A sweet ending to a statewide tour.
People with the state's Small Business Administration marked the end of a statewide tour by stopping at Sweetie-licious Bakery in DeWitt.
It was the last stop on a tour of all 83 counties. The tour highlighted businesses that have grown by taking advantage of what the agency has to offer, including loans, access to government contracts, and counseling.
"When I started the shop at the very beginning, I went to the Small Business Administration because I heard they had free counseling and I knew I needed that," said Linda Hundt, who owns Sweetie-licious Bakery and Cafe. "I knew I knew how to bake pies and to kind of market pies, but I wasn't sure about the business end."
Hundt started selling her pies at farmers markets nearly 10 years ago.
She now employs more than 50 people with shops in DeWitt and Grand Rapids.