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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!

 

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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!

 

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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.

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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!

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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.)

A Deal From Hazel Lane – Exclusively for WomensNet Readers

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Last month we awarded one of our Amber Grants to the fabulous ladies over at Hazel Lane, a fun and exciting subscription box company that focuses on the flavors, people, and spirit of various cities.

The items and the city are a surprise until they arrive on your stoop, but you do get to choose the size of your box, clothing size and type of box (Ladies, Gents, Kids, so-on).

It’s a pretty sweet deal. You (or someone you really, really like) gets a treat on your doorstep every month, you can try new eco-chic products and taste some really delicious things, and you get to experience a new city every month with zero travel costs.

Even sweeter? Co-founders Ashley and Sam have generously created a discount code just for WomensNet readers. Simply enter the discount code GIRLPOWER at checkout and they’ll take $5 off your first order.

So head on over to their website, support a fantastic small business, treat yourself (or give a great gift), and save a few bucks while you’re at it!

Hazel Lane & ArtInFact Magazine Win April Amber Grants

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Last week we announced the April Amber Grant finalists and today we’re elated to announce not one, but two winners.

Big congratulations going out to both Hazel Lane and ArtInFact Magazine!

Please take a moment to check out our interviews with each winner below.

Hazel Lane
Ashley DeKellis & Samantha Strom
http://www.hazelln.com

Hazel Lane Co Founders

Hazel Lane is a subscription box service that helps people explore the world, without having to leave home. Every month they send a carefully curated box of surprise goodies from that month’s selected city, taking great care to represent that place’s unique spirit and flavors. San Francisco’s box was foodie focused, while LA’s was sun & health. NYC will be fashion-forward, and Austin will be WEIRD!

We asked Ashley & Sam a few questions about their venture, and here’s what they had to say:

1. When spotlighting a new city each month, you must encounter many products. How do you select the items and businesses you feature?

We do find a ton of swoon worthy companies and products in every city. We work with our network, our members, friends, friend-of-friends, bloggers and anyone who wants to nominate a brand. Because we are committed to featuring locally-made, small brands that are eco-friendlier, our pool of products is automatically narrowed down. We also tend to feature a lot of female-founded businesses. Our final decision is usually when we both say “I have to have this and so-and-son would love it too.” It’s very scientific. =)

2. Do you get to go to these places and personally pick out the products yourself?

One day we will. That’s our goal! We’re lucky that we have enthusiastic supporters and members who help out in the meantime. We recently had a subscriber email and tell us she’s sending US a product she thinks we will like from a city she thinks we should feature. It’s a lot of fun to see people get so excited and engaged with the process from start-to-finish.

3. What is your favorite product you’ve found so far?

Oh this is a tough one! We really love everything we’ve put in the boxes so far. The top three are probably: Poco Dolce Chocolate and *plastique from San Francisco & Miss Marissa by Ebba from the Brooklyn box.

4. If you could visit one city in the world, right now. What would it be?
Paris, France! We have wanted to travel to Paris together since college. Ashley was a fashion major and took 4 years of French. With that knowledge under our belts, we can at least say “pardon moi, Ou se trouvé Le centre commercial Le plus proche?

Translation, Excuse me, where is the nearest shopping mall?” That’s all we really need to know, right?

5. Do you have any advice for any other moms out there looking to start their own business?
Yes, It sounds cliche because it really is…”Do what you have a passion for”. There is so much work that goes into starting a business. From web design, pricing, product selection, legalities, budget…but most of all time not spent with your family while working on the business. It’s been a struggle working on something you hope will benefit the future of your family but in turn requires a significant amount of time away from them. I’m still trying to balance work and family and honestly have a hard time finding a happy medium. Just surrounding myself with positive people, asking for help (babysitters, friends and mother-in-laws) and the overall love for my family helps keep the dream alive and flourishing.

ArtInFact Magazine
Semhar Woldeyesus
http://www.artinfactmag.com

ArtInFact

ArtInFact Magazine is content platform for entrepreneurs, creative thinkers, and independent brands in New York City. It was created to provide early adopters with coverage of creative startups and micro-trends.Their chief goal is to empower independent creatives and small-scale entrepreneurs who have not been able to garner press attention, but have incredible products and services.

