Cool & Zesty Dressing in
was one of nine
businesses to receive a Small Business Award from Resources
, Incorporated (RMI).
Each business received a plaque and $2000.
The awards, which are presented annually, are given to
recognize the achievements of
Small Business Owners and showcase the value of small
’s economy. Award recipients were chosen by three panels of
judges who reviewed the applications submitted for the award.
Image Services International, Inc. was created in
in 1999 as a parent company whose sole purpose is to promote
and market Grandma’s Cool & Zesty Dressing - a
“legacy” product. Dorothy
Holteman perfected the dressing in 1957, after 23 years of
trial and error. Recently,
a new sugar-free, carb.-free version of her dressing was
started the company to market his Grandmother’s dressing -
continuing his role in helping his 88 year old Grandmother
achieve a life-long dream.
In 1934, Mrs. Holterman attempted to duplicate her
Mother’s recipe for slaw/wilted lettuce dressing to please
her new husband. It
took her 23 years of trial and error to get her “pinches and
dabs” just right! It finally happened in 1957 and it became
her dream to bottle and sell her dressing.
Although she attempted to market her dressing in
the mid-1960's, she couldn’t find the money to do so and
shelved the dream in the back of her mind.
But the dream was finally realized when she was 84,
when her grandson, Steve Picker stepped in.
The first bottle of Grandma’s Cool & Zesty
Dressing came off the production line on January 10, 2000.
Services, International, Inc. is dedicated to marketing the
dressing and making Grandma’s dreams come true. For more
information, visit www.cool-zesty.com.
Business Award winners are: Bates County Broadcasting,
Butler; Billy Goat Restaurant & Bar, St. Louis;
Blondie’s Trash Disposal Service, St. Joseph; Brookline
Doorworks, Springfield; Capital
City Yamaha, Jefferson City; From Patsy to Present, Branson;
Springfield Little Theater, Springfield; and Trek Tec, Inc.,
is a private, non-profit organization which provides small
business loans. RMI
is a Statewide Certified Development Company and understands
the important economic impact that Small Businesses provide in
For more information about RMI loan programs and
the award recipients, visit
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