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August’s Amber Grant Finalist’s Announced!

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Hopefully everyone a great Labor Day weekend filled with good food, friends and family!

This month our Facebook ‘Likes’ broke the 900 mark and we’re very excited. Our goal for this month  is to try to crush the 1K mark, and with all of your help, we should be able to get it done!

Without further a-do meet this month’s Amber Grant Finalists!

August’s Amber Grant Finalist’s Announced:
SmileOnU

SmileOnU
BB Maboby Bahadarakhann
website

SmileOnU is a network of dental professionals coming together to provide charitable dental-care to communities in need. They are a dental philanthropic organization that provides a vehicle for your everyday dentist, dental supply companies and dental laboratories to do charitable work.

Paws
Pawsitively Delicious, LLC
Megan Stewart
website
Pawsitively Delicious is a natural and homemade dog treat company in Colorado. They’re a small business that loves spoiling everyone’s dogs with good treats. They do not use any corn, soy, or wheat in any of our treats and only allow the best for each pup!
W.A.T.E.R.

Western Aquatic & Terrestrial Ecological Research (W.A.T.E.R.) Associates, LLC
Melissa Mandrup
http://mcm-waterassoc.weebly.com/

W.A.T.E.R. Assoc. is a small female-owned and operated business that provides comprehensive environmental monitoring and assessments of watersheds, fisheries, and aquatic habitats. They conduct long-term environmental research and are also involved with their local and global communities (via volunteering, citizen science, and internship programs).

nuttysci
Nutty Scientists Greenville
Kelly Sooklal
www.nuttyscientists.com/greenville

Nutty Scientists helps kids discover their love for science by implementing hands on interactive experiments that are designed to stimulate their minds and peak their curiosities.

The company offers a wide variety of programs from after-schools, camps, birthday parties, scientific shows and awareness campaigns.

Simple
Simple Car Wash
Taylor Mitcham
www.simplewaterless.com

Simple Car Wash is a water-less car cleaning service that comes directly to you. They clean the interior and exterior of motorcycles, cars, trucks, vans, and SUV’s using a biodegradable product without using any water.

 

Nightingale Apps Wins July’s Amber Grant!

Monday, August 11th, 2014

After announcing our July Amber Grant finalists last week we’re happy to finally announce our July Amber Grant recipient!

Congratulations to Tiffany Kelly, founder of Nightingale Apps.

Below is our interview with Tiffany, where she tells us all about her Know My Patient app!

 

TKelley

Tiffany Kelly
Nightingale Apps
http://nightingaleapps.com/

WN: I see you have years worth of experience in the medical field. When you first started out did you ever imagine yourself producing such a helpful tool?

TK: When I first started my nursing career 14 years ago, I never imagined that I would be building a business focused on delivering a software solution to help nurses delivery higher quality care. When I started as a staff nurse, electronic information systems were very limited in hospital settings. Additionally, my focus at that time was on delivering the best care that I was able to provide to my patients. However, as my career has developed, I grew to love working with information systems in an effort to provide nurses with tools that can integrate with their natural way of working each day. The development of Know My Patient TM came about as I was observing nurses work as part of my Ph.D. research. The nurses’ main focus during that time was on the patient whereas my focus was on understanding how they use information to care for patients. This lens allowed me to recognize a large problem that could be solved with the right attention to detail in the design as well as understanding the nurses’ environment. I see Know My Patient TM as a tool that can support nurses in their delivery of safe, efficient, timely and patient-centered care.

 

WN: Who is the techy behind the Know My Patient App? How long did it take you to perfect the app?

TK: I am fortunate enough to have the clinical expertise, professional experience with information systems, and the evidence from my research to create the design for Know My Patient TM. To turn the design into a functional app, I reached out to Mr. Sivagajen Suntharalingam, my talented colleague of several years. He has extensive experience with clinical information solutions as a computer scientist. Nightingale Apps has a stellar first version of Know My Patient TM, which took several months to design and subsequently develop. I believe perfection is something that Nightingale Apps strives toward but we also recognize the need for subsequent versions to enhance the benefits of Know My PatientTM in delivering high quality care.

WN: Is the Nightingale App currently being used by any professionals in the medical field?

TK: Currently, Nightingale Apps is weeks away from completing the first version of Know My Patient TM. We have been conducting ongoing validation of the application with nurses over the last several months. Once the first version is completed, we will be conducting a feasibility study with nurses to test and refine the product design. Nightingale Apps is fortunate to be receiving the Amber Grant in order to support the costs of that study.

WN: What’s the next step for Nightingale Apps?

TK: The next major step for Nightingale Apps is to pilot Know My Patient TM with nurses working in hospital settings. The company is currently working to secure the first pilot site for testing Know My Patient TM. The company is excited to reach that milestone as well as looking forward to seeing Know My Patient TM in the hands of other nurses.

WN: What advice would you give to women who are interested in starting their own business?

