National Association of Women Business Owners – Central Jersey
Wonder Woman of NAWBO – Kim Osterhoudt
Kim Osterhoudt, the owner of “Jams by Kim,” joined the National Association of Women Business Owners Central Jersey Chapter in 2009. After attending an event at The College of New Jersey, which was sponsored by the organization, she knew from the start that NAWBO great.
“I felt like it was a group I wanted to always associate with,” noted Kim. “They welcomed me and they coached and counseled and encouraged me on the road to success.”
As a member of NAWBO, peers encouraged and helped Osterhoudt reach the road to success. Soon after joining the organization, she entered into and won the SEED (Supporting Emerging Entrepreneurial Development,) Competition, in which finalists’ business plans are judged by the amount of potential they demonstrate. The SEED Competition helps women who are in the organization to improve and grow their businesses.
As a winner, Osterhoudt received a package of prizes and gifts that would be used to help her business, Jams by Kim. Osterhoudt’s business manufactures artisanal jams and jellies that are sold at vending events and Farmer’s Markets.
“I make them from fruits and veggies and I even make wine jellies,” said Osterhoudt.
Osterhoudt’s brand of jams is popular, the businesswoman even holds “Jam Sessions,” where people can taste the many different varieties of jams and jellies she produces, or even learn how to make their own jam. Her jams are also available at Bottle King Stores at the Hillsborough, Wayne, Morris Plains, Ramsey and Glen Rock locations. The stores feature seven flavors of her delectable jams, Bartlett Pear, Carrot and Ginger, Cranberry Chutney, Pepper, Raspberry, Roasted Garlic & Sweet Onion, and Strawberry & Orange Jam.
Osterhoudt’s talent for jam making started when she was 12-years-old, when she made her first jam. “I was always in the kitchen with my mother, and I sort of took over the jams and jellies.” From there, she continued to make jams; making some and taking it with her to college, and even making it for her staff members.
Osterhoudt’s business is 3 ½ years old and she says that it is getting better every day.
“People would come up to me and say ‘Oh I bought your jam last year and I came back to get some more,’” said Osterhoudt. “Those kinds of things make me feel good, and encourage me to continue.”
Osterhoudt has not only made an impact in the jam world, but she also impacts NAWBO-CJ as a valued member.
“She was one of our SEED winners and jumped in with both feet to help the [NAWBO] chapter and her business. I believe that's why she's been so successful,” said Helen Hogan, President of NAWBO-CJ. “And she makes the best jams in the world. My husband uses her raspberry jam on his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.”
Osterhoudt believes that NAWBO is the most supportive organization for women entrepreneurs. “NAWBO has helped me grow my business and grow myself. I think that any woman that is looking to start a business would benefit from NAWBO. The networking and being able to talk other women in a mastermind group– you can’t match that.”
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