March 1, 2023

Member Spotlight: Kona Ice

Kona Ice is a one-of-a-kind gourmet shaved ice experience, founded in May of 2019.  All of their flavors are gluten free, fat free, nut free, dairy free, cholesterol free, soy free, no GMO’s, no high fructose corn syrup, no lactose, Kosher certified and are enriched with vitamin C and D. Dye free and sugar free options are available too. They are members of The School Nutrition Association so there’s Kona Ice for everyone!

Kona Ice specializes in fun and fundraising. They are known for their great customer service and are a healthier snack delivered in a mobile entertainment truck with more than 30 flavors to choose from! You can make your own Kona with their patented flavor station. The Kona Ice truck being mobile, allows them to serve in different locations and events, like fundraising events where they give back a portion of the proceeds to worthwhile causes including charities, youth sports organizations, and schools while delivering their great customer service and fun experience. In 2022, they gave back almost $14,000 to schools, non-profit organizations, sport teams, etc.

As members of the Capital Region Chamber, “we have attended the networking events the Chamber organizes, and we have met many corporate leaders that have hired us to treat their staff. In addition, we have also fundraised for non-profit organizations through our Chamber network. We have always sought Chamber leadership advice, especially from Pete Bardunias, while we have been growing our business and Laura Mann, from the Entrepreneur Boot Camp.”

Their favorite part about living and working in the Capital Region is the diversity of its people and the appreciation it has for our veterans. “As a veteran owned and operated business, we feel the warmth and appreciation of our customers.”

“Parents really appreciate that our products are free from the main allergens and that everybody can enjoy a dessert. In addition, we add vitamins, we use stevia and pure sugar cane as sweetener, we have sugar and dye free options. Very few treats offer the product we have. When a kid tells us that the day Kona Ice was at their party is the best day ever, it is the best compliment we could receive.”