Ruth's Mustard receives national recognition

Ed and Laurel Smith own Ruth's Mustard in Charlestown, which has been named a winner of the 2018 American Small Business Championship by SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors

CHARLESTOWN — Local business Ruth’s Mustard has been named a winner of The 2018 American Small Business Championship by SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. The championship only awarded this title to two businesses in each state for their dedication to the success of their small businesses, awarding them an all-expense-paid trip to a training and networking event, SCORE mentoring and publicity throughout the year, and a chance to win one of three $15,000 grand prizes, made possible with the support of Sam’s Club. 

Ruth’s Mustard earned the title of American Small Business Champion by submitting an online application describing what makes their business one of the best small businesses in their community, and how they plan to use the prizes to grow their business. Nominations that garnered at least 100 votes were then presented to a judging panel of small business experts that determined 102 winners including Ruth’s Mustard. Ruth’s Mustard stands out for many reasons, not the least of which is that 10 percent of profits are donated to charities  —  to “feed the needs of others.”

“Thanks to our faithful clients, customers and supporters, Ruth's Mustard has been named an American Small Business Champion by SCORE and Sam’s Club! It is only with your continued support that we have gotten to where we are today and achieved success in our community,” said Laurel Smith, owner of Ruth’s Mustard. “We are fortunate to be part of the Genuine Local community of local makers here in Meredith. Without the access to production equipment provided by Genuine Local, Ruth’s Mustard might be nothing more than a fond memory. We look forward to continuing our production at Genuine Local and growing our business for many years to come.”

Ruth’s Mustard is also eligible to win one of three additional $15,000 grand prizes, by being named Grand Champion. A judging panel of small business experts will select three Grand Champion from the group of small business champions this summer. Selection will be based on how effectively champions utilize their prizes to grow business revenue or operations, as well as how effectively the winners promoted the Championship in the media and social media.

To learn more about The American Small Business Championship and to view the complete list of champions, visit


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