Steven Manuel - Momma's Hummus
Tell us about yourself
My name is Steven Manuel and I am a first-generation Canadian from a long line of entrepreneurs. As a child, I remember hearing stories about my grandparents’ lives, the hardships they faced and the business they created along the way.
My grandfather passed his entrepreneurial spirit on to his 9 children. This led to a childhood filled with summers and weekends of work. From caterings and markets to nightlife and entertainment, most of my professional career has been built around learning the ins and outs of the family business’.
In 2019 I had decided to focus my efforts on turning my parents’ successful and time-tested hummus recipes into a national brand and staple in our community! Welcome, Momma’s Hummus!
Tell us about your business
We are a small multi-generational family-owned business that has turned our family’s recipes into 12 flavors of high quality, simple ingredient, authentic hummus. Our hummus is small batched, preservative-free and made with Canadian chickpeas and vegetables! We have been sharing our products at events across Ontario for over 20 years as SunSweet-TheGreekChef and in 2019 we have expanded into retailers as Momma’s Hummus!
What were some of the challenges you faced getting started and how did you overcome them?
The biggest challenge I faced while getting started is scheduling my time. Finding a balance between what can be done and what needs to be done each day. Accepting that there are times that things don’t go according to plan and not dwelling in frustration.
What advice would you give to someone starting a small business today?
Dream big, work hard and be realistic. There will be highs and lows but if you love what you are doing and believe in what you are working towards, then you have already won. Surround yourself with positivity and don’t forget to appreciate that you are lucky enough to pursue your passion.
What's in the future for your business?
We are working on naturally expanding our shelf life, upgrading our packaging and increasing the efficiency of our production process. We aim to expand into retailers across Ontario for Spring 2020!
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