Entrepreneur Susan Johnson to Lead Seminar at ‘Winning Strategies for Business’ Conference

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 21, 2010— Susan Johnson, CEO of Susan’s Healthy GourmetLifeSpring Home Nutrition and Xan Confections, will be among eight speakers presenting tactics to impact multiple aspects of running a successful business at Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Winning Strategies for Business” Conference, Tuesday, Oct. 5, at the Long Beach Conference Center.

Johnson’s presentation, “It’s Never Too Late To Launch,” will cover her experiences as a late-blooming entrepreneur and her strategies for growing three successful, synergistic companies.

“The conference will be a powerful event with numerous opportunities to network and learn, and I look forward to being part of an outstanding group of presenting business leaders,” said Susan Johnson.  “As an entrepreneur, hearing others’ experiences ‘from the trenches’ can be so valuable – I especially encourage businesspeople who are just starting out to take advantage of conferences such as this one.”

Inspired by an entrepreneurial father and a passion for both health issues and gourmet cuisine, Johnson founded Susan’s Healthy Gourmet in 1996 and pioneered the concept of delicious, nutritionally balanced and calorie-controlled meals that are prepared from scratch, packaged and delivered twice weekly to homes and businesses throughout Southern California.

Over the years, and in partnership with daughter Kerry Johnson Anthony, now president of the three companies, Johnson identified additional business opportunities and thus has grown exponentially.  Some opportunities required a leap of faith, something that makes many entrepreneurs succeed where others have failed.

In 2003, Johnson acquired LifeSpring Home Nutrition, which provides healthy and affordable frozen meals to seniors through entities such as the Riverside Office on Aging, SCAN Health Plan and Cal Optima. Newest venture Xan Confections was launched in early 2009 and already has nationwide distribution. Using the skills of famed chocolatier Tracey Downey, Xan has made a niche for itself in creating artisan chocolates that include delicious vegan, low-glycemic, low-calorie and gluten-free options – all considered ‘lifestyle chocolates’ – along with traditionally indulgent varieties.

The full-day conference event will provide ideas and solutions for business growth, with seminars on topics including branding, SEO, sales, funding, management and social networking. The event offers opportunities to network with entrepreneurs and business executives, as well as with Entrepreneur editors. Johnson’s seminar is during the second session starting at 11:30 a.m.

For more information on Susan Johnson and Susan’s Healthy Gourmet, visit susanshealthygourmet.com. For more information on the conference, visit: www.entrepreneur.com/winningstrategies.

About Susan’s Healthy Gourmet

Irvine, Calif.-based Susan’s Healthy Gourmet prepares and packages fresh, nutritionally balanced and calorie-regulated meals for pickup or delivery throughout Southern California. Founded in 1995, Susan’s Healthy Gourmet meets the demands of its customers’ busy lifestyles, taste preferences and dietary needs by offering portion-controlled customizable individual meals. The company also offers a Diabetic menu for those needing to monitor their carbohydrate and sugar intake; the Good Sense Menu for seniors ages 65 and over; Kid’s Backpack Lunches and Busy Bee Dinners; and the Purification and Anti-Aging plan for a healthy and convenient way to jumpstart into long-term healthy living and naturally cleanse the body. For more information, call 888-EZ-MEALS or visit susanshealthygourmet.com.