VENTURA, Calif. — Lori’s Original Lemonade, LLC is announcing that Lori Volk, the company’s Chief Believer/CEO, has been named Woman Business Owner of the Year by NAWBO Ventura County (National Association of Women Business Owners) and a State Finalist for NAWBO California. As part of the nomination process, Lori was asked to share her experience as a woman business owner on a Work/Life Balance panel discussion at NAWBO’s annual Propel Your Business Conference, held in Sacramento, CA March 10-11, 2014.
As Ms. Volk explained, “One hot summer day in July 2000, I added lavender to the lemonade my three kids were selling from their lemonade stand in the driveway of our home in Ojai, California, and it was an instant hit! After losing my school district job June 2011, I needed another way to help fund my kid’s education.”
Volk started bottling her organic lemonade under the name Lori’s Original Lemonade (LOL) and by February 2012 had bottles on the shelves of local markets. By the first quarter of 2014, her business was experiencing dramatic growth of over 200% over the previous year, with people using the product both as a beverage and as a mixer with juices and alcoholic drinks.
Lori’s Original Lemonade can now be found in more than 200 locations, including specialty and natural foods markets in Ojai, Whole Foods, Lassens, Lazy Acres, Bristol Farms, Erewhon Natural Foods and numerous cafes and restaurants in California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. With the addition of two new Southern California distributors, LOL is planning further expansion of their popular beverage.
About Lori’s Original Lemonade
Lori’s Original Lemonade is a beverage manufacturer producing artisanal, organic real juice lemonades. LOL’s Lavender Lemonade is infused with delicate French Provence Lavender flowers harvested from local California Ranches and brewed as a tea and added to the family lemonade recipe creating a balance of sweet with the slight scent of lavender producing a wonderfully relaxing drink. LOL’s Ginger Lemonade is ginger root extract which combines sweet and spicy giving a new kick to the lemonade. LOL gives back to the community by participating in events raising money for the Boys and Girls Club, Pier Under the Stars, the Rotary club, Ojai Music Festival, the Ojai Film Festival and numerous other events throughout Southern California
About Lori Volk
Lori, mom of three, is a graduate of California State University Channel Islands with a degree in Psychology and over 30 years in sales and marketing. She was instrumental in launching Wind Chaser Land Sailors which landed the cover of Hammacher Schlemmer Magazine June 2010. In November 2012, Lori completed an Ironman Triathlon, Arizona, a grueling 140.6 mile race. Lori’s motto, Wish It Dream It Do It hopes to inspire others to follow their dreams. Lori and her husband Tom of 30 years live aboard their sailboat in Channel Islands, California.