Mama Jess Organic Pasta Sauces Nabs a Spot in the Intuit’s Small Business Big Game Top 20

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The family-owned company beat out tens of thousands of business entries and moved through two rounds of competition to earn the achievement. The nomination makes the company eligible for the Top 4 to be announced Nov. 11.

Mompreneur-owned Mama Jess organic pasta sauces just announced it has earned a spot in the Intuit Small Business Big Game Top 20 over tens of thousands of business entries. The finalist is now in the running for the Top 4 to be announced Nov. 11.

Since its founding in March of 2011 by Jessica Grelle, Chicago land based Mama Jess has already seen several achievements including placement in Whole Foods Markets, HEB and Central Markets in Texas and Kroger Company began launching the Mama Jess line in 1,000 of its stores in May. By 2012 sales grew by 400 percent and this year sales are on a tenfold performance track.

Grelle said her achievement within the Intuit Small Business Big Game contest is special because it represents acknowledgement among the business community.

“I’m so proud to have gotten this far in the Intuit Small Business Big Game contest and to know that Mama Jess has so much support. I have competed in this competition with so many fantastic businesses and it has just been an honor to be involved,” Grelle said.

Mama Jess started out as a way to get everyone, especially children, to eat more vegetables. Mama Jess includes a line of veggie-packed pasta sauces that are gluten-free with no added sugar. The Mama Jess line includes Bien Good Pasta & Enchilada Sauce, Garden Good and Bean Good Sauce. Each of her pasta sauces gets an extra nutrition boost from added FDA-approved vegetable and bean purees.

Before founding Mama Jess, Grelle first merged her professional expertise as a food industry product developer and her personal beliefs in nutrition to get her toddler to eat his carrots. With her own success with the sauces at home a business was born.

Grelle said that her family was the inspiration for the business so it only makes sense that her family would have an active role. Each member of her family offers input but one of her children had a bigger say during the Intuit competition. The contest gave Grelle the opportunity to make the first Mama Jess video in which son Alex told the business story.

“When you’re a mom entrepreneur it really becomes the whole family’s business so it was only fitting to have our son tell the story in his own words and we are so proud of the great job he did. Making it this far in the competition really is an accomplishment our entire family can be proud of,” Grelle said.

Watch the The Good Story of Mama Jess (click to watch) or follow the Intuit Small Business Big Game here: then visit the Mama Jess site at

About Mama Jess LLC and Jessica Grelle
Grelle is an established, award-winner in the product development sector of the food industry having developed hundreds of grocery store products. She was inspired to create something less-processed for her own family that was made with organic ingredients, and free of sugar and preservatives. When her 2-year-old son stopped eating carrots, which she’d been preparing since he was a baby, Grelle found a way to merge her professional expertise and her personal beliefs by sneaking carrots and sweet potatoes into a homemade pasta sauce recipe. The sauce was a hit with her family, friends and even her two sons. After perfecting her “Garden Good” sauce in her home kitchen she further refined her sauce in the Mama Jess Creative Kitchen product line. Visit

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