Susan McDermott started her personal small enterprise, Ye Ole Dodge Home Relish, as a mission to maintain her busy when she retires.
That’s the sensible reasoning.
With regards to the non-public reasoning, the Northumberland girl based the enterprise as a tribute to her late father, Robert E. Dodge.
Dodge operated the previous Ye Ole Dodge Home Restaurant in Lewisburg. He’d hoped to take his eatery’s signature selfmade relish and promote it commercially. It by no means got here to go.
A long time later, McDermott was decided to make it occur.
“I solely did this, principally, as a result of I needed to honor my dad and do one thing that he tried to do. I would like him to look down and say, ‘you probably did it,’” McDermott stated Friday following a ceremonial ribbon-cutting at a picnic lunch on the Lewisburg Space Recreation Park.
Ye Ole Dodge Home Relish is among the many smallest of small companies. McDermott makes use of her father’s recipe, tweaked only a bit, principally to make it shelf-stable. She makes use of the kitchen at Northumberland’s No 1’s Hearth Firm. A buddy created her brand and label. Her husband, Dave, turned “chief cabbage chopper.”
Even for an at-home operation, McDermott wanted slightly extra assist past her loyal household and buddies. She turned to the Bucknell Small Enterprise Growth Heart for route. McDermott works in central buying for the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit. That is her first and solely enterprise enterprise.
“They simply opened up doorways that I didn’t know something about,” McDermott stated.
Doorways main her to learn to make Ye Ole Dodge Home Relish shelf-stable. Opening doorways to different small companies within the Lewisburg space that now promote the relish. And, classes on the significance of deciding on a wholesale value.
The SBDC’s Amber Guerrero and Denny Hummer consulted McDermott alongside the best way.
As McDermott’s husband and son readied relish-topped scorching canine for the picnic celebration, Hummer spoke of the small crowd who got here in assist of McDermott and, undoubtedly, her father. Communities like that, Hummer stated, is what empowers entrepreneurs.
“That is probably the most thrilling factor, to observe a brand new entrepreneur begin and to take an opportunity,” Hummer stated.
“It takes planing, it takes drive and it actually takes that dream, and it’s a must to consider in your self. And, you want a staff that completely believes in you. We consider in you,” Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver, R-108, stated.
About that relish. It’s tomato-based, candy and tangy and as described by McDermott, has simply the correct amount of texture and crunch. It’s good on scorching canine, after all, but it surely’s extra versatile. It will possibly prime a block of cream cheese for a dip with crackers, blended into dishes like egg salad or barbecue, dolloped atop an egg sandwich and placed on the facet for dwelling fries.
Ye Ole Dodge Home Relish is offered on the No 1’s Hearth Firm and On a Roll sandwich store, each in Northumberland, Fetter’s Meats in Milton, Fisher’s Meats and the Hideaway Latte Caffe, each in Lewisburg.
McDermott’s been working for 33 years. She retires subsequent October and hoped to start her enterprise at that time. She’s a 12 months forward of schedule.
Subsequent 12 months, McDermott seems to extend manufacturing and improve the packaging course of to provide a non-refrigerated product. She’ll pitch her product at native occasions and introduce new flavors.
“If I’d be granted one want in the present day, it’d be for my dad to be right here to be a part of this,” McDermott stated.