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Karen Kurr is the owner and founder of No Time 2 Cook. She is passionate about food, entrepreneurship and bringing families back to the dinner table. When she isn’t cooking, Karen loves sharing her passion and expertise with others.
As a Woman in Business
No Time 2 Cook is a certified Woman Owned Business that qualified for low interest loans through the Minority Business Division of the Mississippi Development Authority. Karen shares how she drew upon the resources of numerous state agencies to help No Time 2 Cook become the first USDA small casserole plant in Mississippi and one of few in the deep South. She believes in empowering women to pursue their dreams, and in addition, encouraging them to give back to the communities where they live.
As a Food Entrepreneur
In starting a food business, Karen faced one of the most regulated industries in America today. Local, state, and federal law ruled every decision she made as well as every dollar spent. In scaling operations from her family home to a USDA inspected food plant, Karen found herself thrust into a world of computers, food science, and government regulations. Karen shares her knowledge and applies it to many of the challenges small business owners face today.
As an Educator
As a former Home Economics college instructor and Nursery School Lab administrator, Karen recognizes the family unit as the foundation for child and adolescent development. Research continues to point to the significance of family mealtime in strengthening values, mental health, and school performance. Karen shares how her goal to help bring families back to the dinner table was the driving force behind her company’s conception and success.
As a Child
Karen and her sister were raised in Jackson, Mississippi in the 1960’s and 70’s. Their father, a traveling salesman by week, spent weekends on the family farm raising cattle and tending his grape vineyard. Their mother, a stay-at-home mom, was an excellent Southern cook and a master at gardening. Fresh vegetables and home cooking were a daily way of life, thus eating out for special occasions only. An invitation to her mama’s table was prized by family and friends who rarely left without a jar of homemade preserves or a basket of ripe tomatoes. Karen shares stories of her childhood and how early experiences impacted her own attitudes toward family mealtime.
As a Mother
As a wife and mother of two, Karen found getting a meal on the table every evening more challenging than she had imagined. When she began cooking and freezing entrees on the weekends, the idea of frozen meals as a business was born. The plan began to take shape as she surveyed her friends and watched them struggle with mealtimes as well. She began developing her recipe portfolio and testing product years before the business actually began in 2005.
In a world of technology, drive thru eateries, and dual working parents, Karen encourages young families with their mealtime efforts. As she delves into topics such as meal prep, table conversation, and picky eaters, she shares stories and challenges as she attempted to keep her own family gathered around their dinner table.
As a Woman of Faith
Karen shares her business successes and failures along the way. In fact, she believes the big mistakes were where the true strength grew in her company and in her faith as well. As one challenge after another arose, the answer appeared out of presumably nowhere. A new account or big order would come in when she lacked funds to make payroll or pay bills. Sometimes, the right person would stop her in the car pool line looking for a job. And always, someone with expertise or resources she lacked came along at exactly the right time. Some call it luck, but Karen calls it divine intervention.
Karen Shares, “There is a higher power behind No Time 2 Cook, and I recognize that with this comes responsibility. As No Time 2 Cook has been blessed, we are called to be a blessing to others. Our job is do our best in all that we do. We strive to bless our customers by producing a great product, to bless our employees by providing a healthy and pleasant work environment with fair wages, and to bless our community by reaching out and giving back.”
For more information on scheduling Karen to speak at your next meeting or conference:
Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 662-236-9456