The Real Story: Jules Shepard
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Apr 14 2014

The Real Story: Jules Shepard

I have known Jules Shepard for years. She has been a great friend who took lemons and made them into lemonade, all while doing wonderful things for the gluten-free community, including bringing the gluten-free community together and building an 11-story cake to get the FDA’s attention. Those changes go into effect August 2014.

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Jules founded Nearly Normal Cooking, LLC in 2006, but as steam picked up and it took off, she could no longer keep up with the growth. She took on business partners in late 2008 to help run the day-to-day business.  These partners did not invest cash, but exchanged work for half of the company that Jules founded.

When it became evident last year that Jules and these partners didn’t have the same visions for the company, the relationship deteriorated, Jules knew it was time for her to move on.

Jules tried to resign, but the partners didn’t respond and unfortunately things have taken a turn for the worse. Jules is doing what she has to do to protect herself and her interests. She started a new website and is trying to rebuild her business from the ground up. If you know anything about starting a business, you know this is no easy task. Jules is in the process of negotiating contracts for production and shipping, securing certifications and producing new logos and labels. Would you like to help Jules rebuild? Check out the many ways you can help out.

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Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!

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