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Emilia Rizzuto of All Things Elderberry

Emilia is the passionate founder and co-owner of All Things Elderberry, a remarkable business that has grown from a simple idea, born out of necessity, into a thriving success story. Her journey began when she recognized a need for her family’s well-being and decided to take matters into her own hands.  

It all started with Emilia’s desire to provide her family with the numerous health benefits of elderberries. She crafted her own elderberry elixirs that were not only delicious but also free from preservatives, additives, and any harmful ingredients.  

As word spread about her exceptional elderberry elixirs, Emilia began sharing them with her neighbors and friends. The positive response and growing demand from her local community encouraged her to take her passion to the next level.  

  In just a few short years, Emilia’s venture had transformed into a fully-fledged business, with a commercial kitchen serving as the hub of her operations. Her dedication to maintaining the highest standards of quality set her apart in the industry. No corn syrups or food coloring found their way into her products; instead, it was all about locally sourced, fresh-pressed berries and honey.  

  Three years after embarking on this entrepreneurial journey, Emilia and her family reached a pivotal milestone by purchasing a 150-acre farm in Missouri. This allowed her to keep up with the growing demand for her products and stay true to her commitment to local sourcing.  

All Things Elderberry has become an established presence in the elderberry market, making its way into 70 Fresh Thyme stores. The journey from a personal passion project to an industry success has been nothing short of remarkable.  

  Emilia’s growth was also supported by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), where she gained valuable knowledge, resources, and guidance. She is a graduate of both the ScaleHigher program and Top Shelf Retail. The WBDC provided her with the tools to scale her business and navigate the complexities of entrepreneurship. Through their programs, Emilia expanded her reach, secured contracts with major retailers, and found opportunities to collaborate with other entrepreneurs.  

Emilia’s journey, to running a successful business with a commitment to quality, is an inspiring testament to the power of passion and dedication. With the support of the WBDC, her business continues to flourish, offering the benefits of elderberry elixirs to a wider audience while maintaining its core values of purity and ethics. The future holds exciting prospects for Emilia and All Things Elderberry, as they continue to grow and make a positive impact in the industry.   

Emilia’s success story is a testament to her determination and dedication to providing high-quality, healthy products for her customers. Elderberry elixirs are not only delicious but also a wholesome option for families, especially children. 

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