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Blog · April 05, 2019

Gourmondo Named on PSBJ’s List of Top Women-Owned Companies

Gourmondo Named on PSBJ’s List of Top Women-Owned Companies

On April 5th, Puget Sound Business Journal released its list of Washington's Largest Women-Owned Companies and we are pleased to announce that Gourmondo was ranked, once again. Up from #29 in 2018 to the #22 spot in 2019, this marks the 4th consecutive year Gourmondo, led by our founder and CEO Alissa Leinonen, has been represented.

Gourmondo is also the top food business on the list, which is quite an accomplishment, given our humble beginnings as a small café in the Pike Place Market more than 23 years ago.

“In the beginning, the biggest challenge I faced were the finances. I had very little money to launch a business and my company was completely self-funded,” says Alissa. “I was competing against large food operators with state-of-the-art facilities, big budgets, large investments in marketing, and fleets of branded delivery vehicles. I soon realized it was extremely tough to drive growth with very little cash and that I would need to be strategic about how I grew.”

Since then, under Alissa’s leadership, we’ve moved to our own production facility in South Park and have grown to offer full-service corporate and social event catering, box lunch delivery and are opening corporate cafes at break-neck speed. Another reason for the recent growth can be attributed to Gourmondo’s stellar executive team, including President Jonathan Zimmer, Executive Chef Bill Morris and COO Dave Coleman.

When asked what she now knows that she wished she knew on day one, Alissa says: “To be patient. I realize now that success comes, but not always on your own timeline. To be brave enough to delegate and allow others to take ownership in your vision. To not be afraid to make mistakes. All entrepreneurs make mistakes, it’s how you recover from them that defines you. To focus on your values. Money comes and goes, but your values stay forever and are the foundation of your company.”

According to PSBJ, “the 50 women-owned companies ranked on The List collectively reported revenue of $4.05 billion in 2018.” For a look at the complete 2019 list, visit: https://www.bizjournals.com/se...