Mary Molina, founder and CEO of Lola Snacks, is a home chef and mother of 5 raising her family in upstate New York. A few years ago, Mary and her family fell on hard times and were receiving food assistance.  Mary found it difficult to find snacks that were family friendly because of her daughter Lola's allergies to soy, sesame and some tree-nuts.  Mary had to improvise and grab what she had on hand and made a healthy snack to boost immunity and take her family from work to workout, school to practice and everything else in between. Mary's story has been featured on Food Network, MSNBC, Woman's Day and many more.  Lola Snacks is a Woman Owned Small Business Certified by WBENC.

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As a mother of five, Mary Molina began making granola bars when her family was confronted with economic hardship and had to rely on food assistance programs and food pantries. Faced with the need to provide her children with affordable, healthy and nutritious snacks, Mary began experimenting in her own kitchen, eventually perfecting her granola bar recipes. Gradually, Mary’s snacks gained fame in her neighborhood, and with the support of local small business groups and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, she was able to build her company, named Lola Snacks after her daughter, into a successful brand. Today, Lola Snacks is distributed by national retailers, like Walmart, and gives back by supporting organizations that fight hunger and local food banks to support kids who depend on food assistance.

Tune in to this week’s episode of Start Small, Dream BIG to learn about Mary’s experiences as a successful entrepreneur who had her share of challenges and how she keeps her family involved in Lola Snacks even as the company has grown far beyond her home kitchen.