U.S. Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, has named Abiís Artisan Ice Cream in Coeur díAlene as the Small Business of the Month for June 2018. Abiís Artisan Ice Cream will be recognized in the Congressional Record of the U.S. Senate.
ďInspired by her daughter Abiís peanut allergy, Maren Scoggins founded Abiís Ice Cream as an all-natural, locally-sourced shop to serve customers of all needs in Idaho,Ē said Chairman Risch. ďMaren works hard to ensure that her creations can be enjoyed by everyone in the community, and as a result, her shop was named a top 10 ice cream parlor in Idaho by ĎOnlyInYourState.í Her involvement in our local community and commitment to supporting all small businesses has earned Abiís Artisan Ice Cream the recognition as Small Business of the Month.Ē
Previously a health care consultant, Maren Scoggins founded Abiís Artisan Ice Cream as a way to bring together her love of cooking and her desire to bring happiness to the lives of others. Abiís is technically a specialty kitchen, as everything is made by hand and on site. The kitchen is open and customers are invited to observe the process of how the ice cream is made. By exclusively using natural and in-season ingredients, customers are able to enjoy healthy and seasonal ice cream. Aside from being locally owned and operated, the ice cream shop works closely with the Coeur díAlene Downtown Association to organize and contribute to the annual Coeur díAlene street fair. In addition, Scogginsís small business supports other local businesses in the area by making a concerted effort to procure their ingredients from local sources.
The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship oversees proposed legislation on matters relating to entrepreneurship and provides oversight of the Small Business Administration. The committee also researches, investigates and reports all problems relating to Americaís small businesses to the full Senate. As chairman, Risch will honor Americaís small businesses and entrepreneurs in the Senate each month.