to the communities they serve. Their passion for creating healthy, flavorful, and nutritious meals has provided convenient options for people with busy lives. Their future plans include nutrition coaching, cooking classes, and seminars to empower the community to make healthier choices.
While their collective determination eventually led them to success, Jordan said that. “The SBDC fast-tracked the process of starting our business. Their guidance not only saved us time but made the process so much easier to navigate. Without them, it could have taken years to get it figured out.” Eat For Life Nutrition is now thriving in downtown Lock Haven, embodying the power of entrepreneurship and community impact.