Jim Ewen is the founder and owner of Jim’s Jarhead Jerky LLC, a beef jerky company that started as a small operation to provide quality care packages to troops in Iraq. Now, Jim’s Jarhead Jerky is available for purchase in retail locations in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia and online at www.jimsjarheadjerky.com. They also continue to provide jerky in care packages to overseas troops and have donated and shipped over 2,500 pounds of beef jerky to date. Jim’s Jarhead Jerky was selected as the Chamber’s 2014 Veteran Owned Business of the Year, and Ewen will formally accept his award during our 31st Annual Excellence Awards Celebration on November 20, 2013, from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. at The Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia.

Q: What makes your business special?

A: This company started as a passion to show our support to our son-in-law and all the brave military men and women that are deployed and in harms way.

Q: What motivates you to go to work everyday?

A: What motivates me is being able to see the growth and sales of our quality product, the dedication and the loyalties from our customers and those helping us grow.

Q: How do you retain existing customers and attract new customers?

A: I believe that anyone can sell a poor quality product or service once, but it takes pride in the quality of and knowledge of your product and listening to our existing customers’ needs to keep existing customer. And it takes a lot of motivation to “knock on new doors” every day to attract new customers and look for new channels to market and distribute.

Q: What does it mean to you to be a member of the Chamber?

A: Being a member of the Chamber opens new doors and opportunities to meet successful members and fellow business owners.

Join us in celebrating Jim’s Jarhead Jerky as the Veteran Owned Business of the Year, and our other small business Excellence Award winners, at our 31st Annual Excellence Awards Celebration on November 20, 2013.