Mompreneur cooks up culinary courses for young people
Starts business with socially responsible goals
Jan Pinnington used to be a harried mother wrapped up in the nonstop demands of raising a family. Often, family meals were pre-packaged or from a drive-thru. One day, Pinnington had the realization that her 11-year old daughter couldn’t cook. The girl had never even learned to crack an egg!
Jan suddenly understood that not only she had denied her daughter basic cooking skills, but also the special gift of time spent together. Jan invited her daughter and several of her school friends to learn how to prepare healthy meals and snacks.
Her work with these kids was so successful that Pinnington wondered if there was a way to turn her idea into a money-making venture from her home in Irmo, South Carolina. She felt sure she could train other stay-at-home moms to do what she had done. Pinnington started Healthy Hands Cooking, a training course where mothers can supplement their family’s income while helping kids learn about nutrition and cooking.
She even had a slogan, “Healthy Habits for Kids, Income for You.” What she didn’t have was a business plan for her dreams of expansion. Pinnington sought assistance from the Columbia Area Small Business Development Center in November of 2011 where she bounced ideas off business consultant Bob Pettit.
“She needed to write her instructor’s manual and the student’s manual,” Pettit said. “Then she n