Nick Kramarczuk and his father, Orest, are co-owners of Kramarczuk’s Sausage Company, a local restaurant and sausage manufacturer. The company crafts Eastern European food according to family recipes using old techniques and fresh ingredients.
Kramarczuk’s has definitely created a recipe for success. In 2010, Kramarczuk’s was featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.” In 2013, the company was recognized as an “American Classic” by the prestigious James Beard Foundation. In the food and restaurant industry, receiving accolades from the Beard Foundation is the ultimate recognition, or according to Orest Kramarczuk, “it’s the best of the best….the ultimate reward.”
Nick values the opportunity to carry on the family business that his grandfather started more than 60 years ago. “This business represents my family, our traditions and heritage.”
As part of JA Entrepreneurship Week, Nick shared his entrepreneurial experience with students at Edison High School, a public school and NE Minneapolis neighbor of Kramarczuk’s. By sharing his time to serve as a role model for local students, Nick hopes to inspire them to start or run a small business one day.
Nick offered this advice to the Edison students as they prepare to enter the workforce:
- Work hard
- Ask for help
- Get as much as you can out of the jobs you have
- Keep learning
At the end of his presentation, Nick asked the students if they had any questions. One young lady’s hand shot up as she asked, “Are you hiring?”