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A little about SoupCycle, IDA Client

February 18, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments
Jed Lazar of SoupCycle, soup delivery service

Jed Lazar of SoupCycle, soup delivery service

SoupCycle is a locally owned and operated business that delivers organic soups to homes and offices by bicycle.  The concept of SoupCycle began as an assignment while the founders, Jed Lazar and Shawna Lambert, were in their final year of a Masters in Sustainable Business Administration program.  Jed and Shauna had heard of a soup bicycle delivery business in Texas that had recently ditched the bikes for the petroleum-fueled option.  Jed saw the fate of the Texas soup business as a challenge and thought if bicycle delivery could work anywhere, it could work in Portland.  Two weeks after the duo graduated in 2008, the business was launched.

“SoupCycle was about influencing the business and other businesses to start delivering by bicycle and to show that bicycle delivery and lower carbon delivery is feasible.  We also wanted to support local and organic farmers. Soup on and bike, it is a simple idea but it does all of that!”

Jed Lazar came to Mercy Corps Northwest and enrolled in the IDA program as they began starting their business.  He received expert business advice and guidance from the Foundations Business course and the matched savings plan was essential to their success. “The matched savings allowed us to build efficiencies into our business.” Upgrading from an electric to a gas stove, purchasing more soup delivery trailers, and investing in marketing material and web payment programming were all made possible through the IDA program.

Since the business was launched, SoupCycle has made 25,000 deliveries by bicycle and is in the process of hiring additional employees as the business and customer base continues to grow.  Jed Lazar still attends ongoing MCNW business classes and SoupCycle has become a strong member of the bicycle based business community in Portland.

“Mercy Corps Northwest and SoupCycle have opened so many doors and allowed me to interact with the people in this city in a way that I didn’t know was possible.  The IDA program helped my small business to flourish despite the recession.”

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