Here’s what Semmi had to say:

1. How well did the ladies on your team know one other before starting ArtInFact? How did you meet?

We first met each other four years ago at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. None of us are originally from New York City, so we quickly bonded. Getting adjusted here can be tough at first, especially when you don’t know anyone. But we really lucked out! We collided over a common interest in not only building our profiles as entrepreneurial, creative storytellers, but also supporting the endeavors of the people we feature. After graduating, we kept in touch. Despite working for different channels and media platforms, we continued to cheer each other on and support one another. We all had big dreams before coming to the city, and our friendship has empowered us to continue achieving them. Knowing each other is a real privilege; we are basically like family!

2. What inspired you to launch a magazine together?

We were inspired to start ArtInFact Magazine because we realized that so many entrepreneurs and creative professionals in this city could not get their stories told. In our day jobs, we kept noticing how independent brands and startups couldn’t get the same kind of coverage or attention as mainstream brands. New York is a city built and run by entrepreneurs from all different sectors. Yet the startups that get routine coverage are often tech ventures or companies that have major investment backing. We wanted to create a platform for those who don’t have a celebrity cosign, but truly care about their work and have a remarkable product. We are here to capture the independent spirit of New York.

3. Once you’re officially registered as an LLC, what will be your first plan of action?

Once we are registered as an LLC, we plan to roll out ads and take ArtInFact Mag into the real world with events, pop-up sales, and partnerships with independent brands. Although we are a content platform, one of our top priorities is to empower creative startups beyond telling their story. We are dedicated to building a community, not just an audience. Our events will also be linked to a mobile app where startups and creative professionals can register their company and get noticed!

4. Do you have any advice for those who are in the startup business in NYC looking to get in touch with you?

We are always on the hunt for new startups or ideas. If you are based in the NYC area, all you have to do is pitch us via our contact page. In your pitch, don’t be afraid to get personal. Tell us about your work and what inspired you to get started. And it doesn’t matter if you haven’t sold millions of units or are just starting out − we want to know about you! As we’ve learned in our own journey as a startup, the most important thing is to just do it. By working consistently, producing a lot of work, and putting yourself on a deadline, you will reach new heights.

5. What’s the most rewarding part of owning your own business?

To have full autonomy over the quality of work we produce and to be able to tell the stories of people we feel truly play a vital role in our communities is a great feeling. As entrepreneurs, we have put ourselves in a position to empower others. The most rewarding feeling is when a reader reaches out and tells us how a story impacted them or when an entrepreneur we’ve profiled expresses thanks. We understand how tough it is to get noticed and we are constantly in awe of underdogs. That’s who we are here for. Starting your own business involves so much risk, every story we publish is an opportunity to encourage other like-minded spirits to keep going! Failure only happens when you quit.

We’re honored to be able to help each of these fantastic businesses in a small way! Stay tuned for more inspiring applications and winner interviews, and don’t forget – the deadline for our May Amber Grant will be here before you know it!

Online Transparency Goes a Long Way

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Whenever we help startups with their marketing, we preach the importance of being open and honest about who they are as a company.

Who they are as a company ultimately boils down to the individual people involved in the project.

In a world where it’s easier than ever to find out exactly who you’re doing business with and what others have to say about them, transparency is no longer something that gives you an edge – it’s essential.

If you’re not willing to tell potential clients and customers exactly who you are and what you stand for, they can find someone who will. And that someone else is likely just a few clicks away.

Makes sense, right? What doesn’t make sense is that we weren’t practicing what we’ve been preaching.

We took a long hard look at our website and realized that we had some work to do in the transparency department ourselves! We sat down as a group and thought of every question that a woman interested in applying for a grant might have for us and then we answered them here in our new FAQ Page.

Then, we decided to ditch the stock photography and tell you exactly who we are by sharing the photos and bios of our advisory board members.

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We hope that these efforts help to give you a better idea of who we are and what we stand for – and please, if you have any questions that we haven’t answered – let us know.