2023 Entrepreneur of the Year — Groovy Donuts: Andrew and Monica Gauthier Prove to be Business Trailglazers
It’s staggering to think how many ideas and dreams have been hatched over a coffee and a doughnut.
Perhaps former Wall Street investment banker Andrew Gauthier was conjuring the words of wisdom from Jedi master Yoda when he was enjoying his morning ritual at a local shop: “Do or doughnut. There is no try.”
His idea gave rise to a business plan within weeks — and by mid-March 2015, the concept for Groovy Donuts LLC had come full circle. Securing funding through the Entrepreneur Institute of Mid-Michigan and a location in Williamston, Groovy Donuts was poised for a September opening. The icing on the plan? Wife Monica Gauthier, formerly the head of an animal disease laboratory at Michigan State University, was also on board as general manager.
A second location in East Lansing came a year later in September 2016, and in the years that followed, the business racked up more than a baker’s dozen of accolades: Rising Micro Entrepreneur, Best Donuts in Michigan, Best Doughnut in the Lansing Area and more.
The list just got a bit longer.
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