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Jessica Mortarotti dishes out samples of her ice cream and sorbet infused with fresh-cut chocolate mint, rose petals or lemon and basil at local farmers markets, building her Carmela Ice Cream Co. one spoonful at a time. The 30-year-old co-owner, who launched the part-time Los Angeles business last summer with $10,000 from the Jewish Free Loan Assn., invested $15,000 of her own money last week to buy the bigger equipment she needs to meet surprisingly hot demand. “We didn’t expect to need new equipment so fast,” Mortarotti said. For the full story visit http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-smallbiz7-2008jul07,0,2627180.story

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