TK: I would encourage other women to pursue their interests in starting their own business. I believe anything is possible as long as you are able to have a vision for what you want to achieve and the willingness to work hard for that vision. In addition to one’s internal drive, I would encourage them to surround themselves with good people who believe in the vision for the company and who want to help them make it successful. While starting a business may begin with one person, building a business requires the help of many people.

 

Thank you for reading! Remember we award an Amber Grant every month – if interested here’s the link to apply! We hope you all have a great day!

July Amber Grant Finalists

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Hope everyone’s is having a fantastic summer!

As usual, you ladies have kept our hands filled with a crazy amount of applicants and we wouldn’t have it any other way. Without further ado, here are July’s five finalists.

Check them out and stay tuned! We’ll announce the winner(s) by the end of the week!

July Amber Grant Finalists – July 2014


creative-kitchen

The Creative Kitchen 
Leila “Cricket” Azima
www.thecreativekitchen.com
The Creative Kitchen, works to produce a positive relationship between children and food while having fun in the kitchen and creating healthy eating habits for life.

At the Creative kitchen they create lesson plans to not only teach children about food and how to cook in a fun, safe environment but they also incorporate other traditional disciplines into their lessons, such as reading, mathematics, science, social sciences, nutrition, art, history, and geography.

Nightingale_Apps

Nightingale Apps 
Tiffany Kelley Ph.D. MBA RN
www.nightingaleapps.com
Nightingale Apps is a health information technology company offering mobile applications to nurses working in hospital settings. They’re focused on improving the quality of information needed for the care of hospitalized patients.

By improving the efficiency and accuracy of information flow, the health care team can provide timely access to care and improve the safety and patient-centeredness of delivered care.

 

ZootoYou

Zoo To You 
Rebecka McDonald
www.thelittlezootoyou.com
Zoo To You is a mobile petting zoo for hire at a low hourly rate. Currently they have a miniature llama, miniature donkey, miniature goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, rabbits, and miniature pigs. They’re available for birthday parties, school events, weddings, and much more!

 

CheekyChaCh

Cheeky ChaCha  
Jasmine Ejan
www.CheekyChaCha.com
Jasmine created a product called, Blowpaste, a flavored edible lubricant that’s vegan, gluten free, and the only lube in the world that’s good for your teeth! She mixes, manufactures, produces, pitches and markets!

Blowpaste can now be found in over 25 stores and has been featured in the Huffington Post, web shows and on the radio. Jasmine’s mission is to spread love and healthy smiles.

Splatterbox

SplatterBox
Kristen sabatelli
www.splatterboxart.com
Splatterbox opened 3 years ago. The store offers many different types of art activities such as, “open studio” drop in to paint pottery or canvases, classes, camps, birthday parties and more. Just recently Kristen also started holding paint and sip nights – where you can bring in wine and follow a painting tutorial!

Women in Business

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Lately, our team has noticed a growing number of applicants and each application seems to bring a new creative idea or business plan. Because of this we decided to really look into the numbers of women in business. After a little digging around here are our findings:

 

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The Glass Jug Wins Junes Amber Grant!

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

After announcing the June Amber Grant Finalists last week, we’re excited to finally announce June’s Amber Grant winner!

A huge congratulations to Katy Creech, owner of The Glass Jug!

Continue reading to learn more about Katy,  her company and her love for craft beer!

Katy Creech
The Glass Jug
http://glass-jug.com/
Chris-and-Katy

WN: Have you always been a beer fan? Did you ever see yourself starting a business in the beer industry?

KC: I have always been a beer fan, and one of my most commonly used phrases is, “Anyone who doesn’t like beer, just hasn’t met the right one yet.” I love sipping on a great craft beer, whether it’s a refreshing pale ale at a hot summer cookout, a big ol’ imperial stout curled up on a snowy winter night, or anything in-between. But, I think my favorite thing about supporting craft beer is all the benefits it has on our local communities.

Before I got into craft beer, I had no idea all the things it does for communities where it thrives. Craft beer provides good jobs, serves as an attraction to draw in the working class & brings good fun for the existing locals. Craft beer has proven to be an excellent economy booster in North Carolina, providing hundreds of jobs on its own, and also boosting the state as a cool place to live. That has been a major factor in our state’s ability to attract large businesses moving here with thousands of jobs.

I decided to get into the craft beer industry largely because of its mantra, “The rising tide lifts all boats.” Because we are all working together to fill our communities with happy, responsible craft beer drinkers, there is a lot of camaraderie amongst companies that would be fierce competitors in other industries.  The craft beer industry is packed full of people committed to their industry and to their communities – I simply couldn’t resist getting in on it.

 

WN: Since the new law has been passed in North Carolina, do you know of any other businesses in the state opening growler filling stations?

KC: Yes. There are a handful of retail stores that are beginning to fill growlers in the state, from big establishments like Whole Foods to smaller specialty shops like ours. We are looking forward to the increasing popularity of growlers in the state, because there are so many great things about buying beer in growlers as opposed to traditional bottles or cans.

