Jams by Kim Celebrates 10 Years in Business
To Commemorate Its Anniversary, the Company Will Introduce a New Jam, with Proceeds to Benefit Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey
Hillsborough, N.J., August 26, 2019 – Local entrepreneur Kim Osterhoudt, founder and owner of Jams by Kim, will mark 10 years in business on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. To commemorate this milestone, Osterhoudt is making a 10-year anniversary jam, Peach Melba, made with peaches, raspberries and vanilla beans. For every jar that sells during the month of September, Osterhoudt will donate one dollar to Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ).
“My goal is to sell at least 250 jars of our anniversary flavor so that Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey can receive a minimum donation of $250,” said Osterhoudt. “I also want to use this experience to teach local Girl Scouts about business ownership and entrepreneurship.”
Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey provides nearly 18,000 New Jersey girls access to premier leadership programs and mentors throughout Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union, southern Warren, and parts of Middlesex counties. GSHNJ offers girls a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership and change the world.
“As a former Girl Scout and troop leader, it’s natural that I pay it forward to our next generation of entrepreneurs,” said Osterhoudt. “Girl Scouts helped me to develop my leadership and sales skills that have sustained my business over the past 10 years. I want to continue inspiring others.”
Jams by Kim will be the featured vendor at the Duke Farms Farm to Table Market in Hillsborough, on September 22. Tasting samples of the Peach Melba jam will be available along with jam for purchase.
In addition to the Duke Farms Market, the Peach Melba jam will be available at all of the locations where Jams by Kim is sold throughout September, including the Montclair Farmers Market, Highland Park Farmers Market and Carnegie Center Farmers Market in Princeton. Jams by Kim products are also available at Just Jersey stores in Morristown and Montclair, Linda’s Creative Gifts in New Providence, The Cook and the Carpenter Bakeshop in Highland Park, Dogwood Farms in Hillsborough, Urban Schack in Forked River, and online at www.jamsbykim.com.
Osterhoudt earned the title of “Local Food Hero” from Edible Jersey magazine in 2016 and “American Small Business Champion” in 2015. In 2010, she won the Emerging Entrepreneur Award from the Central Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. She creates fruity, spicy and savory jams by hand in small batches, the traditional way. In addition, Osterhoudt offers Jam Session experiences for adults or children to learn to make their own jam.
Osterhoudt credits her networks and social media with helping her build and maintain a successful business. A Twitter group she belongs to led to her participation on Centric TV’s “Queen Boss.” Her jams were also part of the Super Bowl gifts purchased by the NFL in 2014 when all of the NFL team owners received her Blueberry Lemon jam.
An active member of the civic and business communities, Osterhoudt was a two-term president of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Central Jersey Chapter (NAWBO-CJ) and a member of that organization for nine years. She has been a member of the North Jersey Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for more than 20 years, a member of the Raritan Valley (NJ) Chapter of the Links Incorporated for five years, and a member of SWB Literary Collaborative for 25 years. According to Osterhoudt, “You never know where the next connection that moves you forward is going to come from, so it’s vitally important to maintain good networks.”