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Joe Dutra: A Journey to Sweet Success-- Kimmie Candy Factory Tour and Entrepreneurship Talk

  • November 14, 2017
  • 5:15 PM - 7:30 PM
  • The Kimmie Candy Factory; 450 Edison Way; Reno, NV 89502


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What does it take to turn an idea into reality, and what can a community do to support desirable local businesses?  Come listen to Joe Dutra give his ideas as he shares is journey to "sweet success." 

As President and CEO of Kimmie Candy, Joe Dutra has had to face the struggles that entrepreneurs must face:  Frustrations, set backs, battles with government bureaucracies, and more.  In staying the course and overcoming challenges, Joe has built a business here in Northern Nevada.  He will share his fascinating story, offering unique insight on how communities can support desirable local businesses.  He will also provide a tour of his fascinating candy factory.

Joe Dutra

Joseph F. Dutra began his career as a farmer in Sacramento, California.  In 1987, Joe changed gears and launched Westec Incorporated, an agricultural consulting and seed business that aided South American farmers with both the raising and managing of their crops. Today, Westec concentrates primarily on selling non-GMO and hybrid crop seed to countries across the Middle East. In fact, Westec has grown to become the leading seller of non-GMO corn seed in Saudi Arabia, with approximately 60% of the market share!

In 2000, Joe moved in a different direction—Kimmie Candy. Kimmie makes panned, chocolate confections, including the nationally branded original Sunbursts®, and ChocoRocks®. Initially, Joe manufactured all of his confections in Korea. However, in 2008, with expansion in mind, and a keen desire to create local, U.S. jobs, Joe did the opposite of most American companies these days—he brought his entire operation “on-shore” to Reno, Nevada, creating a state-of- the art, candy production facility in the process. By 2009, Joe’s candy company had a customer-base stretching domestically from coast-to- coast, and exports to more than 13 countries. In May 2016, Joe’s candy company received the Presidential E-Award for excellence in exporting.

In July 2017 Kimmie Candy was honored to represent the state of Nevada at the first
Made in America Expo at the White House.

Joe Dutra is proud to be part of the Northern Nevada community, contributing to help it thrive wherever he can!



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