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Bagel Dots

Submitted by: Aarti Garehgrat
Business Website: http://www.bageldots.com
State: Texas
City: Houston

Business Description

Bagel Dots are bite sized bagels stuffed with cream cheese. We have 4 flavors that are sold in over 200 HEB grocery stores throughout Texas in the frozen breakfast aisle.

What makes your business one of the best small businesses in your community?

Bagel Dots officially began operations in the Summer of 2014 when Aarti and Purav, a husband and wife team, started out of their home kitchen delivering to corporate clients in Downtown Houston every morning for breakfast meetings and events. From the start, Bagel Dots tried to give back when possible by participating in local charitable events. With the tremendous support of the Houston community, Bagel Dots quickly became a crowd favorite and in 2016 won 1st place in HEB’s Quest for Texas’ Best competition. In April of 2017, Bagel Dots launched in over 200 HEB grocery stores throughout Texas in the frozen breakfast aisle!

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

How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?

SCORE has been with us since the idea phase of our business and our mentors have been pivotal in our journey and growth. They have helped us stay focused by asking tough questions and giving us valuable feedback. We frequently leaned on the SCORE network when searching for vendors, suppliers, or business services. We have always felt that SCORE offers genuine help and support. Our mentors have been with us through every phase of our business and we still keep in touch to this day. One of our mentors, Judy Myers, even put on a Bagel Dots hat and helped us in our booth at a charitable Fun Run when we first started out!

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

In 2014, we were making Bagel Dots out of our home. On a good day, we could make 500 in a day and we would personally deliver them to our customers a dozen at a time. Today, our contract manufacturer can make 80,000 in a day and they are distributed all over Texas. This has been an incredible journey and we are thankful for everyone that has supported us. We have been featured in local publications as well as Great Day Houston. Recently, Bagel Dots were featured on a HEB TV commercial with the San Antonio Spurs and on Headline News. Our goal for 2018 is to expand outside of Texas and to introduce new flavors and Pretzel Dots!
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