Carla Bartolucci, president of Euro-USA Trading Co. Inc., has been named the 2017 Connecticut Small Business Person of the Year by the federal Small Business Administration.
March 20, 2017 05:06AM
By The Sun staff
Carla Bartolucci, president of Euro-USA Trading Co. Inc., which opened its new headquarters and warehouse in North Stonington last fall, has been named the 2017 Connecticut Small Business Person of the Year by the federal Small Business Administration.
The announcement was made on Friday by Linda McMahon, SBA administrator. Bartolucci was among honorees announced from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Rhode Island winner is Gary M. Palardy, president and CEO of Blue Moon Industries in Providence. Palardy opened the company, a software firm, in 1991.
Euro-USA Trading Co. Inc., is the manufacturer of Bionaturae and Jovial-brand organic foods, which are distributed nationwide in supermarkets and natural food stores. The company was founded in 1996, when Carla became interested in the emerging organic food market after losing both of her parents to cancer. Bionaturae has been the leading organic pasta company in the U.S. for over a decade, while Jovial is known for bringing back einkorn, an ancient wheat that grew in the Fertile Crescent 12,000 years ago. Carla is the author of a cookbook, “Einkorn: Nature’s Original Wheat,” published by Clarkson Potter in 2014, and is the host of culinary getaways at a 17th century villa in Tuscany.
In 2015, Carla and her husband, Rodolfo Viola, purchased the historic John Randall homestead in North Stonington. The property is now home to the company’s 28,000-square-foot facility, designed by Friedrich St. Florian, known for his work on the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Bartolucci plans to renovate the historic buildings on the Randall property for events that promote traditional foods. The SBA noted that the company employs 21 people and strives to create the highest quality foods for people who suffer with food allergies and celiac disease.
“I am honored for this recognition, which I share wholeheartedly with the dedicated employees of our fabulous company, and the people who support our mission to create products for the health and well-being of all,” said Bartolucci.
The SBA winners have been invited to attend ceremonies in Washington, D.C., from April 30 to May 1, where they will be honored with their individual awards. The SBA at that time will name the 2017 National Small Business Person of the Year and three runners-up.