LOCAL TORRANCE BUSINESS CELEBRATES GRANT AWARD AND INDEPENDENT BUSINESS CERTIFICATION
Redondo Beach, California (October 14, 2013) —- Local guests and South Bay business owners recently gathered to celebrate and show their support for BabyCakes Baking Company at its 2013 Small Indie Business Grant Award ceremony and Certified Locally Owned ribbon cutting.
In addition to receiving $1,000 in grant money to be applied toward growing and maintaining the business, BabyCakes is one of the first local independently-owned businesses in Torrance to become Certified Locally Owned, a business certification provided by ShopLocal.us.
Founder of ShopLocal.us, Heidi Butzine had a few key words to say when presenting BabyCakes owner Khryste Langlais and her team with the grant award, “Like many small business owners, Khryste has overcome some incredible challenges to build up her business. Khryste has grown this local business from scratch and by hand, just like the cupcakes and specialties that she and her team make every day here at BabyCakes,”said Butzine. “Khryste and her team have really made BabyCakes a success and we hope this grant money can help this local business thrive.”
BabyCakes Baking Company has been in business for seven years and was started by Khryste Langlais. After discovering her talent in baking and having experience working for a small family-owned business for several years, Langlais built her baking company from the ground up and within three years opened up the bakery located on Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance.
“My amazing and dedicated staff has been there with me over the years. I strongly believe that our customers benefit from our bond and our commitment to the business and the quality of our product,” said Langlais. “We’re honored to receive the grant funds to help expand our business and continue to serve the South Bay community.”
An avid supporter of the South Bay, BabyCakes has donated to many local organizations and sponsored numerous school and community events throughout the South Bay, including Sunday By the Sea, benefiting Providence TrinityCare Hospice, and Jefferson Elementary School in Redondo Beach where the fifth and sixth grade students apply art, math and writing skills to creating and constructing gingerbread houses each December. “BabyCakes makes 100 pounds of royal icing each year for the students. It’s a big and rather sticky project, but totally worth it for all of the handwritten thank you notes we receive from the students and teachers,” said Langlais.
Following its scratch-made small batch baking methods, BabyCakes offers fresh quality cupcake specialties and other baked goods that appeal to adults, kids and those with special dietary requirements. BabyCakes Baking Company is located at 24205 Hawthorne Boulevard in Torrance.
Inspired by the impact that independent businesses have on the local economy and their local communities, the Small Indie Business Grant program was formed by ShopLocal.us to recognize and help small business owners in the South Bay of Los Angeles grow or maintain their business.
ShopLocal.us provides a platform for raising consumer awareness, certifying locally owned businesses and promoting local business through advocacy and outreach. Not only does ShopLocal.us provide resources to support local community initiatives and small business development, the ShopLocal.us website and mobile app make it easier for consumers to find Certified Locally Owned and independent businesses across the U.S. Learn more at http://shoplocal.us and http://www.certifiedlocallyowned.com/.