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Rubio Names Mother Kombucha as the Senate Small Business of the Week

Oct 16, 2019 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, named Mother Kombucha of St. Petersburg, Florida as the U.S. Senate Small Business of the Week. Senator Rubio visited Mother Kombucha in St. Petersburg last week.
 
Rubio released the following video message to congratulate Mother Kombucha as the Small Business of the Week. A broadcast quality version can be found here.
 
“As Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, it is my pleasure to honor Mother Kombucha of St. Petersburg, Florida as the Senate Small Business of the Week.
 
“In 2014, Tonya Donati became the first licensed kombucha brewer in the state of Florida, when she founded Mother Kombucha.  
 
“Tonya and her business partner, Joshua Rumschlag, originally brewed the kombucha in Tonya’s kitchen, selling bottles at local farmers markets. 
 
“Through hard work and a strategic vision, Mother Kombucha now employs nearly 20 people and packages around 7,500 bottles a day, selling kombucha and switchel wholesale to retailers such as Whole Foods, Publix, and Winn-Dixie.
 
“Mother Kombucha has an exciting future ahead, and it is my distinct honor to name them as the Senate Small Business of the Week.” 
 
As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Senator Rubio continues the tradition of honoring America’s small businesses and entrepreneurs. The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship oversees proposed legislation on matters relating to the Small Business Administration and investigates all problems relating to America’s small businesses.