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The Red Bandana Bakery

Submitted by: Jaimie Mertz
State: Maryland
City: Bethesda MD 20814

Business Description

The Red Bandana is a dedicated gluten-free bakery in Bethesda, MD. We specialize in custom cakes and other healthier baked goods that are as good for your body as they are for your soul.

The following responses will be considered in judging for a SCORE Award.

How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?

Working with a SCORE mentor helped me move my business to the next level. My dream was always to open a brick-and-mortar but I needed a real estate broker, an insurance officer, a loan officer, etc. and didn't know where to start, or even that I needed all of these people. Mentorship helped me make these connections and make a plan.

Please describe the specific ways that your business has been successful and how it will grow in the next year.

We are a happy healthy little bakery. The healthy part is obvious--we're a dedicated gluten-free facility that specializes in healthier baked goods and custom cakes for clients with dietary restrictions. The happy part is what makes us unique, and what I believe has led to our success and will continue to do so. We love working here and our guests can feel the joy we bring to our products and services. Our one-on-one time with each guest planning their events has allowed us to create some really creative and one-of-a-kind desserts, everywhere from a paleo coconut wedding cake to a vegan funfetti smash cake. Lots of bakeries can bake a great cake, but the happy spirit we bring to the process is what makes us The Red Bandana.
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