Our main differentiation points are:

a: We only plan to sell beer in growlers that can’t be easily purchased in bottles or cans. Lots of small breweries can’t afford to bottle or can their beer, so consumers aren’t typically able to buy this beer and take it home; they can only get it in specialty bars. Additionally, many larger craft breweries only bottle and can a few of their beers, so their special or seasonal beers are often in the same boat. We want to bring these beers to our community in such a way they can enjoy them at home or with friends outside of a bar. (And don’t worry, we’ll also have a selection of bottled and canned beer at the shop, so you can still find your old favorites.)

b: We will counter-pressure fill our growlers using space-age-looking filling machines. This is a huge deal, and it will greatly improve our customers’ experience with the quality of their growlers.

 

WN: Will you be offering tastings?

KC: We plan to host a wide variety of events, tastings, and classes led by local industry experts. For updates on these events, sign up for our monthly email newsletter!

 

WN: What’s your favorite beer that you plan to carry at your bar/shop? And how could we acquire some?

KC: Oooh… that’s a tough one. I don’t think I could possibly pick one favorite… or even a favorite style, for that matter! I love variety, and I think there’s a perfect beer for almost every occasion. That’s one of the things I’m most looking forward to helping our customers with – breaking out of their go-to-beer comfort zones and helping them find new, exciting things for different occasions.

Acquiring the beer is simple, just stop by! The store will be located just off I-40 on Hwy 55, convenient to RTP, Durham, Cary, Morrisville, and Apex. We are in the Greenwood Commons shopping center with some of our favorite local restaurants such as Papa Mojos, Sarah’s Empanadas, Thailanna, and Tandoor Indian. The shopping center is also the location of the South Durham Farmer’s Market every Saturday morning!

 

WN: Your site says you should be open this Summer/Fall do you have a specific date set yet?

KC: Haha – isn’t that the question of the day? Our opening date is still a bit of a moving target, but we’re shooting for early September, sooner if possible.

 

Thank you for reading! Remember we award an Amber Grant every month – if interested here’s the link to apply! We hope you all have a great day!

June Amber Grant Finalists

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The holiday of food, fireworks, friends and family is only a few days away! But before you get too busy celebrating our independence, we would like to announce our five Amber Grant finalists for the month of June.

This months applicants were all so creative and inspiring. It made choosing our winner(s) incredibly difficult! For now, we’ve narrowed it down to the top five finalists!

Be sure to congratulate them and stay tuned – we’ll announce the June winner right after the holiday!

June Amber Grant Finalists – June 2014

Chicken Armour

Grow Your Brew, LLC 
Jill Bong
http://chickenarmor.com

Ever heard of chicken saddles before? Neither had we! Chicken saddles protect the backs of chickens during mating and molting.

Most existing productions are expensive, fussy, or simply hard to clean. Jill designed a new type of chicken saddle. With urban farms and raising chickens gaining popularity there should be an increasing market demand for her product very soon!

 

SemiPro1

SemiPro inc.
Colleen Le Goff
www.SemiProInc.com

Colleen and her team created SemiPro. SemiPro is a new sports app for the remarkably average athlete. Players worldwide can create matches, view game schedules, stay updated on local competition, and so much more.

With this app you can now you can carry your amateur sports career in your pocket and never fall out of the loop again!

 

the glass jug

The Glass Jug
Kathryn Creech
http://glass-jug.com

Kathryn and her team are opening a craft beer retail store that will take advantage of the recently-changed growler filling laws in NC. This new law allows them to serve hard-to-find craft beer in reusable and recyclable containers, while educating people about all of the fantastic breweries that exist right in NC.

They plan to have a selection of bottled and canned beer, along with 16 beers on draft that can be enjoyed by the pint or taken home in a counter-pressure filled growler.

swaggasuits

Swagga Wear
Gillian Pennington
swaggasuits.com

Imagine a full-body snuggie or hoodie meant for wearing outside or in public, wouldn’t that be comfy? Well, thats what Swagga Suits is – full-body jumpsuits for sports fans to wear to games.

Swagga Suits was founded in 2012 by a group of UW students looking to put a little different touch on fan apparel. At Swagga Suits they specialize in one thing and one thing only…Straight up FANDIMONIUM!

how he asked

HowHeAsked.com
Stacy Tasman
HowHeAsked.com

HowHeAsked started in Fall 2011 and features a new proposal story every day! The stories they share include jaw-dropping photos, tear-jerking videos, and beautiful, heart-warming words. They receive submissions from newly-engaged women, grooms-to-be, photographers, deadly duos going on their 5th or 55th anniversary, same-sex couples, and more.

Men even come to the site to find ideas and connect with jewelers and photographers for their own proposal! Bottom line, they’re in love with love (and of course gorgeous rings.)